All About the East Jersey State Prison

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How to Connect With an Inmate at East Jersey State Prison

East Jersey State Prison opened officially in 1901 and was originally known as the New Jersey Reformatory and the Rahway State Prison. Not only is it the second-oldest correctional facility in New Jersey, but it's also a popular film location: scenes from movies like Ocean's 11 and He Got Game were filmed there. Located in Rahway, New Jersey, it houses more than 1,000 male prisoners in maximum, medium, and minimum security conditions.

If you have a loved one in , it's important to stay in contact with them. It can be challenging to find the information you need to visit an inmate, find a prison pen pal, or write a letter to a prisoner, but DoNotPay can simplify the process for you and make it easy to get in contact.

East Jersey State Prison Contact Information

is located near the Ernest L. Oros Wildlife Preserve. It features a dome that's easily visible from the highway. Here's the address and general contact information:

Physical Address1100 Woodbridge Road Rahway, NJ 07065
Mailing AddressLock Bag R Rahway, NJ 07065
Phone Number(732) 499-5010
WebsiteState of New Jersey Department of Corrections

You can reach the facility on foot if you live or are staying in the area, or via car or bus.

Want to Contact an Inmate at East Jersey State Prison? This Is What You Need to Know

You can visit or send mail to inmates at , but you must follow specific guidelines.


Inmate visitation is permitted at the main facility on Saturday and Sunday:

  • Period 1: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (registration from 7:45 AM - 9:00 AM)
  • Period 2: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (registration from 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM)

Window visits are permitted on weekdays. These last one hour and each inmate is allowed one window visit per week:

  • Period 1: Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM (registration from 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM)
  • Period 2: Monday-Friday 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (registration from 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM)
  • Night Visits: Monday-Thursday 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM or 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The Rahway Camp allows visitors on Saturday and Sunday:

  • Period 1: 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM (registration from 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM)
  • Period 2: 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM (registration from 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM)

To visit an inmate, you must be included on the inmate's visitor list. You can request to be placed on that list by writing to the inmate, and you will be notified if you've been approved. When you visit, dress appropriately and make sure you bring one of the five approved forms of identification:

  1. Current photo driver's license
  2. Current photo Welfare/Medicaid card
  3. Employment photo ID
  4. Current passport
  5. Federal, state, county, or city ID card

Sending Money

You can send money to an inmate via JPay. You will need to know the inmate's name and ID number.

Sending Mail

Inmate Name, SBI Number, State Number, Housing Unit

East Jersey State Prison

Lock Bag R

Rahway, NJ 07065

If the envelope is not properly addressed, it will be returned to the sender. All mail is inspected before the inmate receives it to ensure it doesn't include any prohibited items or materials.

Sending Email

Inmates may sign up for email service, and they can access emails from kiosks in the facility. They do not have internet access, and all email correspondence is monitored.

Making Phone Calls

You cannot call an inmate unless for a verifiable emergency, but an inmate can call you via collect call (you pay for the call) or debit call (the inmate pays for the call). To get telephone privileges, an inmate must fill out the Inmate IPIN Request Form and list up to 10 people they may like to call (they may change the names on this list during their time in the facility). Those names and numbers will be verified and approved, and calls will be monitored.

You're not allowed to use a cell phone to answer an inmate's call, and if you make any attempt to answer a second call via call waiting, create a three-way call, or transfer the call, the call will end automatically.

Keep in mind that calls from prison can be astronomically expensive, with a national average of $5.74 for a 15-minute phone call—a cost that can run as high as $24.82 for a 15-minute call, depending upon the location.

The Challenges of Contacting an Inmate at East Jersey State Prison

Contacting loved ones at should be pretty straightforward, but you may face some hiccups when writing letters, visiting, or receiving phone calls. There are strict guidelines in place that outline how to address envelopes and send money. Making small mistakes can result in the letter being returned to you or the money going to the wrong inmate. Phone calls are expensive, and it can be time-consuming to look up prison addresses, confirm your loved one is still at that facility, and go to the post office to send a letter.

If you're not sure how to find or correspond with an inmate, DoNotPay can help you get it right the first time. Use our simple Connect With an Inmate product to determine where your loved one is located by entering their name and state, then send and receive letters quickly and easily.

How to Get in Touch With Your Loved Ones in Prison via DoNotPay

Save time and hassle by using DoNotPay to help you locate your imprisoned friend or family member and get in touch with them. You won't have to worry about properly addressing envelopes or finding time to go to the post office. You just focus on the message you want to send to your loved one, and we'll take care of the rest. This is how DoNotPay can quickly get you connected with an inmate at or any other correctional facility:

  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!

DoNotPay can help you connect with inmates in any prison, but that's not all. Our complete range of services takes the guesswork out of many of life's most common hassles.

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