About New Jersey Department of Corrections
The New Jersey Department of Corrections is in charge of the management and operations of correctional facilities in the United States state of New Jersey. NJDOC aims to protect the public by operating humane, safe, and secure correctional facilities. It achieves this through the effective treatment of all incarcerated individuals. Additionally, the Department offers services and programs that promote successful reentry into society or community. It comprises 11 main correctional facilities, 11 Residential Community Release Program facilities, and one Assessment Center.
Victoria L. Kuhn, Esq., the Acting Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Corrections, is responsible for United States' second-largest Department. Kuhn is in charge of overseeing a budget of about $1 million and about 8000 employees. Additionally, she manages over 13000 state-incarcerated individuals across the 11 correctional institutions, county jails, and community halfway houses.
Kuhn has over 24 years of experience as an attorney in New Jersey, including corrections experience, public policy, anti-discrimination, criminal justice, and labor law. Kuhn began her career as an Assistant Prosecutor before moving to the Office of the Attorney General, Division of Law. In this position, she addressed corrections and law enforcement concerns, such as state and federal court litigation, Megan’s Law, confinement conditions, and excessive force. In addition, Kuhn assisted in establishing the protocol on the sexually violent predator and CSL (Community Supervision for Life) or (PSL) Parole Supervision for Lifelaws.
The Acting Commissioner ensures the Department realizes its mission. Additionally, her core focus lies in the holistic rehabilitation of incarcerated people through addiction treatment, behavioral therapy, education, and vocational training. The Department also offers staff well-being services, including training and holistic health resources issuance.
The Department's headquarters are in Trenton.
DOC Inmate Search
The State of New Jersey Department of Corrections has an Offender Search Web Page that allows the public to view any information regarding inmates in the state. This page aims to promote public safety and welfare by providing community access to certain inmate information. The page's function is consistent with the intent and spirit of the New Jersey Open Public Records Act (OPRA).
NJDOC updates the data on this website biweekly to ensure that it is complete, timely, and as accurate as possible. However, the data may change quickly. Additionally, it is essential to note that inmates on Furlough, Work Release Program, or a Residential Community Program are visible. Their status does not necessarily reflect on their profiles.
Therefore, the data on this page may not reflect the actual current status, release dates, location, or any other information regarding an inmate.
The Department of Corrections does not update records on inmates who have been paroled or released after they leave the custody of a correctional institution. Therefore, one cannot presume that any inmate listed as paroled from prison remains under active parole supervision. Moreover, some offenders at the discretion of the Department and other law enforcement agencies can be excluded from the Offender Search Web Page.
Effective August 4, 2012, NJDOC removes an offender from the Offender Search Web page one year after completing their custodial term. The Department implements this one year after their maximum sentence date expiration or mandatory parole supervision date (MPS), where applicable. Inmates sentenced to Community Supervision for Life (CSL) or Parole Supervision for Life (PSL) remain on the Web site, as their custodial term does not have a completion date.
NJDOC does not honor any phone inquiries regarding offender information. Any individual who utilizes the data in this site to harass or intimidate another or misuse the data is subject to civil liability or criminal prosecution.
DOC Offender Locator
To locate an Offender housed in any of the DOC’s correctional facilities, accept the terms and conditions on the Offender Search site. This action takes a site visitor to an Offender Search Form that contains several search criteria. On this site, you can select as many or as few of the criteria to your liking. Keep in mind that search results are limited to 250. Therefore, if the search returns more than 250 results, the site prompts you to modify the chosen criteria.
Here are the criteria available at the site:
SBI Number, Name, and Sex
Site visitors search using this criterion by providing the offender’s SBI Number, first name, and last name. There is an option for site visitors to either search aliases or not by simply clicking on "Yes" or "No." One can enter a single name alias into the last name or the first name field. Additionally, under this criterion, you can perform a state prisoner lookup by their gender. On the “Sex” field, one can either enter male, female, or all options.
Furthermore, there exists an option to search the DOC records for an exact match on the name you enter. If you are interested in this search option, tick the box for the option.
Hair Color, Eye Color, and Race
As the criterion suggests, site visitors can perform a state prisoner lookup by choosing the hair colors, eye colors, and races available. You can either look up individual races or select all. Additionally, one can select multiple items in either of the above lists by holding down the Control key while clicking a selection from this list.
County of Commitment and Current Facility Location
This offender lookup criterion allows you to search for offenders according to their county or counties of commitment. For this search, you can enter all or choose individual counties. Additionally, under this option, one can perform a search using the inmate’s current facility location.
One can search for offender information by providing the inmate's Birth Date (day, month, and year). The site requires one to give a range of dates and ages.
Remember, the "Disabling the Offenders" feature is available on the site to increase the search speed.
New Jersey Correctional Facilities
The Department of Corrections provides a link to all correctional facilities it manages. It has a Corrections Facilities Map that provides information regarding each and driving direction to the various locations.
NJDOC’s home page contains a list of all the facilities. You can click on the facility of your interest to check details, including visitation hours and schedules, visitation rules and procedures, calling services, offender calling services, and contact information.
Office of Transitional Services
The objective of the Office of Transitional Services is to implement a smooth continuum of care for inmates. It achieves this by utilizing cost-effective system-wide proven practices that increase the incarcerated individuals’ abilities and motivation to practice crime-free and responsible behavior. It oversees the transitional and social service programs within the Department of Corrections. This office partners with state, federal, and local agencies to create linkages to various recourses that offer support to returning prisoners.
The Office's mission is to enhance public safety by reducing the offenders' reoffending risk and return to prison. The Office provides comprehensive services from admission and booking to prison to reintegrating back into their communities.
The programs include:
Thinking for a Change (T4C)
Thinking for a Change (T4C) is a cognitive-behavioral program that runs for ten weeks. The National Institute of Corrections endorses this program as a best practice approach in reducing recidivism. Participants in prison attend the program twice each week for 90 minutes per session for the above stipulated period.
Helping Offenders Parent Effectively, endorsed by the American Correctional Association (ACA), is similarly a ten-week program. HOPE assists incarcerated individuals to see the importance of accepting responsibility for their kids. Additionally, this program increases the offender’s ability of self-sufficiency by taking control of their lives. The program uses a gender-responsive approach, including curriculums specifically designed for mothers (HOPE-Women) and fathers (HOPE-Men). Studies show that offenders who learn to become better parents are less like to recidivate. Additionally, their children adjust better upon the release of their parents.
Successful Transition and Reentry Series
The STARS program is a release preparatory program that addresses each significant reentry barrier the returning offender faces. It is a 12-week program whose chapters include education, housing, transportation, employment, finances, and reunification. Additionally, the curriculum consists of an inmate workbook known as Living on the Outside. It is mainly designed for inmates nearing their release and provides a structured and comprehensive approach to addressing significant reentry challenges.
Family Reunification and Transition
The program empowers the incarcerated individuals with skills to assist them in developing plans for rebuilding family relationships that became damaged during incarceration. In addition, FRAT helps offenders understand the expectations family members set after release.
CYR assists inmates in recognizing their angry emotions endorsed by the American Correctional Association (ACA) as a best practice program. In addition, offenders learn the cause of anger and deal with them responsibly. Participants attend the program once a week for 90 minutes in group sessions for ten weeks. Cage Your Rage uses a gender-responsive approach through gender-specific curriculums.
Office of Victim Services
The Office of Victim Services (OVS) is dedicated to protecting the rights of crime victims. It assists the victims in obtaining meaningful services and locating appropriate resources in their communities. Additionally, the Office of Victim Services offers timely information and services geared to improving and enhancing the victim’s knowledge of the state’s correctional system.
New Jersey VINE service is a free service that allows one to anonymously check an inmate’s custody status by mobile app, website, or phone. Additionally, victims or interested parties can register to receive automated notifications regarding changes in custody. VINE requires victims to enter the following details:
- Offender Name
- Offender Number
- Four-Digit Pin