Niagara County Jail Inmate Phone Use
The information below provides complete instructions regarding Niagara County Jail:
Follow these instructions exactly to help ensure that your inmate has access to the jail phones and your communication costs are reduced as much as possible.
How Does An Inmate Make A Phone Call From Niagara County Jail?
Inmates at this jail purchase phone minutes from their commissary accounts.
The inmate has a PIN code to punch in before dialing the number he or she wants to call.
The inmate’s commissary account is electronically checked and if the funds are there for the call the number will be dialed.
If the funds are not there, the inmate will receive a message that there are not enough funds to make the call and the call will not go through.
Can I Communicate By Email With An Inmate?
A growing number of jails now offer email services to inmates and their families. This can save you time by letting you view your email from your smart phone, computer, or tablet, whenever you wish.
You don't have to deal with envelopes, stamps or the post office.
Inmates like it because the emails typically eliminate delayed mail runs so they can get your correspondence quickly and send responses immediately.
Jail staffs like it as it eliminates concerns about contraband entering the facility in envelopes and on paper. It also allows the jail to have an electronic record that can be called upon at any time.
Anything you or your inmate writes in an email service is put through a filtering program that looks for certain words related to criminal and/or gang activities.
There have been multiple cases in which emails between inmates and their friends or loved ones have been used as evidence in criminal court cases to convict them or to file new charges.
This jail does not have an email program for the inmates but the policy can change in the future.
Call (716) 438-3446 or click here to see if email services are being offered at this jail and if so, how to sign up you and your inmate.
Important Tips About Jail Phone Calls
Phones at this jail are accessible most of the day and evening hours.
Jails limit an inmate's phone time to certain hours of the day, so it is important you keep a regular schedule that works for both you and your inmate.
If your inmate does not call you during the time you both have scheduled, don't panic. There are often long lines for phone use. When a jail is on lockdown due to a fight or other security issue they do not allow the phones to be used.
Phones are the only way for an inmate to hear your voice and temporarily 'escape' the loneliness of incarceration, so use your time well. Arguing about anything will leave you both feeling empty and guilty, so avoid it at all costs.
All phone conversations are recorded. Whatever you talk about, can and will be used against your inmate in court. Never discuss their pending criminal case!
Click here to view the jail website for additional information.