Scott V. Spina Law Firm Prison Visits

Scott V. Spina Law Firm Prison Visits

by | Oct 25, 2022 | Uncategorized

Window Visit

The Window Visit telephone receivers in New Jersey State Prison are of a plug-in type. When you report to the Window Visit area, the Officer in the booth will provide you with a telephone. When you are given the phone, you are to plug it in at the Officer’s booth and check it with the Officer to be certain that it works properly. You are then to go to your assigned Window Visit booth and plug the telephone into the jack in the wall.

The visitor will then take the phone to the assigned Window Visit booth and plug it into the wall-mounted jack. At the end of the Window Visit, inmate and visitor will return the telephones to the Officer, who will again test them to be certain that they still work.

If the telephone used by the inmate does not work due to obvious breakage or abuse, the inmate will be given a disciplinary charge and be responsible for replacement or repair costs. If the visitor’s telephone is broken, the visitor’s Window Visit privileges may be suspended pending an investigation of the reasons for the damage.


Contact visits are for prison not jail.  General Population inmates are permitted to receive one Contact Visit on a Contact Visit Day from an authorized persons on their Visit List.  General Population, male inmates, Contact Visits are held on Saturday and Sunday.  An inmate may not have more than two Contact Visits per week.  Inmates in General Population are permitted to have both a Window Visit and a Contact Visit on the same day, but not from the same person.

A maximum of sixty (60) inmates may receive Contact Visits at one time. Contact Visits for General Population Inmates are held on Saturdays and Sundays. There are also Contact Visit programs for inmates in the Management Control Unit and Window Visits for Protective Custody and Administrative Segregation both male and female inmates.

To ensure safe and well-controlled Contact Visits, a maximum of sixty (60) inmates will be registered for each Contact Visit period.  Visitor lines begin as early as two hours before the start of registration period because once the number of visitors reaches 60, no more visits are permitted.  Visitors should be encouraged to register for Contact Visits as early as possible, as no late or extended registration times will be permitted.

Inmates who are classified General Population but are in temporary Emergency Housing are permitted Contact Visits These require the prior written approval of the Administrator and are granted on a case-by-case basis.

Visitors should be ready for entry into the Visit Hall ten minutes before the time the visit is scheduled to start, to ensure that the Contact Visits begin on time.  You need to have a picture ID.  Do not wear anything with metal on it or beige pants or entry will be refused.  There is a locker for personal belongings so bring quarters.  There is a bathroom to use before entering the visitor’s area.

Inmates will be permitted a maximum of two Contact Visits each week. A “Contact Visit Week” is defined as Saturday and Sunday. A maximum of four adults and an unlimited number of children of your immediate family are permitted to register for one and only one Contact Visit each Contact Visit Day.

  • First Visit Period: Registration: 7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. – Confirmation: 8:45 a.m. — 9:30 a.m. Visit Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Second Visit Period: Registration: 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. – Confirmation: 12:00 p.m. — 1:30 p.m. Visit Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

There will be no Contact Visits on the following holidays: New Year’s Day (No Window Visits) Labor Day Martin Luther King Day Columbus Day Lincoln’s Birthday (President’s Day) Election Day Washington’s Birthday Veteran’s Day (Observed) Memorial Day Thanksgiving July 4 – Independence Day Christmas (No Window Visits)

Losing your visit

An individual may NOT receive both a Contact and Window Visit from the same person on the same day without special permission from either the Administrator (or designate) or the Prison Classification Committee.

You are NOT permitted to receive a General Population Contact Visit if: –

  • You have lost your visiting privileges because of disciplinary charges
  • You are housed in a Close Custody Housing Unit (Hospital, Protective Custody, Management Control, Administrative Segregation, Infirmary, 1-C Observation, and Disciplinary Detention Emergency Housing)
  • You are confined to the Infirmary as a non-ambulatory (bed-ridden) patient or if you are prevented from having Contact Visits for reasons of health by the Medical Department
  • You are non-ambulatory (unable to walk) and require any type of escort as determined by the Unit Captain


General Population inmates who are non-ambulatory patients are permitted to have bedside visits if they have the medical approval of the On-Duty Physician and the Administrator. Depending upon the seriousness of the illness, visits for hospitalized General Population inmates may be held in the Infirmary area.

Hospitalized inmates who are classified either Close Custody or Lock-Up are not permitted bedside visits.

Bedside visits are one-half hour in length, must be scheduled, and approved twenty-four hours before the visit. Visits are scheduled daily.   Two visitors of your immediate family (no children under 18) will be permitted a one-half hour visit in the hospital area daily between the hours of:

  • 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
  • 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


The Sympathy Contact Visit Program has been put into effect to help strengthen family ties after the loss of an immediate family member for those inmates who have been denied a Compassionate Bedside Visit or Funeral Visit.  No more than one Sympathy Contact Visit will be permitted.

You must request, in writing, approval for a Sympathy Contact Visit and send this to your Unit Social Worker. Requests for a Sympathy Contact Visit must be received within five working days of the family member’s death. You will be notified of the Administration’s decision through the Social Work Department.

Management Control Unit inmates are also eligible for Sympathy Contact Visits, except that visits will be scheduled in accordance with the needs and security concerns of their areas.

Inmates who are classified in Administrative Segregation, Protective Custody and One-Left Detention Units are not eligible for Sympathy Contact Visits. However, they will be eligible for consideration for a Sympathy Window Visit.


An individual with a criminal record who wishes to visit must receive permission to do so from the Administrator and/or the Prison Classification Committee. However, an application for an ex-offender visit must be started by the inmate and is subject to review by the Prison Classification Committee. Any past record of conviction by a local, state, or federal authority; should be provided for review by the Administrator or designee. This last condition does not automatically prevent such persons from visit eligibility but may be used to exclude certain persons who are not members of an inmate’s immediate family. To this subsection ONLY and pursuant to N.J.A.C. 10A:1-2.2 immediate family is defined as Spouse, Parent, Stepparent, Legal Guardian, Grandparent, brother, sister, and/or children.


Any licensed attorney, regardless of his/her, public or private affiliation that is listed in the New Jersey Lawyer’s Diary and Manual may have a Contact Visit with you. Appointments must be made at least twenty-four hours in advance by calling New Jersey State Prison’s Mail Room. Attorney visits are held Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Attorneys not licensed by the State of New Jersey must contact the Administrator’s Office twenty-four hours before the intended visit to get permission to visit. There is no limit on the number of legal visits an attorney may have with you, nor does the number of legal visits in any way affect the number of Contact Visits or Window Visits you may receive from family and friends.

All Contact Visits from representatives of the Probation Department or legal aides, paralegals, investigators representing private firms or public agencies must be approved regardless of the time of the appointment. Hours for these persons to visit are the same as those for attorneys. These appointments must be made through the Administrator’s Office.


You are permitted to have visits with representatives of the media (radio, television, newspapers). However, the Department of Corrections’ Office of Public Information must approve all requests for this type of visit in advance. Upon approval, arrangements will be made by the Administrator’s Office. Both you and the media representative will be required to complete the necessary consent forms.

Money for inmates

As of February 9, 2014, all NJ DOC facilities will no longer be accepting money orders. All money orders must be sent to JPay. Money orders will be processed within approximately two business days from the date the money order was received. For all future money order deposits, please follow these steps: Print and complete a JPay deposit form from  You need the inmate’s number to set up a JPay account.

For more information contact Scott V. Spina directly at 973-743-4801 or email   WEBSITE 

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