Westchester County Department Of Correction – Valhalla, NY

Westchester County Department Of Correction is in Westchester County and is the main correctional facility for the area. Know somebody locked up at Westchester County Department Of Correction? This guide will tell you all about everything related to Westchester County Department Of Correction: How to do a jail inmate search. How to view Westchester County Department Of Correction mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and bail bondsmen. Booking and intake procedures. Court information and records. And much more…

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary and stressfull idea, not only for the person who gets arrested, but also their friends and family. This guide is designed to offer information and tips that you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail less stressfull. If you have questions, please feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and any comments or feedback that might help other people in the same situation would be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Westchester County Department Of Correction
10 Woods Road
Valhalla, NY 10595

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone:
Fax:

Map and Directions


Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that is incarcerated and want to find out where they are?

Has somebody who has been arrested and you want to locate them?

To look up who’s in jail at Westchester County Department Of Correction you should visit their link and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Westchester County Department Of Correction Inmate Roster is an online list of people who have been arrested and are in jail, which includes current status, how much their bail is, and times you can visit. Also, you can find info for anybody who has been arrested or released within the past 24 hours. Prisoners are listed alphabetically by their last name. You’ll be able to get the information more quickly if you’ve got the arrestee’s name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If the person you are looking for is at another jail you should look here: New York Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail intake picture, is a picture taken by the police when you are processed at the jail intake. They will take one full face and a profile photo. Your name and intake number will be in the photos, and they will be kept on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates are on the Westchester County Department Of Correction website, or you can view them at the Westchester County Department Of Correction. When viewing mugshots online you will have to put in the inmate’s legal name, and the booking date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to get your mugshot erased from the Westchester County Department Of Correction site? This is difficult, as the mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you must file a Petition to Expunge in court. This means that all of your arrest records will be sealed, and will not be available to the public. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot taken down, the various mugshot websites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, once you are arrested and put in jail, your main thought is about getting out. After booking, your bail amount is set either by bail schedule or magistrate. If no bail is set this might mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you are released from jail you will have to agree to show up for court, and until then you are not permitted to leave the county.

In most cases, inmates are given early release in exchange for good behavior if they follow the rules and act right while in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. You will either have to return to the jail each day when you’re finished with work, or you might be permitted to live in a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Bail is money that you have to pay to get out of jail until your court date. The amount you will be required to pay all depends on the seriousness of your crime. You will have to post 10% of the amount that was set so you can get discharged from jail. If you don’t show up for your court appearance, whoever posted your bail will lose that bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You must call the jail. If know the person’s information, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know what their bail is set at. You can also check their bail amount and status on the Westchester County Department Of Correction site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is no fun, but thankfully, it is simple to do if you have the money. To start with, figure out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only”. If this is the case, you will not be able to use the services of a bail bondsman. Cash only – they can’t take checks. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the inmate will be released into your care. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you should use a bail bondsman. They generally charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and in most cases charge a minimum charge of $100. This is non-refundable and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bail bondsman may request to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral.

To contact a bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a Bail Bondsman in Westchester County

Have you ever had to find a bondsman because you or someone you know got arrested? If you have, please share your experience in a comment below, and let us know how things turned out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Early Release For Good Behavior
  • Work Release
  • Released For Time Served
  • Get Out on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • Released On House Arrest
  • Be Released on Your Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process includes the following steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • First, must answer a number of questions, like your legal name, address, birth date and contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your psychological and medical history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • All personal property will be taken from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • They will allow you to make a telephone call to call a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might be able to wear your street clothes, if not you will be issued a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through processing at jail? If you have, you should tell our readers about your experience. How long did you have to wait? How were you treated? Do you know any secrets that might help other people make it through the procedure?

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will be discharged from jail. This process may take from 10 minutes to hours or even all day long. In simple terms, the faster you can pay your bail, the sooner you will get discharged. How quickly you get discharged can depend on whether you have a cash bond or if a judge needs to figure out how much to set your bail at. For lesser charges, you will get booked and get released without having to post bail. When you get to the end of your sentence and are given a discharge date, you should plan to get released that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you need to start your sentence, it is highly advisable that you follow the law and turn yourself in. For a warrant, report to the jail intake center, and tell an officer that you think there is a warrant out for your arrest. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if there is one, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. When reporting to serve a sentence, go to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Be very careful that you don’t show up late. Be sure to only bring allowed items when you turn yourself in, like a driver’s license or even photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, and a sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates need to list each visitor’s full name to the jail. Your visitor’s information will go into the log as an authorized visitor. Each and every visitor must provide acceptable photo identification. Visitors arriving late or that is not on the visitation list will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Visitation procedures change often, so make sure that you visit the jail site before you try to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Jail phone calls are much more expensive than phone calls made at home. There is no limit to how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you break the rules, an inmate’s ability to use the phone might get cut back or cut altogether.

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Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail has to be sent via the US Postal Service. You cannot use any other type of mail or package delivery. You have to write or type the inmate’s name, prisoner number, and the address of the jail on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not mail a package or box, padded envelope, plastic bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail received by the jail will be opened and examined and read by the jail officers, and the mail will get sent back to the person who mailed it if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Westchester County Department Of Correction, use this address:

Westchester County Department Of Correction
10 Woods Road
Valhalla, NY 10595

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Westchester County Department Of Correction
10 Woods Road
Valhalla, NY 10595


The mail policy at Westchester County Department Of Correction can change, so you should double check the the Westchester County Department Of Correction website before you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you have particular rights, one of these is the right to request an attorney. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is important to ask a friend or family member to find an attorney when you call them. You’re probably asking yourself ‘but do I really need an attorney’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal attorney will advise you about your rights, look after your best interests and help you understand the complicated court system. The faster you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your case, the better off you’ll be.

For more information about the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, read: How to Find a Lawyer in Westchester County

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford a lawyer, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender’s Office has a number of staff such as investigators, forensics experts as well as social workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are real lawyers that are members of the New York State Bar and are fully licensed to handle your case.

Have you ever had to use the services of a Public Defender? Do you think they properly handled your case?

Court Records

All court records are public records. They contain a file containing a docket and every documents and motions filed during your court case. You are able to access your court case records with the online service, or at the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an official part of the court that maintains court records and controls access to them. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for all court participants, and read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All court records associated with your court case are available at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the fees and charges from your court case, which include filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

The Westchester County magistrate is the type of judge who presides over your case in court. Magistrates do several different things, which include setting your bail amount, issuing warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over first court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is put together with information about the arrestee’s background and information about the arrestee’s life, which the judge will take into consideration when decide your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be collected from the defendant, his or her family, and in some cases the victim. Be sure to remember you are allowed to ask to have a copy of this report prior to sentencing, so you can go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, which include community service and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the severity of the crime, you could be taken into custody immediately, or you could get a date that you are supposed to turn yourself into jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if some you know is incarcerated, or has been an inmate in the past?

This is pretty easy to do, simply you should query the jail website and do an inmate search, and do a search using:

  • Their name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • and their jail inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you should call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can check the arrest warrants inquiry on the Westchester County jail website or you are able to call the court. You have to have the person’s first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask the officer in charge. You should know that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the Westchester County jail, on the phone, in person, or find out online. Records of arrests are public record and these records are accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when someone has been served with papers, like, subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these by going to the Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are registered and listed on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. Those listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex offense. You are able to view these listings online, but keep in mind that you will not get the actual address, but only the block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. Court Records include a court case file that includes a docket sheet and all of the documents and filings filed in the case. You are able to access court records online, or at the clerk’s office of the court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state keeps a record of their state citizen’s criminal background. These online databases are linked together and you can track criminal histories from other states. You are able to go to the Westchester County Courthouse and check in person, or you can check online. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and in the event that the crime was in a totally different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

When you look up a person’s crminal records you will be able to get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for any crimes, which can include:

  • DUI.
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

When you do a criminal history search, you will not learn if that person has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this information, you must do a driving records search.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? Was it an easy process? Did you search online or did you make a phone call to the courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your comments could help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI has a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Westchester County,the Sheriff maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of serving a jail sentence in the Westchester County jail is something you wish you could avoid, eventually you will settle into the routine that is set for you. You should expect an alarm to wake up each morning at 6:00AM, and then roll call. You will then get breakfast. After breakfast, you will have to work in the work program that you’ve been assigned to. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Westchester County Department Of Correction, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.

    Dress Code

    When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the Westchester County Department Of Correction uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

    You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.

    The process for sending money to people in jail is likely to change, so be sure to double check the the Westchester County Department Of Correction website before you send money to an inmate there.

    Commissary

    The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.

    Inmate Medications

    If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.

    Meals

    You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.

    Pods / The Yard

    The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.

    Gangs

    As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.


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    News and Media

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Westchester County Department Of Correction

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Westchester County Department Of Correction, overseeing the day to day operations and administration of the jail. An inmate is unlikely to have much interaction with the Deputy Sheriff, unless they have committed an infraction. Detention Officers are responsible for the custody and care of the inmates. They maintain order in the jail, and handle security. A Detention Officer is assigned to a certain pod, and therefore is responsible for the same inmates each day. They get to know the inmates on a certain level, and are well equipped to handle any problems that may occur.

    Apply for a Job at Westchester County Department Of Correction

    Requirements:

    • You must be over the age of 21.
    • You must possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You must be a US Citizen.
    • You must pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You must pass a drug test.
    • You must have a good level of fitness.
    • You must be in good health.
    • You must have a valid Drivers License
    • An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.


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    Family Resources

    There are resources for families of both the perpetrator of the crime and the victim. The social and emotional impact of crime is far reaching, affecting many. Families can receive professional counseling, court related assistance, social services assistance and help in navigating the criminal justice system.

    If you are a family member, which resources did you find to be particularly helpful? Please let us know, as this will be helpful to other families in the same situation.

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    Victim Resources

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

    • Victims have the right to protection from the accused.
    • Victims have the right to notification.
    • Victims have the right to attend proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • Victims have the right to restitution.
    • Victims have the right to a speedy trial.
    • Victims have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

    The definition of victim includes:

    • Spouses and children of all victims.
    • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
    • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
    • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

    There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

    Victim Notification

    The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

    Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

    All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.

    Domestic Violence

    If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been incarcerated at this jail? Do you have a friend or family member that is an inmate there? Have you ever visited a prisoner at this jail?

    If yes, then we would like you to write your review about it. Tell us about your jail experience because others will know what to expect.

    What to write in what you write:

    • Conditions in Westchester County Department Of Correction.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation Days
    • Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Inmate programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has some stories to tell about the whole experience. Why’d you get arrested? Were you fairly treated? What happened to you while you were locked up? How did you get along with the other inmates? How has this experience impacted your life?

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  1. Fred says:

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  2. sunkissed748 says:

    I can’t find Facility ID # for Westchester County Jail. Registered to add $ for phone privileges & it’s not on the chart provided. This is required 2 set up this acct & add $’s. Does anyone know what it is. I did everything. Please help if you know. Thank you so much.

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