Schoharie County Jail – Schoharie, NY

Schoharie County Jail is in Schoharie County and is the main jail for that region. Do you know somebody in Schoharie County Jail? This guide tells you all about anything related to Schoharie County Jailsuch as the following: Find out who’s in jail at Schoharie County Jail? Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. Bailing out of jail. Intake procedures. Court records. And everything else.

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary prospect, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also their family and friends. This guide is designed to give you all the info that you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail a lot easier. If you have a specific question, please feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any feedback or comments that might be a benefit to others would be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Schoharie County Jail
P.O. Box 689, 157 Depot Lane
Schoharie, NY 12157

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 518-295-8114
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Map and Directions

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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 find out where they are?

Has a family member or friend that has been arrested and you need to locate them?

To see who is in jail at Schoharie County Jail you have to navigate to their link and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Schoharie County Jail Inmate List is an online list of persons who have been arrested and are in custody, including custody status, bail amount, and visiting hours. You can get information for anybody who has been arrested or released in the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You can get their inmate information quicker if you’ve got their full name, birth date, or arrest number.

If the person you’re searching for could possibly be in a different jail you should check our guide to other New York jails: New York County Jails Listing


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a intake picture, is the picture that the jail takes when you are processed at the jail intake. They will take one and a profile photo. Your full name and booking number will be in the mugshot, and they will be on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be seen on the website, or you can see them at the Schoharie County Jail. When viewing online you will need to input the full name, and the booking date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to have your mugshot taken off of the Schoharie County Jail website? This may not be possible, as the mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot taken down you have to file a Petition to Expunge in court. What this means is that all of your arrest records would be sealed, and will not be available to the public. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

For more information about removing your mugshot, the various mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, if you are locked up, your main thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve gone through booking, your bail amount will be set using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If no bail is set this can mean that you will either be released, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out of jail you are required to promise to show up for court, and until that date you can’t go out of town.

Typically, an inmate at Schoharie County Jail will earn time off in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and don’t cause any problems while they’re in jail.

If you follow the rules, you may be granted work release. Either you will have to stay the jail each day when you’re finished working, or you could be allowed to live in a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to the courts in order to be released from jail until you go to court. Your bail amount is dictated by the seriousness of your charges. Someone you know will need to pay 10 percent of the total amount set in order for you to be released from jail. If you miss your court date, the person that bailed you out of jail will not get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you must call the Schoharie County Jail. If know the person’s info, such as name, address and date of birth, they will tell you the bail amount. Also, you can see the bail amount online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is never fun, but most of the time, its simple to do if you have the money. To start with, you need to know if their bail is a Cash Only Bond. 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 check. Once you have paid the bond, the prisoner will be released. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen usually charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and usually with a minimum of $100. This money is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bail bondsman may require that they use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond.

To contact a local bail bondsman go to: How to find a bail bondsman

Have you ever used a bondsman either for yourself, a family member or friend? If you have, please share your experience in a comment below, and let us know how things turned out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Early Release For Good Behavior
  • Get Out on Work Release
  • Time Served
  • Get Out on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • Get Released on House Arrest
  • Get Released on Your Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process takes you through the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If the jail is busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • Firstly, you have to answer a bunch of questions, such as your legal name, street address, birth date and an emergency contact.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • All personal property will be taken from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • They will let you use the telephone so you can contact a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you will be allowed to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, otherwise you you will have to wear a jail issued jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through processing at jail? If you have, you should share your experience. How long did it take to get through intake? How did the guards treat you? Do you know any tips that might help other people get through the procedure?

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. Getting discharged takes between 30 minutes to all day long. So, the faster bail is posted, the sooner you will get discharged. Also, how fast you get released might depend on whether you’ve been given a cash bond amount or if a judge still needs to decide on how much to set your bail at. For minor charges, you will be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and know the discharge date, expect to be released at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the sheriff has a, or if you have to start your sentence, it is highly advisable that you follow the law and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. For a warrant, go to the jail processing area, and tell the intake officer that think that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest. A record check will be run, and if they find one, they will take you into custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order states. Ensure that you don’t show up late. Only bring things that are allowed with you, like your drivers license or your ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as a sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate must provide information about each visitor to the jail. Your visitor’s names will be put in a Visiting log for the inmate that requested the visitor. Every visitor will have to provide proof of identification. Visitors showing up late or that is not on the visitation list will be turned away.
Visitation procedures change often, so we suggest that you review the official jail site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . These phone calls are generally pricier than regular phone calls. There are certain restrictions about how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you break the jail rules, an inmate’s ability to use the phone might get cut back or forbidden.

Phone Number: 518-295-8114

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail must be sent via the US Postal Service. You cannot use any other method of mail delivery. You must write the inmate’s name, inmate number, and jail address on the letter. Don’t mail a package, padded envelope, bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail received by the jail gets opened and inspected and read by the jail officers, and the mail will get returned to the sender if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to someone incarcerated at Schoharie County Jail:

Schoharie County Jail
P.O. Box 689, 157 Depot Lane
Schoharie, NY 12157

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Schoharie County Jail
P.O. Box 689, 157 Depot Lane
Schoharie, NY 12157


The inmate mail policy at Schoharie County Jail can change, so it would be best to visit the the Schoharie County Jail website when you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you still have certain rights, the most important of which is that you have the right to request an attorney. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is a good idea to get a friend or family member to locate an attorney when you call them. You might be asking yourself ‘do I really need an attorney?’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a lawyer will make sure you know your rights, help protect your interests and help you understand the legal system. The sooner you get a lawyer involved with your situation, the better.

For more info on this subject, read: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford an attorney, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. The Public Defender Office is staffed by independent investigators, experts in forensics and social case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are actual attorneys, members of the New York State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law.

Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney? Do you think they properly handled your case?

Court Records

Court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. They contain a file containing a docket and each of the motions, documents, and evidence filed during your court case. You are able to access your court records using the website, or by going to the Schoharie County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Schoharie County Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who manages the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath during court cases, and read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records and documents from your case are available at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court fees are the fees and charges associated with your case, such as filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you are low income and have a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.

Magistrate

The Schoharie County magistrate is the judge that will preside over your case. Magistrate judges do many different things, such as setting bail amounts, issuing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed to include information about the arrestee’s background and information about the arrestee’s life history, which the judge will review and take into consideration when determining your sentence. Information and personal details will be gathered from the defendant, their family, and, if applicable, the victim. Don’t forget you are able to request to have a copy of this report before you are sentenced, so you have the opportunity to correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will then get sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, including community service to 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 immediately taken into custody, or given a date that you are required to go to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if a family member of friend is locked up, or has been an inmate in the past?

To find this out you need to visit the jail’s website, and search by:

  • Name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • and their jail ID.

If you think that they are currently in jail, you can call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can check court records on the Schoharie County jail website or you can call the jail. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask the officer in charge. Bear in mind that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the Schoharie County jail, by phone, go there in person, or look online. Records of arrests are in the public record and this is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, which can be warrants. You can access civil process orders by going to the Schoharie County Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders must be registered on both a national and state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to view sex offenders on the internet, but you should know that you can’t get the precise address, but rather the block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. These records include a case file containing a docket and any documents filed in the court case. You can access the court records via the internet, or at the clerk’s office of the court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains records of their state citizen’s criminal background. These state databases are all connected so you can track criminal backgrounds from any other state. Go to courthouse and make an inquiry, or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and in the event that the crime was in a completely different state, you might have to pay for a more complete search.

A criminal records search you are able to find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for any crimes, which can include:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and 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 discover if that person has had any:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving records, you have to do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? How easy was it? Dis you do your search online or did you call the Schoharie County courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are many reasons that people search for criminal records, and your feedback might help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI has a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Schoharie County,the Schoharie County Sheriff has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of getting locked up in Schoharie County Jail is very scary, you will soon settle into the daily routine. Expect a wake-up alarm each morning at 6:00AM, and next you’ll have roll call. You will then get breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will have to work 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 Schoharie 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 Schoharie 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 at Schoharie County Jail can change, so be sure to review the official Schoharie County Jail site before send funds 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

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Schoharie County Jail

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

    Requirements:

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


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    Family Resources

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

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

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    Victim Resources

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

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

    • 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.

    The definition of victim includes:

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

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

    Victim Notification

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

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

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

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

    Domestic Violence

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

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


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever spent any time in Schoharie County Jail? Do you know someone that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner in this jail?

    If yes, then we would like you to write your review about it. Write down your experience so other people can learn what to expect.

    Things you can put in what you write:

    • Conditions in Schoharie County Jail.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Staff and guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • The other inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gangs
    • Inmate activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has some stories about their time ‘inside’. How’d you get locked up? Did you get fair treatment? What was your daily routine in jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? How did getting locked up affect your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Do you need to find out how to get in touch with somebody you met when you were locked up? Post a message to them below.

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