New Jersey State Prison

New Jersey State Prison is the oldest prison in the state of New Jersey and one of the oldest correctional facilities in the United States. It is located in Trenton, New Jersey and is the state’s only completely maximum security institution.

This facility houses the most difficult and/or dangerous offenders in the inmate population. It provides a level of custodial supervision and control beyond that of any other state prison. A multifaceted commitment to professional treatment services, including education and social work, is a priority at the facility.

New Jersey State Prison is a complex that consists of three separate but interconnected plants from three different eras of construction that took place on the prison grounds. The three sections are the 1798 Penitentiary House, the 1832 Fortress Penitentiary, and the 1982 contemporary prison facility.

The 1798 NJ Penitentiary House is the oldest building still in operation as part of an active, working prison in the United States. In 1930, all of the Penitentiary House buildings were demolished, with the exception of the Front House, which was remodeled into a residence for the Keeper of the State Prison and is still used today.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Inmates are encouraged to keep as close ties as possible with their family, friends and other members of the community. To help make this possible, the Institution provides two types of visit programs: Window Visits and Contact Visits.

Contact visits for the General Population at New Jersey State Prison are on Saturdays and Sundays. There are also Contact Visit programs for inmates in the Management Control Unit and Window Visits for Protective Custody, Administrative Segregation (both male and female inmates) and Management Control Unit inmates. Contact Visits are held on Friday evenings for men in the Management Control Unit. 

Window visits are held seven days per week, EXCEPT for those cancelled on specific holidays (i.e. Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year’s Day). Anyone who is on the inmate’s Approved Visit List in the Mailroom may visit him or her, but he/she may not have more than one window visit per day or two window visits each week from the same person. 

Inmates are permitted to receive two window visits per week (Saturday through Friday) from each authorized person on their visiting list. Inmates may not receive a window visit and a contact visit from the same individual on the same visit day. 

The following window visit schedule is in effect and applies to all inmates except those in disciplinary detention or medical/psychiatric observation status, who are not permitted window visits: 

  • General Population (Male) 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
  • Quarantine. 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Emergent nature only as approved by the Administrator or his designate) 
  • Protective Custody (PC) 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Tuesday & Thursday evenings 
  • Administrative Segregation: Male 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, Friday, & Saturday evenings

Please note, inmates who are housed in the Administrative Segregation units are eligible for visits based on the following levels: Level one inmates are eligible for one visit per month on Wednesday or Fridays. Level two inmates are eligible for two visits per month on Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday. 

  • Management Control Unit 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, Friday, & Saturday & Sunday evenings 
  • MCU Pre-Hearing 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, Friday, & Saturday evenings 

Window visits are conducted according to the schedule above. Visitors may register for General Population and quarantine-status window visits starting at 8:00 a.m., and must complete registration no later than 3:00 p.m. 

Visitors for Administrative Segregation, Management Control and MCU Pre-Hearing, and Protective Custody should arrive starting at prior to the start of visits, but before 8:00 p.m. Registration will not be accepted after 3:00 p.m. daily (General Population male inmates and quarantine-status) or 8:00 p.m. (Administrative Segregation, Protective Custody and Management Control Unit). 

There will be no extension of the registration period(s). Both inmates and visitors participating in a Window Visit MUST remain seated at all times. Failure to do so may result in the termination of the visit and a possible ban of the visitor(s). 

The Window Visit telephone receivers in New Jersey State Prison are of a plug-in type. When you report to the Window Visit area, the Officer in the booth will provide you with a telephone. When you are given the phone, you are then to go to your assigned Window Visit booth and plug the telephone into the jack in the wall. 

At the end of the Window Visit, you will return the telephones to the Officer, who will again test them to be certain that they still work. If the visitor's telephone is broken, the visitor's Window Visit privileges may be suspended pending an investigation of the reasons for the damage. 

CONTACT VISITS (General Population Male Inmates)

General Population (MALE INMATES) Contact Visits are held on Saturday and Sunday (two visits). General Population inmates are permitted to receive one Contact Visit on a Contact Visit day from authorized persons on their Visit List. 

However, an inmate may not have more than two Contact Visits each week (a Contact Visit week is defined as “Saturday thru Sunday”). The schedule of General Population Contact Visits are as follows: 

MALE INMATES: Contact Visits are scheduled on Saturdays and Sundays only, at the following times: 

First Visit Period: 

Registration: 7:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
Confirmation: 8:45 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Visit Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 

Second Visit Period: 

Registration: 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Confirmation: 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Visit Time: 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

There will be no Contact Visits on the following holidays: New Year's Day (No Window Visits), Labor Day, Martin Luther King Day, Columbus Day Lincoln's Birthday (President's Day), Election Day, Washington's Birthday, Veteran’s Day (Observed), Memorial Day, Thanksgiving, July 4 – Independence Day, and Christmas (No Window Visits).

For a complete list of visiting rules, click here.

The following items are not authorized to enter the visiting areas:

  • Cell phones, beepers, or other electronic devices
  • Credit cards, bank access cards, etc. 
  • Condoms, cosmetics, candy, and cigarettes 
  • Drugs (prescribed or otherwise) 
  • Keys (with the exceptions of locker keys and/or one vehicle key – no remotes or alarms)
  • Money (cash or coin)
  • Photographs
  • Purses, handbags, and wallets (Clear plastic clutch bags or clear zip-lock sandwich bags may be utilized for authorized items)
  • Sunglasses (non-prescription)
  • Transportation passes
  • Weapons or sharp objects
  • Any item deemed to be a threat to the orderly running of the institution

Physical Address

New Jersey State Prison
600 Cass St
Trenton, NJ 08608

Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/TpL3d7y65PGPvoNbA

General Phone Number

​​​​​​​(609) 292-9700

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name, DOC Number
New Jersey State Prison
P.O. Box 861
Trenton, New Jersey 08625

How to Call an Inmate

Inmates at the New Jersey State Prison 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 New Jersey State Prison, you must use JPay. Once you open a free account online, you can send money to your inmate via their website, mobile app, or by telephone.

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:

JPay
P.O. Box 170770
Hialeah, FL 33017

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

Programs For Inmates

Thinking for a Change (T4C)

T4C is the cognitive behavioral change program adopted by the department for cognitive behavioral change. Participants attend T4C twice a week for 90 minutes per session for ten weeks.

Successful Transition and Reentry Series (STARS)

STARS is a 12-week release preparatory program designed to address major re-entry barriers. Chapters include employment, housing, transportation, education, family reunification, finances, and others. The STARS curriculum also includes an inmate workbook titled Living on the Outside. 

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. Participants attend CYR once a week for ninety minutes per group session for ten weeks.

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 prosocial behavior at work when conflict occurs on the job. 

Helping Offenders Parent Effectively (HOPE)

Offenders who learn to be better fathers can help reduce these risks and have positive effects on their children's lives. Research shows that inmates who learn to become better fathers are less likely to return to prison, and that their children adjust better when they are reunited. The goal of HOPE is to enable offenders to see the importance of accepting responsibility for their children and increase their ability to be self-sufficient by beginning to take control of their life. 

Family Reunification and Transition (FRAT)

FRAT empowers the offenders with skills to help them develop a plan for rebuilding family relationships that may have been damaged as a result of their incarceration and aids in helping them to understand the expectations set by their family members when they return home.

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Careers at New Jersey State Prison

If you are interested in a career with the New Jersey Department of Corrections and would like to work at the New Jersey State Prison, you can find out more information by clicking here.

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