Sending Mail to Inmates in New Jersey
There is no limit to the number of people who can correspond with an inmate, nor is there a limit to the amount of correspondence can send or receive. Offenders are allowed to have up to 80 postage stamps in their possession (they must purchase the stamps from the commissary). All incoming and outgoing mail is opened, inspected and read with the exception of legal mail. Legal mail can still be opened and inspected (not read) but must be done so in the presence of the inmate. You must always include your complete return address, including your name in the upper left hand corner of the envelope.
Inmates can also receive 4"x6" photos. The photos may not be instant or Polaroid photos. No photographs may contain nudity or partial nudity. Additionally, photos should refrain from having any hand gestures or tattoos in them as these can be misconstrued as having a gang affiliation.
When sending mail to your inmate, format it in the following manner:
Inmate Name, SBI Number, State Number, Housing Unit (if known)
PO Box or Street address
City, State, Zip Code
How to Send Books and Magazines to New Jersey Inmates
Offenders in New Jersey prisons may also receive publications, including books, magazines and newspapers ordered directly through a reputable vendor like Amazon.com. Books are only allowed to be paperback, and must come new from Amazon (third party sellers are not allowed). All publications, including magazines and newspapers may not contain nudity, describe how to create weapons, alcohol, or drugs. Additionally, publications that are deemed to be a risk to the safety and security of the prison will be rejected. When ordering these items through Amazon, be sure to send them to the inmate's mailing address and include the inmate's full name and ID number, as well as housing unit if known. If you want to learn more about sending these items to an inmate read about it here.
Sending Money to Inmates in New Jersey
Friends and family members can send money to an inmate in New Jersey. The funds an inmate receives will go into their commissary account, and can be used by the offender to purchase a variety of items including snacks/foods, hygiene items, clothing, stamps, stationary, electronics and more.
You can send funds to an inmate in the following ways:
- Walk In
In order to send money to an inmate you will need to know the following information:
- The Inmates Name
- The Inmates Identification Number
Deposit Funds by Walk-In
You can deposit funds by walking in to any MoneyGram location including CVS and Walmart. You will need to use the receive code 1233. Using this method you can fund the transaction with cash. A flat fee of $8.95 will be charged for the transaction.
Deposit Funds to an inmate's account through the internet
Using a debit or credit card you can deposit funds to an inmate's account via the internet by visiting JPay.com. A fee will be charged anywhere from $3.95-$10.95 depending on the amount that you send. This is the fastest method of funding an offender's account.
Deposit Funds Over the Phone
Deposit funds to a New Jersey inmate's trust fund over the phone by calling JPAY at 1-800-574-5729. You can use a debit or credit card and will be charged a fee anywhere from $4.95-$11.95.
Deposit Funds Through the Mail
This is by far the cheapest method of sending funds to an inmate in New Jersey, as JPAY will not charge a fee for processing funds sent this way. Use a United States Postal Money Order, made payable to "JPAY". Include the inmate's name and ID number in the memo field. You will also need to complete a New Jersey inmate money order deposit slip and mail them both to:
P.O. Box 170770
Hialeah, FL 33017
For more information on sending funds to an inmate, read our guide here.
New Jersey Inmate Phone Calls
All offenders are able to make outgoing collect calls, debit calls, and advance pay calls. Debit calls are paid for by the inmate whereas collect calls are charged to the person the inmate calls. Advance pay is a method offered by GTL where the called party establishes an account with GTL and funds the calls. Offenders are allowed to have up to 10 numbers on their call list (this excludes legal numbers). All calls may be recorded and monitored with the exception of legal calls, and calls to the Ombudsman's office.
The phone service provider for New Jersey inmates is GTL (Global Tel*Link also known as OffenderConnect). You can setup your account over the phone by calling 1-800-483-8314 or by visiting their website at GTL.net.
GTL (Global Tel*Link also known as OffenderConnect) will charge you a fee for each call, plus a rate per minute. You may be able to drastically reduce your inmate phone bill by setting up your account with a number local to the facility. Learn more about how you can save money on your inmate phone calls.