COVID-19

If you have a loved one serving a state prison sentence and he or she is over the age of 60 or has an underlying medical condition that makes him or her particularly susceptible to COVID-19, you can contact the Office of the Public Defender at 833-947-2127 (toll free) or thedefenders@opd.nj.gov  According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an “underlying medical condition” includes: 

  • -Chronic lung disease
  • -Moderate to severe asthma
  • -Serious heart conditions
    • -Conditions that could cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications
  • -Severe obesity
  • -Diabetes
  • -Chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis
  • -Liver disease 

If you contact the Office of the Public Defender, please provide the following information:

  • 1. State inmate’s name
  • 2. His or her SBI # and county of prosecution
  • 3. Your name
  • 4. Your contact information

The New Jersey State Office of the Public Defender is committed to providing first class legal representation to citizens who cannot afford attorneys at both the trial and appellate levels. While the majority of our attorneys defend individuals charged with criminal offenses, we also represent individuals whose children have been removed based on allegations of abuse and neglect (Office of Parental Representation), the children who have been removed (Office of Law Guardian), and individuals involuntarily committed to State psychiatric facilities (Office of Mental Health Advocacy). My goal as the Public Defender is to establish the best Public Defender’s Office in the country. We are looking for attorneys with the skills and dedication needed to achieve that goal along with investigators and clerical staff willing and able to provide the support without which the attorneys cannot perform at the highest level. We are also determined to provide excellent training opportunities to allow for the professional development of our employees. Finally, we are trying to provide our staff with the resources and technological tools needed to maintain the highest level of representation.

If you have any questions about the New Jersey State Office of the Public Defender, you can contact us at thedefenders@opd.nj.gov or (609) 292-7087.