Niagara County Correctional Facility Programs/Services

 

Education: New York State mandates that all inmates under the age of 21 are afforded the opportunity to attend education classes while incarcerated. This program is administered by the Orleans Niagara BOCES in partnership with the Lockport City School District. Classes are held five days a week year round and students follow their regular High School curriculum or earn a High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma. Inmates over the age of 21 may participate in educational classes as seats are available to work towards the HSE diploma.

Health Services: As required by New York State, inmates receive access to comprehensive healthcare services while incarcerated. Health services provided include, but are not limited to medical care, emergency dental care, mental health services and pharmaceutical.

 

Legal Assistance:  All inmates are entitled to legal counsel. If an inmate cannot afford an attorney, Public Defender slips are available from the Correction Officer assigned to the housing area. An attorney may visit an inmate at any time not disruptive to the jail routine. All legal visits shall be done in accordance with the Niagara County Jail's security and housing policies.

No member of the Niagara County Sheriff's Office may act as a legal representative, attorney, counselor-at-law, legal advisor or paralegal on behalf of any inmate. Legal research materials are available and a jail law library is maintained as required by New York State for inmate use.

Notary Public services are available to each inmate as required by New York State. The Notary shall be available to inmates within one (1) business day after the services are requested.

Religious Services: Chapel services are available to all inmates who wish to participate. There are three denominations that regularly hold services or religious studies (Roman Catholic, Protestant & Muslim). There is a full time Jail Chaplain who coordinates all religious services and volunteer programs.

 

Funeral Considerations:  At the discretion of the Niagara County Sheriff's Office, an inmate may be transported to the hospital or funeral home when death of a loved one is imminent and/or after death has occurred. These visits are limited to immediate family only and include Mother, Father, Child, Brother, Sister, Husband, Wife, Grandparents or Grandchild, or Legal Guardian. When approved, inmates will be transported in leg irons and handcuffs for a private viewing not to exceed 30 minutes