Georgia Jails & Prisons

See Georgia Jails & Prisons and search free public jail and prison records. Jails and prisons are correctional institutions which hold individuals who have been arrested, convicted of a misdemeanor, sentenced to prison, or incarcerated for a felony.

Jails & Prisons by County

Appling County Atkinson County Bacon County Baker County Baldwin County Banks County Barrow County Bartow County Ben Hill County Berrien County Bibb County Bleckley County Brantley County Brooks County Bryan County Bulloch County Burke County Butts County Calhoun County Camden County Candler County Carroll County Catoosa County Charlton County Chatham County Chattahoochee County Chattooga County Cherokee County Clarke County Clay County Clayton County Clinch County Cobb County Coffee County Colquitt County Columbia County Cook County Coweta County Crawford County Crisp County Dade County Dawson County DeKalb County Decatur County Dodge County Dooly County Dougherty County Douglas County Early County Echols County Effingham County Elbert County Emanuel County Evans County Fannin County Fayette County Floyd County Forsyth County Franklin County Fulton County Gilmer County Glascock County Glynn County Gordon County Grady County Greene County Gwinnett County Habersham County Hall County Hancock County Haralson County Harris County Hart County Heard County Henry County Houston County Irwin County Jackson County Jasper County Jeff Davis County Jefferson County Jenkins County Johnson County Jones County Lamar County Laurens County Lee County Liberty County Lincoln County Long County Lowndes County Lumpkin County Macon County Madison County Marion County McDuffie County McIntosh County Meriwether County Miller County Mitchell County Monroe County Montgomery County Morgan County Murray County Muscogee County Newton County Oconee County Oglethorpe County Paulding County Peach County Pickens County Pierce County Pike County Polk County Pulaski County Putnam County Quitman County Rabun County Randolph County Richmond County Rockdale County Schley County Screven County Seminole County Spalding County Stephens County Stewart County Sumter County Talbot County Taliaferro County Tattnall County Taylor County Telfair County Terrell County Thomas County Tift County Toombs County Towns County Treutlen County Troup County Turner County Twiggs County Union County Upson County Walker County Walton County Ware County Warren County Washington County Wayne County Webster County Wheeler County White County Whitfield County Wilcox County Wilkes County Wilkinson County Worth County

About Jails and Prisons

Jails and prisons house people who are awaiting trial and inmates who have been convicted of a crime. These facilities are divided into county jails, state prisons, and federal prisons.

Jails and prisons maintain records on every person who is currently or was formerly incarcerated at their facility. These records are open to the public and are often available through online databases.

Records available from Jails and Prisons

Jails and prisons keep records on the prisoners in their custody. This includes current inmates as well as former inmates. These records contain a wealth of information on the inmate's history.

Jail and prison records contain important information, including:

  • The prisoner's date of birth
  • The prisoner's identification number
  • The specific facility where the prisoner is in custody

In some cases, jail and prison records also contain additional details, including:

  • The penal code section the person allegedly violated or was convicted of violating
  • The scheduled release date of the prisoner
  • The court that charged the prisoner
  • The date when the prisoner was first incarcerated
  • Prior incarcerations for other offenses

People who have been charged with a crime but have not yet been convicted will have a jail or prison record if they were housed at a jail or prison while awaiting trial. In most jurisdictions, the county jail holds people while their cases are pending.

Jails and prisons also keep records on people who have been convicted of a crime and sentenced to prison, either by a local, state, or federal court.

Online databases are the best way to obtain jail and prison records. If you know the individual's name and the location of the person's trial, you can obtain a jail or prison record from the local, state, or federal corrections agency that has the individual in custody.

For individuals in custody at a county jail, many counties provide an online database of their inmates. In some cases, you may have to contact the local sheriff's department, which may run the county jail.

For inmates at a state prison, the state's Department of Corrections may provide an online inmate locator. In some cases, you can contact the Department of Corrections directly by phone or email to obtain prison records.

For inmates at a federal prison, start with the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) Inmate Locator. This is an online database of current and former inmates that dates back to 1881. The BOP Inmate Locator will give you the age, race, sex, and registration number of the inmate, as well as the projected release date and the prison where the inmate is incarcerated.