Family and friends may visit inmates in state prisons as well as make contact with their loved ones via mail.
What You Should Know:
- Visitation hours vary by facility, be sure to view the visitation schedule of the facility prior to your visit.
- Generally, private prisons, county correctional institutions, and probation detention centers also follow the 6-hour visitation schedule on Saturdays, Sundays, and state holidays. You'll need to call that particular facility to learn exact visitation times.
- Correctional officers have the right to refuse visitation to anyone who is suspected of, caught on the premises with, or attempts to introduce contraband into the facility. Also, if you are found to be deceptive on the significant other form or repeatedly warned about a particular action your visitation can be denied or revoked. GDC may also suspend visitation privileges to meet special security needs of the facility.
- When sending mail, please be sure that your loved one's name and Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) number is listed on the envelope. Locate your loved one's facility so that you can start sending letters.
How does an inmate request to be moved closer to home?
After serving 1 year at an assigned institution, an inmate can submit a transfer request. Requests are accepted only from those inmates who in the last 6 months show no record of disciplinary misconduct.
Bear in mind that while an inmate may submit a request, transfer approval is not guaranteed.
During my last visit, my son indicated that he was assaulted. Who should I contact to report this?
In any instance of physical or sexual assault, encourage your loved one to report this to his counselor, Deputy Warden, and Warden as soon as possible. You may also directly contact one of these staff members or address this incident with the Offender Ombudsman and Inmate Affairs Unit at either Ombudsman@dcor.state.ga.us or 478-992-5358.
What should an inmate do if her concerns are not being addressed?
An inmate should consult his counselor and file a grievance. If, after filing the grievance, the inmate feels that the problem remains, he should then contact the following staff in this order: chief counselor, Deputy Warden of Care and Treatment, Warden, and then the Ombudsman.
When will an inmate be considered for parole?
Source: Georgia Department of Corrections. This information was prepared as a public service of the State of Georgia to provide general information, not to advise on any specific legal problem. It is not, and cannot be construed to be, legal advice. If you have questions regarding any matter contained on this page, please speak with the agency that is the source of the information.