Chattooga County Jail – Summerville, GA

Chattooga County Jail is in Chattooga County and is the jail for this county. Know someone incarcerated at Chattooga County Jail? This site tells you about everything related to Chattooga County Jail: Find an inmate at Chattooga County Jail. How to view Chattooga County Jail mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and how to get out of jail. Booking and intake procedures. Court information and records. And much, much more.

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The thought of going to jail is a scary situation, not only for the person who goes to jail, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is meant to give you information and tips that you need to make getting locked up less stressfull. If you have specific questions, just ask it, and any comments or feedback that might help others is appreciated.

General Information

Address

Chattooga County Jail
35 West Washington Street
Summerville, GA 30747

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 706-857-3411
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that is in jail and don’t know how to contact them?

Has someone that has been arrested and you want to find out what jail they’re in?

To search who’s in jail at Chattooga County Jail you need to go to their link and use the inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Chattooga County Jail Inmate Search has information on people who have been arrested and are in custody, including status, bail amount (if applicable), and visiting schedule. Also, you are able to get information on anyone booked or released in the past 24 hours. Prisoners are listed alphabetically by their last name. You can get their inmate information quicker if you enter the arrestee’s full name, birth date, or arrest number.

If your friend or family member could possibly be in another jail you will want to look here: Other Jails in Georgia


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail booking photo, is the photograph that the police take when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is make of one face photo and a side-view photo. Your name and jail ID number will be in the pictures, and they will be kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be seen online, or you can view them at the Chattooga County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you will have to input the prisoner’s first and last name, and a booking date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to have your mugshot taken down from the Chattooga County Jail website? This may not be possible, since the mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot removed you need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. This means that all of your arrest records would be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

For a more indepth article about removing your mugshot, the many different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal services: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, if you are incarcerated, your only thought is about getting out. After you’ve been booked, a bail amount is determined using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If no bail is set this might mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you are released from jail you will have to promise to show up for court, and you can’t leave the county.

Usually, a prisoner will be given time off for good behavior if they follow the rules and act right while incarcerated.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be granted work release. You will either have to stay jail at the end of the day when you’re finished working, or you could be allowed to live in a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you have to pay in order to be released from jail pending trial. The amount of bail that is set is determined by the crime you’ve been charged with. You or someone you know will have to pay 10 percent of the total that was determined so you can be released from jail. If you fail to show up for court, whoever posted your bail will lose that bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you will need to call the Chattooga County Jail or the County Courthouse. If you’ve got the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you what their bail is set at. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the Chattooga County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Needing to bail someone out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but thankfully, its very simple to do. First of all, figure out if they have a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If so, you won’t be able to use the services of a Bail Bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – the jail will not take a check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the person will be released. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you just don’t have the money, you should use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will usually have a fee of 10-15% of total bail, and in most cases have a minimum charge of $100. This money will not be returned to you and has to be paid in cash. If bail is very large, the bondsman will in most cases use assets as collateral for the bond.

To find a bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman at Chattooga County Jail

Have you ever hired a Bail Bondsman for someone you know or yourself? If so, leave a comment below and tell your story, and let us know how it worked out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Early Release For Good Behavior
  • Work Release Programs
  • 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 intake process includes these steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • First, will have to answer some basic questions, such as what is your full legal name, street address, birth date and a contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your mental and medical history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • Any personal property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • You will then be allowed to use the phone in order to get in touch with a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you will be allowed to keep wearing street clothes, if not you you will have to wear a jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will be discharged from jail. This process takes between 10 minutes to hours or even all day long. So, the faster you can pay your bail, the sooner you will get discharged. Also, it depends on whether or not you’ve got a cash bond or if the magistrate has to decide on how much your bail will be. For lesser charges, you will get booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served your sentence and know the date of your release, you should expect to be released in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If there is a, or if you need to begin your jail sentence, you really should do the right thing and turn yourself into the authorities. If you have a warrant, report to the jail reception area, and tell an officer that you think there may be a warrant out 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. When reporting to serve a sentence, go to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order requires you to. Ensure that you aren’t late. Make sure that you only bring necessary items when you go, such as a driver’s license or even photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, and the official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates need to give each visitor’s full name to the jail in advance. Your visitor’s information will be entered in the log as an authorized visitor. Every visitor will be required to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Any visitors arriving late or without a visiting order will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
The Chattooga County Jail visitation procedures change often, so it would be wise to check the official jail site before you try to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Calls made in jail are a lot more expensive 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 you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, your ability to use the phone might get cut back or cut altogether.

The Chattooga County Jail phone number is: 706-857-3411

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail must be sent via the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You cannot use any other method of delivery. You must write or type the prisoner’s name, inmate ID, and jail address on the envelope. Don’t send a package or box, envelope with padding or insulation, bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail received by the jail will be opened and read and inspected by the jail staff, and the mail will get sent back if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Chattooga County Jail:

Chattooga County Jail
35 West Washington Street
Summerville, GA 30747

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Chattooga County Jail
35 West Washington Street
Summerville, GA 30747


The mail policy can change, so double check the site when send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you need to be aware that you still have rights, the first of which is that you have the right to request a lawyer. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so it is a good idea to have a friend or family member locate an attorney when you talk to them. You’re probably asking yourself ‘do I really need a lawyer?’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal lawyer will advise you about your rights, help protect your best interests and help you understand the complicated court system. The faster you get a lawyer involved with your situation, the better your chances.

For more information about the benefits of hiring a lawyer, click: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford an attorney, you will be assigned a public defender. Also, the Public Defender’s Office is staffed by private investigators, experts in forensics and social workers. Public Defenders are actual lawyers, admitted to the Georgia State Bar Association and are licensed to practice law.

Have you ever had to use a Public Defender? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?

Court Records

Court records are a matter of public record. Court records contain a court case file with a docket sheet and every documents that have been filed. You are able to access your court case records using the internet service, or at the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who maintains court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath in a court case, and also read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records related to your court case are kept and available to you at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the charges from your case, such as filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you are low income 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 Chattooga County magistrate acts as the judge that presides over your court case. They do many different things, like setting your bail amount, writing arrest warrants, and overseeing first court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is completed with your background information and information about the defendant’s life history, which the magistrate judge will review and take into consideration when determining your sentence. Information and personal details will be collected from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and in some cases the victim of the crime. Don’t forget you can request to have your own copy of the report before you are sentenced, so you can review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are a number of different options, which include community service, house arrest, and probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on the severity of the crime, you could be taken into custody immediately, or you could be given a date that you are supposed to go to jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if a family member of friend is in jail, or has ever been in jail?

This is pretty simple to do, just just visit the Chattooga County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search by:

  • Name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their booking date.
  • and their jail ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you can also call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can access arrest warrants inquiry on the website or call the jail directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask the officer in charge. Bear in mind that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, and their arrest date, contact the Chattooga County jail, either by phone, in person, or look online. Arrest records are in the public record and the information is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when you get served with papers, like , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these by going to the Chattooga County Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are required to be listed and registered on a sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access these listings online, but bear in mind that you can’t get the street address, just the neighborhood block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. These records include a court case file that contains a docket sheet and any documents filed in the court case. You can access court records via the internet, or at Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains a record of someone’s criminal background. These state databases are linked together and you can track criminal histories from another state. You are able to go to courthouse and check in person, or check the website. It is helpful to know the county, and if the crime was in a different state entirely, you may have to pay for a more complete search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you are able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for these crimes:

  • DUI.
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

During a criminal records search, in most cases will not see if they has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving records, you will have to do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? How easy was it? Dis you do your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the Chattooga County courthouse? Was it correct? There are many reasons that people search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your story might help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

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

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List

    Chattooga County Top Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of getting locked up in Chattooga County Jail is very scary, soon you will get used to the routine that is set for you in jail. You will get a wake-up alarm at about six in the morning, and then you’ll have roll call. Then you will get breakfast. Following breakfast you will have to work in the program that has been assigned to you. 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 Chattooga 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 Chattooga 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 Chattooga County Jail inmates can change, so it would be best to visit the official website before send money 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

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    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Chattooga County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Chattooga 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 Chattooga County Jail

    Requirements:

    • You have to be over the age of 21.
    • You have to possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You have to be a US Citizen.
    • You have to pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You have to pass a drug test.
    • You have to have a good level of fitness.
    • You have to be in good health.
    • You have to 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:

    • You have the right to protection from the accused.
    • You have the right to notification.
    • You have the right to attend proceedings.
    • You have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • You have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • You have the right to restitution.
    • You have the right to a speedy trial.
    • You 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 a prisoner at Chattooga County Jail? Do you know anybody that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited an inmate at Chattooga County Jail?

    If you have, then please write your review about it. Tell us about your jail experience so other people will know what to expect.

    Things you could write in your review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Staff and guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Safety
    • Gang activity
    • Inmate activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has a story about it. How’d you get locked up? Did you experience fair treatment? How was day to day life at Chattooga County Jail? Were the other inmates cool? How did getting locked up affect your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Need to talk to a friend from jail? Write your message below.

    Throw a shoutout to people still locked up at Chattooga County Jail

    Links and Resources

    Main Chattooga County Jail Website
    Chattooga County Jail Inmate Search
    View Chattooga County Jail Mugshots
    Chattooga County Jail Bail Amount Link

    Chattooga County Jail Visitation
    Chattooga County Jail Mail Policy
    Find an inmate at Chattooga County Jail
    Chattooga County Warrant Inquiry
    Chattooga County Jail Arrest Inquiry
    Send Money to an Inmate at Chattooga County Jail
    Chattooga County Jail Employment


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