Georgia Jails & Prisons

See Georgia Jails & Prisons to locate and search free county, state, department of corrections (DOC), and federal prison inmate lookups, find inmate rosters, lists and public felony offender arrest records.


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

What are jails and prisons?

Jails and prisons are institutions that house people who have been charged with or convicted of crimes. Jails are operated by sheriffs and other local law enforcement agencies and hold inmates who have short sentences, or who are awaiting trial. In contrast, prisons are designed to house inmates with the worst inmate records who are serving lengthy sentences ranging from one year to life.

There are several types of jails. Juvenile halls are specially designed to hold criminals under the age of eighteen. Most local jails are operated by the country sheriff’s department. There are also city and county jails which hold local criminals with short sentences (usually less than one year) or those awaiting trial. If the facility releases an inmate on a bail bond, he or she may be allowed to reside at home until trial.

Prisons are designed to house and rehabilitate inmates serving lengthy sentences, such as those convicted of violent felony crimes who have serious court records. Inmates are classified according to their overall security levels. There are also several types of prisons, including state, federal, and private.

State governments operate prisons using taxpayer money to pay for security and other operating expenses. Federal prisons are maintained by the U.S. Bureau of Prisons (BOP), and use federal tax money for their operations. Some prisons are also privately owned and operated by individuals or corporations for profit.

What do jails and prisons do?

Both jails and prisons are used to confine people considered a risk to the community, and document these instances through jail and prison inmate records. Jails and prisons also work to rehabilitate and educate offenders so they can become more productive citizens after release. Non-violent criminals are usually housed in minimum-security prisons.

They live in dormitories instead of cells and have some freedom to move around within the institution. Medium-security prisons hold criminal offenders who are considered somewhat more dangerous. And, maximum-security prisons are designed for inmates considered a serious threat to themselves or others. As a result, these prisons maintain strict security.

Where can I find jails and prisons in my area?

Inmates within prison systems may be moved from one prison to another, depending on space and security needs. If you wish to find an inmate, you can do so by using an online inmate lookup or locator that searches inmate roster databases. This information can show you where an inmate is currently housed, and when he or she will be released.

To perform an inmate search using an inmate locator, you'll need basic information about that prisoner including his or her name, date of birth, and inmate identification number. Using this information, you can usually find an inmate quickly. You can also discover arrest, criminal and court records through similar means.