Putnam County NY Jail

County Jail

Last Updated: June 14, 2024
3 County Center, Carmel, NY 10512

Putnam 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 Putnam Co Jail on InmateAid, if you have any immediate questions contact the facility directly at 845-225-5255.

When someone you care about gets arrested, it can be overwhelming. This webpage aims to ease your concerns by providing information about Putnam 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 Putnam Co Jail, located at 3 County Center in Carmel, NY, is a secure detention center operated by the Putnam 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 Carmel 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 Putnam 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 aid@inmateaid.com, 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.

Covid Visitation Information


Based on the current COVID-19 conditions in New York State and our region, in-person visitation may be modified by the Facility Administrator for safety reasons.

Residents in quarantine or medical isolation will not be permitted to visit until medical services clear them. Please confirm the availability of the individual you wish to visit in the facility at 845-225-5255.

Visitation Information

Putnam County NY Jail - Visitation

Jail Visitation Schedule

Monday 2 - 4:30pm 6:30 – 9pm Thursday 2 - 4:30pm 6:30 – 9pm Friday 9 - 11:30am 12:30 – 4:30pm
  • Visitors must be checked in and signed in 15 minutes prior to the start of visitation. Visits start on the half- hour.
  • No entry to the visitation room at 3:30 pm on any visiting day.
  • Visitors must be properly dressed and be able to pass the metal detector to enter the correctional facility.
  • Visitors must have proper, government-issued photo identification to enter the correctional facility. No exceptions!
  • Each inmate is allowed 2 hours of visit time per week in half hour increments.
  • There is no visitation on Saturday, Sundays or Legal Holidays. Please call for visitation changes when a legal holiday falls on one of the regularly scheduled visitation days.
  • Any questions, please call 845-225-5255

Individuals are entitled to one 15-minute initial visit within twenty-four hours of being committed to the Putnam County Correctional Facility.

After completing the Classification process, individuals receive four 30-minute blocks (2 hours) of visitation time each week.

30-minute blocks can be combined, up to the two-hour weekly allotment upon request but may not be broken up less into than 30-minutes. Unused time does not carry over to following week. Professional. Legal, or Pastoral visits do not count against the weekly visitation time.

Failure to follow proper conduct or rules while in visitation may result in the session being concluded by the Officer assigned to visitation.

Each visitor must provide acceptable documentation. Up to two adults and two children may visit at a time. Adult visitors, 18 years or older, must provide current photo identification according to issue date and expiration. Any fake or tampered government identifications will be confiscated and the person presenting the identification may be subject to criminal action.

Acceptable identification for persons over 18 years of age is as follows:

  1. State Driver’s License with photo or
  2. State Non-driver’s Identification with photo
  3. NY State Social Services Identification Card with photo
  4. Passport with Photo (if non-United States it must have USA date of entry stamp)
  5. United States Military Identification Card; active, retired, guard or reserve
  6. Resident Alien Card issued by INS (formerly known as a Green Card)
  7. Social Security Insurance Benefits Card with photo and date of birth
  8. Personal Identification Card issued by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department.

Children under 18 the above as well as:

  • Birth Certificate; must be certified original
  • School Identification Card with photo

Any person less than 18 years old must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian. The parent/legal guardian must be able to prove the underage person is their child or that they have legal guardianship over the person under 18 years of age. Anyone accompanied by an adult that is not their parent or legal guardian can do so with prior documentation and approval. Incarcerated individuals or parents can request the Putnam County Correction Facility form SOJ999 to be sent in completed and notarized for approval from the Correction Administrator. Approval or denial will take place within 7 days of receiving the properly completed form. SOJ999 Forms are located at the Main Control window for visitors. Incarcerated individuals can request forms thru their unit officer.

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