The primary mission of the Correctional Division is to operate an efficient, effective and safe County Correctional Center for the inmates incarcerated in the Center, for the personnel employed in the Center, and for the citizens of Cape May County. The philosophy of the Correctional Center is to provide for the health, safety, welfare and security of those entrusted to our care and custody. Those in our custody shall be provided with all services, rights and protection with an emphasis placed on self-improvement and rehabilitation.
To accomplish this mission and maintain the philosophy there are approximately 83 sworn Officers and civilian personnel that work in the Correctional Division. These personnel are comprised of a staff of Senior Officers, an Administration Section, an Inmate Services Department, an Operations Office, a Medical Department, a Food Service Department, a Maintenance Department, and three shifts of Correctional Officers.
Built in 1977, the Correctional Center (previously called the County Jail) was designed to hold 149 inmates including 11 female inmates. The Center, through minor construction and renovation projects, is now licensed to hold 181 inmates including 30 female inmates. The Center is located on 18 acres of property at Exit 11 on the Garden State Parkway, East on Crest Haven Road, in the town of Cape May Court House, in Middle Township, of Cape May County, New Jersey. To see the more about the County Jail see the History Page .
Using eligible inmates identified by the Court, the Correctional Division provides programs and services to the County of Cape May. The first program is the Sheriff’s Labor Assistance Program (SLAP). The SLAP personnel work in the County Park, and provide routine outside services around the county grounds. The Correctional Division is also responsible for the Clean Streets Program and a Work Release program.
The National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) has accredited the Correctional Center Medical Department four times over the past twelve years. This is a private organization that focuses on the healthcare and medical services provided to the inmates within the Center. Finally, it must be also noted that the Correctional Center has successfully completed all annual inspections conducted by the NJDOC.
New Jersey VINE System - (Victim Information and Notification Everyday) - The New Jersey VINE system is a service through which victims of crime can use the telephone or internet to search for information regarding the custody status of their offender and to register to receive telephone and email notifications when the offender's custody status changes. The VINE toll-free number for the New Jersey VINE system is 877-846-3465. This service is provided to assist the victims of crime who have the right to know about their offender's custody status.
Sexual Abuse and Excessive Force
Consistent with the law, the Cape May County Sheriff’s Office maintains a zero-tolerance policy regarding sexual abuse, sexual harassment and excessive force against inmates. Zero tolerance for the purpose of sexual abuse and sexual harassment committed by an inmate or staff member means that it is strictly prohibited, thoroughly investigated, subject to disciplinary action, and will not be tolerated. All third party reports will be investigated.
If you believe an inmate has been subject to any of these acts while in this agency's custody, contact the Cape May County Sheriff’s Office Internal Affairs Investigation Unit at (609) 465-1226.