Schenectady County Jail

County Jail

Last Updated: February 19, 2022
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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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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Schenectady 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: 518-388-4300

The Schenectady County Jail is a medium-security detention center located at 320 Veeder Ave in Schenectady, NY. This county jail is operated locally by the Schenectady County Sheriff's Office and holds inmates awaiting trial or sentencing. Most of the sentenced inmates are here for less than two years. Schenectady County accepts inmates from surrounding towns, municipalities, the US Marshal's Service and the Schenectady 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?

Schenectady 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

Schenectady 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 Schenectady 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 518-388-4300.


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

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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