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Essex Co Jail Visitation Center

County Jail

Last Updated: March 29,2024


Visitation Hours

Essex Co Jail - Visitation

Times and days are subject to change without notice

  • Monday 8:30 am - 4 pm
  • Thursday 9 am - 4 pm
  • Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday 10 am - 3:30 pm
  • Sunday 10 am - 3:30 pm

This facility may also have a video visitation option, please call 973-274-7500, and ask for the "visiting room CO on duty" for more information, alerts, or rule changes.

General Visitation Information

Essex County NJ Correctional Facility (ICE) - Visitation

NON–CONTACT VISITS

Dorms 1, 2, 4 & 2C3 (Visits will be held on Level 3)
Dorms 3, 5, 6 & 7 (Visits will be held on Level 4)

Building #2
Building #5
Wednesdays and Sundays
10:15 am – 1:30 pm
(No visitors will be permitted access after 1:00 pm)
2:30 pm – 5:45 pm
(No visitors will be permitted access after 5:15 pm)

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Building #3
Building #4
Thursdays and Saturdays
10:15 am – 1:30 pm
(No visitors will be permitted access after 1:00 pm)
2:30 pm – 5:45 pm
(No visitors will be permitted access after 5:15 pm)

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Infirmary
Fridays
10:15 am – 1:30 pm
(No visitors will be permitted access after 1:00 pm)

ATTORNEY VISITS - Daily
7:00 am – 12:30 pm

3:00pm – 6:30pm
(No attorneys will be permitted access after 6:30 pm)

VISITATION SCHEDULE
CONTACT VISITS
Monday & Tuesday
No Visitation

Wednesday
Dorms 1-7 2C3 – 12:00pm – 7:00pm
4B3/4C3 - No Visitation

Thursday
Dorms 1-7 2C3– 4:00pm – 7:00pm
4B3/4C3– 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Friday
No Visitation

Saturday
Dorms 1-7 2C3 – 12:00pm – 3:00pm
4B3/4C3 - No Visitation

Sunday
Dorms 1-7 2C3 – 12:00pm – 7:00pm
4B3/4C3– 4:00pm – 7:00pm

CONTACT VISITS
(for all ICE Housing Units)

Monday No Visits
Tuesday No Visits
Wednesday 12:00pm – 3:00pm and 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Thursday 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Friday No Visits
Saturday 12:00pm – 3:00pm and 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Sunday 12:00pm – 4:00pm

​Visitation is available:

  • Buildings 2 and 5: Wednesdays and Sundays 10:15 AM - 1:30 PM and 2:30 PM - 5:45 PM.
  • Buildings 3 and 4: Thursdays and Saturdays: 10:15 AM - 1:30 PM and 2:30 PM - 5:45 PM.
  • Although we make every attempt to accommodate such visits they are subject to availability of the Visitation Room and the security requirements of the facility.
  • Detainees are allotted one hour for visitation. More time may be authorized by the Warden for family members traveling significant distances dependent upon the number of visitors and staff availability. Minors who are visiting the facility must be accompanied by an adult guardian (18 years or older).
  • To ensure adequate time to process visitors through security, all visitors must arrive one hour prior to the scheduled visit time.

Adult visitors must present a valid, verifiable government-issued identification card to enter the facility.

Minors who are visiting the facility must be accompanied by an adult guardian (18 years or older). Minors must not be left unaccompanied in the waiting room, visiting room or any other area.

Attorney Visits

Legal representatives of detainees are authorized to visit their clients during the following hours:

Attorneys and/or paralegals may visit detainees seven days a week from 7 AM until 7 PM, including holidays.

A list of pro bono (free) legal organizations will be posted in all detainee housing units and other appropriate areas. This list shall be updated quarterly. If a detainee wishes to see a representative or paralegal from that organization, it is the detainee’s responsibility to contact them for an appointment.

Consular Visits

Consular officials may meet with their detained nationals at any time. It is requested that prior arrangements be made with the ICE Supervisory Deportation Officer to the extent possible and that consular officials bring appropriate credentials when they come to the facility. The ICE Supervisory Deportation Officer for this facility can be reached at (973) 776-7500.

Clergy Visits

Clergy may visit detainees at any time but must make prior arrangements with the Chaplain’s Office.

Visiting Restrictions

  • All family or other social visits are Non-contact.
  • No firearms or weapons of any kind are permitted in the facility.
  • If visitors are or appear to be intoxicated, visitation will not be allowed.
  • All visitors are subject to search while in the facility.
  • Visitors are not allowed to pass or attempt to pass any items to detainees.
  • Visitors are not allowed to carry any items into the visitation area.

Search Procedures (prior to or during all visitations)

All individuals requesting admittance to the facility or the visitation area are subject to a pat-down search of their person, an inspection of their belongings, and a metal scan search. Individuals refusing to cooperate with a reasonable search will not be admitted. No firearms or weapons of any kind are permitted. No electronic devices (cell phones, pagers, radios, etc.) are permitted in the secure areas of this facility.​

Visiting Inmates at Essex County NJ Correctional Facility

All Visitors are subject to search once inside the facility.

The public may visit no more than one time per week, Monday through Saturday at this Newark NJ location. Visitors must sign inat least 15 minutes before their scheduled visits. If you schedule a visit and don't show up or show up late, you will not be allowed to visit the rest of that week, including Saturday. If a visit on Saturday is scheduled, and the visitor does not show up or shows up late, they will not be allowed to visit until the following Saturday. Repeated late arrival or no-show violations may result in longer suspension of visiting privileges. Inmates are allowed no more than one (1) visit per day. Visitors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian, unless they are visiting a parent. Unaccompanied minors (under age 18) visiting a parent must present a copy of their birth certificate. Children must remain with the parent at all times during the visit. All visitors must have acceptable identification. This includes a drivers license with picture identification, military ID, or other verifiable picture ID. Three (3) pieces of non-picture ID may substitute for picture ID.

No mail or messages for inmates will be accepted. Mail must go through the U.S. Mail. Visitors may only visit the inmate they have signed up to visit. Any visitor who appears to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs will not be permitted to visit. Inappropriate behavior, including the use of profanity, will not be permitted. No weapons will be permitted. All other items listed in the jail lobby are prohibited. There is a maximum of four (4) visitors per booth, including children, and the door must remain closed.

All visitors must wear appropriate clothing, including shoes and shirts. Restrictions on attire or appearance include: No miniskirts or similar attire; no low-cut or revealing necklines; no attire with obscene or offensive language; and no persons with a bare midriff will be permitted to visit. Visitors cannot bring items into the visiting area including weapons of any kind, purses, handbags, backpacks, diaper bags, food, drink, gum, baby bottles, pictures, books, toys, writing utensils, strollers or carriers, cell phones, cameras, or any other electronic devices.

Violation of the above restrictions may cause the visit to be cancelled or terminated, and visiting privileges may be suspended by the Essex Sheriffs Department. The on-duty supervisor may cancel visits without notice due to circumstances within the jail.

Visitation Rules

County - Rules by type

The Essex County NJ Correctional Facility, located in Newark, NJ, plays a crucial role in facilitating successful offender reintegration into the community, a cornerstone of effective crime control strategies. With a focus on rehabilitation and community engagement, the center aims to support individuals as they transition from incarceration back into society. However, this process is governed by a multitude of rules and regulations that visitors must adhere to, ensuring the safety and security of all involved parties.

Visitors to the prison must navigate a complex set of guidelines regarding identification, conduct, and the items they can bring during visits. These rules are in place to maintain order within the facility and to protect both visitors and inmates. For example, visitors are required to present proper forms of identification upon arrival, such as a driver's license or government-issued ID card. This helps to verify their identity and ensure that they are authorized to visit the inmate.

Furthermore, visitors must adhere to strict rules regarding their conduct while inside the facility. Disruptive behavior, the use of loud or obscene language, or engaging in any form of sexual behavior can result in the termination of the visit and may lead to further consequences. Additionally, visitors are prohibited from bringing certain items into the visiting room, including cell phones, cameras, and weapons. These restrictions help to maintain the safety and security of the facility and prevent any unauthorized items from entering the prison.

In addition to these general rules, there are specific guidelines that visitors must follow depending on their circumstances. For example, visitors with children must ensure that they are supervised at all times and that they do not engage in any inappropriate behavior while inside the facility. Likewise, visitors who require medication during their visit must inform the visiting room officer upon arrival and follow the appropriate procedures to ensure that their medication is properly stored and administered.

Another important aspect of visiting a prison is understanding the limitations and restrictions that may apply to certain individuals. For example, individuals who have previously been incarcerated, are currently under probation or parole supervision, or are victims of the inmate are typically not permitted to visit. Likewise, individuals who have had their visiting privileges suspended or who have an active protection from abuse (PFA) order against them are also prohibited from visiting the inmate.

Despite these restrictions, there are procedures in place for individuals who wish to visit an inmate but are not permitted under normal circumstances. Inmates can initiate a request to have a prohibited visitor added to their visiting list, and a recommendation from the inmate's unit team may allow the visitor to be approved by the facility manager or designee. However, reinstatement of visiting privileges is not guaranteed, and individuals whose visiting privileges have been suspended must write to the appropriate facility manager seeking reinstatement.

Upon arrival at the prison, visitors are subject to a thorough screening process to ensure that they do not bring any contraband into the facility. This includes a search of their person, their belongings, and their vehicle. Visitors must also pass through a metal detector and may be subject to additional screening measures, such as drug screenings conducted by dogs or special devices. Failure to pass these screenings can result in the denial of the visit and may lead to further consequences.

Once inside the visiting room, visitors must continue to adhere to the rules and regulations set forth by the prison. This includes refraining from conversing with other inmates or their guests, as well as following any specific instructions given by the visiting room officers. Visitors are also responsible for keeping control of their children and ensuring that they do not engage in any disruptive behavior.

In addition to these general guidelines, there are specific rules that visitors must follow depending on their circumstances. For example, visitors with infants must adhere to guidelines regarding the types and amounts of baby items they can bring into the visiting room. Likewise, visitors who require medication during their visit must inform the visiting room officer upon arrival and follow the appropriate procedures to ensure that their medication is properly stored and administered.

Overall, visiting a prison requires careful adherence to a complex set of rules and regulations designed to maintain order and security within the facility. By understanding and following these guidelines, visitors can help to ensure a safe and positive experience for themselves, the inmates, and the staff.