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Tompkins County Sheriff's Office
Public Safety Building
779 Warren Road
Ithaca, NY 14850

Derek R. Osborne, Sheriff 
Business Office: (607) 257-1345

Non-Emergency Number:
(607) 272-2444 

Emergency Number:911
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Visitation Rules

  • You are expected to conduct yourself with appropriate behavior. Both inmate and visitor are required to remain seated at all times.
  • You may BRIEFLY kiss the inmate upon the start and end of your visit.
  • Inmates will not sit and hold children at any time. 
  • There will be no cross visiting between visiting parties.
  • No items will be brought into the visiting room (infants and toddlers will be allowed to have a pacifier). 
  • There will be no passing of any items from visitor to inmate and vice versa.
  • Conversations will be held at normal tones.  Shouting, yelling and using obscene language will not be tolerated and your visit will be terminated immediately.
  • Visitors will wear proper clothing.  NO midriff bearing clothing such as cut-off t-shirts or spaghetti string tops will be allowed. No coats, hooded sweatshirts, or any other items deemed inappropriate by jail staff will be permitted into the visitation room. No jewelry except for wedding rings, religious medallions and medical alert ID bracelets. Nothing in your hair including hair ties, clips, ribbons, etc. nothing in your mouth including gum, candy food, etc. nothing in your pockets or clothing including cigarettes, lighters, money, keys, papers, etc. Visitor lockers are provided in the lobby to store those personal items not allowed into the visitation room. One (1) Quarter coin(25 cents) is needed to utilize the locker(as a deposit) and will be returned upon return of the locker key. All personal property is to be secured prior to entry/sign-in for visitation. The Tompkins County Jail is not responsible for any lost or stolen items left in the facility.
  • Visitors may leave money for an inmate using the cashier machine located in the lobby of the jail.  A receipt will be issued to you from the machine.
  • If you are found in possession of contraband as defined by this facility, you will be charged criminally and/or may lose the privilege to visit this facility.


A person is guilty of promoting prison contraband when he/she knowingly and unlawfully introduces any contraband into the jail (Punishable as a Class A Misdemeanor or a Class D Felony per the NYS Penal Law).

This includes, but is not limited to weapons, drugs, fire starting devices, and tobacco. If you have any questions, you must raise them with Corrections staff prior to entering our facility.