Jefferson County Correctional Facility – Watertown, NY

Jefferson County Correctional Facility is in Jefferson County, New York and is the main jail for the region. Looking for someone locked up at Jefferson County Correctional Facility? This site will tell you info about anything one might want to know about Jefferson County Correctional Facility,such as: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bailing out of jail. Intake procedures. Court information and records. And everything else.

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary situation, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is designed to offer info that you’ll need to make helping someone get out of jail less stressfull. If you have a question, please feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and any comments or tips that could help others would be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Jefferson County Correctional Facility
753 Waterman Drive
Watertown, NY 13601

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (315) 786-2700
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member that is incarcerated and don’t know how to locate them?

Has a family member or friend who’s been arrested and you need to locate them?

In order to see who’s in jail at Jefferson County Correctional Facility you have to navigate to their website and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Locator

The Jefferson County Correctional Facility Inmate Search is an online list of people who have been arrested and are in custody, which includes custody status, how much their bail is, and visiting hours. Also, you can find the same information on anybody processed or released in the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You will be able to find the information faster if you’ve got their first and last name, birth date, or arrest number.

If your friend or loved one might be at another jail you will want to check the other New York county jails in our New York County Jail Guide: New York County Jails


Mugshots

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

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Jefferson County Correctional Facility prisoners can be searched on the Jefferson County Correctional Facility website, or you can view them at the Jefferson County Correctional Facility. When viewing mugshots online you will need to enter the inmate’s full name, and a booking date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to have your mugshot taken off of the Jefferson County Correctional Facility site? This is difficult, because your mugshot is a matter of public record. You must file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. Basically, this means that the record of your arrest would be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot removed, the different mugshot websites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, once you’re arrested and put in jail, your only thought is about how to get out. After you’ve been booked, a bail amount will be determined either by bail schedule or magistrate. If no bail is set this might mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you are are released you are required to agree to be there for your court date, and until that date you are not allowed to leave the county.

Typically, inmates are given early release in exchange for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and don’t cause any problems while they’re in jail.

If you follow the rules, you may be granted work release. You will have to stay the jail at the end of the day after work, or you may get to move into a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Bail is how much money that you have to pay to the court system in order to be released from jail until your court date. The amount you have to pay all depends on the seriousness of your charges. You will need to put up 10% of the amount set so you are able to be released from jail. If you don’t go to court, whoever paid your bail won’t get the bail money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you have to call the Jefferson County Correctional Facility or the County Courthouse. If you have all the pertinent information, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know what their bail is set at. You can also find out how much their bail is on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Posting bail to get out of jail is no fun, but usually, it is really easy if you have the money. To start with, find out if it is a Cash Only Bond. If so, you can’t use the services of a Bail Bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they can’t take a personal check. Once the cash bond has been paid, the inmate will be released to your care. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you can’t afford it, you you should hire a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will generally charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the bail amount, and sometimes have a minimum fee of $100. This money is non-refundable and must be paid in cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bondsman might require that they use your personal assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

To find a bail bondsman visit our page about: How to find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process includes each of these steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • The first step is that you must answer some simple questions, like your full name, street address, date of birth and an emergency contact.
  • You will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • All of your personal property will be taken from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • You will then be allowed to make a telephone call to contact family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you might be able to keep wearing your own clothes, if not you you will have to wear a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. The discharge process may take anywhere from 30 minutes to all day long. So, the faster you post bail, the sooner you will get discharged from jail. It also might depend on if you have a cash bond amount or if the judge must figure out the bail amount. For minor offenses, you will get booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served your sentence and know the discharge date, you should expect to be released anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you need to begin your jail sentence, it is highly recommended that you follow the law and turn yourself into the authorities. If it is for a warrant, report to the jail intake center, and let them know that think that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if you do, you will be taken into jail custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, report to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order states. Be sure that you aren’t late. Make sure that you only bring necessary items when you go to jail, like a driver’s license or ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you must list the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail in advance. Your visitor’s information will be put in a Visiting log for the inmate. Each visitor will have to provide acceptable photo identification. Anyone that arrives for visitation late or that does not have a visting order will not be able to attend visitation.
Jail visitation policies frequently change, so you should double-check the official Jefferson County Correctional Facility jail site before you visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Calls made in jail are usually more expensive than regular phone calls. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you are disciplined for an infraction, phone privileges may be limited or cut altogether.

The Jefferson County Correctional Facility phone number is: (315) 786-2700

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail has to be sent via US Postal Service. You can’t use any other type of mail delivery. You have to clearly print the prisoner’s name, prisoner number, and the address of the jail on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not send anything in a box, envelope with padding or insulation, bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail is opened and inspected and read by the jail officers, and the mail will be returned to the sender if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Jefferson County Correctional Facility, use this address:

Jefferson County Correctional Facility
753 Waterman Drive
Watertown, NY 13601

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Jefferson County Correctional Facility
753 Waterman Drive
Watertown, NY 13601


The mail policy at Jefferson County Correctional Facility changes, so review the the Jefferson County Correctional Facility website when you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you have particular rights, one of these is your right to request a lawyer. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so it is important to get a friend or family member to locate an attorney when you call. You’re probably asking yourself ‘I don’t need a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal lawyer will make sure you know your rights, protect your interests and help you navigate through the legal system in your county. The faster you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your charges, the better your chances.

For more information on this, read our guide: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you cannot afford a lawyer, you will be assigned a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender’s Office is staffed by investigators, experts in forensics and social case workers. All Public Defenders are real lawyers that are admitted to the State Bar and are legally licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

Have you ever had to use a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? What was your experience?

Court Records

Court records are are public records and are available upon request. They contain a file with a docket and each of the motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed in your case. You can access your court case records with the internet service, or by going to the Clerk’s office of the Court.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an official part of the court that manages the records. They also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and also read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records and documents from your court case are kept at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the fees and charges associated with your case, such as for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.

Magistrate

The Jefferson County magistrate is the type of judge that will preside on your case. Magistrates are judges that do different functions, such as setting bail amounts, issuing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is prepared with information about the arrestee’s background and information about the defendant’s life and public history, which the judge will take into account when decide your sentence. Information will be collected from the person on trial, their family, and in some circumstances the victim in the crime. Don’t forget that you can ask to have a copy of the pre-sentencing report prior to sentencing, so you can review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, which include community service, house arrest, and probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you might get immediately taken into custody, or you could be given a date that you are supposed to turn yourself into jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if some you know is currently in jail, or has ever been locked up?

To find this out just query the Jefferson County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and do a search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birth date.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • and their jail ID.

If you think that they are currently in jail, you can call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can find out by checking the court records on the website or you are able to call the court directly. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and inquire at the information desk. Keep in mind that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, and the date of their arrest, contact the Jefferson County jail, either by phone, in person, or find out online. Arrest records are a matter of public record and this is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you are served with legal papers, like , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these civil process orders by contacting the Jefferson County Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders must be registered on both a national and 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 see these listings on the internet, but remember that you will not see the street address, but only the block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. These records include a case file that includes a docket sheet and any documents filed in the case. You can access your court records via the internet, or at the clerk’s office of the court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

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

When you look up someone’s criminal record you will be able to get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Theft.

During a criminal records search, in most cases won’t see if that person has had:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving records, you have to do a driving records search.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? How easy was it? Was your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the jail? Did you get information that was correct? There are many reasons that people look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your account might make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI has a listing of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Jefferson County,the Jefferson County Sheriff keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of being incarcerated in the Jefferson County jail is something you wish you could avoid, soon you will settle into the daily routine. Inmates get an alarm for wake-up each morning at 6:00 AM, and next you’ll have roll call. You will then have 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 Jefferson 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 Jefferson 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 someone in jail could change, so be sure to review the official Jefferson 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

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    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Jefferson County Correctional Facility

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Jefferson 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 Jefferson County Correctional Facility

    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 incarcerated in this jail? Do you know someone that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate there?

    If yes, then please write a review about it. Tell us about your jail experience because others will know what to expect.

    Things you might want to include in the review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Guards and staff
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation Days
    • The other inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Prisoner programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has at least one story to tell about it. How’d you get locked up? How did the guards treat you? How was day to day life at Jefferson County Correctional Facility? Were the other inmates cool? How did going to jail affect your life?

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