Jail Bureau

 

Bail

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General Questions

Incoming Mail

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The Genesee County Jail is located at 14 West Main Street, Batavia, New York 14021.  The phone number is (585) 343 – 0838 and the fax number is (585) 344 – 0236.

The Jail Bureau of the Sheriff’s Office has the responsibility of meeting the Department’s Mission concerning the corrections function.  The functions of the Jail Bureau include: proper care, custody, treatment, supervision, discipline and correctional programs for all persons committed to the custody of the Sheriff; assure compliance with the laws, codes, rules and regulations for the operation and management of the County Jail; and create conditions and opportunities for inmates to increase their abilities to function in society as productive, law-abiding citizens.

County Law, Article 17, Section 650 acknowledges the Sheriff as an Officer of the Court; Correction Law, Article 20, Section 500C designates the Sheriff as custodian of the County Jail.  The Correction Law further states that the Sheriff shall receive and safely keep all persons lawfully committed to his custody for safekeeping, examination or trial, or as a witness, committed or sentenced to imprisonment, or committed for contempt.  The benefactors of the activities of the Jail Bureau are the inmates themselves, as well as the general public.

 

The Genesee County Jail was originally built in 1903, with several modifications since then and has an authorized capacity of 87 prisoners.  The jail staff consists of full-time correction officers,  first-line supervisors (Senior Correction Officers), part-time correction officers, a full-time cook-manager, part-time cooks, medical staff (a full-time nurse, a contracted Nurse Practitioner and a Medical Director), a financial clerk, and a jail superintendent.  The Sheriff has the overall responsibility and accountability for the administration and operation of the jail. maximumsecurity

The New York State Commission of Correction oversees correctional facilities within New York State, including the Genesee County Jail, by establishing Minimum Standards for the care, custody, correctional treatment, supervision, discipline and other correctional programs for all persons confined.  The Minimum Standards promulgated by the State Commission of Correction addresses areas such as food services, visitation, religion, exercise, legal services, grievance programs and health services, to name a few.  The Commission visits and inspects the jail to ensure compliance with the Minimum Standards.

visiting The Genesee County Jail administers an "Education for Incarcerated Youth Program" which allows youthful inmates to continue their education and obtain a G.E.D.  The Program also has a transition counselor who assists pre-discharged inmates in maintaining their education and assists them in finding employment.

The Genesee County Jail also offers numerous spiritual programs for inmates of various denominations.  Anyone interested in employment at the Genesee County Jail should contact the Genesee County Human Resources Office at 585-344-2550, Ext. 2220.  A civil service examination is required.

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Visitation Schedule

  • VISITS START PROMPTLY AT APPOINTED TIME, visitors MUST be in lobby at the top of the hour i.e.; 1:00PM, 2:00PM. NO EXCEPTIONS
  • The officer conducting visits will not bring down any inmate scheduled for a visit whose visitor has not yet arrived in the lobby as of the top of the hour. The inmates visit will be cancelled and the time credited to his visitation account.
  • Visitors who are not present at the top of the hour but arrive late will be offered a "walk-in" visit for the FOLLOWING hour, if space is available. If space is not available, the visit may be scheduled for the next available day, within 24 hours rule.

  • The visits are divided into (3) 45 minute appointments

  • Visits may be taken one at a time or combined with another time as available all 3 appointments must be made in one day upon availability

  • The vsitation schedule starts Saturday and ends Friday, no visits on Sundays, Thanksgiving and Christmas

  • The appointments start at 12:15 and continue every hour until 7pm, except on Fridays, when they end at 5pm

  • Visits are by appointment with 24 hours prior notice is strongly encouraged but not required and on a first come first serve basis

  • All inmates may receive a intake visit within 24 hours of booking, time available to be determined by open appointments times

  • The maximum amount of visitors is (3)

  • Changes to a visit must be made 24 hr. prior

  • All visitors must provide acceptiable picture ID

  • All visitors must sign in separately and fully list all information requested on visitor sign in form

  • Visitors under 18 years of age must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian with legal paperwork (birth certificate or court guardianship paperwork)

  • Please remember your scheduled visit times or write them down

  • If you are unable to make appointment please call at least 15 minutes prior

  • Please call to cancel any appointments that you are not going to make

 

Visitation Rules

    • Our visits are contact visits.  This means you will be allowed brief contact at beginning and end of visit. Brief kiss or hug over table area, NO GROPING

    • Contact during the visit will not be allowed

    • Children must remain on the visitor’s side of the divider and remain seated and under control, NO EXCEPTIONS

    • The opening at the end if the divider is for jail staff. Please do not stand in this area

    • Passing of any items in the visitation room without the officers permission will not be permitted, and possible criminal charges may be filed

    • Improper conduct and or vulgar language are not permitted.  Any willful or repeated violations could cause visitation privileges to be suspended or revoked

    • Proper clothing is required (see example of acceptable clothing), no gang colors or symbols allowed

    • Lockers are available prior to entering the visitation room.  You are required to empty ALL pockets of ANY loose items and place them into chosen locker, lockers may be locked with the placement of a quarter emergency medication will be given to officer prior to entry and will remain with officer unless needed

    • Visitor’s jackets should be hung on coat rack or placed in locker, light weight sweaters and hooded sweatshirts are permitted at officer discretion

    • Headband, caps, dew rags or other headgear are not permitted into the visitation area, only religious headgear allowed, ex. Yarmulke & Kufi

    • NO Loose objects in mouth, ex. Cough drop, gum, officer may inspect mouth as needed

    • Infants are allowed into the visitation room.  Car seats, strollers or other devices are not allowed

    • One filled bottle allowed, one pacifier, one burp cloth or small baby blanket, one solid non-metal toy allowed must have no loose pieces ex. Plastic keys or baby tether

    • Visitors are not allowed into GCJ under the influence of drugs or alcohol

 

RULE OF THUMB "ASK BEFORE YOU DO"

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Inmate Outgoing Phone System

Each inmate has a telephone available to them from 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. daily.  If you are experiencing difficulty with receiving calls from an inmate, you should check with your telephone company.

 

I’m having trouble getting collect calls from the jail, who do I call? Contact your phone company and disable all special calling features. (Call waiting, caller ID, 3 way calling etc) If that does not correct the problem, call 1-866-230-7761 or go to www.GTL.net

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Bail

Cash bail can be posted at the Genesee County Jail, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Photo identification is required when posting bail. Bail Bondsmen can be located in the yellow pages of your telephone directory.

Note: The return of bail money is handled by the presiding court. All bail money collected at the Genesee County Jail is forwarded to the appropriate court.

 

  • Alabama Town Court   (585) 948-9341
  • Alexander Town Crt     (585) 591-8165
  • Batavia City Court        (585) 344-2550
  • Batavia Town Court      (585) 343-1729
  • Bergen Town/Village   (585) 494-1121
  • Bethany Town Court     (585) 343-1399
  • Byron Town Court         (585) 548-7123
  • Corfu Village Court        (585) 599-3327
  • Darien Town Court        (585) 547-2274
  • Elba Town/Village Crt  (585) 757-9200
  • Family Court Genesee   (585) 344-2550
  • Genesee County Crt       (585) 344-2550
  • LeRoy Town Court          (585) 768-6910
  • Oakfield Village Crt        (585) 948-5835
  • Oakfield Town Court     (585) 948-5862
  • Pavilion Town Court     (585) 584-3850
  • Pembroke Town Crt      (585) 599-4817
  • Stafford Town Court      (585) 344-1554

 

Bail can also be posted using a credit card (Discover, VISA, MasterCard, or American Express). Credit card transactions are processed through a third party provider. Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover cards are accepted. A non-refundable fee for service will be added to the total bail amount

Or you can now pay for an inmate's bail online. Click the logo below.

 

 

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Incoming Mail

Only U.S. Postal Service mail will be accepted for inmates in the Genesee County Jail.  Please address all mail for Inmates to:

(Inmate's Complete Name)
Genesee County Jail
P.O. Box 151
Batavia, NY 14021-0151

All incoming mail received at the Genesee County Jail is logged when received and inspected for any type of contraband.  The attempt to transfer contraband through the mail will result in filing of criminal charges against those responsible.  In general, basic letter or typing paper is permitted.  Mail containing STICKERS, STAPLES, PAPERCLIPS, WHITE-OUT, HEAVY CRAYON, OR TAPE ON THE PAPER OR ENVELOPES will not be accepted.  All address labels and stamps will be removed by the officer inspecting the mail.  All return addresses must include complete first and last name of the sender.

What if the mail I send did not arrive?

Please have the inmate check with an officer to see if the mail was logged as entering into the facility.  If the mail has not been logged in, please contact the postal service and request a "trace" be placed on that particular piece of mail.

What if an inmate leaves before the mail gets there?

All mail received for non-inmates will be "returned to sender", provided that a complete and readable return address is visible.

What else can and cannot be sent through the mail?

Money orders in the inmate's name CAN BE sent.  You should always be cautious sending cash money through the mail.

NO food, NO clothes, NO bookmarks or plastic cards, NO smelly paper, NO phone cards.  **RULE OF THUMB "if you are not sure, then DON'T SEND it"**

Is there a limit as to the amount of incoming mail?

NO, we do encourage correspondence.

Can I drop off a note or letter to the jail?

NO, all mail, letters, notes must be received though the U.S. Mail.

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Commonly Asked Questions:

What can I drop off for an inmate?

  • Up to 5 photographs, NOTE: Polaroids are NOT acceptable
  • Up to 3 magazines. Adult magazines are accepted however content should be limited to non penetration photography
  • Up to 3 paperback books
  • 2 Newspapers daily
  • Money. Inmates are allowed to purchase food items, cosmetics and other items weekly from our commissary up to $80 per week. Commissary orders are placed Sunday AM and delivered Monday or Tuesday, ex holiday changes. Cash can be left with the control room officer and will be deposited in the inmate account-please maintain copies of your receipts
  • White underwear, socks, and T shirts (must be NEW, in the unopened retail package) 3 pairs etc.
  • Thermal undershirts (must be white, off white, unopened in the retail packed) 1 max

All acceptable property that is dropped off should have the inmates name clearly written on the outer cover or inside front page if necessary.  Photos should be marked on the back.  NO MESSAGES should be written on any dropped off item.  Messages are considered correspondence and need to be mailed, NO EXCEPTIONS!!

 

How many people can visit an inmate during the scheduled time?

Three (3), this includes children and infants.

Is there an age limit to visit an inmate?

Yes, NYS Minimum Standards for Local Correctional Facilities states that ONLY persons 18 years of age or older may visit an inmate within a facility. Should a person under 18 years of age wish to visit an inmate, they MUST be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian (court appointed with paperwork presented before visit). The parent or legal guardian must also remain during the entire visitation with the underage person, NO EXCEPTIONS.

What kind of ID is allowed or required to visit an inmate?

You MUST produce at each and every appointment a government issuedpicture ID with your correct date of birth on it. Preferably, a state driver's license or identification card (available at NYS DMV for a minimal fee) OR a valid picture ID with birth certificate.

How are visitation appointments made?

Either in person by request to the jail officer working the control room OR by calling (585) 343-0838. Please have the names of all the individuals that are planning on visiting, a daytime phone number and an approximate time and day you'd like to visit. Please avoid calling between 6:45 am - 7:15 am, 2:45 pm - 3:15 pm, and 10:45 pm - 11:00 pm.

When are you able to schedule an appointment for the next week?

We schedule visits two (2) weeks at a time; the next week will be open for appointment on Saturdays at 7:00am.

Can you tell me who has already booked the visits?

NO, we do not inform any visitors about an inmate's currently booked visits. ONLY the inmate may request access to this information.

Can we switch a visit or the visitors?

You can ONLY switch a visit by notifying the jail at least 24 hours in advance. Switching is based upon availability of day/time There is to be no substitution of visitors unless the jail has been notified 24 hours in advance. NOTE: individuals who are on parole or probation must receive permission, in writing, from his/her current supervising officer before any visits can be made.

What is allowed inside the visitation area?

NO hats, bandannas, jackets, food, drinks, gum or candy, and no overly provocative clothing.  The jail does provide lockers and plastic containers to secure items.  Each visitor is subject to be searched. You are ONLY allowed to wear your clothes and nothing in your pockets.

What can happen to me if I bring in contraband?

Contraband is anything that is not specifically allowed within the facility. If you attempt to bring contraband into the Genesee County Jail, you will become the subject of a formal investigation, whereby criminal charges may be filed.

Am I allowed to touch the inmate?

We, of course, understand the need for physical contact with your friends and family members; therefore, the jail has developed a policy whereby at the beginning and end of each visit, you may embrace briefly. There is to be no other contact other than this. Children and infants MUST remain on the visitor side of the room and under your immediate supervision.

What can we bring for an inmate within the facility?

The jail currently has a commissary program whereby inmates are allowed to place an order for extra food, toiletry items, cards, letters, paper, pens, stamps, etc.  Each inmate is allowed to place an order on every Sunday, up to $80.00 worth of items, for delivery on Monday or Tuesday.  This means that cash or money orders are accepted and placed into each individual inmate's account.  Inmates may also receive, in combination, a total of three (3) small, paperback books and magazines, with the exception of any that contain sexual penetration, guns, drugs, and self-defense (or any deemed inappropriate by the Officer in Charge). ; Two (2) newspapers daily.  Inmates may also receive in total five (5) family pictures (NO POLAROIDS, NO PORTRAIT PHOTOS OVER 4X6 in size, And NO PHOTOS WITH ANY SEXUAL PENETRATION).  An inmate may receive three (3)white underwear ,three (3) socks, three (3) short sleeve tee shirts without pockets and one(1) thermal top either white or off white,  from an outside source as long as they are dropped off at the jail in the original, unopened package.

How long will it be before the inmate receives the items?

In general, all items will be received as soon as possible OR by the end of that current shift. Each item must first be inspected for any contraband.

Can you tell me when my incarcerated friend has court?

No, for security reasons we do not tell when inmates will be transported anywhere.  In many cases we do not have court date information available. Contact the court or inmates attorney for court information.

How do I contact the public defender’s office?

The Genesee Count Public Defender’s office is located in the County Courthouse. (585) 344-2550 ext.2280

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Female Inmates

I know a female inmate, where is she and how can I see her?

The Genesee County Jail DOES NOT house female inmates. They are housed at:    

    Orleans County Jail, 26 Platt Street Albion, NY 14411, Telephone (585) 589 – 4310, Fax (585) 589 - 2522

    Wyoming County Jail, 151 North Main Street, Warsaw, New York, 14569, Telephone (585) 786 – 8808, Fax (585) 786 – 8573

    Livingston County Jail, 4 Court Street, Geneseo, New York, 14454, Telephone (585) 243 – 7100, Fax (585) 243 – 7104

    Allegany County Jail, 4884 State Street 19, Scio Road, Belmont, New York, 14813, Phone (585) 268 – 9803, Fax (585) 268 - 9475

For Visitation information please contact the specific jail where the female is currently housed.

To post bail, come to the Genesee County Jail

WEEKEND WORK DETAIL

The Genesee County Jail's Weekend Work Detail consists of non-violent, low-risk individuals who are sentenced by courts to work, in lieu of incarceration. Inmates are sentenced to report to the Jail from 7:00 AM to 3:15 PM on Saturdays and Sundays for a specified period of time. Correction Officers are responsible for the supervision of the inmates and organizing their work assignments. Jobs usually consist of manual labor details, such as trash pick-up along highways, painting, and other labor intensive types of work. The Work Detail performs jobs for municipalities and their affiliates.

If any not-for-profit organization is interested in obtaining the services of the Weekend Work Detail, they should contact Jail Superintendent Edward Minardo at (585) 343-0838, Ext. 3951.

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