Visit Inmates at Central Reception and Assignment Facility

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Visit Inmates at Central Reception and Assignment Facility

The Central Reception and Assignment Facility is a processing site in New Jersey where male inmates are processed before being assigned to various correctional facilities. The facility receives inmates carrying out physical and psychological evaluations and medical and dental examinations before being transferred to a suitable correctional institution to serve time.

While at the facility, inmates can receive letters and money and even maintain contact with loved ones through phone calls.

Where Is the Central Reception and Assignment Facility Located?

The institution is located in Trenton, New Jersey, part of Mercer County. The institution is also accessible through the following contact details.

Physical AddressCentral Reception and Assignment Facility

Stuyvesant Avenue

Trenton, New Jersey 08628

WebsiteNew Jersey Department

How to Contact Inmates at Central Reception and Assignment Facility

You can make contact with a loved one in the facility through any of these methods.

  1. Visitation
  2. Phone
  3. Mail

1. Visiting a Loved One at Central Reception and Assignment Facility

The inmate submits the list of names and addresses of people that can visit them. If not on the list, you could seek to be included by contacting the loved one in writing and wait for their approval. The visitation schedule outlines the following as the days and times when one can visit at CRAF Housing Units- South 1, South 2, E-1-C / CADRE and E-1-B during these schedules.

RegistrationVisit Times
Saturday7:45am – 8:15am              8:30am – 10:30am

11:45am – 12:15pm       12:30pm – 2:30pm

Sunday7:45am – 8:15am                  8:30am –10:30am 11:45am – 12:15pm           12:30pm – 2:30pm

2. Contacting an Inmate by Phone

Offenders can make calls through GTL/OffenderConnect, a phone service provider. Outgoing collect calls are charged to your account while the inmate pays for debit calls. You have to open an account with GTL to receive prison calls. You can do this on their website or by calling 1-800-483-8314. The inmate can only have a maximum of 10 numbers on their contact list, excluding legal numbers. The staff monitor all calls between you and the inmate.

3. Sending mail  

The Central Reception and Assignment Facility allows a limitless amount of correspondence through the mail with inmates allowed over 80 postage stamps which they can purchase from the commissary. All mail is opened, read, and inspected for contraband, except for legal mail. Apart from letters, you can also send "4x6" photos, although they should not contain nudity.

Use the inmate's mailing address to get in touch with a loved one in the facility.

Inmate Name, ID Number

Central Reception and Assignment Facility

P.O. Box 7450

Trenton, New Jersey 08628-7450

How to Send Money to Central Reception and Assignment Facility Inmates

You can deposit money into an inmate's account through any of these channels.

  • Internet

The JPAY website lets you deposit money into an offender's account using your credit or debit card. A transfer fee of between $3.95 and $10.95 applies depending on the amount.

  • By Phone

You can deposit money by calling JPAY at 1-800-574-5729 and using your debit or credit card, for which you will incur a service fee of $4.95-$11.95.

  • Deposit Money by Walking In

You can send money to an inmate by walking to the nearest MoneyGram location. This method allows you to fund the transaction in cash. A deposit made through MoneyGram attracts a fee of $8.95.

  • Send Money Through the Mail

You will need a New Jersey inmate money order deposit slip and U.S. postal money order payable to JPAY to complete this transfer. The filled money order and inmate slip should then be sent to:


P.O. Box 170770

Hialeah, FL 33017

How to Send Packages to Central Reception and Assignment Facility Inmates

You are not allowed to send direct packages to an inmate in the facility. However, inmates can receive packages such as books and other publications ordered and delivered through a vendor such as Amazon. The publications should be new, paperback, and not contain nudity or information regarding weapon manufacture, drugs, and anything considered a security risk.

Difficulties You May Have Contacting Loved One in Central Reception and Assignment Facility

You are unlikely to access or make contact with an inmate if your name is not on their visitor or contact list. The institution only allows a maximum of 10 numbers, and getting a call from the inmate is unlikely if you are not among the 10. Waiting for approval to be on the visitor list may also take time as you have to write to them and wait for their approval. DoNotPay can, however, help you bypass all these hurdles and get in touch with family, friends, or loved ones on the other side. All you have to do is get onto DoNotPay's connect with an Inmate feature and provide their inmate I.D, name of the prison, and the unit in which they are located.

If you do not have any of the above required information, we can still help you.

DoNotPay Can Help You Locate Your Imprisoned Friend

  1. Locate the Connect With an Inmate service on DoNotPay.


  2. Choose whether you want to locate a loved one, create a virtual mailbox, or send a personalized letter.


  3. If you want us to find your loved one, provide his or her personal details and the state they are located in. We'll then conduct a search on the appropriate state database.


  4. If you want to create a virtual mailbox, just provide your full name! We'll set one up for you so you can easily receive incoming mail from your loved one.


  5. If sending a personalized letter, tell us which facility your loved one is located in and what you would like to say to them. You can even include a photo! Your letter will be delivered automatically - just wait 10 days for it to arrive to your loved one!


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