Montgomery County Jail is located in Montgomery County and is the primary jail for the region. Are you looking for someone at Montgomery County Jail? This page gives you information about anything one might want to know about Montgomery County Jail,such as: How to do a jail inmate search. How to view Montgomery County Jail mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Posting bail. Intake procedures and booking. Court records. And much, much more.
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The chance of going to jail is a scary thought, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also their friends and family. The purpose of this guide is to give you all the information that you need to make helping someone get out of jail a lot easier. If you have questions, just ask it, and please leave any comments or tips that would help others would be appreciated.
Montgomery County Jail
P.O. Box 432
Fultonville, NY 12072
Phone Number and Fax Number
Phone: (518) 853-5555
Map and Directions
Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you have a friend or family member that is locked up and want to locate them?
Do you know a friend or family member who’s been arrested and you want to find out where they are?
To look up who is in jail at Montgomery County Jail you will need to go to their web site and do an inmate search.
The Montgomery County Jail Inmate Locator has information on persons who were arrested and are now in jail, including status, bail amount, and visiting schedule. You can also find information on anybody arrested and processed or discharged in the past 24 hours. Prisoners are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You’ll be able to get their arrest information quicker if you have your friend or family member’s first and last name, birth date, or inmate ID.
If the person you are looking for might be locked up at a different jail you should check our guide to other New York jails: New York Jails
A mugshot, also known as a jail booking photograph, is a photograph taken by the police when you get booked into jail. They take one and a side picture. Your full name and jail ID number will appear on the pictures, and they are stored.
Mugshots of inmates can be seen on the website, or you can see them at the Montgomery County Jail. When viewing online you will have to enter the name, and an arrest date, if you have one.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Need to know how to get your mugshot removed from the Montgomery County Jail website? This can be tricky, because your mugshot is a matter of public record. You must file a Petition to Expunge in court. What this means is that the record of your arrest would be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.
To learn more about getting your mugshot taken down, the various mugshot websites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
Obviously, if you are locked up, your only thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, your bail is set by the magistrate. If there is no bail set this may mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.
If you do bail out you must promise to be there for your court date, and until that day you must not leave the county.
Typically, prisoners in the Montgomery County Jail will be given time off for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and area a good inmate while they are in jail.
If you follow the rules, you might be allowed to participate in work release. You will have to go back to jail every day after work, or you might have the chance to live in a halfway house when you are not working.
Bail is money that you will be required to pay to get out of jail until you go to court. The amount you have to pay is determined by what crime you are charged with and how serious it is. You or someone you know will have to pay to the courts ten percent of the total that was set in order for you to get discharged from jail. If you fail to show up for court, the person that paid your bail will lose that money.
Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is
To find out someone’s bail amount you will have to call the Montgomery County Jail or the County Courthouse. If know the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know how much their bail is. You can also check their bail amount and status online.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Having to bail someone out of jail is no fun, but in some cases, it is really easy if you have the money. To start with, you need to know if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If it is, you won’t be able to use the services of a Bail Bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – they won’t take a personal check. Once you have paid the bond, the inmate will be released to your care. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you will get this money back.
If bail is set too high, of if you can’t pay it, you should try to hire a bail bondsman. Bondsmen usually have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total bail amount, and sometimes charge a minimum fee of $100. This money will not be returned to you and the bondsman only accepts cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bondsman will require that they use your assets as collateral.
You can find a bail bondsman go to: Find a Bail Bondsman in Montgomery County
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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail
- Early Release For Good Behavior
- Get Out on Work Release
- Released For Time Served
- Pre-Trial Release Programs
- Get Released on House Arrest
- Get Released on Your Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The intake procedure is made up of these steps:
- You will be placed in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, it will take a while to get processed.
- First, must answer some simple questions, like what is your full name, your address, birth date and an emergency contact person.
- They’ll also ask you about your medical and mental history.
- You will be issued an inmate number.
- You will be fingerprinted.
- You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
- Any personal property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
- You will then be allowed to use the telephone in order to call a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
- If you are expected to be released shortly, you will be allowed to keep wearing street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you will be issued a jail uniform.
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Once bail has been posted, you will get released from 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 sooner you will get discharged from jail. It also can depend on if you’ve been given a cash bond amount or if the magistrate must figure out how much to set your bail at. For minor charges, you will simply be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you get to the end of your sentence and are given a date of your release, you should plan to be discharged in the morning.
How To Turn Yourself In
If there is a, or if you need to begin your sentence in jail, you really should follow the rules and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, report to the jail reception area, and tell an officer that you think they might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if there is one, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, report to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Be sure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Be sure to only bring things that are allowed when you go, like your driver’s license or photo ID, prescription medication, as well as a sentencing order.
Inmates have to give each visitor’s full name to the jail in advance. Your visitor’s names will go into a log of approved visitors as an approved visitor. All visitors will be required to provide identification. Any visitors that arrives for visitation late or that does not have a visitation order will be turned away.
Visitation procedures change often, so it would be wise to visit the jail site before you go to visitation.
Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy
All phone calls from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Calls made in jail are a lot more expensive than phone calls made at home. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you break the rules, your ability to use the phone might get reduced or eliminated completely.
The Montgomery County Jail phone number is: (518) 853-5555
Sending Mail to Inmates
All inmate mail has to be sent using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You cannot use any other method of delivery. You must write the prisoner’s name, inmate ID number, and the jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not mail a package or box, envelope with padding or insulation, bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail gets opened and read and examined by the jail officers, and the mail will get returned if they decide it is inappropriate.
The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Montgomery County Jail is:
Montgomery County Jail
P.O. Box 432
Fultonville, NY 12072
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
Montgomery County Jail
P.O. Box 432
Fultonville, NY 12072
The Montgomery County Jail inmate mail policy can change, so be sure to check the official website before you send a letter to an inmate there.
Get A Lawyer
When you get arrested, you have particular rights, the most important of which is your right to request a lawyer. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so it is important to have a friend or family member find an attorney when you call them. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘I don’t have to get a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You can represent yourself if you really want to, but, an attorney will make sure you know your rights, help protect your interests and help you through the court system in your county. The sooner you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your charges, the better.
For more detailed information on how to find a lawyer, click: How to Find a Lawyer
If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford a lawyer, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender has a number of staff such as independent investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and case workers. All Public Defenders are licensed lawyers who are admitted to the State Bar and are completely licensed to handle your case.
Have you or someone you know had to use a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? Are you satisfied with how they handled your case and represented you in court?
All court records are a matter of public record. Court records include a case file with a sheet called a docket sheet and all of the documents filed in the course of your case. You have the ability to access your court records with the online service, or at the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.
Clerk of Court
A Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court who manages the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath in a court case, and also read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All court records related to your case are maintained at Clerk of Court.
Court fees are the fees and charges associated with your case, which include filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you can get a waiver for these fees.
The Montgomery County magistrate acts as the judge who presides on your court case. Magistrates do different functions, which include deciding a bail amount, issuing warrants for arrest, and presiding over first court appearances and detention hearings.
A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is put together to include your background information and information about the arrestee’s life and history, which the magistrate will review when determining the sentence. Information will be gathered from the defendant, the defendant’s family, and if necessary the victim in the crime. Keep in mind that you can request to have your own copy of your pre-sentencing report before your sentencing, so you can correct any mistakes that it contains.
If you get convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are a number of different options, which include community service and probation, to incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you could be immediately taken into custody, or given a date that you must report to jail to serve your term.
Do you need to find out if a family member or friend is currently in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?
This is pretty simple to do, just you need to go to the jail website and do an inmate search, and do a search using:
- Their name.
- Birth date.
- Their approximate booking date.
- or jail 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 think you might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can find out by checking the court records online or you are able to call the jail. This requires a first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask them. Bear in mind that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.
If you have a first and last name, and their arrest date, contact the Montgomery County jail, on the phone, go there in person, or find out online. Records of arrests are in the public record and this information is accessible to anyone.
Civil processes are when someone has been served with papers, like court orders. You can access civil process orders by getting in touch with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All registered sex offenders have to be listed and registered on a sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex offense. You can access sex offenders on the website, but keep in mind that you will not see the exact address, but only the address block of the address that they registered.
Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. Court Records include a case file that includes a court docket and all documents filed in your case. You are able to access the court records on the website, or at Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.
Each state maintains a record of a person’s criminal history. These state databases are linked together so you are able to track criminal backgrounds from other states. Go to the Montgomery County Courthouse and check in person, or you can check online. It helps to know the county, and if the crime was in a different state, you may have to pay for a more complete search.
When you look up someone’s criminal record you are able to get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for these crimes:
- DWI or DUI.
- Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
- Rape or other sexual assault.
- Violent crimes.
- Property crimes like theft or larceny.
If you do a criminal records check, you won’t see if they had:
- Speeding tickets.
- 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.
- Conditions at the jail.
- Jail and pod layout and facility
- Guards and staff
- Food and commissary
- The other inmates – what are they like?
- Inmate safety
- Inmate activities and programs
To get driving records, you must do a driving records search.
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On a Federal level, the FBI has a listing of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Montgomery County,The Sheriff’s Department keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.
Life In Jail / What Its Like
Just the thought of serving a jail sentence in Montgomery County Jail is very scary, in time you will get used to the routine that is set for you. You will get an alarm to wake up at six in the morning, and then you’ll have roll call. Next, you will eat breakfast. When you finish 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 Montgomery 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 Montgomery 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 money to people in jail changes, so we suggest that you check the official website when 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.
News and Media
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Types of Jobs at Montgomery County Jail
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Montgomery 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.
Reviews of this Jail
Have you ever been a prisoner at Montgomery County Jail? Do you know someone that spent time there? Have you ever visited a prisoner in this jail?
If so, then you should leave a comment below about it. Tell us about your experience because other people can find out what to expect.
Things you might want to include in your comment:
Tell Your Story
Anybody that’s ever been locked up has a story about it. How’d you end up in jail? Did you get fair treatment? What happened to you while you were locked up? Tell us about the other inmates. How did it affect you to go to jail?
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