Houston County Detention Center – Perry, GA

Houston County Detention Center is located in Houston County, Georgia and is the jail for the county. Do you know somebody in Houston County Detention Center? This site gives you information about everything you might need to know about Houston County Detention Center: Find out who’s in jail at Houston County Detention Center? Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. How to post bail. Intake procedures and booking. Houston County court information. And much more…

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary thought, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also that person’s family and friends. This guide is meant to give you information that you’ll need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail a lot easier. If you have specific questions, feel free to ask it, and please leave any comments or tips that would be a benefit to others is much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Houston County Detention Center
201 Perry Parkway
Perry, GA 31069

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (478)218-4900
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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 need to find them?

Has a family member or friend who has been arrested and you don’t know how to find them?

To find out who’s in jail at Houston County Detention Center you will have to click on their link and use the inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Houston County Detention Center Inmate Locator has information on people who were arrested and are now in jail, which includes current status, bail amount, and visiting hours. Also, you can get info on anyone processed or discharged in the past 24 hours. Inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You’ll be able to locate the information more quickly if you’ve got their full name, birth date, or arrest number.

If the person you’re searching for might be locked up at a different jail you can check our guide to other Georgia jails: Georgia County Jails Listing


Mugshots

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

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be viewed on the website, or you can see them at the Houston County Detention Center. When viewing mugshots online you will have to put in the inmate’s legal name, and a booking date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to have your mugshot removed from the Houston County Detention Center website? This will be difficult, as the mugshot is public record. You have to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. Basically, this means that the record of your arrest will be sealed, and unavailable to the public. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

To learn more about getting your mugshot removed, the various mugshot websites, 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

If you are locked up, your only thought is when and how to get out. After booking, a bail amount will be decided by a special judge called a magistrate. If no bail is set this may mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you are are released you are required to agree to show up for court, and until then you won’t be allowed to leave town.

Usually, prisoners can earn time off in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and conduct themselves properly while they’re in jail.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. You will be required to stay the jail every day after work, or you may get to live in a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you are required to pay to get out of jail pending trial. The amount you will be required to pay all depends on the seriousness of your charges. Someone will have to pay 10 percent of the total amount that was set so you are able to get discharged from jail. If you fail to show up for court, whoever put up your bail money will lose that bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you have to call the jail or the county courthouse. If you have all the person’s info, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you how much their bail is. 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 never fun, but most of the time, it is easy if you have the money. To start with, figure out if they have a Cash Only Bond. If it is, you won’t be able to get a bail bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – the jail can’t take a personal check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the prisoner will be released. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you just don’t have the money, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen generally charge you a fee of 10-15% of the total bail amount, and sometimes with a minimum charge of $100. This money will not be returned to you and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bail bondsman may request to use assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

To contact a bail bondsman click here: Find a bail bondsman at Houston County Detention Center

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

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Early Release For Good Behavior
  • Work Release
  • Released For Time Served
  • Be Released on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • Released On House Arrest
  • Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure includes each of the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • Firstly, you have to answer a number of questions, such as your full name, street address, date of birth and an emergency contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • They will let you use the phone so you can call family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you might be allowed to keep wearing street clothes, otherwise you will be issued a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

Have you been arrested and gone through jail intake? If you have, you should tell us how it happened. How long did it take? How did the guards treat you? Do you know any things that could help other people that get arrested get through the procedure?

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will be allowed to leave jail. The discharge process takes anywhere between 30 minutes to all day. In simple terms, the faster you can pay your bail, the quicker you will be freed. It also will depend on whether or not you’ve got a cash bond amount or if the judge needs to figure out the amount of bail to be set. For minor offenses, you will simply be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you get to the end of your sentence and have a release date, plan to be released at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you have to begin your jail sentence, it is recommended that you do the right thing and turn yourself in. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go to the jail processing area, and tell the intake officer that you think they might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if so, you will be taken into custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Be very careful that you are not late to report. Just bring approved items with you, for example your drivers license or ID, any prescription medication you might take, and the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates have to list each visitor’s name to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitors will be put into the visitors log as an approved visitor. Every visitor will have to provide a photo ID when visiting. Visitors that arrives for visitation late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures can change, so you should visit the official Houston County Detention Center jail site before you try to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Jail phone calls are much pricier than phone calls made at home. There is no limit to how often you can use the phone, but inmates must 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, your ability to use the phone might get cut back or forbidden.

The Houston County Detention Center phone number is: (478)218-4900

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail is required to be mailed using the actual US Postal Service. You can’t use any other form of mail or package delivery. You have to clearly write or type the name, inmate number, and the address of the jail on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not mail a package, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. Any mail will be opened and read and inspected by the officers at the jail, and will get sent back to the person who mailed it if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Houston County Detention Center is:

Houston County Detention Center
201 Perry Parkway
Perry, GA 31069

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Houston County Detention Center
201 Perry Parkway
Perry, GA 31069


The mail policy at Houston County Detention Center can change, so review the site when you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you have certain rights, and an important one is the right to request an attorney. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so it is a good idea to get a friend or relative to locate a lawyer for you. You might be thinking ‘I don’t have to get a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal defense attorney will make sure you know your rights, help protect your interests and help you through the legal system. The quicker you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better your chances.

To read more about the benefits of hiring a lawyer, click: How to Find an Attorney in Houston County

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford a lawyer, you will be assigned a public defender. The Public Defender’s Office has a number of staff such as investigators, forensics experts and social case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are licensed attorneys that are members of the Georgia State Bar and are legally licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

Have you ever had to use the services of a Public Defender? How did they do?

Court Records

Houston County court records are a matter of public record. Court records contain a file containing a docket and every documents and motions filed in the case. You are able to access your court case records with the internet service, or at the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court that manages court records. They also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and also read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records and documents from your case are kept and available to you at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are the costs from your case, such as filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you are low income and have been assigned a Public Defender, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the person that will preside on your case. Magistrate judges do several different things, such as setting bail, issuing warrants, and presiding over preliminary court hearings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is completed to include information about the arrestee’s background and information about the arrestee’s life history, which the magistrate judge will take into account when determining a sentence. Information and personal details will be solicited from the person on trial, his or her family members, and in some circumstances the victim of the crime. Be sure to remember that you can ask to see your own copy of the pre-sentencing report before your sentencing, so you can correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are a number of different options, which include community service and probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you may be taken into custody immediately, or given a date to go to jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if a family member of friend is locked up, or has gone to jail in the past?

This is pretty simple to do, just you will have to visit the jail’s website, and do a search using:

  • Their name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date.
  • and their jail ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you can call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant, you can access court records online or call the court. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask the officer in charge. You should be clear that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the jail, by phone, in person, or you can check online. Arrest records are in the public record and the information is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you are served with legal papers, like , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can access civil process orders by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are required to be registered and listed on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex crime. You can access sex offenders online, but keep in mind that you can’t see the precise address, just the block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. They include a case file that includes a docket sheet and all documents and filings filed in your case. You are able to access your court records via the internet, or at Clerk of Court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains records of their state citizen’s criminal past. These databases are all linked so you are able to track criminal histories from another state. 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 different state, you may have to pay for a more intensive search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you are able to get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for any of the following crimes:

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

If you do a criminal records check, you generally will not learn if someone has had:

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this information, 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 call the local courthouse? Was the information correct? There are lots of reasons that people look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your account could help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI keeps a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Houston County,The Sheriff’s Department has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link

    Houston County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List: External Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of serving a jail sentence in Houston County Detention Center is very scary, eventually you will get used to the routine that is set for you. You will get an alarm for wake-up at six in the morning, and next they’ll do roll call. After roll call you will get breakfast. After breakfast, you will be required to work 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 Houston County Detention Center, 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 Houston County Detention Center 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 people in jail is always changing, so you should double check the site 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 Houston County Detention Center

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Houston County Detention Center, 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 Houston County Detention Center

    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:

    • Victims have the right to protection from the accused.
    • Victims have the right to notification.
    • Victims have the right to attend proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • Victims have the right to restitution.
    • Victims have the right to a speedy trial.
    • Victims 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 Houston County Detention Center? Do you know someone that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit someone at this jail?

    If you have, then you should write a review about it. Write about your experience so others can learn what to expect.

    Things you could write in your comment:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • The other inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Inmate activities and programs


    Click here to write your review

    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has at least one story to tell about it. Why’d you end up in jail? Were you fairly treated? What happened to you while you were locked up? What were the other inmates like? How did going to jail affect your life?

    Click here to tell about all about it

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Do you need to throw a shout out to someone you met in jail? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.

    Post a message to people locked up at Houston County Detention Center

    Links and Resources

    Main Houston County Detention Center Website
    Houston County Detention Center Inmate Search Link
    View Houston County Detention Center Mugshots
    Houston County Detention Center Bail Amount Link

    Houston County Detention Center Visitation Procedures
    Houston County Detention Center Jail Mail Link
    Houston County Detention Center Inmate Inquiry Link
    Houston County Warrants
    Houston County Detention Center Arrests
    Send Funds to an Inmate at Houston County Detention Center
    Houston County Detention Center Employment


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Comments

  1. Sam says:

    Hey wanted to tell my homegirl A.M.D. Kno everyones missing ya and that i love ya n to hang in there. i came across this site online thought id sent u a shout out. I’ll see ya soon girl!
    -SLM <3

  2. Eva M. says:

    Hey Michael M. we miss and love you hope you are out! We are counting down the days!

  3. michelle lance says:

    mike lance i love and miss u i will be there when u get out

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