Essex County Jail, NJ Inmate Search, Mugshots, Prison Roster

Updated on: February 11, 2022
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973-621-2132, 973-621-2133
60 Nelson Place, Newark, NJ, 07102

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Essex County Jail is located in Newark, New Jersey and serves this town and surrounding areas.

The sheriff operates the Essex County Jail. The jail houses inmates who are 17 years old and above who have been arrested by all Essex County law enforcement agencies or who are arrested in Essex County by federal or state agencies.

The sheriff is responsible for the health, safety, and welfare of individuals in custody in accordance with court-established guidelines, and for preventing inmate escapes from custody.

Essex County Jail Prison Information

Jail Name Essex County Jail
Jail Type County Jail
Location 60 Nelson Place, Newark, NJ, 07102
Contact Numbers 973-621-2132, 973-621-2133
City Newark
Postal Code 7102
State New Jersey
County Essex County

Essex County Sheriffs Office

Sheriff Armando B. Fontoura
Address 50 West Market Street, Newark, New Jersey, 07102
Phone 973-621-4111
Fax 973-621-4066
Website website

Inmate Resources for Family and Friends

Public Records Online Search

Criminal Records and Contact Info aggregated from real law enforcement agencies and government court houses.

Inmate Search

If you know someone who has been arrested in Essex County, you can check this website and do an inmate search. Just search for their first and last name, and you will see the inmate’s information.

You can also look for someone you know by browsing the inmate roster.

Sending a Mail

Inmate mail should be addressed as follows:

(Inmate’s Cell Location and SPN Number)
Essex County Jail
60 Nelson Place, Newark, NJ, 07102

For safety and security purposes, follow these standards when sending mail to inmates through the U.S. Postal Service. Mail that does not meet these standards will be returned to the sender. Legal mail is the only exception.

  • ONLY Postcards can be used to contact inmates through the U.S. Mail.

  • Postage must be metered or stamps must be pre-printed. Adhesive or glued stamps will not be accepted.

  • Postcards must be a minimum size of 3 ½ inches by 4 ¼ inches and a maximum size of 4 ¼ inches by 6 inches.

  • The actual postcard must be white.

  • Messages must be written in blue or black ink only.

  • Defaced or altered postcards will not be accepted (postcards with plastic or wrappings; postcards marked with paint, crayon, or markers; postcards with labels stickers, watermarks, or stains; postcards with biohazards, including perfumes or lipsticks; postcards depicting nudity, weapons, or gang reference; postcards containing an affixed stamp).

Sending Money

Money can be deposited to an inmate account in three ways:

  1. Make a direct deposit using cash or a debit card at a kiosk in the jail lobby or the Essex County Jail lobby

  2. Make deposits using TouchPay™ service. Call 866-232-1899 or online at

  3. Send a Money Order to the jail using these procedures: 1) Only Western Union or U.S. Postal money orders for up to $75 are accepted. 2) The envelope must be clearly marked “inmate accounting” 3) No additional correspondence will be accepted with incoming inmate funds. 4) If additional contents are located in the envelope, the entire package will be returned to sender.

Phone Calls

Inmates at Essex County Jail can make outgoing phone calls through SECURUS Technologies using inmate debit. Inmate Debit is an inmate-owned prepaid calling account used by inmates to pay for their own telephone calls.

Inmates cannot accept incoming calls.

Visiting Rules

All visitors must be on the inmate’s approved visitation list to use either the on-site or the online (At-Home) remote services. An approved visitor is allowed only one visit per week.

All visits are by appointment only and must be scheduled 24 hours in advance by coming in to the Essex County Jail or by registering online.

Video Visitation Center

Inmates in the Essex County Jail can visit with friends or family at the jail’s video visitation center or remotely (At-Home) via the internet.

Each inmate is allowed two 30-minute visits per week at the visitation center.

Visitation Rules/Procedures

  • Visitors to the jail visitation center must present a valid government-issued photo identification card, such as an official driver’s license, a state-issued identification card, or a military identification card. Use of the visitation center is free.

  • Appropriate dress is required and no tobacco products, cell phones, or other electronic devices are allowed inside the jail.

Online (at home) visits

  • Remote online (At-Home) visitation is available for a fee from any device with internet access and/or a webcam, including a home, library, office computer, or a “smartphone” (Android or I-Phone).

  • Remote visitation costs $5.00 (five dollars) for each 30-minute session. Call 973-621-2132, 973-621-2133 for more information.

Visitation Hours

Sunday 7:30 Am to 2:30 PM
Monday 7:30 AM to 9:00 PM
Tuesday 7:30 AM to 9:00 PM
Wednesday 7:30 AM to 9:00 PM
Thursday 7:30 AM to 9:00 PM
Friday 7:30 AM to 9:00 PM
Saturday 7:30 Am to 2:30 PM


Refer the map below to find the driving directions.

Essex County Prison Statistics

Essex County Jail Held Inmates

Jail Population Held for State Prison 124
Jail Population Held for Out-of-State Prison -
Jail Population Held for State Jail 36
Jail Population Held for Federal Agencies 993
Jail Population Held for Out-of-State Jail 4
Jail Population Held for ICE 780

Essex County Jail Admissions By Race

Black Jail Population 998
Asian Jail Population 43
White Jail Population 342
Native Jail Population 10
Latino Jail Population 763

Essex County Prison Population By Race

Native Prison Population -
Other Prison Population 85
Latino Prison Population 202
Asian Prison Population -
White Prison Population 134
Black Prison Population 2,335

Essex County Jail Admissions

Total Jail Admissions 16,960
Male Jail Population 2,132
Total Jail Population 3,058
Female Jail Population 43

Essex County Pretrial Jail Population

Pretrial Jail Population 1,015
Female Pretrial Jail Population 175
Male Pretrial Jail Population 1,976

Essex County Prison Admissions

Total Prison Admissions 1,068
Black Prison Admissions 891
Other Prison Admissions 84
Native Prison Admissions -
Latino Prison Admissions 24
White Prison Admissions 69
Male Prison Admissions 1,038
Asian Prison Admissions -
Female Prison Admissions 30

Essex County Prison Population

Female Prison Population 82
Total Prison Population 2,756
Male Prison Population 2,674