Clarke County Department of Corrections – Athens, GA

Clarke County Department of Corrections is in Clarke County, Georgia and is the primary correctional facility for the area. Looking for someone in Clarke County Department of Corrections? This site tells you information about anything you might need to know about Clarke County Department of Corrections,like: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. How to post bail. Intake procedures and booking. Court information and records. And lots more.

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary and stressfull prospect, not only for whoever is incarcerated, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is meant to give information and tips you need to make the process less stressfull. If you have questions, please feel free to ask them, and any feedback or comments that could be beneficial to others would be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Clarke County Department of Corrections
2825 County Farm Rd.
Athens, GA 30605

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 706-613-3400
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that is locked up and want to find them?

Has somebody who has been arrested and you need to find out what jail they’re in?

To see who’s in jail at Clarke County Department of Corrections you have to visit their link and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Clarke County Department of Corrections Inmate Roster has information on people who have been arrested, which includes custody status, bail amount, and visiting hours. Also, you can find information about anyone arrested and booked or discharged within the past 24 hours. Prisoners are listed alphabetically by their last name. You’ll be able to locate their inmate information more quickly if you enter your friend or family member’s name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or loved one is in a different jail you will want to look here, too: Georgia County Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail processing photograph, is a photograph taken by the police during jail intake processing. They take one face photo and one profile photo. Your name and booking number will be in the photos, and they are on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be viewed on the Clarke County Department of Corrections website, or you can go in person to the Clarke County Department of Corrections. When viewing online you will have to put in the person’s legal name, and an arrest date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to get your mugshot erased from the Clarke County Department of Corrections site? This can be tricky, as your mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot taken down you have to file a Petition to Expunge in court. This means that the record of your arrest would be sealed, and will not be accessible. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot removed, the many different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, if you are locked up, your main thought is about how to get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, bail will be determined by the magistrate. If no bail is set this may mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you do bail out you must promise to go to your court date, and until then you must not leave the county.

In most cases, prisoners will earn early release in exchange for good behavior if they respect the rules and don’t cause any problems while they are in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be granted work release. You will be required to return to the jail each day after work, or you could be permitted to move into a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Bail is money that you have to pay to the courts to be released from jail pending trial. The amount you have to pay is determined by the seriousness of your crime. Someone will have to pay 10 percent of the total amount that was determined so you can get discharged from jail. If you fail to show up for your scheduled court date, the person that bailed you out of jail won’t get the bail money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you will need to call the jail or the county courthouse. If you have all the person’s information, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you the bail amount. You can also find out how much their bail is online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but most of the time, its really easy if you have the money. To start with, find out if they have a Cash Only Bond. If this is the case, you can’t use the services of a bondsman. Cash only – the jail will not accept checks. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the prisoner will be discharged. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, of if you can’t pay it, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. Bondsmen usually charge you a fee of 10-15% of total bail, and in most cases charge a minimum charge of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bail bondsman will in most cases ask to use your personal assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

To talk to a local bail bondsman click here: Find a Bail Bondsman in Clarke County

Have you ever used a bondsman for yourself, a family member or friend? If so, post a comment below and tell about it, and let us know how it worked out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process is made up of these steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you may not be processed immediately.
  • The first step is that you must answer some basic questions, such as what is your legal name, address, birth date and an emergency contact.
  • You will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be given an inmate number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any 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 telephone so you can get in touch with a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you might be able to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, otherwise you you will have to change into a jail uniform.

Have you been arrested and gone through jail intake? If you have, please tell us how it happened. How long did it take to get processed? How did the guards treat you? Can you share any tips that might help other people to get through jail processing?

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will be discharged from jail. This process takes anywhere between 10 minutes to hours or even all day long. So, the faster bail is posted, the quicker you will get let go. Also, it depends on whether you’ve got a bond amount or if a judge has to figure out your bail amount. For a minor offense, you will get booked and released on your own recognizance. If you have served a sentence in jail and know the discharge date, expect to get discharged anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

warrant out for your arrest, or if you must start your sentence, you really should follow the rules and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. For a warrant, report to the jail reception area, and let them know that believe that there could be a warrant for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if you do, you will be taken into jail custody. If it is for a jail sentence, report on the date and time that the sentence order requires you to. Be very careful that you aren’t late. Only bring necessary items when you go to jail, like a driver’s license or even photo ID, prescription medication, as well as the sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates need to give the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail. This information will go into a Visiting log for the inmate that requested the visitor. Each visitor is required to provide acceptable photo identification. Anyone that arrives for visitation late or that is not on the visitation list will not be able to attend visitation.
The Clarke County Department of Corrections visitation procedures frequently change, so make sure that you check the official Clarke County Department of Corrections jail site before you visit an inmate.

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 . Jail phone calls are usually pricier than regular phone calls. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, 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, an inmate’s ability to use the phone might get cut back or forbidden completely.

Phone Number: 706-613-3400

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates must be sent using the actual US Postal Service. You can’t use any other form of mail or package delivery. You should write or type the name, prisoner number, and the address of the jail on the letter. Don’t send anything in a package or box, padded envelope, bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail received by the jail gets opened and examined by the jail staff, and the mail will be sent back if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Clarke County Department of Corrections:

Clarke County Department of Corrections
2825 County Farm Rd.
Athens, GA 30605

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Clarke County Department of Corrections
2825 County Farm Rd.
Athens, GA 30605


The Clarke County Department of Corrections mail policy can change, so be sure to double check the official website when you send a letter.


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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 being your right to request an attorney. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is important to have a friend or family member find an attorney for you. You might be thinking ‘but do I really need a lawyer’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, an attorney can advise you of your rights, help protect your best interests and guide you through the complicated court system in your county. The faster you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your charges, the better your chances.

For more information on the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, read: How to Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you can’t afford an attorney, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender’s Office has access to independent investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and social workers. Public Defenders are real lawyers who are admitted to the State Bar and are licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

Have you or someone you know used a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?

Court Records

All court records are are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. They contain a court case file containing a docket and all of the documents and motions in the case. You have the ability to access your court records with the Clarke County website, or by going to the Clerk’s office of the Court.

Clerk of Court

The Clarke County Clerk of Court is a member of the court that maintains the records. They also administer the oath in a court case, and also read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records and documents from your court case are kept and available to you at Clarke County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court fees are the charges and fees from your case, such as filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.

Magistrate

A Magistrate acts as the judge that presides on your case in court. Magistrates do a number of different things, like setting your bail amount, issuing warrants, and overseeing preliminary court hearings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed to include your background information and as much detail about the arrestee’s life and history, which the magistrate will review and take into consideration when deciding on the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be collected from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and, if applicable, the victim of the crime. Bear in mind that you should request to get a copy of this report before sentencing, and make sure that you correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will then get sentenced. There are a number of different options, ranging from community service, house arrest, and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the severity of the crime, you will either be taken into custody immediately, or given a date that you must to surrender and report to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

To find this out you will have to query the jail’s website, and search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • or inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you should call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can access arrest warrants inquiry on the Clarke County jail website or call the court directly. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask one of the officers. Keep in mind that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, 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 find out online. Arrest records are in the public record and the information is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, like a court order. You can access civil process orders by getting in touch with the Clarke County Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders must be registered on both a national and state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to see sex offenders on the internet, but you should know that you won’t get the street address, but rather the address block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. They include a court case file containing a court docket and all documents filed in the court case. You can access your court records via the internet, or at the Clarke County Clerk of Court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains a record of people’s criminal past. These state databases are linked together and you can track criminal backgrounds from other states. Go to county courthouse and make an inquiry, or check the website. It is helpful to know the county, and in the event that it was in a different state, you may have to pay for a more complete search.

A criminal records search you are able to find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for the following crimes:

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

During a criminal records search, in most cases will not learn if they has had:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this information, you have to do a search for their driving history.

    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 make a phone call to the local courthouse? Was it correct? There are lots of reasons that people look up criminal records, and your feedback could help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI has their list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Clarke County,The Sheriff’s Department has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link

    Clarke County Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that getting locked up in Clarke County Department of Corrections is very scary, eventually you will settle into the routine that is set for you. Prisoners get a wake-up alarm at 6:00am, and next they’ll do roll call. Next, you will have breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will 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 Clarke County Department of Corrections, 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 Clarke County Department of Corrections 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 process for sending money to inmates changes, so you should visit the the Clarke County Department of Corrections website before you send funds to an inmate.

    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 Clarke County Department of Corrections

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Clarke County Department of Corrections, 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 Clarke County Department of Corrections

    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:

    • 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 incarcerated in this jail? Do you know someone there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate there?

    If your answer is yes, then we would like you to tell us about it. Write down your experience so other people can learn what to expect.

    Things you could write in the review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Guards and staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gang activity
    • Inmate programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has some stories to tell about the whole experience. Why’d you get arrested? How did the guards treat you? How was day to day life at Clarke County Department of Corrections? What about the other inmates? How did getting locked up affect your life?

    Click here to post a comment

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Need to throw a shout out to a friend from jail? Leave a message for them here.

    Throw a shoutout to people still locked up at Clarke County Department of Corrections

    Links and Resources

    Main Clarke County Department of Corrections Link
    Clarke County Department of Corrections Inmate Search
    View Clarke County Department of Corrections Mugshots
    Clarke County Department of Corrections Bail Amount Link

    Clarke County Department of Corrections Visitation
    Clarke County Department of Corrections Jail Mail Link
    Clarke County Department of Corrections Inmate Search
    Clarke County Warrants
    Clarke County Department of Corrections Arrests
    Send Funds to an Inmate at Clarke County Department of Corrections
    Clarke County Department of Corrections Jobs


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