Schenectady County Jail

County Jail

Last Updated: June 14, 2024
320 Veeder Ave, Schenectady, NY 12307

Schenectady County 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 Schenectady County Jail on InmateAid, if you have any immediate questions contact the facility directly at 518-388-4300.

When someone you care about gets arrested, it can be overwhelming. This webpage aims to ease your concerns by providing information about Schenectady 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 Schenectady County Jail, located at 320 Veeder Ave in Schenectady, NY, is a secure detention center operated by the Schenectady 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 Schenectady 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 Schenectady 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

Schenectady County Jail - Visitation

Visiting Hours

Day Time Location Monday 8:30am-9:30am 3rd & 4th Floor 10:00am-1100am 5th Floor 12:00pm-1:00pm G Block 1:30pm-2:30pm H Block Tuesday 8:30am-9:30am Dorm 1 Left 10:00am-11:00am Dorm 1 Right 12:00pm-1:00pm C Block 1:30pm-2:30pm 1st Floor Wednesday 8:30am-9:30am A Block 10:00am-11:00am 5th Floor 12:00pm-1:00pm D Block 1:30pm-2:30pm F Block Thursday 8:30am-9:30am Dorm 2 10:00am-11:00am E Block 12:00pm-1:00pm B Block 1:30pm-2:30pm 2nd Floor Friday No Visitations Saturday 8:30am-9:30am G Block 10:00am-11:00am H Block 12:00pm-1:00pm 1st Floor 1:30pm-2:30pm Dorm 2 4:00pm-5:00pm 4th Floor 6:00pm-7:00pm C Block 7:30pm-8:30pm 3rd Floor Sunday 8:30am-9:30am D Block/2nd Floor (R) 10:00am-11:00am E Block 12:00pm-1:00pm B Block/2nd Floor (L) 1:30pm-2:30pm A Block 4:00pm-5:00pm Dorm 1 Right 6:00pm-7:00pm Dorm 1 Left 7:30pm-8:30pm F Block

Visiting rules have been developed to specify required conduct for inmates and visitors to the Schenectady County Correctional Facility. All inmates and visitors must become familiar with these rules. Visiting rules are to be posted in the facility's visitation area and are to be printed in English as well as Spanish. Also, visiting rules are to be provided in the inmate rules and regulation handbook.

  1. Each inmate is entitled to TWO (2) visits each week as long as his/her conduct is being transported to and from the visiting room as well as his/her conduct in the visiting room warrants this right.
  2. Not complying with the strip search procedure immediately following visits is reasonable grounds for the suspension of visits. Naturally, contraband found on an inmate will result in the suspension of the specific visiting right.
  3. Contact visits will be permitted for all inmates eligible to receive visits in general.
  4. Inmates are to obtain prior approval from a supervisor if they wish to bring anything into the visiting room with them.
  5. Inmates will be responsible for letting their visitors know their visiting hours.
  6. Visits will be assigned according to scheduling. All schedules are subject to change with one week prior notice.
  7. A complete list of visiting rules, regulations and procedures is to be posted in the visiting area and in the inmate rules and regulations handbook.
  8. Visitation Schedule is to be posted in each housing unit.

Rules and Regulations

All visitors 18 years of age or older must have a valid I.D. with:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Photo
  • Date of Birth

If all 3 are not included in one document, the supporting evidence must include the same name as on the primary identification

  1. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  2. Visitors who are intoxicated, belligerent, disrespectful and/or ill-mannered will not be permitted to visit. A visit will be terminated and the visitor required to leave should any one or more of the above conditions or behaviors becomes apparent during the visit.
  3. Visitors must leave all coats, jackets, hats, bags, and handbags in the lockers in the lobby.
  4. Chewing gum is not permitted in the visiting room.
  5. No packages, gifts, money or letters may be brought into the visiting room at any time.
  6. Legal documents for inmates may be permitted with permission from the shift supervisor.
  7. The passing of items between visitors and inmates is strictly forbidden without the permission of the Visitation Officers.
  8. All visitors will be electronically screened solely to prevent contraband from entering the visiting room. Individual visitors may be subjected to a frisk search if contraband is suspected of being in the possession of the visitor.
  9. Any visitor who brings, or attempts to bring, contraband into the facility will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Also, visits will be restricted for anyone suspected of introducing contraband to the facility.
  10. Contraband means anything that an inmate is prohibited from obtaining or possessing by statute, rule, regulation or order.
  11. Visitors may only visit the inmate they have signed up to see. Visitors are permitted to visit one inmate per visiting hour.
  12. Only three (3) visitors at a time are allowed to visit the same inmate. Babies in the arms of a visitor are not to be counted. Visitors may trade places with other peoples waiting in the lobby of the facility at half time, at the inmate's request.
  13. Inmates and visitors must remain in their assigned seats unless told to do otherwise by the officers.
  14. Children must remain seated and in control of the responsible adult at all times.
  15. Kissing and hugging is permitted at the beginning and the end of the visit.
  16. Visitors and inmates must maintain proper seating posture and decorum throughout the visit.

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