When visiting New Jersey’s Cape May County Jail, or any correctional facility, it’s important for visitors to follow facility rules about visiting hours and other policies. In this article, our Cape May criminal defense lawyers will go over the Cape May County Jail’s visiting hours, explain how video visits work, and cover the basic rules for visitors.
Rules and Policies for Visitors to the Cape May County Jail
There are two ways to visit an inmate at the Cape May County Jail: on-site, or through a remote video visit. However, before we discuss ways you can visit an inmate, it’s important to cover the general rules for visitors.
First, let’s go over the jail’s dress code for visitors.
Both male and female visitors are required to wear full shirts and covered, closed-toe shoes. The following items of clothing are strictly prohibited:
- No tank tops
- No tube tops or strapless shirts
- No halter tops
- No muscle shirts (sleeveless t-shirts)
- No hoodies or hooded shirts
- No transparent clothing
- No low-cut shirts
- No sandals
- No flip-flops
- No cut-off shorts or homemade shorts
Store-bought shorts are allowed, but must be reach at least mid-thigh. This applies to both male and female visitors. If your fingertips can’t reach the ends of your shorts, they’re probably too short for the jail’s rules. When in doubt, it’s best to err on the side of caution and dress conservatively.
If you’re visiting during fall or winter, you’ll probably want to bring some outerwear. Since sweaters, hats, coats, and jackets are not allowed inside the jail, expect to place your outwear in a locker, which you can rent in the lobby.
Visitors are not allowed to film or take photos during their visit.
Be prepared to pass through strict security screenings, including a metal detector. Metal objects should be placed in a locker or left in your car. If you wouldn’t bring it to an airport, don’t bring it to the jail. Since security screening takes time, make sure to arrive at least 20 minutes early.
Last but not least, you absolutely must bring valid photo ID with you. Only government-issued IDs, like passports, state IDs, or driver’s licenses, are acceptable. School and work ID cards are not acceptable.
During your visit, be sure to follow the rules which are posted in the visiting area. As long as you follow all of these instructions, your visit should be smooth and hassle-free.
Location and Visiting Hours for On-Site and Video Visits: Scheduling Your Appointment
The Cape May County Jail is located at the following address:
125 Crest Haven Rd.
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
Please be advised that you cannot drop in spontaneously. You must make an appointment in advance. To schedule a visitor appointment at the Cape May County Jail, follow these steps:
- Go to iWebVisit.com.
- Create a new account.
- Click “Choose a Facility” and choose “Cape May County Sheriff’s Office.”
- Click “Schedule a Visit,” and type in the inmate’s name and inmate number.
- Choose between “Visit Now” and “Schedule a Visit Later.”
- Please note you will be charged a service fee.
- Visits sessions are 20 minutes long.
Visiting hours for the Cape May County Jail are 8:00 A.M. through 9:00 P.M., seven days a week. However, there is a small gap from 6:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. where visits are not allowed.
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Unfortunately, you will not be permitted to see your loved one in person, even if you arrive for an on-site visit. The jail discontinued this practice in March of 2013. On-site visits are now conducted through video terminals located at the jail.
The video terminals may be crowded on the day of your arrival. If you want to reduce the chance of having to wait for an occupied terminal to open up, it’s best to schedule your visit as early in the day as possible.
If traveling to the jail is not practical, you can easily conduct a remote video visit through the iWebVisit service described above, regardless of whether you live in New Jersey or thousands of miles away. All you need is a high-speed internet connection, speakers, and a web camera.
The day before your scheduled visit, you must call the jail at (609) 465-1233 to confirm your appointment. Calling hours are:
- Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday – 7:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M.
- Friday – 7:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.
Follow the prompts when you call. Do not try to leave a message, because the jail will not receive it – wait on the line for a representative to help you. Calls are taken in the order they are received.
Inmates in general population are permitted up to three visits per day.
If your loved one is in custody at the Cape May County Jail, call the New Jersey criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of John J. Zarych at (609) 616-4956. We can fight the charges, help answer your bail questions, and protect your loved one’s legal rights. Your initial consultation is completely free of charge, and we will keep your information confidential. We handle misdemeanors and felony charges in New Jersey, including sex crimes, drug charges, and weapons crimes. Se habla español.