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How Are Inmate Records in Georgia Created and Stored?

Georgia inmate records are created when someone is arrested by local law enforcement. The initial paperwork is commonly referred to as a RAP sheet, where the person’s name, address, physical description and criminal activity is recorded. These records are kept in an online database so that later other members of law enforcement, corrections authorities and the general public can perform an inmate search. These records change with each event that takes place in the inmate’s life and they are updated frequently, usually daily.

Searching for Georgia Offender Information Online

The Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) is the agency in charge of inmate records for the state. Their central repository makes it easy to perform a Georgia inmate search. As with many corrections websites, the state has a Georgia inmate locator feature on its website called “Find an Offender.” The process for performing a Georgia prison inmate search for offenders located in jail, federal prison or other facilities may be different. When performing an official Georgia inmate search, always contact the state DOC to find an inmate. If someone is interested in finding Georgia inmate records, the Infotracer search tool is a great place to start. It will provide arrests, incarcerations, convictions, court records and more. 

What Does Georgia’s Prison System Look Like?

Georgia’s prison system is elaborate with many different types of facilities. The Georgia Department of Corrections’ focus is on education and rehabilitation rather than just punishment. Their prison system consists of:

  • 34 State Adult Prisons
  • 4 private prisons
  • 21 county prisons/jails
  • 2 federal prisons along with other federal facilities
  • 26 juvenile detention centers
  • 12 residential substance abuse treatment facilities
  • 2 integrated treatment facilities
  • 15 transitional centers
  • 7 probation detention centers

Administrative offices are split among three different regions to oversee and manage all the pieces of the system. Georgia houses more than 52,000 prisoners.

Did you Know?

  • 0.51% of people in Georgia are under correctional control, from which 0 are on probation, and 22,386 are on parole.
  • Every year, about 14,017 people walk out of prison gates in Georgia, but people go to jail 1.1 times more each year
  • 93% of prison inmates in Georgia are male, 7% female.
  • From 1979–80 to 2012–13, state and local government expenditures on corrections in Georgia increased by 468 percent (from $371,628,932 to $2,109,958,000).
  • Georgia has 87 facilities under state or federal authority that provided educational programs to inmates, from which only 5 provided College courses.

Types of Jails and Prisons in Georgia

The state of Georgia has the traditional state prisons which house the majority of inmates. They also have specialized treatment programs for inmates suffering with addictions and substance abuse issues. Additionally, they also have reentry programs called “Transitional Centers” to help inmates readjust to society before being released. They have seven probation detention centers for offenders who were sentenced to probation but violated the terms or were sent to probation before being released under supervision. Georgia also has juvenile detention centers for underage offenders and federal prisons for federal inmates.

How Many People are Locked up in Georgia?

Georgia’s prison system holds 53,627 residents in various kinds of correctional facilities, from which 40,521 residents are held in state prisons, 67 in juvenile correctional facilities, and 5,066 in local jails.

Correctional Facilities:Totals:
Juvenile Correctional Facilities67
State Prisons40,521
Local Jails5,066
Private Prisons7,973

Georgia State Prisons

Georgia has thirty-four state prisons housing more than 52,000 inmates. They are overseen and managed by the Georgia Department of Corrections. The list includes:

  • Arrendale State Prison.
  • Augusta State Medical Prison.
  • Autry State Prison.
  • Baldwin State Prison.
  • Burruss Correctional Training Center.
  • Calhoun State Prison.
  • Central State Prison.
  • Coastal State Prison.
  • Dodge State Prison.
  • Dooly State Prison.
  • Emanuel Women’s Facility.
  • Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison.
  • Georgia State Prison.
  • Hancock State Prison.
  • Hays State Prison.
  • Johnson State Prison.
  • Lee State Prison.
  • Long State Prison.
  • Macon State Prison.
  • Montgomery State Prison.
  • Philips State Prison.
  • Pulaski State Prison.
  • Rogers State Prison.
  • Rutledge State Prison.
  • Smith State Prison.
  • Telfair State Prison/Milan Unit.
  • Valdosta State Prison and Annex.
  • Walker State Prison.
  • Ware State Prison.
  • Washington State Prison.
  • Whitworth Women’s Facility.
  • Wilcox State Prison.

Two of the facilities are women-only prisons and the rest house males only.

Georgia Prison Inmate Locator

The Georgia Department of Corrections makes it very easy for anyone to perform a Georgia prison inmate search. Right on their website, they have a “Find an Offender” feature. To search for an inmate in Georgia, follow the instructions below:

  1. Visit the Georgia Department of Corrections website .
  2. Choose the Find an Offender link.
  3. Agree to the terms by hitting the green button.
  4. Now you can enter first and last names, gender, race, age or the last known location (if you have it). Hit submit to review the results.
  5. You will see a simple list with the offender’s name, offense and current facility. You can click the green “View Offender Info” button to see additional details.

Georgia Federal Prisons

The state of Georgia also has six federal prison facilities. The federal prisons hold prisoners who have broken federal laws. All federal prison facilities are operated and managed by the Federal Bureau of Prisons. The federal prison facilities in Georgia are:

  • Atlanta RRM – a residential reentry office.
  • Atlanta USP – a medium-security prison housing 2,048 male prisoners.
  • Glynco – a training academy.
  • Jesup FCI – a medium security facility housing 1,693 male inmates.
  • McRae CI – a private federal prison.
  • Southeast RO – an administrative office.

How to Search for Federal Prison Inmates

When performing a Georgia inmate search for prisoners held in federal prison, the process will be different than for state or private prisons. The two systems are not integrated, and all the federal facilities are operated and maintained by the Federal Bureau of Prisons (FOB). Someone who wants to lookup a Georgia inmate must either contact the FOB or contact the facility directly and inquire about the inmates there. The FOB does have an inmate locator feature on their website.

Georgia County Jails

The state of Georgia has twenty-one county prisons and dozens of county jails. They are integrated with their other prison systems for administrative purposes. Moving inmates between the jail and prison systems is easier with everything connected. The list of county prisons includes:

  • Athens-Clarke County Correctional Institution.
  • Bulloch County Correctional Institution.
  • Carroll County Correctional Institute Carrollton.
  • Clayton County Prison.
  • Colquitt County Prison.
  • Coweta County Prison.
  • Decatur County Prison.
  • Effingham County Prison.
  • Floyd County Prison.
  • Gwinnett County Prison.
  • Hall County Correctional Institution.
  • Harris County Prison.
  • Jackson County Correctional Institution.
  • Jefferson County Correctional Institute.
  • Mitchell County Correctional Institute.
  • Muscogee County Prison.
  • Richmond County Correctional Institution.
  • Screven County Prison.
  • Spalding County Correctional Institution.
  • Sumter County Correctional Institute.
  • Terrell County Correctional Institute.

Each of the 159 counties in the state also has local jails which are operated and maintained by the county Sheriff’s Office. Many of them have their own website.

Georgia's County and Local Jail Prison Population During 2011-2016 years


How to Search for County Jail Inmates

When performing a Georgia jail inmate search, friends and family may have to try a couple of different methods. First, the twenty-one county prisons are connected to the Georgia Department of Corrections website. Therefore, anyone can use the “Find an Offender” feature to find a prisoner incarcerated in jail. If that does not yield any results, they can contact the local Sheriff’s Office where the person was arrested, and they can provide information on the inmates residing there.

Georgia Juvenile Detention Centers

The state of Georgia has twenty-six juvenile detention centers. There are basically two types: Regional Youth Detention Centers (RYDCs) for short-term youths awaiting trial and Youth Development Campuses (YDCs) which are secure, long-term facilities housing sentenced offenders. The list of these institutions includes:

  • Aaron Cohn (Columbus) RYDC.
  • Augusta RYDC.
  • Bob Richards RYDC (FORMERLY Rome RYDC).
  • Cadwell RYDC.
  • Claxton RYDC.
  • Crisp RYDC.
  • DeKalb RYDC.
  • Elbert Shaw RYDC (FORMERLY Dalton RYDC).
  • Gainesville RYDC.
  • Judge Thomas Jefferson Loftiss II RYDC (Formerly Thomasville RYDC).
  • Macon RYDC.
  • Marietta RYDC.
  • Martha K. Glaze RYDC (FORMERLY Clayton RYDC).
  • Metro RYDC.
  • Rockdale RYDC.
  • Savannah RYDC.
  • Terrell RYDC.
  • Waycross RYDC.
  • Wilkes RYDC.
  • Atlanta YDC.
  • Augusta YDC.
  • Eastman YDC.
  • Macon YDC.
  • Milledgeville YDC.
  • Muscogee YDC.
  • Sumter YDC.

Juvenile Population in Custody During 2011-2016 years


How to Search for Inmates in Juvenile Detention Center Inmates

The entire juvenile detention system is run and managed by the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice . Typically, juvenile records are sealed and sometimes expunged after an offender turns 18. Therefore, only family, friends and authorized agents will have access to juvenile detention center inmates. The DJJ does have information on their website on how to contact an offender, send gifts or visit someone incarcerated there.

Georgia Private Prisons

Georgia also employs four private prisons to hold 7,974 of their prisoners. The four prisons are owned and run by two companies: Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and the GEO Corporation. Both of the companies are accredited and offer the same resources to inmates as the state prisons do. The privately run and operated prisons in Georgia are as follows:

  • Jenkins Correctional Facility.
  • Riverbend Correctional Facility.
  • Wheeler Correctional Facility.
  • Coffee Correctional Facility.

How to Search for an Inmate in a Georgia Private Prison

All four private prisons are overseen by the umbrella organization of the Georgia Department of Corrections. Therefore, all private prison inmates will show up in a Georgia inmate search using the same method for state prisons. Follow the instructions below:

  1. Visit the Georgia Department of Corrections website .
  2. Choose the Find an Offender link.
  3. Agree to the terms by hitting the green button.
  4. Now you can enter first and last names, gender, race, age or the last known location (if you have it). Hit submit to review the results.
  5. You will see a simple list with the offender’s name, offense and current facility. You can click the green “View Offender Info” button to see additional details.

Georgia Transitional Facilities

Georgia’s Department of Corrections is dedicated to serving the inmate population with more than just punishment for crimes they have committed. The state has numerous treatment centers to help inmates with addictions find cures and help with anger management, mental illness and other afflictions. They also have a program of reentry to ease inmates back into society by first moving them to a low-security transitional center and help with getting a job and securing living arrangements.

How to Search for Treatment and Transitional Center Inmates

The state treatment facilities, work camps and transitional centers are all connected to the Georgia Department of Corrections. Therefore, the process for locating a Georgia inmate is the same as with state and private prisons. Simply follow the instructions below:

  1. Visit the Georgia Department of Corrections website.
  2. Choose the Find an Offender link.
  3. Agree to the terms by hitting the green button.
  4. Now you can enter first and last names, gender, race, age or the last known location (if you have it). Hit submit to review the results.
  5. You will see a simple list with the offender’s name, offense and current facility. You can click the green “View Offender Info” button to see additional details.

Why are People Incarcerated in Georgia?

There are more than 52,000 prisoners in Georgia. Of those, the majority (87%) are male and the rest female. More than half are African-American. The number one reason inmates in Georgia are in prison is due to larceny and burglary, followed closely by motor vehicle theft. Only a small percentage (.2%) of people are in prison in Georgia because of serious crimes like murder. Less than one percent (.82%) are incarcerated due to rape. However, more than 7% are in prison due to aggravated assault and other violent crimes.

Georgia’s Incarceration Rate and Statistics

Georgia’s incarceration rate for year-end 2016 under state prison or local jail jurisdiction per 100,000 population was 512, which is higher than an average incarceration rate by 14%. The number of Georgia prisoners at the year-end of 2016 was 53,627, from which 7% were female prisoners, whereas the number of male prisoners was 49,839 in 2016.


Where Do Georgia Inmates Go When They are Released?

Many Georgia inmates will go back home to family and friends once they are released from prison. However, the Georgia prison system includes a series of transitional centers where many select prisoners can ease their way back into society and receive assistance with getting a job, finding housing and continuing their education. These types of transitional facilities are aimed at reducing recidivism.

How Does Parole Work in Georgia?

Parole works when an inmate is released early before completing their sentences. Parole is only granted when an inmate has displayed good behavior and has proven to the parole board that they do not pose a danger to society. They are released early but with some very strict regulations such as having to check in regularly with their parole officer. Parole is a supervisory program designed to rehabilitate offenders while also keeping residents safe.

Parole Population

Type of Parole Entry:Number of Parolees:
State Parole Population:22,386
Change in 2016:-8%

How Does Someone Get Probation in Georgia?

An offender may be granted probation instead of prison if their crime is a single, first-time offense. After their trial and they are found guilty, the judge will factor in the circumstances, their previous law-abiding behaviors and other issues to determine whether or not to sentence them to jail or prison. In many cases they will sentence probation. When this happens, the offender can remain free but must follow strict rules for a period of time. They must check in regularly with their probation officer and if they violate any of the rules, they will immediately go to prison.

Probation Statistics

Type of Parole Entry:Number of Parolees:
State Probation Population:0
Change in 2016:0%

5 Most Unsafe Counties in the Area

A list of 5 counties in Georgia that have the highest arrest rate

CountyCrime Rate
Bibb County5,584.58
Gwinnett County3,382.55
Wayne County3,182.30
Banks County2,793.93
Pulaski County2,595.32

Georgia Department of Corrections

  • Address:7 M L K Jr Drive, Suite 543,
    Atlanta, GA 30334
  • Phone:Inmate Info & Records:
    (404) 656-4661

    Media Inquiries:
    (478) 992-5247

    (478) 992-5965

    Probation Reporting Call Center:
    (877) 333-2390
  • Website:

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