Macon County Jail – Oglethorpe, GA

Macon County Jail is located in Macon County, Georgia and is the main jail for this county. Looking for someone locked up at Macon County Jail? This page tells you info about anything you might want to know about Macon County Jail,like the following: How to do a jail inmate search. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. Bailing out of jail. Booking and intake procedures. Court information. And much more…

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary and daunting thought, not only for the person who goes to jail, but also their friends and family. The goal of this guide is to give information that you’ll need to make getting locked up a little less stressful. If you have a question, please feel free to ask them, and also any comments or tips that could be a benefit to others is much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Macon County Jail
P.O. Box 345
Oglethorpe, GA 31068

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 478-472-6447
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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 in jail and need to find them?

Has somebody who’s been arrested and you need to find out where they are?

In order to search who is in jail at Macon County Jail you should navigate to their web site and use the inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Macon County Jail Inmate Roster has information on persons who were arrested and are now in jail, which includes status, how much their bail is, and times you can visit. Also, you are able to get information about anyone arrested and booked or discharged in the last 24 hours. Inmates are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You can locate their inmate information fast if you enter your friend or family member’s full name, birth date, or arrest number.

If the person you are looking for might be in another county jail you will want to look here: List of all county jails in Georgia


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail processing photo, is a picture taken by the police when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is actually one frontal photo and one profile photo. Your full name and intake number will be on the pictures, and they’re kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be seen online, or you can see them in person at the Macon County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you will have to enter their legal name, and the booking date, if you know it.

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How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to get your mugshot removed from the Macon County Jail site? This will be difficult, since the mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you will need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. This means that all of your arrest records would be sealed, and will not be accessible. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For more information about getting your mugshot removed, the many different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, once you’re locked up, your primary thought is about how to get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, a bail amount is determined either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If no bail is set this might mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you are released you must agree to be in court on your court date, and until then you are not permitted to leave town.

Typically, an inmate can earn early release in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and conduct themselves properly while they are in jail.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be granted work release. You will be required to stay jail each day when you’re finished at your job, or you might have the chance to move to a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Bail is money that you have to pay to be released from jail pending trial. The amount you will have to pay depends on the seriousness of your charges. You will have to pay to the courts 10% of the amount that was determined before you can bail out of jail. If you miss court, that person will not get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You must call the Macon County Jail. If you’ve got the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know what their bail is set at. Also, you can check their bail amount and status online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is never a fun thing, but most of the time, its really easy if you have the money. First, you need to find out if it is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If it is, you will not be able to use the services of a Bail Bondsman. Cash only – the jail will not accept a personal check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the inmate will get released. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you should hire a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will usually charge a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and usually with a minimum of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman is non-refundable and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bail bondsman will usually use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

To find a local bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman at Macon County Jail

Have you ever hired a bail bondsman either for yourself, a family member or friend? If you have, post a comment below and tell about it, and let us know how it worked out for you.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure includes each of these steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • You have to answer some basic questions, such as your full name, street address, birth date and an emergency contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be issued an inmate number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • They will let you make a phone call in order to talk to a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you will be allowed to wear your street clothes, if not you will have to wear a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will be discharged from jail. Getting discharged can take from 15 minutes to many hours. In other words the quicker you post bail, the faster you will get discharged from jail. Also, how fast you get released might depend on if you’ve been given a bond amount or if a magistrate needs to determine your bail amount. For minor offenses, you will be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served your sentence and are given a date of your release, plan to get discharged between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

In the event there is a, or if you have to start a jail sentence, you should follow the law and turn yourself into the authorities. In the case of an outstanding warrant, report to the jail intake center, and tell an officer that you think there may be an outstanding warrant for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if so, you will be taken into jail custody. If it is for a jail sentence, report at the time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Be sure that you don’t show up late. Only bring required items when you turn yourself in, for example a driver’s license or even photo ID, prescription medication, and the sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates have to give the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitor’s names will be entered in the log as an authorized visitor. All visitors must provide a photo ID when visiting. Visitors showing up late or that is not an approved visitor will not be allowed to attend visitation.
The Macon County Jail visitation procedures frequently change, so it would be wise to review the official Macon County Jail jail site before you try to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

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 . Calls made in jail are generally more expensive than regular phone calls. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on 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, your ability to use the phone might get cut back or forbidden completely.

Phone Number: 478-472-6447

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail is required to be mailed using the US Postal Service. You must not use any other type of mail delivery. You should write the person’s name, inmate ID, and the jail address on the letter. Do not mail anything in a package or box, envelope with padding, bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail that you send to inmates gets opened and read by the jail officers, and will get sent back if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Macon County Jail is:

Macon County Jail
P.O. Box 345
Oglethorpe, GA 31068

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Macon County Jail
P.O. Box 345
Oglethorpe, GA 31068


The Macon County Jail mail policy is always changing, so you should double check the official Macon County Jail site before you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you have particular rights, the first of which is the right to request an attorney. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so make sure to get a friend or family member to locate a lawyer when you call. You might be thinking ‘why do I need an attorney?’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal attorney will advise you about your rights, look after your best interests and guide you through the criminal justice system that you are now faced with. The quicker you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better.

For more information about this, read: How to Find a Lawyer in Macon County

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford an attorney, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. Also, the Public Defender’s Office has access to investigators, experts in forensics and social case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are full-fledged attorneys who are members of the State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

Have you or someone you know used a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?

Court Records

Court records are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. They are comprised of a court case file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and all documents filed in the course of your case. You have the ability to access your court records with the website, or by going to the Clerk’s office of the Court.

Clerk of Court

The Macon County Clerk of Court is an official part of the court who manages access to court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath in a court case, and also read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records and documents relating to your case are kept and available to you at the Macon County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the fees and charges from your court case, such as for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you are low income and have a Public Defender, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the judge that rules on your court case. Magistrates do a number of different things, such as setting bail amounts, issuing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court hearings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is completed with your background information and details of the defendant’s life and public history, which the judge will take into consideration when decide your sentence. Information and personal details will be collected from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and in some cases the victim in the crime. Bear in mind that you should request to get your own copy of the pre-sentencing report before sentencing, so you get the chance to review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are a number of different options, ranging from community service, house arrest, and probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on how serious your crime was, you will either be taken into custody, right there in court, or you could get a date that you must go to jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if some you know is incarcerated, or has ever been locked up?

You can you need to query the Macon County jail website, and search by:

  • Their name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • and their inmate ID.

If you think that they are currently in jail, you can call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can check arrest warrants on the Macon County jail website or you are able to call the jail. You have to have the person’s 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, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, and their arrest date, contact the jail, by phone, go there in person, or check online. Arrest records are a matter of public record and this is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when you get served with papers, such as warrants. You can access civil process orders by contacting the Macon County 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 of a sex offense. You can access sex offenders on the internet, but keep in mind that you can’t see the exact address, but only the address block they live on.

Court Records

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

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains a record of a person’s criminal past. These state databases are all connected so you can track criminal convictions from other states. Go to courthouse and inquire in person, or you can check the website. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and if the crime was in a totally different state, you may have to pay for a more comprehensive search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you are able to find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for these crimes:

  • DUI.
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

During a criminal records search, you generally will not be able to see if that person has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this information, you must do a driving records search.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? How hard was it? Was your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the jail? Was the information correct? There are many reasons that people search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your story could help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI has their list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Macon County, the Macon County Sheriff keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link

    Macon County Sheriff’s Department’s Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that spending time in Macon County Jail is no fun, you will soon settle into the daily routine there. You should expect a wake-up alarm at six in the morning, and next they’ll do roll call. Next, you will eat 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 Macon County Jail, 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 Macon 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 procedure to send money to inmates can change, so be sure to double check the site before send money to someone in jail there.

    Commissary

    The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.

    Inmate Medications

    If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.

    Meals

    You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.

    Pods / The Yard

    The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self-contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.

    Gangs

    As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Macon County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Macon 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.

    Apply for a Job at Macon County Jail

    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:

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

    The definition of victim includes:

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

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

    Victim Notification

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

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

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

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

    Domestic Violence

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

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


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been a prisoner in Macon County Jail? Do you know anybody that spent time there? Have you ever been to visit someone in this jail?

    If you have, then you should write your review about it. Tell us about what you experienced so that others will know what to expect.

    Things you might want to write in what you write:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Staff and guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • The other inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gangs
    • Inmate programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has a story to tell. Why’d you end up in jail? Did you get fair treatment? How was life in jail? Tell us about the other inmates. How has this experience impacted your life?

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    Send a Message to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Trying to reconnect with an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Send a message to them here.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Macon County Jail Website
    Macon County Jail Inmate Search
    Macon County Jail Mugshots
    Macon County Jail Bail Link

    Macon County Jail Visitation Procedures
    Macon County Jail Jail Mail Link
    Macon County Jail Inmate Search
    Macon County Jail Warrant Inquiry
    Macon County Jail Arrest Inquiry
    Send Money to an Inmate at Macon County Jail
    Macon County Jail Employment


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