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What Are New Jersey Inmate Records?

New Jersey inmate records are documents that include information on prisoners imprisoned in several correctional facilities in the state. These records are made available to the public under the Open Public Records Act, which allows the general public to request these records from the state’s custodians. New Jersey inmate records consist of inmate details. Generally, inmate records may include the following information: 

  • Name
  • Age
  • Race
  • Sex
  • Inmate number
  • Biometric data
  • Administrative information such as date of incarceration, release date, offense details, current detention facility
  • Arresting agency
  • Booking photograph

How To Find An Inmate In New Jersey?

Anyone seeking to find information on an offender in any of the state prisons may do so through the offender search tool provided by the New Jersey Department of Corrections (NJDC).

The information available on the tool includes details on inmates in facilities directly operated by the NJDC. Note that the information includes current inmates and also inmates released within a year. Interested persons may search using the inmate’s name, county of commitment, age range, current facility, age range, and birth date range. Requestors may also filter search results using the inmate’s hair and eye color, race, 

Information on inmates incarcerated at any of New Jersey’s 21 county jails may be obtainable from online search tools provided by the county sheriff’s offices. Alternatively, interested persons may visit the specific detention facility for more information.

The New Jersey Office of the Attorney General allows members of the general public access information on changes in an inmate’s custody status. Through the Victim Information Everyday (VINE), interested persons may register to receive a notification when a specified offender is either released or transferred. Alternatively, call 1–877–846–3465 to register.

How To Find A Federal Inmate In New Jersey?

There are two federal prisons in New Jersey. They are:

  • Federal Correctional Institution, Fairton and
  • Federal Correctional Institution, Fort Dix

Requestors may find inmates in these institutions through the inmate locator provided by the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). Using the inmate locator, interested persons may find an inmate using the name search or the number search. Searching for an inmate by number requires one of the following numbers:

  • BOP register number
  • District of Columbia Department of Corrections (DCDC) number
  • Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS) number
  • Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) number

Requestors may also use the name search to find inmates, filtering the search result by the full name, age, sex, and race. The BOP also allows requestors to find inmate records by phone. Interested persons may call 202–307–3126 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. EST, on weekdays only.

Alternatively, call the national inmate locator number at 202–307–3126, between the times of 8:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., EST. Time, weekdays only. 

Requestors may also contact the New Jersey Department of Corrections for inmate information by sending a request to:

Whittlesey Road
P. O. Box 863
Trenton, NJ 08625
Phone: 609.292.4036
Fax: 609.292.9083

Such correspondence should include the requestor’s contact information and all possible details of the inmate to aid the search.

Note that the BOP records online are for inmates incarcerated from 1982 till the present day. Records on inmates incarcerated before 1982 are available at the  National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). To search for an inmate through the national archives, provide the name and contact information of the requester as well as all available details on the inmate, including the inmate’s name, I. D. number, and gender. NARA requests are possible via the following means:

  • Online through the NARA website Request and Order Reproductions
  • By phone on 1–866–272–6272
  • By mail to:
    The National Archives and Records Administration
    8601 Adelphi Road
    College Park, MD 20740–6001

How Do I Find Inmate Records In New Jersey?

Inmate records in New Jersey are managed by the New Jersey Department of Corrections and the Sheriff’s Office in each county. The NJDC operates 14 facilities. The offenders’ information may be accessed physically by contacting the NJDC or the specific location where the prisoners are held. Contact details for the state-run facilities are:

Albert C. Wagner Youth Correctional Facility
P. O. Box 500
Bordentown, NJ, 08505
(609) 298–0500

Bayside State Prison
P. O. Box F–1
Leesburg, NJ 08327

(856) 785–0040

Central Reception and Assignment Facility
P. O. Box 7450
Trenton, N J 08628–7450

(609) 984–6000

East Jersey State Prison
Lock Bag R
Rahway, NJ 07065

(732) 499–5010

Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women
P. O. Box 4004
Clinton, NJ 08809

(908) 735–7111

Garden State Youth Correctional Facility
P. O. Box 11401
Yardville, NJ 08620

(609) 298–6300 

Mountainview Youth Correctional Facility
31 Petticoat Lane
Annandale, NJ 08801

(908) 638–6191

New Jersey State Prison
P. O. Box 861
Trenton, New Jersey 08625

(609) 292–9700

Northern State Prison
P. O. Box 2300
Newark, NJ 07114

(973) 465–0068

South Woods State Prison
215 South Burlington Rd.
Bridgeton, NJ 08302

(856) 459–7000

Southern State Correctional Facility
4295 Route 47
Delmont, NJ 08314

(856) 785–1300 

Inmate records of offenders in a county jail may be available at the state’s county sheriff’s offices. Interested persons may contact the sheriff’s offices directly to access these records. 

Records that are considered public may be accessible from some third-party websites. These websites often make searching simpler, as they are not limited by geographic location, and search engines on these sites may help when starting a search for a specific or multiple record(s). To begin using such a search engine on a third-party or government website, interested parties usually must provide:

  • The name of the person involved in the record, unless said person is a juvenile
  • The location or assumed location of the record or person involved. This includes information such as the city, county, or state that the person resides in or was accused in

Third-party sites are independent of government sources and are not sponsored by these government agencies. Because of this, record availability on third-party sites may vary.

How To Put Money On Jail Inmates Book In New Jersey?

New Jersey inmates may receive funds from friends and family, for in-detention purchases. To send money to an inmate, interested persons would require the name of the inmate and the inmate identification number. Payment may be sent through a variety of means such as:

  • By Mail - To fund an account vial mail, fill a money order form with information on the inmate, including the inmate’s I. D. and full name. The form also requires information on the sender, including a first name, last name, phone number, email, and address. Send the completed form with a money order to:

PO Box 170770
Hialeah, FL 33017

The maximum amount for this method is $999.99

  • Via the internet - Online deposits are also available via the JPay platform using a debit card from Visa or MasterCard. Note that there is an additional processing fee of between $3.95 and $10.95, depending on the amount of money being sent. Payments may also be made via the JPAY mobile app available on the iOS and Android platforms. 
  • Walk-In - Physical payments are also possible by visiting the kiosk located at the detention facility. Alternatively, interested persons may visit MoneyGram retail outlets for in-person deposits. 
  • Phone - To make payments over the phone, call JPAY at 1–800–574–5729. This method also accepts payments through debit or credit cards. Phone deposits require a processing fee between $4.95 and $11.95.

Interested persons may also deposit funds to inmates in several county jails in New Jersey. Visit the kiosks at the detention facilities, or use online methods provided by the counties. For example, Burlington County residents may visit the County Jail in person or fund an inmate’s account online. Alternatively, call 1–866–345–1884.

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