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Finding Correctional Facilities in Georgia

August 22, 2013
A map of Georgia pinning all the hundreds of correctional facilities

Hundreds of prisons, jails and other correctional facilities cover the state of Georgia. It can be confusing to find the exact one you’re looking for. Luckily, the Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) provides an interactive map that can help you find the facility you’re searching for.  They also provide a virtual 360 tour, a probation office directory and a facility directory.

Because so many different types of correctional facilities exist, it can be confusing to distinguish the differences between them. For example, local governments typically run jails housing people for a short period of time while they await trial. The federal and state governments typically run prisons for long term criminals who have already been convicted. County prisons contain low-security prisoners occasionally providing unpaid work to the counties, while state prisons typically tend to be a bit more serious, holding violent and repeat criminals or people who have used every other option. To better understand the differences between the Corrections Division programs, you can peruse the GDC literature provided on their website.

If you’re searching for juvenile detention centers, check out the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice. The DJJ contains 26 facilities and 92 court services offices.

Photo Courtesy Georgia Department of Corrections

About the Author

Bethany McDaniel is a content specialist for GeorgiaGov. She graduated from Berry College in Rome, GA with degrees in Visual Communication and History.