Cortland County Jail

County Jail

Last Updated: December 15, 2021
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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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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Cortland County 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: 607-756-3438

The Cortland County Jail is a medium-security detention center located at 54 Greenbush St in Cortland, NY. This county jail is operated locally by the Cortland County Sheriff's Office and holds inmates awaiting trial or sentencing. Most of the sentenced inmates are here for less than two years. Cortland County accepts inmates from surrounding towns, municipalities, the US Marshal's Service and the Cortland 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?

Cortland County 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

Cortland County 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 Cortland County 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 607-756-3438.


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

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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