Atlanta City Detention Center – Atlanta, GA

Atlanta City Detention Center is located in Atlanta (City), Georgia and is the primary jail for the region. Looking for someone locked up at Atlanta City Detention Center? This guide tells you about everything you might need to know about Atlanta City Detention Center,like: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s phone number and address. How to post bail. Atlanta City Detention Center intake procedures. Court records. And more…

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The chance of going to jail is a scary idea, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. The purpose of this guide is to give advice and information that you’ll need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail easier. If you have a specific question, just ask it in the comment section below, and also any comments or tips that would be beneficial to other people in the same situation will be welcome.

General Information

Address

Atlanta City Detention Center
254 Peachtree Street Southwest
Atlanta, GA 30303

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (404) 865-8001
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that is incarcerated and don’t know how to find out where they are?

Has someone who has been arrested and you need to find out what jail they’re in?

To see who’s in jail at Atlanta City Detention Center you will need to navigate to their link and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Atlanta City Detention Center Inmate Lookup is an online list of persons who have been arrested and are in custody, including current status, how much their bail is, and visiting schedule. Also, you can find info about anyone arrested and processed or released in the past 24 hour period. Prisoners are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You will be able to get their inmate information faster if you’ve got their first and last name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If your friend or family member could possibly be in another county jail you will want to check the other Georgia county jails in our Georgia County Jail Guide: Georgia County Jails Listing


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a intake picture, is the photograph that the police take during jail intake processing. A mugshot is make of one face photo and a side photo. Your full name and jail ID number will be in the mugshot, and they’re kept on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be seen online, or you can see them in person at the Atlanta City Detention Center. When you search for mugshots online you have to enter the inmate’s name, and the arrest date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to have your mugshot taken down from the Atlanta City Detention Center site? This will be difficult, because your mugshot is a public record. You will need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. This means that the record of your arrest will be sealed, and will not be accessible. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

To learn more about getting your mugshot removed, the various mugshot websites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Once you’re in jail, your only thought is about getting out. After booking, a bail amount will be set either by bail schedule or magistrate. If no bail is set this may mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you are released from jail you must promise to be in court on your court date, and until that day you can’t leave the county.

Typically, an inmate at Atlanta City Detention Center will earn an early release in exchange for good behavior when they follow the rules and act right while incarcerated.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you might be given work release detail. You will have to return to the jail at the end of the day when you’re finished working, or you could be permitted to move to a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Bail is how much money that you have to pay in order to be released from jail until your court date. The amount you have to pay is dictated by the crime you are charged with. You will need to pay to the courts 10% of the amount that was determined so you are able to be released. If you don’t show up for your scheduled court date, whoever paid your bail will lose all of the bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You need to call the Atlanta City Detention Center. If you have all the person’s information, like name, address and date of birth, they will tell you the bail amount. Also, you can find out how much their bail is on the Atlanta City Detention Center website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is never fun, but most of the time, it’s easy if you have the money. First, figure out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only”. If it is, you will not be able to get a Bail Bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they will not accept a personal check. When you’ve paid bail, the person will be discharged. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you should try a bail bondsman. They usually have a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and sometimes charge a minimum fee of $100. This will not be returned to you and is typically cash only. If the bail has been set really high, the bail bondsman will ask to use your assets as collateral for the bond.

To talk to a bail bondsman visit our page about: Bail bondsman

Have you ever had to use a Bail Bondsman because you or someone you know got arrested? 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

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure includes these steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • First, have to answer a bunch of questions, like what is your full legal name, home address, birthdate and contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • They will allow you to use the phone to contact a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, they will let you wear your street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to change into a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through the jail intake procedure? If so, please tell our readers about your experience. How long did you have to wait? How were you treated? Can you share any secrets that will help others get through the process?

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. The discharge process can take between 10 minutes to all day. Or, simply, the faster you can pay your bail, the faster you will get discharged from jail. Also, it will depend on whether or not you have a cash bond amount or if the judge needs to determine how much to set your bail at. For minor charges, you will simply be booked and get released without having to post bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and have a discharge date, expect to be discharged anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the sheriff has a, or if you must start a jail sentence, it is highly advisable that you do the right thing and turn yourself into the authorities. For a warrant, report to the jail reception area, and tell someone that you think they might have 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. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order states. Be sure that you are not late to report. Only bring things that are allowed when you go, like a driver’s license or even state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as the sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates need to give each visitor’s name to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitor’s names will be put in a log of visitors for the requesting inmate. Each and every visitor is required to provide a photo ID when visiting. Visitors that gets to visitation or that is not on the visitation list will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
The Atlanta City Detention Center visitation procedures frequently change, so make sure that you review the 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 . Jail phone calls are a lot more costly than regular phone calls. Phone calls are restricted on when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but you should keep in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you break the rules, phone privileges could be reduced or forbidden.

The Atlanta City Detention Center phone number is: (404) 865-8001

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate must be sent using the US Postal Service. You must not use any other method of mail delivery. You have to print the prisoner’s name, inmate ID, and the address of the jail on the letter that you send. Don’t mail anything in a package or box, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail that you send to inmates is opened and read by the staff, and will be sent back to the person who mailed it if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Atlanta City Detention Center, use this address:

Atlanta City Detention Center
254 Peachtree Street Southwest
Atlanta, GA 30303

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Atlanta City Detention Center
254 Peachtree Street Southwest
Atlanta, GA 30303


The mail policy at Atlanta City Detention Center is always changing, so you should double check the site before you send a letter to an inmate.


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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. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is important to get a friend or family member to locate an attorney for you. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘do I really need a lawyer?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a lawyer can advise you of your rights, protect your interests and help you find your way through the criminal justice system in Atlanta (City). The sooner you get a lawyer involved with your case, the better your chances.

For more information on how to find a lawyer, click: How to Find an Attorney in Atlanta (City)

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 Office has access to independent investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are real attorneys, admitted to the State Bar and are completely licensed to handle your case.

Have you ever had to use a Public Defender? How did they do?

Court Records

Atlanta (City) court records are are public records and are available upon request. They contain a court case file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and every motions, documents, and evidence filed in the course of your case. You are able to access court records using the Atlanta (City) website, or at the Atlanta (City) Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

The Atlanta (City) Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who manages the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath during court cases, and also read the jury’s verdict. All court records from your case are available at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court fees are the charges and fees from your case, which include filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you can get a waiver for these fees.

Magistrate

The Atlanta (City) court magistrate is the judge who presides over your court case. They do a number of things, such as setting bail amounts, writing arrest warrants, and overseeing preliminary court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is put together to include the defendant’s background information and information about the defendant’s life and history, which the judge will take into account when decide your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be gathered from the person on trial, their family, and if necessary the victim in the crime. Bear in mind you can request to receive a copy of your pre-sentencing report prior to sentencing, and make sure that you correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, ranging from community service to probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you will either be taken into custody, right there in court, or you could receive a date that you are supposed to report to jail to serve out your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if somebody you know is incarcerated in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?

To find this out just visit the Atlanta (City) jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search by:

  • Name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • and their inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you can also call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have a warrant out for your arrest, you can check arrest warrants inquiry on the Atlanta (City) court website or you can call the jail directly. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask the officer in charge. You should be clear that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, as well as their arrest date, contact the jail, by phone, go there in person, or look online. Records of arrests are public record and this is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you get served with legal papers, which can be 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 convicted sex offenders have to be registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to view these offenders online, but you should know that you can’t get the exact address, rather the address block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. Court Records include a case file that contains a docket sheet and any of the documents filed in the court case. You can access court records on the internet, or at the Atlanta (City) Clerk of Court office in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains records of their state citizen’s criminal history. These online databases are connected so you are able to track criminal convictions from another state. Go to courthouse and inquire, or check the website. You must know which county the crime occured in, and if it was in a completely different state, you might have to pay for a more comprehensive search.

A criminal records search you can get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for the following crimes:

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

If you do a criminal records check, usually won’t discover if someone had:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get driving histories, you will have to do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? Was it an easy process? Dis you do your search online or did you have to call the Atlanta (City) courthouse? Was it correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your comments may help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI keeps a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Atlanta (City),the Atlanta (City) Sheriff maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List

    Atlanta (City) Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List: External Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that getting locked up in Atlanta City Detention Center is something you wish you could avoid, eventually you will become accustomed to the routine that is set for you. All inmates get an alarm to wake up at 6am, and next they’ll do roll call. After roll call you will get breakfast. After breakfast, you will have 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 Atlanta City 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 Atlanta City 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 funds to someone in jail at Atlanta City Detention Center could change, so visit the the Atlanta City Detention Center website when you send funds 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

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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Atlanta City Detention Center

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Atlanta City 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 Atlanta City Detention Center

    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 a prisoner in this jail? Do you have a family member or friend that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner in this jail?

    If yes, then we would like you to tell us about it. Tell us about your experience because others can learn what to expect.

    Things you can write in what you write:

    • Conditions in Atlanta City Detention Center.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation Days
    • Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gangs
    • Inmate activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has at least one story to tell about it. How’d you get locked up? How did the guards treat you? What was your daily routine in jail? Tell us about the other inmates. How has this experience impacted your life?

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    Links and Resources

    Main Atlanta City Detention Center Website
    Atlanta City Detention Center Inmate Search
    Atlanta City Detention Center Mugshots
    Atlanta City Detention Center Bail Amount Link

    Atlanta City Detention Center Visitation
    Atlanta City Detention Center Mail Policy
    Locate an inmate at Atlanta City Detention Center
    Atlanta City Detention Center Warrant Inquiry
    Atlanta City Detention Center Arrests
    Atlanta City Detention Center Send Money Procedure
    Jobs at Atlanta City Detention Center


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