Tift County Jail – Tifton, GA

Tift County Jail is located in Tift County, GA and is the correctional facility for this region. Are you looking for somebody incarcerated at Tift County Jail? This page will tell you info about anything one might want to know about Tift County Jail: How to do a jail inmate search. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. How to post bail. Booking and intake procedures. Tift County court information. And more…

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The chance of going to jail is a scary idea, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also their family and friends. This guide is meant to give info you need to make going to jail less stressfull. If you have a question, just ask it, and please leave any comments or feedback that would be beneficial to others will be welcome.

General Information

Address

Tift County Jail
500 Morgan Drive
Tifton, GA 31794

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (229) 388-6020
Fax Number:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that is in jail and need to contact them?

Do you know somebody who’s been arrested and you need to locate them?

To see who’s in jail at Tift County Jail you should click on their web site and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Tift County Jail Inmate List has information on persons who have been arrested and are in custody, which includes custody status, how much their bail is, and times you can visit. Also, you are able to get info on anyone arrested and booked or discharged in the past 24 hours. Jail inmates are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You will be able to locate their arrest information more quickly if you enter your friend or family member’s name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If the person you’re searching for may be in another county jail you will want to look here, too: Georgia County Jails Directory


Mugshots

A mugshot, or booking photograph, is a photo that the police take when you are booked into jail. A mugshot is actually two photos one frontal photo and a profile picture. Your full name and jail ID number will appear on the mugshot, and they will be stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Tift County Jail inmates can be viewed on the website, or you can see them at the Tift County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you need to put in their name, and an arrest date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to get your mugshot removed from the Tift County Jail website? This will be difficult, as the mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you must file a Petition to Expunge in court. Basically, this means that all of your arrest records will be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot removed, the many different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

If you are incarcerated, your main thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve gone through booking, bail will be decided either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this might mean that you will either be released, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you do bail out of jail you must promise to show up for court, and in the meantime you can’t go out of town.

Typically, an inmate are given an early release in exchange for good behavior if they follow the rules and area a good inmate while they are in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be granted work release. You will either have to return to the jail each day when you’re finished working, or you could get to live in a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to the court system to get out of jail until your court date. The amount you will have to pay is determined by the seriousness of your charges. You will have to post 10 percent of the total amount that was determined in order for you to get discharged from jail. If you don’t show up for your court appearance, whoever put up your bail money 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 must call the jail. If you’ve got the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you how much their bail is. You can also check their bail amount and status on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is no fun, but most of the time, its easy if you have the money. First of all, figure out if their bail is a Cash Only Bond. If it is, you can’t use the services of a bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – the jail will not take checks. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the person will be 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 can’t afford to pay it, you will need to use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will usually have a fee of 10-15% of the bail amount, and sometimes with a minimum of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman is non-refundable and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If bail is very large, the bondsman will usually request to use your personal assets as collateral.

To contact a bail bondsman go to: Find a Bail Bondsman in Tift County

Have you ever used 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 things turned out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure takes you through each of the following steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • Firstly, you will have to answer a bunch of questions, such as what is your full name, address, date of birth and an emergency contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • You will then be allowed to make a telephone call in order to get in touch with a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might get to wear your own clothes, if not you you will have to change into a jail jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through processing at jail? If you have, please tell us what happened. How long did you have to wait in the holding cell? What was you treatment like? Can you share any things that could help other people to get through jail processing?

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. This process can take anywhere from 10 minutes to quite a few hours. So, the faster you post bail, the faster you will get discharged from jail. Also, it depends on if you have a cash bond or if the judge has to determine the bail amount. For minor offenses, you will get booked and released on your own recognizance. When you get to the end of your sentence and have a discharge date, plan to be released that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

In the event there is a, or if you have to start a jail sentence, you should follow the rules and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, go down to the jail intake center, and tell the intake officer that think that there is a warrant out for your arrest. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if they find one, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. If it is for a jail sentence, go down to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order states. Be sure that you don’t show up late. Just bring required items when you go, such as a driver’s license or state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and a sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates must list the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail in advance of the visit. This information will be put into the visitation log for the inmate that requested the visitor. Every visitor will have to provide a photo ID when visiting. Visitors that arrives for visitation late or that is not on the visitation list will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at Tift County Jail can change, so double-check the official Tift County Jail jail site before you go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Phone calls made in jail are usually more expensive than phone calls made at home. Phone calls are restricted on when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, phone calls may be limited or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

Phone Number: (229) 388-6020

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate is required to be sent via the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You can’t use any other form of mail or package delivery. You should print the inmate’s name, inmate number, and jail address on the envelope. Don’t send anything in a package or box, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal inside. Any mail sent to inmates is opened and examined by the officers at the jail, and will be sent back to the person who mailed it if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

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

Tift County Jail
500 Morgan Drive
Tifton, GA 31794

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Tift County Jail
500 Morgan Drive
Tifton, GA 31794


The Tift County Jail inmate mail policy changes often, so be sure to check the official website before you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you have certain rights, one of these 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 have a friend or family member find an attorney when you call. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘do I really need a lawyer?’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal attorney will make sure you know your rights, help protect your best interests and help you understand the criminal justice system. The faster you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your charges, the better.

To read more about this subject, visit: How to Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford a lawyer, you will get a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender Office is staffed by independent investigators, experts in forensics and case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are actual attorneys who are admitted to the Georgia State Bar Association and are fully licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

Have you or someone you know used a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? What was your experience?

Court Records

All court records are are public records and are available upon request. They include a court case file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and all of the motions, documents, and evidence in your case. You, and anyone else, can access your court records with the Tift County website, or at the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court that manages the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath in a court case, and read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All court records from your court case are available at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the charges and fees associated with your court case, which include filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. 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 is the person that presides on your case in court. They do several different things, such as setting bail amounts, writing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is put together with information about your background and as much detail about the defendant’s life and history, which the magistrate will consider when determining the sentence. Information and personal details will be collected from the person on trial, his or her family members, and in some cases the victim of the crime. Remember that you should ask to get a copy of this report before your sentencing, and correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are several different options for sentencing, which include community service, house arrest, and probation, to incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you might get immediately taken into custody, or you could be given a date that you must turn yourself into jail to do your time.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if some you know is locked up, or has been an inmate in the past?

To find this out you should query the jail website and do an inmate search, and search using:

  • Name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • or inmate ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can check arrest warrants online or you are able to 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 one of the officers. You should know that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, and their arrest date, contact the jail, by phone, in person, or look online. Arrest records are in the public record and this information is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you get served with legal papers, such as , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these by getting in touch with the Tift County Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are required to be registered on both a national and state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to view this information on the website, but remember that you will not get the precise address, rather the address block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. They include a court case file that contains a docket and all filings and documents filed in your court case. You can access the court records on the website, or at the Tift County Clerk of Court office in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains records of people’s criminal past. These state databases are all linked so you are able to track criminal backgrounds from other states. Go to the Tift County Courthouse and inquire, or check online. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and in the event that the crime was in a totally different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

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

  • DUI.
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

During a criminal records search, usually will not be able to find out if they had:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this kind of information, you have to do a driving records search.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? Was it a difficult process? Was your search online or did you call the courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks search for criminal records, and your story may help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI maintains a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Tift County,the Tift County Sheriff’s Department keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link

    Tift 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 the Tift County jail is very scary, eventually you will settle into the daily routine. You should expect a wake-up alarm at about 6:00AM, and next they’ll do roll call. Then you will have breakfast. Following breakfast participate 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 Tift 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 Tift 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 procedure to send money to Tift County Jail inmates can change, so you should review the official website before send funds to someone in jail there.

    Commissary

    The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.

    Inmate Medications

    If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.

    Meals

    You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.

    Pods / The Yard

    The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.

    Gangs

    As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.


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    News and Media

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Tift County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Tift 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 Tift County Jail

    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:

    • 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 an inmate at Tift County Jail? Do you know anybody that spent time there? Have you ever visited a prisoner at this jail?

    If yes, then you should leave a comment below about it. Write down what you experienced so that others will know what to expect.

    What to include in the review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Guards and staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • Other Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has some stories to tell about the whole experience. Why’d you get arrested? Were you fairly treated? What happened to you while you were locked up? What about the other inmates? How did getting locked up affect your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Do you want to reconnect with a person you met in jail? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.

    Throw a shoutout to people still locked up at Tift County Jail

    Links and Resources

    Main Tift County Jail Link
    Tift County Jail Inmate Search Link
    View Tift County Jail Mugshots
    Tift County Jail Bail Amount Link

    Tift County Jail Visitation Policy Link
    Tift County Jail Mail Policy
    Tift County Jail Inmate Inquiry Link
    Tift County Jail Warrant Inquiry Link
    Tift County Jail Arrest Inquiry
    Tift County Jail Send Money Procedure
    Tift County Jail Employment


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