Jackson County Detention Center – Jefferson, GA

Jackson County Detention Center is located in Jackson County, Georgia and is the main correctional facility for this area. Are you looking for somebody incarcerated at Jackson County Detention Center? This page tells you info about anything one might want to know about Jackson County Detention Center: How to locate an inmate at Jackson County Detention Center. How to view Jackson County Detention Center mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bailing out of jail. Intake procedures and booking. Court records. And lots more.

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The chance of going to jail is a scary prospect, not only for the person who gets arrested, but also that person’s family and friends. The purpose of this guide is to offer information and tips that you’ll need to make the process a lot easier. If you have a specific question, please feel free to ask them, and please leave any comments or tips that would be a benefit to other people in the same situation is appreciated.

General Information

Address

Jackson County Detention Center
555 General Jackson Drive
Jefferson, GA 30549

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 706-367-8718
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that has gone to jail and want to find them?

Do you know someone that has been arrested and you don’t know how to find out where they are?

To search who is in jail at Jackson County Detention Center you should navigate to their website and do an inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Jackson County Detention Center Inmate Locator is a list of people who have been arrested, which includes current status, bail amount, and schedule for visitation. Also, you are able to find information about anyone arrested and processed or discharged within the past 24 hour period. Inmates are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You can get their arrest information fast if you enter your friend or family member’s first and last name, birth date, or arrest number.

If your friend or family member is in another county jail you can look here: Other Jails in Georgia


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail processing photo, is the photo that the jail takes when you are booked into jail. A mugshot is make of one frontal photo and a profile picture. Your name and jail booking number will appear on the pictures, and they will be kept on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be seen on the Jackson County Detention Center website, or you can go in person to the Jackson County Detention Center. When you search for mugshots online you will need to enter their legal name, and an arrest date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to have your mugshot erased from the Jackson County Detention Center website? This may not be possible, as the mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot removed you will need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. Basically, this means that the record of your arrest would be sealed, and will not be available to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot removed, the different mugshot websites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, if you are arrested and put in jail, your main thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, your bail amount will be set either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this can 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 are are released you must agree to be there for your court date, and in the meantime you will not be permitted to travel out of the county.

In most cases, an inmate will earn an early release in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and act right while they’re in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be allowed to participate in work release. You will be required to go back to jail at the end of the day when you’re finished working, or you could get to move to a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you are required to pay to be released from jail until your trial. The amount you have to pay is dictated by the crime you’ve been charged with. You will have to put up 10 percent of the total that was set so you can get out of jail. If you fail to show up for your scheduled court date, the person that bailed you out of jail won’t get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You must call the Jackson County Detention Center. If you have all the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know the bail amount. Also, you can find out how much their bail is on the Jackson County Detention Center website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is never a fun thing, but thankfully, its easy if you have the money. First, find out if it is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If so, you will not be able to use a Bail Bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – the jail will not accept a check. Once you have paid the bond, the inmate 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 the amount of bail set is large, or you just can’t afford it, you will need to use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen generally have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of total bail, and usually charge a minimum charge of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If the bail is extremely high, the bondsman might request to use assets as collateral.

You can find a local bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a bail bondsman at Jackson County Detention Center

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

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

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • You must answer a bunch of questions, such as what is your full name, home address, birth date and a contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any personal property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you get released.
  • You will be allowed to make a telephone call in order to call a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you will be allowed to keep wearing street clothes, otherwise you you will have to wear a jail jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will get discharged from jail. The discharge process takes from 15 minutes to quite a few hours. Or, simply, the quicker you post bail, the faster you will get let go. How quickly you get discharged can depend on whether you have a bond amount or if the judge still needs to decide on how much to set your bail at. For minor charges, you will get booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served your sentence and have a discharge date, expect to get released that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the police have a, or if you need to start a jail sentence, you should follow the law and turn yourself into the authorities. If it is for a warrant, go down to the jail intake area, and tell an officer that you think there may be a warrant for your arrest. A record check will be run, and if you do, you will be taken into custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report on the date and time that the sentence order lists. Be sure that you aren’t late. Be sure to only bring things that are allowed when you turn yourself in, like a driver’s license or even state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, and a sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates must provide each visitor’s name to the jail before anyone can visit them. This information will be put in a Visiting log for the requesting inmate. Every visitor is required to provide identification. Visitors that arrives for visitation late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Visitation procedures at Jackson County Detention Center frequently change, so it would be wise to visit the jail site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Calls made in jail are usually more expensive than regular phone calls. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, phone privileges could be reduced or forbidden completely.

The Jackson County Detention Center phone number is: 706-367-8718

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail must be mailed using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You must not use any other form of delivery. You have to print the inmate’s name, inmate ID number, and the address of the jail on the letter that you send. Do not mail anything in a box, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. Any mail sent to inmates gets opened and reviewed by the jail officers, and the mail will be returned if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Jackson County Detention Center:

Jackson County Detention Center
555 General Jackson Drive
Jefferson, GA 30549

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Jackson County Detention Center
555 General Jackson Drive
Jefferson, GA 30549


The mail policy at Jackson County Detention Center changes, so be sure to visit the site before send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you should know you still have rights, the first of which is the right to request an attorney. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so it is a good idea to get a friend or relative to find a lawyer when you call them. You might be asking yourself ‘but do I really need an attorney’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal defense lawyer can advise you of your rights, look after your best interests and help you understand the complicated legal system. The sooner you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better.

For more detailed information on the benefits of hiring a lawyer, read our guide: How to Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford an attorney, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. Also, the Public Defender has a number of staff such as investigators, forensics experts and social case workers. Public Defenders are actual lawyers, members of the Georgia State Bar and are licensed to practice law.

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

Court Records

All court records are are public records and are available upon request. They are comprised of a case file with a sheet called a docket sheet and all motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed. You can access court records using the website, or at the Clerk of Court’s office.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who maintains court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath when court is in session, and also read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records, documents, and evidence associated with your case are kept and available to you at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the charges and fees from your court case, such as filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you are low income and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

The magistrate acts as the judge that presides over your case in court. Magistrate judges do a number of things, such as deciding a bail amount, writing arrest warrants, and presiding over preliminary court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is prepared with background information and as much detail about the arrestee’s life and public history, which the magistrate will take into account when determining a sentence. Information will be solicited from the person on trial, his or her family members, and, if applicable, the victim of the crime. Remember you are able to request to receive your own copy of the pre-sentencing report before sentencing, and make sure that you correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, which include community service to probation, to incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on the severity of the crime, you may be taken into custody, right there in court, or you might be given a date that you must to surrender and report to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if someone is incarcerated in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?

This is pretty easy to do, simply you will have to access the Jackson County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search by:

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

If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you can call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant, you can check the court records on the Jackson County court website or call the jail. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask one of the officers. You should be clear that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the Jackson County jail, on the phone, go there in person, or find out online. Arrest records are public record and the information is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when you get served with papers, which can be court orders. You can access civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders must be registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You can access this information online, but you should know that you will not be able to see the exact address, rather the block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. They include a court case file that contains a docket sheet and any filings and documents filed in the case. You are able to access court records on their website, or at the Jackson County Clerk of Court office in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state keeps a record of their state citizen’s criminal background. These state databases are linked together so you can track criminal convictions from other states. You can go to county courthouse and check in person, or check the website. It is helpful to know the county, and in the event that it was in a different state, you might have to pay for a more intensive search.

A criminal history search you will find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for these crimes:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

If you do a criminal records check, usually will not find if that person had:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get driving records, you will have to do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? Was it a difficult process? Dis you do your search online or did you call the courthouse? Was it correct? There are plenty of reasons that people search for criminal records, and your comments might make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI has a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Jackson County,The Sheriff’s Department maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List

    Jackson 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 Jackson County Detention Center is something you wish you could avoid, eventually you will settle into the routine that is set for you in jail. You will get a wake-up alarm at about 6:00 AM, and next you’ll have roll call. You will then eat breakfast. Following breakfast you will be required to work in the work program or other activity that you are assigned. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Jackson 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 Jackson 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 Jackson County Detention Center inmates might change, so review the site before you send funds to an inmate 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

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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Jackson County Detention Center

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

    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.

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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 at Jackson County Detention Center? Do you have a family member or friend that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited someone in this jail?

    If your answer is yes, then we would like you to leave a comment below about it. Tell us about what you experienced so that other people can find out what to expect.

    Things you might want to put in what you write:

    • Conditions in Jackson County Detention Center.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Guards and staff
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation
    • Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gangs
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has some stories to tell about the whole experience. Why were you locked up? Were you fairly treated? What was it like in jail? Tell us about the other inmates. How did it affect you to go to jail?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Do you need to say wassup to someone from jail? Leave a message for them here.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Jackson County Detention Center Link
    Jackson County Detention Center Inmate Search
    Jackson County Detention Center Mugshots
    Jackson County Detention Center Bail Amount Link

    Jackson County Detention Center Visitation Policy Link
    Jackson County Detention Center Mail Policy
    Jackson County Detention Center Inmate Search
    Jackson County Detention Center Warrant Inquiry Link
    Jackson County Detention Center Arrest Inquiry
    Send Funds to an Inmate at Jackson County Detention Center
    Jackson County Detention Center Employment


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