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Elmira Correctional Facility

Elmira Correctional Facility

1879 Davis St, Elmira, New York 14901

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(607) 734-3901
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Elmira Correctional Facility Visiting Information:

Visitation by family and friends is encouraged and can be a positive influence during an inmate’s time in prison, as well as after the inmate’s release. Research has shown that an inmate who receives regular visitation adjusts much better once he or she is released from prison.

Directions and Mileage

Correctional facilities are sometimes hard to find and may take longer to reach than you originally anticipated. Please refer to the addresses of state correctional facilities. The DOCS website gives directions to correctional facilities from Albany, New York. Directions may also be obtained through Map Quest on the internet or by calling the correctional facility.

Who can visit

With little exception, anyone can visit an inmate, as long as it is during visiting hours, the visitor has proper identification, and the inmate agrees to the visit. Visitors are required to sign a statement indicating that they have been advised of and agree to abide by the rules and regulations regarding visiting.

Make sure you know how many visitors may visit at one time. Each facility is different. Sometimes special arrangements for extra visitors can be made through the Superintendent’s Office, with several weeks or a month’s notice. You can call the facility to find out about special arrangements.

Special Permission Visitors

The following individuals can only visit with special permission:

A person who is currently under Parole or Probation supervision.
A Department employee.
A current, active volunteer for the Department.
A current contract employee.
A person with pending or past criminal proceedings may be denied pending approval by the Superintendent.
If any of these conditions applies to you, permission should be sought by writing to the Superintendent well in advance. You must do this and receive approval before you can visit. The Superintendent may deny visiting privileges to visitors with criminal histories if they feel that the visitor’s presence could create a threat to the security and good order of the facility. Criteria to be considered shall include, but not be limited to, the purpose of the proposed visit, the former institutional adjustment of the ex-inmate, the nature of the pending criminal proceeding, and the time frame between release and the proposed visit. NOTE: In addition to the Superintendent’s approval, Probationers and Parolees also need written approval from their Probation or Parole Officer.

Visiting Days and Times



Except in cases of emergency and instances of termination, suspension, or revocation of the visitor’s privileges, the number, length and frequency of visits by each visitor will be limited only as necessary to accommodate all visitors who arrive during the scheduled visiting time.

Visiting days and times are different for each facility. They are influenced by the security level and population concerns of the facility. At many facilities, you may only visit on certain days of the week, for example, by last name (A-L) (M-Z) or by the inmate’s DIN. As a general rule, maximum security facilities have visiting on a daily basis. Medium and minimum security facilities have visiting on weekends and holidays. Work Release facilities have visiting for inmates in restriction units only. Shock Incarceration inmates have visiting every other weekend. PLEASE NOTE: Inmates designated as SHU status (Special Housing Unit) are limited to one visit per week, excluding legal visits that have been approved. Contact the facility for the specific visiting schedule.

Visiting hours vary by facility, but generally they begin at 7:30 am and end at 3:00 pm. Some may even include evening hours. Many visiting rooms become very crowded and often visitors are told they must leave because there are others waiting to get in. It is good to learn, in advance, as much as possible about the facility you are going to visit.

Contact the facility prior to your initial visit to determine the visiting policy.

Elmira Correctional Facility Additional information:

How to Send Money To an Inmate:

Anyone may send funds to prisoner’s Commissary accounts using the U.S. Postal Service and Western Union.

Via U.S. Postal Service: An inmate’s family and friends can choose to send prisoners money by way of postal mail and have to send it to the address below and do so in accordance with the steps given below:

The money have to be in the form of a money order that is made out to the prisoner’s full committed name and complete eight-digit register number. You should use a U.S. Postal Service money order, since all non-postal money orders that are processed through the National Lockbox will be subject to a 15-day hold period, during which the prisoner will not get the deposit. The Bureau of Prisons will return funds that don’t have appropriate prisoner info but only if the envelope you sent it in has a valid return address. Personal checks and cash can’t be accepted for deposit so do not send checks or cash.



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16 Responses to Elmira Correctional Facility

  1. Heather Millis September 9, 2012 at 2:11 pm #

    What can i put in a care package for one of your inmates?

    • PrisonPath September 9, 2012 at 2:30 pm #


      Please go to our section on state prisons and click New York. Then click Elmira Correctional Facility. Then use the link on that page for the Elmira prison web site. You will see on the left side of that page, inmates information. Click on packages to inmates, Directive 1911, for the restrictions and requirements for packages to inmates.

    • Patricia Freeman January 16, 2019 at 3:12 pm #

      Hello my name is Patricia my son is currently doing a stint, i want to know what colors can he have and what colors can’t he have, Also i would like to know if he can have canned goods. thank you for your help in advance..

  2. PrisonPath March 17, 2013 at 4:13 pm #

    In response to the many questions about telephone communications with your loved one locked up in New York state prisons, please note the following:


    The Department’s “Call-Home” program allows inmates to make phone calls as a way to maintain contact with family and friends. The inmate may only call you collect. This means you will have to pay for the call.

    An inmate is only permitted to call persons on their approved telephone list and may only have up to 15 telephone numbers on their approved list at any time. Phone numbers may only be added or deleted at the request of the inmate. This is generally done on a quarterly basis when the inmate meets with his or her assigned Correction Counselor. If, however, you do not wish to receive telephone calls from an inmate, you need to notify the facility, in writing, and your name will be entered on the inmate’s Negative Correspondence and Telephone List. The inmate will be immediately notified in writing that you have been removed from his/her “Telephone List” and that disciplinary action may be taken if the telephone is used in any manner to contact you. In addition, your telephone number will be removed from the telephone system.

    According to the type of facility, inmates are generally permitted to make phone calls every day, including holidays, between the hours of 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM. A schedule for phone calls will be established. Calls will automatically be terminated when the facility specific time limit has been reached, preceded by a warning. No call shall exceed 30 minutes. When other inmates are waiting to place calls, a 10 minute limit may be imposed.

    PROHIBITED CALLS: The following rules are some of the restrictions you should be aware of regarding calls made by inmates:

    No inmate may place a telephone call to the residence of a victim of the crime(s) for which he / she has been convicted, or is presently under indictment, regardless of whether immediate family members maintain the same residence, unless prior written authorization has been received from the Superintendent.

    No inmate may call the phone number of any person listed on a court Order of Protection which prohibits telephone communication, unless the order specifically states that the inmate is not prohibited from communication by phone with another person at that same phone number.

    Inmates are prohibited from making telephone calls for the purpose of harassing or intimidating any person. Staff and inmates are advised that such telephone calls may violate Federal and/or State laws. Facility Superintendents shall report serious and/or continuing telephone calls of this nature to the proper law enforcement authorities.

    Inmate telephone calls and telephone conversations are restricted to the telephone number dialed or otherwise placed by or for the inmate. Telephone call forwarding, third party phone calls, and calls to 1-800 numbers are prohibited. Inmates are also prohibited from placing calls to wireless communication devices (i.e., cellular or PCS phone, pagers, etc.). Inmates will be subject to disciplinary action should they violate these rules.

    PLEASE NOTE: All inmate telephone conversations are subject to electronic monitoring and/or recording by Department personnel.

  3. Arthur R Foster March 18, 2013 at 7:01 pm #

    how can I send a package to a inmate

    • PrisonPath March 18, 2013 at 7:59 pm #

      Hi Arthur,

      Please note the following information about packages and mail:

      All mail that you receive from an inmate should be well marked with the inmate’s DIN and correctional facility address and other clear indications that the letter is from a correctional facility.


      This booklet was put together as a broad guideline. Each facility is different. For specific information, contact the facility in question. Generally speaking, inmates may receive a package through the mail or at a visit from anyone who is not on a negative correspondence or negative vendor list. A package which does not have a return address will not be delivered to the inmate.

      At most correctional facilities, inmates are allowed two food packages per month, and the combined weight can not exceed 35 pounds (see exceptions for TV facilities). Food packages received from both visitors, and through the mail, shall be included in the two-package limit. Food items must be commercially or hermetically sealed and contain no alcohol. For exceptions, please review the list of allowable items.

      Additional packages containing non-food items such as clothing, tobacco, etc. may be received by an inmate and shall not be counted against the food package limit.

      Be advised, there are limits on the amount of personal property an inmate may accumulate based on physical and/or programmatic considerations. There are also restrictions on color of clothing.

      Exceptions to the above package rules exist for inmates in Special Housing Units (SHU), inmates on “loss of package” sanctions, “reception”, or “in-transit” status, Shock, Drug Treatment Centers, CASAT, and Work Release Centers. For example, no packages may be received at any time by an inmate in SHU except books, periodicals, and legal materials. For specific information about these special populations, contact the facility in question.

      Additionally, an inmate who is located in a “TV Facility” may only receive 2 food packages per calendar year from family, friends, or other personal sources, as well as items ordered directly by the inmate from approved vendors. These packages may only contain food items and may not exceed 20 pounds.

      The following facilities are classified as “TV Facilities”:

      Five Points
      Southport Cadre
      Great Meadow
      Upstate Cadre

  4. Laura April 18, 2013 at 12:10 am #

    What time do visiting hours begin on the weekend?

  5. sharon May 16, 2013 at 1:16 pm #

    i been tring to get an number so i can but money on inmate
    please send iy yo me at sharon3768@yahoo.com

  6. Mark December 4, 2013 at 12:13 pm #

    how can I send a package to an inmate for the holidays?

  7. stacy April 12, 2015 at 4:23 pm #

    how do I send a western union to an inmate for his commissary acount

  8. tammy davis July 8, 2015 at 10:54 pm #

    how do I put money on an inmates commissary account

  9. PrisonPath July 8, 2015 at 11:32 pm #

    Hi Tammy,

    Please note the following information:


    Offenders are not permitted to physically possess money while they are incarcerated. This includes paper money and coins. In order to allow offenders to buy things they need or want, their money is held in their offender account. Jobs, assignments and gifts from family and friends are the usual sources for these funds. The offender can use the money in their account to buy items from the commissary or send money home.

    You need to know that often there are court surcharges, fees, or other encumbrances that offenders may have that are unpaid. Monies coming in from the outside will be applied to those outstanding obligations. Other than the offender’s incentive wage, funds may not be available for commissary and other items until these obligations are satisfied.

    Preferably, money should be sent in the form of a money order or a certified check. It is recommended that you do not send cash or a personal check. Personal checks may take longer to clear. Please include the offender’s DIN as well as your name and complete address on the check or money order. Unidentified money coming into the facility through the mail will be treated as contraband. Visitors may also leave money.

    Offenders receive a monthly print-out of their account balances. Any questions that you may have regarding the offender’s account should be directed to the offender. He/she has access to that information in

  10. Rachel C December 2, 2018 at 12:48 am #

    Hello, my friend was transferred from county jail to Elmira, he is in the reception area, how long before he shows in the inmate lookup tool so I can set up a Jpay account to send him money, it’s been 3 days already and he called me but he’s not showing up in the system.. help please!

  11. Haseeb January 25, 2019 at 10:47 pm #

    Can we call the inmates?

  12. DestinyWilliams March 9, 2019 at 8:26 pm #

    I Have a questions if an inmate just got there how long before they can have a visit

  13. Lilly Branson March 14, 2019 at 5:12 pm #

    Hi there,

    how can I send an inmate at Elmira jail certain kind of music without violating the package laws as electronic musical instruments and such aren’t allowed as CD-player isn’t allowed either and so on. I would just send him a small mp3-player with everything on it. If that isn’t possible can someone tell another way?

    Kind regards

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