Monroe County Jail – Rochester, NY

Monroe County Jail is located in Monroe County, New York and is the correctional facility for that area. Do you know someone locked up at Monroe County Jail? This guide tells you all about anything one might want to know about Monroe County Jailsuch as the following: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Posting bail. Intake procedures. Court information. And much more…

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The thought of going to jail is a scary and daunting idea, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is meant to give advice and information you need to make the process easier. If you have questions, please feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any tips or comments that could be beneficial to other people in the same situation will be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Monroe County Jail
130 Plymouth Ave. South
Rochester, NY 14614

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (585) 753-4300
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member that has gone to jail and want to find out where they are?

Do you know somebody who has been arrested and you want to find out what jail they’re in?

To look up who is in jail at Monroe County Jail you have to navigate to their web site and do an inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Monroe County Jail Inmate List has information on persons who have been arrested and are in jail, which includes current status, bail amount (if applicable), and times the inmate can have visitors. Also, you are able to get the same information about anyone who has been arrested or discharged within the past 24 hours. Inmates are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You can find their inmate information fast if you have the arrestee’s first and last name, birth date, or arrest number.

If the inmate you are looking for is at another jail you should look here: List of all jails in New York


Mugshots

A mugshot, or booking picture, is a picture that the police take when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is make of one and a side photo. Your name and jail booking number will be in the mugshot, and they are stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Monroe County Jail inmates can be viewed online, or you can see them in person at the Monroe County Jail. When viewing online you need to input the person’s full name, and the booking date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to get your mugshot removed from the Monroe County Jail website? This can be tricky, as your mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot taken down you have to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. This means that your arrest record will be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

For more information about removing your mugshot, the different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Once you’re incarcerated, your only thought is about how to get out. After you’ve been booked, a bail amount is decided either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If there is no bail set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out of jail you will have to agree to go to your court date, and until that date you will not be permitted to leave the area.

In most cases, prisoners are given time off for good behavior when they respect the rules and area a good inmate while they’re in jail.

If you follow the rules, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. You will either have to return to jail at the end of the day after work, or you could be permitted to move into a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Bail is money that you are required to pay to be released from jail until your court date. The amount you will have to pay depends on the crime you are charged with. You will have to put up 10 percent of the total that was set in order for you to be released. If you don’t show up for your court appearance, the person that bailed you out of jail won’t get the bail money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail will need to call the Monroe County Jail or the County Courthouse. If you’ve got the person’s info, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know how much their bail is. You can also check their bail amount and status on the Monroe County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is never fun, but usually, its very simple to do. First, you need to find out if it is a Cash Only Bond situation. If it is, you can’t get a bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – the jail will not take a check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the prisoner will be released to your care. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you should use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will generally charge you a fee of 10-15% of the bail amount, and in most cases with a minimum charge of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If the bail has been set really high, the bail bondsman will ask to use your personal assets as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

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

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure is made up of each of the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • First, will answer some questions, like your legal name, street 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 ID.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • All of your personal property will get taken away from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • They will allow you to use the phone to call a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might be able to keep wearing street clothes, if not you you will have to wear a jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. Getting discharged may take from 10 minutes to quite a few hours. Or, simply, the faster you post bail, the sooner you can get out of jail. Also, it will depend on whether you have a cash bond or if a judge has to figure out the bail amount. For minor offenses, you will be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you get to the end of your sentence and are given a discharge date, you should plan to get released in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

issued for your arrest, or if you need to report to start a sentence, it is highly advisable that you follow the law and turn yourself into the authorities. For a warrant, go down to the jail processing area, and let them know that you think there may be a warrant 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 ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, go to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Be very careful that you are not late. Only bring allowed items when you go, for example a driver’s license or your ID, prescription medication, and a official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates must give the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail. This information will go into a log of approved visitors as an Authorized visit. Each and every visitor will be required to provide acceptable photo identification. Any visitors showing up late or that is not an approved visitor will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at Monroe County Jail frequently change, so it would be wise to check the official jail site before you go.

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 usually more costly than phone calls made at home. 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 reduced or eliminated altogether.

Phone Number: (585) 753-4300

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail must be sent using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You cannot use any other method of mail or package delivery. Clearly write or type the person’s name, inmate number, and the jail address 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 containing metal parts. Any mail sent to inmates will be opened and inspected and read by the officers at the jail, and the mail will be sent back to the person who mailed it if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

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

Monroe County Jail
130 Plymouth Ave. South
Rochester, NY 14614

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Monroe County Jail
130 Plymouth Ave. South
Rochester, NY 14614


The inmate mail policy at Monroe County Jail changes often, so you should double check the the Monroe 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 still have certain rights, the first of which is your right to request a lawyer. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure you have a friend or family member find an attorney when you call them. You may be thinking ‘do I really need a lawyer?’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal defense lawyer can advise you of your rights, help protect your best interests and help you navigate through the complicated court system in your county. The quicker you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better off you’ll be.

To read more about this subject, visit: How to Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford a lawyer, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. The Public Defender has access to independent investigators, forensics experts and social case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are licensed lawyers, admitted to the New York State Bar Association and are legally licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

Have you or someone you know used the services of a Public Defender? Do you think they properly handled your case?

Court Records

Court records are public records. They include a case file with a docket and every motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed in your case. You, and anyone else, can access your court case records using the internet service, or at the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an official part of the court who maintains court records and controls access to them. They also administer the oath in a court case, and read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records, documents, and evidence relating to your case are kept and available to you at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court fees and costs are all costs associated with your court case, for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees.

Magistrate

The Monroe County court magistrate is the judge who presides over your case. They do different functions, like deciding a bail amount, issuing arrest warrants, and overseeing preliminary court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed with information about your background and information about the defendant’s life history, which the judge will take into account when determining your sentence. Information will be collected from the defendant, their family, and in some cases the victim of the crime. Be sure to remember that you should request to see your own copy of your pre-sentencing report before sentencing, and make sure that you go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are a number of different options, ranging from community service, house arrest, and probation, to even 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 immediately taken into custody, or you might be given a date that you are required to to surrender and report to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if somebody you know is currently in jail, or has ever been locked up?

This is pretty easy to do, simply just access the jail’s website, and do a search using:

  • Their name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their booking date.
  • and their inmate ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants online or you can 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 them. 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 jail, by phone, in person, or check online. Arrest records are public record and this information is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you get served with legal papers, like a court order. You can access civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders must be listed and registered on either a national or state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access sex offenders on the internet, but you should know that you can’t find the precise address, but rather the neighborhood block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. These records include a court case file that contains a docket sheet and all of the documents filed in the court case. You can access court records on their website, or at the Monroe County Clerk of Court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains records of someone’s criminal history. These databases are all connected so you can track criminal histories from another state. Go to the Monroe County Courthouse and inquire, or check the website. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and if the crime was in a different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you can find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for any crimes, which can include:

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

But, when you do a criminal records check, you generally won’t find if that person has had any:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this kind of information, you will have to do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it an easy process? Dis you do your search online or did you make a phone call to the Monroe County courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are plenty of reasons that people look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your story might help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI has their list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Monroe County,the Sheriff keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link

    Monroe County Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that being incarcerated in the Monroe County jail is something you wish you could avoid, soon you will settle into the routine that is set for you. Expect an alarm for wake-up at 6am, and next you’ll have roll call. After roll call you will have breakfast. Following breakfast participate 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 Monroe 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 Monroe 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 inmates at Monroe County Jail is always changing, so you should review the site when 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 Monroe County Jail

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

    • 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 locked up at Monroe County Jail? Do you know someone that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner at Monroe County Jail?

    If your answer is yes, then please leave a comment below about it. Tell us about your jail experience so others will know what to expect.

    Things you could write in your review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Guards and staff
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitors
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Inmate safety
    • Gangs
    • Prisoner programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has a story to tell. Why’d you get arrested? Were you fairly treated? What was it like in jail? What about the other inmates? How did going to jail affect your life?

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    Links and Resources

    Main Monroe County Jail Website
    Monroe County Jail Inmate Search Link
    View Monroe County Jail Mugshots
    Monroe County Jail Bail Link

    Monroe County Jail Visitation
    Monroe County Jail Jail Mail Policy Link
    Locate an inmate at Monroe County Jail
    Monroe County Jail Warrant Inquiry
    Monroe County Jail Arrest Lookup
    Monroe County Jail Send Money Procedure
    Jobs at Monroe County Jail


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