Towns County Jail – Young Harris, GA

Towns County Jail is in Towns County, GA and is the primary jail for that county. Know somebody incarcerated at Towns County Jail? This site tells you info about everything you might want to know about Towns County Jailsuch as the following: How to locate an inmate at Towns County Jail. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s address and phone number. How to post bail. Intake procedures and booking. Court information and records. And everything else.

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The thought of going to jail is a daunting and scary thought, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also that person’s friends and family. This guide is designed to give you all the information and advice that you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail less stressfull. If you have questions, feel free to ask them, and please leave any comments or feedback that would be a benefit to others will be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Towns County Jail
4070 State Hwy 339
Young Harris, GA 30582

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 706-896-4444
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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 want to contact them?

Has a family member or friend that has been arrested and you need to find out where they are?

In order to see who’s in jail at Towns County Jail you should go to their website and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Towns County Jail Inmate Search is a list of people who have been arrested and are in custody, which includes status, how much their bail is, and visiting schedule. You can find the same information on anybody booked or released within the past 24 hours. Prisoners are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You will be able to locate the information faster if you enter the arrestee’s name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If your friend or loved one might be at a different jail you can check our guide to other Georgia jails: Georgia County Jails Directory


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a booking photograph, is a photo taken by the police during jail intake processing. A mugshot is actually one frontal photo and a profile photo. Your name and jail booking number will be on the photos, and they are stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be found online, or you can view them at the Towns County Jail. When viewing online you have to put in the person’s legal name, and the booking date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to get your mugshot taken off of the Towns County Jail site? This is difficult, because the mugshot is public record. You must file a Petition to Expunge with the court. What this means is that your arrest record would be sealed, and will not be accessible. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot removed, the various mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal services: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, once you’re incarcerated, your primary thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, bail is determined using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If there is no bail set this might 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 you are required to promise to be in court on your court date, and you must not leave the county.

Typically, a prisoner in the Towns County Jail will earn time off in exchange for good behavior if they respect the rules and conduct themselves properly while incarcerated.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be allowed to do work release. You will be required to return to jail every day when you’re finished working, or you might be allowed to live in a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to the courts to be released from jail pending trial. The amount you have to pay depends on how serious your charges are. You will need to put up 10% of the amount that was set so you are able to be released. If you miss court, whoever paid your bail will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You have to call the Towns County Jail or the County Courthouse. If you have all the person’s information, like name, address and date of birth, they will let you know what their bail is set at. You can also see the bail amount on the Towns County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but thankfully, it is really easy. First, you have to find out if they have a “Cash Bond Only”. If it is, you won’t be able to get a Bail Bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they will not accept a personal check. Once the cash bond has been paid, the prisoner will be released. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you just can’t afford it, you you should hire a bail bondsman. They generally charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and sometimes have a minimum of $100. This money is non-refundable and must be paid in cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bail bondsman might ask to use your personal assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

You can find a bail bondsman click here: Find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure takes you through the following steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you have to answer some simple questions, such as what is your full legal name, home address, birthdate and an emergency contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • All of your personal property will be taken from you and stored until you get released.
  • They will let you use the telephone so you can get in touch with a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you might get to wear your street clothes, otherwise you you will have to wear a jail jumpsuit.

Have you ever been booked into jail? If you have, please tell us how it happened. How long did it take? Were you treated fairly? Can you share any tips that could help other people that get arrested to get through jail intake?

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will get discharged from jail. The discharge process may take anywhere between 30 minutes to many hours. Or, simply, the quicker bail is posted, the quicker you will get released. Also, how fast you get released might depend on whether you’ve been given a cash bond or if the judge must determine how much to set your bail at. For a minor charge, you will be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and are given a discharge date, you should expect to get released anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you have to start a jail sentence, you should follow the rules and turn yourself in willingly. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go to the jail intake area, and tell the intake officer that you think they might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if you do, you will be taken into jail custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, go to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order states. Be very careful that you aren’t late. Be sure to only bring necessary items with you, like a driver’s license or state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates must give each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitors will go into the log as an Authorized visit. All visitors has to provide identification. Anyone that arrives for visitation late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at Towns County Jail can change, so make sure that you review the official site before you go to the jail to visit.

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 usually more costly than regular phone calls. There are certain restrictions about when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you break the jail rules, your ability to use the phone might get cut back or totally denied.

The Towns County Jail phone number is: 706-896-4444

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates is required to be mailed using US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other method of delivery. You should print the prisoner’s name, inmate number, and jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t mail a package or box, padded envelope, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal inside. Any mail gets opened and reviewed by the jail administration, and will get sent back to the person who mailed it if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Towns County Jail:

Towns County Jail
4070 State Hwy 339
Young Harris, GA 30582

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Towns County Jail
4070 State Hwy 339
Young Harris, GA 30582


The Towns County Jail inmate mail policy changes, so you should double check the site before you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you still have rights, and an important one is your right to request a lawyer. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so make sure you have a friend or relative locate an attorney when you talk to them. You may be asking yourself ‘I don’t have to get a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, an attorney will make sure you know your rights, help protect your best interests and help you through the court system in Towns County. The sooner you get an attorney working on your case, the better your chances.

For more information about this subject, go to: How to Find a Lawyer in Towns County

Public Defender

If you cannot afford an attorney, you will be assigned a public defender. Also, the Public Defender Office has a number of staff such as private investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and case workers. Public Defenders are bona-fide attorneys who are admitted to the State Bar and are licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

Have you or someone you know had to use a court appointed attorney? Do you think they properly handled your case?

Court Records

Towns County court records are a matter of public record. They have a file with a docket and all documents and motions that have been filed. You, and anyone else, can access your court records with the website, or at the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court that maintains court records and controls access to them. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and read the jury’s verdict. All records and documents associated with your court case are maintained at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the charges from your court case, such as filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.

Magistrate

The Towns County court magistrate acts as the judge that will preside on your court case. Magistrates are judges that do different tasks, such as setting bail, issuing warrants for arrest, and acting as the presiding judge over initial court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is put together with background information and information about the arrestee’s life and public history, which the judge will review when deciding on the sentence. Information and personal details will be gathered from the defendant, his or her family members, and in some circumstances the victim in the crime. Bear in mind that you should ask to get your own copy of the report prior to sentencing, and make sure that you correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, including community service and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the severity of the crime, you might get taken into custody immediately, or you could get a date that you are supposed to to surrender and report to jail to do your time.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

To find this out you need to access the Towns County jail website, and do a search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • and their jail inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you can also call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can find out by checking the court records on the website or you can call the court directly. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and inquire at the information desk. You should be clear that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, as well as their arrest date, contact the jail, on the phone, go there in person, or check online. Records of arrests are public record and the information is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you get served with legal papers, like court orders. You can find these civil process orders by going to the Towns County Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are required to be registered on both a national and state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex offense. You can access sex offenders on the internet, but keep in mind that you won’t see the exact address, but only the neighborhood block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. These records include a court case file containing a docket and all documents and filings filed in your case. You can access court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at the Towns County Clerk of Court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains records of their state citizen’s criminal background. These databases are all connected so you are able to track criminal backgrounds from any other state. Go to the Towns County Courthouse and check in person, or you can check online. It helps to know the county, and if it was in a different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you are able to get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for any crimes, which can include:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

But, when you do a criminal records check, in most cases won’t find if they has had any:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving histories, you have to do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it an easy process? Was your search online or did you make a phone call to the jail? was the information you recieved correct? There are lots of reasons that folks search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your comments could help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Towns County,the Towns County Sheriff has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List

    Towns County Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of spending time in the Towns County jail is quite unpleasant, soon you will settle into the daily routine there. Inmates get a wake-up alarm each morning at six in the morning, and next you’ll have roll call. You will then have breakfast. Following breakfast participate 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 Towns 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 Towns 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 funds to Towns County Jail inmates can change, so be sure to visit the site when you send money to an inmate.

    Commissary

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

    Inmate Medications

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

    Meals

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

    Pods / The Yard

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

    Gangs

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


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    News and Media

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Towns County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Towns 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 Towns 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 incarcerated in this jail? Do you have a family member or friend that is an inmate there? Have you ever visited an inmate at this jail?

    If you have, then we would like you to tell us about it. Write down what you experienced because other people will know what to expect.

    Things you could put in the review:

    • Conditions in Towns County Jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Safety
    • Gang activity
    • Activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has at least one story to tell about it. Why’d you end up in jail? Did you get fair treatment? What happened to you while you were locked up? How did you get along with the other inmates? How did it affect you to go to jail?

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    Did you make friends in jail? Do you want to find someone from jail? Leave a message for them here.

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    Links and Resources

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

    Towns County Jail Visitation Policy Link
    Towns County Jail Jail Mail Policy Link
    Find an inmate at Towns County Jail
    Towns County Warrant Inquiry
    Towns County Jail Arrest Inquiry
    Send Money to an Inmate at Towns County Jail
    Towns County Jail Jobs


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