Columbia County NY Jail

County Jail

Last Updated: June 14, 2024
85 Industrial Tract, Hudson, NY 12534

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

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You can support your loved ones at Columbia Co Jail on InmateAid, if you have any immediate questions contact the facility directly at 518-828-3324.

When someone you care about gets arrested, it can be overwhelming. This webpage aims to ease your concerns by providing information about Columbia County NY Jail. From visitation guidelines to contacting jail staff, we're here to support you as you navigate this challenging time. Take a look around and let us help you understand how to best support your family member or friend in custody.

The Columbia Co Jail, located at 85 Industrial Tract in Hudson, NY, is a secure detention center operated by the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. This facility primarily houses individuals awaiting trial or sentencing, typically for less than two years. It accepts inmates from various jurisdictions, including surrounding towns, municipalities, the US Marshal's Service, and the Hudson Police Department.

New detainees are regularly admitted to the jail, with some being released on bail or placed under pretrial services caseloads. Others await their court appearances at the facility, receiving necessary accommodations such as bedding and meals. View all arrest records here.

Individuals who do not post bail within the first twenty-four hours are required to appear before a judge. During this first appearance, conducted either in person or via telephone, the judge informs the arrested person of the charges against them and sets the bond amount.

Following the intake process, which includes property inventory, medical screening, and booking, inmates are assigned to the general population. Housing assignments are based on the classification of their charges, whether felony or misdemeanor, to ensure proper management and safety within the facility.

After processing, inmates are assigned to a housing area based on classification. Appeals to classification must be submitted in writing within ten days, explaining any perceived inaccuracies. A written response will follow. Classifications are reviewed periodically, considering changes in charges or behavior. Compliance with jail rules typically results in a lower classification and more privileges, while rule violations or additional charges lead to a higher classification and fewer privileges. Notices are issued for reclassification, and appeals follow the same procedure as initial classifications. Inmates serving as trustees within the jail undertake various tasks, including cooking, laundry, and commissary management, often receiving minimal compensation or sentence reduction for their services.

The jail is designed with "pods," featuring a large common area with affixed tables and attached seats, and individual cells typically on two levels. Inmates spend certain times in their cells and other times congregating in the pod for activities like playing cards, games, reading, or watching television. Movement outside the pod, such as trips to the commissary, library, or recreation area, occurs under the constant supervision of unarmed correctional officers. The environment in the county jail is considered less stressful than that of a prison.

Books and magazines ordered for inmates must come directly from the publisher. This policy ensures that the items are new, untampered, and comply with the facility's regulations. Prisons and jails enforce this rule to prevent the introduction of contraband or prohibited materials. By restricting orders to publishers, the facility can better maintain security and control over the content entering the institution. Any books or magazines not received directly from the publisher will be rejected and not delivered to the inmate. You may, however, send letters and selfies to inmates with this easy-to-use app, packages starting at only $8.00.

Inmate workers are chosen based on conduct and cooperation with staff. Participation in the community service program can reduce sentences by one day for every 24 hours of work. Inmate workers receive double feeding trays and two mattresses. Commissary is available weekly, with orders submitted via kiosk two days in advance. On holidays, orders may be doubled. Indigent inmates must miss two commissary days to receive a weekly indigent pack containing basic hygiene items, and indigent mail is stamped only for the Attorney of Record or the Court. Upon receiving commissary items, inmates must present their ID, check their order, and sign for it in the presence of the commissary employee.

The jail offers a phone program for outbound calls only, with inmates unable to receive incoming calls. Accepting collect calls can be expensive, sometimes exceeding $10 per call. Alternatively, setting up an account through a third-party phone company may entail high fees per minute of usage. Click here for discounts on inmate calls, especially if the communication with your inmate is frequent. It's important to remember that all phone calls are recorded, and discussing sensitive legal matters over these lines is discouraged.

Inmate Locator

To utilize the Inmate Search page on InmateAid, begin by selecting the relevant prison facility in New York. This allows you to view the current list of inmates housed at Columbia County NY Jail.

The second section features the InmateAid Inmate Search tool, providing a user-generated database of inmates. You can access this resource to utilize any of InmateAid's services. If you require assistance in creating an inmate profile to maintain communication, please contact us at, and we'll gladly help you locate your loved one.

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.

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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