South Woods State Prison

South Woods State Prison New Jersey

South Woods State Prison

Physical Address:

Administrator:  Christopher Holmes

Telephone:  856-459-7000

Inmate Mailing Address:
South Woods State Prison
215 South Burlington Rd
Bridgeton, NJ 08302

Inmate Mail

Inmates are allowed to receive books, magazines and pictures. All books and magazines must be Paperback and must come directly from the following: 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:

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.

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JP4 Player

Are inmates of Southwoods permitted JP4PLayers. Is the Kiosk available to all?


Starting next month 4\2015 JP4 is allowed.  They are installing the KIOSK on my brother's tier soon.  Info directly from inmate.

phone calls

I heard inamtes are only allowed to call land lines. Is this true? Can they call a google number?

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Inmate calls on cell phones, landlines

Anyone know if this facility has updated their telephone system to allow inmate calls to cell phones?  I know many other states including NY used to only allow calls from landlines but now calls to cell phones are becoming allowed at many institutions due to more and more people only having a cell phone.  Google voice works at most facilities to allow call forwarding to a cell phone, but not all prisons allow this and remember to setup a number local to the prison to save on your calls.

Inmate calls to Cell Phones

no cell phones are allowed to receive calls


Dress Code

I never did this prison thing before &, I don't want to get turned down. What's the "dress code?" When I clicked the link, it said it was expired.

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NJ Inmate Visitation Dress Code

Prohibited Items (Items you cannot bring):
Cell phones, beepers, electronic devices
Credit/Bank Cards
Condoms, cosmetics, candy, cigarettes
Drugs including prescribed
Keys (Only one vehicle key allowed, no remote or alarm attachment)
Purses, handbags, wallets
Weapons/sharp objects

Prohibited Dress items include:
Transparent, fishnet clothing
No undergarments or private areas may be exposed by your clothes
No skin tight clothing
Tops must cover shoulders and midriff.  No tube tops, tank tops, halter tops, or other low cut shirts.
Bottoms must cover wait to mid thigh, no shorts, skirts, dresses ending above the thigh nothing 3 inches above the knee.
No clothing that is military style, resembles inmate or staff clothing or any professional clothing such as medical/postal/delivery uniforms
No shoes or sneakers with wheels, no flip flops, no steel toed boots, no hat or headgear.
No clothing depicting a message that could impact the safety of the institution.
If you are unsure, then don't wear it or bring a change of clothes in your car.



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Visiting schedule

Did you read above under the heading 'Visiting'?  The visiting hours and schedule are right on this page.

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Getting a Television for your inmate, and Phones

You can purchase a LCD or Flat screen television for around $200.  This is by far one of the best things your inmate can get from commissary. 

Phone calls are through Global Tel Link (GTL) just google them and register an account to setup inmate phone calls.


what is the number for globel tel link?

1-877-650-4249 this is their

1-877-650-4249 this is their number....also they are full of it.. my phone now has a block on it from their end. Why i do not know.

whenever i push the number 5

whenever i push the number 5 to connect with the call from the prison, most of the time the call go through.  however NOW i am not getting through some of the time... then  i must call directly to south woods to slove this problem......


How can I purchase the tv for the inmate

TV purchase for inmates at South Woods State Prison

How can I purchase the tv for the inmate?  Can the inmate purchase the TV from the commissary?  If so how much? Can the money be transfered in the inmates account via J-Pay?

Melinda Rizzo

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