Columbia County NY Jail

County Jail

Last Updated: February 13, 2020
85 Industrial Tract, Hudson, NY 12534

Columbia Co Jail is for County Jail offenders sentenced up to twenty four months.

All prisons and jails have Security or Custody levels depending on the inmate’s classification, sentence, and criminal history. Please review the rules and regulations for County - medium facility.

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If you are unsure of your inmate's location, you can search and locate your inmate by typing in their last name, first name or first initial, and/or the offender ID number to get their accurate information immediately Registered Offenders

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Columbia County NY Jail basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 518-828-3324

The Columbia County NY Jail is a medium-security detention center located at 85 Industrial Tract in Hudson, NY. This county jail is operated locally by the Columbia County Sheriff's Office and holds inmates awaiting trial or sentencing. Most of the sentenced inmates are here for less than two years. Columbia County accepts inmates from surrounding towns, municipalities, the US Marshal's Service and the Hudson Police Department who do not have their own long-term lock-up.

There are new detainees delivered to the jail daily, you can see arrest records here. Some are released after putting up bail, are released to a pretrial services caseload, are placed under supervision by a probation agency, or are released on their own recognizance with an agreement to appear in court. If there is no release, the inmate must wait here at the jail for their court appearance as a guest of the County, getting a bed and three square meals.

Trustees are inmates who work in the jail as cooks, as orderlies for the staff, in the laundry or in the commissary. The trustees are paid a very small amount for their time and some jail gives the trustees a few days off their sentence in exchange for their work.

When an inmate arrives in jail they are put together in a large holding cell with other inmates in the intake. While in intake they are under heightened observation. Violent and out of control inmates are segregated.

Can I Get Work Release?

Work release is when you are released from jail during the day so that you can go to work. At the end of the day, you return to jail for the night. There are a number of requirements to be able to get into the work-release program. Most programs require your employer to fill out some paperwork. If you want to get into the work release program then apply prior to being sentenced to jail. This will minimize the amount of time you spend in jail waiting to get into the program.

Can I call my family in Jail?

Columbia County NY Jail has a phone program where inmates make outbound calls only, you cannot call into jail. Since you are paying for those calls don't make it a habit of accepting collect-calls, they are over $15 each. The alternative is to set up an account through their third-party phone company which charges steep fees for each minute used. You are paying for them to call you. Click here if you are going to speak a lot and need a discount on the calls.

Remember - These phone calls are recorded and conversations can be used against you or the inmate so do not discuss your case over these phone lines.

Inmate Locator

Columbia County NY Jail publishes the names of their inmates currently in their facility in New York. Your search should start with this locator first to see if your loved one is there.

The second box is the InmateAid Inmate Search. This database of inmates is user-generated content for the purpose of accessing and utilizing any or all of the InmateAid services. If you need our assistance creating your own inmate profile to keep in touch, email us at and we will assist you in locating your inmate.

As a last resort, you might have to pay for that information if we do not have it. The Arrest Record Search will cost you a small amount, but their data is the freshest available and for that reason they charge to access it.

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Covid Visitation Information

As of March 18, 2020, registration and visitation rules have changed to protect inmates at Columbia County NY Jail and their loved ones during the COVID-19 outbreak. At this time, there are no in-person visits for family and friends due to the COVID-19 situation. Video visitation is available; details can be found below or call 518-828-3324.


  • All visits through the video visitation system require the visitor to establish a user account.

Visitation Information

Columbia County NY Jail - Visitation

Booth Visit Information:

Inmates on good behavior will be entitled to one non-contact (booth) visit per day. The duration of this visit will be 30 minutes.

  • Non-contact (booth) visits will be offered on Monday, Friday and Saturday for adult male inmates.
  • Non-contact (booth) visits will be offered on Tuesday and Thursday for minor male inmates.
  • Non-contact (booth) visits will be offered on Wednesday and Sunday for female inmates.

The times for non-contact (booth) visitation every day will be:

  • 9:30 am to 11:30 am
  • 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
  • 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Contact Visit Information:

Sunday, Wednesday, and Thursday at the following times:

  • 1:15 pm to 2:30 pm
  • 3:45 pm to 5:00 pm
  • 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm
  • 7:45 pm to 9:00 pm

Saturday Hours:

  • 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
  • 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm


  • Inmates are entitled to two (2) contact visits per week. Inmate on Good Behavior status will be allowed Booth Visits (no appointment necessary).
  • Inmates will be responsible for letting their visitors know the visiting hours and that all visitors must arrive and check-in 15 minutes prior to the start of the visit. There will be NO EXCEPTIONS to this regulation.
  • Inmates will inform their visitors of the approved listing of items permitted in the Facility.
  • Visiting will be permitted upon the request of an inmate or a prospective visitor with the inmate's consent.
  • A prospective visitor under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a Parent or Legal Guardian or they will not be allowed to visit.
  • Visitors must provide photo identification. Children under the age of 18 must provide a form of ID. (ie; Birth Certificate or Student ID).
  • Inmates will be permitted to visit with two (2) visitors at the same time. Children who can be held on a lap are not counted. Visitors are responsible for the behavior of their children.
  • Visitors will sit where directed by STAFF.
  • A hello and a goodbye kiss are permitted. NO OPEN MOUTH KISSING WILL BE ALLOWED.
  • Visitors will wear proper clothing. The following clothing is deemed inappropriate and will not be allowed during visitation: tube tops, halter tops, bare midriff or back, plunging neckline, short shorts, short skirts, athletic shorts, hooded sweatshirts, bathing suits, bare feet, gloves or excessive jewelry.
  • No tape recordings will be permitted.
  • Inmates will sit on one side of the counter and the visitor on the opposite side.
  • Visitors may leave money for an inmate before their entry or after their visit. (Money Orders only)
  • If there are any misbehavior incidents during contact visits, your visit will be terminated.
  • All contact visits will be scheduled at least 48 hours in advance. Inmates are allowed one (1) name change or time change. It must also be 48 hours in advance.
  • The only items accepted at the window are up to 6 photos (no Polaroid's), unopened puzzles or clothing for trial. All other packages are not permitted in the jail.
  • If you cannot pass through the metal detector you cannot enter the facility.

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