Queens County Jail – Jamaica, NY

Queens County Jail is located in Queens County, NY and is the correctional facility for that region. Looking for somebody in Queens County Jail? This guide tells you all about everything you might need to know about Queens County Jail,like: How to do a jail inmate search. Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and how to get out of jail. Queens County Jail intake procedures. Court information. And much, much more.

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary situation, not only for the person who gets arrested, but also that person’s friends and family. The goal of this guide is to give you advice and information that you’ll need to make helping someone get out of jail a lot easier. If you have questions, just ask it, and any comments or tips that would be beneficial to other people in the same situation is appreciated.

General Information

Address

Queens County Jail
144-06 94Th Avenue
Jamaica, NY 11435

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 718-298-7550
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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 somebody that’s been arrested and you want to find them?

To find out who is in jail at Queens County Jail you need to click on their web site and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Queens County Jail Inmate Locator is a list of persons who were arrested and are now in jail, which includes current status, bail amount (if applicable), and times the inmate can have visitors. You can also find information on anyone arrested and processed or released in the last 24 hours. Inmates are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You’ll be able to locate their inmate information quicker if you’ve got your friend or family member’s full name, birth date, or inmate ID.

If your friend or family member may be at another county jail you will want to check our guide to other New York jails: Other County Jails in New York


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a intake photograph, is the photograph that the jail takes when you are booked into jail. A mugshot is actually one face photo and a profile photo. Your name and jail booking number will be on the photos, and they will be stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Queens County Jail prisoners can be seen on the website, or you can see them at the Queens County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you need to enter their legal name, and the arrest date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to get your mugshot taken off of the Queens County Jail website? This may not be possible, since the mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you have to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. Basically, this means that the record of your arrest will be sealed, and will not be accessible. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

To learn more about getting your mugshot taken down, the many different websites with mugshots, 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

If you’re incarcerated, your only thought is about getting out. After you’ve been booked, a bail amount will be decided either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If there is no bail set this may mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you do bail out you will have to agree to be there for your court date, and until that date you are not allowed to go out of town.

Usually, an inmate are given time off for good behavior when they respect the rules and don’t cause any problems while they are in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be granted work release. You will be required to return to the jail each day when you’re finished at your job, or you might have the chance to live in a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Bail is money that you have to pay to the courts in order to be released from jail until your trial. Your bail amount depends on the crime you are charged with. You or someone you know will have to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total that was set in order for you to bail out of jail. If you don’t show up for your court appearance, whoever put up your bail money will lose all of the bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you will have to call the Queens County Jail or the County Courthouse. If know the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know what their bail is set at. Also, you can check their bail amount and status online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but usually, its really easy if you have the money. To start with, figure out if their bail is a Cash Only Bond. If it is, you will not be able to get a bondsman. Cash only – they won’t accept checks. When you’ve paid bail, the person will be released to your care. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you can’t afford it, you will need to use a bail bondsman. They usually charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set, and usually with a minimum fee of $100. This is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bondsman will in these cases use your assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

To contact a local bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a Bail Bondsman in Queens County

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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
  • Get Out on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • Released On House Arrest
  • Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure includes these steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • The first step is that you must answer some basic questions, such as what is your full legal name, street address, birthdate and a contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • All personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you are released.
  • You will get to make a telephone call in order to get in touch with a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you might be allowed to keep wearing street clothes, otherwise you will be issued a jail jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. The discharge process may take anywhere from 10 minutes to all day long. So, the faster bail is posted, the quicker you will get released. Also, how fast you get released might depend on whether you’ve been given a cash bond or if a judge must determine how much to set your bail at. For minor offenses, you will get booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have served out your jail sentence and have a release date, you should plan to get released in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

out against you, or if you have to report to start a sentence, it is recommended that you follow the law and turn yourself in. If it is for a warrant, report to the jail intake area, and tell the intake officer that you think they might have a warrant out for your arrest. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if they verify that you have one, they will take you into custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, go to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order states. Be very careful that you don’t show up late. Be sure to only bring things that are allowed when you go to jail, like a driver’s license or photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as the copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate need to provide each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitors will go into a log of visitors as an approved visitor. Every visitor will be required to provide acceptable photo identification. Anyone that arrives for visitation late or without a visiting order will be turned away.
The Queens County Jail visitation procedures frequently change, so make sure that you visit the jail site before you try to go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . These phone calls are much more expensive than phone calls made outside of jail. Phone calls are restricted on how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you break the rules and are disciplined, your ability to use the phone might get reduced or forbidden completely.

Phone Number: 718-298-7550

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates must be sent using US Postal Service. You must not use any other type of mail delivery. You must write or type the prisoner’s name, prisoner number, and jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t mail a box or package, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail received by the jail is opened and reviewed by staff, and will be returned if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Queens County Jail
144-06 94Th Avenue
Jamaica, NY 11435

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Queens County Jail
144-06 94Th Avenue
Jamaica, NY 11435


The Queens County Jail inmate mail policy is always changing, so you should visit the official Queens County Jail site before you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you need to be aware that you still have rights, and an important one is your right to request an attorney. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure to have a friend or family member find a lawyer when you call them. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘why do I need an attorney?’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal lawyer will advise you about your rights, protect your interests and help you navigate the complicated court system. The quicker you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better off you’ll be.

For more information on the benefits of hiring a lawyer, visit: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford a lawyer, you will get a public defender. Also, the Public Defender has access to independent investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and social case workers. All Public Defenders are bona-fide lawyers that are members of the State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

Have you or someone you know used a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?

Court Records

All court records are are public records and are available upon request. Court records are comprised of a file with a docket sheet and every documents and motions in the case. You, and anyone else, can access your court case records via the website, or at the Clerk’s office of the Court.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is a member of the court who manages access to court records. They also administer the oath in a court case, and read the jury’s verdict. All records related to your case are available at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are the costs associated with your case, for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you are low income and have a court appointed attorney, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the person that presides over your case. Magistrates are judges that do a number of different things, which include determing how much your bail will be, writing arrest warrants, and overseeing preliminary court hearings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is prepared to include background information and information about the defendant’s life and history, which the magistrate will consider when decide your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be solicited from the person on trial, his or her family, and in some cases the victim in the crime. Remember you are allowed to ask to have a copy of this report before you are sentenced, and make sure that you correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will then get sentenced. There are a number of different options, including community service and probation, to incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you might get immediately taken into custody, or given a date that you are supposed to turn yourself into jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if a family member of friend is incarcerated in jail, or has ever been locked up?

To do so, you should visit the Queens County jail website, and search using:

  • Name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their booking date.
  • and their jail ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can check the arrest warrants inquiry on the Queens County court website or call the jail directly. This requires a first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask them. Keep in mind that if you do have an outstanding warrant, 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 jail, by phone, in person, or check online. Records of arrests are a matter of public record and the information is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when someone has been served with papers, such as warrants. You can find these civil process orders by contacting the Queens County Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders must be registered and listed on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not be able to find the exact address, just the address block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. Court Records include a court case file that includes a docket sheet and any documents filed in the court case. You are able to access the court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at the clerk’s office of the court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state keeps a record of someone’s criminal background. These online databases are all connected so you can track criminal backgrounds from other states. Go to county courthouse and inquire, or check online. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and if the crime was in a different state, you might have to pay for a more complete search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you can get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for these crimes:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

If you do a criminal records check, you will not learn if that person has had:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find driving records, you must do a driving records search.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? How hard was it? Was your search online or did you make a phone call to the courthouse? Was it correct? There are many reasons that folks look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your story might make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI has a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Queens County,the Queens County Sheriff has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of getting locked up in the Queens County jail is very scary, soon you will get used to the routine that is set for you in jail. You will get a wake-up alarm at 6:00AM, and then roll call. You will then get 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 Queens 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 Queens 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 rules for sending funds to Queens County Jail inmates could change, so we suggest that you visit the official Queens County Jail site when you send money to an inmate there.

    Commissary

    The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.

    Inmate Medications

    If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.

    Meals

    You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.

    Pods / The Yard

    The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.

    Gangs

    As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.


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    News and Media

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Queens County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Queens 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 Queens 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 locked up at Queens County Jail? Do you have a friend or family member that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner there?

    If your answer is yes, then we would like you to tell us about it. Write down your experience so that others can find out what to expect.

    What to put in what you write:

    • Conditions in Queens County Jail.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitors
    • The other inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gangs
    • Activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has some stories about their time ‘inside’. How’d you get locked up? Did you experience fair treatment? How was day to day life at Queens County Jail? What were the other inmates like? How did going to jail affect your life?

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