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The New Jersey State Prison (NJSP), formerly known as Trenton State Prison, is a state prison in the United Statesmarker operated by the New Jersey Department of Corrections. Located in Trentonmarker, New Jerseymarker, it accommodated over 1,900 prisoners as of January, 2005.

NJSP operates two security units and provides a high level of custodial supervision and control. Professional treatment services, such as education and social work, is a priority at the facility. The Bureau of State Use Industries operates the bedding and clothing shops located in the facility.

NJSP also housed New Jersey's Death Row population, until the state banned capital punishment in 2007. Its inmates include John Martini, who was condemned for the kidnapping and murder of a Bergen Countymarker businessman, and Jesse Timmendequas, who was sentenced to death for the rape and murder of 7-year-old Megan Kanka. This crime inspired the passing of Megan's Law, which requires communities to be notified when a convicted sex offender moves into their area. Many states have subsequently adopted similar measures.


In 1952, a series of violent revolts by prisoners occurred in the State Prison in March, April and October, but they were all successfully quelled after lengthy showdowns between prisoners and officers.

Notable prisoners


  1. Total residents in New Jersey State correctional institutions and satellites on January 11, 2005

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