Oswego County Jail is located in Oswego County and is the primary jail for that county. Are you looking for someone incarcerated at Oswego County Jail? This page gives you information about anything you might need to know about Oswego County Jailsuch as the following: How to do a jail inmate search. Find inmate mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and bail bondsmen. Intake procedures and booking. Court information and records. And everything else.
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The prospect of going to jail is a scary and stressful situation, not only for whoever gets arrested, but also that person’s family and friends. This guide is meant to give you all the information and tips that you’ll need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail a lot easier. If you have questions, please feel free to ask it, and also any comments or tips that could help others is much appreciated.
Oswego County Jail
39 Churchill Rd
Oswego, NY 13126
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you know someone that is in jail and want to contact them?
Has somebody that has been arrested and you want to find out what jail they’re in?
To look up who’s in jail at Oswego County Jail you will need to click on their website and perform an inmate search.
The Oswego County Jail Inmate Roster is an online list of people who were arrested and are now in jail, which includes current status, bail amount, and times you can visit. You can get the same information about anybody processed or released in the past 24-hour period. Jail inmates are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You’ll be able to find their inmate information faster if you enter their name, date of birth, or inmate ID.
If your friend or family member might be at another county jail you will want to look here: Other Jails in New York
A mugshot, or booking photo, is the photograph taken by the police when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is actually one and a profile photo. Your full name and booking number will appear on the pictures, and they will be kept on file.
Mugshots of Oswego County Jail prisoners can be found online, or you can view them at the Oswego County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you will need to put in the person’s name, and the booking date, if you have one.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Do you want to have your mugshot erased from the Oswego County Jail site? This will be difficult, because your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you have to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. This means that the record of your arrest will be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.
To learn more about removing your mugshot, the different 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
Naturally, once you are in jail, your only thought is about how to get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, a bail amount is decided either by bail schedule or magistrate. If 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 go to your court date, and until that date you are not allowed to leave the county.
Typically, a prisoner will earn time off for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and conduct themselves properly while they’re in jail.
If you follow the rules, you might be allowed to do work release. You will have to return to jail at the end of the day when you’re finished at your job, or you might be permitted to live in a halfway house instead of living at the jail.
Bail is how much money that you are required to pay to be released from jail pending trial. The amount you will have to pay depends on how serious your crime is. Someone will have to pay 10% of the amount that was set in order to get discharged from jail. If you don’t show up for your court appearance, whoever paid your bail won’t get the bail money back.
Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is
You have to call the Oswego County Jail. If know the pertinent information, including name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know the bail amount. Also, you can see the bail amount online.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Needing to bail someone out of jail is no fun, but fortunately, it’s really easy. To start with, you need to find out if they have a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If it is, you won’t be able to get a Bail Bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they can’t accept a personal check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the prisoner will get released. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get your money back.
If bail is set too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you should hire a bail bondsman. Bondsmen usually have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total bail amount, and usually charge a minimum charge of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman is non-refundable and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bail bondsman may ask to use assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.
To talk to a bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a Bail Bondsman in Oswego County
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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail
- Time Off For Good Behavior
- Work Release Programs
- Released For Time Served
- Get Out on a Pre-Trial Release Program
- Get Out on House Arrest
- Be Released on Your Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The intake procedure includes the following 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 some questions, such as what is your full name, street address, birthdate and a contact person.
- They’ll also ask about your medical and mental history.
- You will be given an inmate ID number.
- Your fingerprints will be taken.
- You will have your mugshot taken.
- Any personal property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you are released.
- You will be allowed to make a phone call to contact a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
- If you think you will get released quickly, you might be allowed to wear your own clothes, otherwise you will be given a jail issued jumpsuit.
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When you pay your bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. Getting discharged will take anywhere from 10 minutes to hours or even all day long. Or, simply, the quicker bail is posted, the quicker you can get released from jail. Also, it might depend on whether or not you’ve been given a cash bond or if the judge has to determine how much to set your bail at. For minor 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 released anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.
How To Turn Yourself In
for your arrest, or if you need to start your sentence, you really should do the right thing and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, go to the jail intake center, and tell someone that you think there is a warrant out for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if they find one, you will be taken into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, go to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Make sure that you are not late. Only bring things that are allowed when you go, like your driver’s license or ID, any prescription medication you might take, and the official sentencing order.
The inmate have to list the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitor’s information will be entered in a log of approved visitors for the inmate. All visitors must provide acceptable photo identification. Visitors that gets to visitation or that does not have a visitation order will not be allowed to attend visitation.
The Oswego County Jail visitation procedures change often, so double-check the official jail site before you visit an inmate.
Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy
All phone calls from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . These phone calls are usually more expensive than phone calls made outside of jail. There are certain restrictions about how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you break the rules, an inmate’s ability to use the phone might get reduced or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.
Phone Number: 315-+349-3302
Sending Mail to Inmates
All mall sent to inmates is required to be sent using US Postal Service. You cannot use any other method of delivery. Clearly write the inmate’s name, prisoner number, and jail address on the letter that you send. Don’t send a box, envelope with padding or insulation, bag, or an envelope with metal in it. Any mail will be opened and read and inspected by the jail staff, and the mail will get sent back if the jail decides it is inappropriate.
The mailing address for Oswego County Jail is:
Oswego County Jail
39 Churchill Rd
Oswego, NY 13126
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
Oswego County Jail
39 Churchill Rd
Oswego, NY 13126
The Oswego County Jail mail policy changes frequently, so double check the the Oswego County Jail website when you send a letter to an inmate.
Get A Lawyer
If you get arrested, you have particular rights, the first of which is the right to request an attorney. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so you would be wise to have a friend or family member find an attorney when you call them. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ You can represent yourself if you really want to, but, a lawyer will make sure you know your rights, help protect your best interests and help you navigate the court system that you are now faced with. The quicker you get an attorney working on your charges, the better off you’ll be.
For more information about the benefits of hiring a lawyer, visit: Find a Lawyer
If you need an attorney, but can’t afford a lawyer, you will get a public defender. The Public Defender has a number of staff such as investigators, experts in forensics as well as social workers. All Public Defenders are licensed lawyers, admitted to the New York State Bar Association and are fully licensed to practice law in New York.
Have you ever had to use the services of a Public Defender? What was your experience?
Oswego County court records are public records and are available upon request. Court records include a file with a sheet called a docket sheet and every documents filed in the case. You are able to access your court records via the online service, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.
Clerk of Court
The Oswego County Clerk of Court is an officer of the court that manages the records. They also administer the oath during court cases, and also read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records and documents related to your court case are kept and available to you at Clerk of Court’s office.
Court fees and costs are the charges from your court case, for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you may get out of having to pay them.
A Magistrate is the type of judge that presides over your case. Magistrates do different tasks, such as determining how much your bail will be, writing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over first court appearances and detention hearings.
A pre-sentencing report is put together to include information about the arrestee’s background and information about the defendant’s life and public history, which the judge will consider when deciding on the sentence. Information and personal details will be collected from the person on trial, his or her family, and in some circumstances the victim. Bear in mind that you can ask to have a copy of this report before you are sentenced, so you can correct any mistakes that it contains.
After you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, ranging from community service, house arrest, and probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on the severity of the crime, you might get locked up immediately, or given a date to surrender and report to jail to serve out your sentence.
Do you need to find out if someone is incarcerated, or has been an inmate in the past?
This is pretty easy to do, simply you will have to visit the Oswego County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search by:
- The inmate’s name.
- Birth date.
- Their booking date.
- or 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.
If you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can check the arrest warrants inquiry on the Oswego County jail website or you can call the jail directly. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask one of the officers. You should know that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you will be taken into custody immediately.
If you know a person’s name, and their arrest date, contact the jail, by phone, go there in person, or look online. Records of arrests are public record and this is accessible to anyone.
A Civil Process is when you get served with papers, which can be , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can access civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All convicted sex offenders must be registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex crime. You are able to see these offenders on the internet, but bear in mind that you will not find the actual address, but only the block they live on.
Court Records are public records. Court Records include a case file that contains a docket sheet and any documents and filings filed in your case. You are able to access your court records online, or at the clerk’s office of the court in the county where the case was filed.
Each state maintains a record of their state citizen’s criminal past. These state databases are all connected and you can track criminal backgrounds from another state. Go to courthouse and inquire in person, or you can check the website. It is helpful to know the county, and if the crime was in a different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more complete search.
A criminal history search you can find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for crimes, which include:
- Drug Possession.
- Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
- Violent crimes.
- Theft, breaking and entering.
When you do a criminal history search, you won’t be able to see if that person has had any:
- Drivers license suspended or revoked.
- Traffic accidents.
- Other moving violations.
- Parking Tickets.
- 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 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.
- Jail conditions.
- Jail and pod layout and facility
- Guards and jail staff
- Jail food and commissary
- Visitation Days
- The other inmates – what are they like?
- Inmate safety
- Programs and activities
To search for driving records, you will have to do a search for their driving record.
Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? How easy was it? Did you do your search online or did you call the courthouse? Was it correct? There are many reasons that people search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your account might help other people.
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The FBI has a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Oswego County, the Oswego County Sheriff has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.
FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link
Life In Jail / What Its Like
Just the thought of getting locked up in Oswego County Jail is very scary, you will soon become accustomed to the daily routine there. Inmates get a wake-up alarm at 6:00am, and then roll call. Then you will have breakfast. After breakfast, you will be required to 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 Oswego 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 Oswego 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 money to someone in jail can change, so be sure to visit the site before you send funds to an inmate there.
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 Oswego County Jail
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Oswego 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.
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