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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Chatham County GA Detention Center basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 912-652-7700

The Chatham County GA Detention Center is a medium-security 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, municipalities, the US Marshal's Service and the Savannah Police Department who do not have their own long-term lock-up.

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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

Chatham County GA Detention Center publishes the names of their inmates currently in their facility in Georgia. Your search should start with this locator first to see if your loved one is there.

The second box is the InmateAid Inmate Search. This database of inmates is user-generated content for the purpose of accessing and utilizing any or all of the InmateAid services. If you need our assistance creating your own inmate profile to keep in touch, email us at and we will assist you in locating your inmate.

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.

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Visitation Information

Chatham County GA Detention Center - Visitation at 1050 Carl Griffin Drive, Savannah, GA

  • Monday 9am - 6pm
  • Tuesday 9am - 6pm
  • Wednesday 9am - 6pm
  • Thursday 9am - 6pm
  • Friday 9am - 6pm

All visits are non-contact and conducted through a glass partition. This facility may also have a video visitation option, please call 912-652-7700 for more information and updates to the current rules and regulations.

Inmates are allowed 2 visitors per day

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