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What Are Georgia Inmate Records?

A Georgia inmate record is a document that contains information about an incarcerated person in the state. These documents detail the inmate’s personal and official details, including administrative information related to the incarceration.

Inmate records in Georgia are available with the Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) and are considered public records, according to the Georgia Open Records Act. As such, Georgia State residents may view and copy inmate records in the state.

Generally, Georgia inmate records contain the following information:

  • Full name and aliases
  • Date of birth
  • Ethnicity
  • Height
  • Weight
  • Fingerprints and mugshots
  • Indictments
  • Arrest warrants
  • Arrest records
  • Conviction information

Inmate records are issued when a person is convicted of a criminal offense and is imprisoned. These records may be initiated by the sentencing authority or the facility that accommodates the convict.

How To Find An Inmate In Georgia?

To find an inmate in any of Georgia’s 159 counties, a requestor may use online search platforms provided by several Sheriff’s Offices in the state’s counties. For example, Clayton County provides these records online through its Inmate Search tool. Using this tool, interested persons may search for an inmate’s record by name or by booking date. The name search requires the inmate’s last name and an optional first name.

Note that the name search only shows active inmates. Requestors may also search for inmate records by booking date. The search tool allows persons to find records for inmates booked in the last 48 hours, 14 days, and 31 days.

Alternatively, an interested person may directly contact or visit any of the county jails across the state.

Locating inmates held in Georgia state prisons is possible through the GDC Offender Search Tool. Requestors may search by name, ID, or case number.

The name/description search allows requestors to find an offender using the last name, first name, gender, race, age range, and most recent institution. If the exact name is unknown, requestors may try a partial match. Interested persons may also find an inmate using an alias, middle name, height, weight, eye color, hair color, scars, tattoos, current sentence status, primary offense, and conviction county. Note that a requestor may filter results by active offenders, inactive offenders, or both. 

The ID or case number search requires either the offender’s GDC ID or the case number assigned to the offense.

The search result shows the offender’s name, year of birth, booking photograph, known aliases, and the GDC ID. Other information available includes physical descriptors such as race, gender, height, weight, scars or tattoos, hair color, and eye color. The result also shows incarceration details, including the offense(s), most recent institution, sentence length, possible release date, and a conviction county for each offense. 

How To Find A Federal Inmate In Georgia?

Information on federal inmates incarcerated in any of Georgia’s federal penitentiaries is available via the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). Interested persons may use the name search or number search available on the BOP’s inmate locator.

For the name search, use the inmate’s first name, middle name, last name, race, age, and sex. Searching by number requires any of the following numbers:

  • BOP Register Number
  • District of Columbia Department of Corrections (DCDC) Number
  • Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) Number
  • The Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS) Number

The search result displays a list of inmates that match the search query used, including the inmate’s name, register number, age, race, sex, current location, and release date. Note that information available on the inmate locator may include inmates that were in the BOP’s custody that did not serve a federal sentence. Also, the information available is subject to change.

It is worthy of note that this register contains records of inmates who have served in federal prison from 1982 to date. Records for inmates incarcerated before 1982 are available from the National Archives and Records Administration.

How Do I Find Inmate Records In Georgia?

To obtain certified copies of inmate records, contact the Georgia Department of Corrections with a written request. Ensure that the written request contains the requestor’s information and all available details of the inmate. Send the request to:

Inmates Records and Information

PO Box 1529

Forsyth, GA 31029

Alternatively, interested persons may put in requests for a copy of an inmate’s record via email. Send an email to open.records@gdc.ca.gov with details of the request. Regardless of the request method, note that the letter should contain the following details:

  • A confirmation that the request is a public records request
  • A precise description of the records being sought

Generally, the GDC will respond in three working days to respond with the request. In some cases, the GDC may respond to extend the time needed to satisfy the request.

Persons looking for inmates’ records for county and city jails, should make their request to the particular county jail. Interested persons may contact the jail and send a request, or visit in person. More information on requesting inmate records may be available from the respective county and city websites.

Records that are considered public may be accessible from some third-party websites. These websites often make searching simpler, as they are not limited by geographic location, and search engines on these sites may help when starting a search for a specific or multiple record(s). To begin using such a search engine on a third-party or government website, interested parties usually must provide:

  • The name of the person involved in the record, unless said person is a juvenile
  • The location or assumed location of the record or person involved. This includes information such as the city, county, or state that the person resides in or was accused in

Third-party sites are independent of government sources and are not sponsored by these government agencies. Because of this, record availability on third-party sites may vary.

How To Put Money In Jail Inmates Book In Georgia?

In Georgia, the inmates are provided with a trust account, similar to an account opened with a bank. Through this medium, relatives and loved ones can send money to an inmate in person, online, by phone, or by mail.

  • Walk-in: The depositor can use the quick collect payment method available at any Western Union location. Depositors may pay using cash, specifying the Georgia Department of Corrections. Fill the space provided for code city with ‘GADOC’ and the space provided for code state with ‘GA.’ For account number, use the inmate’s GDC number and last name without space. For example, if the inmate’s GDC number is 98765, and the name is John Smith, the account number will be ’98765Smith’.
  • Internet: To fund an inmate’s account online, use any of the following platforms: JPAY, Touchpay, Access Secure Deposits, and Western Union. Note that the Western Union online deposit process requires the description above. Also, these platforms may charge varying transaction fees. All online transactions require a debit or credit card.
  • Phone: Interested persons may call JPAY on 1–800–574–5729, Touchpay on 1–866–850–3326, or Access Secure Deposits on 1–866–345–1884. Note that additional charges may also apply. 
  • Mail: The GDC allows mail deposits to Georgia inmates via the GDC Money Order Voucher Printing System. After generating the voucher, send with a money order via mail to:

Jpay

PO Box 246570

Pembroke Pines, FL 33024

Note, to fund an inmate’s account via any of the means above, the depositor is required to provide the following information:

  • The Name of the Inmate
  • The Identification Number of the inmate
  • The Location of the Inmate

Depositors may check the status of the funds using the GDC’s payment receipt platform. To confirm the fund status, the inmate’s ID number is required.

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