Herkimer County Jail – Herkimer, NY

Herkimer County Jail is in Herkimer County and is the correctional facility for this area. Do you know somebody locked up at Herkimer County Jail? This guide will tell you about everything a person needs to know about Herkimer County Jail: How to do a jail inmate search. How to view Herkimer County Jail mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bailing out of jail. Intake procedures and booking. Court records. And more…

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The thought of going to jail is a daunting and scary situation, not only for the person who gets locked up, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is meant to give information you need to make helping someone get out of jail a lot easier. If you have a specific question, please feel free to ask them, and please leave any feedback or comments that would be beneficial to others will be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Herkimer County Jail
320 North Main Street
Herkimer, NY 13350

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 315-867-1252
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member that is incarcerated and need to find them?

Has somebody who’s been arrested and you need to locate them?

To look up who’s in jail at Herkimer County Jail you need to click on their web site and do an inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Herkimer County Jail Inmate Search has information on persons who were arrested and are now in jail, which includes current status, how much their bail is, and schedule for visitation. Also, you are able to find information about anybody who has been arrested or released in the last 24 hours. Prisoners are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You can find their arrest information quicker if you have your friend or family member’s first and last name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If the person you are looking for may be in another jail you can look here: List of all county jails in New York


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a booking picture, is a photo that the police take when you get processed at jail intake. They take one full face and a side picture. Your name and booking number will appear on the mugshot, and they’re kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be seen on the Herkimer County Jail website, or you can see them in person at the Herkimer County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you have to input the person’s name, and the arrest date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to get your mugshot removed from the Herkimer County Jail site? This is difficult, as the mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot taken down you have to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. What this means is that all of your arrest records would be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

For more information about getting your mugshot removed, the various websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, if you’re locked up, your main thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve been booked, your bail is determined by the magistrate. If no bail is set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you do bail out you are required to promise to go to your court date, and until that day you won’t be permitted to go out of town.

In most cases, an inmate at Herkimer County Jail will earn an early release in exchange for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and conduct themselves properly while incarcerated.

If you follow the rules, you might be allowed to do work release. Either you will have to stay jail each day after work, or you could get to live in a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you will be required to pay in order to be released from jail until you go to court. Your bail amount is determined by how serious your crime is. You will have to pay to the courts ten percent of the total set so you are able to be released from jail. If you miss your scheduled court date, whoever posted your bail will not get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You must call the jail. If you have all the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they will let you know how much their bail is. You can also check their bail amount and status on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is never a fun thing, but thankfully, it is very simple to do. First of all, figure out if they have a “Cash Bond Only”. If so, you won’t be able to use the services of a Bail Bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – the jail can’t take a check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the inmate will be released into your care. 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 the amount of bail set is large, or you can’t afford it yourself, you you should hire a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will generally charge a fee of 10-15% of the total bail amount, and usually have a minimum fee of $100. This money will not be returned to you and must be paid in cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bail bondsman will in these cases request to use your personal assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

To contact a local bail bondsman click here: Bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process includes the following steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • First, have to answer some questions, such as what is your full legal name, address, birth date and a contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • Any property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you get released.
  • You will then be allowed to make a telephone call so you can contact a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you will be allowed to keep wearing your own clothes, otherwise you you will have to change into a jail jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through the jail intake procedure? If so, please tell our readers about your experience. How long did you have to wait? How did the guards treat you? Can you tell us secrets that will help other people to get through jail processing?

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will be discharged from jail. Getting discharged may take between 10 minutes to hours or even all day long. So, the quicker bail is posted, the faster you will get released. How quickly you get discharged will depend on whether or not you’ve been given a bond amount or if a magistrate needs to determine how much your bail will be. For minor offenses, you will simply be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served out your jail sentence and know the release date, you should expect to get discharged between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

In the event there is a, or if you need to start a jail sentence, it is highly recommended that you follow the law and turn yourself in. If it is for a warrant, report to the jail reception area, and tell someone that believe that there could be an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. A record check will be run, and if they find one, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Ensure that you aren’t late. Just bring things that are allowed when you go to jail, such as your drivers license or even state issued ID, prescription medication, as well as the sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate have to give information about each visitor to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitor’s names will be put in the visitors log as an Authorized visit. Each visitor is required to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Visitors that gets to visitation or that does not have a visting order will be turned away.
Jail visitation policies change often, so you should review the official site before you try to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . These phone calls are a lot more expensive than phone calls made at home. Phone calls are restricted on how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, an inmate’s ability to use the phone may be limited or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

The Herkimer County Jail phone number is: 315-867-1252

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates must be mailed 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 the prisoner’s name, inmate number, and jail address on the letter that you send. Don’t send anything in a box or package, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail sent to inmates gets opened and inspected by the jail staff, and the mail will get returned if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Herkimer County Jail, use this address:

Herkimer County Jail
320 North Main Street
Herkimer, NY 13350

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Herkimer County Jail
320 North Main Street
Herkimer, NY 13350


The Herkimer County Jail inmate mail policy is always changing, so review the site when you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you should know you still have rights, one of these being the right to request a lawyer. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so make sure to ask a friend or family member to locate a lawyer when you talk to them. You might be thinking ‘I don’t have to get a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, an attorney will make sure you know your rights, protect your interests and show you the way through the criminal justice system in Herkimer County. The sooner you get an attorney working on your criminal case, the better your chances.

To read more about the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, visit: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford an attorney, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. Also, the Public Defender has access to private investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and social workers. Public Defenders are bona-fide lawyers who are members of the State Bar and are licensed to practice law in New York.

Have you or someone you know had to use a Public Defender? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

All court records are public records. Court records include a file with a sheet called a docket sheet and every documents filed during your court case. You are able to access the records and documents in your court case using the website, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an official part of the court that manages the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath in a court case, and also read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records and documents from your case are kept and available to you at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are all costs associated with your court case, for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

A Magistrate acts as the judge that will preside on your case in court. Magistrates are judges that do different functions, such as setting bail, issuing 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 the defendant’s background information and details of the arrestee’s life and history, which the judge will take into consideration when determining the sentence. Information will be solicited from the defendant, their family, and in some circumstances the victim of the crime. Bear in mind you can request to get a copy of the pre-sentencing report before sentencing, and make sure that you correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, which include community service and probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you could be immediately taken into custody, or you could get a date that you are supposed to report to jail to serve your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if some you know is locked up, or has gone to jail in the past?

This is pretty simple to do, just just query the Herkimer County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search by:

  • Name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • and their jail inmate ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can check court records on the Herkimer County court website or you are able to call the jail directly. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask one of the officers. You should know that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the Herkimer County jail, by phone, in person, or find out online. An arrest is public record and this information is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when you get served with papers, like court orders. You can access civil process orders by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders have to be registered and listed on both a national and state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex offense. You can access these offenders on the website, but bear in mind that you will not be able to find the actual address, but only the block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. They include a case file that contains a docket sheet and all of the filings and documents filed in the court case. You are able to access your court records on the internet, or at the clerk’s office of the court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains records of their state citizen’s criminal past. These databases are all connected so you are able to track criminal histories from any other state. You are able to go to the Herkimer County Courthouse and check in person, or check online. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and in the event that the crime was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay for a more complete search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you will find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for any of the following crimes:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

If you do a criminal records check, you will not find out if someone has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get driving records, 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 call the jail? Was the information correct? There are lots of reasons that folks look up criminal records, and your account may help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Herkimer County,the Herkimer County Sheriff’s Department keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    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 the Herkimer County jail is very scary, you will soon get used to the daily routine there. Expect an alarm to wake up at 6:00AM, and next you’ll have roll call. Next, you will have breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will be required to work in the work program that you’ve been assigned to. 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 Herkimer 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 Herkimer 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 money to jail inmates could change, so it would be best to check the official Herkimer County Jail site before you send any money.

    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

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    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Herkimer County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Herkimer 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 Herkimer 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:

    • The right to protection from the accused.
    • The right to notification.
    • The right to attend proceedings.
    • The right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • The right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • The right to restitution.
    • The right to a speedy trial.
    • 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 Herkimer County Jail? Do you have a family member or friend that spent time there? Have you ever visited a prisoner at this jail?

    If yes, then please tell us about it. Tell us about your experience because others can learn what to expect.

    Things you could write in what you write:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • Other Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gang activity
    • Prisoner programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has some stories about their time ‘inside’. How’d you end up in jail? Did you experience fair treatment? What was your daily routine in jail? Were the other inmates cool? How did getting locked up affect your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Want to get in touch with a person you met in jail? Leave a message for them here.

    Post a message to people still locked up at Herkimer County Jail


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