Putnam County Jail – Eatonton, GA

Putnam County Jail is in Putnam County, Georgia and is the main correctional facility for the region. Do you know someone incarcerated at Putnam County Jail? This guide tells you information about everything one might want to know about Putnam County Jail,like: How to locate an inmate. Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Posting bail. Intake procedures. Court information. And lots more.

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and stressful idea, not only for whoever gets arrested, but also their friends and family. The purpose of this guide is to give info you need to make the process a little less stressful. If you have a specific question, please feel free to ask it, and any comments or tips that might be a benefit to other people in the same situation will be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Putnam County Jail
111 Ridley Drive
Eatonton, GA 31024

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (706) 485-2680
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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 locked up and don’t know how to contact them?

Do you know someone who has been arrested and you don’t know how to find them?

In order to search who is in jail at Putnam County Jail you need to go to their web site and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Putnam County Jail Inmate Lookup is a list of persons who were arrested and are now in jail, including custody status, bail amount (if applicable), and visiting schedule. Also, you can get information for anybody arrested and processed or discharged within the past 24 hours. Jail inmates are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You can find their arrest information fast if you have their name, birth date, or inmate ID.

If the inmate you are looking for might be in another county jail you can check our Georgia county jail guide: Other Jails in Georgia


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail processing picture, is a picture that the jail takes when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is actually two photos one face photo and a profile picture. Your full name and jail booking number will be on the mugshot, and they will be kept on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be searched on the website, or you can see them in person at the Putnam County Jail. When viewing online you have to put in the first and last name, and a booking date, if you know it.

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How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to get your mugshot erased from the Putnam County Jail website? This is difficult, since your mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you have to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. This means that your arrest record would be sealed, and unavailable to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

Read our in-depth tutorial about getting your mugshot taken down, the many different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal services: 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 in jail, your main thought is about getting out. After you’ve been booked, your bail will be set by a special judge called a magistrate. If no bail is set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out you are required to agree to show up for court, and until then you are not permitted to leave the county.

In most cases, prisoners are given time off for good behavior when they respect the rules and act right while in jail.

If you follow the rules, you may be allowed to do work release. Either you will have to stay the jail every day when you’re finished at your job, or you could have the chance to sleep in a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you have to pay to get out of jail until you go to court. The amount you have to pay all depends on the crime you’ve been charged with. You or someone you know will have to put up 10 percent of the total amount that was set in order to bail out of jail. If you don’t show up for your scheduled court date, whoever posted your bail will not get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someone’s bail is, you have to call the Putnam County Jail or the County Courthouse. If you’ve got the pertinent information, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you how much their bail is. You can also find out how much their bail is online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is never fun, but thankfully, its really easy if you have the money. To start with, you need to know if it is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If this is the case, you can’t get a Bail Bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they won’t take a check. Once the cash bond has been paid, 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 the bail amount is too high, or you just can’t afford it, you should use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will generally charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the bail amount, and sometimes have a minimum of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman will not be returned to you and the bondsman only accepts cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bail bondsman will usually ask to use your assets as collateral for the bond.

If you need a local bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a bail bondsman at Putnam County Jail

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure is made up of the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. When the jail is busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • The first thing you will have to is you must answer some simple questions, like what is your full legal name, your address, birthdate and an emergency contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • All personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • They will let you use the telephone so you can talk to a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you might be able to keep wearing street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you will be given a jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will get discharged from jail. This process will take between 30 minutes to quite a few hours. In simple terms, the quicker bail is posted, the sooner you will get released. Also, it can depend on whether you’ve been given a cash bond amount or if the judge has to decide on the amount of bail to be set. For minor offenses, you will simply be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served out your jail sentence and are given a release date, you should plan to get discharged anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

In the event there is a, or if you must start a jail sentence, you really should follow the law and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If it is for a warrant, report to the jail intake area, and tell an officer that you think there is a warrant for your arrest. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if they verify that you have one, you will be taken into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, report at the exact time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Ensure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Make sure that you only bring things that are allowed when you turn yourself in, for example a driver’s license or even photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, and the copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates have to list each visitor’s name to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitors will be put in a Visiting log for the requesting inmate. Every visitor must provide a photo ID when visiting. Any visitors showing up late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be able to attend visitation.
Jail visitation policies frequently change, so make sure that you review the official 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 . These phone calls are usually more expensive than phone calls made outside of jail. Phone calls are restricted on when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but inmates must keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you break the jail rules, phone privileges may be limited or forbidden completely.

The Putnam County Jail phone number is: (706) 485-2680

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail must be sent via the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You can’t use any other method of mail delivery. You should print the inmate’s name, inmate ID, and jail address on the letter that you send. Don’t mail anything in a box, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail that you send to inmates gets opened and inspected and read by staff, and the mail will be returned if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to someone incarcerated at Putnam County Jail:

Putnam County Jail
111 Ridley Drive
Eatonton, GA 31024

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Putnam County Jail
111 Ridley Drive
Eatonton, GA 31024


The Putnam County Jail mail policy is always changing, so be sure to visit the site when send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you have particular rights, one of these is the right to request an attorney. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so you would be wise to ask a friend or family member to find a lawyer when you talk to them. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘do I really need a lawyer?’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal defense attorney can advise you of your rights, look after your best interests and help you navigate through the criminal justice system that you are now faced with. The quicker you get an attorney working on your situation, the better off you’ll be.

For more detailed information on the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, read our guide: How to Find an Attorney in Putnam County

Public Defender

If you can’t afford an attorney, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. In addition, the Public Defender Office is staffed by private investigators, forensics experts and social workers. All Public Defenders are full-fledged attorneys, members of the State Bar and are licensed to practice law.

Have you or someone you know had to use the services of a Public Defender? How did they do?

Court Records

Court records are public and available to anyone who requests them. Court records have a case file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and each of the documents and motions in the case. You, and anyone else, can access the records and documents in your court case with the website, or by going to the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who maintains the records. They also administer the oath when court is in session, and also read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records and documents associated with your case are held at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the charges from your court case, which include filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the person that presides on your court case. They do many different things, such as determining how much your bail will be, issuing arrest warrants, and overseeing first court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is completed to include information about the arrestee’s background and as much detail about the defendant’s life, which the magistrate will take into consideration when determining the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be collected from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and in some cases the victim of the crime. Don’t forget you are able to ask to see a copy of this report before you are sentenced, so you can review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, which include community service to probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you might get immediately taken into custody, or you could be given a date that you must report to jail to serve out your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if a family member or friend is in jail, or has ever been in jail?

To do so, you should go to the Putnam County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search by:

  • Name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • and their inmate ID.

If you think that they are currently in jail, you should call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can access court records online or you are able to call the jail. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask them. Bear in mind that if there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, and the date of their arrest, contact the Putnam County jail, either by phone, in person, or check online. Records of arrests are a matter of public record and these records are accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when you are served with legal papers, such as court orders. You can access civil process orders by contacting the Putnam County Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders must be registered on a sex offender database. The people on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You can access sex offenders online, but bear in mind that you will not be able to find the precise address, just the address block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. These records include a case file that includes a court docket and all of the documents filed in your case. You are able to access your court records on the internet, or at the Putnam County Clerk of Court office in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains records of someone’s criminal background. These online databases are linked together and you can track criminal histories from another state. You are able to go to the county courthouse and check in person or you can check online. You must know which county the crime occurred in, and in the event that the crime was in a completely different state, you may have to pay for a more intensive search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you are able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for crimes, which include:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug Possession.
  • Kidnapping.
  • 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, usually will not learn if someone has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Speeding.
  • Lost their driver’s license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this kind of information, you have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? How hard was it? Did you search online or did you call the Putnam County courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are lots of reasons that people look up criminal records, and your feedback might help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI keeps a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Putnam County, the Sheriff maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List

    Putnam 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 Putnam County jail is no fun, eventually you will become accustomed to the daily routine there. You will get a wake-up alarm at about 6am, and then you’ll have roll call. Then you will have breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will be required to work in the work program or other activity that you are assigned. 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 Putnam 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 Putnam 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 might change, so be sure to double check the site before you send money to an inmate 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 Putnam County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Putnam 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 Putnam 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:

    • 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.

    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 spent any time at this jail? Do you know anybody that spent time there? Have you ever visited someone in this jail?

    If your answer is yes, then please leave a comment below about it. Write about your experience so that other people can find out what to expect.

    Things you could write in what you write:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitors
    • Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gangs
    • Inmate programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has some stories about their time ‘inside’. Why’d you get arrested? Did you get fair treatment? What was your daily routine 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

    Make some good friends in jail? Do you need to reconnect with someone from jail? Say hello here, just leave a message below.

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    Links and Resources

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

    Putnam County Jail Visitation Procedures
    Putnam County Jail Mail Policy
    Find an inmate at Putnam County Jail
    Putnam County Jail Warrant Inquiry Link
    Putnam County Jail Arrest Lookup
    Send Funds to an Inmate at Putnam County Jail
    Jobs at Putnam County Jail


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