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How Are Inmate Records in New Jersey Created and Stored?

New Jersey inmate records are created when someone is first arrested and continue until parole is completed. Local police officers and Sheriffs fill out a RAP sheet first, which contains the suspect’s name, address, crime details, and a mug shot. After that everything that happens in the inmate’s life is documented and updated in their file. The New Jersey Department of Corrections is the entity in charge of inmate records. They keep them online in a massive database so that anyone can perform an inmate search at any time of day or night. 

How to Find if Someone is in Jail or Prison in New Jersey?

The state of New Jersey Department of Corrections makes it very easy to find someone located in a New Jersey prison or jail because they have an inmate locator right on their website. The process for finding someone in jail is different than someone in prison. To find a person incarcerated in a state-run facility simply follow the instructions below:

  1. Visit the New Jersey Department of Corrections website
  2. On the left-side menu, choose “Offender Search Engine.”
  3. You will have to click ok after a message pops up. 
  4. Agree to their terms by clicking the “Accept” button.
  5. Now you will see a very detailed form with all sorts of search criteria like SBI number, name, gender, race, eye and hair color, county, facility, birthdate, and age. Enter as much as you want and then hit the “Submit” button.
  6. Review the results, which include a mug shot, SBI number, name, birth date, gender, race, county, admission, and facility.
  7. Click on the SBI number to see additional details about the inmate.

Anyone interested in finding arrest records, inmate records, or other criminal records can use the Infotracer search tool to quickly and easily pull them up for review. 

What Does New Jersey’s Prison System Look Like?

New Jersey has a fairly simple prison system with a few different types of facilities. The majority are reentry facilities, but they also have state-run prisons and other kinds of corrections units. The state of New Jersey prison system includes the following:

  • 9 State Prisons & Treatment Facilities
  • 3 Youth Detention Centers
  • 2 Federal Prisons
  • Numerous Local County Jails
  • 16 RCRP Facilities

Did you Know?

  • Every year, about 10,397 people walk out of prison gates in New Jersey, but people go to jail 1.0 times more each year
  • 96% of prison inmates in New Jersey are male, 4% female.
  • From 1979–80 to 2012–13, state and local government expenditures on corrections in New Jersey increased by 282 percent (from $538,870,146 to $2,059,640,000).
  • As of 2016, there were 834 women in New Jersey federal prisons.
  • Between 2007 and 2016, the New Jersey prison population decreased by 26%

Types of Jails/Prisons in New Jersey

New Jersey has a variety of correctional facilities, all with different purposes and demographics. The state has nine state-run prisons and treatment facilities for felons who have been sentenced to more than a year in prison. Then they have three juvenile detention centers for youth offenders. They also have sixteen reentry centers and work camps, two federal prisons for federal inmates and numerous local county jails to hold pretrial detainees. The New Jersey Department of Corrections oversees all but the federal prisons and county jails. 

How Many People are Locked up in New Jersey?

New Jersey’s prison system holds 19,786 residents in various kinds of correctional facilities, from which 16,974 residents are held in state prisons, 6 in federal prisons, 3 in juvenile correctional facilities, and 83 in local jails.

Correctional Facilities: Totals:
Juvenile Correctional Facilities3
Federal Prisons6
State Prisons16,974
Local Jails83
Private Prisons2,720

New Jersey State Prisons

 The state of New Jersey has nine state prisons, each with a different purpose. These facilities are overseen by the New Jersey Department of Corrections. The state prisons in New Jersey are: 

  • Adult Diagnostic and Treatment Center.
  • Bayside State Prison.
  • Central Reception and Assignment Facility.
  • East Jersey State Prison.
  • Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women.
  • Mid-State Correctional Facility.
  • New Jersey State Prison.
  • Northern State Prison.
  • South Woods State Prison.

How to Search for State Prison Inmates

The process for finding an inmate in state prison is straightforward since New Jersey keeps all inmate records online and organized in a central database. Simply follow the instructions below to find someone in a New Jersey state prison:

  1. Visit the New Jersey Department of Corrections website
  2. On the left-side menu, choose “Offender Search Engine.”
  3. You will have to click ok after a message pops up. 
  4. Agree to their terms by clicking the “Accept” button.
  5. Now you will see a very detailed form with all sorts of search criteria like SBI number, name, gender, race, eye and hair color, county, facility, birthdate, and age. Enter as much as you want and then hit the “Submit” button.
  6. Review the results, which include a mug shot, SBI number, name, birth date, gender, race, county, admission, and facility.
  7. Click on the SBI number to see additional details about the inmate.

New Jersey Federal Prisons

New Jersey also has two federal prisons that house inmates who broke federal laws. These two facilities are owned and operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons (FOB). The two federal prison facilities are: 

  • Fairton FCI - medium-security facility housing 1,117 male inmates.
  • Fort Dix FCI - low-security facility housing 3,947 male inmates.

New Jersey's Federal Prison Population During 2011-2016 years

201120122013201420152016
Total334346
Male334346
Female000000

How to Search for an Inmate in a New Jersey Federal Prison

The process for finding someone in a New Jersey federal prison is different than finding someone in state prison. The federal prison system is managed and overseen by the Federal Bureau of Prisons (FOB). Therefore, someone would have to contact them directly to find an inmate in a New Jersey federal prison. The FOB also has a page for each facility on their website and an inmate locator that you can use to find someone. They also have information on visitation, phone calls, and sending money or gifts. 

New Jersey County Jails

New Jersey has twenty-one counties, and each has its own local county jail. These facilities hold recently arrested individuals and pretrial inmates. They are managed and run by the local county Sheriff’s Office. Some of these organizations have websites of their own where you can learn more about what they do and how the local jails work. 

New Jersey's County and Local Jail Prison Population During 2011-2016 years

201120122013201420152016
Total20010911911010183
Male1801011081059981
Female20811522

How to Perform a New Jersey Jail Inmate Search

Jails are not tied in with the database holding inmate information from the state-run facilities. However, anyone wanting to find an inmate in a New Jersey county jail can contact the local police or Sheriff’s Office to find out more information. Some of these agencies have websites of their own with inmate locators or lists of current residents in the jail. 

New Jersey Juvenile Detention Centers

New Jersey also has three juvenile detention centers which hold youth offenders. Each has different levels of security based on inmate needs. These facilities focus on academic and vocational education, group counseling, and mental health issues. The three juvenile detention centers in New Jersey are: 

  • Albert C. Wagner Youth Correctional Facility.
  • Garden State Youth Correction.
  • Mountainview Youth Correctional Facility.

Juvenile Population in Custody During 2011-2016 years

201120122013201420152016
Total778753
Male668753
Female110000

How to Search for Juvenile Detention Center Inmates

Juvenile records in most states are kept confidential until the inmate is 18. They then have the right to request expungement. Therefore, searching online for a juvenile detention inmate in New Jersey will not be possible. However, someone wanting to locate an inmate in a New Jersey youth detention center can contact the center directly. All three facilities are overseen by the New Jersey Department of Corrections. 

New Jersey Reentry Facilities

The state of New Jersey also has sixteen reentry and treatment centers. These facilities help inmates before they are released back into society. They focus on job placement, treatment for addictions, and mental illness as well as other society reintegration assistance. Those types of facilities include: 

  • Bo Robinson Assessment and Treatment Center.
  • Clinton House.
  • Columbus House.
  • CURA, Inc. (Essex County).
  • Fenwick House (Passaic County).
  • Fletcher House (Camden County).
  • Garrett House (Camden County).
  • Hope Hall (Camden County).
  • Kintock Bridgeton I (Cumberland County).
  • Kintock Bridgeton II (Cumberland County).
  • Kintock Newark.
  • Talbot Hall Assessment and Treatment Center (Hudson County).
  • The Harbor (Essex County).
  • Tully House (Essex County).
  • Urban Renewal Corp. - Urban 1 – Male Work Release Newark, NJ (Essex County).
  • Urban Renewal Corp. - Urban 2 – Female Work Release Irvington, NJ (Essex County).

How to Search for an Inmate in a New Jersey Reentry & Treatment Facility

All the state-run facilities are under the same organization, the New Jersey Department of Corrections which manages and oversees all operations. Therefore, the process for finding someone in a New Jersey reentry and treatment facility is the same as for state prison. Just follow the easy instructions below:

  1. Visit the New Jersey Department of Corrections website
  2. On the left-side menu, choose “Offender Search Engine.”
  3. You will have to click ok after a message pops up. 
  4. Agree to their terms by clicking the “Accept” button.
  5. Now you will see a very detailed form with all sorts of search criteria like SBI number, name, gender, race, eye and hair color, county, facility, birthdate, and age. Enter as much as you want and then hit the “Submit” button.
  6. Review the results, which include a mug shot, SBI number, name, birth date, gender, race, county, admission, and facility.
  7. Click on the SBI number to see additional details about the inmate.

Why are People Incarcerated in New Jersey?

The state of New Jersey has about 39,000 people incarcerated in the state. Nineteen thousand of those are in state prisons. Another 15,000 are in local county jails. Approximately 3,200 inmates are in federal prison, 640 are in youth detention, and another 860 are in mental institutions receiving treatment. Roughly 63% of all New Jersey inmates are in prison due to violent offenses. Additionally, 14% are in prison due to weapons offenses, 13% are there because of drug charges, and 7% have committed property offenses.

New Jersey’s Incarceration Rate and Statistics

New Jersey’s incarceration rate for year-end 2016 under state prison or local jail jurisdiction per 100,000 population was 221, which is lower than an average incarceration rate by 51%. The number of New Jersey prisoners at the year-end of 2016 was 19,786, from which 4% were female prisoners, whereas the number of male prisoners was 18,952 in 2016.

2011201220132014201520162017
Total269261252241229221217
Male527511492470449433427
Female24232222201817

Where Do New Jersey Inmates Go When They are Released?

New Jersey has numerous work release programs and reentry centers to help inmates transition back into society. Therefore, before they are released, they may be moved to one of these facilities while they secure work, housing, and work on other life skills. Other inmates may just return home to family and friends.

How Does Parole Work in New Jersey?

Parole is a privilege given only to inmates who have behaved well while incarcerated and who do not pose a threat to society. They are released early by the parole board who supervised their progress during their stay. Once they are released on parole, they must comply with a list of rules including checking-in with a parole officer. If they violate any of these rules, they will return to prison to finish out their sentences.

Parole Population

Type of Parole Entry: Number of Parolees:
State Parole Population: 15,128
Entries: 5,539
Exits: 5,591
Change in 2016: 0%

How Does Someone Get Probation in New Jersey?

On occasion, a New Jersey judge may order probation rather than prison for a first-time or low-risk offender. Probation is a supervisory program where someone is allowed to live free but must comply with court-ordered rules for a period of months or years. They must check-in regularly with a probation officer and receive routine drug tests. If they fail to comply with these rules, they will be sent to prison.

Probation Statistics

Type of Parole Entry: Number of Parolees:
State Probation Population: 140,589
Entries: 32,456
Exits: 28,004
Change in 2016: 3%

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