Tioga County Jail – Owego, NY

Tioga County Jail is in Tioga County and is the primary jail for this area. Looking for somebody incarcerated at Tioga County Jail? This site tells you info about everything related to Tioga County Jailsuch as the following: Find an inmate at Tioga County Jail. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. Bailing out of jail. Tioga County Jail intake procedures. Court information. And much more…

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The prospect of going to jail is a daunting and scary thought, not only for whoever gets arrested, but also their friends and family. This guide is designed to give advice and information you need to make the process a lot easier. If you have questions, just ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any comments or tips that would be beneficial to other people in the same situation is appreciated.

General Information

Address

Tioga County Jail
103 Corporate Drive
Owego, NY 13827

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (607) 687-8463
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that is in jail and need to locate them?

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

In order to look up who is in jail at Tioga County Jail you need to click on their website and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Tioga County Jail Inmate Roster is an online list of persons currently in custody, including status, how much their bail is, and schedule for visitation. Also, you can get information about anyone who has been arrested or discharged within the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You can get their inmate information quicker if you’ve got their name, birth date, or inmate ID.

If your friend or family member might be in a different jail you can check the other New York county jails in our New York County Jail Guide: New York County Jails Listing


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail processing photo, is a photo that the police take when you get booked into jail. A mugshot is make of one and a profile picture. Your name and jail ID number will appear on the mugshot, and they are on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be seen on the Tioga County Jail website, or you can see them in person at the Tioga County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you will have to enter the inmate’s full name, and an arrest date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to have your mugshot erased from the Tioga County Jail site? This will be difficult, as your mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot taken down you must file a Petition to Expunge with the court. This means that the record of your arrest would be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

To learn more about getting your mugshot removed, the different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal services: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

If you are in jail, your only thought is about when and how you will get out. After booking, your bail is set by the magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this might mean that you will either be released, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

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

Usually, a prisoner at Tioga County Jail can earn early release in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and act right while they are in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be allowed to participate in work release. Either you will have to go back to the jail every day after work, or you could be allowed to move to a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Your bail is money that you have to pay in order to be released from jail pending trial. Your bail amount all depends on the crime you’ve been charged with. You will need to put up 10% of the amount set so you are able to be released from jail. If you fail to show up for court, the person that paid your bail will lose all of the bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You will have to call the Tioga County Jail or the County Courthouse. If you’ve got the person’s info, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you the bail amount. You can also find out how much their bail is on the Tioga County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is no fun, but thankfully, it’s easy. First of all, you have to find out if it is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If this is the case, you will not be able to use the services of a bail bondsman. Cash only – they can’t take a check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the prisoner will be released to your care. If the conditions of bail are not violated, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will usually charge a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and sometimes charge a minimum of $100. This money will not be returned to you and the bondsman only accepts cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bail bondsman may request to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond.

To find a local bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a Bail Bondsman in Tioga County

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Early Release For Good Behavior
  • Work Release
  • Get Out For Time Served
  • Get Out on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • Get 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 includes these steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If the jail is busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • The first step is that you have to answer a bunch of questions, such as your full name, your address, birthdate and an emergency contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • All of your personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • You will then be allowed to use the phone so you can talk to a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might get to wear your own clothes, otherwise you will be issued a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will be discharged from jail. Getting discharged will take anywhere between 15 minutes to all day. In other words the faster bail is posted, the quicker you will get released. How quickly you get discharged depends on if you’ve got a bond amount or if a magistrate must figure out your bail amount. For a minor offense, you will get booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served your sentence and know the release date, you should expect to get released that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

In the event there is a, or if you have to begin your sentence in jail, it is highly recommended that you do the right thing and turn yourself in willingly. If it is for a warrant, report to the jail intake area, and tell an officer that you think they might have a warrant for your arrest. They will do a record check, and if you do, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, report at the exact time and date that the sentence order lists. Ensure that you aren’t late. Make sure that you only bring necessary items when you turn yourself in, for example your drivers license or even photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as a sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates must list information about each visitor to the jail in advance of any visit. This information will be entered into a log of visitors as an Authorized visit. Each and every visitor must provide acceptable photo identification. Anyone that arrives for visitation late or without a visiting order will be turned away.
The Tioga County Jail visitation procedures change often, so we suggest that you visit the official Tioga County Jail jail site before you go to visitation.

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 . Phone calls made in jail are generally pricier than phone calls made outside of jail. There is no limit to when and how often you can use the phone, but bear 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 ability to use the phone may be limited or forbidden.

Phone Number: (607) 687-8463

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate is required to be sent via the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You cannot use any other type of delivery. You must write or type the person’s name, inmate ID number, and the address of the jail on the letter that you send. Do not send anything in a package, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. Any mail gets opened and examined by the staff, and the mail will be sent back to the person who mailed it if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Tioga County Jail
103 Corporate Drive
Owego, NY 13827

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Tioga County Jail
103 Corporate Drive
Owego, NY 13827


The inmate mail policy at Tioga County Jail changes, so double check the site before you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you still have certain rights, the first of which is that you have the right to request a lawyer. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so you would be wise to have a friend or relative find an attorney when you talk to them. You may be thinking ‘but do I really need a lawyer’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, an attorney will advise you about your rights, look after your best interests and help you find your way through the legal system. The quicker you get an attorney working on your criminal case, the better.

For more information on how to find a lawyer, read: Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you can’t afford a lawyer, you will get a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender’s Office has access to private investigators, forensics experts as well as social case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are real lawyers who are members of the New York State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law.

Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney? Are you satisfied with how they handled your case and represented you in court?

Court Records

Tioga County court records are public records. They contain a court case file with a docket and all documents and motions filed in the course of your case. You, and anyone else, can access your court case records using the website, or at the Clerk of Court’s office.

Clerk of Court

The Tioga County Clerk of Court is an official part of the court that manages the records. They also administer the oath when court is in session, and also read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All court records associated with your case are held at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court fees are the fees and charges associated with your case, for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you cannot afford these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the person that will preside on your court case. They do different functions, such as setting your bail amount, issuing warrants, and presiding over preliminary court hearings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is prepared to include the defendant’s background information and details of the defendant’s life and history, which the judge will consider when determining a sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be collected from the defendant, their family, and in some circumstances the victim of the crime. Remember that you should request to have your own copy of the pre-sentencing report before sentencing, so you can go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are a number of different options, including community service and probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on the severity of the crime, you might get immediately taken into custody, or you might be given a date that you must turn yourself into jail to serve your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if some you know is in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?

To do this, you will have to go to the Tioga County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and do a search using:

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

If you think this person is in jail, you should call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant, you can check the court records on the website or you can call the jail. You have to have the person’s first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask the officer in charge. You should know that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, and the date of their arrest, contact the Tioga County jail, on the phone, go there in person, or look online. Records of arrests are a matter of public record and the information is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you get served with legal papers, which can be a court order. You can access civil process orders by going to the Tioga County Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders must be registered on both a national and state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex crime. You can access these offenders on the website, but keep in mind that you won’t get the exact address, but only the block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. Court Records include a case file that includes a docket sheet and all of the filings and documents filed in your case. You can access court records on the website, or at Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state keeps a record of someone’s criminal history. These state databases are connected so you are able to track criminal convictions from any other state. Go to courthouse and make an inquiry, or check the website. You must know which county the crime occured in, and if the crime was in a totally different state, you might have to pay for a more comprehensive search.

A criminal records search you can find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Theft.

When you do a criminal history search, you generally won’t be able to find out if that person has had any:

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

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it an easy process? Did you search online or did you have to make a phone call to the local courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are plenty of reasons that people look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your feedback could make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI has a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Tioga County,the Tioga 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

    Everyone knows that being incarcerated in the Tioga County jail is no fun, eventually you will become accustomed to the daily routine. You should expect a wake-up alarm each morning at 6am, and next you’ll have roll call. Next, you will get breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will work in the program that has been assigned to you. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Tioga 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 Tioga 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 money to people in jail is always changing, so we suggest that you visit the official website before you send funds to an inmate.

    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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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Tioga County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Tioga 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 Tioga 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 spent any time in this jail? Do you know anybody there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner at Tioga County Jail?

    If so, then please write your review about it. Tell us about your experience so that other people can find out what to expect.

    Things you could write in your comment:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Prisoner safety
    • Jail 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 end up in jail? Did you experience fair treatment? What was it like in jail? Were the other inmates cool? How did it affect you to go to jail?

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    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Are you trying to talk to someone you met in jail? Leave a message for them here.

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