Seminole County Jail – Donalsonville, GA

Seminole County Jail is located in Seminole County and is the jail for this county. Are you looking for somebody incarcerated at Seminole County Jail? This page gives you information about anything you might need to know about Seminole County Jailsuch as the following: How to do a jail inmate search. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. How to post bail. Intake procedures and booking. Court information and records. And everything else.

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The chance of going to jail is a scary idea, not only for the person who gets locked up, but also their family and friends. The goal of this guide is to offer info you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail a lot easier. If you have a specific question, feel free to ask them, and please leave any tips or comments that could help others would be welcome.

General Information

Address

Seminole County Jail
208 Court St.
Donalsonville, GA 39845

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 229-524-5115
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Map and Directions

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member in jail and want to contact them?

Do you know a family member or friend that has been arrested and you need to locate them?

To search who is in jail at Seminole County Jail you need to navigate to their web site and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Seminole County Jail Inmate Lookup has information on persons who have been arrested, which includes status, how much their bail is, and visiting hours. Also, you can find info about anybody processed or discharged in the past 24-hour period. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You’ll be able to get their arrest information fast if you enter the arrestee’s first and last name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or family member could possibly be at another jail you should check the other Georgia county jails in our Georgia County Jail Guide: Georgia County Jails Directory


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail booking photo, is a photograph taken by the police during jail intake processing. They will take one face photo and a side picture. Your full name and booking number will be on the pictures, and they’re stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be found on the Seminole County Jail website, or you can go in person to the Seminole County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you will have to enter the inmate’s name, and the arrest date.

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How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to have your mugshot taken off of the Seminole County Jail site? This will be difficult, since the mugshot is a matter of 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 will be sealed, and will not be available to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For a more in-depth article about getting your mugshot taken down, the many different websites with mugshots, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, once you’re in jail, your primary thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve gone through booking, your bail is set by the magistrate. If there is no bail set this may mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you are released from jail you are required to agree to be in court on your court date, and in the meantime you must not leave town.

In most cases, prisoners will earn time off for good behavior if they respect the rules and don’t cause any problems while incarcerated.

If you follow the rules, you might be allowed to participate in work release. You will either have to return to the jail each day when you’re finished working, or you may have the chance to move into a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to the courts to be released from jail until you go to court. Your bail amount is determined by how serious your charges are. You will have to pay to the courts ten percent of the total that was set in order to be released. If you don’t show up for your court appearance, that person will lose that bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You will need to call the jail or the county courthouse. If you’ve got the person’s information, such as name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know how much their bail is. You can also find out how much their bail is on the Seminole County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Posting bail to get out of jail is no fun, but most of the time, it is easy. First of all, find out if it is a Cash Only Bond situation. If it is, you won’t be able to get a Bail Bondsman. Cash only – the jail won’t take a personal check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the inmate will be discharged. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you will need to use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen usually charge you a fee of 10-15% of total bail, and in most cases have a minimum of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman is non-refundable and must be paid in cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bail bondsman will require that they use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

To contact a bail bondsman go to: Bail bondsman

Have you ever hired a Bail Bondsman for yourself, a family member or friend? If so, please leave a comment below and tell about your experience and let us know how it worked out for you.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure includes each of the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If there are a lot of arrests, it will take a while to get processed.
  • The first step is that you will have to answer a bunch of questions, such as your full legal name, your address, birthdate and an emergency contact.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • Any property you have will be taken from you and stored until you are released.
  • They will allow you to make a telephone call so you can get in touch with 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 keep wearing your own clothes, if not you will have to change into a jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will get discharged from jail. The discharge process can take anywhere between 15 minutes to all day. In other words the faster you can pay your bail, the faster you will get discharged from jail. Also, how fast you get released depends on whether or not you’ve got a cash bond amount or if the judge must figure out how much to set your bail at. For lesser charges, you will simply be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and have a discharge date, expect to get released in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the police have a, or if you must start a jail sentence, it is highly recommended that you follow the law and turn yourself in. If it is for a warrant, go down to the jail, in the reception area, and tell someone that you think they might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if they verify that you have one, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order requires you to. Be sure that you don’t show up late. Make sure that you only bring things that are allowed when you go, for example a driver’s license or even state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and a sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates must give each visitor’s full name to the jail. Your visitor’s names will be put into the visitation log as an Authorized visit. Each and every visitor must provide proof of identification. Visitors that gets to visitation or that is not an approved visitor will not be able to attend visitation.
Jail visitation policies can change, so it would be wise to review the official jail site before you go.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Jail phone calls are much more expensive than regular phone calls. There are certain restrictions about how often you can use the phone, but you 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, an inmate’s phone privileges might get cut back or eliminated altogether.

Phone Number: 229-524-5115

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail is required to be mailed using the US Postal Service. You cannot use any other method of mail delivery. You must write or type the person’s name, inmate ID, and the jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t mail a package, envelope with padding, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail gets opened and read by the jail administration, and will get returned if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Seminole County Jail is:

Seminole County Jail
208 Court St.
Donalsonville, GA 39845

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Seminole County Jail
208 Court St.
Donalsonville, GA 39845


The Seminole County Jail inmate mail policy is always changing, so double check the the Seminole County Jail website when you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you need to be aware that you still have rights, one of these being the right to request a lawyer. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so it is a good idea to have a friend or relative locate a lawyer when you talk to them. You may be asking yourself ‘I don’t need a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal attorney will advise you about your rights, look after your best interests and help you navigate the complicated court system. The quicker you get a lawyer involved with your situation, the better off you’ll be.

For more info on this, visit: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford an attorney, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender’s Office is staffed by private investigators, forensics experts as well as social case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are real lawyers, members of the Georgia State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

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

Court Records

Court records are public records and are available upon request. They include a file containing a docket sheet and all documents filed in the case. You can access the records and documents in your court case using the Seminole County website, or at the Clerk of Court’s office.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who maintains the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and read the verdict when decided by the jury. All court records from your case are kept at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the costs from your case, which include filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have a Public Defender, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the person that presides on your court case. Magistrates are judges that do a number of things, which include setting bail amounts, issuing arrest warrants, and presiding over preliminary court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is put together to include information about your background and as much detail about the defendant’s life, which the judge will take into account when decide your sentence. Information will be solicited from the person on trial, their family, and, if applicable, the victim of the crime. Be sure to remember that you can request to get a copy of this report before sentencing, and make sure that you review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are a number of different options, ranging from community service to probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you may be locked up immediately, or you could get a date that you are supposed to turn yourself into jail to serve out your sentence.


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Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if some you know is in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?

To do so, you need to visit the Seminole County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search by:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • and their inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you can also call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have a warrant out for your arrest, you are able to check the arrest warrants online or you are able to call the jail directly. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask them. You should be clear that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, as well as their arrest date, contact the Seminole County jail, by phone, in person, or look online. Records of arrests are public record and this is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when you get served with papers, like , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can access civil process orders by getting in touch with the Seminole County Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders have to be registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to view these offenders online, but remember that you will not see the actual address, just the address block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. They include a court case file that contains a docket and any filings and documents filed in your court case. You can access the court records on the website, or at Clerk of Court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains a record of a person’s criminal background. These state databases are all linked so you can track criminal histories from other states. You can go to the Seminole County Courthouse and check in person or you can check the website. It is helpful to know the county, and in the event that the crime 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 a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for crimes, which include:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Theft.

If you do a criminal records check, you generally will not learn if someone had:

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this kind of information, you will have to do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it an easy process? Did you search online or did you call the courthouse? Was the information you received correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your comments may help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI has a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Seminole County, the Seminole County Sheriff keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link

    Seminole County Top Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that spending time in Seminole County Jail is very scary, eventually you will get accustomed to the daily routine there. Expect an alarm for wake-up at 6am, and next you’ll have roll call. Next, you will eat breakfast. After breakfast, you will be required to work in the program that has been assigned to you. 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 Seminole 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 Seminole 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 funds to people in jail can change, so we suggest that you review the the Seminole County Jail website before you send any money.

    Commissary

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

    Inmate Medications

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

    Meals

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

    Pods / The Yard

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

    Gangs

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


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Seminole County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Seminole 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 Seminole 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 locked up in Seminole County Jail? Do you have a family member or friend there? Have you ever visited someone at Seminole County Jail?

    If yes, then please write a review about it. Write down your experience so that other people can learn what to expect.

    Things you can include in the review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • The other inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gangs
    • Programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has a story to tell. Why were you locked up? Did you get fair treatment? What was it like in jail? Were the other inmates cool? How did it affect you to go to jail?

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    Send a Message to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Want to send a message to somebody you met in jail? Leave a message for them here.

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    Links and Resources

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

    Seminole County Jail Visitation Policy Link
    Seminole County Jail Jail Mail Link
    Locate an inmate at Seminole County Jail
    Seminole County Warrant Lookup
    Seminole County Jail Arrests
    Seminole County Jail Send Money Procedure
    Seminole County Jail Employment


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