Albany County Correctional Facility – Albany, NY

Albany County Correctional Facility is located in Albany County, NY and is the correctional facility for the region. Know someone at Albany County Correctional Facility? This site gives you info about anything you might want to know about Albany County Correctional Facility,such as: Find an inmate at Albany County Correctional Facility. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. Posting bail. Intake procedures. Albany County court information. And much more…

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary idea, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. The goal of this guide is to give information and tips you need to make helping someone get out of jail less stressfull. If you have specific questions, please feel free to ask them, and any feedback or comments that could be beneficial to others would be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Albany County Correctional Facility
16 Eagle Street
Albany, NY 12207

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (518) 487-5400
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that has gone to jail and want to contact them?

Do you know someone that has been arrested and you want to find them?

In order to look up who is in jail at Albany County Correctional Facility you have to click on their website and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Albany County Correctional Facility Inmate Locator is an online list of people who have been arrested, including status, bail amount, and times you can visit. You can also find info for anyone arrested and processed or released within the past 24 hour period. Prisoners are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You can find the information faster if you enter your friend or family member’s first and last name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or family member could possibly be locked up at a different jail you can check our guide to other New York jails: List of all county jails in New York


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail booking photograph, is the picture that the jail takes when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is actually two photos one full face and a profile picture. Your full name and jail ID number will be in the mugshot, and they are kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots can be seen online, or you can see them in person at the Albany County Correctional Facility. When you search for mugshots online you have to enter the inmate’s name, and the arrest date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to get your mugshot removed from the Albany County Correctional Facility site? This can be tricky, because your mugshot is a public record. You must file a Petition to Expunge in court. What this means is that your arrest record will be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

To learn more about getting your mugshot removed, the many different mugshot websites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, if you’re locked up, your primary thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, your bail is decided using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If there is no bail set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out of jail you will have to promise to show up for court, and until that date you are not permitted to go out of town.

Typically, a prisoner at Albany County Correctional Facility can earn an early release in exchange for good behavior if they follow the rules and area a good inmate while in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be granted work release. You will have to return to the jail each day when you’re finished with work, or you could get to move to a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Bail is money that you will be required to pay in order to be released from jail pending trial. The amount you will be required to pay is determined by the seriousness of your charges. You or someone you know will have to pay to the courts ten percent of the total set so you can get discharged from jail. If you fail to show up for your court date, whoever posted your bail will not get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you need to call the Albany County Correctional Facility or the County Courthouse. If you’ve got the pertinent information, such as name, address and date of birth, they will tell you the bail amount. Also, you can see the bail amount on the Albany County Correctional Facility site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is never a fun thing, but fortunately, it is easy if you have the money. First of all, figure out if they have a “Cash Bond Only”. If this is the case, you will not be able to use a bondsman. Cash only – the jail won’t take a check. Once the cash bond has been paid, the prisoner will be discharged. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you just don’t have the money, you might need to use a bail bondsman. They will usually have a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set, and in most cases with a minimum fee of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bondsman will in most cases request to use your personal assets as collateral.

To talk to a bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a Bail Bondsman in Albany County

Have you ever used the services of bondsman to bail someone out of jail? If you have, leave a comment below and tell your story, and let us know how it worked out for you.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Get Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Work Release
  • Get Out For Time Served
  • Be Released on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • House Arrest
  • Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure takes you through these steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • The first step is that you will have to answer some simple questions, such as what is your full name, your address, birthdate and a contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • Any property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • They will allow you to make a telephone call so you can contact a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might be allowed to wear your street clothes, otherwise you you will be given a jumpsuit.

Have you been arrested and gone through jail intake? If you have, please tell your story. How long did it take to get processed? How did the guards treat you? Do you have any things that could help other people that get arrested to get through the procedure?

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will get released from jail. Getting discharged will take anywhere from 15 minutes to hours or even all day long. Or, simply, the quicker bail is posted, the faster you can get released from jail. Also, how fast you get released might depend on whether you’ve got a cash bond amount or if a judge has to determine the amount of bail to be set. For a minor offense, you will be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have served your sentence and are given a discharge date, expect to be released between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you need to begin your jail sentence, you should do the right thing and turn yourself in willingly. If it is for a warrant, report to the jail intake area, and tell the intake officer that you think they might have an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will check their system to see if there are any outstanding local, state or federal arrest warrants out for you, and if they find one, you will be taken into jail custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, report to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Make sure that you are not late to report. Make sure that you only bring things that are allowed when you go, for example a driver’s license or ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and the official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates have to provide each visitor’s full name to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitor’s names will be entered into the visitation log for the inmate that requested the visitor. All visitors will be required to provide a photo ID when visiting. Anyone arriving late or that is not on the visitation list will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Jail visitation policies frequently change, so you should check the jail site before you go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Phone calls made in jail are a lot more costly than phone calls made at home. There are certain restrictions about when and how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you break the rules and are disciplined, phone calls might get reduced or eliminated completely.

The Albany County Correctional Facility phone number is: (518) 487-5400

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail has to be sent using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You shouldn’t use any other type of mail or package delivery. You must write or type the name, inmate ID, and the jail address on the letter that you send. Do not send anything in a box or package, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail that you send to inmates is opened and examined by the officers at the jail, and will get returned if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Albany County Correctional Facility is:

Albany County Correctional Facility
16 Eagle Street
Albany, NY 12207

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Albany County Correctional Facility
16 Eagle Street
Albany, NY 12207


The Albany County Correctional Facility inmate mail policy can change, so it would be best to visit the site when you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you still have certain rights, the most important of which is the right to request a lawyer. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so make sure you get a friend or family member to locate a lawyer for you. You may be asking yourself ‘do I really need a lawyer?’ While you are not required to have one, an attorney can advise you of your rights, help protect your interests and show you the way through the court system. The quicker you get a lawyer involved with your criminal case, the better off you’ll be.

For more information about the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, click here: How to Find an Attorney in Albany County

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford an attorney, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. Also, the Public Defender’s Office is staffed by investigators, experts in forensics and case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are licensed lawyers, admitted to the State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law.

Have you or someone you know used a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? Are you satisfied with how they handled your case and represented you in court?

Court Records

Court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. They include a case file with a sheet called a docket sheet and all documents and motions that have been filed in your case. You, and anyone else, can access your court records with the website, or by going to the Albany County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is a member of the court who manages the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records, documents, and evidence associated with your case are maintained at the Albany County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the charges and fees from your case, such as filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you cannot afford these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you may not have to pay the fees.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the judge who presides on your case in court. They do a number of things, which include determing how much your bail will be, issuing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is put together to include information about the arrestee’s background and as much detail about the arrestee’s life history, which the magistrate judge will review when determining the sentence. Information and personal details will be solicited from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and, if applicable, the victim of the crime. Keep in mind that you can request to receive your own copy of your pre-sentencing report before your sentencing, so you can go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are a number of different options, which include community service and probation, to incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you could be immediately taken into custody, or you could get a date that you are supposed to report to jail to do your time.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if some you know is in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?

This is pretty simple to do, just you should access the Albany County jail website, and do a search using:

  • Their name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • or inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you can also call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant, you can check the arrest warrants inquiry on the website or call the jail. This requires a first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and inquire at the information desk. Keep in mind that if there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, and the date of their arrest, contact the Albany County jail, either by phone, go there in person, or check online. Arrest records are in the public record and this information is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you are served with legal papers, such as a court order. You can find these civil process orders by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are listed and registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. Those listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You can access these offenders on the website, but bear in mind that you will not get the actual address, just the neighborhood block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. They include a court case file that contains a docket and all of the documents and filings filed in your court case. You can access the court records on the internet, or at the Albany County Clerk of Court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains records of their state citizen’s criminal background. These online databases are connected and you can track criminal backgrounds from another state. Go to county courthouse and make an inquiry, or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and if it was in a different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you can find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for these crimes:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug Possession.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft.

But, when you do a criminal records check, usually won’t find out if they has had any moving violations, like:

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving histories, you must do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? Was it an easy process? Did you search online or did you call the Albany County courthouse? Was it correct? There are lots of reasons that people look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your account may make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI maintains a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Albany County,the Albany County Sheriff’s Department maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that getting locked up in Albany County Correctional Facility is something you wish you could avoid, in time you will get used to the routine that is set for you. Inmates get an alarm to wake up at 6:00 AM, and then roll call. Next, you will get breakfast. Following breakfast you will be required to work in the program that has been assigned to you. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Albany County Correctional Facility, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.

    Dress Code

    When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the Albany County Correctional Facility uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

    You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.

    The rules for sending money to Albany County Correctional Facility inmates could change, so be sure to visit the official Albany County Correctional Facility site before send money to someone in jail there.

    Commissary

    The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.

    Inmate Medications

    If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.

    Meals

    You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.

    Pods / The Yard

    The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.

    Gangs

    As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.


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    News and Media

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Albany County Correctional Facility

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Albany County Correctional Facility, overseeing the day to day operations and administration of the jail. An inmate is unlikely to have much interaction with the Deputy Sheriff, unless they have committed an infraction. Detention Officers are responsible for the custody and care of the inmates. They maintain order in the jail, and handle security. A Detention Officer is assigned to a certain pod, and therefore is responsible for the same inmates each day. They get to know the inmates on a certain level, and are well equipped to handle any problems that may occur.

    Apply for a Job at Albany County Correctional Facility

    Requirements:

    • You have to be over the age of 21.
    • You have to possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You have to be a US Citizen.
    • You have to pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You have to pass a drug test.
    • You have to have a good level of fitness.
    • You have to be in good health.
    • You have to have a valid Drivers License
    • An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.


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    Family Resources

    There are resources for families of both the perpetrator of the crime and the victim. The social and emotional impact of crime is far reaching, affecting many. Families can receive professional counseling, court related assistance, social services assistance and help in navigating the criminal justice system.

    If you are a family member, which resources did you find to be particularly helpful? Please let us know, as this will be helpful to other families in the same situation.

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    Victim Resources

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

    • You have the right to protection from the accused.
    • You have the right to notification.
    • You have the right to attend proceedings.
    • You have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • You have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • You have the right to restitution.
    • You have the right to a speedy trial.
    • You have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

    The definition of victim includes:

    • Spouses and children of all victims.
    • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
    • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
    • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

    There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

    Victim Notification

    The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

    Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

    All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.

    Domestic Violence

    If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been incarcerated in Albany County Correctional Facility? Do you have a friend or family member there? Have you ever visited a prisoner there?

    If you have, then please leave a comment below about it. Tell us about what you experienced so other people will know what to expect.

    What to include in the review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Guards and staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gang activity
    • Prisoner activities and programs


    Speak Your Mind

    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has some stories to tell about the whole experience. How’d you get locked up? Did you experience fair treatment? How was day to day life at Albany County Correctional Facility? What were the other inmates like? How has this experience impacted your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Do you want to reconnect with a friend from jail? Throw a shout out to them here.

    Say Hello to people still locked up at Albany County Correctional Facility


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  1. michelle says:

    hello could you give me some information. my friend got aressted a few years ago in england but came from jamaic i have no idea where abouts his area but am trying to get in contact with these jails in this country, could you help me on where to start.

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