Onondaga County Justice Center

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 View from Townsend St.  Front Entrance  View from S. State St.

The Patrick J. Corbett Justice Center, located in Syracuse, New York, is a direct-supervision maximum-security facility designed with state-of-the-art technology. The basic mission of this facility is to safely and securely house arrested, pre-trial, and Federal, State, and County inmates awaiting transfer to correctional facilities with an intention to positively impact those who are incarcerated and, consequently, our community. The Justice Center was designed after research and field visits to a number of facilities throughout the country. Beginning in 1990, a team of local and national architects and engineers worked closely with members of the Sheriff’s Office and other county agencies to develop construction documents. The groundbreaking began on April 6, 1992 and, subsequently, the Justice Center was opened on April 3, 1995. Many features of the Justice Center are modeled after other similar facilities around the country. For example, the Booking section is based on Boulder County Sheriff’s Jail (Boulder, Colorado) and the Housing units are similar to the ones in the Sonoma County Jail (Sonoma, California) and the Arlington County Jail (Arlington, Virginia), to name a few. While you won’t see any bars in this facility, all of the perimeter walls, as well as each security envelope wall, have reinforcement rods in each of the fully-grouted grout holes and all of the doors are 12-gauge steel and have industry standard security locks. In addition, there are many innovative technical features in use within the Justice Center to include:

  • Complete “touchscreen” controls for doors, intercoms, cameras, and personal duress alarms
  • Approximately 160 security cameras located throughout the inside and outside of the facility
  • Internal encoded and unencoded radio communications, M.R.D. and Syracuse Fire radio capabilities
  • Personal duress alarm on internal radio system
  • Portable telephones for deputies assigned to housing units
  • Electronic fire and smoke detection
  • Proximity card-reader for “non-perimeter” door control
  • Use of a Magnetometer for any visitor to the facility
  • Use of a High Scan X-ray Unit for any visitor’s personal belongings
  • Video Visitation
  • Electronic logbooks

Maps and Directions

Address: 555 South State Street, Syracuse, New York 13202

NOTE: If you park on the street, you must park where there is a parking meter. There are also several parking garages/lots within walking distance of the Justice Center. There is no parking on S. State St. directly in front of the Justice Center.

From North:Take 81 South to Adams/Harrison Street exit. Stay in right hand lane merging onto Harrison Street. Take a right at the second light onto South State Street. The Justice Center is on the right side past the first light.

From South:
Take 81 North to Adams Street exit. Go to the second light and take a left onto Harrison Street. Take a right at the second light onto South State Street. The Justice Center is on the right side past the first light.

From East:
Take 690 West to Townsend Street exit. Take a left at the light at the bottom of the exit off-ramp. Take a right at first light onto Erie Boulevard, then take a left at the first light onto South State Street. The Justice Center is 5 blocks down on the left side.

From West:
Take 690 East to 81 South. Take the Adams/Harrison Street exit. Stay in right hand lane merging onto Harrison Street. Take a right at the second light onto South State Street. The Justice Center is on the right side past the first light.