Fulton County Jail – Atlanta, GA

Fulton County Jail is located in Fulton County, Georgia and is the jail for that region. Looking for someone at Fulton County Jail? This site tells you about everything a person needs to know about Fulton County Jail,such as: How to do a jail inmate search. Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bailing out of jail. Fulton County Jail intake procedures. Court information. And much much more…

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The chance of going to jail is a scary and stressfull prospect, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also that person’s friends and family. The purpose of this guide is to give you advice and information that you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail easier. If you have questions, please feel free to ask them, and any feedback or comments that could be beneficial to other people in the same situation is appreciated.

General Information

Address

Fulton County Jail
185 Central Ave S.W.
Atlanta, GA 30303

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 404-613-2000
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone in jail and need to find out where they are?

Do you know a friend or family member who’s been arrested and you don’t know how to find out what jail they’re in?

To look up who’s in jail at Fulton County Jail you have to visit their website and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Fulton County Jail Inmate Search is an online list of persons who were arrested and are now in jail, which includes custody status, how much their bail is, and visiting hours. You can also find information about anyone processed or discharged within the past 24 hours. Inmates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You’ll be able to locate the information fast if you have your friend or family member’s first and last name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If the person you’re searching for might be in a different jail you can check the other Georgia county jails in our Georgia County Jail Guide: Georgia County Jails Directory


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail booking photo, is the photograph that the police take when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is make of one face photo and a side photo. Your full name and intake number will be in the photos, and they will be stored at the jail.

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Mugshots of inmates can be searched online, or you can go in person to the Fulton County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you have to enter the name, and an arrest date, if you have it.

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 Fulton County Jail site? This can be tricky, since your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you need 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. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

To learn more about getting your mugshot taken down, the different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal services: 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 primary thought is about how to get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, your bail will be decided either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this might mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you are are released you must promise to be there for your court date, and until then you are not permitted to travel out of the county.

In most cases, inmates are given an early release in exchange for good behavior when they follow the rules and area a good inmate while locked up.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. You will be required to stay the jail at the end of the day after work, or you may get to move into a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Your bail is money that you will be required to pay in order to be released from jail pending trial. Your bail amount is dictated by the seriousness of your charges. You or someone you know will have to put up 10 percent of the total set in order for you to get discharged from jail. If you don’t show up for your scheduled court date, whoever posted your bail won’t get the bail money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you need to call the jail. If you have all the person’s information, like name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know the bail amount. You can also see the bail amount on the Fulton County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is never fun, but fortunately, it is easy if you have the money. First of all, you need to find out if they have a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If this is the case, you won’t be able to use the services of a bail bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – the jail will not take a check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the person will be released to your care. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, of if you can’t pay it, you should try a bail bondsman. They will generally charge a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and in most cases with a minimum of $100. This money will not be returned to you and must be paid in cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bondsman will in these cases ask to use assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

To contact a local bail bondsman click here: How to find a bail bondsman

Have you ever hired a Bail Bondsman for yourself, a family member or friend? If so, 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
  • Time Served
  • Pre-Trial Release Programs
  • Get Out on House Arrest
  • Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process takes you through each of the following steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • Firstly, you have to answer some basic questions, like what is your full legal name, your address, date of birth and an emergency contact.
  • They’ll also ask you about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • You will get to use the phone to talk to a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might be able to wear your own clothes, otherwise you you will have to wear a jail uniform.

Have you ever been booked into jail? If you have, you should tell your story. How long did it take? Were you treated fairly? Do you know any secrets that might help others get through jail processing?

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will get discharged from jail. The discharge process may take from 15 minutes to hours or even all day long. In simple terms, the faster bail is posted, the sooner you will get let go. Also, how fast you get released might depend on if you’ve been given a bond amount or if the magistrate must determine the bail amount. For minor charges, you will be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and know the discharge date, expect to be released in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the police have a, or if you must start your sentence, it is recommended that you do the right thing and turn yourself in willingly. If you have a warrant, go to the jail intake area, and tell an officer that you think there may be a warrant for your arrest. They will do a record check, and if you do, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, go to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order lists. Ensure that you don’t show up late. Only bring allowed items when you turn yourself in, like a driver’s license or photo ID, prescription medication, as well as the copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates need to list each visitor’s name to the jail. Your visitors will go into a log of approved visitors for the inmate that requested the visitor. Every visitor will have to 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 attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at Fulton County Jail can change, so it would be wise to double-check the official jail site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Jail phone calls are usually more costly than phone calls made outside of jail. There are certain restrictions about when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but inmates should keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you break the jail rules, an inmate’s ability to use the phone could be reduced or forbidden.

Phone Number: 404-613-2000

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail is required to be mailed using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You shouldn’t use any other form of mail or package delivery. Clearly print the prisoner’s name, inmate ID, and the jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not mail anything in a box or package, padded envelope, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal inside. Any mail sent to inmates is opened and reviewed by the jail administration, and will be returned if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Fulton County Jail is:

Fulton County Jail
185 Central Ave S.W.
Atlanta, GA 30303

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Fulton County Jail
185 Central Ave S.W.
Atlanta, GA 30303


The inmate mail policy at Fulton County Jail changes, so we suggest that you visit the official website before send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you still have rights, the most important of which is that you have the right to request an attorney. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so you would be wise to have a friend or family member find an attorney when you call. You may be asking yourself ‘I don’t need a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal defense lawyer will advise you about your rights, help protect your best interests and help you understand the legal system in Fulton County. The sooner you get an attorney working on your criminal case, the better off you’ll be.

For more detailed information on this subject, go to: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire an attorney, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. Also, the Public Defender’s Office has access to investigators, forensics experts as well as case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are real lawyers that are admitted to the Georgia State Bar Association and are licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

All court records are a matter of public record. They have a court case file containing a docket and all documents that have been filed. You can access the records and documents in your court case via the Fulton County website, or by going to the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Fulton County Clerk of Court is an officer of the court that manages court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath when court is in session, and read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All records and documents associated with your court case are available at Clerk of Court.

Fees

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

Magistrate

The Fulton County magistrate acts as the judge who presides over your case. Magistrates do a number of different things, like determing how much your bail will be, issuing warrants, and presiding over initial court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is put together to include information about the defendant’s background and as much detail about the defendant’s life and public history, which the judge will review and take into consideration when determining a sentence. Information will be gathered from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and if necessary the victim. Don’t forget you are able to ask to receive a copy of the report before sentencing, so you get the chance to correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, including community service and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you might get locked up immediately, or you could receive a date that you are supposed to report to jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

You can you should query the jail’s website, and do a search using:

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

If you think that they are currently in jail, you can call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants on the Fulton County jail website or you can call the court. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask them. Keep in mind that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, and the date of their arrest, contact the jail, either by phone, in person, or check online. Records of arrests are in the public record and the information is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you are served with legal papers, such as warrants. You can find these by contacting the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are required to be registered and listed on both a national and state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to see these offenders on the website, but keep in mind that you will not be able to find the street address, just the block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. They include a court case file that contains a court docket and all of the filings and documents filed in your case. You are able to access your court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at the Fulton County Clerk of Court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains records of someone’s criminal history. These databases are all connected so you can track criminal backgrounds from any other state. You are able to go to courthouse and inquire, or check the website. It helps to know the county, and in the event that it was in a different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

When you look up a person’s crminal records you will be able to get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

When you do a criminal history search, you won’t find out if someone has had any:

  • Speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find driving records, you must do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? Was it easy? Dis you do your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the Fulton County courthouse? Was the information correct? There are lots of reasons that people look up criminal records, and your comments could make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI has their list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Fulton County,The Sheriff’s Department maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link

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


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that spending time in Fulton County Jail is quite unpleasant, soon you will get accustomed to the daily routine. Expect an alarm for wake-up at about six in the morning, and next they’ll do roll call. Next, you will have breakfast. When you finish eating 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 Fulton 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 Fulton 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 money to Fulton County Jail inmates is likely to change, so be sure to review the the Fulton 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

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Fulton County Jail

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

    • 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 spent any time in this jail? Do you know someone that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit someone at Fulton County Jail?

    If yes, then please write your review about it. Write about your jail experience so other people will know what to expect.

    Things you can put in the review:

    • Conditions in Fulton County Jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Staff and guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Having Visitors
    • Other Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has some stories about their time ‘inside’. How’d you get locked up? Were you fairly treated? What happened to you while you were locked up? Tell us about the other inmates. How did getting locked up affect your life?

    Click here to share your story about when you did time in Fulton County Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Are you trying to throw a shout out to somebody you met when you were locked up? Post a message to them below.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Fulton County Jail Website
    Fulton County Jail Inmate Search
    Fulton County Jail Mugshots
    Fulton County Jail Bail Link

    Fulton County Jail Visitation Procedures
    Fulton County Jail Mail Policy
    Locate an inmate at Fulton County Jail
    Fulton County Warrant Inquiry
    Fulton County Jail Arrest Lookup
    Send Funds to an Inmate at Fulton County Jail
    Fulton County Jail Employment


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