Catoosa County Jail – Ringgold, GA

Catoosa County Jail is in Catoosa County and is the main jail for this region. Are you looking for somebody at Catoosa County Jail? This site tells you about everything related to Catoosa County Jail,such as: Find out who’s in jail at Catoosa County Jail? Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and how to get out of jail. Intake procedures. Catoosa County court information. And more…

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and stressfull prospect, not only for whoever gets arrested, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is designed to give information and advice that you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail a little less stressful. If you have a question, feel free to ask it, and please leave any tips or comments that could help others is welcome.

General Information

Address

Catoosa County Jail
5842 Highway 41
Ringgold, GA 30736

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 706-965-6862
Fax Number:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that is incarcerated and don’t know how to contact them?

Do you know somebody that’s been arrested and you need to find them?

In order to look up who’s in jail at Catoosa County Jail you will need to visit their website and use the inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Catoosa County Jail Inmate Search is a list of persons who have been arrested and are in custody, including custody status, bail amount (if applicable), and schedule for visitation. You can get information on anyone arrested and processed or released in the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You can find the information more quickly if you enter your friend or family member’s full name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If the inmate you are looking for is in another jail you will want to check our Georgia county jail guide: Georgia County Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, or booking photograph, is the photograph taken by the police when you are booked into jail. A mugshot is make of one frontal photo and a profile picture. Your name and intake number will appear on the mugshot, and they will be kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots can be searched on the Catoosa County Jail website, or you can go in person to the Catoosa County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you have to put in the inmate’s first and last name, and the booking date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to have your mugshot taken off of the Catoosa County Jail website? This will be difficult, because your mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot removed you must file a Petition to Expunge in court. This means that the record of your arrest will be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

For a more indepth article about removing your mugshot, the many different mugshot websites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, if you are incarcerated, your primary thought is about getting out. After booking, your bail will be decided by a special judge called a magistrate. If no bail is set this may mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out of jail you are required to promise to show up for court, and until that date you are required not to leave town.

Usually, inmates will be given an early release in exchange for good behavior if they follow the rules and area a good inmate while incarcerated.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be allowed to participate in work release. Either you will have to return to jail each day after work, or you could get to move into a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you have to pay to the courts to be released from jail pending trial. The amount you will be required to pay depends on the seriousness of your crime. You or someone you know will have to put up 10% of the amount that was set so you can be released from jail. If you don’t show up for your court appearance, whoever posted your bail won’t get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You will need to call the jail. If know the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they will let you know the bail amount. You can also find out how much their bail is on the Catoosa County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is never a fun thing, but fortunately, its easy if you have the money. First, find out if their bail is a Cash Only Bond. If so, you won’t be able to use a bail bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they can’t accept a check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the person will be released to your care. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, of if you can’t pay it, you might need to use a bail bondsman. They usually charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the bail amount, and usually with a minimum of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman will not be returned to you and is typically cash only. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bondsman will usually use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral.

To find a bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a Bail Bondsman in Catoosa County

Have you ever had to find a 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 it worked out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Get Out on Work Release
  • Time Served
  • Be Released on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • House Arrest
  • Be Released on Your Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure includes each of these steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • First, will answer some simple questions, like your full name, street address, birth date and an emergency contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • Any property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • They will allow you to use the phone to call a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might be able to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to wear a jail issued jumpsuit.

Have you ever been booked into jail? If so, please tell us how it happened. How long did it take to get processed? How did the guards treat you? Do you have any things that will help other people to get through jail intake?

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will get released from jail. The discharge process may take anywhere between 15 minutes to all day long. In other words the faster you can post bail, the faster you will get discharged. How quickly you get discharged will depend on if you have a cash bond amount or if the magistrate must decide on the amount of bail to be set. For minor charges, you will simply be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have completed your jail sentence and have a release date, you should plan to be discharged between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

warrant out for your arrest, or if you need to begin your jail sentence, it is highly recommended that you follow the rules and turn yourself into the authorities. If it is for a warrant, report to the jail, in the reception area, and tell the intake officer that think that there is a warrant out for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if so, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, report to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order states. Make sure that you are not late to report. Just bring required items when you go, for example a driver’s license or your ID, prescription medication, and the copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates must give each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail in advance. This information will go in a Visiting log as an approved visitor. Every visitor will have to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Visitors that gets to visitation or without a visiting order will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Jail visitation policies change often, so it would be wise to double-check the official Catoosa County Jail jail site before you go.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Phone calls made in jail are much more costly than phone calls made at home. Phone calls are restricted on when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you break the rules and are disciplined, an inmate’s phone privileges may be limited or forbidden completely.

The Catoosa County Jail phone number is: 706-965-6862

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate has to be sent via the actual US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other type of delivery. You should write the person’s name, inmate ID number, and jail address on the letter. Don’t mail anything in a package, padded envelope, bag, or an envelope with metal in it. Any mail sent to inmates gets opened and read and examined by the jail staff, and the mail will get sent back if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Catoosa County Jail, use this address:

Catoosa County Jail
5842 Highway 41
Ringgold, GA 30736

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Catoosa County Jail
5842 Highway 41
Ringgold, GA 30736


The Catoosa County Jail mail policy changes often, so you should review the the Catoosa County Jail website before you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you need to be aware that you still have rights, one of these is your right to request a lawyer. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so it is a good idea to get a friend or relative to find an attorney when you call. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal defense attorney will make sure you know your rights, protect your interests and help you find your way through the complicated legal system in Catoosa County. The faster you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your situation, the better.

For more detailed information on this subject, read our guide: How to Find a Lawyer in Catoosa County

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford a lawyer, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. Also, the Public Defender has a number of staff such as investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are real attorneys, members of the Georgia State Bar and are fully licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

Have you or someone you know had to use a court appointed attorney? Do you think they properly handled your case?

Court Records

Court records are a matter of public record. They include a file with a docket sheet and every motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed. You can access your court case records with the internet service, or by going to the Clerk’s office of the Court.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an official part of the court that maintains court records and controls access to them. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and also read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All court records from your case are kept at Catoosa County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court fees are the charges associated with your case, such as for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.

Magistrate

The Catoosa County court magistrate acts as the judge that will preside over your court case. Magistrates do several different things, such as deciding a bail amount, writing arrest warrants, and presiding over initial court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is prepared with the defendant’s background information and details of the defendant’s life, which the judge will review and take into account when decide your sentence. Information will be requested from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and, if applicable, the victim in the crime. Remember that you can ask to see a copy of your pre-sentencing report before sentencing, and go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will be sentenced. There are a number of different options, including community service, house arrest, and probation, to incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you could be immediately taken into custody, or you could be given a date that you are required to go to jail to serve your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if some you know is in jail, or has ever been locked up?

To do this, you need to query the Catoosa County jail website, and search using:

  • Name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • or inmate ID.

If you think that they are currently in jail, you should call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can find out by checking the court records on the Catoosa County jail website or you are able to call the jail directly. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask the officer in charge. You should know that if you do have an outstanding warrant, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, as well as their arrest date, contact the jail, either by phone, in person, or look online. Arrest records are public record and this is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, such as court orders. You can find these civil process orders by getting in touch with the Catoosa County Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to view this information on the internet, but keep in mind that you will not find the actual address, but only the block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. These records include a court case file that contains a docket and any of the filings and documents filed in your case. You are able to access court records online, or at the Catoosa County Clerk of Court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains a record of their state citizen’s criminal background. These state databases are all connected so you are able to track criminal convictions from any other state. Go to the Catoosa County Courthouse and make an inquiry, or check online. You must know which county the crime occured in, and in the event that it was in a different state entirely, you may have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

A criminal records search you are able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for any of the following crimes:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

When you do a criminal history search, you generally won’t be able to see if they has had:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Any accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get driving records, you have to do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? Was it a difficult process? Dis you do your search online or did you call the courthouse? Was it correct? There are plenty of reasons that people search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your comments might help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI has a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Catoosa County,the Sheriff keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link

    Catoosa County Top Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that spending time in Catoosa County Jail is very scary, eventually you will settle into the routine that is set for you. Prisoners get a wake-up alarm at about 6:00am, and then you’ll have roll call. Then you will get breakfast. Following breakfast you will be required to work in the work program or other activity that you are assigned. 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 Catoosa 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 Catoosa 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 funds to inmates can change, so it would be best to check the official Catoosa County Jail site when send funds to someone in jail 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 Catoosa County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Catoosa 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 Catoosa 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:

    • The right to protection from the accused.
    • The right to notification.
    • The right to attend proceedings.
    • The right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • The right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • The right to restitution.
    • The right to a speedy trial.
    • 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 a prisoner at Catoosa County Jail? Do you have a family member or friend that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited a prisoner at this jail?

    If so, then please tell us about it. Write about what you experienced so others will know what to expect.

    Things you could write in your comment:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Guards and staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Prisoner safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Activities and programs


    Click here to write your review of Catoosa County Jail

    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has at least one story to tell about it. Why’d you get arrested? Did you get fair treatment? How was life in jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? How did going to jail affect your life?

    Speak Your Mind

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Need to reconnect with someone you met in jail? Throw a shout out to them here.

    Throw a shout out to Catoosa County Jail

    Links and Resources

    Main Catoosa County Jail Link
    Catoosa County Jail Inmate Search
    View Catoosa County Jail Mugshots
    Catoosa County Jail Bail Link

    Catoosa County Jail Visitation Policy Link
    Catoosa County Jail Jail Mail Link
    Catoosa County Jail Inmate Search
    Catoosa County Jail Warrant Inquiry
    Catoosa County Jail Arrest Lookup
    Send Money to an Inmate at Catoosa County Jail
    Catoosa County Jail Employment


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Comments

  1. Debra G says:

    This jail is NOT feeding 3 meals a day. My son is so malnutritioned in there that his teeth hurt him. The staff nit picks on little things that shouldn’t even be a big deal. I guess its the county. If they can’t properly take care of people then why is there a jail down thete?
    Why is it that family members are foced to buy care packages for inmates that are not being fed enough? They might as well send them all home if we have to feed them anyway. Its inhumane to treat people like that. The rule is 3 meals a day not 2 meals spead apart during the day and if you don’t have a care package to bad for you. You go hungry until they decide they are going to feed you again. Where is tje government? Who decides on this issue? If the county is to poor to handle a jail properly tjen there shouln’t be a jail in that county….

  2. john a. says:

    you are 100% correct only 2 lousy meals a day, you have to pay for every pill that you need. our female friend is in there and the conditions are horrible. I understand it is a jail but they are not treated right at all, I hear that is the worse jail in the south, our friend has ben in there for 2 months and she was able to go outside for a total of 15 minutes. the sheriff of catossa county should be ashamed of himself, I really feel sorry for the inmates whos family cannot afford to send them care packages they are starving them people, we are not a third world country to let this happen. you put a badge on some of the guards in there and they think they can do whatever they want, they are so rude at the front desk to the visitors that I have seen people cry by the way they talk to the visitors

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