South Woods State Prison
Administrator: Christopher Holmes
Inmate Mailing Address:
Inmates are allowed to receive books, magazines and pictures. All books and magazines must be Paperback and must come directly from the following:
Amazon.com New Books and Magazines only.
Learn more about sending books and packages to an inmate by reading our guide here.
Sending Money to an inmate in NJ
Money orders and certified checks are the only approved form of money received through the mail that can be accepted by the correctional facility for deposit into an inmate's account. Personal checks and cash will not be accepted and will be returned to the sender.
Visitors may only bring a money order or certified check to the correctional facility for deposit to an inmate's account. Cash will not be accepted.
Each facility may place a limit on the amount of funds which an inmate is permitted to receive per day, and per visitor.
All funds mailed or in person will be posted to the inmate's account in full.
For more information read the New Jersey guide to prison here.
Visit privileges will be granted to approved visitors only. The offender is responsible for submitting a list containing names and addresses of potential visitors. If you wish to be included on an offender’s visit list, you must contact the offender in writing. You must wait until the offender notifies you that you have been approved to visit. Inquiries concerning denied/disapproved visitors can be addressed through the Associate Administrator/designee’s office.
1. The following persons may be approved to visit an offender: relatives; close friends; clergy; and persons who may have a constructive influence. Children under the age of 18 are not permitted to visit unless accompanied by an adult family member.
2. Attorney/Attorney representative visits require at least 24-hour advanced notice to ensure the availability of space, staff, and the offender.
3. Visiting and registration times for SWSP are:
FACILITIES 1, 2, 3, and ECU-Visits are available on Saturday and Sunday according to the facility schedule. The first session is the AM visit session. The second session is the PM visit session. Each offender is permitted to receive one (1) visit on Saturday and one (1) visit on Sunday, if approved for contact visits. The Saturday and Sunday visit sessions will alternate between AM and PM visit sessions weekly based on the offender’s housing unit. The offender is responsible for informing the visitor of his permitted visit session on Saturday and Sunday and this schedule is available to him on his housing unit.
Visit New Jersey DOC or contact the facility for current visiting schedule, as the visiting schedule for this institution changes frequently.
|FACILITIES 1, 2, 3, and ECU|
|Saturday, Sunday||Registration: 8:00AM-9:30 AM, 11:30 AM-1:00 PM
Visits: 8:30 AM-10:30 AM, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
|Saturday, Sunday||Registration: 8:00 AM-10:00 AM, 12:00 PM-2:00 PM
Visits: 8:30 AM-10:30 AM, 12:30 PM-3:00 PM
|Visits are available on Saturday and Sunday. Offenders housed
in the Minimum Unit are permitted two (2) visits on
Saturday and two (2) visits on Sunday.
4. Visitors must present photo identification. Acceptable forms of photo identification include: a current photo driver’s license; a current photo Welfare/Medicaid card; an employment photo ID; a County photo ID; or a current passport.
5. Space permitting, the maximum number of permissible visitors for an offender of SWSP is four (4) adults and unlimited children (accompanied by an immediate family member or legal guardian). Visitors must properly supervise any children with them to prevent injury or the disruption of visits or face possible visit termination.
6. Visitors may only bring a money order or certified check (maximum of $150.00) to the facility for deposit into an offender’s account. Cash, personal checks, foreign checks and other gifts are strictly prohibited and will not be accepted. The donor’s full name and address must be legible and must include the following: Full First Name, Full Last Name; Street Address, which includes a number and name of the street; Name of City; Name of State; Zip Code. Note: The use of a PO Box number will not be accepted without all of the above required
information. Funds will only be accepted at the time of registration.
7. In accordance with N.J.A.C. 10A: 18-6.14, all visitors, their belongings, and their
vehicles are subject to searches while on the premises. Visitors are subject to search by a scanning device and/or a pat-frisk and passive canine searches prior to entering the visit hall. Visitors will be afforded reasonable privacy during the searches. If a visitor refuses to submit to a search and there is no reasonable suspicion that the visitor is in possession of contraband, the visitor shall be directed to leave the prison facility’s grounds. Any visitor suspected to be in possession of contraband will be detained and subjected to a search and arrest. If a controlled dangerous substance is discovered, in the possession of, or in the vehicle of the visitor, the visitor shall be permanently banned from
visiting an inmate committed to the custody of the NJ Department of Corrections.
8. All prospective visitors must disclose the following: If he/she is a volunteer in a NJDOC facility; If he/she is an employee or former employee of the NJDOC, or any other law enforcement agency; If he/she has an adult criminal conviction; If he/she is currently on Parole or Probation. Visitors in any of these categories must submit a written request to the Administrator. Failure to disclose this information shall result in the visitor being banned from visiting an offender committed to the custody of the NJDOC for a minimum of sixty (60) days and the visitor shall be required to apply in writing to the Administrator for Approval/Disapproval of the reinstatement of visit privileges. The decision of the Administrator shall be on a case-by-case basis.
9. By special arrangements, an inmate housed in the Extended Care Unit who cannot go to the Visit Hall may be approved for a visit with immediate, adult family members in the ECU by the Administrator/designee. Arrangements for these visits are coordinated through Social Services.
10. Once a visitor enters the Medium Facility Visit Hall, he/she will not be permitted to leave until the termination of the session and the visit count is cleared.
11. No type of camera is permitted. Photographing or filming of any area or grounds is not permitted. The institution reserves the right to confiscate any film, camera, cellular phone, or electronic communication device being used to photograph the prison. No form of electronic communication device is permitted in the visit hall and is considered contraband. As such visitors will not be permitted to utilized cellular phones or electronic communication devices in the lobby area while awaiting visits. Such items are to be locked in the visitor’s vehicle or immediately secured in a locker in the lobby area upon entrance.
12. Visitors may use lockers in the prison’s lobby during visits to store non-permissible items. Use of the lockers will be at the visitor’s expense and the prison is not responsible for property left in the lockers.
13. Offenders and visitors may embrace and kiss briefly only at the beginning and end of the visit. An inmate and visitor may hold hands during a visit.
14. Seating arrangements will not be changed and chairs may not be moved without approval of the Visit Hall Supervisor.
15. Persons appearing to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs will have their visit terminated.
16. Cross visiting is not permitted. Inmates must confine their visiting to their own visitors and shall not fraternize with the visitors of other inmates. Special arrangements may be made when immediate family members have more than one family member incarcerated at South Woods State Prison.
17. Visitors with small children may bring the following items inside the visit hall:
Two (2) diapers; one travel size pack of baby wipes; Two (2) plastic baby bottles; and; One (1) receiving blanket (flannel or thermal), one-ply only; no binding and no quilting.
18. The following items will not be permitted: Glass baby bottles; Car seats of any type; Strollers or carriages; Baby food jars; Diaper bags; Toys; Coolers, ice chests, or insulated bags; Money; Wallets; Car Keys.
19. Visitors shall only be authorized to carry the following “rescue” keep-on-person medications into the visiting area: Nitroglycerin tablets and nitroglycerin paste;
Asthma Inhalers; Injectable epinephrine (must be sealed in pre-filled syringe).
All medications must be in pharmacy labeled bottle and bear the user’s name.
20. Extended visits for persons from a long distance may be granted at the discretion of the Administrator/designee. All requests must come directly from the offender to the Associate Administrator’s office for approval at least five (5) working days prior to the requested visit. Visitors must live a significant distance from the institution to be considered.
21. Further visit information is posted at the facility. Complete policies and procedures may be obtained through an Open Public Records Request. On-line requests may be submitted through the following link: http://www.state.nj.us/corrections/opra/html/opramain.html.
22. Proper attire is required as a condition of admission to a correctional facility. Click on the following link to view the Visitor Dress Code requirements. http://www.state.nj.us/corrections/pdf/cia_visitation/dress_code.pdf.
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