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Dutchess County Jail Visiting Hours and Visitation Schedule

150 North Hamilton Street
New York
Dutchess County
Main Phone: 845-486-3900
The information below provides complete instructions regarding Dutchess County Jail Visiting Hours and Visitation Schedule, Visiting Rules, Inmate Video Visits and Jail Visitation process in Poughkeepsie, New York.

Following these instructions exactly will enhance your chances of getting official approval to visit an inmate.

It is highly recommended that prior to an inmate visit you call the jail at 845-486-3900 to confirm that visits have not been cancelled.

Dutchess County Jail Visiting Hours, Schedule and Instructions

Step 1

Arrive no later than 9:45 a.m. for morning session or 1:45 p.m. for afternoon session. If you do, your visit will be denied.

Step 2

Pass through metal detector successfully. If you cannot, your visit will be denied.  See dress code below for tips on passing through successfully.

Step 3

Show a valid, government-issued photo ID. If your address is not printed on the ID you must also bring a recent utility bill in your name with your address printed on it.

Who Can Visit an Inmate in Dutchess County Jail

Anyone over the age of 18, who can produce a valid government-issued photo ID can be approved to visit an inmate in this jail.

Children under the age of 18 may visit an incarcerated parent unaccompanied by an adult if the child’s other parent fills out a parental consent form and it is on file at the jail.

Inmates may have two adult visitors or one adult and up to two children visit at the same time.

Visitation applicants in Dutchess County must sometimes submit to a background check. Those with warrants are denied visitation or if allowed to visit, will be arrested at the jail.

The Dutchess County Jail reserves the right to deny any person the right to enter the jail it chooses and for any reason.

Dutchess County Jail Visitation Application Process

Dutchess County Jail  has no application process. It is a walk-in visitation process with a first-come-first-served basis.

Visiting Hours in Dutchess County Jail

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday 


8:30 am – 10:50 am


12:20 pm – 2:50 pm

Each inmate is permitted two (2), one-hour (60-minute) contact visits per week.

There are no visits on Mondays, Saturdays or holidays.

Dutchess County Jail Visitation Dress Code

The Dutchess County Jail staff will turn anyone away who is not dressed appropriately for a visit.

The best way to be sure the visit takes place is to dress as if you are meeting someone's grandmother for the first time. 

To get through the metal detector, do not wear:

Underwire bras

Shoes with any metal (it is recommended you wear tennis shoes)

No metal hair clips, etc.

Bib-styled overalls

Button down jeans

You must pass the detector fully dressed with shoes on. The above suggestions will help that happen.

In addition, you should:

Wear clothes that are not revealing.

Don't wear see-through material.

Have all undergarments covered (males and females) and avoid a lot of cleavage.

Shorts and skirts should reach mid-thigh.

Sleeves should be at least half-way to your elbow.

The following types of clothing are also prohibited:

Oversized clothing

Layered clothing

Anything orange

Clothing promoting gang affiliation.

Anything displaying drugs, weapons or profanity.

Clothing depicting anything obscene.

Call 845-486-3900 to ask specific questions about the Dutchess County Jail Visitation Dress Code guidelines or click here for complete instructions.

Dutchess County Jail Visitation Tips, Rules and Guidelines

Jail visits are conducted in person and behind plexi-glass depending on if your inmate is allowed contact or no-contact visits.

You and the inmate may have one short kiss at the start and end of the visit. No other physical contact is allowed.

Both you and the inmate must keep hands and arms above the table/chair in plain view at all times.

Your feet must remain on the floor throughout the visit.

You must control any children you bring.

Leave all personal belongings, except for your state ID in your vehicle.

If you are caught having or attempting to have a conversation outside with anyone in a cell, you will lose visiting privileges for at least 30 days.

Smoking anywhere on the jail property will cause you to lose your visiting privileges for a minimum of 30 days.

Children must be monitored at all times or jail staff will end the visit early.

Call 845-486-3900 or click here to go to the jail's official website for additional Rules regarding Dutchess County Jail visitation.

'At Home' Video Visitation

Many jails are implementing video visits. These visits are conducted via the Internet on computers, IPADS and Smart phones.

Video visits allow the visit to take place in the privacy of your own home. Some family members 'take their inmate with them' to church, the park, the doctor or anywhere else simply by signing in and bringing the device along.

Video visits save you from having to get your children ready, drive to the jail, wait in long lines and go through security checkpoints just to see the inmate.

Video visitation is slowly gaining favor with all jails in America as jail management realizes the financial savings and reduced security risks involved with remote visitation.

Click here to see if video visitation is now available at Dutchess County Jail – as well as to view the complete set of rules, the cost to you and how to get set up online.

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