Essex County Jail
The Essex County Jail is the main jail in Essex County New York. While the police in the cities and towns in Essex County can arrest and detain offenders, the Essex County Jail is the facility that is accredited by New York to hold inmates for more than 72 hours.
The Essex County Jail, located at:
702 Stowersville Rd
PO Box 68
Lewis, NY 12950
can be reached 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at (518) 873-6321.
The main reason that people call (518) 873-6321 is to find out if a particular person is in custody, although you can look up an inmate online by going here. You can also get answers to whatever questions about an inmate, and the services for Essex County Jail that you may have by clicking on any of the questions below:
How to search for an inmate?
Can you look up an inmate’s mugshot?
How do you look up an offender’s criminal charges, bond or inmate number?
How do you visit an inmate?
What are the visitation hours?
Can you visit inmates in Essex County by video from home?
How do you get phone calls from an inmate?
Can you send mail, books, or newspapers to an inmate?
How do you send an inmate money?
Does Essex County Jail have inmate commissary?
Can an inmate receive and/or send email or text messages?
Do inmates in Essex County have access to computers or tablets?
How do you pay an inmate’s bail or bond?
Every year the Essex County Jail has approximately 1400 bookings, with a daily average of 70 inmates and maintains control of the facility with a staff of 17.
Inmates in this jail range from low level misdemeanor offenders to those being held and awaiting trial for violent crimes like robbery, rape, and murder. Therefore, given the mix of potentially dangerous inmates, the security level is very high.
The Essex County Jail is equipped with a state-of-the-art locking system, closed circuit cameras covering every area where inmates are located, and jail staff that utilize a communication system that keeps each of the guards and civilian staff in constant contact.
Guards that circulate in the same general area of the inmates are armed with eye-blinding mace that will turn an inmate having a violent outburst into a weeping child. They also carry stun weapons, short clubs, flashlights that have dual use as both a light source and as a weapon, and handcuffs. Guards at entrances and in areas not frequented by inmates are armed with various firearms. The goal of such tight security is to keep both the staff and the inmates safe.
For other jails in Essex County, jails in neighboring counties, and local police jails and juvenile detention centers for young offenders under age 18 in this county, click here.
Unlike the New York Department of Corrections, where inmates are sent once convicted of a crime and sentenced to a period of more than a year, the Essex County Jail System is populated by short-term offenders; those who have just been arrested and awaiting to be bonded out by friends or family, those who cannot afford or get bailed and are awaiting trial, or those who have already been convicted of a crime and sentenced to a term of less than one year. Many of the latter inmates become ‘workers’, who can reduce their sentence by performing jail maintenance or working in the kitchen. An upside to being a worker is they also get paid a small stipend so when they get released, they have a few dollars in their pocket.
Inmates that are convicted of a misdemeanor and/or sentenced to less than one year of a state crime serve their time in the Essex County Jail.
Illegal immigrants convicted of a state or federal crime will first do their time, then may be transferred into ICE custody for deportation.
For full instructions on the Essex County Jail Inmate Phone Syste, what the costs are, how it works, and tips and guidelines on rules, regulations and saving money on calls, check out our Send Money Page.
For complete Instructions on How to Bail or Bond an Inmate in Essex County Jail, check out our Inmate Bail page.
Essex County Jail uses GettingOut for some or all of its communication services with an inmate.
If you want to deposit money using this company for your use or your inmate's account, there are four ways to do it:
For all the information you need to know, including tips, guidelines and warnings about depositing money in a Essex County Jail inmate's account for communication services, check out our Send Money page.
1. First, Register or Sign In to GettingOut/GTL
2. Purchase the services you want for your Essex County Jail inmate.
3. All inmates have free access to the tablets to read their letters from family & friends, but there are many other services available to keep your inmate busy while incarcerated... such as Games, Books, Music and Movies. These other services come with fees that you can pay for when you pay for phone service.
To learn more about Tablet Rentals for inmates, including the cost, all the services available and everything else you need to know, check out our Tablet Rental Page.
When mailing a letter or postcard to an inmate, please address your mail as follows:
Inmate's First and Last Name
702 Stowersville Rd
PO Box 68
Lewis, NY 12950
Emailing Messages & Photos
Facility_name_1} contracts with GTL GettingOut, the same service that handles iInmate Phone Systems and Video Visitation, for sending secure messages and photos between you and your inmate.
If you are not already registered, do so here, or Log in.
Then use the Facility Finder to:
1. Select Essex County Jail,
2. Add your inmate to your list of contacts,
3. Add a credit or debit card to cover your costs.
Go here to this FAQ to get answers to how the transition to ViaPath from GTL and gettingout will affect your account.
Other than 'at the jail' visits between you and your inmate, which is explained and outlined in detail on our Visit Inmate Page, Essex County remote video inmate visitation can be done using the services of GettingOut.
There are three ways to remotely visit your inmate in Essex County Jail:
1. Using the GettingOut Kiosk at the jail.
2. Using your computer from home.
3. Using your phone on the GettingOut apps.
To remotely visit an inmate in Essex County follow these steps:
1. Start by confirming that Essex County Jail's Video Visitation is working correctly by looking up Essex County here.
2. The next step is to create an account here for GettingOut.
3. Then add funds to your account.
4. Last, select Essex County Jail, and then the inmate you wish to communicate with.
Other Essex County Services provided by GettingOut:
- Phone Calls & Voicemail
- Email, Photo & Video Sharing
- Inmate Tablet Rental
* All the information you need to have complete knowledge about inmate visitation; policies, rules, fees, schedules, tips, dress codes, and children, lawyers and clergy visitation in Essex County, can be found on our Visit Inmate Page.
Essex County Jail Phone: (518) 873-6321
To get more complete instructions, and understand visit lengths, times, locations, fees and all the other rules including children, dress codes and more, check out or Visit Inmate Page.
NOTE: All visits are recorded and whatever you say and do will be monitored. It is best to never discuss sensitive information regarding your inmate's pending case.
Third Party Jail Inmate Services for Essex County Jail
Gone are the days where Essex County Jail supervised their own phone system, mail system, visitation, commissary and inmate money deposit systems. Jails throughout the United States are now partnering with high tech companies to provide and manage these servives for them and the jail in Essex County is no different.
Everything from video calls, to messages to visitation, and even digital mail and money deposits can be done from your home computer or personal device. Inmates in Essex County Jail, if they don't already, will soon have their own personal tablets for watching movies, TV shows, access to educational and and legal information, and more.
As Essex County Jail adds these services, JAILEXCHANGE will add them to our pages, helping you access the services and answering your questions about how to use them and what they cost.
You can check out this information now by going to the: Family Info page, Visit Inmate page, Inmate Mail page, Inmate Phone page, Send Money page, Inmate Bail page, Mugshots page, Text/Email an Inmate page, Commissary page, Remote Visits page, or the Tablet Rental page.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many inmates are in the Essex County Jail in New York?
There are 70 inmates in the Essex County Jail in New York. While that is what they are approved to have incarcerated at any one time, they have on occasion had to add additional beds, even having inmates sleep on the floor when overcrowding becomes an issue. When possible, Essex County Jail will temporarily transfer some inmates to a neighboring facility, or if necessary, release some offenders from custody. Learn more about how to search for a specific inmate in the Essex County Jail.
How many people get arrested and booked into the Essex County Jail in New York every year?
In 2021, a total of 1400 offenders were booked into the Essex County Jail in New York. That is less than previous years, mostly due to restrictions related to the COVID pandemic. As of April 2022, the number of arrests and bookings are returning to normal, which means they are running higher than 2021. Learn more about how to search for an inmate in the Essex County Jail.
How many people work at the Essex County Jail in New York?
The Essex County Jail maintains a staff of approximately 17. Staff positions include correction officers, maintenance, clerical, kitchen workers and management. New York law allows for inmates to work alongside the paid staff during their incarceration, saving the facility money. Even though the inmates are paid, the cost is less than 15% of what a normal worker from the outside would be paid.
Does the Essex County Jail in New York have an inmate search or jail roster to see who is in custody?
Yes, the Essex County Jail in New York has an Inmate Search Roster feature. Learn more about how to search for an inmate in the Essex County Jail. When you get to this page click on the big green button that reads 'OFFICIAL Essex County Jail INMATE LIST'. After clicking on the link, type in the offender's name and then click 'search'. You can always call and speak to someone on the staff at (518) 873-6321 if you are have further questions. In most cases the Inmate Roster provides information about the inmate's bond, criminal charges, mugshot, and even their release date, as long as they are not being sent to a New York prison or the US Bureau of Prisons to serve a sentence that is longer than one year.
What is the address and phone number of the Essex County Jail in New York?
The Essex County Jail address and phone number is: 702 Stowersville Rd
PO Box 68
Lewis, NY 12950. Their phone number is (518) 873-6321. To find out the address for sending an inmate mail, sending newspapers, magazines or care packages, learn more about how to mail an inmate in the Essex County Jail.
Where do I found out all the inmate services at Essex County Jail, such as visitation policy and schedule, how the inmate phone system works, emailing an inmate, and sending them money to buy things in commissary?
Here is where you get direct access to all the information you need for Essex County Jail inmate services: Learn more about how to visit an inmate in the Essex County Jail. Learn more about how to get phone calls from an inmate in the Essex County Jail. Learn more about how to text/email an inmate in the Essex County Jail. Learn more about how to send money to an inmate in the Essex County Jail. Learn more about how to mail an inmate and what's allowed in the Essex County Jail. Learn more about inmate commissary in the Essex County Jail.
How do I bail or bond an inmate out of the Essex County Jail?
Call (518) 873-6321 for the type of bond and any information that is required for a particular individual at Essex County Jail. A bond is set according to a court-approved schedule. You will either have to pay a cash bail, or put up a private, surety or a property bond to guarantee to the court that the defendant will return on their assigned court date. Learn more about how to bail or bond out an inmate in the Essex County Jail.
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