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Ocean County Jail & Detention Center Visiting Hours and Visitation Schedule

120 Hooper Avenue
Toms River,
New Jersey
Ocean County
Main Phone: 732-929-2043
Beds: 700
The information below provides complete instructions regarding Ocean County Jail & Detention Center Visiting Hours and Visitation Schedule, Visiting Rules, Inmate Video Visits and Jail Visitation process in Toms River, New Jersey.

Following these instructions exactly will enhance your chances of getting official approval to visit an inmate.

It is highly recommended that prior to an inmate visit you call the jail at 732-929-2043 to confirm that visits have not been cancelled.

Ocean County Jail & Detention Center Visiting Hours, Schedule and Instructions

Step 1

Pre-register for visitation privileges at the jail lobby kiosk or by clicking here.

Step 2

Arrive 15 minutes prior to the visit.

Step 3

Show your valid, government-issued photo ID.

Who Can Visit an Inmate in Ocean County Jail & Detention Center

Anyone over the age of 18, who isn't on felony probation and can produce a valid government-issued photo ID can be approved to visit an inmate in this jail.

NOTE: If you were previously incarcerated in this facility or any state prison,  you must wait a minimum of 12 months from your release date before you can register for a visit.

Visitation applicants in Ocean County must sometimes submit to a background check. Those with warrants are denied visitation or if allowed to visit, will be arrested at the jail.

Children under age 18 must be accompanied by the parent or legal guardian.

Call 732-929-2043 to ask specific questions about this policy or click here for any updates to this policy.

It is likely that the Ocean County Jail & Detention Center will deny visitation to anyone with a past felony conviction regardless of probation/parole status. Call 732-929-2043 prior to arriving for the specific jail guideline regarding your legal status.

If you are a co-defendant with the inmate in a pending case, your visit will be denied.

If you and the inmate are under a court order to have no contact with each other, your visit will be denied.

The Ocean County Jail & Detention Center reserves the right to deny any person the right to enter the jail it chooses and for any reason.

Ocean County Jail & Detention Center Visitation Application Process

Ocean County Jail & Detention Center requires all visitors to pre-register prior to your visiting an inmate. This includes any children who will be visiting the inmate.

Carefully fill out the application. Incomplete paperwork is cause for denial.

Honesty, especially regarding past criminal convictions, probation etc., is important. These things will most likely show up on the background check – which if lied about on the application, will cause visits to be denied.

Call 732-929-2043 to ask specific questions about the application.

Click here to go to the jail's website for more information about the application process. 

Visiting Hours in Ocean County Jail & Detention Center

General Population

Monday through Friday

6 PM – 9:20 PM


8:00 AM - 2:20 PM


8:00 AM - 2:20 PM

Contact Visiting Hours for approved inmate workers

Saturday          6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Sunday            6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

 There will be 4 contact visits per time slot

6:00 PM to 6:30 PM

6:45 PM to 7:15 PM

7:30 PM to 8:00 PM

8:15 PM to 8:45 PM

Inmate workers are allowed one contact visit per month.

No visitation on county holidays.

Each inmate is allowed two visits per week. Each visit is 15 minutes long.

If you are visiting from another state or traveling a great distance, Ocean County Jail & Detention Center may allow you an extended visitation. Call 732-929-2043 to ask for special consideration.

Call 732-929-2043 or click here to view normal visiting hours and procedures for scheduling a visit.

Ocean County Jail & Detention Center Visitation Dress Code

The Ocean County Jail & Detention Center staff will turn anyone away who is not dressed appropriately for a visit.

The best way to be sure the visit takes place is to dress as if you are meeting someone's grandmother for the first time. 

Wear clothes that are not revealing.

Don't wear see-through material.

Have all undergarments covered (males and females) and avoid a lot of cleavage.

Shorts and skirts should reach mid-thigh.

Sleeves should be at least half-way to your elbow.

The following types of clothing are also prohibited:

Clothing promoting gang affiliation.

Anything displaying drugs, weapons or profanity.

Clothing depicting anything obscene.

Call 732-929-2043 to ask specific questions about the Ocean County Jail & Detention Center Visitation Dress Code guidelines or click here for complete instructions.

Ocean County Jail & Detention Center Visitation Tips, Rules and Guidelines

The Warden or his designee may approve visits under special circumstances where sufficient cause exists indicating an emergency or other need that cannot be facilitated or would cause undue hardship to the inmate or his family to visit during normal visiting hours.

Inmates housed in the Assessment Unit/Cells are ineligible for visits.

Inmates in Sanction Housing or Disciplinary Detention will lose visitation privileges.

Jail visits are conducted on a televised screen from another location.

Everyone must pre-register including children or they will not be allowed to visit the inmate.

Leave all personal belongings, except for your state ID in your vehicle.

Children must be monitored at all times or jail staff will end the visit early.

Visitation will end on time, regardless of what time the visit started. Make sure you arrive early so you can get a whole visit in.

Inmate Workers who are not sentenced will not be eligible to receive contact visits until after they have been working 90 days. They will not receive more than one contact visit every 30 days.

Contact visit requests must be given to the housing unit officer 7:00 AM of the Tuesday before the requested date.

You must cancel before 4 pm on Thursday of the week the contact visit is scheduled or it will be considered complete for that month even if it did not occur.

There will be a maximum of four (4) visitors allowed each visit. All visitors’ names, ages, and relationship must be listed on the request form.

You must arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled visit.

Any disciplinary guilty decision will result in denial of contact visit for the next month.

No contact visit will be given within 30 days of an inmate's last disciplinary charge when found guilty.

If disciplinary time is imposed, the inmate must wait 30 days after release from disciplinary confinement.

Inmates are strip searched before returning from the contact visit.

You may give your inmate one kiss and one hug at the end of the visit. You may hold the inmate’s hand above the table throughout the visit.

If an inmate is notified he has a regular visitor and is scheduled for a contact visit that same day, he should refuse the regular visit because he or she will lose the contact visit unless it has been canceled as stated above.

Inmates found with prohibited items will lose their contact visits for a year.

Inmates found guilty of institutional drug or alcohol related offenses will lose contact visits permanently.

Call 732-929-2043 or click here to go to the jail's official website for additional Rules regarding Ocean County Jail & Detention Center visitation.

'At Home' Video Visitation

Many jails are implementing video visits. These visits are conducted via the Internet on computers, IPADS and Smart phones.

Video visits allow the visit to take place in the privacy of your own home. Some family members 'take their inmate with them' to church, the park, the doctor or anywhere else simply by signing in and bringing the device along.

Video visits save you from having to get your children ready, drive to the jail, wait in long lines and go through security checkpoints just to see the inmate.

Video visitation is slowly gaining favor with all jails in America as jail management realizes the financial savings and reduced security risks involved with remote visitation.

Click here to see if video visitation is now available at Ocean County Jail & Detention Center – as well as to view the complete set of rules, the cost to you and how to get set up online.

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