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Ogdensburg Correctional Facility

One Correction Way, Ogdensburg, New York 13669

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(315) 393-0281
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medium

Ogdensburg 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

BEFORE YOU VISIT, MAKE SURE YOU KNOW THE VISITING SCHEDULE.

BE THERE ON THE CORRECT DAY !!!!!!!!!!

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.

Ogdensburg Correctional Facility Additional information:

Writing to Inmates at Ogdensburg Correctional Facility:

Generally, correspondence is allowed and encouraged. The sending and receiving of mail by offenders will be restricted only to the extent necessary to prevent a threat to the safety and security of the facility, or the safety or well being of any person, and to prevent unsolicited and unwanted mail. PLEASE NOTE: No offender may correspond with any person who is on his/her negative correspondence list. No offender may correspond with any person who is listed on a court Order of Protection which prohibits such correspondence.

People sending mail into the correctional facility are personally responsible for the contents of their mail. Offenders and all correspondents are advised that sending obscene, threatening, or fraudulent materials through the mail may be a crime under state and federal laws. The Department will urge prosecution whenever such mail is brought to its attention. Unauthorized items shall either be returned to the sender at the expense of the offender, or otherwise disposed of. Such will be the choice of the offender and accomplished at the offender’s expense. PLEASE NOTE: Dangerous contraband will not be returned.

All mail sent to the offender must be clearly marked with the offender’s name, DIN and return address in the left top corner of the envelope. Envelopes may include your personal letters and photographs. Do NOT send nude photographs or Polaroid photos. Do NOT send postage stamps or letters from other people, except children. A limit of 5 pages of printed or photocopied materials (an individual newspaper clipping will be considered one page) may be received within a piece of regular correspondence. (Note the following exception in the next paragraph). In order to facilitate media review, pages or clippings must not be taped, glued, or pasted together or to other papers.

Not to exceed once every four months, an offender may make a written request to the Superintendent to receive in excess of 5 pages of printed or photocopied legal papers specifically related to his or her current legal matter (e.g., legal brief or trial transcript relating to the offender’s active case) within a piece of regular correspondence. If approved, the piece of correspondence must be received within 30 days thereafter.

All incoming mail will be opened and inspected for cash, checks, money orders, printed or photocopied materials, or contraband. Monies are credited to the offender’s account. Please note that printed or photocopied materials may delay the offender receiving the letter due to Media Review procedures. Again, postage stamps are not allowed.

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

Duration:

No time limit unless space availability is limited.

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  1. amanda says:

    trying to find out visiting hours

    • PrisonPath says:

      Hi Amanda,

      On our Ogdensburg prison page, there is a link to the prison web site. On the prison site,there is an entire section that covers visitation. On our page, there is an ad for inmate dog tag necklaces,let us know what you think of the ad?

  2. kathleen says:

    i need to know visiting times and days, i also need to know what i can bring my loved one as far as a package goes, color of under clothes and sweats and also how many ponds of food he is allowed and how often it can be recieved. thanks

    • PrisonPath says:

      Hi Kathleen,

      Please note the following New York rules re: visitation and this link from New York Correctional System for your other questions,

      Making a better visiting
      experience for you and your
      family.

      Introduction
      Visitation is a privilege which greatly enhances an offender’s ability to be successful upon release from custody when the privilege is used to maintain a positive relationship.

      In addition to enhancing the safety of our correctional facilities, DOCCS wants to ensure that visiting is family friendly and the visiting experience for offenders and their loved ones is positive.
      Appropriate discipline of the few offenders and visitors who violate the visiting rules will enhance the benefits to the many that use their visiting privileges in a positive way.

      Identification
      Effective October 1, 2012, all adult visitors will be required to present photo identification when being processed to visit an offender in DOCCS. Your photograph may also be taken for a visitor identification system pilot project.
      Acceptable forms of photo identification must be valid, and current (not expired) and may include:

      A driver’s license with photo;
      A Department of Motor Vehicles non-driver photo identification;
      Government issued photo identification;
      Armed Services I.D. with photo;
      Employment identification with a photo.

      To ensure faster processing, it is recommended that you use the same identification at every visit, regardless of who you are visiting and where.

      Lawyers and other persons entering for official visits can use:

      Government issued employee photo identification.
      A court issued employee picture identification or a Unified Court System attorney secure pass identification card.

      Visitor Processing/Searches
      Visitor processing has not changed, but we have clarified our rules.

      All persons entering a correctional facility are subject to search, as a condition of entry; and any visitor who refuses to comply with any search procedure will not be permitted entry into the correctional facility.

      Substance Detection/Ion Scan
      Visitors may be subject to random ion scanning or other non-intrusive test for detection of drugs and explosives.

      A substance detection/ion scanner test is a search using a handheld collection unit to take surface samples from the person’s hands, clothing, personal items, purses/handbags, packages or any other articles.
      A positive test result may occur when a person has come into contact with drugs or explosives (knowingly or unknowingly), whether the person has used that substance or not.
      If the test is positive, a second test of the same area is done. A confirmed positive test or test refusal will result in the denial of entry into any correctional facility for 2 consecutive days.

      Metal Detector
      You will have to pass through a metal detector.

      Clothing containing metal (e.g. decorative buckles, buttons or studs) or wire, including, but not limited to underwire bras, may cause the metal detector to alert and require further processing.
      If you wear clothing containing metal, you may have to go through a limited visual search, personal item search, or strip search before entry into the facility will be permitted.
      If you choose not to go through the additional search, your visit will be denied. Your decision to decline to be searched will not affect future visits.
      Special processing arrangements can be made for visitors with a pacemaker or defibrillator, or for those who require assistance to ambulate (e.g., a wheelchair or crutches), and are unable to pass through the walk through metal detector.

      Limited Visual/Personal Item
      If a metal detector alerts and the visitor cannot reveal or remove the detected object due to its personal nature, staff may pursue several search options.

      If you do not want to be searched, you will be allowed to leave. Deciding to leave instead of being searched will not hurt your ability to visit in the future.

      Limited Visual Search
      A limited visual search is a search done in a private area where an officer or staff member of the same sex will visually inspect the area in question.

      The visitor will lift any clothing or under garments necessary, to show the staff that no contraband is hidden on the visitor’s person in the area in question. If a staff member of the same sex is not available, a personal item search is used instead.

      Personal Item Search
      A search of personal items may be conducted as an alternative to a limited visual search or when a staff member of the same sex is not available.

      The visitor is allowed to enter a private area or room to remove items of a personal nature including braces, underwire bras, etc., and given a paper bag in which to place the personal items.
      The visitor is also allowed to wear a large white shirt as an outer covering during reprocessing procedures. The visitor will be reprocessed via a hand scanner or walk-through metal detector. The bag and its contents shall be discreetly inspected for contraband.

      Strip Searches
      If a visitor to a correctional facility has complied with all of the search processes and a supervisor determines that further processing is warranted, the superintendent or the officer of the day may authorize a consensual strip search after reviewing the matter.

      The superintendent must have reasonable cause to believe that contraband is concealed upon the person, based upon specific and explainable facts and inferences reasonably drawn from those facts.
      The visitor has the option to submit to the requested search procedure or to refuse.
      If a visitor refuses to submit to a strip search the visit will be denied.
      Refusing to submit to a strip search is not proof of guilt and future visits cannot be denied because you refused a strip search.

      Religious Apparel
      A visitor is not routinely required to remove religious headwear during search procedures. However, if staff determines, following the use of the hand scanner, that removal of the headwear or any other item of religious apparel is necessary, the item shall be removed in a private area in the presence of a security or civilian staff member of the same sex. If there is no staff member of the same sex on duty, and the visitor still refuses or cannot remove the item due to its religious significance in the visitor processing area, the visit will be denied.

      Contraband
      Do not bring weapons, drugs, alcohol, cell phones, memory cards and other prohibited items into the correctional facility. If you do, you may lose your visiting privileges. You may also be arrested and criminally prosecuted.

      Do not give anything (money, identification, medicine, etc.) to an offender without permission from staff.
      Do not hold anything for another visitor or an offender.

      Clothing
      Visitors should wear clothing that enhances a family atmosphere. Inappropriate clothing will result in you being denied entry into the facility.
      Please wear:

      Complete attire with appropriate undergarments.
      Comfortable footwear (bare feet are not allowed).
      Weather appropriate attire when necessary.

      Prohibited Dress

      See-through (sheer) clothing, bare midriffs or backs.
      Plunging necklines, short shorts or athletic shorts.
      Shorts or skirts shorter than mid-thigh length are not allowed.
      Bathing suits.
      Attire displaying obscene/offensive, derogatory language or drawings; or promoting illegal activity.

      NOTE: Clothing containing metal (e.g. decorative buckles, buttons or studs) or wire, including, but not limited to underwire bras, may cause the metal detector to alert and you may have to go through a strip search or limited visual search before your visit will be permitted.

  3. PrisonPath says:

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

    TELEPHONE CALLS

    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.

  4. Jennifer says:

    What is the website to get information about visitations and packages and such???

    • PrisonPath says:

      Hi Jennifer,

      For information about visitation and other questions regarding Ogdensburg Correctional facility, click this link.
      For information about prison life, click this link.