Madison County Jail – Wampsville, NY

Madison County Jail is located in Madison County, New York and is the main jail for that county. Looking for somebody incarcerated at Madison County Jail? This guide gives you all about anything you might need to know about Madison County Jail: How to locate an inmate at Madison County Jail. How to view Madison County Jail mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bailing out of jail. Madison County Jail intake procedures. Court records. And much more…

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and daunting idea, not only for the person who goes to jail, but also their family and friends. The purpose of this guide is to give you information you need to make getting locked up easier. If you have specific questions, please feel free to ask them, and also any tips or comments that could be a benefit to others would be welcome.

General Information

Address

Madison County Jail
Po Box 16
Wampsville, NY 13163

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 315-366-2300
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that has gone to jail and don’t know how to find out where they are?

Do you know a friend or family member who has been arrested and you need to find out what jail they’re in?

To look up who is in jail at Madison County Jail you will have to click on their web site and do an inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Madison County Jail Inmate Search has information on persons who have been arrested and are in jail, which includes status, how much their bail is, and visiting schedule. You can get information about anyone who has been arrested or released within the last 24 hours. Inmates are listed alphabetically by last name. You will be able to get their inmate information fast if you’ve got your friend or family member’s full name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If the inmate you are looking for might be at another jail you will want to check the other New York county jails in our New York County Jail Guide: List of all county jails in New York


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail booking photo, is a photograph that the jail takes when you are booked into jail. A mugshot is actually two photos one full face and a profile picture. Your full name and jail booking number will be in the pictures, and they will be kept on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be searched online, or you can see them at the Madison County Jail. When viewing online you have to put in the prisoner’s legal name, and the arrest date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to get your mugshot removed from the Madison County Jail website? This is difficult, as your mugshot is a public record. You will need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. Basically, this means that all of your arrest records will be sealed, and will not be available to the public. 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 taken down, the different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, if you are in jail, your main thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, your bail will be decided by a special judge called a magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this may mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you do bail out of jail you will have to agree to go to your court date, and you won’t be allowed to leave the area.

Typically, a prisoner can earn an early release in exchange for good behavior when they follow the rules and conduct themselves properly while locked up.

If you follow the rules, you might be allowed to participate in work release. Either you will have to return to jail each day when you’re finished at your job, or you may be permitted to live in a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you have to pay to the court system in order to be released from jail until you go to court. The amount you will be required to pay is dictated by the crime you’ve been charged with. You will need to pay 10% of the amount that was determined in order to get discharged from jail. If you miss your court date, that person won’t get the bail money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You must call the jail or the county courthouse. If know the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they will tell you what their bail is set at. Also, you can see the bail amount on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Needing to bail someone out of jail is never fun, but most of the time, it is simple to do if you have the money. To start with, you need to know if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only”. If it is, you can’t get a bondsman. Cash only – the jail won’t take a personal check. When you’ve paid bail, the prisoner will be released. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you just don’t have the money, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. Bondsmen usually charge a fee of 10-15% of the bail amount, and usually have a minimum charge of $100. This money is non-refundable and has to be paid in cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bondsman will in most cases require that they use your assets as collateral.

To contact a bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a bail bondsman

Have you ever hired a bondsman to bail someone out of jail? If so, post a comment below and tell about it, and let us know how things turned out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process is made up of these steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • Firstly, you will answer a number of questions, such as your full name, home address, birth date and contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All of your personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you are released.
  • You will be allowed to make a telephone call to talk to family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you will be allowed to keep wearing your own clothes, otherwise you you will be given a jail uniform.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through the jail intake procedure? If you have, please tell us how it happened. How long did you have to wait in the holding cell? What was you treatment like? Can you share any things that might help other people to get through the procedure?

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will be allowed to leave jail. Getting discharged can take anywhere between 15 minutes to all day. So, the faster you can post bail, the sooner you will get discharged. It also will depend on whether or not you’ve been given a bond amount or if the magistrate must decide on how much your bail will be. For lesser charges, you will be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served your sentence and know the date of your release, expect to get released between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

If there is a, or if you must start a jail sentence, you should follow the law and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, go down to the jail processing area, and tell them that you think there is a warrant for your arrest. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, go down to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Be sure that you are not late. Only bring allowed items when you go to jail, for example a driver’s license or even ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as a official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate need to list the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitor’s names will be entered into the log as an approved visitor. All visitors has to provide identification. Any visitors that arrives for visitation late or that is not on the visitation list will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Visitation procedures at Madison County Jail can change, so visit the official Madison County Jail jail site before you go to the jail to visit.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Calls made in jail are much more costly than phone calls made at home. Phone calls are restricted on when and 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 break the rules and are disciplined, phone privileges might get reduced or eliminated altogether.

Phone Number: 315-366-2300

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates has to be mailed using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You must not use any other method of delivery. You have to print the person’s name, inmate ID number, and the jail address on the letter. Don’t send a box or package, padded envelope, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail sent to inmates will be opened and reviewed by the officers at the jail, and will get sent back to the person who mailed it if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

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

Madison County Jail
Po Box 16
Wampsville, NY 13163

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Madison County Jail
Po Box 16
Wampsville, NY 13163


The Madison County Jail mail policy changes often, so it would be best to check the the Madison County Jail website before send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you have particular rights, the first of which is your right to request an attorney. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so make sure to ask a friend or family member to find a lawyer for you. You might be thinking ‘do I really need an attorney?’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a lawyer will advise you about your rights, help protect your interests and help you through the court system in your county. The quicker you get a lawyer involved with your situation, the better.

For more info on this, visit: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you cannot afford an attorney, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender Office has access to investigators, forensics experts as well as case workers. All Public Defenders are bona-fide lawyers who are members of the State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law.

Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? How did they do?

Court Records

All court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. Court records are comprised of a file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and all of the motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed in the case. You have the ability to access the records and documents in your court case via the website, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office.

Clerk of Court

The Madison County Clerk of Court is an official part of the court who manages the records. They also administer the oath for all court participants, and also read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records related to your court case are maintained at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the charges associated with your case, such as for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

A Magistrate acts as the judge that presides over your case. Magistrates are judges that do several different things, like deciding a bail amount, issuing warrants for arrest, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is prepared to include information about the arrestee’s background and details of the defendant’s life and history, which the magistrate judge will review and take into account when determining the sentence. Information and personal details will be solicited from the defendant, their family, and in some cases the victim in the crime. Keep in mind you are allowed to ask to have a copy of the report before sentencing, so you can review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, ranging from 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 will either be taken into custody immediately, or you could get a date that you are required to to surrender and report to jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if somebody you know is incarcerated in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?

You can you will have to query the jail’s website, and search by:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • or inmate ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant, you can check the arrest warrants inquiry on the Madison County jail website or call the court directly. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask them. Bear in mind that if you do have an outstanding warrant, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, and their arrest date, contact the jail, on the phone, in person, or check online. Arrest records are in the public record and these records are accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you get served with legal papers, which can be a court order. You can access civil process orders by getting in touch with the Madison County Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are listed and registered on a sex offender database. The people on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access sex offenders on the internet, but you should know that you will not see the street address, but rather the block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. Court Records include a court case file containing a court docket and any of the documents filed in your case. You can access the court records on the internet, or at the Madison County Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains records of people’s criminal history. These state databases are all linked so you are able to track criminal backgrounds from another state. Go to the Madison County Courthouse and check in person, or check online. It is helpful to know the county, and if the crime was in a totally different state, you might have to pay a fee 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 these crimes:

  • DUI.
  • Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

During a criminal records search, you won’t see if someone has had any moving violations, like:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving records, you will have to do a driving records search.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? How hard was it? Dis you do your search online or did you make a phone call to the jail? Was it correct? There are lots of reasons that people look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your comments might help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI has a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Madison County,The Sheriff’s Department has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of spending time in the Madison County jail is quite unpleasant, in time you will become accustomed to the daily routine there. All inmates get an alarm to wake up each morning at six in the morning, and next you’ll have roll call. After roll call you will eat breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will be required to 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 Madison 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 Madison 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 procedure to send funds to people in jail is likely to change, so be sure to review the official website when you send any funds.

    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 Madison County Jail

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

    • Victims have the right to protection from the accused.
    • Victims have the right to notification.
    • Victims have the right to attend proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • Victims have the right to restitution.
    • Victims have the right to a speedy trial.
    • Victims 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 a prisoner at this jail?

    If yes, then we would like you to write a review about it. Tell us about your jail experience so others can find out what to expect.

    Things you could include in what you write:

    • Conditions in Madison County Jail.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation
    • Other Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has a story to tell. Why were you locked up? Did you get fair treatment? What was your daily routine in jail? Tell us about the other inmates. Did going to jail affect your life? How?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

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

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