Harris County Prison & Correctional Institution – Hamilton, GA

Harris County Prison & Correctional Institution is located in Harris County, Georgia and is the main jail for the region. Looking for somebody at Harris County Prison & Correctional Institution? This guide gives you all about anything you might need to know about Harris County Prison & Correctional Institution: Find out who’s in jail at Harris County Prison & Correctional Institution? Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. Posting bail. Harris County Prison & Correctional Institution intake procedures. Court records. And lots more.

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The chance of going to jail is a scary situation, not only for the person who gets arrested, but also their friends and family. This guide is meant to give information and advice that you need to make the process less stressful. If you have specific questions, please feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any comments or tips that could help others would be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Harris County Prison & Correctional Institution
9982 Georgia Hwy 116
Hamilton, GA 31811

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 706-628-4959
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Map and Directions

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that has gone to jail and want to contact them?

Do you know a family member or friend that’s been arrested and you want to find out where they are?

To find out who is in jail at Harris County Prison & Correctional Institution you should navigate to their website and do an inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Harris County Prison & Correctional Institution Inmate Lookup has information on persons who have been arrested and are in jail, including current status, how much their bail is, and schedule for visitation. Also, you can find information on anybody arrested and booked or released within the last 24 hours. Inmates are listed alphabetically by last name. You will be able to find their arrest information more quickly if you have the arrestee’s full name, birth date, or arrest number.

If the inmate you are looking for could possibly be in a different jail you can check our Georgia county jail guide: Georgia Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail intake photograph, is a photo that the police take during jail intake processing. A mugshot is actually one face photo and a side picture. Your name and jail ID number will be on the photos, and they’re stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates are on the Harris County Prison & Correctional Institution website, or you can view them at the Harris County Prison & Correctional Institution. When you search for mugshots on the website you have to enter the inmate’s name, and a booking date, if you have it.

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How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to have your mugshot taken down from the Harris County Prison & Correctional Institution site? This can be tricky, since the mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot taken down you will need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. This means that your arrest record will be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

For more information about removing your mugshot, the different mugshot websites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, once you’re in jail, your only thought is about when and how you will get out. After booking, a bail amount is set using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If there is no bail set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out of jail you are required to agree to go to your court date, and in the meantime you are not permitted to leave town.

Typically, an inmate will earn early release in exchange for good behavior if they respect the rules and area a good inmate while incarcerated.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be allowed to do work release. You will have to return to the jail at the end of the day when you’re finished with work, or you might be allowed to live in a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Your bail is money that you are required to pay to get out of jail pending trial. The amount you have to pay depends on what crime you are charged with and how serious it is. You or someone you know will have to pay 10 percent of the total amount that was determined before you can be released. If you don’t go to your court date, whoever posted your bail won’t get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someone’s bail is, you need to call the Harris County Prison & Correctional Institution or the County Courthouse. If you have all the pertinent information, including name, address and date of birth, they will let you know how much their bail is. You can also find out how much their bail is on the Harris County Prison & Correctional Institution site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but fortunately, it is really easy. First of all, find out if they have a “Cash Bond Only”. If it is, you won’t be able to use a bail bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – the jail won’t take checks. Once you have paid the bond, the inmate will be released to your care. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you can’t afford it, you should use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will generally have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set, and in most cases charge a minimum fee of $100. This will not be returned to you and must be paid in cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bail bondsman will in most cases use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral.

If you need a local bail bondsman click here: Bail bondsman

Have you ever hired a Bail Bondsman to bail someone out of jail? If you have, please leave a comment below and tell about your experience 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
  • Time Served
  • Pre-Trial Release Programs
  • Get Out on House Arrest
  • Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process includes these steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If there are a lot of arrests, it will take a while to get processed.
  • You will answer a bunch of questions, like what is your full name, your address, birth date and contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your medical and mental history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • Any property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you are released.
  • They will allow you to use the phone in order to call a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you will be allowed to keep wearing street clothes, otherwise you will have to change into a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

Have you been arrested and gone through jail intake? If you have, you should tell your story. How long did you have to wait in the holding cell? How were you treated? Do you have any things that might help other people to get through the procedure?

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. The discharge process may take anywhere between 30 minutes to all day long. In other words the faster you post bail, the quicker you will be freed. How quickly you get discharged depends on whether you’ve got a bond amount or if the magistrate has to decide on how much your bail will be. For a minor offense, you will simply be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and are given a release date, you should plan to get released between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you must start your sentence, you really should follow the rules and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If it is for a warrant, go down to the jail intake center, and let them know that you think they might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest. 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 ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, go to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order states. Be very careful that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Just bring required items when you turn yourself in, like your driver’s license or even ID, prescription medication, and a sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you must provide the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail in advance of any visit. This information will be entered into the visitors log as an authorized visitor. Every visitor will have to provide acceptable photo identification. Visitors that gets to visitation or that is not an approved visitor will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
The Harris County Prison & Correctional Institution visitation procedures change often, so you should review the official Harris County Prison & Correctional Institution jail site before you go to the jail to visit.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Calls made in jail are generally more expensive 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 there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you break the jail rules, an inmate’s ability to use the phone could be reduced or cut altogether.

The Harris County Prison & Correctional Institution phone number is: 706-628-4959

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates is required to be sent using the actual US Postal Service. You must not use any other type of delivery. You have to write the person’s name, inmate number, and the address of the jail on the outside of 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 in it. All mail sent to inmates will be opened and examined and read by the officers at the jail, and will be sent back if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to someone incarcerated at Harris County Prison & Correctional Institution:

Harris County Prison & Correctional Institution
9982 Georgia Hwy 116
Hamilton, GA 31811

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Harris County Prison & Correctional Institution
9982 Georgia Hwy 116
Hamilton, GA 31811


The mail policy changes frequently, so we suggest that you check the official Harris County Prison & Correctional Institution site when send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you have rights, the most important of which is that you have the right to request an attorney. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so you would be wise to have a friend or relative locate an attorney for you. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘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 best interests and help you navigate the complicated court system that you are now faced with. The quicker you get a lawyer involved with your charges, the better off you’ll be.

For more detailed information on the benefits of hiring a lawyer, read our guide: How to Find a Lawyer in Harris County

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford an attorney, you will get a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender Office has a number of staff such as private investigators, experts in forensics and social workers. All Public Defenders are actual attorneys who are members of the Georgia State Bar and are licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

Have you or someone you know had to use a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? How did they do?

Court Records

All court records are public records. Court records are comprised of a file with a docket sheet and all of the documents and motions filed in the case. You have the ability to access your court records with the online service, or by going to the Clerk’s office of the Court.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is a member of the court who manages access to court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath when court is in session, and also read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records, documents, and evidence associated with your case are maintained at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are the fees and charges associated with your 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 may not have to pay the fees.

Magistrate

The Harris County magistrate is the type of judge who presides on your court case. They do several different things, such as deciding a bail amount, issuing warrants, and presiding over first court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is put together with the defendant’s background information and information about the arrestee’s life and history, which the magistrate will consider when determining a sentence. Information will be collected from the defendant, the defendant’s family, and, if applicable, the victim in the crime. Be sure to remember you can request to have a copy of this report prior to sentencing, and go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are a number of different options, which include community service, house arrest, and probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on how serious your crime was, you could be taken into custody immediately, or you could receive a date that you must to surrender and report to jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if somebody you know is currently in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?

To do so, just go to the jail’s website, and do a search using:

  • Their name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • and their jail ID.

If you think that they are currently in jail, you can also call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have a warrant out for your arrest, you are able to check the court records on the website or call the jail. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask the officer in charge. Keep in mind that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the Harris County jail, on the phone, go there in person, or check online. Records of arrests are a matter of public record and these records are freely available.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when you are served with legal papers, such as court orders. You can find these civil process orders by contacting the Harris County Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are registered and listed on both a national and state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to see these listings online, but bear in mind that you will not be able to see the precise address, but rather the address block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. They include a case file containing a court docket and any of the documents filed in the court case. You are able to access court records online, or at Clerk of Court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state keeps a record of their state citizen’s criminal past. These state databases are connected and you can track criminal histories from other states. You can go to courthouse and make an inquiry, or check the website. It is helpful to know the county, and if the crime was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you are able to get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for crimes, which include:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

But, when you do a criminal records check, you generally will not be able to find out if someone had:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get driving records, you will have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it easy? Was your search online or did you have to call the courthouse? Was the information correct? There are lots of reasons that folks look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your story could help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI has their list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Harris County, the Harris County Sheriff maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link

    Harris County Top Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that getting locked up in the Harris County jail is no fun, eventually you will settle into the routine that is set for you in jail. Expect a wake-up alarm at about six in the morning, and next they’ll do roll call. After roll call you will have breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast participate in the work program that you’ve been assigned to. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Harris County Prison & Correctional Institution, 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 Harris County Prison & Correctional Institution 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 inmates changes, so review the official website when you send any money.

    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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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Harris County Prison & Correctional Institution

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Harris County Prison & Correctional Institution, 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 Harris County Prison & Correctional Institution

    Requirements:

    • You must be over the age of 21.
    • You must possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You must be a US Citizen.
    • You must pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You must pass a drug test.
    • You must have a good level of fitness.
    • You must be in good health.
    • You must have a valid Driver’s License
    • An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.


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    Family Resources

    There are resources for families of both the perpetrator of the crime and the victim. The social and emotional impact of crime is far reaching, affecting many. Families can receive professional counseling, court related assistance, social services assistance and help in navigating the criminal justice system.

    If you are a family member, which resources did you find to be particularly helpful? Please let us know, as this will be helpful to other families in the same situation.

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    Victim Resources

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

    • The right to protection from the accused.
    • The right to notification.
    • The right to attend proceedings.
    • The right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • The right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • The right to restitution.
    • The right to a speedy trial.
    • The right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

    The definition of victim includes:

    • Spouses and children of all victims.
    • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
    • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
    • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

    There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

    Victim Notification

    The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

    Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

    All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.

    Domestic Violence

    If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been an inmate in this jail? Do you have a family member or friend that spent time there? Have you ever been to visit someone at Harris County Prison & Correctional Institution?

    If your answer is yes, then we would like you to tell us about it. Write down your jail experience so other people can learn what to expect.

    What to put in your review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Staff and guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • Other Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gangs
    • Prisoner programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has at least one story to tell about it. Why’d you end up in jail? Were you mistreated? How was life in jail? What were the other inmates like? How did going to jail affect your life?

    Click here to tell your story about Harris County Prison & Correctional Institution

    Send a Message to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Trying to find someone you met in jail? Say hello here, just leave a message below.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Harris County Prison & Correctional Institution Link
    Harris County Prison & Correctional Institution Inmate Search
    Harris County Prison & Correctional Institution Mugshots
    Harris County Prison & Correctional Institution Bail Link

    Harris County Prison & Correctional Institution Visitation Policy Link
    Harris County Prison & Correctional Institution Jail Mail Policy Link
    Find an inmate at Harris County Prison & Correctional Institution
    Harris County Prison & Correctional Institution Warrant Inquiry Link
    Harris County Prison & Correctional Institution Arrests
    Send Money to an Inmate at Harris County Prison & Correctional Institution
    Harris County Prison & Correctional Institution Jobs


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