Effingham County Jail – Springfield, GA

Effingham County Jail is located in Effingham County, Georgia and is the main jail for this area. Looking for somebody at Effingham County Jail? This site tells you info about anything a person needs to know about Effingham County Jail: Find an inmate at Effingham County Jail. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. How to post bail. Effingham County Jail intake procedures. Court records. And much more…

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary and daunting thought, not only for whoever is incarcerated, but also that person’s family and friends. This guide is meant to give information and tips that you need to make getting locked up a little less stressful. If you have specific questions, just ask it, and also any tips or comments that might be beneficial to others is much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Effingham County Jail
P.O. Box 1015
Springfield, GA 31329

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 912-754-3449
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend in jail and don’t know how to find out where they are?

Has someone who’s been arrested and you want to locate them?

In order to look up who’s in jail at Effingham County Jail you will have to navigate to their website and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Effingham County Jail Inmate Lookup is an online list of persons who are in jail, including custody status, how much their bail is, and visiting schedule. Also, you can get the same information for anyone arrested and processed or released within the past 24 hour period. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You can find the information fast if you’ve got their full name, birth date, or inmate ID.

If your friend or family member is at another county jail you should look here, too: List of all jails in Georgia


Mugshots

A mugshot, or intake picture, is the photograph taken by the police during jail intake processing. A mugshot is actually two photos one frontal photo and one profile photo. Your name and intake number will be on the photos, and they will be stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots can be seen online, or you can go in person to the Effingham County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you have to enter the inmate’s name, and the arrest date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to get your mugshot taken off of the Effingham County Jail site? This can be tricky, as the mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot taken down you will need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. What this means is that the record of your arrest would be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

For more information about removing your mugshot, the different mugshot websites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, if you’re arrested and put in jail, your primary thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, a bail amount is set using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. In cases where no bail is set this may mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you do bail out you are required to agree to be in court on your court date, and you can’t leave the county.

Usually, inmates will be given an early release in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and area a good inmate while locked up.

If you follow the rules, you might be allowed to participate in work release. You will be required to return to jail every day when you’re finished at your job, or you could get to move into a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to the court system in order to be released from jail until your trial. Your bail amount is dictated by how serious your crime is. Someone will have to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total that was determined so you are able to be released. If you miss your court date, whoever posted your bail will lose all of the bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You will need to call the jail. If you have all the person’s info, like 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 online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is no fun, but thankfully, its very simple to do. First, you need to find out if it is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If this is the case, you will not be able to use a bail bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – they won’t accept a personal check. Once you have paid the bond, the inmate will be released. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, of if you can’t pay it, you will need to use a bail bondsman. They usually charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and in most cases with a minimum charge of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If the bail is extremely high, the bail bondsman will use assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

To find a local bail bondsman go to: How to find a bail bondsman

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

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process takes you through each of the following 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 will answer some simple questions, like what is your full name, street address, birthdate and contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • 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 are released.
  • They will allow you to use the telephone in order to call family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might be able to wear your own clothes, otherwise you you will be given a jail jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through the jail intake procedure? If you have, you should tell your story so other people can learn from your experience. How long did it take to get through intake? Were you treated fairly? Can you tell us tips that might help others get through jail processing?

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will get released from jail. This process takes anywhere from 30 minutes to all day long. In simple terms, the quicker you post bail, the faster you can get released from jail. Also, it depends on whether or not you’ve got a cash bond amount or if the magistrate needs to decide on your bail amount. For a minor charge, you will simply be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and are given a release date, plan to be released in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

out against you, or if you need to begin your sentence in jail, it is highly advisable that you follow the law and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If it is for a warrant, report to the jail reception area, and tell someone that believe that there could be an outstanding warrant for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if they find one, they will take you into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, go down to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order lists. Make sure that you don’t show up late. Be sure to only bring approved items when you go to jail, for example your drivers license or your ID, any prescription medication you might take, and a copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates need to list information about each visitor to the jail. Your visitor’s information will be put in a Visiting log for the inmate that requested the visitor. Each visitor is required to provide acceptable photo identification. Anyone arriving late or that does not have a visting order will be turned away.
The Effingham County Jail visitation procedures are always changing, so double-check the official jail site before you go to visitation.

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 . These phone calls are a lot pricier than regular phone calls. There is no limit to how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep 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 reduced or forbidden.

Phone Number: 912-754-3449

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail must be sent via US Postal Service. You cannot use any other form of mail or package delivery. You have to clearly write or type the inmate’s name, inmate ID, and jail address on the envelope. Do not mail a box or package, envelope with padding or insulation, bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. Any mail is opened and inspected by the jail officers, and will get returned if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to someone incarcerated at Effingham County Jail:

Effingham County Jail
P.O. Box 1015
Springfield, GA 31329

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Effingham County Jail
P.O. Box 1015
Springfield, GA 31329


The inmate mail policy at Effingham County Jail changes frequently, so visit the official Effingham County Jail site when you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you still have certain rights, the most important of which is the right to request an attorney. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so you would be wise to have a friend or family member find a lawyer for you. You might be asking yourself ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal lawyer can advise you of your rights, help protect your interests and show you the way through the complicated court system that you are now faced with. The sooner you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your charges, the better your chances.

For more information on the benefits of hiring a lawyer, go to: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you can’t afford a lawyer, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. Also, the Public Defender Office has access to independent investigators, forensics experts and case workers. All Public Defenders are full-fledged lawyers that are members of the Georgia State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney? Are you satisfied with how they handled your case and represented you in court?

Court Records

Court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. They have a file containing a docket sheet and all of the documents that have been filed. You are able to access your court records via the internet service, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is a member of the court that manages access to court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and read the jury’s verdict. All records and documents from your court case are kept and available to you at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the costs from your court case, such as for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have a Public Defender, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

The Effingham County court magistrate is the person that presides over your case in court. They do a number of things, like setting bail, issuing warrants, and presiding over initial court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is completed with information about the arrestee’s background and details of the defendant’s life history, which the judge will take into account when determining a sentence. Information and personal details will be requested from the defendant, their family, and, if applicable, the victim of the crime. Keep in mind you are able to ask to get a copy of your pre-sentencing report before you are sentenced, and correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, including community service to probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on the severity of the crime, you could be locked up immediately, or you could receive a date that you are required to turn yourself into jail to do your time.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if somebody you know is locked up, or has gone to jail in the past?

This is pretty simple to do, just just go to the jail website and do an inmate search, and search by:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birth date.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • and their jail ID.

If you think this person is in jail, you should call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants inquiry online or you are able to call the court. This requires a first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask them. Keep in mind that if you do have an outstanding warrant, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the jail, by phone, in person, or check online. An arrest is public record and the information is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you are served with legal papers, like court orders. You can access civil process orders by contacting the Effingham County Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are registered and listed on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You can access sex offenders on the website, but bear in mind that you will not be able to see the precise address, but only the neighborhood block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. They include a court case file containing a docket and all documents and filings filed in the court case. You can access court records on the website, or at the Effingham County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains records of a person’s criminal past. These databases are all linked so you are able to track criminal convictions from another state. You can go to courthouse and check in person, or you can check online. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and in the event that the crime was in a completely different state, you may have to pay for a more complete search.

A criminal history search you will be able to get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for crimes, which include:

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

But, when you do a criminal records check, you won’t learn if they has had any moving violations, like:

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

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? Was it an easy process? Was your search online or did you make a phone call to the Effingham County courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are lots of reasons that folks search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your feedback could help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI has their list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Effingham County,the Sheriff has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link

    Effingham County Sheriff’s Department’s Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

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

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Effingham 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 Effingham 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 rules for sending funds to someone in jail at Effingham County Jail is always changing, so 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

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Effingham County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Effingham 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 Effingham 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.

    Tell Your Story


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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 in Effingham County Jail? Do you know someone that spent time there? Have you ever visited an inmate at Effingham County Jail?

    If so, then we would like you to write your review about it. Write down your experience so other people will know what to expect.

    Things you can include in your review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has some stories to tell about the whole experience. Why were you locked up? Were you fairly treated? How was day to day life at Effingham County Jail? What were the other inmates like? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

    Click here to post a comment

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Need to find a friend from jail? Post a message to them below.

    Say Hello to people still locked up at Effingham County Jail

    Links and Resources

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

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


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