Each inmate must complete a Visitation List indicating the names of visitors they wish to have visit during their incarceration. Each visitor should be over the age of fourteen (14) however, exceptions may be reviewed on a case by case basis. **All visitation is audio/video recorded.**
Rules for visitation:
- All visitors are required to present a valid, picture ID.
- Children visits Saturday and Sunday, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
- 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, packages or cell phones are allowed in the visitation area. Personal items should be left in your vehicle. If you bring them in, you can put them in a provided locker for a quarter and you will get your quarter back at the time you retrieve you items.
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.
- General Population – Wednesday – Sunday 12:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.
- Protective Custody – Wednesday – Sunday 9:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.
- Children Visits – Saturday – Sunday 12:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.
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 added by using the Jail Lobby kiosk, anytime, seven (7) days a week or by going to www.JailATM.com.
- No personal checks will be accepted. No exceptions.
- Money orders or cashiers checks, made out to the inmate with their inmate ID#, may be sent through the mail to: Decatur County Jail, 912 Spring Creek Road, Bainbridge, GA 39817.
- No cash will be accepted through the mail.
- To be allowed to order from commissary, all inmates’ money must be received by 9:00 A.M. on Tuesday. Family/friends may also order commissary gift pack for the inmate through www.JailATM.com. Orders must be confirmed Tuesday night for Thursday delivery.
- Jail telephone time can be purchased by the inmate from their inmate account. If someone wants to purchase prepaid telephone time they can use the following options: Online at www.ICSolutions.com or call 1-888-506-8407.
Upon release from the jail, all funds credited to the inmate will be released on a Prestige Money Card to the inmate.
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, along with their ID#
Mailing Address: Decatur County Jail, 912 Spring Creek Road, Bainbridge, Georgia 39817
*Remember to include Inmate name and Jail ID#.
- Emailing is available to family/friends daily. The person receiving emails from an inmate has to first approve it and there is a 50 cent charge to the inmates account each time it is used.
Permitted Personal Items
Each inmate is allowed to receive a one-time package of personal items during 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 or cream thermal underwear (male only)
- 1 set white or gray 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 $20.00 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.
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.
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.
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 or designee.
Sheriff's Office: 229-248-3044 Fax: 229-248-3850 Jail: 229-248-3050