Please note: ALL visitations at the Albany County Jail have been canceled until further notice.
The Albany County Correctional Facility constructed in 1931, is located on Albany Shaker Road in the Town of Colonie, provides detention for arrested individuals as ordered by the courts within the County. These Courts include Local Justice Courts, Superior Courts and Federal Courts.
The Correctional Facility is one of the largest County Correctional Facilities in the State of New York. The Facility has a maximum of 1043 beds, providing custody for local, state and federal prisoners. The current staff of 420 for both sworn officers and civilians maintains the day-to-day operations of the Facility. During the past year, over 7000 prisoners were admitted to the Facility. The average daily population has exceeded 800 inmates over the past year.
Albany County Correctional Facility
840 Albany Shaker Road
Albany NY 12211
In Person: You can deposit money in the lobby kiosk 24/7. The lobby kiosk will accept cash, Mastercard or Visa.
Online: Visit accesscorrections.com. You can also call 1 (866) 345-1884 to deposit money over the phone. The online site and the phone deposits must be made by Mastercard or Visa.
To select and order a care package online to be delivered to the inmate, visit: www.MyCarePack.com.
Effective July 22, 2019 all incoming prisoner correspondence (other than privileged correspondence - legal mail) is to be addressed to:
CO Corrections Mail
11 New Karner Road
Guilderland, N.Y. 12084
All prisoner correspondence to this location will be processed there being opened and inspected solely to ensure the absence of contraband. It will then be scanned and made available on the facility tablet to the individual prisoner it was intended for, accessible by an individual account created by the prisoner.
Any mail received at the Correctional Facility postmarked July 22, 2019 or later will be returned to sender.
ALL visitations at the Albany County Jail have been canceled until further notice.
All visitors are subject to the facility’s rules and regulations. Violation of such could result in termination of, or denial of, a visit. All visitors must pass through a scanner. Failure to properly clear scanner will result in denial of entry. The only item that may be in the possession of a visitor is the facility locker key. No other items allowed beyond the lobby area.
Nothing may be given to an inmate during a visit.
Identification Requirements: All visitors must present proper identification in order to visit an inmate. Such identification must include visitor's name, address, photograph, date of birth, and signature. Acceptable forms of ID: Valid driver’s license, or non-driver ID, U.S. Armed Services ID, or passport. Visitors under the age of 18 must have their birth certificate and be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. If not, the accompanying adult must possess a notarized letter from the parent or legal guardian authorizing such a visit. The letter must include the parent or legal guardian's name, address, and telephone number, the reason for the visit, the date and time of such visit, and the name of the inmate to be visited.
Securus Video Visitation allows you more convenient access to visit with your incarcerated loved ones. Depending on facility availability, you can either pre-schedule your Onsite Visit or schedule to visit your loved one from anywhere using the free Securus app, computer or tablet.
|Administrative Support Staff
|Inmate Services Unit
|Mental Health Unit
The Inmate Services Unit implements, coordinates, and monitors facility programs. By utilizing facility programs and community resources, Inmate Service Unit Staff attempt where appropriate, to encourage change in the inmate's lifestyle in effort to promote self-awareness, elevate morale, stimulate intellect, maintain/elevate dignity and prevent recidivism.
Inmate Service Unit Staff conduct intake interviews with newly admitted inmates. The intake interview extracts personal and family background, criminal and incarceration history, alcohol/other drug use, as well as medical and mental health concerns. The findings of the intake interview assist Inmate Service Unit Staff in developing an initial course of strategy toward appropriate inmate interaction and program recommendations.
A Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor is on staff to conduct alcohol/other drug assessments, assist with inmate diversions to community treatment programs, facilitate community reintegration for the county sentenced inmate, and assist in coordination of self-help meetings and the Intensive Corrections Addictions Residential Education Program.
Facility Clergy are available to lead weekly religious services, visit inmate housing units, conduct individual consultations and work with inmate families/significant others.
VINELink is an online resource that allows you to search for information regarding an offender incarcerated in the New York City Department of Correction, New York State Department of Correctional Services, and 60 County Correctional Facilities. If you want to be notified of an offenders release from incarceration you can also register to be notified by phone call or email.
The Corrections Training Unit oversees all training within the Facility.
Instructors at the Correctional Facility are both New York State Commission of Correction and the New York State Office of Public Safety certified and are certified to instruct both Corrections and Law Enforcement Personnel.
The unit is in charge of coordinating on-going training for the correctional staff, which includes 420 sworn officers and civilians.
The facility-training unit has hosted 25 regional Basic Training Academies and has graduated more than 500 sworn officers.
Correction Officers and Supervisors receive annual training in Firearms, Penal Law (physical and deadly physical force), Pepper Spray, First aid / CPR / AED, Hazardous Communications, and Fire Safety.
The United States Department of Justice adopted the National PREA Standards to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to sexual abuse and sexual harassment in juvenile detention, prisons and/or jails, lockups, and community confinement facilities.
The Albany County Sheriff’s Office has actively been implementing the PREA standards through policy, education, and good working strategies with the goal of preventing sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment in its facilities.
The Albany County Sheriff’s Office has zero tolerance toward all forms of sexual abuse and sexual harassment involving any employee, volunteer, contractor, Inmate and/or detainee. All reports of sexual abuse, sexual harassment, and any possible retaliation for reporting sexual abuse or sexual harassment will be thoroughly and objectively investigated to completion.
Third-party reporting of sexual abuse and sexual harassment can be made 24 hours a day to the Albany County Sheriff’s Office Communications Centers at (518) 765-2351.
A delay in reporting an incident will place the safety of any inmate or detainee in jeopardy and make the investigation of the incident far more difficult.
Annual statistical data reports will be available for public display at the Albany County Correctional Facility, on the Information Board located in the visitor lobby.
On June 20, 2012, the Department of Justice officially published the finale PREA standards for the four types of facilities: Juvenile Detention, Prisons and/or Jails, Lockups, and Community Confinement Facilities.