Banks County Jail – Homer, GA

Banks County Jail is in Banks County, Georgia and is the jail for that area. Are you looking for somebody locked up at Banks County Jail? This site will tell you information about anything related to Banks County Jail,such as: How to do a jail inmate search. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and how to get out of jail. Intake procedures and booking. Court information. And much, much more.

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and daunting idea, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also that person’s friends and family. This guide is designed to give you all the advice and information that you need to make the process a lot easier. If you have a specific question, just ask them, and also any comments or feedback that would help other people in the same situation is appreciated.

General Information

Address

Banks County Jail
160 Windmill Farm Road
Homer, GA 30547

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 706-677-2248
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that has gone to jail and don’t know how to find them?

Has someone that has been arrested and you want to find them?

To see who is in jail at Banks County Jail you will have to visit their link and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Banks County Jail Inmate List is an online list of persons who have been arrested and are in jail, which includes current status, how much their bail is, and schedule for visitation. Also, you are able to find the same information about anybody arrested and booked or discharged within the past 24 hours. Inmates are listed alphabetically by last name. You’ll be able to locate their arrest information quicker if you enter their full name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If the person you’re searching for could possibly be in a different jail you can check our Georgia county jail guide: Other Jails in Georgia


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a intake picture, is the photograph taken by the police when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is actually one face photo and one profile photo. Your full name and jail booking number will appear on the photos, and they are stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Banks County Jail prisoners are on the website, or you can view them at the Banks County Jail. When viewing online you have to input the person’s first and last name, and an arrest date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to get your mugshot removed from the Banks County Jail site? This may not be possible, as your mugshot is a public record. You will need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. What this means is that your arrest record would be sealed, and will not be accessible. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

For a more indepth article about removing your mugshot, the different mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal websites: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, if you are in jail, your main thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve gone through booking, a bail amount will be set using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. In cases where no bail is set this might mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you are are released you must promise to be there for your court date, and until then you are not permitted to leave the county.

In most cases, inmates in the Banks County Jail can earn time off in exchange for good behavior when they follow the rules and conduct themselves properly while they are in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be allowed to do work release. You will either have to return to the jail at the end of the day after work, or you may get to move into a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Bail is how much money that you have to pay to the court system to get out of jail until your court date. The amount of bail that is set depends on how serious your crime is. You will have to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total that was set in order for you to be released from jail. If you miss your court date, the person that paid your bail will not get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail will have to call the jail or the county courthouse. If know the person’s info, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know the bail amount. You can also find out how much their bail is on the Banks County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is never a fun thing, but usually, it’s really easy if you have the money. First of all, you need to find out if it is a “Cash Bond Only”. If it is, you will not be able to use a Bail Bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – the jail will not take checks. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the person will get released. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you can’t afford it, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. They usually charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of total bail, and in most cases charge a minimum of $100. This money is non-refundable and the bondsman only accepts cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bail bondsman might request to use your assets as collateral for the bond.

To contact a bail bondsman click here: How to find a bail bondsman

Have you ever used the services of bail bondsman either for yourself, a family member or friend? If you have, please leave a comment below and tell about your experience, and let us know how things turned out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Work Release
  • Released For Time Served
  • Pre-Trial Release Programs
  • Released On House Arrest
  • Be Released on Your Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure is made up of each of the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • The first step is that you must answer some simple questions, such as what is your full name, address, birth date and a contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your medical and psychological history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • All personal property will be taken from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • They will let you make a phone call so you can call a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you might get to wear your own clothes, if not you you will have to wear a jail issued jumpsuit.

Have you been arrested and gone through jail intake? If so, please tell us how it happened. How long did it take? What was you treatment like? Do you know any tips that could help other people that get arrested get through jail intake?

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will get released from jail. This process takes between 10 minutes to all day long. In other words the faster bail is posted, the faster you can get released from jail. Also, it depends on whether you have a cash bond or if a judge must figure out how much your bail will be. For lesser charges, you will be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and have a date of your release, you should plan to get discharged anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

If you have a, or if you must report to start a sentence, you should follow the rules and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. For a warrant, report to the jail processing area, and tell an officer that think that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest. A record check will be run, and if so, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, go to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Be sure that you aren’t late. Just bring allowed items when you turn yourself in, like a driver’s license or even ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as a sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates have to provide information about each visitor to the jail. Your visitors will go in the log for the inmate that requested the visitor. Each visitor has to provide proof of identification. Anyone that arrives for visitation late or that is not on the visitation list will be turned away.
Visitation procedures at Banks County Jail are always changing, so we suggest that you check the official Banks County Jail jail site before you visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . These phone calls are a lot pricier than phone calls made at home. There is no limit to when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but bear in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, an inmate’s ability to use the phone might get cut back or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

Phone Number: 706-677-2248

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail has to be sent using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You cannot use any other type of mail delivery. You must write or type the person’s name, inmate ID, and the jail address on the letter that you send. Don’t send a package, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail sent to inmates will be opened and inspected and read by the officers at the jail, and the mail will be sent back if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Banks County Jail is:

Banks County Jail
160 Windmill Farm Road
Homer, GA 30547

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Banks County Jail
160 Windmill Farm Road
Homer, GA 30547


The Banks County Jail mail policy can change, so we suggest that you check the official website before you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you still have certain rights, and an important one is that you have the right to request an attorney. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so you would be wise to have a friend or relative find an attorney when you call them. You might be thinking ‘do I really need an attorney?’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal defense attorney will advise you about your rights, look after your best interests and help you understand the court system in your county. The sooner you get an attorney working on your criminal case, the better off you’ll be.

For more information on how to find a lawyer, click here: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you cannot afford a lawyer, you will be assigned a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender is staffed by investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are licensed attorneys that are members of the Georgia State Bar and are licensed to practice law in Georgia.

Have you or someone you know used a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? Do you think they properly handled your case?

Court Records

Court records are public records. Court records contain a case file containing a docket and every motions, documents, and evidence filed in the case. You, and anyone else, can access the records and documents in your court case using the online service, or at the Banks County Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is a member of the court that manages the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and read the jury’s verdict. All court records relating to your case are available at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the charges associated with your case, for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you cannot afford these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

The Banks County magistrate is the person that rules on your case. Magistrates do several different things, which include determing how much your bail will be, issuing warrants, and presiding over preliminary court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is prepared with information about the defendant’s background and information about the defendant’s life and history, which the magistrate judge will take into account when determining your sentence. Information and personal details will be requested from the defendant, his or her family members, and in some cases the victim of the crime. Remember that you can ask to get your own copy of the report before you are sentenced, so you get the chance to review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will be sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, including community service to probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you might get taken into custody immediately, or given a date to to surrender and report to jail to serve your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if someone is incarcerated, or has been an inmate in the past?

This is pretty simple to do, just you need to go to the Banks County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search using:

  • Name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date.
  • and their jail ID.

If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you can also call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have a warrant out for your arrest, you can check court records on the Banks County court website or call the jail directly. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and inquire at the information desk. You should be clear that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, as well as their arrest date, contact the Banks County jail, either by phone, go there in person, or look online. Records of arrests are in the public record and the information is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when someone has been served with papers, like , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can access civil process orders by going to the Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are registered and listed on both a national and state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to view sex offenders on the internet, but bear in mind that you won’t find the street address, just the neighborhood block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. These records include a court case file that includes a court docket and all documents filed in your court case. You can access your court records online, or at Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state keeps a record of their state citizen’s criminal past. These state databases are connected so you are able to track criminal convictions from another state. You are able to go to county courthouse and make an inquiry, or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county, and if the crime was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay for a more comprehensive search.

A criminal history search you can get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for the following crimes:

  • DUI.
  • Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

But, when you do a criminal records check, in most cases won’t see if someone has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving histories, you must do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? How easy was it? Did you search online or did you make a phone call to the Banks County courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are many reasons that people look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your account could make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI has a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Banks County,the Banks County Sheriff’s Department keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link

    Banks County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List: External Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that spending time in Banks County Jail is quite unpleasant, eventually you will become accustomed to the routine that is set for you. You should expect an alarm to wake up every morning at 6am, and next they’ll do roll call. After roll call you will get breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will have to work in the work program that you’ve been assigned to. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Banks County Jail, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.

    Dress Code

    When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the Banks County Jail uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

    You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.

    The procedure to send money to Banks County Jail inmates might change, so it would be best to visit the site before you send funds to an inmate there.

    Commissary

    The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.

    Inmate Medications

    If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.

    Meals

    You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.

    Pods / The Yard

    The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.

    Gangs

    As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.


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    News and Media

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Banks County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Banks County Jail, overseeing the day to day operations and administration of the jail. An inmate is unlikely to have much interaction with the Deputy Sheriff, unless they have committed an infraction. Detention Officers are responsible for the custody and care of the inmates. They maintain order in the jail, and handle security. A Detention Officer is assigned to a certain pod, and therefore is responsible for the same inmates each day. They get to know the inmates on a certain level, and are well equipped to handle any problems that may occur.

    Apply for a Job at Banks County Jail

    Requirements:

    • You must be over the age of 21.
    • You must possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You must be a US Citizen.
    • You must pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You must pass a drug test.
    • You must have a good level of fitness.
    • You must be in good health.
    • You must have a valid Drivers License
    • An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.


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    Family Resources

    There are resources for families of both the perpetrator of the crime and the victim. The social and emotional impact of crime is far reaching, affecting many. Families can receive professional counseling, court related assistance, social services assistance and help in navigating the criminal justice system.

    If you are a family member, which resources did you find to be particularly helpful? Please let us know, as this will be helpful to other families in the same situation.

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    Victim Resources

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

    • Victims have the right to protection from the accused.
    • Victims have the right to notification.
    • Victims have the right to attend proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • Victims have the right to restitution.
    • Victims have the right to a speedy trial.
    • Victims have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

    The definition of victim includes:

    • Spouses and children of all victims.
    • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
    • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
    • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

    There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

    Victim Notification

    The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

    Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

    All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.

    Domestic Violence

    If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been locked up at this jail? Do you have a family member or friend that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited an inmate in this jail?

    If yes, then you should tell us about it. Tell us about your experience so other people can find out what to expect.

    Things you can write in your review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • Other Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gang activity
    • Programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has some stories to tell about the whole experience. How’d you end up in jail? How did the guards treat you? How was day to day life at Banks County Jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? How did going to jail affect your life?

    Tell the World All About It

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Do you want to say wassup to a person you met in jail? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.

    Post a message to people still locked up at Banks County Jail

    Links and Resources

    Main Banks County Jail Link
    Banks County Jail Inmate Search Link
    View Banks County Jail Mugshots
    Banks County Jail Bail Amount Link

    Banks County Jail Visitation
    Banks County Jail Jail Mail Policy Link
    Locate an inmate at Banks County Jail
    Banks County Jail Warrant Inquiry Link
    Banks County Jail Arrest Lookup
    Banks County Jail Send Money Procedure
    Banks County Jail Employment


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