Cortland County Jail

County Jail

Last Updated: May 21, 2024
54 Greenbush St, Cortland, NY 13045

Cortland 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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You can support your loved ones at Cortland Co Jail on InmateAid, if you have any immediate questions contact the facility directly at 607-756-3438.

When someone you care about gets arrested, it can be overwhelming. This webpage aims to ease your concerns by providing information about Cortland County 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 Cortland Co Jail, located at 54 Greenbush St in Cortland, NY, is a secure detention center operated by the Cortland 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 Cortland 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.

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.

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.

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 Cortland County 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

Cortland County Jail - Visitation

Contact Visits - With the exception of the initial visit, all visits will be contact visits unless otherwise specified. Any violation of the visitation rules can result in the restriction of your visiting privileges.

Visit Details - Inmates receive two one hour contact visits per week except in the case where a Disciplinary Hearing Board has imposed a sanction of the loss of one hour of contact visiting for a specific length of time, or when the Administration has restricted you to only having secured visits, or when a specific inmate is denied or limited contact visitation. Inmates may be restricted to secure visits only if they do not comply with rules or if there is a clear risk to others.

Visitor Sign in - All visitors must sign in 10 minutes prior to the scheduled visitation time. Picture ID must be presented. No Exceptions.

Contact Visitation Times

Block and Section Days Times A Block & Section I Tuesday & Friday 8 – 9 a.m. B Block & Section III Tuesday & Friday 9:10 - 10:10 a.m. C Block & Section II Tuesday & Friday 10:20 - 11:20 a.m. D Block Thursday & Sunday 8 – 9 a.m. E Block Thursday & Sunday 9:10 - 10:10 a.m. Dorm 1 Beds 1-17 Monday & Saturday 8 – 9 a.m. Dorm 1 Beds 18-34 Monday & Saturday 9:10 - 10:10 a.m.

Contact Visitation Rules

  • Contact visiting days and times are subject to change with prior notice posted in each cellblock and the public foyer of the jail.
  • No persons under the age of 18 will be authorized to visit an inmate unless they are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Photo ID’s are required and birth certificates or guardianship papers are required in the case of an accompanying child (under 18).
  • Visitors must sign in for the visit at least 10 minutes prior to the start of the visit. If the visitor does not sign in 10 minutes prior to the visit, they will not be allowed in for visitation.
  • No more than 2 visitors may visit an inmate at any one time.
  • Physical contact between inmates and their visitors will be limited to the following: Inmates shall be allowed to briefly kiss their visitor(s) at both the beginning and at the end of the visit. Inmates and visitors shall be required to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with reasonable standards of public decency. Inmates may hold hands with their visitors through the visit.
  • Inmates and visitors are to remain seated on their own side of the table.
  • Children will be required to leave the visitation room if their behavior becomes disruptive.
  • Nothing is to be exchanged between inmates and visitors without the express permission of the Correction Staff.
  • All visitors may be searched to ensure they are not in possession of any contraband. All personal belongings possessed by any prospective visitor will be searched if such belongings are being brought into the facility.
  • The passing of any contraband (any unauthorized item) is in violation of the New York State Penal Law 205.20. The Cortland County Sheriff’s Department will arrest and aggressively seek prosecution to the fullest extent of the law, any person who attempts to promote prison contraband

All contact visits are videotaped and such videotapes may be used as evidence in disciplinary or criminal proceedings.

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