Dawson County Detention Center is in Dawson County, Georgia and is the main jail for this region. Do you know someone locked up in Dawson County Detention Center? This guide gives you info about everything a person needs to know about Dawson County Detention Center,such as: Learn how to locate an inmate. How to view Dawson County Detention Center mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bailing out of jail. Intake procedures and booking. Dawson County court information. And everything else.
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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary thought, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. The purpose of this guide is to give information you need to make going to jail a lot easier. If you have a question, feel free to ask it, and please leave any feedback or comments that might be beneficial to others would be appreciated.
Dawson County Detention Center
19 Tucker Avenue
Dawsonville, GA 30534
Phone Number and Fax Number
Phone: (706) 344-3545.
Map and Directions
Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you have a family member or friend that is locked up and want to contact them?
Do you know somebody that has been arrested and you don’t know how to find them?
In order to search who is in jail at Dawson County Detention Center you will need to go to their web site and use the inmate lookup.
The Dawson County Detention Center Inmate Search has information on persons who were arrested and are now in jail, which includes custody status, bail amount (if applicable), and schedule for visitation. Also, you can get information for anyone processed or released within the last 24 hours. Prisoners are listed alphabetically by last name. You will be able to get the information fast if you have your friend or family member’s first and last name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.
If your friend or family member could possibly be locked up at a different jail you will want to check our guide to other Georgia jails: Other Jails in Georgia
A mugshot, also known as a intake picture, is a picture that the jail takes when you are booked into jail. A mugshot is actually two photos one full face and a side photo. Your full name and jail booking number will be on the pictures, and they will be kept on file.
Mugshots can be found on the website, or you can see them at the Dawson County Detention Center. When viewing online you will have to put in their full name, and an arrest date, if you have one.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Do you want to have your mugshot taken off of the Dawson County Detention Center site? This will be difficult, as the mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot removed you will need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. This means that all of your arrest records would be sealed, and will not be accessible. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.
For a more in-depth article about getting your mugshot removed, the many different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
Obviously, if you’re arrested and put in jail, your primary thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, your bail is decided either by bail schedule or magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this may mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you must remain in jail until your trial.
If you are released you are required to promise to go to your court date, and until then you will not be permitted to leave town.
Typically, a prisoner can earn time off in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and don’t cause any problems while they are in jail.
If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be allowed to participate in work release. You will be required to go back to jail each day when you’re finished with work, or you could be permitted to move to a halfway house when you are not working.
Your bail is how much money that you have to pay to get out of jail until your trial. The amount you will be required to pay is determined by how serious your crime is. You will need to pay 10 percent of the total that was determined before you can get discharged from jail. If you fail to show up for your court appearance, whoever paid your bail will lose that bail money.
Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is
To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail need to call the Dawson County Detention Center. If you’ve got the person’s info, including name, address and date of birth, they will tell you the bail amount. Also, you can check their bail amount and status online.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is never a fun thing, but most of the time, it’s easy if you have the money. To start with, you have to find out if they have a Cash Only Bond. If so, you can’t get a bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – the jail will not accept a check. Once the cash bond has been paid, the prisoner will get released. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.
If bail is set too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you should use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will generally charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set, and usually have a minimum of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman will not be returned to you and has to be paid in cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bondsman will in most cases ask to use assets as collateral.
To talk to a local bail bondsman visit our page about: Bail bondsman
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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail
- Get Time Off For Good Behavior
- Work Release Programs
- Released For Time Served
- Be Released on a Pre-Trial Release Program
- Get Out on House Arrest
- Get Released on Your Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The intake procedure takes you through the following steps:
- You will be placed in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, it will take a while to get processed.
- The first thing you will have to is you have to answer some basic questions, such as your full legal name, street address, birth date 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.
- Your fingerprints will be taken.
- You will get your mugshot taken.
- All personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you get released.
- You will be allowed to make a phone call so you can call a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
- If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might be allowed to wear your street clothes, if not you will be issued a jail issued jumpsuit.
Have you ever been booked into jail? If you have, you should tell your story. How long did it take to get through intake? What was your treatment like? Can you share any secrets that will help other people that get arrested get through jail processing?
Speak Your Mind
Once you are able to post bail, you will get released from jail. Getting discharged from jail will take anywhere from 15 minutes to all day. Or, simply, the faster you can post bail, the quicker you can get released from jail. Also, how fast you get released can depend on whether you’ve got a cash bond or if the magistrate needs to determine your bail amount. For minor charges, you will be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have served your sentence and know the release date, expect to get released at any time that day – but usually in the morning.
How To Turn Yourself In
If the sheriff has a, or if you must start a jail sentence, it is recommended that you do the right thing and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If it is for a warrant, go down to the jail processing area, and let them know that you think there is an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will check their system to see if there are any outstanding local, state or federal arrest warrants out for you, and if they find one, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report at the time and date that the sentence order lists. Make sure that you don’t show up late. Make sure that you only bring necessary items when you go, like a driver’s license or state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and a sentencing order from court.
In order to have visitors, inmates need to list each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitors will go into a Visiting log for the requesting inmate. Each visitor will have to provide acceptable photo identification. Visitors that gets to visitation or that is not an approved visitor will be turned away.
Jail visitation policies frequently change, so it would be wise to check the official site before you go to visitation.
Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy
The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Calls made in jail are generally pricier than phone calls made at home. There are certain restrictions about how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you break the rules, phone privileges might get reduced or eliminated altogether.
Phone Number: (706) 344-3545.
Sending Mail to Inmates
All inmate mail must be mailed using the US Postal Service. You must not use any other type of mail or package delivery. You should write or type the prisoner’s name, inmate ID, and jail address on the letter that you send. Don’t mail anything in a package, padded envelope, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail received by the jail will be opened and read and inspected by the officers at the jail, and the mail will get sent back if the jail decides it is inappropriate.
If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Dawson County Detention Center, use this address:
Dawson County Detention Center
19 Tucker Avenue
Dawsonville, GA 30534
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
Dawson County Detention Center
19 Tucker Avenue
Dawsonville, GA 30534
The mail policy can change, so you should check the the Dawson County Detention Center website when send a letter to someone in jail there.
Get A Lawyer
If you have been arrested, you have rights, the first of which is your right to request a lawyer. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure you have a friend or family member locate a lawyer when you call. You might be asking yourself ‘do I really need a lawyer?’ You can represent yourself if you really want to, but, a criminal attorney can advise you of your rights, help protect your best interests and help you navigate the legal system in your county. The faster you get an attorney working on your charges, the better your chances.
For more information on how to find a lawyer, click here: How to Find a Lawyer
If you cannot afford an attorney, you will be assigned a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender Office has access to independent investigators, forensics experts as well as social case workers. Public Defenders are licensed lawyers that are members of the Georgia State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.
Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney? Are you satisfied with how they handled your case and represented you in court?
Dawson County court records are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. They have a file containing a docket and all of the motions, documents, and evidence filed during your court case. You can access your court records using the website, or at the Dawson County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.
Clerk of Court
The Clerk of Court is a member of the court that maintains court records. They also administer the oath for all court participants, and read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records associated with your court case are maintained at Clerk of Court’s office.
Court fees and costs are the costs associated with your court case, which include filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you will not be responsible for these fees.
The Dawson County court magistrate acts as the judge that will preside over your court case. Magistrates do several different things, which include setting bail, issuing arrest warrants, and overseeing initial court appearances and detention proceedings.
Your pre-sentencing report is prepared with information about the defendant’s background and information about the arrestee’s life and history, which the magistrate will take into consideration when determining your sentence. Information will be solicited from the person on trial, his or her family, and in some circumstances the victim in the crime. Bear in mind you are allowed to request to see your own copy of the pre-sentencing report prior to sentencing, so you have the opportunity to review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.
When you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, including community service and probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the severity of the crime, you might get locked up immediately, or you might be given a date that you must turn yourself into jail to serve your sentence.
Want to find out if somebody you know is incarcerated in jail, or has ever been locked up?
To do this, you will have to go to the Dawson County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search by:
- Their name.
- Date of birth.
- Approximate booking date.
- or inmate ID.
If you think this person is in jail, you can call the jail get confirmation.
If you think you might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can check the arrest warrants inquiry on the Dawson County jail website or you are able to call the jail. This requires a first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and inquire at the information desk. You should be clear that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you will be taken into custody immediately.
If you know the person’s first and last name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the Dawson County jail, either by phone, go there in person, or check online. Records of arrests are a matter of public record and these records are accessible by the public.
Civil processes are when you are served with legal papers, like warrants. You can find these civil process orders by going to the Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All registered sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to view sex offenders on the internet, but keep in mind that you will not be able to get the street address, rather the block that they live on.
Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. These records include a court case file containing a court docket and any of the documents and filings filed in your case. You can access your court records via the internet, or at the Dawson County Clerk of Court office in the county where the case was filed.
Each and every state maintains a record of their state citizen’s criminal past. These state databases are connected so you can track criminal backgrounds from another state. You can go to courthouse and make an inquiry, or check the website. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and in the event that it was in a completely different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.
A criminal records search you will get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for these crimes:
- Drug crimes.
- Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
- Violent crimes.
- Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.
If you do a criminal records check, in most cases will not find if they has had:
- Lost their driver’s license or license revoked or suspended.
- Been in a traffic accident.
- Other moving violations.
- Parking Tickets.
- 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 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 facility and layout
- Guards and staff
- Jail food and commissary
- The other inmates – what are they like?
- Inmate programs and activities
To search for driving records, you have to do a driving records search.
Have you ever searched for criminal records? How easy was it? Was your search online or did you have to call the jail? Was the information correct? There are plenty of reasons that people search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your story might make it easier for others.
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On a Federal level, the FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Dawson County,The Sheriff’s Department has a list of most wanted criminals, too.
FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link
Dawson County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List: Link
Life In Jail / What Its Like
While the prospect of getting locked up in Dawson County Detention Center is no fun, eventually you will become accustomed to the daily routine. You should expect an alarm for wake-up at about 6:00AM, and next you’ll have roll call. You will then have breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will be required to work in the work program or other activity that you are assigned. 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 Dawson County Detention Center, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.
When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the Dawson 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 inmates is likely to change, so it would be best to review the the Dawson County Detention Center website when you send any money.
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 Dawson County Detention Center
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Dawson 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.
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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.
Tell Your Story
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 at this jail? Do you know someone that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited a prisoner at Dawson County Detention Center?
If your answer is yes, then please leave a comment below about it. Write about your experience because other people will know what to expect.
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Tell Your Story
Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has a story about it. Why’d you get arrested? How did the guards treat you? How was life in jail? What were the other inmates like? How did getting locked up affect your life?
Tell your story about when you did time at Dawson County Detention Center
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Links and Resources
Dawson County Detention Center Visitation Procedures
Dawson County Detention Center Jail Mail Link
Find an inmate at Dawson County Detention Center
Dawson County Detention Center Warrant Inquiry
Dawson County Detention Center Arrest Lookup
Dawson County Detention Center Send Money Procedure
Dawson County Detention Center Employment