Polk County Jail is located in Polk County and is the correctional facility for that region. Looking for someone locked up at Polk County Jail? This guide tells you information about anything related to Polk County Jail,like: How to do a jail inmate search. How to view Polk County Jail mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bailing out of jail. Intake procedures. Court records. And much, much more.
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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a daunting and scary thought, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also that person’s family and friends. The purpose of this guide is to give you all the advice and information that you’ll need to make going to jail easier. If you have specific questions, please feel free to ask it, and please leave any feedback or comments that might help other people in the same situation would be appreciated.
Polk County Jail
1676 Rockmart Hwy.
Cedartown, GA 30125
Phone Number and Fax Number
Phone Number: 770-749-2900
Map and Directions
Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that is incarcerated and want to find out where they are?
Has a friend or family member who’s been arrested and you don’t know how to find out what jail they’re in?
To find out who’s in jail at Polk County Jail you have to navigate to their website and do an inmate lookup.
The Polk County Jail Inmate List has information on people who have been arrested, which includes status, how much their bail is, and times the inmate can have visitors. Also, you can get info for anybody arrested and booked or released within the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You’ll be able to locate the information fast if you have your friend or family member’s name, date of birth, or inmate ID.
If the inmate you are looking for might be at another jail you will want to check our Georgia county jail guide: Georgia Jails
A mugshot, or jail booking photo, is the photograph that the jail takes when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is actually one and a side picture. Your full name and jail ID number will be in the pictures, and they’re on file.
Mugshots can be viewed online, or you can go in person to the Polk County Jail. When viewing online you will have to enter the inmate’s full name, and a booking date, if you have it.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to have your mugshot taken off of the Polk County Jail site? This can be tricky, because the mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot removed you must file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. Basically, this means that the record of your arrest would be sealed, and will not be accessible. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.
For a more in-depth article about removing your mugshot, the different websites with mugshots, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
Obviously, if you’re arrested and put in jail, your main thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, bail is determined either by bail schedule or magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.
If you do bail out you will have to promise to show up for court, and until then you can’t go out of town.
Usually, a prisoner are given time off in exchange for good behavior if they follow the rules and don’t cause any problems while incarcerated.
If you follow the rules, you might be allowed to do work release. You will either have to go back to the jail at the end of the day when you’re finished with work, or you might be allowed to move into a halfway house instead of living at the jail.
Your bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to the court system to get out of jail pending trial. The amount you will be required to pay is dictated by the crime you are charged with. Someone will have to put up 10 percent of the total amount set so you are able to be released from jail. If you fail to show up for court, the person that paid your bail will not get their money back.
Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is
To find out someone’s bail amount you have to call the jail or the county courthouse. If know the person’s info, like name, address and date of birth, they will tell you what their bail is set at. You can also see the bail amount on the Polk County Jail site.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Bailing out of jail is never fun, but most of the time, its very simple to do. To start with, you have to find out if their bail is a Cash Only Bond situation. If it is, you can’t use the services of a Bail Bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – the jail can’t accept checks. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the prisoner will be discharged. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you will get this money back.
If the bail amount is too high, or you just don’t have the money, you will need to use a bail bondsman. They will generally charge a fee of 10-15% of total bail, and in most cases 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 has been set really high, the bail bondsman might ask to use assets as collateral for the bond.
To find a local bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a Bail Bondsman in Polk County
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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail
- Early Release For Good Behavior
- Work Release Programs
- Time Served
- Get Out on a Pre-Trial Release Program
- House Arrest
- Get Released on Your Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The intake procedure includes the following steps:
- You will be placed in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, it will take a while to get processed.
- First, will have to answer a bunch of questions, like your full legal name, street address, birthdate and an emergency contact.
- They’ll also ask you about your medical and psychological history.
- You’ll be given an inmate ID number.
- Your fingerprints will be taken.
- You will get your mugshot taken.
- Any property you have will be taken from you and stored until you get released.
- You will then be allowed to use the telephone in order to get in touch with family, friends, or bail bondsman.
- If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might be allowed to wear your street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you will have to change into a jail jumpsuit.
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When you pay your bail, you will be discharged from jail. This process will take from 30 minutes to all day. Or, simply, the faster you can pay your bail, the quicker you can get released from jail. It also will depend on if you’ve got a cash bond amount or if a magistrate has to decide on how much your bail will be. For minor charges, you will get booked and get released without having to post bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and know the date of your release, expect to get discharged at any time that day – but usually in the morning.
How To Turn Yourself In
If you have a, or if you must report to start a sentence, it is recommended that you do the right thing and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, report to the jail intake area, and tell them that you think there is an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if you do, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order lists. Ensure that you don’t show up late. Just bring things that are allowed with you, for example a driver’s license or even state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as a copy of the sentencing order.
The inmate need to give each visitor’s name to the jail. This information will be put in a Visiting log for the inmate. All visitors must provide acceptable photo identification. Anyone that gets to visitation or that is not on the visitation list will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Visitation procedures can change, so double-check the official Polk County Jail jail site before you try to go to visitation.
Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy
All phone calls from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Calls made in jail are a lot pricier than phone calls made at home. 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 rules and are disciplined, your ability to use the phone might get cut back or forbidden completely.
The Polk County Jail phone number is: 770-749-2900
Sending Mail to Inmates
Any mail that you send to an inmate must be sent via the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You must not use any other type of mail delivery. You should print the name, prisoner number, and the jail address on the envelope. Do not send anything in a package or box, envelope with padding, bag, or an envelope with metal in it. Any mail sent to inmates will be opened and reviewed by the jail administration, and will get sent back to the person who mailed it if they decide it is inappropriate.
The mailing address for Polk County Jail is:
Polk County Jail
1676 Rockmart Hwy.
Cedartown, GA 30125
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
Polk County Jail
1676 Rockmart Hwy.
Cedartown, GA 30125
The mail policy at Polk County Jail is always changing, so be sure to check the site when you send a letter to an inmate there.
Get A Lawyer
If you get arrested, you have rights, the most important of which 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 to get a friend or relative to find an attorney for you. You may be thinking ‘I don’t have to get a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a lawyer will make sure you know your rights, look after your best interests and show you the way through the court system. The quicker you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better off you’ll be.
To read more about the benefits of hiring a lawyer, click: Find a Lawyer
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 is staffed by independent investigators, experts in forensics and case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are licensed attorneys that are members of the State Bar and are legally licensed to practice law in Georgia.
Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? How did they do?
All court records are public records. Court records contain a file with a sheet called a docket sheet and all of the motions, documents, and evidence filed during your court case. You have the ability to access your court records using the online service, or by going to the Polk County Clerk of Court.
Clerk of Court
The Polk County Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court who manages court 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 associated with your case are available at Clerk of Court’s office.
Court fees are all costs from your case, for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you cannot afford these fees and have a Public Defender, you will not be responsible for these fees.
The Polk County magistrate is the type of judge that will preside over your court case. They do different functions, which include setting bail, writing arrest warrants, and overseeing initial court appearances and detention hearings.
A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is prepared with information about your background and information about the defendant’s life and history, which the judge will review and take into consideration when determining a sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be requested from the person on trial, his or her family, and if necessary the victim. Keep in mind you are able to request to receive a copy of this report prior to sentencing, so you can review it and correct any mistakes.
After being convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are several different options for sentencing, ranging from community service and probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on the severity of the crime, you may be locked up immediately, or you could receive a date to go to jail to serve your term.
Do you want to find out if somebody you know is in jail, or has ever been in jail?
To do so, just query the Polk County jail website, and search using:
- Their approximate booking date.
- or inmate ID.
If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you can also call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.
If you believe you have an outstanding warrant, you can check arrest warrants inquiry on the Polk County jail website or you can call the jail. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and inquire at the information desk. You should know that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.
If you know a person’s name, and the date of their arrest, contact the jail, by phone, go there in person, or you can check online. Arrest records are public record and this is freely available.
Civil processes are when you get served with papers, such as , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these by going to the Polk County Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All registered sex offenders are registered on a sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to see sex offenders online, but you should know that you won’t find the actual address, but only the block that they live on.
Court Records are public records and available to anyone. Court Records include a court case file containing a docket and any of the documents and filings filed in your case. You are able to access court records via the internet, or at Clerk of Court office in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.
Each and every state maintains a record of a person’s criminal background. These state databases are all linked so you can track criminal backgrounds from any other state. You can go to county courthouse and make an inquiry, or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and if it was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay a fee for a more complete search.
A criminal records search you will be able to find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for crimes, which include:
- Drug crimes.
- Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
- Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
- Property crimes like theft or larceny.
When you do a criminal history search, in most cases won’t be able to find out if someone has had any infractions like moving violations:
- Lost their driver’s license or license revoked or suspended.
- Been in a traffic accident.
- Moving violations.
- Parking Tickets.
- 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.
- Victims have the right to protection from the accused.
- Victims have the right to notification.
- Victims have the right to attend proceedings.
- Victims have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
- Victims have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
- Victims have the right to restitution.
- Victims have the right to a speedy trial.
- Victims have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.
- Spouses and children of all victims.
- Parents and guardians of minor victims.
- Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
- Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.
- Conditions in Polk County Jail.
- Jail layout and facility
- Jail staff and Guards
- Jail food and commissary
- Having Visitors
- The other inmates.
- Jail gangs
- Prisoner activities and programs
To find driving histories, you must do a search for their driving history.
Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? Was it an easy process? Was your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the jail? Did you get information that was correct? There are many reasons that folks search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your comments may make it easier for others.
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Everyone knows that the FBI has a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Polk County, the Sheriff maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.
Life In Jail / What Its Like
While the prospect of serving a jail sentence in Polk County Jail is very scary, soon you will settle into the routine that is set for you in jail. Prisoners get a wake-up alarm every morning at 6:00am, and then roll call. Then you will eat breakfast. After breakfast, you will be required to 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 Polk County Jail, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.
When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the Polk 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 rules for sending funds to someone in jail at Polk County Jail might change, so double check the the Polk County Jail website before you send any money.
The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.
If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.
You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.
Pods / The Yard
The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self-contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.
As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.
News and Media
Photos / Pictures
Types of Jobs at Polk County Jail
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Polk 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.
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There are resources for families of both the perpetrator of the crime and the victim. The social and emotional impact of crime is far reaching, affecting many. Families can receive professional counseling, court related assistance, social services assistance and help in navigating the criminal justice system.
If you are a family member, which resources did you find to be particularly helpful? Please let us know, as this will be helpful to other families in the same situation.
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Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.
The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:
The definition of victim includes:
There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.
The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.
Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.
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Sex Offender Information and Search
All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.
If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.
Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.
Reviews of this Jail
Have you ever spent any time in this jail? Do you know anybody there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner at Polk County Jail?
If so, then please tell us about it. Write about what you experienced so other people can find out what to expect.
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Tell Your Story
Everyone’s who has been put in jail has some stories to tell about the whole experience. How’d you get locked up? Were you fairly treated? How was day to day life at Polk County Jail? What about the other inmates? How did going to jail affect your life?
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Send a Message to Your Cell Mate
Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Do you want to say wassup to an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Leave a message for them here.
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Links and Resources
Polk County Jail Visitation Policy Link
Polk County Jail Jail Mail Policy Link
Polk County Jail Inmate Inquiry Link
Polk County Warrant Lookup
Polk County Jail Arrest Inquiry
Send Funds to an Inmate at Polk County Jail
Polk County Jail Employment