Yates County Jail
227 Main Street Public Safety Building
Penn Yan, New York 14527-1720
Phone: 315-536-5175 Fax: 315-536-5121
Lt. Clay Rugar
Lieutenant Clay Rugar started with the Yates County Sheriff’s Office in August of 1985 as a Full Time Corrections Officer. He rose to the rank of Corrections Sergeant and then First Sergeant. He currently is Corrections Lieutenant/Jail Administrator.
While employed by this agency, he has completed many schools including Basic Corrections School, Supervisors Schools, Instructor Development School from both the Commission of Correction and The Bureau of Municipal Police, Defensive Tactics Instructor as well as attending numerous New York State Jail Administrators’ Conferences. He is also a member of the Yates County Fire Investigation Team and has an A.A.S. Degree from Monroe Community College.
A life long resident of Yates County, he lives in Dundee with his wife Faye.
The Yates County Jail is part of the Public Safety Building and has a maximum capacity of sixty-five inmates. The design of the Jail is known as Linear Design. This means that the inmates are placed in individual cells with a open area in front of the cells called a Bull Pen Area.
The Jail consists of seven cell blocks capable of housing four inmates, two cell blocks capable of housing two inmates, four Isolation cells, a Dormitory with the capability of housing nineteen inmates and a Trusty Dormitory capable of housing six inmates.
The Jail is governed by NEW YORK CORRECTION LAW oversight provided by the New York State Commission of Correction Minimum Standards. Originally, when the Jail opened in May of 1977, the maximum capacity was only forty inmates. But with renovations and expansions to the Jail over the years, the present capacity was raised to the present maximum capacity of sixty-five inmates.
The Jail houses inmates committed by a judge in Yates County are housed at the Jail. The Jail also houses Boarded Inmates. These inmates are male and female inmates sentenced by other counties or outside agencies such as United States Marshall Services and Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). Also within the county jail is a four cell lock up to house pre- arraignment detainees. These people have not yet appeared before a judge and therefore are not yet committed to the facility.
Supervision of the inmates is accomplished by the Correction Officers walking through the blocks. This is done within a certain time frame throughout the day and night. Video cameras are also used for security and for supervision of inmates. Cameras are in every cellblock, hallways, the classroom and exercise areas.
Exercise is provided for the inmates seven hours a week. The inmates have an outside exercise area during good weather and an inside exercise area for inclement weather for their exercise period.