Marion County Jail – Buena Vista, GA

Marion County Jail is in Marion County and is the main jail for this region. Know somebody incarcerated at Marion County Jail? This guide will tell you info about everything one might want to know about Marion County Jail,like the following: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find inmate mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and how to get out of jail. Booking and intake procedures. Court information and records. And much, much more.

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and stressful situation, not only for the person who gets arrested, but also that person’s friends and family. The purpose of this guide is to give you advice and information that you need to make getting locked up a little less stressful. If you have questions, please feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and any tips or comments that might help others would be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Marion County Jail
338 Geneva Road
Buena Vista, GA 31803

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 229-649-3841
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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, loved one, or friend that is incarcerated and need to contact them?

Do you know a family member or friend that’s been arrested and you want to locate them?

To search who is in jail at Marion County Jail you will have to navigate to their website and use the inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Marion County Jail Inmate Roster has information on people who have been arrested and are in jail, including current status, bail amount, and times you can visit. Also, you can find the same information on anyone arrested and processed or released within the past 24-hour period. Prisoners are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You will be able to find their inmate information quicker if you’ve got their full name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If the person you’re searching for is locked up at a different jail you can check the other Georgia county jails in our Georgia County Jail Guide: Georgia Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a intake photograph, is the photograph taken by the police when you are booked into jail. They will take one full face and a profile picture. Your full name and jail booking number will appear on the photos, and they are kept on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be viewed on the Marion County Jail website, or you can see them at the Marion County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you will have to input the inmate’s first and last name, and a booking date.

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How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to have your mugshot taken off of the Marion County Jail site? This will be difficult, because your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot removed you must file a Petition to Expunge with the court. What this means is that all of your arrest records 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.

Read our in-depth tutorial about removing your mugshot, the different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Once you are incarcerated, your primary thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, bail is decided using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If no bail is 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 until that date you won’t be allowed to leave the area.

In most cases, an inmate will earn time off for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and conduct themselves properly while locked up.

If you follow the rules, you may be granted work release. You will be required to go back to the jail every day when you’re finished working, or you might be permitted to move into a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Bail is how much money that you are required to pay to get out of jail until your trial. The amount you have to pay is dictated by what crime you are charged with and how serious it is. Someone will have to pay 10% of the amount set before you can be released from jail. If you fail to show up for your court date, whoever put up your bail money won’t get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You must call the jail. If you have all the person’s info, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you how much their bail is. Also, you can see the bail amount on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Needing to bail someone out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but most of the time, its really easy if you have the money. First, figure out if they have a Cash Only Bond. If this is the case, you can’t use the services of a bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they will not accept checks. Once the cash bond has been paid, the inmate will get released. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, of if you can’t pay it, you might need to use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen usually charge a fee of 10-15% of the total bail amount, and usually with a minimum charge of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman will not be returned to you and must be paid in cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bondsman will usually request to use your personal assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

If you need a local bail bondsman go to: Bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Early Release For Good Behavior
  • Work Release
  • Time Served
  • Be Released on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • Get Released on House Arrest
  • Get Released on Your 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 holding cell. When the jail is busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • First, have to answer some basic questions, such as your full legal name, street address, birth date and an emergency contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All of your personal property will be taken from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • They will let you make a telephone call so you can contact a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might be able to wear your street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you will have to wear a jail issued jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. This process takes from 15 minutes to all day long. In simple terms, the faster you post bail, the sooner you can get released from jail. How quickly you get discharged depends on if you’ve been given a cash bond or if the magistrate has to figure out how much to set your bail at. For minor charges, you will be booked and released on your own recognizance. If you have served a sentence in jail and have a release date, you should plan to get released anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

If there is a, or if you must report to start a sentence, you really should follow the rules and turn yourself in willingly. If it is for a warrant, report to the jail, and tell them that you think there may be an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. A record check will be run, and if there is one, they will take you into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, go to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order states. Be very careful that you aren’t late. Only bring necessary items when you turn yourself in, like a driver’s license or even state issued ID, prescription medication, and a sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you have to give information about each visitor to the jail in advance. Your visitors will be put in a Visiting log for the inmate that requested the visitor. All visitors is required to provide a photo ID when visiting. Anyone arriving late or that does not have a visitation order will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at Marion County Jail are always changing, so we suggest that you check the jail site before you visit an inmate.

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Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Phone calls made in jail are a lot more expensive than phone calls made outside of jail. There are certain restrictions about how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you break the jail rules, an inmate’s phone privileges might get reduced or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

The Marion County Jail phone number is: 229-649-3841

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates is required to be mailed using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You can’t use any other type of delivery. You have to print the prisoner’s name, inmate ID number, and the address of the jail on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t mail anything in a package, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal inside. Any mail is opened and read by the officers at the jail, and will get sent back if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Marion County Jail:

Marion County Jail
338 Geneva Road
Buena Vista, GA 31803

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Marion County Jail
338 Geneva Road
Buena Vista, GA 31803


The mail policy changes frequently, so you should check the the Marion County Jail website when you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you still have rights, the first of which is the right to request an attorney. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so you would be wise to have a friend or relative find a lawyer when you talk to them. You might be asking yourself ‘but do I really need a lawyer’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, an attorney will make sure you know your rights, protect your interests and guide you through the criminal justice system that you are now faced with. The sooner you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your situation, the better off you’ll be.

To read more about this subject, visit: How to Find a Lawyer in Marion County

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford a lawyer, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender’s Office has access to investigators, experts in forensics as well as social workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are actual lawyers that are members of the State Bar and are licensed to handle your case.

Have you or someone you know had to use a Public Defender? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

All court records are public records and are available upon request. They include a case file with a docket and each of the motions, documents, and evidence filed in the course of your case. You, and anyone else, can access court records with the website, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an official part of the court that manages the records. They also administer the oath during court cases, and also read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records and documents related to your court case are maintained at the Marion County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are all costs associated with your court case, such as filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you can get a waiver for these fees.

Magistrate

A Magistrate acts as the judge that presides over your court case. Magistrates do many different things, which include setting your bail amount, writing arrest warrants, and presiding over preliminary court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is prepared to include information about the defendant’s background and information about the arrestee’s life and public history, which the magistrate will review when determining the sentence. Information and personal details will be collected 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 ask to get your own copy of the report prior to sentencing, and review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, ranging from community service, house arrest, and probation, to incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on how serious your crime was, you will either be immediately taken into custody, or given a date that you must turn yourself into jail to serve your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if some you know is locked up, or has ever been in jail?

This is pretty easy to do, simply you should go to the Marion County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search by:

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

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can access court records online or you can call the jail. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and inquire at the information desk. Bear in mind that if you do have an outstanding warrant, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the Marion County jail, either by phone, in person, or you can check online. Records of arrests are public record and these records are available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, which can be warrants. You can access civil process orders by going to the Marion County Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are required to be registered and listed on a sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to view these listings on the internet, but remember that you will not be able to find the precise address, just the block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. These records include a court case file that contains a docket and all documents filed in the court case. You are able to access court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at the Marion County Clerk of Court office in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains a record of someone’s criminal history. These online databases are linked together so you can track criminal histories from other states. You can go to the Marion County Courthouse and make an inquiry, or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county, and in the event that the crime was in a completely different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more intensive 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 crimes they may have committed, which could include:

  • DUI.
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

If you do a criminal records check, you generally won’t see if that person has had:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this information, you must do a driving history search.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? Was it an easy process? Did you search online or did you have to call the courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are plenty of reasons that people look up criminal records, and your feedback may help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI has their list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Marion County, the Marion County Sheriff has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List

    Marion County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of spending time in the Marion County jail is no fun, soon you will settle into the daily routine there. Expect an alarm for wake-up at six in the morning, and then roll call. You will then eat breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will work 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 Marion 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 Marion 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 process for sending money to someone in jail is always changing, so we suggest that you visit the the Marion County Jail website before you send any funds.

    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 Marion County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Marion 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 Marion County Jail

    Requirements:

    • 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.


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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 a prisoner in Marion County Jail? Do you have a family member or friend there? Have you ever visited an inmate in this jail?

    If your answer is yes, then you should tell us about it. Write down your jail experience because others can find out what to expect.

    Things you might want to write in what you write:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • Other Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gang activity
    • Inmate programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has at least one story to tell about it. Why’d you get arrested? Did you experience fair treatment? What was it like in jail? What were the other inmates like? How did getting locked up affect your life?

    Tell the World All About It

    Send a Message to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Do you need to get in touch with someone you met in jail? Leave a message for them here.

    Send a message to people still locked up at Marion County Jail

    Links and Resources

    Main Marion County Jail Link
    Marion County Jail Inmate Search
    Marion County Jail Mugshots
    Marion County Jail Bail Link

    Marion County Jail Visitation Policy Link
    Marion County Jail Jail Mail Link
    Find an inmate at Marion County Jail
    Marion County Jail Warrant Inquiry
    Marion County Jail Arrests
    Send Funds to an Inmate at Marion County Jail
    Marion County Jail Employment


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