Ware County Jail – Waycross, GA

Ware County Jail is located in Ware County and is the main correctional facility for the county. Looking for somebody in Ware County Jail? This guide gives you about anything one might want to know about Ware County Jail,like the following: How to do a jail inmate search. How to view Ware County Jail mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. How to post bail. Booking and intake procedures. Court records. And more…

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The thought of going to jail is a scary and daunting idea, not only for whoever gets arrested, but also their family and friends. The purpose of this guide is to give information that you need to make getting locked up a lot easier. If you have a specific question, please feel free to ask it, and any comments or feedback that would be a benefit to other people in the same situation is appreciated.

General Information

Address

Ware County Jail
3487 Harris Road
Waycross, GA 31503

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 912- 287-4323
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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 out where they are?

Do you know a friend or family member who has been arrested and you need to find out what jail they’re in?

In order to see who’s in jail at Ware County Jail you will need to visit their website and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Locator

The Ware County Jail Inmate Lookup is an online list of persons who are in jail, which includes custody status, bail amount, and times you can visit. You can get the same information for anyone processed or discharged within the past 24 hour period. Prisoners are listed alphabetically by last name. You will be able to find their arrest information fast if you enter their name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If the person you’re searching for is at a different jail you can check the other Georgia county jails in our Georgia County Jail Guide: Georgia County Jails Directory


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a booking photo, is a photograph taken by the police when you get booked into jail. They take one and a side-view photo. Your name and jail ID number will be on the mugshot, and they are kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be searched on the website, or you can go in person to the Ware County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you need to input their name, and the booking date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to have your mugshot removed from the Ware County Jail website? This is difficult, since the mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you must file a Petition to Expunge in court. What this means is that the record of your arrest would be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot taken down, the different mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, if you are in jail, your primary thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, your bail amount is decided using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If you don’t get a bail set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

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

Usually, prisoners in the Ware County Jail can earn time off in exchange for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and don’t cause any problems while they are in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be granted work release. You will either have to go back to jail at the end of the day when you’re finished working, or you might be permitted to move into a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Bail is how much money that you have to pay to the court system to be released from jail pending trial. The amount you will have to pay all depends on what crime you are charged with and how serious it is. Someone you know will need to pay 10 percent of the total set before you can bail out of jail. If you miss court, that person will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You have to call the Ware County Jail. If know the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they will tell you the bail amount. You can also see the bail amount online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but fortunately, it’s simple to do if you have the money. First of all, you have to find out if it is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If it is, you can’t use the services of a bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they won’t take checks. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the prisoner will be discharged. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you can’t afford it yourself, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen usually charge you a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set, and usually charge a minimum fee of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If the bail has been set really high, the bail bondsman may use your assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

You can find a local bail bondsman click here: Bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Work Release Programs
  • Released For Time Served
  • Be Released 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 jail intake process includes each of the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • You must answer a bunch of questions, such as what is your full legal name, home address, date of birth and contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • You will then be allowed to make a telephone call in order to get in touch with a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might get to wear your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you will be issued a jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will be discharged from jail. This process can take from 30 minutes to quite a few hours. In simple terms, the quicker you post bail, the sooner you will get discharged from jail. It also might depend on whether or not you’ve been given a cash bond or if a magistrate must decide on how much your bail will be. For minor charges, you will get booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and have a discharge date, expect to get discharged in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the police have a, or if you need to start your sentence, it is highly recommended that you follow the rules and turn yourself in. For a warrant, go down to the jail intake center, and tell someone that believe that there could be a warrant out for your arrest. They will do a record check, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into jail custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, report to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order lists. Make sure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Just bring necessary items when you go to jail, such as a driver’s license or even state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, and the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you must give each visitor’s name to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitors will go into a log of visitors as an Authorized visit. Each visitor will be required to provide identification. Anyone showing up late or that does not have a visting order will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures can change, so you should double-check the official jail site before you go.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Calls made in jail are generally more costly than phone calls made outside of jail. Phone calls are restricted on how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you break the jail rules, phone privileges may be limited or totally denied.

The Ware County Jail phone number is: 912- 287-4323

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail is required to be mailed using the US Postal Service. You must not use any other method of mail delivery. You have to clearly print the prisoner’s name, prisoner number, and the jail address on the letter that you send. Do not send anything in a box or package, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail received by the jail gets opened and examined and read by the jail staff, and will be returned if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Ware County Jail
3487 Harris Road
Waycross, GA 31503

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Ware County Jail
3487 Harris Road
Waycross, GA 31503


The mail policy at Ware County Jail can change, so it would be best to visit the the Ware County Jail website when send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you have particular rights, the first of which is the right to request a lawyer. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure to ask a friend or family member to locate a lawyer when you call. You may be thinking ‘do I really need a lawyer?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, an attorney will make sure you know your rights, help protect your interests and guide you through the complicated legal system that you are now faced with. The quicker you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your case, the better your chances.

For more info on this subject, click: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford an attorney, you will get a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender’s Office has a number of staff such as independent investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are bona-fide attorneys who are admitted to the State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

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

Court Records

All court records are are public records and are available upon request. Court records contain a case file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and all of the documents in the case. You have the ability to access your court case records with the online service, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is a member of the court that manages the records. They also administer the oath in a court case, and read the jury’s verdict. All records and documents from your court case are available at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the fees and charges from your case, such as for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you are low income and have a court appointed attorney, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

The Ware County court magistrate is the judge that rules over your case in court. They do a number of 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

A pre-sentencing report is completed with information about the defendant’s background and information about the defendant’s life history, which the judge will consider when deciding on the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be solicited from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and in some cases the victim. Keep in mind that you should ask to receive a copy of the pre-sentencing report before your sentencing, and make sure that you correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will be sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, which include community service and probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you may be locked up immediately, or you could get a date to go to jail to serve out your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if someone is locked up, or has ever been in jail?

To find this out just query the Ware County jail website, and search by:

  • Name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • and their inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you should call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant, you can check the court records on the Ware County court website or you are able to call the jail directly. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and inquire at the information desk. Bear in mind that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, as well as their arrest date, contact the Ware County jail, either by phone, go there in person, or check online. An arrest is public record and these records are accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you are served with legal papers, like warrants. You can access civil process orders by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders must be registered on both a national and state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to see these listings online, but remember that you can’t find the exact address, rather the address block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. They include a case file that includes a docket and all of the documents filed in the court case. You can access your court records on the internet, or at Clerk of Court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains records of a person’s criminal past. These online databases are all connected and you can track criminal convictions from any other state. You are able to go to county courthouse and check in person, or check the website. It is helpful to know the county, and if the crime was in a different state entirely, you may have to pay for a more comprehensive search.

A criminal records search you are able to get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for these crimes:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Theft.

When you do a criminal history search, usually will not find if they has had:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving records, you must do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? Was it an easy process? Did you search online or did you call the courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your feedback might make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI keeps a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Ware County,the Sheriff has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link

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

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Ware 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 Ware 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 might change, so you should visit the site before you send funds 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

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    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Ware County Jail

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

    • 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 incarcerated in this jail? Do you have a family member or friend that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate at this jail?

    If you have, then you should tell us about it. Write down your experience because others can learn what to expect.

    Things you might want to include in what you write:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Guards and staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gangs
    • Activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has a story about it. Why were you locked up? Were you mistreated? How was life in jail? Tell us about the other inmates. How has this experience impacted your life?

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    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Do you need to get in touch with somebody you met in jail? Write your message below.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Ware County Jail Website
    Ware County Jail Inmate Search
    View Ware County Jail Mugshots
    Ware County Jail Bail Link

    Ware County Jail Visitation Policy Link
    Ware County Jail Jail Mail Link
    Find an inmate at Ware County Jail
    Ware County Warrant Inquiry
    Ware County Jail Arrest Lookup
    Ware County Jail Send Money Procedure
    Jobs at Ware County Jail


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