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Jail Section


The Jail Division is responsible for the receipt, detention, care, and provision of services of all persons arrested within Clarke County or the State of Georgia until each person posts bail, receives disposition on all criminal charges, or is lawfully released from the custody of the Sheriff.


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The Jail Section is divided into three (3) functional Units:

  • Operations Unit

The Operations Section is responsible for the lawful admission and release of all jail inmates, their secure and safe detention, and supervising the provision of necessary services to the inmates.

  • Support Unit

The Support Section is divided into four (4) functional groups:

  • Inmate Services Group

The Inmate Services Unit is responsible for inmate visitation, library, laundry, labor, and commissary services, and for coordinating (with the court[s] having jurisdiction) each inmate’s length of stay in the jail.

  • Food Services Group

The Food Services Unit is responsible for the assembly and distribution of all meals to inmates being detained in the jail.

  • Classification Group

The Classification Unit is responsible for the safe housing assignment, investigation of disciplinary actions and complaints, and the archiving of records of each inmate being detained in the jail.

  • Maintenance Group

    The Maintenance Unit is responsible for providing routine restorative and preventative maintenance to the jail facility and equipment and for coordinating major repairs and special projects with the Athens-Clarke County Facilities Management Department.

  • Programs Unit

    The Programs Section is responsible for providing opportunities for educational, religious, and rehabilitation goods and services to the inmates in the jail and for coordinating post-release services for former inmates with outside agencies and programs.



The Clarke County Jail is a temporary holding facility for persons arrested for criminal offenses or local ordinance violations, persons being held for probation/parole violation, contempt of court, or offenses committed in another county or state, and offenders sentenced to incarceration in the jail or another correctional facility.

Arrestees are usually brought directly to the Jail upon arrest or after initial interrogation by the arresting agency. Arrestees are allowed to use the telephone upon completing the booking process, usually within a few hours after their arrival. Arrestees who are not able to post bail are brought before a magistrate within 48 hours of arrest.

Inmates who are held awaiting trial or transfer to another facility are housed according to an objective classification system. This ensures that inmates whose current behavior and/or potential for violence or disruptive conduct are housed separately from inmates who do not present such a threat.

Rules, regulations, schedules, and expected conduct of inmates are posted in each housing area. Inmates who violate the rules are subject to being restricted from such institutional privileges as access to recreation, visitation, commissary, and educational/religious programs.

Inmates whose custody level permits may receive regular access to outdoor recreation, visits with family and friends, and participation in several educational and religious programs. Sentenced inmates who qualify may also receive extra visiting time in return for working in the jail kitchen, cleaning crews, and other inmate work details.



Follow the directions of jail staff.

Do not become loud or disruptive.

Do not come into the jail or on the jail grounds under the influence of alcohol.

No weapons, controlled substances, alcohol, dangerous devices, tobacco, tobacco products, matches, or lighters are permitted inside the jail.

Secure all valuables, handbags, coats, and containers inside your car. The Clarke County Sheriff's Office will dispose of and is not responsible for any items left unattended.

Do not talk to any inmates other than those you have arranged to visit.


Visitors must be dressed in a modest and proper manner before, during, and after each visitation period and at any time while in or on the facility grounds. Shirt, shoes, and underwear are required.

Visitor clothing must be clean and not be a source of any offensive odor, debris, or organic material.

The following visitor clothing is not permitted to be worn in or on the facility grounds and will subject the wearer to be refused admittance:

  • jogging, wind, or soccer shorts, spandex clothing, tights, leotards, or other dancewear, bathing or swimwear skirts with a hemline more than 4 inches above the knee

  • tank, spaghetti-strap, mesh or midriff (revealing bare midriff when both arms are raised) shirts
    sheer, “see-through,” revealing clothing

  • clothing with visual or written messages referring to illicit drugs, alcohol, weapons, violence, vulgar or obscene language or images, gang affiliation or culture, or insults to another race, religion, gender, or ethnicity
    hats or hoods

  • clothing similar to law enforcement, inmate, or medical staff uniforms

  • double-layered clothing (more than one set of pants, shorts, shirt, socks, or footwear)


    Individual cash accounts up to $100 are maintained for each inmate. Money confiscated from the inmate during the booking process and money deposited by family/friends are deposited into the inmate’s account. An inmate account is established to safeguard the inmate’s money while in jail, allow the inmate to purchase in-cell items from the jail commissary, and provide a resource for the inmate to post bail, pay fines, etc. An inmate account is not to be used to pay household bills or meet family expenses.

    Money order deposits to an inmate account may be sent by mail (do not send cash by mail) or brought to the jail at any time. No personal checks will be accepted. Money orders must be completely filled out, including the inmate’s name and the name and address of the person purchasing or sending the money order. Incomplete or incorrect money orders will be returned or held until the purchaser can be identified. Cash deposits may be made at the jail during visiting hours each Tuesday and Wednesday.

    Deposits made to an inmate’s account by 7:30 p.m. each Tuesday will be available for the inmate to use in the commissary on Thursday.


    Mail must be addressed to the inmate at the Clarke County Jail (see title page of this document). All inmate mail must have the sender’s return address on the outside of the mailing envelope. All incoming and outgoing mail to or from the general public is subject to search, censorship, confiscation, and return.

    Inmates cannot receive telephone calls or messages. Family emergency notification will be made by jail staff once the emergency can be verified. Outgoing telephone calls made by inmates are collect only (the person receiving the call must accept the cost). Please notify jail staff if you receive unwanted or harassing telephone calls.


  • For Minimum and Medium Security Inmates:

Inmates last names beginning with A-J
Tuesday 1:00pm- 3:15 p.m. or 6:00 p.m.-7:15 p.m.
Saturday 11:00a.m.- 3:00 p.m.

Inmates last names beginning with K-Z
Wednesday 1:00pm- 3:15 p.m. or 6:00 p.m.-7:15 p.m.
Sunday 11:00a.m.- 3:00 p.m.

  • For Close Custody Max Security Inmates:

Wednesday 1:00pm- 3:15 p.m. or 6:00 p.m.-7:15 p.m

  • For High Max Security Inmates:

(2 visits per month – 1st and 3rd Wednesday each month)
Wednesday 1:00pm- 3:15 p.m. or 6:00 p.m.-7:15 p.m










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