Terrell County Prison – Dawson, GA

Terrell County Prison is located in Terrell County, Georgia and is the main correctional facility for the area. Do you know someone locked up in Terrell County Prison? This site will tell you information about everything you might want to know about Terrell County Prison,such as: How to do a jail inmate search. How to view Terrell County Prison mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and how to get out of jail. Terrell County Prison intake procedures. Terrell County court information. And more…

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The chance of going to jail is a scary and stressfull idea, not only for whoever gets arrested, but also their family and friends. The purpose of this guide is to offer information and advice that you need to make helping someone get out of jail a lot easier. If you have questions, feel free to ask it, and please leave any feedback or comments that would help other people in the same situation would be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Terrell County Prison
3110 Albany Highway
Dawson, GA 39842

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (229) 995- 5381
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member that is incarcerated and want to find out where they are?

Do you know somebody who has been arrested and you want to find out where they are?

In order to find out who is in jail at Terrell County Prison you will have to navigate to their website and use the inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Terrell County Prison Inmate List is a list of people who are in jail, including status, bail amount, and schedule for visitation. Also, you are able to find information about anyone arrested and booked or discharged within the past 24 hour period. Prisoners are listed alphabetically by their last name. You can find the information more quickly if you enter the arrestee’s full name, birth date, or inmate ID.

If your friend or family member may be in another jail you should check our Georgia county jail guide: List of all county jails in Georgia


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a intake photograph, is a photo that the police take when you are booked into jail. A mugshot is make of one frontal photo and a side photo. Your name and booking number will be on the photos, and they’re on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be viewed on the website, or you can view them at the Terrell County Prison. When you search for mugshots on the website you will need to enter the first and last name, and an arrest date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to get your mugshot taken down from the Terrell County Prison site? This may not be possible, as your mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot removed you will need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. This means that the record of your arrest will be sealed, and will not be available to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For more information about getting your mugshot removed, the various 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

Naturally, once you are locked up, your only thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, your bail will be set using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If there is no bail set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you are released from jail you will have to promise to show up for court, and until that date you are required not to leave the area.

In most cases, a prisoner will earn early release in exchange for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and conduct themselves properly while incarcerated.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you might be allowed to participate in work release. You will have to stay jail every day when you’re finished with work, or you might be allowed to live in a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Bail is money that you have to pay to get out of jail until your trial. The amount you will have to pay all depends on the crime you are charged with. You or someone you know will have to pay to the courts 10% of the amount that was set so you are able to get discharged from jail. If you don’t go to court, whoever paid your bail won’t get the bail money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You will have to call the jail or the county courthouse. If know the person’s info, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know what their bail is set at. You can also check their bail amount and status online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is never a fun thing, but in some cases, it is simple to do if you have the money. First of all, you have to find out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If it is, you can’t use the services of a bail bondsman. Cash only – the jail will not take checks. When you’ve paid bail, the prisoner will be released into your care. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, of if you can’t pay it, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will usually charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of total bail, and sometimes charge a minimum of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bondsman will usually require that they use assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

To find a bail bondsman go to: How to find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Work Release Programs
  • Get Out For Time Served
  • Get Out 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 jail intake process is made up of each of the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • Firstly, you will answer some simple questions, like your full name, street address, birthdate and an emergency contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • Any property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you are released.
  • They will let you make a phone call to contact 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, otherwise you you will be given a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will be discharged from jail. This process can take anywhere between 30 minutes to quite a few hours. In simple terms, the quicker you post bail, the faster you will get discharged. Also, how fast you get released depends on whether you’ve been given a bond amount or if the judge still needs to decide on the amount of bail to be set. For a minor charge, you will get booked and released on your own recognizance. When you get to the end of your sentence and know the release date, you should plan to be released that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you need to begin your sentence in jail, it is highly recommended that you do the right thing and turn yourself into the authorities. For a warrant, go down to the jail intake center, and tell them that think that there is a warrant for your arrest. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if you do, you will be taken into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, report to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order lists. Be sure that you don’t show up late. Be sure to only bring necessary items when you go, for example your drivers license or ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as the copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates need to give each visitor’s full name to the jail. Your visitor’s information will be put into a Visiting log as an approved visitor. Each and every visitor is required to provide proof of identification. Anyone that arrives for visitation late or that does not have a visting order will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures frequently change, so check the official Terrell County Prison jail site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Phone calls made in jail are generally more costly than regular phone calls. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you break the rules, phone privileges might get cut back or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

The Terrell County Prison phone number is: (229) 995- 5381

Sending Mail to Inmates

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

Mailing Address

The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Terrell County Prison is:

Terrell County Prison
3110 Albany Highway
Dawson, GA 39842

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Terrell County Prison
3110 Albany Highway
Dawson, GA 39842


The Terrell County Prison inmate mail policy can change, so it would be best to double check the the Terrell County Prison website before send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you need to be aware that you still have rights, one of these being your right to request a lawyer. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so it is important to have a friend or family member locate an attorney for you. You’re probably asking yourself ‘but do I really need an attorney’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, an attorney can advise you of your rights, look after your best interests and help you navigate the court system. The sooner you get an attorney working on your situation, the better.

For more information about the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, read our guide: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire a lawyer, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender has a number of staff such as independent investigators, experts in forensics and case workers. All Public Defenders are bona-fide attorneys that are admitted to the Georgia State Bar Association and are fully licensed to handle your case.

Have you or someone you know used a court appointed attorney? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

Terrell County court records are are public records and are available upon request. They are comprised of a case file containing a docket and all of the documents in the case. You have the ability to access your court records using the internet service, or at the Terrell County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Terrell County Clerk of Court is an official part of the court who maintains court records. They also administer the oath when court is in session, and read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All court records related to your court case are kept at Terrell County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the fees and charges from your case, for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you are low income and have a court appointed attorney, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

The Terrell County court magistrate is the type of judge that presides on your court case. They do a number of things, such as setting bail amounts, issuing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court hearings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is prepared to include the defendant’s background information and details of the arrestee’s life and history, which the magistrate will review and take into consideration when deciding on the sentence. Information and personal details will be gathered from the defendant, the defendant’s family, and in some circumstances the victim. Keep in mind you are allowed to ask to receive your own copy of your pre-sentencing report before sentencing, so you can correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, including community service, house arrest, and probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on how serious your crime was, you could be locked up immediately, or given a date that you must turn yourself into jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if someone is incarcerated in jail, or has ever been locked up?

This is pretty easy to do, simply you should query the Terrell County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search by:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • or inmate ID.

If you think that they are currently in jail, you can also call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can check 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 know that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the jail, either by phone, go there in person, or find out online. An arrest is public record and this information is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when you get served with papers, such as warrants. You can access civil process orders by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as 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 in a court of law of a sex crime. You can access sex offenders online, but bear in mind that you will not see the actual address, but rather the neighborhood block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. These records include a court case file containing a docket sheet and all of the filings and documents filed in your court case. You can access the court records via the internet, or at the clerk’s office of the court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains records of a person’s criminal history. These online databases are all connected and you can track criminal backgrounds from another state. You are able to go to county courthouse and check in person, or you can check online. It helps to know the county, and if the crime was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay a fee for a more complete search.

A criminal records search you can find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for the following crimes:

  • DUI.
  • Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

If you do a criminal records check, in most cases will not find if someone has had:

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

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? Was it easy? Was your search online or did you call the local courthouse? Was it correct? There are plenty of reasons that people look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your comments may help other people.

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    Most Wanted

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

    FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List

    Terrell County Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of spending time in the Terrell County jail is quite unpleasant, you will soon become accustomed to the daily routine there. Inmates get an alarm for wake-up at 6:00am, and next you’ll have roll call. You will then have breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast participate 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 Terrell County Prison, 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 Terrell County Prison 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 funds to Terrell County Prison inmates can change, so check the site before you send money to an inmate there.

    Commissary

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

    Inmate Medications

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

    Meals

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

    Pods / The Yard

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

    Gangs

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


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    News and Media

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Terrell County Prison

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Terrell County Prison, 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 Terrell County Prison

    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 incarcerated in this jail? Do you have a friend or family member that is an inmate there? Have you ever visited a prisoner at this jail?

    If yes, then please write your review about it. Tell us about your jail experience because other people can find out what to expect.

    Things you could write in what you write:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gangs
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has a story to tell. Why were you locked up? How did the guards treat you? What was it like in jail? What about the other inmates? How has this experience impacted your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Want to reconnect with an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Post a message to them below.

    Post a message to people locked up at Terrell County Prison

    Links and Resources

    Main Terrell County Prison Website
    Terrell County Prison Inmate Search Link
    Terrell County Prison Mugshots
    Terrell County Prison Bail Amount Link

    Terrell County Prison Visitation Policy Link
    Terrell County Prison Jail Mail Policy Link
    Find an inmate at Terrell County Prison
    Terrell County Prison Warrant Inquiry Link
    Terrell County Prison Arrests
    Send Funds to an Inmate at Terrell County Prison
    Terrell County Prison Jobs


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