New Jersey State Prison

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New Jersey State Prison

New Jersey State Prison

New Jersey State Prison is located in Trenton New Jersey, part of Mercer County.  It has the distinction of being one of the oldest continuously operating prisons in the United States and was first opened in 1836.  This facility was formerly known as Trenton State Prison.  It is a maximum security institution that houses over 1,860 adult male and female offenders.  At one time New Jersey State Prison was where death row inmates where housed, until legislation in 2007 banned capital punishment in the state.

New Jersey State Prison has had several riots over the span of its operations.  Several infamous murders and serial killers are housed at this facility, including Richard Cottingham who killed six women, Charles Cullen who admitted to killing 35 people, the rapper Max B, and Jesse Timmendequas, who raped and murdered 7 year old Megan Kanka.  The crime led to the legislation of Megan's Law, which has undoubtedly saved countless lives by making public the list of registered sex offenders.

Visiting Hours at New Jersey State Prison:

This facility has both window and contact visits.

  • Contact visitation
    • ​Male Inmates have visitation in two sessions on Saturdays and Sundays.  The first session is from 9:30am-11am (registration is from 7:30am-8:45am).  The second session is from 1:30pm-3pm (registration is from 10am-noon).
  • Window visits or non-contact visits
    • General population male inmates have visiting everyday from 8am-3pm.
    • Quarantine inmates have visits everyday from 8am-3pm.
    • ​Protective Custody inmates have visits Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30pm-8pm.
    • Administrative Segregation male inmates have visiting Wednesdays Fridays and Saturdays from 6:30pm-8pm.
    • Administrative Segregation female inmates have visiting on Tuesdays from 6:30pm-8pm and Thursdays from 4:30pm-6pm.
  • Hospital visitation
    • Visits must be scheduled 24 hours or more in advance and are limited to two visitors at a time.  No children are allowed.  Visiting is by appointment only, daily from 10am-12pm and 1pm-4pm.

For more information on visiting an inmate at the New Jersey State Prison you can read the release from the New Jersey Department of Corrections website here.

Physical Address:

New Jersey State Prison
Third and Federal Streets
Trenton, NJ 08625



Inmate Mailing Address:

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