Dougherty County Jail – Albany, GA

Dougherty County Jail is in Dougherty County, GA and is the main correctional facility for that county. Do you know someone in Dougherty County Jail? This site gives you all about everything a person needs to know about Dougherty County Jail: How to do a jail inmate search. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and bail bondsmen. Intake procedures and booking. Dougherty County court information. And much much more…

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The prospect 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 family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is designed to offer info that you’ll need to make helping someone get out of jail a little less stressful. If you have questions, feel free to ask them, and please leave any tips or comments that might be a benefit to others is much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Dougherty County Jail
1302 Evelyn Avenue
Albany, GA 31702

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (229) 430-6500
Fax Number:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend in jail and need to contact them?

Do you know a friend or family member who’s been arrested and you need to find out what jail they’re in?

To find out who is in jail at Dougherty County Jail you will need to click on their link and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Dougherty County Jail Inmate Locator is a list of people who were arrested and are now in jail, which includes custody status, bail amount, and schedule for visitation. Also, you are able to find information about anybody arrested and processed or released in the past 24 hour period. Inmates are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You’ll be able to find their arrest information fast if you’ve got your friend or family member’s name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If the person you’re searching for could possibly be at another county jail you will want to look here, too: Georgia County Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail processing photo, is a picture that the jail takes when you are processed at the jail intake. They take one full face and a side-view photo. Your full name and intake number will appear on the mugshot, and they’re stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Dougherty County Jail prisoners are online, or you can see them at the Dougherty County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you will have to enter their full name, and the arrest date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to get your mugshot taken down from the Dougherty County Jail website? This will be difficult, because the mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot removed you have to file a Petition to Expunge in court. What this means is 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 getting your mugshot taken down, the different mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Once you are incarcerated, your only thought is about getting out. After booking, your bail is decided by a special judge called a magistrate. If there is no bail set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

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

Typically, a prisoner in the Dougherty County Jail are given time off for good behavior when they follow the rules and don’t cause any problems while they’re in jail.

If you follow the rules, you might be given work release detail. You will have to stay the jail every day when you’re finished with work, or you could be permitted to sleep in a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you are required to pay to get out of jail until you go to court. The amount you will have to pay depends on the crime you are charged with. You will have to put up 10 percent of the total set so you can get out of jail. If you don’t go to your court appearance, the person that bailed you out of jail will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail have to call the jail. If know the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know what their bail is set at. You can also see the bail amount on the Dougherty County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but in some cases, it’s easy. To start with, find out if their bail is a Cash Only Bond situation. If this is the case, you will not be able to use the services of a bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – the jail can’t accept a check. When you’ve paid bail, the person will be released into your care. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you can’t afford it, you you should hire a bail bondsman. Bondsmen usually charge a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set, and in most cases have a minimum of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman will not be returned to you and has to be paid in cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bondsman will request to use assets as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

To talk to a bail bondsman click here: Find a bail bondsman

Have you ever used the services of bail bondsman for someone you know or yourself? If you have, please share your experience in a comment below, 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
  • Released For Time Served
  • Pre-Trial Release Programs
  • House Arrest
  • Get Released on Your Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process is made up of each of these steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • You have to answer some simple questions, such as what is your full name, home address, date of birth and a contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be issued an inmate number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • They will let you make a phone call to contact family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you will be allowed to wear your street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to change into a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will get released from jail. This process can take anywhere from 10 minutes to many hours. In other words the quicker bail is posted, the faster you will get let go. It also depends on whether you have a cash bond amount or if a judge still needs to figure out the amount of bail to be set. For a minor offense, you will be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and know the release date, expect to get discharged between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

warrant out for your arrest, or if you have to begin your jail sentence, it is recommended that you follow the rules and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. For a warrant, report to the jail, in the reception area, and tell an officer that think that there is a warrant out for your arrest. They will do a record check, and if so, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report on the date and time that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Be sure that you are not late to report. Only bring allowed items with you, such as your drivers license or photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and the copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate must give each visitor’s full name to the jail in advance. Your visitors will be put in a Visiting log as an Authorized visit. Each visitor must provide a photo ID when visiting. Anyone that gets to visitation or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Visitation procedures at Dougherty County Jail are always changing, so you should review the jail site before you go.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Calls made in jail are much more expensive than regular phone calls. 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 break the rules and are disciplined, an inmate’s phone privileges might get cut back or forbidden completely.

The Dougherty County Jail phone number is: (229) 430-6500

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail is required to be mailed using US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other type of mail or package delivery. Clearly write or type the name, inmate ID, and the address of the jail on the envelope. Don’t mail anything in a package, envelope with padding, plastic bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. Any mail sent to inmates will be opened and read by the officers at the jail, and will be sent back to the person who mailed it if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Dougherty County Jail is:

Dougherty County Jail
1302 Evelyn Avenue
Albany, GA 31702

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Dougherty County Jail
1302 Evelyn Avenue
Albany, GA 31702


The Dougherty County Jail inmate mail policy is always changing, so you should visit the official Dougherty County Jail site before send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you still have rights, and an important one is your right to request a lawyer. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure you have a friend or relative find a lawyer when you call them. You may be thinking ‘but do I really need a lawyer’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal defense lawyer can advise you of your rights, help protect your interests and show you the way through the complicated legal system in Dougherty County. The faster you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your charges, the better your chances.

For more info on this subject, click here: How to Find an Attorney in Dougherty County

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford a lawyer, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. The Public Defender has access to independent investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social case workers. All Public Defenders are licensed lawyers, admitted to the State Bar and are fully licensed to handle your case.

Have you ever had to use the services of a Public Defender? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

Court records are are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. Court records have a case file containing a docket and every documents that have been filed in your case. You have the ability to access your court records using the online service, or at the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Dougherty County Clerk of Court is a member of the court who manages court records. They also administer the oath for all court participants, and also read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records, documents, and evidence relating to your case are kept at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are all costs from your case, for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you may not have to pay the fees.

Magistrate

The Dougherty County magistrate acts as the judge that will preside over your case. Magistrates do different functions, like deciding a bail amount, writing arrest warrants, and overseeing preliminary court hearings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is prepared to include information about the arrestee’s background and as much detail about the arrestee’s life, which the judge will review and take into consideration when deciding on the sentence. Information will be gathered from the defendant, their family, and in some cases the victim. Remember that you should request to see a copy of your pre-sentencing report before sentencing, so you can correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are a number of different options, ranging from community service to probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on how serious your crime was, you could be immediately taken into custody, or you might be given a date that you must turn yourself into jail to serve your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if some you know is in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?

You can just go to the jail website and do an inmate search, and do a search using:

  • Name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their booking date.
  • and their inmate ID.

If you think this person is in jail, you can also call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can check the arrest warrants inquiry online or call the jail. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask them. You should be clear that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, and the date of their arrest, contact the Dougherty County jail, on the phone, go there in person, or find out online. Arrest records are public record and these records are freely available.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when you get served with papers, which can be warrants. You can find these civil process orders by going to the Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders must be registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You can access these offenders on the internet, but keep in mind that you will not be able to get the exact address, just the neighborhood block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. Court Records include a court case file containing a docket and any of the documents and filings filed in the case. You are able to access the court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains a record of people’s criminal background. These online databases are linked together so you can track criminal convictions from another state. You can go to the Dougherty County Courthouse and check in person, or check online. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and if it was in a completely different state, you may have to pay for a more comprehensive search.

When you look up a person’s crminal records you will be able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for the following crimes:

  • DUI.
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

During a criminal records search, in most cases will not be able to find out if someone had:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving histories, you will have to do a driving records search.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? Was it an easy process? Dis you do your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are many reasons that people look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your comments may help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI keeps a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Dougherty County,The Sheriff’s Department has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link

    Dougherty County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that serving a jail sentence in the Dougherty County jail is no fun, soon you will get accustomed to the routine that is set for you. You will get an alarm to wake up at 6:00AM, and next they’ll do roll call. Then you will get breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast participate 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 Dougherty 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 Dougherty 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 jail inmates might change, so be sure to visit the the Dougherty County Jail website before 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

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    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Dougherty County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Dougherty 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 Dougherty 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 Dougherty County Jail? Do you know anybody there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate at Dougherty County Jail?

    If your answer is yes, then we would like you to write your review about it. Write about your experience because others can find out what to expect.

    Things you might want to include in your comment:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitors
    • Other Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gangs
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has a story to tell. Why were you locked up? Were you fairly treated? What happened to you while you were locked up? Were the other inmates cool? How has this experience impacted your life?

    Tell Your Story

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    Make some good friends in jail? Trying to reconnect with someone you met in jail? Post a message to them below.

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    Links and Resources

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

    Dougherty County Jail Visitation Policy Link
    Dougherty County Jail Mail Policy
    Dougherty County Jail Inmate Inquiry Link
    Dougherty County Warrant Inquiry
    Dougherty County Jail Arrest Inquiry
    Send Money to an Inmate at Dougherty County Jail
    Dougherty County Jail Jobs


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