Northern State Prison

Northern State Prison is a mixed-custody New Jersey state prison that is located on 43 acres in Newark, New Jersey. The facility houses approximately 2,400 inmates.

Northern State Prison has a diverse offender population classified as General Population, Special Needs, Administrative Close Supervision Unit (inmates who have incurred serious disciplinary charges), and Therapeutic Community (addictive behaviors). 

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Visiting and registration times for Northern State Prison are (no holiday visits): 


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Saturday & Sunday                                    7:45 - 8:45 AM                                 8:45 - 10:45 AM 

                                                                      11:45 AM - 12:45 PM                     12:45 - 2:45 PM 


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Sunday                                                           8:30 - 9:30 AM                                8:30 - 9:30 AM 

*All infirmary visit must be scheduled thru Social Services 


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Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays          5:30pm - 7:30pm                       5:30pm - 7:30pm

Zero Tolerance Inmates are permitted one pre-approved, one-hour, non-contact visit per week. You must call on Friday between 9:30AM and 3:30PM to schedule. The phone number to call is 973-465-0068 Ext. 4204.


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Saturday & Sunday                                       8:00 - 9:45 AM                             8:00 - 10:30 AM
                                                                        12:30 - 2:15 PM                           12:30 - 3:00 PM 


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Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday                In advance                                     5:00pm - 6:00 pm or
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Call 973-465-0068 x4150 between Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 2:15 PM to schedule your visit.

You are expected to dress appropriately for your visit. If you would like a copy of the dress code, please contact the facility.

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

Northern State Prison
168 Frontage Rd
Newark, NJ 07114

Driving Directions:

General Phone Number

​(973) 465-0068

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name, DOC Number
Northern State Prison
P.O. Box 2300
Newark, New Jersey 07114

How to Call an Inmate

Inmates at the Northern 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 Northern 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:

P.O. Box 170770
Hialeah, FL 33017

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

Programs For Inmates

Inmates can receive a variety of programming at Northern State Prison, ranging from substance abuse treatment to a "Security Threat Group Management," which treats inmates with gang affiliations.

Inmates who do not have a high school diploma or GED are required to take education courses or vocational classes. Community service activities are available to minimum security inmates. Religious programs, recreation programming, and hobby/craft programs are also available. The core elective programs at the facility include:

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. 

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. 

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 Northern State Prison

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