Cook County Jail is located in Cook County and is the primary correctional facility for this county. Are you looking for somebody in Cook County Jail? This site gives you information about everything you might want to know about Cook County Jailsuch as the following: How to locate an inmate at Cook County Jail. Find inmate mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and bail bondsmen. Cook County Jail intake procedures. Court information and records. And everything else.
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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and stressful thought, not only for the person who goes to jail, but also their friends and family. This guide is designed to give you info that you need to make the process less stressful. If you have a specific question, please feel free to ask them, and any feedback or comments that might be beneficial to other people in the same situation would be much appreciated.
Cook County Jail
1000 County Farm Rd.
Adel, GA 31620
Phone Number and Fax Number
Map and Directions
Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you know someone in jail and want to find out where they are?
Has a friend or family member who has been arrested and you want to find out what jail they’re in?
To search who’s in jail at Cook County Jail you need to navigate to their website and do an inmate search.
The Cook County Jail Inmate Lookup is a list of people who were arrested and are now in jail, which includes status, how much their bail is, and visiting hours. You can also get the same information about anyone who has been arrested or released within the last 24 hours. Inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You will be able to locate their inmate information more quickly if you have your friend or family member’s first and last name, date of birth, or inmate ID.
If the person you’re searching for is incarcerated at a different jail you will want to check our guide to other Georgia jails: Georgia County Jails Directory
A mugshot, also known as a booking photograph, is a photo that the police take when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is make of one face photo and a side picture. Your full name and jail booking number will appear on the mugshot, and they are on file at the jail.
Mugshots of Cook County Jail inmates can be seen on the website, or you can see them at the Cook County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you have to enter the person’s legal name, and the arrest date, if you have it.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Need to know how to have your mugshot removed from the Cook County Jail site? This will be difficult, 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 all of your arrest records would be sealed, and unavailable to the public. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.
Read our in-depth tutorial about removing your mugshot, the different mugshot websites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: Mugshot Removal
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
Naturally, if you are arrested and put in jail, your only thought is about how to get out. After booking, a bail amount will be set either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If no bail is set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.
If you do bail out you must agree to be in court on your court date, and until that day you won’t be allowed to travel out of the county.
In most cases, prisoners can earn early release in exchange for good behavior when they follow the rules and area a good inmate while incarcerated.
If you follow the rules, you might be allowed to do work release. You will either have to return to jail each day after work, or you may be allowed to live in a halfway house instead of living at the jail.
Bail is how much money that you have to pay to the courts to be released from jail until your court date. Your bail amount is dictated by the seriousness of your charges. You will have to pay 10% of the amount set in order to get discharged from jail. If you don’t go to court, the person that paid your bail won’t get their money back.
Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is
To find out someone’s bail amount you will have to call the Cook County Jail. If you’ve got the person’s info, including name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know the bail amount. You can also find out how much their bail is on the Cook County Jail website.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Having to bail someone out of jail is never fun, but fortunately, it’s simple to do if you have the money. To start with, you need to find out if it is a Cash Only Bond situation. If it is, you can’t use a bondsman. Cash only – they will not accept a check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the prisoner will be released. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get your money back.
If the amount of bail set is large, or you just can’t afford to pay it, 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 by the magistrate, and sometimes charge a minimum charge of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman is non-refundable and the bondsman only accepts cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bail bondsman will usually request to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral.
To find a bail bondsman click here: Find a Bail Bondsman in Cook County
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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail
- Early Release For Good Behavior
- Get Out on Work Release
- Time Served
- Pre-Trial Release Programs
- House Arrest
- Be Released on Your Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The intake procedure is made up of these steps:
- You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. When the jail is busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
- First, will answer a number of questions, such as what is your full name, street address, birthdate and an emergency contact.
- You will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
- You will be given an inmate ID.
- Your fingerprints will be taken.
- You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
- All of your personal property will be taken away from you and will be stored until you are released.
- You will be allowed to use the phone so you can contact a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
- If you are expected to be released quickly, you might get to wear your own clothes, if not you will be issued a jail uniform.
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Once bail has been posted, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. This process may take anywhere from 15 minutes to many hours. So, the quicker bail is posted, the faster you will be freed. How quickly you get discharged will depend on whether you’ve got a bond amount or if a magistrate still needs to determine the bail amount. For minor offenses, you will get booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and know the discharge date, plan to get released between 9am and noon.
How To Turn Yourself In
If the police have a, or if you need to report to start a sentence, it is highly recommended that you follow the rules and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. For a warrant, go to the jail intake center, and tell the intake officer that believe that there could be a warrant for your arrest. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if they verify that you have one, you will be taken into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, go down to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Ensure that you don’t show up late. Be sure to only bring things that are allowed when you go to jail, such as your driver’s license or photo ID, prescription medication, as well as the copy of the sentencing order.
In order to have visitors, inmates must list each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitors will be entered into the visitation log for the inmate. Each and every visitor has to provide identification. Visitors that arrives for visitation late or that is not on the visitation list will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Jail visitation policies change often, so it would be wise to review the jail site before you try to go to visitation.
Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy
The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account. Calls made in jail are typically pricier 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 jail rules, your ability to use the phone could be reduced or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.
The Cook County Jail phone number is: 229-896-7471
Sending Mail to Inmates
All inmate mail is required to be sent using the US Postal Service. You must not use any other type of mail delivery. You should print the prisoner’s name, inmate ID, and the address of the jail on the letter that you send. Do not send anything in a package, envelope with padding, bag, or an envelope with metal in it. Any mail will be opened and reviewed by the jail administration, and will get returned if they decide it is inappropriate.
Use this address when sending a letter to someone incarcerated at Cook County Jail:
Cook County Jail
1000 County Farm Rd.
Adel, GA 31620
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
Cook County Jail
1000 County Farm Rd.
Adel, GA 31620
The mail policy can change, so it would be best to double check the site before send a letter to someone in jail there.
Get A Lawyer
When you’ve been arrested, you should know you still have rights, the first of which is your right to request a lawyer. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so it is a good idea to ask a friend or family member to locate an attorney when you talk to them. You might be thinking ‘I don’t need a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, an attorney will advise you about your rights, protect your interests and help you through the criminal justice system in your county. The faster you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your situation, the better off you’ll be.
For more information about this, go to: Find a Lawyer
If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford a lawyer, you will get a public defender. The Public Defender Office has access to private investigators, experts in forensics as well as case workers. All Public Defenders are bona-fide attorneys that are admitted to the Georgia State Bar Association and are licensed to handle your case.
Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? How did they do?
Court records are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. They contain a court case file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and all documents and motions filed during your court case. You have the ability to access the records and documents in your court case via the internet service, or at the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.
Clerk of Court
The Clerk of Court is an official part of the court that maintains the records. They also administer the oath when court is in session, and also read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records and documents associated with your court case are held at Clerk of Court.
Court costs and court fees are the charges from your court case, such as for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you will not be responsible for these fees.
The Cook County court magistrate is the person who presides on your case in court. Magistrates do many different things, such as determining how much your bail will be, issuing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over initial court appearances and detention hearings.
A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is put together with information about the arrestee’s background and information about the arrestee’s life, which the magistrate will take into consideration when deciding on the sentence. Information and personal details will be requested from the person on trial, his or her family, and if necessary the victim in the crime. Don’t forget you are able to request to have your own copy of your pre-sentencing report prior to sentencing, and make sure that you review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.
If you get convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, ranging from community service and probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on how serious your crime was, you might get immediately taken into custody, or you could get a date that you are supposed to surrender and report to jail to serve your term.
Do you want to find out if some you know is locked up, or has gone to jail in the past?
To do this, you will have to visit the jail’s website, and do a search using:
- Their name.
- Their booking date if you know it.
- or inmate ID.
If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you should call the jail to find out.
If you think you might have an outstanding warrant, you can access court records on the Cook County jail website or you can call the court 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. Bear in mind that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.
If you have a first and last name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the jail, either by phone, in person, or check online. An arrest is public record and these records are accessible by the public.
Civil processes are when you get served with legal papers, such as court orders. You can access civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All registered sex offenders are listed and registered on both a national and state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to view this information online, but keep in mind that you can’t get the actual address, but only the neighborhood block that they live on.
Court Records are public records and available to anyone. Court Records include a case file that contains a docket sheet and all of the documents filed in the court case. You are able to access the court records online, or at Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.
Each state maintains a record of a person’s criminal background. These databases are connected and you can track criminal histories from other states. You are able to go to the Cook County Courthouse and inquire, or check online. You must know which county the crime occurred in, and if it was in a completely different state, you might have to pay for a more complete search.
When you look up a person’s criminal records you are able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for the following crimes:
- DWI or DUI.
- Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
- Rape or other sexual assault.
- Violent crimes.
- Property crimes like theft or larceny.
When you do a criminal history search, in most cases won’t find if someone has had any infractions like moving violations:
- Speeding tickets.
- Drivers license suspended or revoked.
- Moving violations.
- Parking Tickets.
- 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 Driver’s License
- An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.
- Victims have the right to protection from the accused.
- Victims have the right to notification.
- Victims have the right to attend proceedings.
- Victims have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
- Victims have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
- Victims have the right to restitution.
- Victims have the right to a speedy trial.
- Victims have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.
- 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.
- Conditions at the jail.
- Jail layout and facility
- Staff and guards
- Food and commissary
- The other inmates – what are they like?
- Gang activity
- Inmate activities and programs
To search for driving records, you have to do a search for their driving history.
Have you ever searched for criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Was your search online or did you make a phone call to the local courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your story might make it easier for others.
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Everyone knows that the FBI has a listing of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Cook County, the Sheriff keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.
FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link
Cook County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List: Link
Life In Jail / What Its Like
While the prospect of serving a jail sentence in Cook County Jail is very scary, in time you will get used to the daily routine there. Expect an alarm to wake up at about 6:00AM, and then you’ll have roll call. Then you will get breakfast. When you finish 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 Cook County Jail, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.
When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the Cook 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 rules for sending money to inmates at Cook County Jail is always changing, so you should review the official website before you send funds to an inmate.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News and Media
Photos / Pictures
Types of Jobs at Cook County Jail
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Cook 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.
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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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Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.
The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:
The definition of victim includes:
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.
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.
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.
Reviews of this Jail
Have you ever spent any time in this jail? Do you have a family member or friend there? Have you ever visited a prisoner there?
If your answer is yes, then we would like you to tell us about it. Write about your jail experience because others can learn what to expect.
Things you could put in your review:
Tell Your Story
Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has some stories about their time ‘inside’. How’d you get locked up? Did you experience fair treatment? What happened to you while you were locked up? What were the other inmates like? How did getting locked up affect your life?
Speak Your Mind
Send a Message to Your Cell Mate
Make some good friends in jail? Want to find somebody you met in jail? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.
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Links and Resources
Cook County Jail Visitation Procedures
Cook County Jail Jail Mail Link
Cook County Jail Inmate Inquiry Link
Cook County Warrants
Cook County Jail Arrests
Send Funds to an Inmate at Cook County Jail
Cook County Jail Employment