Hancock State Prison is in Hancock County, GA and is the correctional facility for the area. Know somebody locked up at Hancock State Prison? This page gives you info about anything related to Hancock State Prisonsuch as the following: Find an inmate at Hancock State Prison. Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and bail bondsmen. Intake procedures. Court information. And much more…
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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 gets locked up, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is designed to give you advice and information that you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail easier. If you have questions, just ask them, and also any comments or tips that would be a benefit to others is appreciated.
Hancock State Prison
701 Prison Blvd
Sparta, GA 31087
Phone Number and Fax Number
Phone Number: 706-444-1000
Map and Directions
Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you have a friend or family member in jail and want to locate them?
Has someone that’s been arrested and you need to find them?
In order to find out who is in jail at Hancock State Prison you need to navigate to their link and use the inmate lookup.
The Hancock State Prison Inmate Search is an online list of people who have been arrested, which includes custody status, bail amount, and schedule for visitation. Also, you can find information on anyone booked or released within the last 24 hours. Prisoners are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You can get their inmate information faster if you’ve got the arrestee’s name, date of birth, or inmate ID.
If the person you’re searching for may be at a different jail you should check our guide to other Georgia jails: Other County Jails in Georgia
A mugshot, also called a jail intake photo, is the photograph taken by the police when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is actually two photos one full face and a profile picture. Your name and intake number will appear on the photos, and they will be kept on file.
Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be seen on the Hancock State Prison website, or you can see them at the Hancock State Prison. When viewing online you will have to input their name, and the booking date, if you have it.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to get your mugshot taken off of the Hancock State Prison site? This may not be possible, as your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot removed you have 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. 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 various mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
Of course, if you’re locked up, your main thought is about how to get out. After booking, your bail will be set either by bail schedule or magistrate. If you don’t get a bail 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 agree to be there for your court date, and in the meantime you are not permitted to leave the area.
Typically, inmates can earn early release in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and don’t cause any problems while they are in jail.
If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be allowed to do work release. You will be required to return to jail each day when you’re finished with work, or you could get to move to a halfway house when you are not working.
Bail is how much money that you are required to pay to get out of jail pending trial. The amount of bail that is set depends on the crime you’ve been charged with. You or someone you know will have to post ten percent of the total that was set so you can be released. If you don’t go to your court appearance, the person that bailed you out of jail will not get their money back.
Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is
To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail must call the jail. If know the person’s info, such as name, address and date of birth, they will tell you how much their bail is. You can also find out how much their bail is on the Hancock State Prison website.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Having to bail someone out of jail is never fun, but usually, its easy if you have the money. First of all, figure out if they have a Cash Only Bond situation. If this is the case, you won’t be able to use the services of a bail bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they can’t take a check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the inmate will be discharged. 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 just can’t afford to pay it, you might need to use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will generally have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of total bail, and in most cases charge a minimum charge of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman is non-refundable and has to be paid in cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bail bondsman might ask to use your personal assets as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.
You can find a local bail bondsman visit our page about: How to find a bail bondsman
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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail
- Early Release For Good Behavior
- Get Out on Work Release
- Get Out For Time Served
- Pre-Trial Release Programs
- Get Out on House Arrest
- Get Released on Your Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The intake procedure is made up of the following steps:
- You will be placed in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
- You have to answer a number of questions, such as your full legal name, street address, date of birth and an emergency contact person.
- You will also be asked about your psychological and medical history.
- You will be given an inmate number.
- You will get fingerprinted.
- They will take your mugshot.
- Any personal property you have will be taken from you and will be stored until you are released.
- You will then be allowed to make a telephone call so you can talk to a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
- If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might get to wear your street clothes, if not you will be issued a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.
Have you been arrested and gone through jail intake? If you have, you should share your experience so others can benefit from your story. How long did you have to wait? What was your treatment like? Do you have any things that might help other people make it through jail processing?
Speak Your Mind
Once you are able to post bail, you will be discharged from jail. This process will take anywhere from 10 minutes to all day long. Or, simply, the quicker you post bail, the sooner you will get discharged. How quickly you get discharged can depend on if you have a cash bond amount or if the magistrate still needs to decide on how much to set your bail at. For a minor offense, you will be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you get to the end of your sentence and have a release date, you should plan to get released that morning.
How To Turn Yourself In
In the event there is a, or if you need to start your sentence, it is highly recommended that you follow the rules and turn yourself in willingly. If you have a warrant, go to the jail, in the reception area, and tell them that you think there is a warrant out for your arrest. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if so, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. If it is for a jail sentence, report to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order states. Be sure that you are not late. Only bring required items when you go to jail, for example a driver’s license or even your ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as a copy of the sentencing order.
In order to have visitors, inmates need to provide the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail in advance. Your visitor’s information will be put in the visitors log as an Authorized visit. All visitors will have to provide proof of identification. Anyone showing up late or that is not on the visitation list will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures frequently change, so it would be wise to check the official Hancock State Prison jail site before you go to the jail to visit.
Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy
The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . These phone calls are much more expensive than phone calls made at home. There are certain restrictions about when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates 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 and are disciplined, an inmate’s ability to use the phone might get reduced or forbidden completely.
The Hancock State Prison phone number is: 706-444-1000
Sending Mail to Inmates
Any mail that you send to an inmate has to be sent using US Postal Service. You cannot use any other form of delivery. You should print the name, inmate ID, and the jail address on the envelope. Do not send a package or box, padded envelope, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. Any mail sent to inmates is opened and read and inspected by the staff, and will get returned if deemed inappropriate.
The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Hancock State Prison is:
Hancock State Prison
701 Prison Blvd
Sparta, GA 31087
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
Hancock State Prison
701 Prison Blvd
Sparta, GA 31087
The mail policy can change, so it would be best to review the the Hancock State Prison website before you send a letter to an inmate there.
Get A Lawyer
If you get arrested, you still have certain rights, and an important one is that you have the right to request a lawyer. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so make sure you have a friend or family member find an attorney when you call. You might be asking yourself ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal defense attorney will make sure you know your rights, help protect your interests and help you navigate through the complicated legal system in your county. The faster you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your case, the better.
For more detailed information on this, click here: How to Find a Lawyer in Hancock County
If you cannot afford an attorney, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender has access to private investigators, experts in forensics as well as case workers. All Public Defenders are licensed lawyers, members of the State Bar and are legally licensed to practice law and represent you in court.
Have you or someone you know had to use the services of a 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. Court records contain a court case file with a sheet called a docket sheet and all documents and motions filed in the case. You, and anyone else, can access the records and documents in your court case with the internet service, or by going to the Hancock County Clerk of Court.
Clerk of Court
A Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who maintains court records and controls access to them. They also administer the oath in a court case, and read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All records and documents related to your case are maintained at the office of the Clerk of Court.
Court fees are the charges and fees from your case, which include filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you are low income and have been assigned a Public Defender, you will not be responsible for these fees.
A Magistrate is the person who presides on your case in court. Magistrate judges do a number of things, like setting bail, issuing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court appearances and detention proceedings.
A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed to include the defendant’s background information and information about the arrestee’s life, which the magistrate will take into consideration when determining a sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be collected from the person on trial, his or her family, and, if applicable, the victim in the crime. Remember that you can ask to receive your own copy of the report before your sentencing, and review it and correct any mistakes.
When you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, including community service, house arrest, and probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on how serious your crime was, you could be taken into custody, right there in court, or you could get a date that you are supposed to turn yourself into jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.
Do you need to find out if somebody you know is in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?
This is pretty simple to do, just you should visit the jail website and do an inmate search, and do a search using:
- The inmate’s name.
- Date of birth.
- Approximate booking date.
- or jail ID.
If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you can call the jail to find out.
If you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants on the Hancock County jail website or call the court. This requires a first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask the officer in charge. You should be clear that if you do have an outstanding warrant, they will take you into custody immediately.
If you know a person’s name, as well as their arrest date, contact the Hancock County jail, by phone, go there in person, or check online. Records of arrests are public record and this is available to anyone.
A Civil Process is when you get served with papers, such as court orders. You can find these civil process orders by going to the Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All convicted sex offenders are required to be 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 are able to view sex offenders on the website, but remember that you will not get the precise address, rather the address block of the address that they registered.
Court Records are public records. They include a court case file that contains a docket sheet and any documents and filings filed in your case. You are able to access the court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at the Hancock County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.
Every state maintains records of a person’s criminal history. These state databases are all linked so you can track criminal convictions from another state. You can go to the Hancock County Courthouse and inquire, or you can check online. It helps to know the county, and if the crime was in a completely different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more complete search.
When you look up a person’s criminal records you are able to get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for any of the following crimes:
- DUI or DWI.
- Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
- Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
- Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
During a criminal records search, you won’t be able to find out if that person has had:
- Speeding tickets.
- Drivers license suspended or revoked.
- Been in a traffic accident.
- Minor infractions or 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.
- 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.
- 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, yard and pod layout and facility
- Staff and guards
- Commissary and food
- Other Inmates.
- Prisoner safety
- Jail gangs
- Inmate activities and programs
To find driving records, you must do a driving history search.
Have you ever searched for criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Did you do your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the Hancock County courthouse? Was the information you received correct? There are plenty of reasons that people search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your comments may help other people that are in the same situation.
Speak Your Mind
Everyone knows that the FBI maintains a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Hancock County, the Hancock County Sheriff keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.
FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link
Life In Jail / What Its Like
Everyone knows that serving a jail sentence in Hancock State Prison is something you wish you could avoid, eventually you will settle into the routine that is set for you in jail. You will get an alarm to wake up every morning at six in the morning, and next you’ll have roll call. You will then get breakfast. Following breakfast participate 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 Hancock State Prison, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.
When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the Hancock State 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 money to Hancock State Prison inmates can change, so check the official website before you send money to an inmate there.
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 Hancock State Prison
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Hancock State 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 Hancock State Prison
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 been incarcerated in Hancock State Prison? Do you know someone that spent time there? Have you ever visited an inmate at this jail?
If your answer is yes, then please write a review about it. Write down what you experienced because others can find out what to expect.
What to put in what you write:
Tell Your Story
Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has a story to tell. How’d you get locked up? Were you fairly treated? What was your daily routine in jail? Tell us about the other inmates. Did going to jail affect your life? How?
Tell Your Story About Hancock State Prison
Send a Message to Your Cell Mate
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Say Hello to people still locked up at Hancock State Prison
Links and Resources
Hancock State Prison Visitation Procedures
Hancock State Prison Jail Mail Policy Link
Find an inmate at Hancock State Prison
Hancock State Prison Warrant Inquiry
Hancock State Prison Arrests
Send Money to an Inmate at Hancock State Prison
Hancock State Prison Employment