1. The Laws of New York
  2. Consolidated Laws
  3. Correction
  4. Article 20: Local Correctional Facilities


Section 500-A Use of jails

Correction (COR)

1. Each county jail shall be used:

  (a) For the detention of persons duly committed to secure their attendance as witnesses in any criminal case;

  (b) For the detention of persons charged with crime, and committed for trial or examination;

  (c) For the detention of persons awaiting the availability of a court, pursuant to the provisions of section 210.10, subdivision two of section 530.70 or subdivision two of section 410.40 of the criminal procedure law;

  (d) For the confinement of persons duly committed for any contempt, or upon civil process;

  (e) For the confinement of persons convicted of any offense and sentenced to imprisonment therein, or awaiting transportation under sentence to imprisonment in another county;

  (f) For the confinement of persons during any proceedings pursuant to article ten of the mental hygiene law.

  * (g) For the confinement of persons committed pursuant to an agreement authorized by section five hundred-o of this article.

  * NB Repealed September 1, 2023

  2. The Onondaga county jail may also be used for the detention of persons under arrest being held for arraignment.

  2-a. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the city council of the city of Elmira may enter into an agreement with the county of Chemung by which the county, through its facilities at the Chemung county jail, shall undertake to provide services pertaining to the confinement of individuals arrested or detained by police officers or other law enforcement officers within the city of Elmira who have been detained and are awaiting arraignment or initial court appearances.

  2-b. The Erie county holding center and the Erie county correctional facility may also be used for the detention of persons under arrest being held for arraignment.

  2-c. The Yates county jail may also be used for the detention of persons under arrest being held for arraignment in any court located in the county of Yates.

  * 2-d. Notwithstanding any other law, rule or regulation to the contrary, the Cortland county jail may also be used for the detention of persons under arrest and being held for arraignment in any court located in the county of Cortland.

  * NB There are 2 sb 2-d's

  * 2-d. The Putnam county jail may also be used for the detention of persons under arrest being held for arraignment in any court located in the county of Putnam.

  * NB There are 2 sb 2-d's

  2-e. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the city of Rochester may enter into an agreement with the county of Monroe by which the county, through its facilities at the Monroe county jail, shall undertake to provide services pertaining to the confinement of individuals arrested or detained by police officers or other law enforcement officers within the city of Rochester who have been detained and are awaiting arraignment or initial court appearances.

  2-f. The Warren county jail may also be used for the detention of persons under arrest being held for arraignment in any court located in the county of Warren.

  * 2-g. The Niagara county jail may also be used for the detention of persons under arrest being held for arraignment in any court located in the county of Niagara.

  * NB There are 2 sb 2-g's

  * 2-g. The Genesee county jail may also be used for the detention of persons under arrest being held for arraignment in any court located in the county of Genesee.

  * NB There are 2 sb 2-g's

  2-h. The Allegany county correctional facility may also be used for the detention of persons under arrest being held for arraignment in any court located in the county of Allegany.

  2-i. The Seneca county correctional facility may also be used for the detention of persons under arrest being held for arraignment in any court located in the county of Seneca.

  * 2-j. The Montgomery county correctional facility may also be used for the detention of persons under arrest being held for arraignment in any court located in the county of Montgomery.

  * NB There are 2 sb 2-j's

  * 2-j. The Chautauqua county correctional facility may also be used for the detention of persons under arrest being held for arraignment in any court located in the county of Chautauqua.

  * NB There are 2 sb 2-j's

  2-k. The Ontario county correctional facility may also be used for the detention of persons under arrest being held for arraignment in any court located in the county of Ontario.

  2-l. The Albany county correctional facility may also be used for the detention of persons under arrest being held for arraignment in any court located in the county of Albany.

  2-m. The Jefferson county correctional facility may also be used for the detention of persons under arrest being held for arraignment in any court located in the county of Jefferson.

  * 2-n. The Livingston county correctional facility may also be used for the detention of persons under arrest being held for arraignment in any local court in the county of Livingston.

  * NB There are 2 sb 2-n's

  * 2-n. The Schenectady county correctional facility may also be used for the detention of persons under arrest being held for arraignment in any court located in the county of Schenectady.

  * NB There are 2 sb 2-n's

  * 2-o. The Washington county correctional facility may also be used for the detention of persons under arrest being held for arraignment in any court located in the county of Washington.

  * NB There are 3 sb 2-o's

  * 2-o. The Fulton county correctional facility may also be used for the detention of persons under arrest being held for arraignment in any court located in the county of Fulton.

  * NB There are 3 sb 2-o's

  * 2-o. The Orleans county jail may also be used for the detention of persons under arrest being held for arraignment in any court located in the county of Orleans.

  * NB There are 3 sb 2-o's

  2-p. The Essex county correctional facility may also be used for the detention of persons under arrest being held for arraignment in any court located in the county of Essex.

  2-q. The Oneida county correctional facility may also be used for the detention of persons under arrest being held for arraignment in any court located in the county of Oneida.

  2-r. The Otsego county jail may also be used for the detention of persons under arrest being held for arraignment in any court located in the county of Otsego.

  * 2-s. The Steuben county correctional facility may also be used for the detention of persons under arrest being held for arraignment in any court located in the county of Steuben.

  * NB There are 4 sb 2-s's

  * 2-s. The Wayne county correctional facility may also be used for the detention of persons under arrest being held for arraignment in any court located in the county of Wayne.

  * NB There are 4 sb 2-s's

  * 2-s. The Tioga county correctional facility may also be used for the detention of persons under arrest being held for arraignment in any court located in the county of Tioga.

  * NB There are 4 sb 2-s's

  * 2-s. The Broome county correctional facility may also be used for the detention of persons under arrest being held for arraignment in any court located in the county of Broome.

  * NB There are 4 sb 2-s's

  2-t. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, where the chief administrator of the courts establishes an off-hours arraignment part in a county in accordance with paragraph (w) of subdivision one of section two hundred twelve of the judiciary law, the county correctional facility may be used for the detention of persons who are eighteen years of age or older under arrest being held for arraignment in such part.

  3. The buildings, now used as jails of the counties of the state, shall continue to be the jails of those counties respectively, until other buildings have been designated or erected for that purpose, according to law.

  4. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a county jail may be used for the electronic acquisition and transmission of fingerprint and other identification records pursuant to article one hundred sixty of the criminal procedure law.