Whitfield County Detention Center – Dalton, GA

Whitfield County Detention Center is located in Whitfield County, GA and is the correctional facility for the county. Looking for someone incarcerated at Whitfield County Detention Center? This page tells you info about everything you might need to know about Whitfield County Detention Center,like: Learn how to locate an inmate. How to view Whitfield County Detention Center mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Posting bail. Intake procedures. Whitfield 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 the person who gets locked up, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. The purpose of this guide is to offer information that you need to make helping someone get out of jail a little less stressful. If you have specific questions, feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any comments or feedback that would help others would be welcome.

General Information

Address

Whitfield County Detention Center
805 Professional Blvd
Dalton, GA 30720

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 706-278-1233
Fax:

Map and Directions


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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that has gone to jail and don’t know how to contact them?

Do you know someone that has been arrested and you want to find them?

In order to search who is in jail at Whitfield County Detention Center you should click on their web site and use the inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Whitfield County Detention Center Inmate Roster is a list of people who were arrested and are now in jail, which includes status, bail amount, and visiting schedule. You can also get info for anyone arrested and processed or released within the past 24 hour period. Prisoners are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You will be able to locate the information more quickly if you enter your friend or family member’s 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: Georgia County Jails Listing


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail intake picture, is a photo taken by the police when you get booked into jail. They will take one face photo and a side picture. Your name and jail ID number will be on the pictures, and they’re on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots can be viewed online, or you can see them at the Whitfield County Detention Center. When you search for mugshots on the website you will need to input the inmate’s first and last name, and an arrest date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to get your mugshot erased from the Whitfield County Detention Center site? This is difficult, because your mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot taken down you have to file a Petition to Expunge in court. What this means is that your arrest record would be sealed, and will not be accessible. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot taken down, the many different websites with mugshots, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, once you’re incarcerated, your primary thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve been booked, your bail amount is decided either by bail schedule or magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this may mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you are are released you must promise to go to your court date, and until that day you won’t be permitted to leave town.

Usually, an inmate at Whitfield County Detention Center are given an early release in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and area a good inmate while they’re in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be given work release detail. You will either have to return to jail each day when you’re finished at your job, or you might get to live in a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Bail is money that you are required to pay in order to be released from jail until your trial. The amount you have to pay is dictated by how serious your charges are. You or someone you know will have to post 10% of the amount that was determined before you can get out of jail. If you don’t go to your court date, whoever put up your bail money will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you need to call the Whitfield County Detention Center or the County Courthouse. 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 find out how much their bail is on the Whitfield County Detention Center website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but usually, its really easy. First of all, you have to find out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If this is the case, you will not be able to use the services of a Bail Bondsman. Cash only – the jail can’t take checks. Once the cash bond has been paid, the prisoner will be released into your care. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you can’t afford it, you you should hire a bail bondsman. Bondsmen generally charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the bail amount, and in most cases with a minimum of $100. This is non-refundable and must be paid in cash. If bail is very large, the bail bondsman will usually use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

To talk to a bail bondsman click here: Find a bail bondsman at Whitfield County Detention Center

Have you ever had to find a Bail Bondsman to bail someone out of jail? If so, 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

  • Early Release For Good Behavior
  • Work Release
  • 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 these steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • The first step is that you must answer some basic questions, such as what is your legal name, street address, birthdate and contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All of your personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • You will then be allowed to make a telephone call to talk to a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you might be allowed to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, if not you you will have to change into a jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through processing at jail? If you have, please tell us how it happened. How long did it take? How did the guards treat you? Can you tell us things that might help other people that get arrested make it through jail intake?

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will be discharged from jail. The discharge process will take anywhere from 15 minutes to all day. In simple terms, the faster you can pay your bail, the sooner you will get let go. It also depends on whether you have a cash bond or if a judge must decide on the bail amount. For a minor offense, you will be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have served your sentence and have a date of your release, plan to be discharged in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If there is a, or if you have to begin your jail sentence, you really should follow the rules and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, report to the jail, and tell them that believe that there could be an outstanding warrant for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if so, you will be taken into custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Make sure that you don’t show up late. Just bring necessary items when you go, such as a driver’s license or even photo ID, prescription medication, and a sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates need to list information about each visitor to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitor’s information will be put into a log of visitors as an Authorized visit. All visitors has to provide proof of identification. Any visitors showing up late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
The Whitfield County Detention Center visitation procedures can change, so make sure that you check the jail site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.

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 . Jail phone calls are generally more costly than regular phone calls. There are certain restrictions about when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but you should keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you break the rules and are disciplined, an inmate’s ability to use the phone could be reduced or eliminated completely.

The Whitfield County Detention Center phone number is: 706-278-1233

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail has to be sent via the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You can’t use any other method of mail delivery. Clearly write or type the person’s name, inmate number, and jail address on the envelope. Do not send anything in a package, padded envelope, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail will be opened and examined and read by the jail officers, and the mail will be sent back to the person who mailed it if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Whitfield County Detention Center is:

Whitfield County Detention Center
805 Professional Blvd
Dalton, GA 30720

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Whitfield County Detention Center
805 Professional Blvd
Dalton, GA 30720


The inmate mail policy at Whitfield County Detention Center changes, so we suggest that you review the official website before you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you have certain rights, and an important one is your right to request a lawyer. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure you have a friend or family member find a lawyer when you call them. You may be thinking ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal defense attorney will advise you about your rights, protect your interests and help you navigate through the legal system in Whitfield County. The quicker you get an attorney working on your situation, the better.

For more info on how to find an attorney, click: How to Find a Lawyer in Whitfield County

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford an attorney, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. Also, the Public Defender’s Office is staffed by independent investigators, forensics experts as well as social workers. Public Defenders are full-fledged attorneys that are admitted to the Georgia State Bar Association and are completely licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? How did they do?

Court Records

Whitfield County court records are a matter of public record. They include a court case file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and every documents and motions that have been filed. You have the ability to access the records and documents in your court case using the Whitfield County website, or at the Clerk’s office of the Court.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer 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 court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All records, documents, and evidence associated with your court case are held at Whitfield County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the fees and charges from your case, such as for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and 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

A Magistrate is the person who presides on your court case. Magistrates do a number of things, like deciding a bail amount, issuing arrest warrants, and presiding over first court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is put together to include the defendant’s background information and information about the arrestee’s life and public history, which the judge will take into consideration when determining a sentence. Information will be collected from the defendant, his or her family, and, if applicable, the victim. Don’t forget that you should request to see a copy of the pre-sentencing report prior to sentencing, and make sure that you review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, which include community service and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you may be immediately taken into custody, or you could get a date that you are supposed to to surrender and report to jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

To do so, you will have to access the Whitfield County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search using:

  • Their name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date.
  • and their jail ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can access arrest warrants inquiry on the website or you are able to call the jail directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask one of the officers. You should be clear that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, and their arrest date, contact the Whitfield County jail, by phone, go there in person, or check online. Arrest records are in the public record and this information is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when you get served with papers, such as court orders. 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 are required to be registered and listed on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to view these offenders online, but keep in mind that you will not be able to find the precise address, just the neighborhood block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. They include a case file containing a docket and any of the documents filed in your court case. You are able to access your court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at the clerk’s office of the court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state keeps a record of their state citizen’s criminal history. These state databases are linked together so you can track criminal backgrounds from other states. You are able to go to the Whitfield County Courthouse and inquire, or you can check online. You must know which county the crime occured in, and in the event that it was in a totally different state, you may have to pay for a more complete search.

When you look up a person’s crminal records you will find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft.

If you do a criminal records check, usually won’t learn if someone has had any moving violations, like:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find driving records, you have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? How hard was it? Dis you do your search online or did you make a phone call to the local courthouse? Was it correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks look up criminal records, and your account could help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI has their list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Whitfield County,the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Department has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List

    Whitfield County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that being incarcerated in Whitfield County Detention Center is very scary, you will soon get accustomed to the daily routine. You will get a wake-up alarm every morning at six in the morning, and next they’ll do roll call. Next, you will eat breakfast. After breakfast, you will be required to 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 Whitfield County Detention Center, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.

    Dress Code

    When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the Whitfield County Detention Center uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

    You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.

    The process for sending money to Whitfield County Detention Center inmates could change, so you should check the official website 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

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Whitfield County Detention Center

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Whitfield County Detention Center, overseeing the day to day operations and administration of the jail. An inmate is unlikely to have much interaction with the Deputy Sheriff, unless they have committed an infraction. Detention Officers are responsible for the custody and care of the inmates. They maintain order in the jail, and handle security. A Detention Officer is assigned to a certain pod, and therefore is responsible for the same inmates each day. They get to know the inmates on a certain level, and are well equipped to handle any problems that may occur.

    Apply for a Job at Whitfield County Detention Center

    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:

    • The right to protection from the accused.
    • The right to notification.
    • The right to attend proceedings.
    • The right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • The right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • The right to restitution.
    • The right to a speedy trial.
    • The right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

    The definition of victim includes:

    • Spouses and children of all victims.
    • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
    • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
    • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

    There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

    Victim Notification

    The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

    Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

    All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.

    Domestic Violence

    If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been a prisoner at Whitfield County Detention Center? Do you know anybody that spent time there? Have you ever visited a prisoner at Whitfield County Detention Center?

    If so, then please write a review about it. Write down what you experienced because others can find out what to expect.

    Things you can put in your review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • The other inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Prisoner programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been 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 were the other inmates like? How did getting locked up affect your life?

    Click here to tell about all about it

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Want to find out how to get in touch with someone you met in jail? Say wassup here, just leave a message below.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Whitfield County Detention Center Link
    Whitfield County Detention Center Inmate Search
    View Whitfield County Detention Center Mugshots
    Whitfield County Detention Center Bail Link

    Whitfield County Detention Center Visitation
    Whitfield County Detention Center Mail Policy
    Locate an inmate at Whitfield County Detention Center
    Whitfield County Detention Center Warrant Inquiry
    Whitfield County Detention Center Arrest Inquiry
    Send Funds to an Inmate at Whitfield County Detention Center
    Whitfield County Detention Center Employment


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Comments

  1. Ron D says:

    I have been arrested 70 times in my life in five different states and I will tell you this, if and when you get arrested don’t say shit and don’t say anything except your name and date of birth, any other questions are to be answered like this, “ask my attorney” I don’t remember your social security number or your address. Don’t talk back and don’t be rude. My father always taught me, kill them with kindness you get more bees with honey then you do with vinegar. If you feel your constitutional rights have been violated contact a civil rights attorney.

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