A total of 21,486 people incarcerated in New Jersey prisons at the end of 2014, according to a report by the New Jersey Department of Corrections.
A total of 15,193 were housed in regular prisons, while 3,415 were incarcerated in youth complexes. The South Woods State Prison was the facility with the largest population: it housed 3,368 at the end of 2014.
The median total term for inmates was six years, while 37 percent of inmates had sentences longer than 10 years, 5 percent were serving life sentences with parole eligibility, and 78 inmates were serving life sentences without parole.
A total of 57 percent of these inmates were incarcerated for crimes committed against other people: crimes such as murder, attempted murder, robbery, assault, sexual assault, and so on. Another 18 percent of the incarcerated population had been committed for drug offenses, with 82 percent of these offenses being related to sale or distribution. Ten percent were committed for property crimes such as theft and embezzlement, while 11 percent were imprisoned for weapons possession, and 4 percent were committed due to public policy offenses such as gambling or corruption.
These figures are based on the inmate’s “base offense,” the most serious offense attributed to them at time of incarceration.