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.
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.
RULE OF THUMB, "ASK BEFORE YOU DO"
Each inmate has a telephone available to them from 7:00 am until 11:00 pm 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 such as 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
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.
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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. A non-eefundable fee for service will be added to the total bail amount
Or you can now pay for an inmate's bail online by clicking on the logo below.
Only U.S. Postal Service mail will be accepted for inmates in the Genesee County Jail. Please address all mail for inmates to:
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 the filing of criminal charges against those responsible. In general, a 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, NO plastic cards, NO smelly paper, NO phone cards. **RULE OF THUMB** If you are not sure, then DO NOT SEND it.
Is there a limit as to the amount of incoming mail an inmate can receive? NO; we encourage correspondence.
Can I drop off a note or letter to the jail? NO; all mail, letters, notes, etc. must be received though the U.S. Mail.
What can I drop off for an inmate?
All acceptable property that is dropped off should have the inmate's name clearly written on it. For publications, the name should be on the outer cover or, if necessary, on the inside front page. Photos should be marked on the back.
How many people can visit an inmate during the scheduled time? Three (3) (including 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 his/her 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-issued picture 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 the jail at (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 scheduling on Saturdays at 7:00 am.
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? You are ONLY allowed to wear your clothes (no overly provocative clothing will be allowed). NO items in your pockets, NO hats, bandannas, jackets, food, drinks, gum or candy. The jail does provide lockers and plastic containers to secure visitor's items. Each visitor is subject to be searched.
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 during the visit. Children and infants MUST remain on the visitor's side of the room and under your immediate supervision.
What can we bring to 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 retail 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 release information about when inmates will be transported. In many cases, we do not have court date information available. Contact the court or the inmate's attorney for court information.
How do I contact the public defender’s office? The Genesee County Public Defender’s Office is located in the County Courthouse (585) 344-2550 ext.2280.
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
Wyoming County Jail, 151 North Main Street, Warsaw, NY 14569
Livingston County Jail, 4 Court Street, Geneseo, NY 14454
Allegany County Jail, 4884 State Street 19, Scio Road, Belmont, NY 14813
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 William Zipfel at (585) 343-0838, Ext. 3951.