Inmate Visitation

Visitation of Inmates at the Oneida County Jail:

The first section of this page describes routine visits with inmates, such as visits by family and friends. The visitation rules are different for professional and clergy visits. See "Other Visitation Rules" at the end of this section for additional information.

The Visitation area is located in the Correction Facility. The entrance to the visitation lobby is located directly below the "Public Safety Complex" sign.

Directions and Maps to the Correction Facility are available.

Oneida County Correction Facility
6075 Judd Road
Oriskany NY 13424

Visitation Phone: (315) 765-2380


Visitation Hours:

  • Effective March 1, 2020, visitation hours will be held on Thursdays, Fridays from 7:00am - 3:00pm and Saturday from 10:00am - 6:00pm. Hours may be changed without notice.

  • Hours of operation will be posted in the lobby and updated as needed.  

  • Visitation will be closed on the 4th of July, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day & New Year’s Day.

  • Each inmate will be allowed two (1) hour blocks of visiting time each week. (Can be the same day when approved by a Supervisor.)

  • Visits are on a first come first serve basis.

  • Visitors should arrive at least 15 min. Before the scheduled visiting time.

  • If visitors are late, no visit will be allowed, no exceptions

  • A 24 hour notice is required for all cancelled visits.

  • Children ages 0 to 15 years, must be accompanied by a parent/ legal guardian at all times while in the visitation room and lobby area. 

  • Adolescents ages 16 to 17 years of age – must be accompanied by a parent / legal guardian. 

 


Visitation General:

  • Each inmate is allowed (2) one hour visits each visitation week. The visitation week begins on Tuesday and ends on Saturday. An inmate can receive both two hour visits on the same day with prior approval from a supervisor.
  • No more than TWO visitors are allowed to visit an inmate at one time and no more than FOUR visitors are allowed per time-slot. Infants under the age of 1-year-old are not included in the visitor count. There are no exceptions to the under the age of 1-year" rule: If a child is 1-year-old or more, the child is counted as a visitor.
  • Visits are generally Contact visits.

Exceptions:

  • Inmates will receive only non-contact visits during the first three days of incarceration. This is for classification purposes. The visits are during regular visitation hours.
  • Inmates being disciplined or under administrative segregation may be restricted to non-contact visits. The visits are only on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 7:30 AM.
  • Inmates with medical or mental health issues may be restricted to non-contact visits. The visits may only be scheduled for Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 7:30 AM. 

Identification of Visitors:

  • All visitors must present proper identification upon arrival for a visit.
  • Visitors 16 + years of age will be required to present photo identification. Acceptable photo ID’s include:
  • Driver’s license with picture
  • Oneida County Sheriff identification card with picture
  • Social service benefit card with picture
  • New York state personal identification card with picture
  • School issued identification card with picture
  • Passport with picture
  • Children 0 to 15 years of age must have one of the following proofs of identity:
  • Birth certificate  (Legal Guardian must be present)
  • Passport with picture

 


Visitor Conduct and Rules:

  • Visitors are required to walk through a metal detector, and submit to a pat-search before entering the visiting room; solely to ensure they possess no contraband. A refusal to be pat-searched will prohibit a contact visit. A refusal to walk through the metal detector will prohibit a visit of any nature.
  • Nothing is to be passed between an inmate and visitor unless approved and observed by an Officer. Passing unauthorized items (including tobacco products) to inmates is a punishable offense and violators will be arrested and prosecuted.
  • Cameras and tape recording devices are not permitted in the visiting room without prior written consent from the sheriff or his designee.
  • Lewd or offensive conduct is not permitted and if observed, your visit will be terminated.
  • You are allowed one brief kiss at the beginning, and one brief kiss at the end of your visit.
  • No other physical contact is permitted.
  • While in the visiting room, you are not allowed to talk to anyone other than the inmate that you are visiting and your co-visitor. Cross-visiting (talking to an inmate to whom you are not scheduled to visit) is prohibited.
  • Children fifteen-years of age and younger must be accompanied at all times while in the visitation room and lobby area, by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Disruptive visitors or children will be directed to leave the visitation room or lobby area.
  • Visitors must remain seated at all times while in the visiting room. This includes children over one year old. Children under 1-year-old cannot be placed on top of the counter and must remain on the visitors lap. At no time can the child be placed on the inmates side of the visiting counter.
  • Visitors under the influence of drugs or alcohol will not be allowed to visit.

Prohibited Items (Contraband):

Visitors are required to empty their pockets, and remove from their person all items except clothing, wedding bands, prescription eyewear and medical alert bracelets. Possession of anything else; for example: weapons, money, drugs, pens, cell phones, and pagers is illegal.You will be arrested and charged with "Promoting Prison Contraband" if you attempt to enter the visitation area in possession of any prohibited item.

  • All jewelry and other metal items including watches, earrings and piercings.
  • Hair grooming and restraining devices, such as combs, barrettes, pins, clips and other solid devices are prohibited. Rubber or elastic bands are acceptable.
  • Outerwear, including hats.
  • Purses, bags, fanny-packs, backpacks, totes, etc.
  • Sip cups, sports bottles or any beverage container.
  • Baby items (with exception of receiving blanket, pacifier, and a clear bottle for newborns).
  • All items from pockets: wallet, money clips, paper and coin money, knives, nail-clippers, everything.
  • Photos, mail, other documents.
  • Pens, paper, crayons, books, toys, electronic devices, MP3 players, cell phones and pagers.
  • Recording devices, including cameras and camcorders.

This list is not inclusive of all prohibited items. If you have anything on your person other than your clothes, wedding band, medical alert bracelet or prescription eyewear, it is probably a prohibited item and therefore considered Contraband. If you do not know if an item is considered contraband, ask a Visitation Officer.

Removed items can be locked in your vehicle or deposited in coin-operated lockers with a non-refundable 25-cent deposit. Items left in the lobby and not secured in a locker are left at your own risk. Officers are not responsible for the safekeeping of your property.


Prohibited Clothing:

Visitors will not be allowed into the visiting room wearing any of the following clothing items:

  • See-through tops or bottoms.
  • Low-cut tops.
  • Shirts or tops with spaghetti straps.
  • Halter-tops.
  • Shirts that expose any mid-drift section.
  • Bra-type tops.
  • Short skirts or short shorts.
    • General guideline: Stand straight with arms hanging naturally at your sides and fingers pointing towards the ground. Your fingers should not extend below the hem of your shorts or skirt.
  • Any provocative or revealing clothing; whether by design, alteration or wear.
  • Clothing with offensive or alarming graphics, printing, or designs.
  • Bulky clothing such as: hooded sweatshirts, heavy sweaters, coats, jackets.
  • Visitors with inappropriate clothing may be asked to change into something more appropriate for the setting or may be denied the visit if no other clothing is available. This includes any apparel with holes or rips.

Visitation officers will make final determination in questions of inappropriate clothing.


Other visitation rules and information:

  • Inmates and visitors are subject to video and voice recording while in the visitation lobby and the visitation room.
  • An inmate can refuse your visit. The inmate does not have to supply a reason for their refusal of the visit. If an inmate refuses your visit, you will have to leave.
  • No photographs, letters, mail, or other objects are allowed into the visiting room.
  • Baby diapers cannot be changed in the visitation room or lobby. Changing tables are located in the men's and women's rooms.
  • Anyone may leave money for an inmate at the commissary kiosk located in the entrance vestibule of the visitation area.  The kiosk is available seven days per week, 24-hours per day. 
  • Clothing and other approved property can be dropped off on Monday through Friday 7am - 7pm only. Follow the directions located on the right side wall of the Visitation foyer.
  • You may deliver two books for an inmate on the first Thursday of every month between the hours of 7:00 AM 11:00 AM. Books will not be accepted at any other time.
  • A visit will be terminated and visiting privileges denied, restricted or revoked if any rules or regulations are violated.

Clergy Visits:

  • Clergy visits may be made upon request.
  • Clergy visit time will not be counted toward the inmate's regular visiting time for the week.
  • Clergy must present credentials and proper identification.
  • All rules of conduct, contraband and clothing apply.

Professional Visits:

  • Visits with attorneys, social workers, law enforcement officials and other authorized professionals are held seven days per week, from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • Professional visits are not limited in time, but all inmates are required to be present in their housing unit from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Professional visits do not need to be scheduled in advance, but a phone call to verify the availability of the inmate may save an unnecessary trip.
  • Professional visit time will not be counted toward the inmates regular visiting time for the week.
  • Professional visitors must present credentials and proper identification. All rules of conduct, contraband and clothing apply.