Monroe County Jail – Forsyth, GA

Monroe County Jail is located in Monroe County, GA and is the jail for the region. Are you looking for someone in jail at Monroe County Jail? This site tells you information about anything you might want to know about Monroe County Jailsuch as the following: Learn how to locate an inmate. How to view Monroe County Jail mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. How to post bail. Intake procedures. Monroe County court information. And everything else.

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The chance of going to jail is a scary and daunting situation, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also their family and friends. The goal of this guide is to offer information and tips that you’ll need to make getting locked up a lot easier. If you have a specific question, please feel free to ask it, and please leave any comments or tips that could be beneficial to other people in the same situation would be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Monroe County Jail
145 L. Cary Bittick Drive
Forsyth, GA 31029

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 478-994-7051
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that is locked up and need to find them?

Has someone that’s been arrested and you want to find them?

In order to search who is in jail at Monroe County Jail you will need to go to their link and use the inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Monroe County Jail Inmate Search is a list of people who have been arrested and are in jail, which includes status, bail amount (if applicable), and schedule for visitation. Also, you can get the same information on anyone arrested and booked or released within the last 24 hours. Prisoners are listed alphabetically by last name. You’ll be able to find their inmate information fast if you enter their first and last name, birth date, or inmate ID.

If the person you are looking for is in a different jail you should check our Georgia county jail guide: Other Jails in Georgia


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a booking picture, is the picture that the police take when you get booked into jail. They will take one face photo and a profile picture. Your name and intake number will be in the photos, and they’re on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots can be found online, or you can see them in person at the Monroe County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you will have to input the prisoner’s first and last name, and a booking date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to have your mugshot taken down from the Monroe County Jail site? This may not be possible, as your mugshot is public record. You need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. This means that all of your arrest records will be sealed, and will not be available to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

To learn more about removing your mugshot, the many different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

If you are locked up, your only thought is about how to get out. After booking, your bail amount is decided by the magistrate. If there is no bail set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you are are released you must promise to show up for court, and until that day you are not allowed to travel out of the county.

Typically, inmates can earn time off in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and act right while incarcerated.

If you follow the rules, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. You will be required to stay jail each day after work, or you could get to sleep in a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Bail is money that you are required to pay to be released from jail until you go to court. The amount you will be required to pay all depends on the seriousness of your crime. You will have to post ten percent of the total that was set before you can get out of jail. If you don’t go to court, whoever paid your bail will not get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail will have to call the Monroe County Jail or the County Courthouse. If know the pertinent information, such as 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 jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is no fun, but usually, it’s really easy if you have the money. First, figure out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only”. If it is, you won’t be able to get a bondsman. Cash only – the jail will not accept a check. Once the cash bond has been paid, the inmate will get released. If the conditions of bail are not violated, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you just don’t have the money, you should use a bail bondsman. They will usually have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of total bail, and sometimes charge a minimum of $100. This money will not be returned to you and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bail bondsman will in most cases ask to use your personal assets as collateral.

You can find a bail bondsman visit our page about: How to find a bail bondsman

Have you ever had to use a bondsman either 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

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

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

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If the jail is busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • First, will answer a number of questions, such as your full legal name, home address, birthdate and a contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • Any property you have will be taken from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • You will be allowed to use the phone in order to contact family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you might be allowed to keep wearing your own clothes, if not you you will have to change into a jail 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 to get processed? How did the guards treat you? Do you know any tips that could help others make it through the process?

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will get discharged from jail. Getting discharged from jail can take between 15 minutes to many hours. In simple terms, the faster bail is posted, the quicker you will get discharged. Also, how fast you get released will depend on whether you’ve been given a cash bond amount or if a judge needs to decide on how much your bail will be. For minor charges, you will be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and know the date of your release, you should expect to be discharged in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

out against you, or if you need to start a jail sentence, it is highly advisable that you do the right thing and turn yourself in. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go to the jail, and tell them that think that there is a warrant out for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if so, you will be taken into jail custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, go down to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Ensure that you aren’t late. Just bring approved items when you go, for example your drivers license or even your ID, prescription medication, and the official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate need to list each visitor’s full name to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitors will go into a log of visitors for the inmate. Every visitor will have to provide identification. Anyone that arrives for visitation late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Jail visitation policies change often, so we suggest that you double-check the official Monroe County Jail jail site before you go.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Phone calls made in jail are much more expensive than phone calls made outside of jail. Phone calls are restricted on when and 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 disciplined for an infraction, your ability to use the phone might get reduced or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

The Monroe County Jail phone number is: 478-994-7051

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates has to be mailed using US Postal Service. You must not use any other form of mail or package delivery. Clearly print the person’s name, inmate ID, and the jail address on the letter. Don’t mail a package, envelope with padding or insulation, bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail that you send to inmates will be opened and inspected by the officers at the jail, and the mail will get returned to the sender if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Monroe County Jail, use this address:

Monroe County Jail
145 L. Cary Bittick Drive
Forsyth, GA 31029

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Monroe County Jail
145 L. Cary Bittick Drive
Forsyth, GA 31029


The mail policy can change, so double check the the Monroe County Jail website before you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you still have certain rights, one of these is your right to request an attorney. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure you get a friend or relative to locate a lawyer when you call them. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘do I really need a lawyer?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal defense lawyer will advise you about your rights, help protect your best interests and help you understand the criminal justice system that you are now faced with. The sooner you get an attorney working on your charges, the better your chances.

For more information about the benefits of hiring a lawyer, read our guide: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire a lawyer, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. The Public Defender Office is staffed by investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and case workers. All Public Defenders are bona-fide attorneys, admitted to the State Bar and are completely licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

Have you or someone you know had to use a Public Defender? Do you think they properly handled your case?

Court Records

Court records are a matter of public record. They contain a case file containing a docket and each of the documents that have been filed in your case. You have the ability to access the records and documents in your court case using the Monroe County website, or by going to the Monroe County Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an official part of the court who manages the records. They also administer the oath in a court case, and read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All records associated with your court case are available at Monroe County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the costs associated with your case, which include filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have a Public Defender, you may not have to pay the fees.

Magistrate

The magistrate acts as the judge that presides over your case. Magistrates are judges that do several different things, which include determing how much your bail will be, writing arrest warrants, and presiding over preliminary court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed to include the defendant’s background information and as much detail about the arrestee’s life and public history, which the judge will review and take into account when deciding on the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be collected from the defendant, his or her family, and in some circumstances the victim. Be sure to remember that you can request to get a copy of the report before sentencing, and make sure that you correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are a number of different options, ranging from 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 could be taken into custody, right there in court, or you could receive a date that you must report to jail to serve your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if a family member of friend is currently in jail, or has ever been locked up?

This is pretty easy to do, simply just query the jail’s website, and do a search using:

  • Their name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • and their inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you can also call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant, you can access court records on the website or call the jail directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask the officer in charge. Keep in mind that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the Monroe County jail, by phone, go there in person, or look online. An arrest is public record and this is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you are served with legal papers, which can be a court order. You can access civil process orders by going to the Monroe County Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

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

Court Records

Court Records are public records. Court Records include a court case file that contains a docket sheet and any of the filings and documents filed in your case. You are able to access your court records via the internet, or at Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains records of their state citizen’s criminal background. These online databases are linked together so you can track criminal backgrounds from other states. 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 might have to pay a fee for a more complete 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 including assault, battery and murder.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

During a criminal records search, usually won’t be able to find out if someone has had any:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this information, you will have to do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? How easy was it? Did you search online or did you have to make a phone call to the courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are lots of reasons that people look up criminal records, and your comments might help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI maintains a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Monroe County,the Monroe County Sheriff maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link

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


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of serving a jail sentence in Monroe County Jail is quite unpleasant, soon you will get used to the daily routine there. You will get a wake-up alarm at 6:00am, and next you’ll have roll call. Then you will get breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will 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 Monroe 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 Monroe 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 process for sending money to someone in jail at Monroe County Jail changes, so you should visit the the Monroe County Jail website when you send money 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

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Monroe County Jail

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

    • 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 this jail? Do you have a family member or friend there? Have you ever visited someone at Monroe County Jail?

    If you have, then please write a review about it. Tell us about what you experienced because other people will know what to expect.

    Things you can include in your review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • Other Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Inmate activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has a story to tell. Why’d you end up in jail? Were you fairly treated? How was day to day life at Monroe County Jail? What about the other inmates? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

    Tell your story about when you did time at Monroe County Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Are you trying to find out how to get in touch with a person you met in jail? Post a message to them below.

    Say Hello to someone at Monroe County Jail

    Links and Resources

    Main Monroe County Jail Website
    Monroe County Jail Inmate Search Link
    Monroe County Jail Mugshots
    Monroe County Jail Bail Amount Link

    Monroe County Jail Visitation Policy Link
    Monroe County Jail Jail Mail Link
    Monroe County Jail Inmate Inquiry Link
    Monroe County Warrant Lookup
    Monroe County Jail Arrest Inquiry
    Send Funds to an Inmate at Monroe County Jail
    Monroe County Jail Jobs


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