Dutchess County Jail is in Dutchess County and is the jail for that area. Do you know somebody locked up at Dutchess County Jail? This site gives you information about anything you might need to know about Dutchess County Jail: Find an inmate at Dutchess County Jail. How to view Dutchess County Jail mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bailing out of jail. Intake procedures and booking. Court information and records. And much more…
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The chance of going to jail is a scary idea, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also that person’s friends and family. This guide is designed to give you information and tips that you’ll need to make helping someone get out of jail a lot easier. If you have questions, please feel free to ask them, and any comments or feedback that could be a benefit to other people in the same situation would be appreciated.
Dutchess County Jail
150 North Hamilton Street
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Phone Number and Fax Number
Phone Number: (845) 486-3900
Map and Directions
Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you know someone that is in jail and want to find out where they are?
Has a friend or family member who has been arrested and you need to find out what jail they’re in?
In order to look up who is in jail at Dutchess County Jail you should go to their link and use the inmate lookup.
The Dutchess County Jail Inmate Lookup has information on persons who have been arrested, including custody status, how much their bail is, and times you can visit. You can find information about anybody booked or released in the past 24-hour period. Jail inmates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You will be able to find their arrest information fast if you enter their name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.
If your friend or loved one is at another jail you will want to check the other New York county jails in our New York County Jail Guide: New York Jails
A mugshot, also known as a intake picture, is a picture that the jail takes when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is made up of one full face photo and one profile photo. Your name and intake number will be in the mugshot, and they are kept on file at the jail.
Mugshots of inmates can be seen on the Dutchess County Jail website, or you can see them in person at the Dutchess County Jail. When viewing online you will have to enter the person’s name, and a booking date.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Do you want to get your mugshot removed from the Dutchess County Jail site? This is difficult, because your mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you must file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. This means that your arrest record would be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.
Read our in-depth tutorial about getting your mugshot removed, the various mugshot websites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
Obviously, once you’re arrested and put in jail, your only thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, your bail will be decided by the magistrate. If there is no bail set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you are kept in jail until your court date.
If you are released from jail you must agree to be in court on your court date, and until then you are not permitted to go out of town.
Usually, an inmate will be given time off for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and area a good inmate while locked up.
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 at the end of the day when you’re finished working, or you may be allowed to move to a halfway house instead of living at the jail.
Your bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to the courts to get out of jail until your trial. The amount you have to pay is determined by the crime you’ve been charged with. You or someone you know will have to put up 10% of the amount set in order to get discharged from jail. If you don’t go to your court date, the person that paid your bail will lose all of the bail money.
Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is
To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail will need to call the jail. If you’ve got the pertinent information, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know the bail amount. You can also see the bail amount on the Dutchess County Jail website.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Needing to bail someone out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but fortunately, its easy if you have the money. To start with, find out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only”. If this is the case, you won’t be able to get a bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – they will not take a check. When you’ve paid bail, the person will be discharged. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.
If the bail amount is too high, of if you can’t pay it, you should hire a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will usually charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and sometimes with a minimum fee of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman is non-refundable and the bondsman only accepts cash. If bail is very large, the bondsman will use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.
If you need a local bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman at Dutchess County Jail
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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
- Be Released on a Pre-Trial Release Program
- Get Out on House Arrest
- Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The jail intake process includes each of these steps:
- They’ll put you in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, it will take a while to get processed.
- Firstly, you will have to answer a bunch of questions, such as what your legal name is, address, birthdate and a contact person.
- They’ll also ask about your psychological and medical history.
- You’ll be given an inmate number.
- Your fingerprints will be taken.
- You will have your mugshot taken.
- Any property you have will be taken from you and stored until you get released from jail.
- You will be allowed to make a telephone call to talk to family, friends, or bail bondsman.
- If you are expected to be released shortly, you might be allowed to wear your own clothes, if not you will have to wear a jail issued jumpsuit.
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Once bail has been posted, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. Getting discharged from jail takes anywhere between 15 minutes to all day. In simple terms, the faster bail is posted, the faster you can get out of jail. How quickly you get discharged will depend on whether you have a cash bond amount or if the judge still needs to figure out the bail amount. For lesser charges, you will simply be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have completed your jail sentence and know the discharge date, plan to get discharged anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.
How To Turn Yourself In
If there is a, or if you must begin your jail sentence, you should do the right thing and turn yourself in willingly. If you have a warrant, go to the jail processing area, and tell an officer that you think they might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if they verify that you have one, they will take you into custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, report to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order lists. Be sure that you are not late to report. Only bring allowed items when you turn yourself in, for example your driver’s license or ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as a sentencing order.
The inmate need to list each visitor’s full name to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitor’s information will be put into a Visiting log as an Authorized visit. Every visitor has to provide identification. Anyone showing up late or that does not have a visitation order will be turned away.
Jail visitation policies change often, so we suggest that you review the official Dutchess County Jail jail site before you go to visitation.
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 phone calls made outside of jail. There are certain restrictions about when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you break the jail rules, phone privileges might get reduced or totally denied.
Phone Number: (845) 486-3900
Sending Mail to Inmates
Any mail that you send to an inmate has to be mailed using the actual US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other method of delivery. Clearly print the prisoner’s name, inmate ID, and the jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not send a box, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail gets opened and inspected by the jail officers, and will be returned to the sender if it can’t be delivered.
The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Dutchess County Jail is:
Dutchess County Jail
150 North Hamilton Street
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
Dutchess County Jail
150 North Hamilton Street
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
The Dutchess County Jail inmate mail policy changes frequently, so be sure to visit the site when you send a letter.
Get A Lawyer
If you have been arrested, you need to be aware that you still have rights, one of these being that you have the right to request a lawyer. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure to have a friend or relative locate a lawyer when you call them. You’re probably asking yourself ‘why do I need an attorney?’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal defense attorney will make sure you know your rights, look after your best interests and help you navigate the legal system that you are now faced with. The faster you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your case, the better off you’ll be.
For more info on this subject, go to: Find an Attorney
If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford an attorney, you will get a public defender. Also, the Public Defender’s Office is staffed by investigators, experts in forensics as well as social case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are real attorneys, admitted to the New York State Bar Association and are completely licensed to practice law and represent you in court.
Have you or someone you know used a court appointed attorney? How did they do?
All court records are public records. They are comprised of a court case file with a sheet called a docket sheet and all documents in your case. You, and anyone else, can access the records and documents in your court case via the website, or at the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.
Clerk of Court
The Clerk of Court is an official part of the court who maintains the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for all court participants, and read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records and documents associated with your case are kept and available to you at the Dutchess County Clerk of Court.
Court fees and costs are all costs from your case, such as for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you cannot afford these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you may not have to pay the fees.
The Dutchess County magistrate is the person that presides on your case in court. Magistrate judges do several different things, like deciding a bail amount, issuing warrants, and presiding over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention proceedings.
A pre-sentencing report is prepared to include background information and details of the defendant’s life and history, which the magistrate judge will take into consideration when determining your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be solicited from the person on trial, their family, and in some cases the victim of the crime. Be sure to remember you are allowed to request to have your own copy of the pre-sentencing report before sentencing, so you get the chance to review it and correct any mistakes.
If you get convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, ranging from community service, house arrest, and probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you may be taken into custody, right there in court, or you could receive a date to go to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.
Do you want to find out if some you know is in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?
This is pretty simple to do, just you need to visit the jail website and do an inmate search, and search using:
- Their name.
- Date of birth.
- Their booking date.
- and their jail inmate ID.
If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you should call the jail get confirmation.
If you think you might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can check the court records on the Dutchess County court website or you can call the court. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and inquire at the information desk. Keep in mind that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, they will take you into custody immediately.
If you know the person’s first and last name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the Dutchess County jail, on the phone, go there in person, or find out online. Records of arrests are in the public record and the information is available to anyone.
Civil processes are when someone has been served with papers, which can be , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these civil process orders by getting in touch with the Dutchess County Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All people registered as sex offenders have to be listed and registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex offense. You are able to see this information on the internet, but keep in mind that you won’t find the street address, just the block that they live on.
Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. Court Records include a court case file that includes a court docket and any of the documents and filings filed in the case. You can 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 county where the case was filed.
Each and every state maintains a record of a person’s criminal past. These online databases are all linked so you are able to track criminal backgrounds from another state. You can go to the courthouse and check in person or you can check the website. It helps to know the county, and in the event that the crime was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay a fee for a more complete search.
A search of someone’s criminal history you can get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for crimes, which include:
- DWI or DUI.
- Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
- Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
- Violent crimes like assault or murder.
When you do a criminal history search, you won’t discover if they had:
- Tickets for speeding.
- Lost their driver’s license or license revoked or suspended.
- Traffic accidents.
- Other moving violations.
- Parking Tickets.
- 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 Driver’s License
- An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.
- 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.
- 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.
- Conditions at the jail.
- Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
- Guards and staff
- Food and commissary
- The other inmates – what are they like?
- Inmate safety
- Gang activity
- Activities and programs
To get this kind of information, you will have to do a search for their driving history.
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On a Federal level, the FBI maintains a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Dutchess County, the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Department keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.
Life In Jail / What Its Like
Everyone knows that serving a jail sentence in Dutchess County Jail is no fun, in time you will settle into the daily routine there. You will get an alarm to wake up at 6:00am, and next you’ll have roll call. After roll call you will get breakfast. Following breakfast participate in the work program that you’ve been assigned to. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.
Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Dutchess County Jail, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.
When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the Dutchess 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 inmates might change, so you should visit the official Dutchess County Jail site when you send funds to an inmate.
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.
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.
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.
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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Types of Jobs at Dutchess County Jail
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Dutchess 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.
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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.
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Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.
The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:
The definition of victim includes:
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.
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.
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.
Reviews of this Jail
Have you ever been a prisoner at this jail? Do you know someone that spent time there? Have you ever visited an inmate there?
If you have, then we would like you to write your review about it. Write about your jail experience because others can learn what to expect.
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Tell Your Story
Anyone who’s been in jail has some stories to tell about the whole experience. How’d you get locked up? Did you get fair treatment? How was life in jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? How did getting locked up affect your life?
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