Inmate Visitation

Each inmate must complete a Visitation List indicating the names of three (3) visitors they wish to have visit during their incarceration. Each visitor must be over the age of fourteen (14).

Rules for visitation:

  • All visitors are required to present a valid, picture ID.
  • Children visits are held the last full weekend of each month. Picture ID is not required.
  • All visitors are subject to be searched by an officer of the same sex. Failure to cooperate will terminate the visit and will possibly mean denial of future visits.
  • The Shift Supervisor may deny any visit, if they feel such a visit may endanger the safety and security of the Jail, it’s officers, or inmates.
  • No purses or packages are allowed in the visitation area.

Out of town visitors may visit, for one (1) hour, if they meet the following conditions:

        • Live OVER seventy-five (75) miles from the jail.
        • Present proper picture ID with proof of residency

These are special visits and will not be allowed on an on-going basis. If the out-of-town visitor wishes to visit weekly, they must be placed on the Visitation List.

Visitation Schedule

D Block Inmates – Saturday from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Trustees – Sunday from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
General Population Inmates are scheduled according to the first letter of their last name:
A through L on Saturday
M through Z on Sunday
Times: 1:00-1:30, 1:35-2:05, 2:10-2:40, 2:45-3:15, 3:20-3:50, 3:55-4:25, 4:30-5:05

Inmate Funds

Each Inmate will receive a receipt for all money in their possession at the time of booking. This money will be placed on the inmate’s account. The following regulations govern future funds added to the inmate’s account:

  • Money can be left at the visitation window, anytime, seven (7) days a week.
  • Cash, or a money order made out to the inmate, will be accepted at the window.
  • No personal checks will be accepted. No exceptions.
  • Money orders or cashiers checks, made out to the inmate, may be sent through the mail.
  • No cash will be accepted through the mail.
  • To be allowed to order from commissary, all inmates’ money must be received by 3:00 p.m. on Monday.
  • Jail telephone cards are available in $10 & $20 amounts. *Note: Phone Card must be stipulated

Upon release from the jail, all funds credited to the inmate will be released, by check, to the inmate during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Inmate Mail
Stamps, envelopes, paper, and pens are available for purchase from the commissary. Inmates are allowed to send and receive as many letters as they choose. However, there are certain regulations that govern mail service:

  • Both incoming and outgoing mail must include a return address.
  • All incoming mail must have: Inmate name and Jail ID#
  • All incoming and outgoing mail will be checked for contraband, illegal action, and disorder against the facility.
  • Incoming mail containing contraband, or items not allowed, will be returned to the sender.
  • The following items are acceptable:
        • Letters, cards (no mechanical parts)
        • 3 x 5 or 4 x 6 snapshots (no Polaroids)
        • money order or cashier’s check made payable to the inmate

      Mailing Address: Decatur County Jail, 912 Spring Creek Road, Bainbridge, Georgia 39817
                                    *Remember to include Inmate name and Jail ID#.

Permitted Personal Items
Each inmate is allowed to receive a package of personal items within the first seventy-two (72) hours of incarceration. After this time, ALL items must be purchased from the Jail Commissary. Permitted items are:

  • 6 pair white briefs/boxers (males only)
  • 6 pair white panties (female only)
  • 3 white tee shirts w/sleeves (male/female)
  • 3 white wireless bras (female only)
  • 6 pair white socks (male/female)
  • 1 set white thermal underwear (male only)
  • 1 set white sweat clothes (female only)
  • 1 paperback Bible (Religious preference ex: King James, Quran, etc)
  • 1 paperback Religious Book

Inmate Bonding Procedures

Listed below are the accepted procedures for bonding an arrested person out of the Decatur County Jail. A criminal bond is a financial guarantee that the arrested person will appear in court on a specified date. A BOND IS NOT A FINE. A person posting a bond must appear before a judge to answer criminal charges. Failure to appear at the appointed time will result in forfeiture of the bond amount and may result in a Bench Warrant ordered by the judge.

A fee of $13.00 is charged for every bond that is written by the jail. This fee may be paid in cash. The fee can also be paid with a money order, or cashiers check made payable to the Decatur County Board of Commissioners. This fee is non-refundable.

Cash Bond
Unless otherwise directed, inmates in the jail may post bond with an equivalent amount of cash. If the surety (person posting the money for the bond) does not want the money to be used towards the inmates court ordered fine, they must indicate this fact, in writing, on the criminal bond. If this is indicated, the money will be returned to the surety at the completion of the criminal trial or plea. Cash bonds may be posted with the exact amount of cash, money order, or cashier’s check.

Professional Bondsman
Inmates eligible for bond may enter into a contractual agreement with a professional bondsman. Professional Bondsmen are in the business of posting bonds for criminal charges. A non-refundable fee will be charged. There is a list of acceptable bondsmen located in the booking lobby. The Sheriff’s Office will not recommend one bondsman over another. Please do not ask. The bondsman you choose and the arrangement made are between you and the bondsman.

Property Bond
Inmates may be released on a property bond provided that the surety owns property which exceeds the value of the bond as determined by the Sheriff. All the following stipulations apply:

  • The property must be located in Decatur County.
  • The surety (property owner) must provide a warranty deed, current real estate tax receipt, or current year amortization schedule (mortgage loan statement from bank) to substantiate ownership.
  • All owners of record must sign the affidavit on the bond.
  • All property bonds must be approved by the Sheriff.

912 Spring Creek Road Bainbridge, Georgia 39817
Sheriff's Office: 229-248-3044 Fax: 229-248-3850 Jail: 229-248-3050