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Bail Information


To bail an inmate out of jail, you have a variety of options. Corrections now take cash, certified bank checks, and credit cards. You can make a payment in person, or electronically.

Those people making a credit card payment can only do so online with the link listed below on this page or on the phone by the person posting the bail. We do not process credit card bail payments at the jail facility.

If you are posting bail in person, you must provide identification at the time of posting.

Be advised, that by paying bail, you are ensuring that the inmate will return to court as scheduled. If this does not occur your bail may be forfeited.

A bail bond may be posted through the services of a Bail Bondsman.  Below is a list of bondsmen.

Doug Moss: (607) 758-8015

Thomas Backus: (607) 844-8649

Mike Bunk: (716) 570-0849

Waters: 1-800-339-0809

  • Bail money may be wired from out of town through the use of the Western Union Offices.  Any money wired should be sent directly to the Tops Supermarket Western Union Office (2300 N Triphammer Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850) and should be made payable to the Tompkins County Sheriff's Office.
  • A friend or relative may also choose to use the Remote Bail Payment option by going to the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office website or by calling Gov Pay Net with the proper information. (1-888-604-7888) (there is a non-refundable fee with this credit card option as well. GovPayNet allows remote bail service. The use of the GovPayNet service will include a FEE that will be added to all transactions. This fee is 7% of the bail amount. In order to pay bail online you will need to have the following information available:

1. Defendant's Name

2. Defendant's Date of Birth

3. Court of Jurisdiction and Name of Judge

4. Cash Bail Amount

***The above information can be obtained from the Corrections Division
by calling (607) 257-5316***


If you are using the remote bail option, the receipt for bail will be made out to the Defendant. This means that the funds (minus the service fee) being paid by way of your credit card WILL BECOME THE PROPERTY OF THE DEFENDANT.

All funds released by the court when the case is disposed of can only be collected by the Defendant. It will then be your responsibility to obtain the funds from the Defendant.

Once the Tompkins County Sheriff's Office receives confirmation that the appropriate amount of money has been transferred to our account, Corrections staff will process a bail release for the Defendant and the Defendant will sign the bail receipt.

You will be assessed a fee consisting of 7% of the total bail amount. Click the link below to pay bail now.


If you are paying bail "Remote" (For those physically not at the jail), click the link below which notifies the Corrections Division to authorize the payment with your electronic signature.

Remote Bail Link

For people posting bail who are physically at the Jail lobby, click the link below (you will be required to present cardholder credentials upon receipt):

Pay Bail Link