If one of your loved ones is incarcerated at New Jersey’s Cape May County Jail, also known as the Cape May County Correctional Center, you’ll need to learn the jail’s mail policies so that you can stay in touch.  If you prefer to see your loved one in person, you might also be interested in reading this article from our Cape May criminal defense lawyers on Cape May County Jail visiting hours.

Rules for Sending Mail to the Cape May County Jail

As you can probably imagine, correctional centers are extremely strict when it comes to what types of items are allowed to enter or exit the facility.  If you want to send your loved one mail, it’s worth taking a few moments to familiarize yourself with the jail’s mailing policies.  If you break the jail’s rules, even accidentally, your package could be refused.  Depending on its contents, you could also get your loved one into trouble.

Mail should be sent to the following address:

Cape May County Correctional Center
C/O Inmate (Inmate’s Name Here)
#4 Moore Road
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210

This address is exclusively intended for letters and mail.  Please do not attempt to send checks, cash, photographs, or any other non-letter objects to this address, as these items will simply be removed from the package.

This brings up another important point: when writing your letter, keep in mind that all mail sent to the correctional center will be intercepted and opened by jail personnel before it can be received by the inmate.  If you wouldn’t want a complete stranger to see or read something you intend to send, it’s probably best to leave it out of your mail correspondence.

For obvious reasons, contraband like drugs and weapons are strictly prohibited (and furthermore, could lead to drug charges or weapons charges).  Items the jail deems inappropriate, such as sexually explicit imagery, will also be removed from your mail.  Since many items, some apparently harmless, can be considered contraband – not just items which are illegal – it’s a good idea to call the jail in advance.  The Cape May County Jail phone number is (609) 465-1233.

What if I Want to Send Money to an Inmate?

If you want to send money to an inmate, do not use the address provided above.  Instead, choose one of the three methods below to add funds to your loved one’s commissary account.  (The commissary is a small store from which inmates can purchase basic goods and comfort items like snacks, apparel, personal care products, and writing supplies.)

  1. Visit the Access Corrections website.  This is the portal the jail uses to process payments online.  If you’re visiting for the first time, click the yellow button that says “click here to register.”  If you’re a returning user, log in using your email address and password.
  2. Visit the jail in person.  There is an ATM located in the lobby.  Visa, MasterCard, and cash are all acceptable forms of payment.  The jail is located at the following address:

Crest Haven Complex
125 Crest Haven Road
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210

Call this toll-free number: (866) 345-1884.  You’ll be prompted to enter your credit card information to make a payment via phone.  Visa and MasterCard are both accepted.

Please be advised the jail no longer accepts money orders for commissary accounts – you must use one of the three methods above.

If you’d like to learn more about adding funds to a commissary account and daily deposit limits, see our article on how to send money to an inmate at the Cape May County Jail.

If you have any questions about the jail’s commissary policies, mail policies, or any other policies, call the Cape May County Correctional Center at the phone number provided above.  If your question involves bail information or jail records, call the following phone number instead: (609) 465-1240.  If your loved one has not been convicted and you intend to post bail, you may want to read our article on how to bail someone out of the Cape May County Correctional Center.

Rely on a Cape May Criminal Defense Attorney With Experience

If one of your loved ones is in custody at the Cape May County Correctional Center while awaiting trial, call the Law Offices of John J. Zarych at (609) 616-4956 for a free and private legal consultation.  Our Cape May County Atlantic City criminal defense lawyers have more than 45 years of experience handling a wide range of felony charges (indictable crimes), misdemeanor charges (disorderly persons offenses), and criminal appeals in Atlantic City, Cape May, and New Jersey.  Whether you have questions about how to post bail, the criminal penalties in New Jersey, or the process of challenging a jail sentence, our knowledgeable attorneys are here to help, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Se habla español.