The state of New Jersey has only one type of long-term confinement facility int their correctional system; these are called prisons. There are ten state prisons in New Jersey. Some are combined treatment centers that also provide medical and therapeutic services, along with drug and alcohol programs.
The New Jersey Department of Corrections and Marcus O. Hicks, Esq., Acting Commissioner are the ones responsible for running all state prison facilities and maintaining New Jersey state prison inmate records. The state makes it easy for anyone to perform a New Jersey state prison inmate search using the inmate locator feature on their website. They also contract with some community halfway houses to provide reentry services to inmates who are being released. The NJDOC also provides services to victims of inmates incarcerated in their facilities. They operate on a budget of $1 billion with a staff of 8,000 employees.
The state prisons and treatment facilities offer a lot of educational programs, rehabilitative services, medical, dental, counseling services, and other like skills to help inmates improve while in custody. Each facility has different levels of security, ranging from minimum to maximum. Along with programming, inmates are allowed visitation (including access to video visitation), phone calls and access to a commissary for snacks and other items. The prisons also have reentry services with vocational training, assistance with getting jobs, and housing placement after release. The New Jersey Department of Corrections hosts job fairs and teaches inmates various skills through horticulture classes, where they keep a garden and reap what they sow.
There are about 16,000 inmates spread across all state prison facilities in New Jersey. Forty-three percent are serving between 1–5 years. Seventeen percent are serving sentences from 6–9 years, and 39% are serving more than ten years. Sixty-two percent are African American, 21% are white, and 16% are Hispanic. Unfortunately, more than 60% of the inmates are in prison due to violent crime like (aggravated assault, murder, sexual assault, robbery, or kidnapping). Another 14% are in there because of drug charges. The median age of all inmates is 35 years old.