Saratoga County Jail – Ballston Spa, NY

Saratoga County Jail is located in Saratoga County, NY and is the correctional facility for the area. Are you looking for somebody locked up at Saratoga County Jail? This page gives you all about anything a person needs to know about Saratoga County Jail,such as: Find an inmate at Saratoga County Jail. How to view Saratoga County Jail mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bailing out of jail. Booking and intake procedures. Court records. And lots more.

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary prospect, not only for whoever is incarcerated, but also their friends and family. This guide is designed to give you all the advice and information that you need to make getting locked up easier. If you have a specific question, just ask them, and any feedback or comments that would help others will be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Saratoga County Jail
6010 County Farm Rd.
Ballston Spa, NY 12020

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (518)885-6761
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member in jail and don’t know how to find out where they are?

Do you know someone that has been arrested and you need to locate them?

To look up who is in jail at Saratoga County Jail you will have to navigate to their website and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Saratoga County Jail Inmate Locator is an online list of persons currently in custody, which includes status, bail amount, and visiting hours. Also, you are able to get information about anybody arrested and booked or discharged in the past 24 hour period. Jail inmates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You can locate their inmate information faster if you have the arrestee’s full name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If the person you’re searching for may be in another jail you can check our guide to other New York jails: New York County Jails Directory


Mugshots

A mugshot, or intake photograph, is the photo that the jail takes when you are booked into jail. They take one frontal photo and a side-view photo. Your full name and intake number will appear on the photos, and they will be stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be viewed on the Saratoga County Jail website, or you can view them at the Saratoga County Jail. When viewing online you will have to put in the person’s first and last name, and a booking date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to get your mugshot taken off of the Saratoga County Jail website? This may not be possible, since the mugshot is a public record. You must file a Petition to Expunge in court. This means that all of your arrest records would be sealed, and will not be accessible. 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 many different mugshot websites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, if you’re locked up, your primary thought is about how to get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, bail will be set using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If no bail is set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out of jail you will have to agree to be there for your court date, and until then you will not be permitted to travel out of the county.

Usually, prisoners are given early release in exchange for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and conduct themselves properly while incarcerated.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. You will either have to return to jail each day when you’re finished working, or you may get to live in a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Bail is how much money that you have to pay to the court system to get out of jail until your court date. Your bail amount is dictated by the crime you are charged with. You will have to put up 10% of the amount set so you are able to get out of jail. If you don’t go to your court date, the person that bailed you out of jail will lose that bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you will have to call the jail or the county courthouse. If you have all the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they will tell you the bail amount. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but thankfully, it is easy if you have the money. First of all, you have to find out if they have a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If it is, you won’t be able to get a bail bondsman. Cash only – they will not accept a check. When you’ve paid bail, the prisoner will be discharged. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you just can’t afford it, you should use a bail bondsman. They usually charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total bail amount, and sometimes have a minimum fee of $100. This money will not be returned to you and the bondsman only accepts cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bail bondsman will in most cases require that they use your personal assets as collateral.

To find a local bail bondsman go to: Find a Bail Bondsman in Saratoga County

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process includes these steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • The first step is that you have to answer some basic questions, like your full legal name, address, birth date and an emergency contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All of your personal property will be taken from you and stored until you get released.
  • You will be allowed to use the telephone so you can get in touch with a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might be allowed to wear your street clothes, otherwise you you will be given a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will be discharged from jail. This process will take between 15 minutes to hours or even all day long. Or, simply, the faster you can pay your bail, the faster you will be freed. Also, how fast you get released can depend on if you’ve been given a cash bond or if a magistrate needs to determine the bail amount. For a minor charge, you will simply be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you get to the end of your sentence and know the date of your release, expect to be released that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

warrant out for your arrest, or if you have to report to start a sentence, it is highly advisable that you follow the rules and turn yourself into the authorities. If it is for a warrant, report to the jail intake center, and tell an officer that you think there may be an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will check their system to see if there are any outstanding local, state or federal arrest warrants out 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 you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order states. Be sure 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 your ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and a copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates have to give each visitor’s name to the jail before anyone can visit them. This information will be put into a Visiting log for the requesting inmate. Every visitor is required to provide proof of identification. Any visitors arriving late or that does not have a visting order will be turned away.
Jail visitation policies are always changing, so you should double-check the official site before you go to the jail to visit.

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 . Calls made in jail are typically more costly than phone calls made at home. There are certain restrictions about how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you are disciplined for an infraction, an inmate’s phone privileges might get cut back or eliminated completely.

The Saratoga County Jail phone number is: (518)885-6761

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail has to be sent via the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You cannot use any other type of mail or package delivery. You should write or type the name, inmate number, and the jail address on the letter. Do not mail anything in a box, padded envelope, bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. Any mail sent to inmates will be opened and read and examined by the jail staff, and will get sent back if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Saratoga County Jail:

Saratoga County Jail
6010 County Farm Rd.
Ballston Spa, NY 12020

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Saratoga County Jail
6010 County Farm Rd.
Ballston Spa, NY 12020


The Saratoga County Jail inmate mail policy is always changing, so you should double check the official website when you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you need to be aware that you still have rights, one of these being that you have the right to request an attorney. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so make sure you have a friend or family member locate an attorney for you. You’re probably asking yourself ‘but do I really need a lawyer’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal lawyer will advise you about your rights, help protect your interests and help you through the criminal justice system. The faster you get an attorney working on your case, the better.

For more info on the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, click: How to Find a Lawyer in Saratoga County

Public Defender

If you cannot afford an attorney, you will get a public defender. Also, the Public Defender Office is staffed by private investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and case workers. Public Defenders are actual lawyers, members of the State Bar and are legally licensed to practice law in New York.

Have you or someone you know used the services of a Public Defender? Are you satisfied with how they handled your case and represented you in court?

Court Records

Saratoga County court records are public records. Court records have a case file containing a docket sheet and each of the documents and motions filed during your court case. You have the ability to access the records and documents in your court case with the website, or at the Clerk of Court’s office.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is a member of the court that manages court records. They also administer the oath when court is in session, and read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records, documents, and evidence from your case are available at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are the fees and charges associated with your case, such as filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you can get a waiver for these fees.

Magistrate

The Saratoga County court magistrate is the judge that rules over your case in court. Magistrate judges do many different things, such as deciding a bail amount, writing arrest warrants, and overseeing preliminary court hearings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is prepared to include information about the defendant’s background and details of the arrestee’s life and public history, which the magistrate judge will take into account when deciding on the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be collected from the person on trial, his or her family, and in some circumstances the victim of the crime. Remember you are able to ask to see your own copy of the report before your sentencing, so you can correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are several different options for sentencing, including community service and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on how serious your crime was, you will either be locked up immediately, or given a date that you are supposed to report to jail to serve your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if somebody you know is in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?

This is pretty easy to do, simply you should visit the jail’s website, and do a search using:

  • Name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their booking date.
  • or inmate 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 think you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can access arrest warrants on the Saratoga County jail website or you can call the jail. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask the officer in charge. You should be clear that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, and their arrest date, contact the Saratoga County jail, by phone, go there in person, or you can check online. An arrest is a matter of public record and this is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, such as a court order. You can find these civil process orders by contacting the Saratoga County Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are required to be registered and listed on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to see these listings online, but bear in mind that you will not be able to see the actual address, but rather 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 filings and documents filed in your court case. You are able to access court records online, or at the clerk’s office of the court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains a record of someone’s criminal past. These state databases are linked together so you are able to track criminal backgrounds from another state. Go to courthouse and check in person, or you can check online. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and in the event that the crime was in a completely different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more complete search.

When you look up a person’s crminal records you will be able to find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for any of the following crimes:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

But, when you do a criminal records check, you generally won’t be able to find out if someone has had:

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

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? Was it easy? Did you search online or did you have to make a phone call to the jail? was the information you recieved correct? There are many reasons that folks search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your comments may help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI has a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Saratoga County,the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that getting locked up in Saratoga County Jail is very scary, eventually you will become accustomed to the daily routine there. Inmates get an alarm for wake-up at 6:00am, and next you’ll have roll call. After roll call you will have breakfast. When you finish breakfast participate 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 Saratoga 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 Saratoga 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 jail inmates is always changing, so we suggest that you double check the the Saratoga County Jail website 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

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Saratoga County Jail

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

    • 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 an inmate in this jail? Do you have a friend or family member that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner at Saratoga County Jail?

    If your answer is yes, then please tell us about it. Tell us about your jail experience so that others will know what to expect.

    Things you could put in your comment:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • The other inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gangs
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has some stories to tell about the whole experience. Why’d you get arrested? Were you mistreated? How was day to day life at Saratoga County Jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? How did getting locked up affect your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Trying to get in touch with a person you met in jail? Throw a shout out to them here.

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


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