Genesee County Jail is located in Genesee County, NY and is the jail for that area. Know somebody locked up in Genesee County Jail? This page will tell you about anything a person needs to know about Genesee County Jailsuch as the following: Find an inmate at Genesee County Jail. Find inmate mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and how to get out of jail. Booking and intake procedures. Court records. And much more…
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The thought of going to jail is a daunting and scary situation, not only for the person who gets arrested, but also their friends and family. This guide is meant to give you information and advice that you’ll need to make going to jail a lot easier. If you have questions, just ask it in the comment section below, and any tips or comments that would be a benefit to other people in the same situation would be welcome.
Genesee County Jail
165 Park Road
Batavia, NY 14020
Phone Number and Fax Number
Phone: (585) 343-0838
Map and Directions
Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that is locked up and want to contact them?
Do you know a family member or friend that has been arrested and you want to find out what jail they’re in?
To find out who is in jail at Genesee County Jail you need to go to their web site and do an inmate lookup.
The Genesee County Jail Inmate Roster has information on persons who are in jail, which includes custody status, bail amount (if applicable), and times you can visit. You can also find info on anybody arrested and booked or discharged within the past 24 hours. Prisoners are listed alphabetically by their last name. You will be able to find their inmate information faster if you have the arrestee’s name, birth date, or arrest number.
If your friend or family member might be incarcerated at a different jail you can check our New York county jail guide: Other County Jails in New York
A mugshot, also called a jail intake photograph, is the picture taken by the police when you get booked into jail. A mugshot is actually two photos one face photo and a side picture. Your name and booking number will be in the mugshot, and they are stored at the jail.
Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be viewed online, or you can go in person to the Genesee County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you will need to put in the first and last name, and a booking date.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to get your mugshot erased from the Genesee County Jail website? This is difficult, because your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot removed you will need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. What this means is that the record of your arrest would be sealed, and will not be available to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.
To learn more about removing your mugshot, the various websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal websites: Mugshot Removal
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
Obviously, once you are incarcerated, your primary thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve been booked, bail will be decided by the magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this might mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you are kept in jail until your court date.
If you do bail out of jail you are required to agree to be there for your court date, and in the meantime you won’t be permitted to leave town.
Usually, a prisoner at Genesee County Jail can earn time off in exchange for good behavior if they follow the rules and conduct themselves properly while in jail.
If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be given work release detail. Either you will have to stay the jail each day when you’re finished with work, or you may be permitted to move into a halfway house instead of living at the jail.
Your bail is money that you have to pay to the court system to get out of jail until you go to court. The amount you have to pay is dictated by the seriousness of your charges. Someone you know will need to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total that was determined in order to get discharged from jail. If you don’t show up for your court appearance, whoever paid your bail won’t get their money back.
Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is
To find out someone’s bail amount you will have to call the jail. If you’ve got the pertinent information, including name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know how much their bail is. Also, you can see the bail amount on the Genesee County Jail website.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Having to get someone out of jail is no fun, but thankfully, it’s easy. First of all, find out if their bail is a Cash Only Bond situation. If so, you won’t be able to get a bail bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – the jail won’t accept a check. Once the cash bond has been paid, the inmate will be released. If the conditions of bail are not violated, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.
If the bail amount is too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you should hire a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will generally have a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set, and in most cases charge a minimum of $100. This is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bail bondsman will in most cases require that they use your assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.
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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail
- Early Release For Good Behavior
- Work Release
- Time Served
- Get Out on a Pre-Trial Release Program
- House Arrest
- Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The jail intake procedure is made up of each of the following steps:
- You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. When the jail is busy, you may not be processed immediately.
- First, will have to answer some simple questions, like what is your legal name, your address, birthdate and contact person.
- They’ll also ask you about your medical and psychological history.
- You will be given an inmate ID number.
- You will get fingerprinted.
- You will get your mugshot taken.
- Any personal property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you get released from jail.
- They will allow you to make a phone call so you can get in touch with a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
- If you think you will get released quickly, you might get to wear your own clothes, otherwise you will be given a jail uniform.
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Once you are able to post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. The discharge process takes anywhere from 10 minutes to hours or even all day long. In other words the faster you can pay your bail, the quicker you will get let go. Also, how fast you get released might depend on if you’ve been given a cash bond amount or if the judge must decide on the bail amount. For minor charges, you will simply be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you get to the end of your sentence and have a date of your release, plan to get discharged that morning.
How To Turn Yourself In
If the police have a, or if you have to begin your jail sentence, it is recommended that you follow the rules and turn yourself in willingly. For a warrant, go to the jail processing area, and tell an officer that you think there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will do a record check, and if you do, they will take you into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, report to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order states. Ensure that you are not late to report. Make sure that you only bring things that are allowed when you go to jail, such as your driver’s license or even photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and the copy of the sentencing order.
In order to have visitors, inmates have to give the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail in advance of the visit. This information will go in the log as an authorized visitor. Every visitor is required to provide identification. Any visitors that gets to visitation or that is not an approved visitor will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures are always changing, so it would be wise to check the official Genesee County Jail jail site before you try to go to visitation.
Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy
Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account. These phone calls are generally pricier than regular phone calls. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but bear in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you break the rules and are disciplined, an inmate’s ability to use the phone might get reduced or cut altogether.
The Genesee County Jail phone number is: (585) 343-0838
Sending Mail to Inmates
All mail is required to be mailed using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You cannot use any other form of mail delivery. Clearly write or type the name, prisoner number, and the address of the jail on the letter that you send. Don’t send anything in a box, envelope with padding or insulation, bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. Any mail sent to inmates gets opened and inspected and read by the jail administration, and will be returned to the sender if they decide it is inappropriate.
If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Genesee County Jail, use this address:
Genesee County Jail
165 Park Road
Batavia, NY 14020
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
Genesee County Jail
165 Park Road
Batavia, NY 14020
The mail policy at Genesee County Jail is always changing, so we suggest that you visit the site before you send a letter to an inmate there.
Get A Lawyer
When you get arrested, you should know you still have rights, one of these is your right to request an attorney. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so make sure you get a friend or relative to locate an attorney for you. You may be asking yourself ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal defense lawyer will make sure you know your rights, look after your best interests and help you understand the criminal justice system. The faster you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better off you’ll be.
For more information on the benefits of hiring a lawyer, read: Find an Attorney
If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford an attorney, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. Also, the Public Defender’s Office has a number of staff such as independent investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are licensed lawyers, members of the New York State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.
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Genesee County court records are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. They have a file with a docket and each of the documents and motions in your case. You are able to access your court case records via the Genesee County website, or at the Genesee County Clerk of Court.
Clerk of Court
A Clerk of Court is a member of the court that manages the records. They also administer the oath during court cases, and also read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All court records from your case are kept at the Genesee County Clerk of Court.
Court fees are all costs from your case, for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees.
The magistrate is the judge that rules over your case in court. They do a number of things, like setting bail, issuing warrants for arrest, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention proceedings.
Your pre-sentencing report is put together to include the defendant’s background information and as much detail about the defendant’s life and history, which the magistrate judge will take into account when decide your sentence. Information will be requested from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and if necessary the victim of the crime. Be sure to remember that you can request to have your own copy of the report before you are sentenced, so you get the chance to review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.
After being convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, including community service to probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you could be taken into custody immediately, or you might be given a date that you are required to turn yourself into jail to serve your term.
Do you want to find out if someone is locked up, or has ever been locked up?
To find this out you need to access the jail’s website, and search by:
- Date of birth.
- Their booking date if you know it.
- or inmate ID.
If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you can also call the jail to find out.
If you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can access court records online or you can call the jail. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask the officer in charge. You should know that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.
If you have a first and last name, and their arrest date, contact the jail, either by phone, go there in person, or look online. An arrest is a matter of public record and the information is freely available.
A Civil Process is when you are served with legal papers, like a court order. You can find these civil process orders by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All registered sex offenders have to be registered and listed on both a national and state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex crime. You can access sex offenders online, but bear in mind that you will not find the exact address, but only the block of the address that they registered.
Court Records are public records and available to anyone. They include a court case file that contains a docket and all of the filings and documents filed in the case. You can access your court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at Clerk of Court office in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.
Every state keeps a record of their state citizen’s criminal history. These online databases are linked together and you can track criminal backgrounds from another state. Go to the Genesee County Courthouse and inquire, or you can check online. It helps to know the county, and in the event that it was in a totally different state, you may have to pay for a more comprehensive search.
A search of someone’s criminal history you are able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:
- Drug crimes.
- Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
- Violent crimes.
- Property crimes like theft or larceny.
When you do a criminal history search, you will not see if they have had any moving violations, like:
- Tickets for speeding.
- Lost their driver’s license or license revoked or suspended.
- Been in a traffic accident.
- 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 layout and facility
- Staff and guards
- Food and commissary
- Having Visitors
- Other Inmates.
- Inmate safety
- Gang activity
- Prisoner activities and programs
To find driving histories, you will have to do a driving history search.
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On a Federal level, the FBI has their list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Genesee County, the Genesee County Sheriff maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.
Life In Jail / What Its Like
While the prospect of getting locked up in the Genesee County jail is quite unpleasant, you will soon get accustomed to the routine that is set for you. You should expect an alarm to wake up at about 6:00am, and next they’ll do roll call. After roll call you will have breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will have to work in the work program or other activity that you are assigned. 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 Genesee 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 Genesee 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 changes, so you should check the the Genesee County Jail website before you send money 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 Genesee County Jail
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Genesee 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.
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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.
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