Cattaraugus County Jail – Little Valley, NY

Cattaraugus County Jail is located in Cattaraugus County, New York and is the primary correctional facility for this county. Do you know somebody incarcerated at Cattaraugus County Jail? This page tells you information about everything you might need to know about Cattaraugus County Jail: How to locate an inmate at Cattaraugus County Jail. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. Bailing out of jail. Booking and intake procedures. Cattaraugus County court information. And much, much more.

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The thought of going to jail is a scary and daunting thought, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also their friends and family. This guide is designed to give you all the info you need to make going to jail less stressfull. If you have a question, just ask it, and also any comments or feedback that could help others will be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Cattaraugus County Jail
301 Court Street
Little Valley, NY 14755

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (716) 938-9191
Fax Number:

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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 don’t know how to locate them?

Has a friend or family member who has been arrested and you want to find them?

To look up who is in jail at Cattaraugus County Jail you have to click on their website and use the inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Cattaraugus County Jail Inmate List is an online list of persons who have been arrested and are in custody, including current status, bail amount (if applicable), and visiting schedule. Also, you can get the same information for anybody who has been arrested or released in the last 24 hours. Prisoners are listed alphabetically by their last name. You can find their inmate information more quickly if you’ve got the arrestee’s name, birth date, or arrest number.

If the person you’re searching for is in another jail you can check our New York county jail guide: New York County Jails Listing


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail booking photograph, is a photograph that the jail takes when you are booked into jail. They will take one and a side photo. Your full name and jail booking number will be on the mugshot, and they’re on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots can be viewed on the website, or you can go in person to the Cattaraugus County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you will need to put in the first and last name, and the booking date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to have your mugshot taken down from the Cattaraugus County Jail website? This will be difficult, since your mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot taken down you need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. This means that the record of your arrest will be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot removed, the many different mugshot websites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, once you are in jail, your main thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, your bail will be decided using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. In cases where no bail is set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out you must promise to show up for court, and until then you can’t leave the area.

Typically, prisoners are given time off in exchange for good behavior if they follow the rules and act right while incarcerated.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be allowed to do work release. You will be required to go back to jail at the end of the day when you’re finished working, or you might have the chance to move into a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Bail is how much money that you will be required to pay to get out of jail until your court date. The amount you will be required to pay is determined by what crime you are charged with and how serious it is. You or someone you know will have to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total that was set in order to be released. If you miss your court date, that person will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail will need to call the Cattaraugus County Jail. If you’ve got the pertinent information, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you what their bail is set at. Also, you can check their bail amount and status online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Needing to bail someone out of jail is never fun, but thankfully, it is really easy if you have the money. First of all, you have to find out if it is a “Cash Bond Only”. If it is, you can’t use the services of a bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – the jail can’t take a check. Once you have paid the bond, the person will be discharged. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you will need to use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen generally charge you a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set, and in most cases charge a minimum fee of $100. This will not be returned to you and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bondsman might use your personal assets as collateral.

To contact a local bail bondsman click here: Find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Early Release For Good Behavior
  • Get Out on Work Release
  • Time Served
  • Pre-Trial Release Programs
  • Get Released on House Arrest
  • Get Released on Your Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure takes you through the following steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • First, will have to answer some simple questions, like what is your full legal name, street address, birthdate and an emergency contact.
  • They’ll also ask you about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • All personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you get released.
  • They will let you use the phone so you can get in touch with a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might be able to wear your street clothes, otherwise you will be issued a jail issued jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. Getting discharged may take anywhere between 15 minutes to all day. So, the faster you can post bail, the sooner you will get released. It also might depend on if you have a bond amount or if a magistrate has to decide on your bail amount. For minor offenses, you will be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have served out your jail sentence and have a discharge date, expect to get discharged anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

out against you, or if you have to start your sentence, you really should follow the rules 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 there is an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. A record check will be run, and if there is one, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. When reporting to serve a sentence, report on the date and time that the sentence order states. Be very careful that you are not late to report. Be sure to only bring necessary items when you turn yourself in, such as a driver’s license or even your ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates have to give each visitor’s name to the jail. Your visitor’s names will go in the log as an authorized visitor. Every visitor is required to provide acceptable photo identification. Visitors that arrives for visitation late or without a visiting order will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Visitation procedures at Cattaraugus County Jail frequently change, so check the official jail site before you go to the jail to visit.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Calls made in jail are typically more expensive than regular phone calls. Phone calls are restricted on 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 are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, phone privileges may be limited or cut altogether.

The Cattaraugus County Jail phone number is: (716) 938-9191

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates has to be mailed using US Postal Service. You must not use any other form of mail or package delivery. Clearly write the inmate’s name, prisoner number, and the jail address on the envelope. Don’t send a package, envelope with padding or insulation, bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail will be opened and inspected by the jail administration, and will get sent back to the person who mailed it if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Cattaraugus County Jail:

Cattaraugus County Jail
301 Court Street
Little Valley, NY 14755

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Cattaraugus County Jail
301 Court Street
Little Valley, NY 14755


The mail policy at Cattaraugus County Jail changes often, so you should review the official Cattaraugus County Jail site before you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you have rights, and an important one is the right to request a lawyer. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure to ask a friend or family member to locate an attorney when you talk to them. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘but do I really need a lawyer’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal lawyer will advise you about your rights, help protect your interests and help you find your way through the complicated court system in Cattaraugus County. The faster you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your situation, the better off you’ll be.

For more information on the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, read: How to Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you cannot afford a lawyer, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender’s Office has a number of staff such as independent investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are bona-fide lawyers, members of the New York State Bar and are completely licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

Have you or someone you know had to use a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? Do you think they properly handled your case?

Court Records

Court records are a matter of public record. Court records are comprised of a file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and each of the motions, documents, and evidence filed in the course of your case. You, and anyone else, can access your court records using the Cattaraugus County website, or at the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is a member of the court that maintains court records and controls access to them. They also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and also read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All court records associated with your case are kept at Cattaraugus County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the charges associated with your court case, for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you are low income and have a court appointed attorney, you may not have to pay the fees.

Magistrate

The Cattaraugus County court magistrate is the judge who presides on your case in court. Magistrates do many different things, which include deciding a bail amount, writing arrest warrants, and presiding over preliminary court hearings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is prepared to include information about your background and as much detail about the arrestee’s life, which the judge will review and take into account when determining a sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be collected from the person on trial, his or her family members, and in some cases the victim. Don’t forget you can ask to have a copy of the pre-sentencing report prior to sentencing, so you get the chance to review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, ranging from community service, house arrest, and probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on how serious your crime was, you might get locked up immediately, or you could get a date to to surrender and report to jail to do your time.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if someone is in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?

This is pretty simple to do, just you will have to access the jail’s website, and search by:

  • Their name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • or inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you can also call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant, you are able to check the arrest warrants online or you can call the court. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask the officer in charge. Keep in mind that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, as well as their arrest date, contact the jail, by phone, in person, or find out online. Arrest records are public record and this is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you get served with legal papers, like a court order. You can find these by getting in touch with the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders have to be registered on either a national or state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to see these offenders on the internet, but bear in mind that you won’t see the actual address, but rather the block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. They include a case file containing a docket sheet and any documents filed in the case. You can access the court records via the internet, or at Clerk of Court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains a record of their state citizen’s criminal background. These state databases are all connected so you can track criminal histories from another state. You are able to go to the Cattaraugus County Courthouse and check in person, or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and in the event that the crime was in a completely different state, you may have to pay for a more intensive search.

When you look up a person’s crminal records you will find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug Possession.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

When you do a criminal history search, you will not see if they has had any moving violations, like:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this information, you will have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? How hard was it? Did you search online or did you have to call the local courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are lots of reasons that people search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your account may make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI has their list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Cattaraugus County,The Sheriff’s Department has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that getting locked up in Cattaraugus County Jail is very scary, eventually you will settle into the daily routine. You will get an alarm to wake up at 6:00 AM, and then roll call. Then you will have breakfast. Following breakfast you will work in the work program or other activity that you are assigned. 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 Cattaraugus County Jail, 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 Cattaraugus County Jail 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 process for sending funds to jail inmates might change, so we suggest that you review the site before you send funds to an inmate 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 Cattaraugus County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Cattaraugus County Jail, 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 Cattaraugus County Jail

    Requirements:

    • You must be over the age of 21.
    • You must possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You must be a US Citizen.
    • You must pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You must pass a drug test.
    • You must have a good level of fitness.
    • You must be in good health.
    • You must 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 an inmate in this jail? Do you know someone that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited someone in this jail?

    If your answer is yes, then we would like you to leave a comment below about it. Write about what you experienced so others can learn what to expect.

    Things you could include in your comment:

    • Conditions in Cattaraugus County Jail.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has at least one story to tell about it. Why’d you end up in jail? How did the guards treat you? What was your daily routine in jail? Were the other inmates cool? How did it affect you to go to jail?

    Tell Your Story

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Trying to throw a shout out to a person you met in jail? Say wassup here, just leave a message below.

    Say wassup to people locked up at Cattaraugus County Jail


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