Edna Mahan Correctional Facility For Women

Edna Mahan Correctional Facility For Women is a multi-security state prison for female inmates that is located in Clinton, New Jersey. This prison has three compounds – a minimum, a medium/maximum, and a special needs compound for inmates with mental health issues. This facility houses approximately 1,000 female inmates over the age of 16.

This facility has a long history of sexual assault between guards and inmates.

The Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women has also been part of pop culture. It hosted The Rolling Thunder Revue Tour on December 7, 1975, which was headlined by Bob Dylan. And, in 2004, the documentary Freedom Road – which depicted the lives of three inmates – was filmed at the prison.

Notable inmates at this prison include Diane Downs, who was convicted in 1983 of the murder of her daughter and attempted murder of her other children. She was transferred to Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women after attempting to escape from a prison in Oregon.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Visiting hours at Edna Mahan Correctional Facility For Women are as follows:


                                                            REGISTRATION                               VISITS 

Monday, Thursday                            6:30 - 7:30 PM                                7:00 - 9:00 PM 

Saturday                                            12:30 - 1:30 PM                               1:00 - 3:30 PM 


                                                           REGISTRATION                                 VISITS 

Wednesday, Friday                          6:30 - 7:30 PM                                   7:00 - 9:00 PM 

Saturday                                           8:30 - 9:30 AM                                    9:00 - 11:00 AM

Space permitting, the maximum number of permissible visitors for an offender at this facility is six (no more than three adults.)

The offender is responsible for submitting a list containing names and addresses of potential visitors. If you wish to be included on an offender's visit list, you must contact the inmate in writing. You must wait until they notify you that you have been approved to visit.

Physical Address

Edna Mahan Correctional Facility For Women
30 County Route 513
Clinton, New Jersey 08809

Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/1eixYijRVMgKJFhz7

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Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name, DOC Number
Edna Mahan Correctional Facility For Women
P.O. Box 4004
Clinton, New Jersey 08809

How to Call an Inmate

Inmates at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility For Women can’t receive incoming calls, but they do have access to phones during daytime hours for outgoing calls. For complete details on how to call an inmate in New Jersey, please click here.

How to Send Money

To send money to an inmate at Edna Mahan Correctional Facility For Women, you must use JPay. Once you open a free account, you can send money to your inmate via their website, mobile app, or by telephone.

JPay is a self-help kiosk system where incarcerated individuals can access their funds, download digital books, programming, music, access stamps, send and receive electronic correspondence, and so much more. 

There is also a money order option with JPay. You must use their deposit slip and make the money order payable to JPay and mail it to:

P.O. Box 170770
Hialeah, FL 33017

Money Order Deposit Form (English)
Money Order Deposit Form (Spanish)

Programs For Inmates

Inmates at Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women can take educational and vocational courses while incarcerated. There is also counseling available for substance abuse, as well as mental health treatment. The Bureau of State Use Industries operates a clothing, telemarketing, and data entry program inside the facility, and inmates can also participate in the "Puppies Behind Bars Program" which allows inmates to train guide dogs for the blind.

Thinking for a Change (T4C)

Thinking for a Change (T4C). T4C is a 10-week cognitive behavioral program, endorsed by the National Institute of Corrections as a best practice approach for reducing recidivism. 

Successful Transition and Reentry Series (STARS)

STARS is a 12-week release preparatory program designed to address each major re-entry barrier faced by the returning offender. Chapters include employment, housing, transportation, education, family reunification, finances, and others. The STARS curriculum also includes an inmate workbook titled Living on the Outside. STARS course provides offenders nearing their release, a structured and detailed approach to addressing each major re-entry barrier that ex-offenders face when returning to community life.

Cage Your Rage (CYR)

Cage Your Rage is designed to help offenders recognize their angry feelings, learn their cause, and deal with them in a responsible way. 

Successful Employment through Lawful Living and Conflict Management (SEALL)

SEALL is a continuation of the STARS program with a specific focus on maintaining employment. Participants learn how to maintain pro-social behavior at work when conflict occurs on the job. 

Get Your Vote Back Initiative

The goal of the initiative is to inform offenders of their legal right to vote once their sentence has expired. Offenders leaving custody receive a voter registration kit prior to their release from custody.

Release Transportation Assistance

NJ DOC has formal procedures to ensure that offenders leaving the custody of the department are afforded the opportunity to purchase discount NJ transit bus and rail tickets. Prior to their release from custody, every inmate is interviewed and offered the opportunity to purchase bus or rail tickets to aid in their transition into the community. 

Who Am I?

The goal of the initiative is to inform and assist offenders with obtaining their social security card and birth certificates prior to release. In addition to addressing issues pertaining to SSN Cards and Birth Certificates, all NJDOC offenders are released with a temporary NJDOC ID card which they can use towards obtaining formal state identification.

Providing Re-Entry Public Assistance Resource Education (P.R.E.P.A.R.E.)

This service focuses on educating the offender on post release services that are available at their County Board of Social Services agency which include NJ SNAP, Work First NJ and Emergency Assistance. In an effort to ensure no one is overlooked, each County Board of Social Services will receive a monthly listing of offenders who will be released in the upcoming month who have indicated their plan to visit the agency for assistance. Once released, the offender will follow up with the County Board of Social Services to interview for eligibility determination for these assistance programs.

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