Irwin County Detention Center – Ocilla, GA

Irwin County Detention Center is located in Irwin County, Georgia and is the main correctional facility for that region. Know somebody in Irwin County Detention Center? This guide tells you information about everything a person needs to know about Irwin County Detention Center,such as: How to do a jail inmate search. Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and how to get out of jail. Booking and intake procedures. Court information. And much much more…

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The chance of going to jail is a scary and daunting prospect, not only for the person who gets locked up, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is meant to offer information and tips that you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail a lot easier. If you have questions, feel free to ask it, and also any feedback or comments that might be a benefit to others is much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Irwin County Detention Center
132 Cotton Drive
Ocilla, GA 31774

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 229-468-4121
Fax Number:

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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 don’t know how to contact them?

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

In order to look up who’s in jail at Irwin County Detention Center you should go to their link and do an inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Irwin County Detention Center Inmate Locator is a list of persons who are in jail, including custody status, how much their bail is, and visiting schedule. You can also find info on anybody who has been arrested or discharged within the past 24 hour period. Inmates are listed alphabetically by last name. You can locate their arrest information faster if you have their name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or family member may be in another county jail you will want to look here: Georgia Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail intake photo, is the photograph taken by the police when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is actually one frontal photo and a profile photo. Your full name and jail booking number will be on the photos, and they will be kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Irwin County Detention Center prisoners can be viewed on the Irwin County Detention Center website, or you can see them at the Irwin County Detention Center. When viewing online you will have to put in their full name, and the booking date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to get your mugshot taken down from the Irwin County Detention Center site? This is difficult, because your mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot removed you need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. What this means is that all of your arrest records will be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot removed, the different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal services: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, once you’re in jail, your primary thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through booking, a bail amount is decided by a special judge called a magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you do bail out of jail you will have to promise to go to your court date, and in the meantime you will not be permitted to go out of town.

Typically, a prisoner can earn early release in exchange for good behavior if they follow the rules and area a good inmate while in jail.

If you follow the rules, you might be allowed to participate in work release. You will either have to return to jail at the end of the day when you’re finished at your job, or you may be permitted to move into a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to the courts to get out of jail until you go to court. Your bail amount all depends on how serious your charges are. You will have to pay to the courts 10% of the amount that was determined in order to bail out of jail. If you don’t show up for court, that person will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you will have to call the Irwin County Detention Center. If know the person’s information, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know what their bail is set at. Also, you can find out how much their bail is on the Irwin County Detention Center website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is never a fun thing, but usually, it is really easy if you have the money. First of all, you need to know if they have a Cash Only Bond situation. If it is, you won’t be able to get a Bail Bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – the jail won’t take a check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the prisoner will be released to your care. 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 should look into the services of a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will usually charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the bail amount, and in most cases with a minimum 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 might require that they use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral.

To find a local bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a bail bondsman

Have you ever had to use a Bail Bondsman because you or someone you know got arrested? If you have, leave a comment below and tell your story, 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
  • Work Release Programs
  • Get Out For Time Served
  • Pre-Trial Release Programs
  • Released On House Arrest
  • Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure takes you through each of these steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • The first step is that you will have to answer some questions, such as your legal name, home address, birthdate and an emergency contact.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • All personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you are released.
  • You will get to use the telephone so you can talk to a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you will be allowed to keep wearing street clothes, otherwise you you will be given a jumpsuit.

Have you ever been booked into jail? If you have, you should tell our readers about your experience. How long did it take to get processed? How were you treated? Do you have any things that might help other people make it through the procedure?

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. The discharge process may take anywhere from 15 minutes to quite a few hours. Or, simply, the faster you post bail, the faster you will get out of jail. Also, it will depend on if you’ve got a bond amount or if a magistrate has to determine how much to set your bail at. For minor offenses, you will be booked and get released without having to post bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and have a release date, plan to be discharged at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the sheriff has a, or if you have to begin your jail sentence, it is highly advisable that you follow the rules and turn yourself in willingly. If you have a warrant, go down to the jail intake center, and tell someone that think that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will do a record check, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, 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 or court paperwork states. Be very careful that you are not late. Be sure to only bring necessary items when you go to jail, such as your drivers license or even your ID, any prescription medication you might take, and a sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates have to list the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitor’s information will be entered into a log of approved visitors as an approved visitor. All visitors will be required to provide proof of identification. Any visitors arriving late or that is not an approved visitor will not be able to attend visitation.
The Irwin County Detention Center visitation procedures are always changing, so we suggest that you visit the jail site before you try to go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Phone calls made in jail are much more costly than phone calls made outside of jail. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when and how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you are disciplined for an infraction, your ability to use the phone might get cut back or cut altogether.

The Irwin County Detention Center phone number is: 229-468-4121

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates must be mailed using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You can’t use any other type of mail delivery. You must write the prisoner’s name, inmate ID number, and the address of the jail on the letter. Don’t mail a package, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail sent to inmates gets opened and reviewed by the jail administration, and will get sent back to the person who mailed it if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Irwin County Detention Center is:

Irwin County Detention Center
132 Cotton Drive
Ocilla, GA 31774

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Irwin County Detention Center
132 Cotton Drive
Ocilla, GA 31774


The mail policy is always changing, so it would be best to review the official Irwin County Detention Center site before you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you have rights, one of these being your right to request an attorney. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so make sure you have a friend or family member locate a lawyer for you. You may be asking yourself ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal defense attorney can advise you of your rights, help protect your interests and show you the way through the court system. The faster you get an attorney working on your charges, the better your chances.

For more detailed information on the benefits of hiring a lawyer, click here: How to Find a Lawyer in Irwin County

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford an attorney, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. In addition, the Public Defender’s Office is staffed by independent investigators, experts in forensics and social case workers. All Public Defenders are full-fledged attorneys that are members of the Georgia State Bar and are licensed to practice law.

Have you or someone you know used a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

Irwin County 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 include a case file containing a docket and all documents and motions in the case. You, and anyone else, can access court records with the online service, or at the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court that manages the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records and documents related to your court case are kept at Irwin County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the charges from your case, for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the person that rules over your case. They do a number of different things, which include determing how much your bail will be, issuing arrest warrants, and presiding over first court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed with information about your background and information about the defendant’s life and public history, which the magistrate judge will take into account when decide your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be solicited from the defendant, the defendant’s family, and in some cases the victim of the crime. Bear in mind that you should ask to receive your own copy of the report before sentencing, so you have the opportunity to correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are several different options for sentencing, which include community service to 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 could be immediately taken into custody, or you might be given a date to turn yourself into 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 someone is locked up, or has gone to jail in the past?

To find this out just go to the Irwin County jail website, and do a search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • and their jail ID.

If you think that they are currently in jail, you can also call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can access arrest warrants online or you can call the court. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask the officer in charge. Bear in mind that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, as well as their arrest date, contact the jail, by phone, in person, or you can check online. An arrest is public record and this information is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when someone has been served with papers, such as a court order. You can find these by going to the Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders must be registered and listed on a sex offender database. The people on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to see this information on the internet, but keep in mind that you will not be able to find the street address, rather the neighborhood block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. They include a court case file that includes a docket and all documents filed in your court case. You are able to access court records on their website, or at Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state keeps a record of someone’s criminal background. These online databases are connected and you can track criminal backgrounds from another state. Go to courthouse and check in person, or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and in the event that it was in a totally different state, you might 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 crimes, which include:

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

During a criminal records search, in most cases won’t be able to find out if that person has had any moving violations, like:

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

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? Was it easy? Dis you do your search online or did you have to call the local courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are lots of reasons that folks look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your feedback could help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI has their list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Irwin County,the Irwin County Sheriff has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link

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


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that getting locked up in Irwin County Detention Center is very scary, soon you will get accustomed to the routine that is set for you. All inmates get an alarm to wake up every morning at 6:00am, and next they’ll do roll call. Then you will have breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will 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 Irwin 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 Irwin 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 rules for sending funds to people in jail can change, so we suggest that you review the official website when you send any money.

    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

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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Irwin County Detention Center

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

    • 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 an inmate at Irwin County Detention Center? Do you know someone that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate at this jail?

    If yes, then please write a review about it. Write about your experience so other people can find out what to expect.

    Things you could write in your review:

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


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has at least one story to tell about it. Why’d you end up in jail? Were you mistreated? How was day to day life at Irwin County Detention Center? How did you get along with the other inmates? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

    Tell Your Story About Irwin County Detention Center

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Need to find out how to get in touch with an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Leave a message for them here.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Irwin County Detention Center Link
    Irwin County Detention Center Inmate Search Link
    Irwin County Detention Center Mugshots
    Irwin County Detention Center Bail Link

    Irwin County Detention Center Visitation Policy Link
    Irwin County Detention Center Jail Mail Policy Link
    Irwin County Detention Center Inmate Inquiry Link
    Irwin County Detention Center Warrant Inquiry
    Irwin County Detention Center Arrests
    Send Money to an Inmate at Irwin County Detention Center
    Jobs at Irwin County Detention Center


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