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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 want to find. They also provide 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.

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 of the Georgia Department of Corrections.

About the Author

Bethany McDaniel is the Editorial Director for GeorgiaGov. She graduated from Berry College in Rome, Ga., with degrees in Visual Communication and History.

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