Washington County Jail – Fort Edward, NY

Washington County Jail is in Washington County, New York and is the primary jail for the region. Are you looking for someone at Washington County Jail? This page gives you information about everything you might need to know about Washington County Jail,like: How to locate an inmate at Washington County Jail. Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and how to get out of jail. Intake procedures and booking. Court information. And lots more.

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The thought of going to jail is a scary and stressfull situation, not only for the person who goes to jail, but also their friends and family. This guide is meant to give you information and advice you need to make going to jail easier. If you have a question, just ask them, and also any tips or comments that would help others would be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Washington County Jail
399 Broadway
Fort Edward, NY 12828

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (518) 746-2475
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that has gone to jail and want to locate them?

Has someone who’s been arrested and you want to find them?

To search who is in jail at Washington County Jail you have to visit their web site and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Washington County Jail Inmate Lookup is an online list of persons who have been arrested, which includes custody status, bail amount (if applicable), and schedule for visitation. You can also get information about anybody booked or discharged in the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You can find their inmate information more quickly if you have their name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or loved one is incarcerated at a different jail you should look here: New York County Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail booking picture, is the picture that the jail takes when you get booked into jail. A mugshot is actually two photos one frontal photo and a side photo. Your full name and jail ID number will be in the mugshot, and they will be kept on file.

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Mugshots can be found online, or you can see them at the Washington County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you have to put in the prisoner’s legal name, and an arrest date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to get your mugshot taken down from the Washington County Jail site? This may not be possible, since your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot removed you must file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. This means that all of your arrest records will be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot removed, the various mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, if you are in jail, your main thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, bail will be decided by the magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this might mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

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

Usually, an inmate at Washington County Jail will be given early release in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and don’t cause any problems while they’re in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be allowed to participate in work release. You will be required to return to jail each day after work, or you might be allowed to live in a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Bail is money that you have to pay in order to be released from jail until your trial. The amount of bail that is set all depends on what crime you are charged with and how serious it is. Someone you know will need to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total amount set so you are able to get discharged from jail. If you don’t go to your court date, the person that paid your bail 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 must call the Washington County Jail. If you’ve got the person’s info, including name, address and date of birth, they will let you know how much their bail is. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the Washington County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Needing to bail someone out of jail is never fun, but in some cases, it is really easy if you have the money. First, figure out if it is a Cash Only Bond situation. If so, you won’t be able to use the services of a bail bondsman. Cash only – the jail will not accept checks. Once the cash bond has been paid, the prisoner will be released to your care. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, of if you can’t pay it, you should use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will usually charge you a fee of 10-15% of total bail, and sometimes with a minimum charge of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman will not be returned to you and must be paid in cash. If bail is very large, the bondsman may use your assets as collateral for the bond.

To find a bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a bail bondsman at Washington County Jail

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process includes each of these steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you may not be processed immediately.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you must answer some questions, such as what is your full legal name, address, birthdate and contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your psychological and medical history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • You will then be allowed to use the telephone in order to call a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you might get to keep wearing street clothes, otherwise you you will have to wear a jail issued jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will get released from jail. This process takes from 15 minutes to all day. In other words the faster you can post bail, the quicker you will be released. How quickly you get discharged can depend on if you’ve been given a cash bond or if a magistrate still needs to determine how much your bail will be. For minor charges, you will simply be booked and released on your own recognizance. If you have served a sentence in jail and know the discharge date, expect to get discharged between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

warrant out for your arrest, or if you need to begin your jail sentence, you really should do the right thing and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. In the case of an outstanding warrant, report to the jail, and let them know 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 you do, you will be taken into jail custody. If it is for a jail sentence, go down to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Be very careful that you aren’t late. Make sure that you only bring approved items with you, such as a driver’s license or ID, any prescription medication you might take, and the sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates have to list each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitor’s information will be put in the visitors log as an authorized visitor. All visitors is required to provide a photo ID when visiting. Visitors arriving late or that is not an approved visitor will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Visitation procedures at Washington County Jail can change, so it would be wise to check the official site before you go.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Calls made in jail are typically more expensive than regular phone calls. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when and 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 jail rules, your ability to use the phone might get reduced or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

The Washington County Jail phone number is: (518) 746-2475

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail has to be mailed using US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other type of mail delivery. You have to clearly write or type the name, prisoner number, and jail address on the letter. Do not mail anything in a package, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail that you send to inmates is opened and inspected and read by the staff, and will get returned to the sender if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Washington County Jail is:

Washington County Jail
399 Broadway
Fort Edward, NY 12828

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Washington County Jail
399 Broadway
Fort Edward, NY 12828


The mail policy is always changing, so we suggest that you review the official Washington County Jail site before you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you still have certain rights, one of these being the right to request an attorney. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so make sure you ask a friend or family member to locate an attorney when you call them. You may be asking yourself ‘I don’t need a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal defense attorney will make sure you know your rights, help protect your interests and help you through the legal system in Washington County. The quicker you get an attorney working on your charges, the better your chances.

For more information about this subject, read our guide: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you cannot afford a lawyer, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. The Public Defender Office has access to private investigators, experts in forensics as well as case workers. Public Defenders are actual attorneys, members of the New York State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law in New York.

Have you or someone you know had to use a court appointed attorney? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?

Court Records

Court records are are public records and are available upon request. They include a case file with a docket sheet and every documents in the case. You, and anyone else, can access court records with the Washington County website, or by going to the Clerk’s office of the Court.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer of the court that manages the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath when court is in session, and also read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records relating to your case are kept and available to you at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are the charges and fees associated with your court case, such as for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the judge that will preside over your case. Magistrates are judges that do many different things, such as determing how much your bail will be, issuing arrest warrants, and overseeing initial court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is put together to include your background information and details of the arrestee’s life, which the judge will review and take into account when decide your sentence. Information will be requested from the person on trial, his or her family members, and in some cases the victim. Be sure to remember you can ask to have a copy of this report before you are sentenced, so you get the chance to review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, including community service to probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you may be immediately taken into custody, or you could be given a date that you are required to report to jail to serve out your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if some you know is currently in jail, or has ever been locked up?

This is pretty easy to do, simply you will have to access the Washington County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search using:

  • Their name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • and their inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you can also call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can access arrest warrants inquiry on the Washington County court website or call the court. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and inquire at the information desk. 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 the date of their arrest, contact the Washington County jail, on the phone, go there in person, or you can check online. An arrest is in the public record and this is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when you get served with papers, like a court order. You can access civil process orders by going to the Washington County Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders must be registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. Those listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to view these offenders on the internet, but you should know that you will not find the precise address, but rather the block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. These records include a case file containing a docket sheet and any documents and filings filed in the case. You can access the court records on the website, or at the clerk’s office of the court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains records of a person’s criminal background. These online databases are all connected and you can track criminal backgrounds from any other state. You are able to go to the Washington County Courthouse and check in person, or check online. It helps to know the county, and if the crime was in a totally different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more complete search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you will be able to find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for these crimes:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

During a criminal records search, in most cases will not find out if someone has had:

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for 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 a difficult process? Did you search online or did you have to make a phone call to the Washington County courthouse? Was the information correct? There are plenty of reasons that people look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your story could help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Washington County,the Sheriff has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link

    Washington County Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that spending time in Washington County Jail is quite unpleasant, in time you will get accustomed to the daily routine. Expect an alarm to wake up every morning at 6:00AM, and then you’ll have roll call. You will then get breakfast. Following 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 Washington 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 Washington County Jail uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

    You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.

    The procedure to send funds to someone in jail is likely to change, so be sure to visit the the Washington County Jail website when 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

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    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Washington County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Washington 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 Washington County Jail

    Requirements:

    • You must be over the age of 21.
    • You must possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You must be a US Citizen.
    • You must pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You must pass a drug test.
    • You must have a good level of fitness.
    • You must be in good health.
    • You must have a valid Drivers License
    • An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.


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    Family Resources

    There are resources for families of both the perpetrator of the crime and the victim. The social and emotional impact of crime is far reaching, affecting many. Families can receive professional counseling, court related assistance, social services assistance and help in navigating the criminal justice system.

    If you are a family member, which resources did you find to be particularly helpful? Please let us know, as this will be helpful to other families in the same situation.

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    Victim Resources

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

    • Victims have the right to protection from the accused.
    • Victims have the right to notification.
    • Victims have the right to attend proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • Victims have the right to restitution.
    • Victims have the right to a speedy trial.
    • Victims have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

    The definition of victim includes:

    • Spouses and children of all victims.
    • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
    • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
    • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

    There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

    Victim Notification

    The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

    Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

    All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.

    Domestic Violence

    If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been incarcerated at Washington County Jail? Do you have a friend or family member there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate in this jail?

    If yes, then we would like you to tell us about it. Write down your jail experience because other people will know what to expect.

    Things you could include in your comment:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Guards and staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • Other Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Prisoner programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has a story to tell. Why were you locked up? How did the guards treat you? What happened to you while you were locked up? What were the other inmates like? How did going to jail affect your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Are you trying to find a person you met in jail? Say wassup here, just leave a message below.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Washington County Jail Link
    Washington County Jail Inmate Search Link
    View Washington County Jail Mugshots
    Washington County Jail Bail Link

    Washington County Jail Visitation Policy Link
    Washington County Jail Mail Policy
    Locate an inmate at Washington County Jail
    Washington County Jail Warrant Inquiry
    Washington County Jail Arrest Inquiry
    Send Funds to an Inmate at Washington County Jail
    Jobs at Washington County Jail


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