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New Jersey

Map of New Jersey with spikes representing the active metric for each facility.

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980

2.0k

Spikes represent the cumulative cases in a facility for incarcerated people

Statewide among incarcerated people

Cases

Cumulative Case Rate

Data Grade

State Facilities

4,684

33%

Federal Facilities

2,247

44%

ICE Detention Centers

142

26%

Statewide among staff

Cases

Data Grade

State Facilities

2,252

Federal Facilities

Unavailable

ICE Detention Centers

Unavailable

Facilities by

FacilityIncarcerated PeopleStaff

Fort Dix Federal Correctional Institution

Federal Facilities

1,956N/A

South Woods State Prison

State Facilities

1,127252

Bayside State Prison

State Facilities

562131

Garden State Youth Correctional Facility

State Facilities

555190

Adult Diagnostic And Treatment Center

State Facilities

410153

Data Reporting & Quality Scorecard

Data Reporting
& Quality Grade
F

This scorecard assesses data reporting and quality for the state department of corrections in New Jersey. Read more about our scoring methodology and to see how this jurisdiction compares to other state and federal systems.

Scores assessed as of May 10, 2021. Scores will be reevaluated on a monthly basis.

Data reporting for incarcerated people
Cumulative Casesreported at the facility level

By facility

Cumulative Deathsreported at the facility level

By facility

Active Casesnot reported

None

Tests Administerednot reported

None

Populationnot reported

None

Vaccinationsreported systemwide

Systemwide only

Data reporting for staff
Cumulative Casesreported at the facility level

By facility

Cumulative Deathsnot reported

None

Active Casesnot reported

None

Tests Administerednot reported

None

Populationreported systemwide

Systemwide only

Vaccinationsnot reported

None

Data quality
Machine ReadableNo

No

Regularly UpdatedYes

Yes

Clearly DefinedNo

No

Contextualized HistoricallyNo

No

Legal Filings and Court Orders Related to COVID

2

number of courts

13

number of facilities

10

compassionate releases granted

24

filings coded by our team

Our project collaborates with Bronx Defenders, Columbia Law School’s Center for Institutional and Social Change, and Zealous to collect legal documents from around the country related to COVID-19 and incarceration. Together, we then organize and code them into the jointly managed Health is Justice litigation hub for public defenders, litigators, and other advocates. The majority of the legal documents in the Health is Justice litigation hub are federal court opinions, but we are expanding to state legal filings, declarations, and exhibits.

In addition to the Health is Justice litigation hub, our project also manages additional data self-reported by advocates regarding COVID-19-related legal filings involving incarcerated youth and individuals in immigration detention.

For more COVID-19-related legal filings, please visit the University of Michigan Law School’s Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse, COVID-19 Special Collection.

Prison and Jail Releases Related to COVID

We collect data on jurisdictions across the U.S. that have released people from adult prison and jail custody in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

JurisdictionFacility/facilitiesAuthorizing agent(s)Date*Overall population reduction/ total # of releases**Population prior to releases***Known facility capacity****Release detailsSource
New JerseyStatewide prisonsGovernor4/24/20205420000Minor offenses, Short remaining sentence, Vulnerable populations
New JerseyStatewide prisonsNJ Legislature11/4/20202200Short remaining sentence
State-wideState-wide4/15/202013618933
State-wideState-wideCourts4/15/2020697Parole/probation violation, Minor offenses
  1. For the most part, we only include release efforts where the data source includes some sort of programmatic description of who is being released (e.g., people with technical violations of parole, people charged with non-violent crimes, etc.). You can find our full prison releases dataset here and jail releases dataset here.

  2. *date of releases, if available. Otherwise, date on which releases first were reported.

  3. **total number of releases reported when available. Otherwise, the change in population to which the releases contributed is reported.

  4. ***last reported inmate population before releases were realized

  5. ****capacity is often determined differently across jurisdictions and some facilities often report more than one capacity number. In these cases, we report the higher of the figures available.

Grassroots and Community Organizing Efforts Related to COVID

Our team collects data on grassroots and community organizing efforts by incarcerated people, their families, community-based organizations, nonprofits, and advocates aimed at influencing government agencies to protect the lives of people incarcerated in prisons, jails, and detention centers against the threats posed by COVID-19.

Target facilityCountyDate of actionOrganizationType of effortInternal/ externalEffort concernsSource
Hudson County Correctional CenterHudson County3/23/2020ICE DetaineesHunger Strike Sanitation improvements
Passaic County JailPaterson4/4/2020Incarcerated folks at Passaic County JailUprising/Protest–InternalExternal
Southern State Correctional FacilityCumberland County4/9/202063 incarcerated folks at Southern State Correctional FacilityUprising/Protest–InternalExternalTesting procedures, Sanitation improvements
StatewideEssex, Bergen, Elizabeth, and Hudson3/20/2020Immigrants detained by ICE in Essex County, Bergen County, Elizabeth, and Hudson County Correctional FacilitiesHunger StrikeExternalAccelerated releases, Sanitation improvements
  1. You can find our full dataset here.