Chemung County Jail – Elmira, NY

Chemung County Jail is in Chemung County, New York and is the main correctional facility for the region. Looking for somebody in Chemung County Jail? This site tells you info about anything one might want to know about Chemung County Jail,like: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. Posting bail. Booking and intake procedures. Court records. And much much more…

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary situation, not only for the person who gets locked up, but also their friends and family. The purpose of this guide is to give you all the advice and information that you need to make helping someone get out of jail a lot easier. If you have questions, please feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any feedback or comments that would be a benefit to others would be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Chemung County Jail
203 William St
Elmira, NY 14902

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 607-737-2934
Fax Number:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member that is in jail and don’t know how to find them?

Do you know somebody that has been arrested and you want to find out where they are?

To see who is in jail at Chemung County Jail you should navigate to their link and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Chemung County Jail Inmate Search is a list of persons currently in custody, including current status, how much their bail is, and times you can visit. Also, you can get info about anyone arrested and booked or discharged within the past 24 hour period. Jail inmates are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You will be able to find their inmate information quicker if you’ve got the arrestee’s full name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If the inmate you are looking for could possibly be in a different jail you can check our guide to other New York jails: Other Jails in New York


Mugshots

A mugshot, or intake photograph, is the picture taken by the police during jail intake processing. A mugshot is make of one face photo and a side picture. Your full name and jail ID number will appear on the pictures, and they will be on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be searched on the website, or you can see them at the Chemung County Jail. When viewing online you have to enter the person’s full name, and the arrest date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to have your mugshot erased from the Chemung County Jail website? This may not be possible, since the mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you must file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. Basically, this means that all of your arrest records would be sealed, and unavailable to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For more information about removing your mugshot, the many different websites with mugshots, 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, once you are in jail, your only thought is about how to get out. After you’ve gone through booking, a bail amount will be set either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this can mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you do bail out you are required to agree to show up for court, and in the meantime you are not allowed to travel out of the county.

Typically, inmates are given time off for good behavior if they respect the rules and don’t cause any problems while locked up.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be allowed to do work release. Either you will have to go back to jail every day when you’re finished working, or you might be allowed to move to a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Your bail is money that you have to pay to get out of jail until your trial. The amount you have to pay is dictated by the seriousness of your crime. You or someone you know will have to pay ten percent of the total that was set in order for you to bail out of jail. If you miss your court date, whoever put up your bail money will lose all of the bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You need to call the Chemung County Jail or the County Courthouse. If you have all the person’s information, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you the bail amount. You can also see the bail amount on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but fortunately, it is simple to do if you have the money. First, you have to find out if they have a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If it is, you won’t be able to use a bail bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – the jail can’t accept a personal check. Once the cash bond has been paid, the prisoner will be released. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you should try a bail bondsman. They usually charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set, and usually charge a minimum charge of $100. This is non-refundable and the bondsman only accepts cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bail bondsman will request to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

If you need a local bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a bail bondsman at Chemung County Jail

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure takes you through each of these steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, it will take a while to get processed.
  • You will answer some basic questions, like your full legal name, your address, date of birth and a contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any personal property you have will get taken away from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • They will allow you to use the telephone to talk to family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might be able to wear your own clothes, otherwise you you will have to change into a jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. This process may take anywhere from 30 minutes to hours or even all day long. In simple terms, the faster you can post bail, the sooner you will get out of jail. It also will depend on whether you have a cash bond amount or if the magistrate has to determine how much to set your bail at. For minor charges, you will simply be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have served out your jail sentence and have a date of your release, expect to be discharged anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

If there is a, or if you need to start a jail sentence, it is highly advisable that you do the right thing and turn yourself in. For a warrant, go to the jail intake center, and tell someone that you think they might have a warrant out for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. When reporting to serve a sentence, report at the exact time and date that the sentence order lists. Be very careful that you aren’t late. Just bring necessary items with you, such as your drivers license or even ID, any prescription medication you might take, and a copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you must provide each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail. This information will be entered in a log of visitors as an Authorized visit. Each visitor will have to provide proof of identification. Visitors arriving late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will be turned away.
The Chemung County Jail visitation procedures can change, so we suggest that you double-check the official site before you visit an inmate.

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 . Jail phone calls are typically more costly than regular phone calls. There are certain restrictions about when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but inmates must keep in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you are disciplined for an infraction, an inmate’s phone privileges might get cut back or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

The Chemung County Jail phone number is: 607-737-2934

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates has to be sent via the US Postal Service. You can’t use any other method of mail delivery. You have to write the prisoner’s name, inmate number, and the jail address on the letter. Do not send a box, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail received by the jail will be opened and examined and read by the jail officers, and the mail will get returned to the sender if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Chemung County Jail is:

Chemung County Jail
203 William St
Elmira, NY 14902

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Chemung County Jail
203 William St
Elmira, NY 14902


The Chemung County Jail inmate mail policy changes frequently, so check the site before you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you still have certain rights, one of these is the right to request a lawyer. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is a good idea to get a friend or family member to find a lawyer when you call. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, an attorney will make sure you know your rights, look after your best interests and help you find your way through the complicated court system that you are now faced with. The quicker you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your charges, the better your chances.

For more info on how to find a lawyer, read: Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford an attorney, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. The Public Defender Office has access to independent investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social case workers. All Public Defenders are real attorneys, members of the New York State Bar and are licensed to handle your case.

Have you or someone you know had to use a Public Defender? Are you satisfied with how they handled your case and represented you in court?

Court Records

Court records are a matter of public record. They contain a court case file containing a docket and all of the motions, documents, and evidence filed in the course of your case. You can access court records via the internet service, or at the Chemung County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Chemung County Clerk of Court is an official part of the court that manages access to court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for all court participants, and also read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records related to your case are kept at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are all costs associated with your case, which include filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have a Public Defender, you may not have to pay the fees.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the type of judge that presides over your case. They do a number of different things, like setting bail amounts, issuing arrest warrants, and presiding over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is put together with your background information and details of the defendant’s life and public history, which the judge will take into consideration when determining a sentence. Information and personal details will be gathered from the person on trial, their family, and, if applicable, the victim. Keep in mind that you can request to get your own copy of your pre-sentencing report before your sentencing, and correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, ranging from community service to probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on how serious your crime was, you might get locked up immediately, or you might be given a date that you are required to to surrender and report to jail to serve out your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if someone is in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?

This is pretty simple to do, just just go to the jail website and do an inmate search, and do a search using:

  • Their name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • and their inmate ID.

If you think this person is in jail, you can also call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have a warrant out for your arrest, you are able to check the arrest warrants inquiry on the Chemung County jail website or you are able to call the court directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask the officer in charge. You should know that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, and the date of their arrest, contact the Chemung County jail, by phone, in person, or you can check online. Arrest records are in the public record and this is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you are served with legal papers, which can be , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these civil process orders by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are required to be registered and listed on either a national or state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to view sex offenders online, but remember that you will not see the actual address, but rather the neighborhood block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. They include a case file containing a court docket and all of the documents and filings filed in your case. You are able to access your court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at the Chemung County Clerk of Court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains records of their state citizen’s criminal history. These online databases are linked together and you can track criminal histories from any other state. You are able to go to county courthouse and check in person, or check online. It helps to know the county, and in the event that the crime was in a totally different state, you might have to pay for a more intensive search.

A criminal history search you will find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for these crimes:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

When you do a criminal history search, you generally won’t be able to find out if they has had any moving violations, like:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this information, you will have to do a driving records search.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? Was it an easy process? Dis you do your search online or did you make a phone call to the Chemung County courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks search for criminal records, and your story could help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI keeps a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Chemung County,the Chemung County Sheriff’s Department keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of serving a jail sentence in Chemung County Jail is no fun, you will soon get used to the routine that is set for you in jail. All inmates get an alarm to wake up at 6:00am, and next you’ll have roll call. You will then eat breakfast. After breakfast, you will have 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 Chemung 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 Chemung 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 Chemung County Jail inmates is always changing, so be sure to review the official Chemung County Jail site before send funds 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 Chemung County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Chemung 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 Chemung County Jail

    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 locked up in this jail? Do you know someone that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited a prisoner in this jail?

    If your answer is yes, then you should write your review about it. Tell us about your jail experience so other people can find out what to expect.

    Things you can write in what you write:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Inmate activities and programs


    Speak Your Mind

    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has a story to tell. How’d you get locked up? How did the guards treat you? What was your daily routine in jail? What were the other inmates like? How has this experience impacted your life?

    Click here to tell your story about Chemung County Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Want to say wassup to an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Say wassup here, just leave a message below.

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