Chatham County GA Detention Center

County Jail

Last Updated: October 11, 2021
1050 Carl Griffin Drive, Savannah, GA 31405

Chatham County GA Detention Center is for County Jail offenders sentenced up to twenty four months.

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Satellite View of Chatham County GA Detention Center

You can support your loved ones at Chatham County GA Detention Center on InmateAid, if you have any immediate questions contact the facility directly at 912-652-7700.

When someone you care about gets locked up, it's tough to figure out all the ins and outs of jail life. From sending mail to visiting, there are a lot of things to sort out. And getting info about the arrest? Not always easy. That's where this webpage comes in handy. It's here to help you get a handle on how things work at Chatham County GA Detention Center so you can stay connected and support your loved one behind bars.

The Chatham County GA Detention Center is a detention center located at 1050 Carl Griffin Drive Savannah, GA which is operated locally by the Chatham County Sheriff's Office and holds inmates awaiting trial or sentencing or both. Most of the sentenced inmates are here for less than two years. Chatham County accepts inmates from surrounding towns, Savannah Police Department, and the US Marshal's Service.

New detainees arrive at the jail regularly, with some being released on bail, placed under pretrial services caseloads, supervised by probation agencies, or released on recognizance with a court appearance agreement. Those who are not released await their court appearances at the jail, receiving accommodations including bedding and meals. You can see all the arrest records for Georgia here.

Chatham County GA Detention Center - Prison vs. Jail

Chatham County GA Detention Center - Visitation

The Corrections Bureau of the Chatham County Sheriff's Department, and its inmate population, has significantly evolved over the past 30 years. For 90 years the jail was located on Habersham Street next to the Police Department. Its capacity was approximately 300 inmates and averaged about 270 inmates daily. The average daily female population was 18 which seems low when compared to the 167 average daily population for 2004.

In 1988 the Chatham County Detention Center opened off of Chatham Parkway and in 1989 it became necessary to expand that facility to handle the volume of inmates we were receiving.

The building boasts a 1224 bed that was supposed to handle the inmate population without fear of overcrowding until the year 2010. Unfortunately over capacity has led to the department seeking alternatives to incarceration.

In 2005, Chatham County entered into a contract with Deboer Vining to provide a 300 bed temporary housing unit to help relieve some of the population overcrowding. At that time, the Detention Center had an average daily population of 1455 inmates which represented some 2311 inmates above the 1224 design capacity. The temporary housing was only designed as a stop gap measure.

The 2008 average daily population for the Chatham County Detention Center was 1739 inmates. We are planning on the future while at the same time working on ways to divert inmates from incarceration that could be better handled in other ways such as through work release programs as well as through mental health centers.

Inmate Locator

To utilize the Inmate Search page on InmateAid, begin by selecting the relevant prison facility in Georgia. This allows you to view the current list of inmates housed at Chatham County GA Detention Center.

The second section features the InmateAid Inmate Search tool, providing a user-generated database of inmates. You can access this resource to utilize any of InmateAid's services. If you require assistance in creating an inmate profile to maintain communication, please contact us at, and we'll gladly help you locate your loved one.

As a last resort, you might have to pay for that information if we do not have it. The Arrest Record Search will cost you a small amount, but their data is the freshest available and for that reason, they charge to access it.

Visitation Information

The County Jail provides on-site and online visitation options to help inmates maintain contact with family and friends.

On-Site Visitation Hours

  • Monday: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Friday: 8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Saturday: 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Sunday: 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Holidays - call for available times and reserve yours as these days are the busiest times of the year

Visitors must follow the dress code and behavior guidelines whether they are visiting here or from their computer/smartphone. Violations may result in the termination of the visit.

Online Video Visitation
Online visits can be scheduled in advance, allowing remote connection from home or work. Visitors must set up an account and adhere to dress and behavior guidelines. Visits cost a minimum of $0.25 per minute and are monitored for security.

General Information
Visitation hours and policies are subject to change. Call the facility at 912-652-7700 for updates. For more information and to set up an online visitation account.

Ask The Inmate

Ask a former inmate questions at no charge. The inmate answering has spent considerable time in the federal prison system, state and county jails, and in a prison that was run by the private prison entity CCA. Ask your question or browse previous questions in response to comments or further questions of members of the InmateAid community.