Watertown Correctional Facility

Watertown Correctional Facility is a medium-security prison for male inmates that is operated by the New York Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. It is located in Watertown, New York, and can house approximately 900 inmates.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Visiting hours at Watertown Correctional Facility are on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays from 8:00 AM to 2:30 PM. You must arrive by 2:00 PM to visit with your inmate. For more detailed visiting information, click here.

Preparing for a visit

To prepare for your visit, confirm that your inmate has not been transferred and has visitation privileges. Remember to bring valid photo identification with you, and if you have made special arrangements with the facility, call before leaving to ensure that plans for your visit have been made and are in place.

If you are bringing a child and you are not the legal guardian or parent, be sure you have a notarized statement from the child’s parent or legal guardian.

Before leaving home, check your vehicle for contraband and/or hazardous items and be sure to remove these items before entering correctional facility grounds. 

Dress Code

Visitors should wear clothing that enhances a family atmosphere. The dress code requires visitors to wear complete modest attire with appropriate undergarments and comfortable footwear (bare feet are not allowed).

Inappropriate clothing will result in being denied entry into the facility. Please be sure to understand the dress code for visitors. It will help to have a change of clothing with you if you have any reservations about the clothes you are wearing.

Physical Address

Watertown Correctional Facility
23147 Swan Road
Watertown, NY 13601-9340

Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/nsbz2BxfBcKTozqo7

General Phone Number

​(315) 782-7490

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name, DOC Number
Watertown Correctional Facility
23147 Swan Road
Watertown, NY 13601-9340

Inmate mail may include personal letters (a maximum of five pages per envelope) and photographs. However, you are not allowed to send: nude photographs, Polaroid photos, postage stamps, and letters from other people, except children.

You can send your inmate both food and non-food packages. Food items must be commercially or hermetically sealed and contain no alcohol. Please review the list of allowable items before sending your package. 

How to Call an Inmate

Inmates at the Watertown Correctional Facility can’t receive incoming calls, but they do have access to phones during daytime hours to make outgoing calls. For complete details on how to call an inmate in New York, please click here.

How to Send Money

Visitors can leave cash, money orders, and checks in the visitor deposit lockbox located at Watertown Correctional Facility. In addition, DOCCS has contracted with JPay to offer additional ways for family and friends to deposit money.

Online and Mobile App
Log into the JPAY website to deposit money using your credit or debit card. Or, make deposits anytime, anywhere by downloading the free app at the APP STORE or GOOGLE PLAY.

Make deposits using a credit card by calling 1-800-574-5729.

Make deposits in person using cash at MoneyGram locations using Receive Code 1317.

A check or money order utilizing a JPay deposit slip can be mailed to the JPay Lockbox:
PO Box 531190
Miami, Florida 33153


Programs For Inmates

Watertown Correctional Facility offers the following inmate programs:

Adult Basic Education

The Adult Basic Education Program is provided to meet the needs of incarcerated individuals who have reading and math scores below the sixth grade level on the Department's selected standardized test in reading, mathematics, and language arts in the context of real life adult problems and situations.

Aggression Replacement Training (ART)

A cognitive behavioral intervention program designed to assist individuals in improving social skills, moral reasoning, coping with and reducing aggressive behavior through the use of self-regulating exercises and mindfulness.

Building Maintenance

The Building Maintenance program provides students with fundamental skills required to make minor repairs in carpentry, masonry, electricity, plumbing, and weatherization. This course prepares the student with entry-level skills as a building superintendent.

College Program

Through the Criminal Justice Investment Initiative, Watertown offers a Jefferson County Community College Associate's Degree in Individual Studies or Human Services.

Computer Information Technology Support

Students in the Computer Information Technology Support Program learn computer software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases and presentations. The goal of this program is to provide the student with entry level skills as a Computer User Support Specialist.

Culinary Arts

Students are instructed in baking bread and pastry, preparing all types of foods, kitchen sanitation and the proper procedures and techniques used in serving food. The goal of this course is to provide students with entry level skills in the food trades.

Custodial Maintenance

The Custodial Maintenance Course emphasizes custodial services, including floor care, carpet and fabric care, upholstery care, window care, restroom care, and the safe use and operation of power cleaning equipment and sanitation chemicals.

Electrical Trades

This course provides instruction in basic electricity with emphasis on installing and servicing of all types of residential and commercial wiring systems. Skills taught include code interpretation, installation, and servicing of circuits and controls, use of testing equipment, reading of architectural drawings, and wiring schematics.

Energy Technology

The focus of the Energy Technology course is on energy efficient practices that include wind and solar power. Students develop entry level skills in roofing, plumbing, and electrical with a focus on electrical theory, circuitry wiring, and the importance of weatherization. They also learn to use power tools and to follow general safety procedures.

The goal is to provide students with entry level skills for a position as a solar photovoltaic installer or an electrician's helper, which include roofing, plumbing, and electrical skills. 

Small Engine Repair

The Small Engine Repair course provides training in the repair and maintenance of lawn and garden equipment, recreational vehicles, and motorcycles. Students learn troubleshooting, including testing, diagnosis and repair. Skills taught include major engine overhaul, ignition testing and servicing, fuel system servicing and repair, mower blade replacement and servicing, power drive and transmitting systems, and understanding schematics and specifications.

Waste Management

The Waste Management Program provides recycling and organic waste diversion and avoided cost services for the Department and selected municipalities. The program employs up to 1100 incarcerated individuals at various levels in facilities and regional recycling processing centers in the state of New York. 

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Careers at Watertown Correctional Facility

If you are interested in a career with the New York Department of Corrections and Community Supervision and would like to work at the Watertown Correctional Facility, you can find out more information by clicking here.