Coweta County Sheriff's Detention

County Jail

Last Updated: June 21, 2019
Address
560 Greison Trail, Newnan, GA 30263
County
Coweta
Security Level
County - medium
Phone
770-253-1664
Phone Carrier
Fax
770-254-1043
Email
jglewis@coweta.ga.us
Facility Type
Adult
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Coweta County Sheriff's Detention basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 770-253-1664

This facility is for adult inmates.

The Coweta County Sheriff's Detention is a medium-security detention center located at 560 Greison Trail Newnan, GA that is operated locally by the Coweta 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. Coweta County accepts inmates from surrounding towns, municipalities, the US Marshal's Service and the Newnan Police Department who do not have their own long-term lock-up.

To receive books inmates will have to have books mailed directly from a publisher or a bookstore. The books will have to be shipped PREPAID directly to the Detention Center by a publisher or bookstore addressed in the inmate's name. Publications (books/magazines) will no longer be accepted from the public or family members. Magazines will no longer be accepted.
All incoming mail, with the exception of legal mail or other specifically approved items must be in metered or pre-stamped, postcard form. See full policy below.

I. Purpose
To establish guidelines to provide an efficient, lawful, safe, and supervised mail operation for inmates within the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office, detention facility.

II. Rationale
It is reasonable to believe that criminal enterprises operate within detention facilities and prison systems. Allowing inmate to inmate correspondence increases the likelihood of concerted criminal activity between the housing units within a specific institution or between other penal and detention facilities. Examples of this can be described as but not limited to simultaneous riot efforts, escape plans, criminal networking, drug trafficking, retribution plans and criminal street gang activity. (Turner v. Safely, 482 US 78)

Allowing stamps, multi-layered, greeting cards, hardback books, or photographs (Polaroid), adhesives, crayon, marker ink, lipstick, envelopes and /or objects with other unidentified substances or stains within the secure detention environment increases the ability for inmates and persons outside of the secure environment to smuggle contraband into or hide contraband within the facility. The prohibition of the said objects or substances is necessary in the preservation of order, discipline and security of the detention facility. (Bell v Wolfish, 441 US 520)

III. Definitions

Contraband
An item whose introduction or possession is prohibited within the detention facility or its guard line. Contraband may be items that are either illegal or legal, but prohibited by this facility. All items of contraband will be handled in the appropriate manner and will be either destroyed, placed in the inmate's personal property, or turned over to the evidence room for prosecution.

Non-Privileged Mail
Mail that inmates send to and/or receive from family, friends, and private organizations.

Legal or Privileged Mail
Mail that inmates send to or receive from their attorneys of record or with whom an attorney-client relationship has been established, the courts, or other court officials, as well as probation officers. Whenever an inmate receives mail from an attorney it shall be automatically presumed that an attorney-client relationship exists.

IV. Procedures

A. Incoming Mail
All incoming mail, except legal mail and other specifically approved items, must be in metered or pre-stamped postcard form.
All postcards shall contain the inmate's name and return address as follows:
Inmate's Full Name
Coweta County Jail
Pod, Section, and Cell Number
560 Greison Trail
Newnan, GA 30263

Acceptable Postcard Forms:
• Postcard minimum size requirements are 3.5 inches by 4.25 inches
• Postcard maximum allowable size is 4.25 inches by 6 inches
• Must be written in blue or black ink only
• Must be white in color and be either metered or contain a preprinted stamp

Unacceptable Postcard Forms:
• Defaced or altered postcards
• Plastic or wrappings on postcards
• Postcards marked with paint, crayons, or markers
• Postcards with labels or stickers
• Postcards with watermarks or stains
• Postcards with any biohazards, including perfume or lipstick
• Postcards depicting nudity, weapons, or gang references
• Postcards containing an affixed stamp

Legal mail and money orders are the only incoming inmate mail items that will be accepted in an envelope. Money Orders received in the mail will be applied to the specified inmate’s commissary account.

Publications (Books)
Publications will no longer be accepted from the public or family members.
To receive books in the mail inmates shall have books sent directly from a publisher or a bookstore.
Books will be shipped prepaid directly to the facility by the publisher or book store and shall be addressed in the inmate's name.
Inmate funds will not be used to pay for books or subscriptions.

The following criteria must be met:
• Books must be soft back or paperback and no larger than 9 1/2" x 6 1/2".
• Only new books shall be accepted - No magazines.
• Inmates may receive the “Newnan Times Herald” provided that the advertisements and inserts have been removed. If the newspaper contains additional writings or stains on the publication it will not be accepted.
• Inmates may have only four (4) books in their possession (One Bible or religious manual not included).
• All books shall be bound without the use of metal in any format.
• The “Newnan Times Herald” will be considered one of the four (4) total publications allowed. Inmates must discard their current newspaper in order to receive a new one. Any remaining newspapers shall be discarded/destroyed to prevent fire hazards within the cell blocks. Newspapers will not be stored within the inmate’s property or returned for pick-up. Any newspaper used for purposes other than reading will be considered contraband.
• Inmates may also receive “Prison Legal News”. Family or friends may subscribe to this publication online at www.prisonlegalnews.org. This publication may also be obtained by calling 561-360-2523 between the hours of 9:00AM and 6:00PM EST or email at info@prisonlegalnews.org
• Prison Legal News will be considered one of the four (4) total publications and is subject to the same regulations as an incoming book.
• Incoming publications will be documented on an Inmate Publication Form. The inmate and the Detention Officer delivering the publication will print and sign their names acknowledging the receipt off the publication(s).

Censorship
Books shall not contain the following, but not limited to:
• Pornography
• Sexual activity content
• Material that would encourage deviant sexual behavior
• Self-defense tactics related content
• Explosive related content
• Weapon related content
• Drug related content
• Gang related content
• Information that describes the killing of law enforcement
• Plans of violence or escape, blackmail, or extortion
• Material that depicts disorder or general safety of the facility in any way

The Jail Administrator or his designee reserves the right to refuse any book.
• When incoming books are rejected the inmate will be notified in writing by the rejecting officer and the books will be sent back to the publisher or bookstore.
• It is the responsibility of the inmate to contact the publisher or sender for reimbursement for rejected books.
• The detention facility is not responsible for lost or misplaced books, nor will the facility be responsible for any books received after the inmate is released from the facility.
• It will be the responsibility of the inmate to cancel any subscriptions.
• Books will not be held for later pickup. They will be returned to the sender.
• All accepted books shall have the first and last name of the inmate written on the leading page opposite the spine of the book.
• If an inmate is found in possession of a book addressed to another inmate the book will be confiscated, a report written, and the book will be destroyed.

Exchange of Books
• When an inmate has reached the maximum number of books (4), the inmate must provide the mail officer a book marked with the inmate's name to receive a new book. At that time the inmate may submit the book for pick-up or have the book discarded.
• The Detention Officer and the inmate will print and inmate sign a Publication Disposition Form that will be scanned into the inmate's digital record.
• Returned books from inmates must be picked up within two weeks or they will be donated to a local charity.
• No books will be placed into an inmate's property.

Altered or Damaged Books
All books with their covers removed, pages missing, or altered in any way will be considered contraband and discarded.

Photographs
• Up to five (5) photographs may be mailed to the Jail. The envelope must be clearly marked as "Photographs". Inmates may possess no more than ten (10) photographs.
• The photographs must not exceed 4 inches by 6 inches in size, must be unaltered, and may not contain any adhesives, such as stickers or labels or foreign substances.
• The inmate's name must be written on the back of each photograph in blue or black ink.
• All accepted photographs must be developed prints. No Polaroid pictures are authorized.
• No additional correspondence will be accepted with incoming photographs.
• All envelopes marked as "Photographs" will be opened and inspected. If additional contents are located in the envelope the entire package will be returned to sender.
• All envelopes will be discarded/destroyed.

Inappropriate Photographs
Photographs deemed to be inappropriate shall be returned to the sender. Inappropriate photographs are, but are not limited to, the following:
• If the picture depicts sexual activity or visibly exposes the breast, pubic area, or buttocks
• Pictures promoting or showing illegal activity
• Pictures containing gang signs or codes

B. Outgoing Mail
• All outgoing non-privileged mail shall be on pre-metered postcards.
• All outgoing legal mail will be clearly marked as such on the outside of the envelope.
• Outgoing legal mail will be verified by a shift supervisor to be such prior to leaving the facility.
• Outgoing legal mail will only be opened in the presence of the inmate when clear and convincing evidence of a security breach establishes good cause.
• There are no limitations on the amount of legal mail that can be sent or received by an inmate in this facility.
C. Restrictions on Non-Privileged Mail Quantity
• Inmates are only allowed to have twenty (20) postcards in their possession at any time. Any additional postcards are considered a fire hazard/contraband, they will be confiscated, and may be destroyed.
• Only upon the approval of a supervisor will postcards or photographs be stored in an inmate’s personal property.
• There are no restrictions on the number of letters inmates can mail out providing they have sufficient materials to do so.

D. Restrictions on the Addressee
The Jail Administrator or his designee in special circumstances may impose additional restrictions for situations such as intimidation of witnesses, harassment of any individual or family, court ordered restrictions, or correspondence with a minor whose parents or legal guardian may object.

E. Inspections for Contraband
All incoming or outgoing mail is subject to being opened and inspected for contraband, cash, checks, security threats, or pornography.
• Staff shall not read incoming or outgoing mail unless circumstances present a legitimate security interest. Street Gang or Hate Group references are considered a security interest and will be declared contraband.
• Mail originating from or intended for an attorney, court, or any elected official may only be opened in the inmate's presence, and then only inspected for contraband, cash, checks, security threats or pornography.
• The inmates will not be provided with the envelope from the incoming legal mail. The incoming envelopes will be discarded/destroyed.
• This inspection shall be completed by a shift supervisor and is for the strict purpose of ensuring contraband is not being sent from or received into this facility.
• This inspection shall be done in such a manner as not to violate the confidentiality of the communication.
• Legal mail must be marked and readily identifiable as legal mail before staff treat it as such.
• Inmates wishing to send out legal mail shall request a “Legal Mail Request” form. Upon receipt of the form, Detention Officers will provide an envelope to the inmate. The inmate will place the legal mail into the envelope in an unsealed condition. The legal mail will then inspected by a supervisor for contraband, sealed, and delivered to the Inmate Accounts representative for postage and mailing. Envelopes provided to an inmate for legal correspondence shall not be considered contraband.

F. Processing
• Incoming or outgoing mail shall be processed for regular distribution daily except for holidays and Mondays.
• Jail personnel will not retain an inmate's incoming or outgoing mail for more than 24 hours, excluding Sunday and holidays.
• All incoming mail will be inspected for contraband and scanned for security threats.
• Legal mail will only be opened in the presence of the inmate.
• If an officer mistakenly opens legal mail it should immediately notify a supervisor and write an Incident Report.
• Incoming mail addressed to an inmate that is no longer in the facility will be returned to the sender.
• Personnel will distribute mail only to the inmate who is to receive the postcard or legal mail.
• Mail will not be handled or distributed by another inmate.
• Hand delivered mail will not be accepted.
• Personnel shall collect outgoing mail daily.
• All mail must have a return address and correct postage before being delivered to the USPS.
• All outgoing mail will be stamped:
Coweta County Sheriff’s Jail, This letter is being mailed by an inmate of this facility. The administration has not reviewed the contents.
• If mail is rejected during processing the inmate will be notified in writing by the Inmate Accounts clerk or a detention supervisor.
• The inmate will have the right to appeal to the Jail Administrator.
• The sender of the mail may also appeal the rejection in person or in writing to the Jail Administrator.

Bonds
A bond is something of value used to secure the release from jail of a person awaiting trial, on the condition that the person appears for court. If the person does not appear for court, the surety will be forfeited. Bond amounts are set by a Judge, not by the Sheriff. Georgia law, OCGA §17-6-15, provides the Sheriff authority to establish, publish, and regulate the guidelines and rules for bonding arrested individuals. The administration of this process is performed by the Bonding personnel of the Sheriff's Office.

There are multiple methods for obtaining the release of a person incarcerated in the Coweta County Jail. They require a person to ensure the appearance of the arrested individual for all court appearances until adjudication. The ensuring or obligated person is known as the Surety. The person being released from custody is referred to as the Principal.

The methods available are:

  • Cash bond

  • Property bond

  • Out of county property bond

  • Professional bond

Multiple bonds may be required to gain the release of any one incarcerated person. This is dependant upon the charges against the person. Each bond has additional fees known as surcharges. In addition, there is a non-refundable bond fee of $20.00 per bond instrument written; this fee must be paid in cash with exact change.

Cash Bond
A cash bond is cash in the full amount of the bond, which will be returned by the court to the Surety when the appearance requirements of the bond have been fulfilled. During normal business hours (MO-FR, 8AM-5PM), United States Postal Service (USPS) money orders or cashier checks drawn on local Coweta County banks are required. After normal business hours, only USPS money orders or cash are accepted. Personal/business checks and credit cards are NOT accepted at any time.

Property Bond
A property bond is private property being offered as a guarantee for the Principal to appear in court. The property MUST be located in Coweta County, Georgia. Every individual listed on the warranty deed or tax receipt must be present to sign the related documents. The documents required for acceptance are: a warranty deed and current tax bill, with a quit claim deed if applicable; and photo identification issued by a government entity. These documents must be presented at the Coweta County Jail by all individuals listed on the warranty deed or tax receipt.

Out of County Property Bond
An out of county property bond is like the typical property bond except the property being offered as a guarantee of the Principal’s appearance is located outside of Coweta County (e.g. Fulton, DeKalb, or any of the 159 counties in Georgia). The bond must be prepared by the Sheriff of the county where the property is located (e.g. property in Paulding County will have to be prepared by the Paulding County Sheriff's Office). You must contact that Sheriff's Office for their requirements. The bond must then be delivered to the Coweta County Jail in a sealed package bearing the other county's letterhead.

Professional Bond
A professional bond is posted by a company operating as a professional bonding company in Coweta County. The company must be registered and authorized by the Coweta County Sheriff's Office. Bonds from a licensed bonding company of another county are not acceptable. Any bonding company is subject to being suspended from operation under the rules published by the Sheriff.

Georgia law allows a professional bonding company to charge up to 15% for all bond amounts. This non-refundable fee is above the actual costs associated with "posting" the bond. A list of approved bonding companies is posted on the wall in the Bonding Lobby or you may look up "bail bonds" in the telephone book. Detention Officers are prohibited by law from making recommendations.

When sending money to an inmate, U.S. Postal money orders are preferred. Funds from this source are immediately credited to the inmate’s account for use as a bond (where applicable) or for purchases from the commissary. There is a minimum of a ten-day waiting period on any other type of money order. Personal checks will not be accepted. Please do not send cash through the mail since it can be easily lost or stolen. The Sheriff's Office will not assume responsibility for any cash sent through the mail that is lost or stolen.

Unfortunately, there are many ways that drugs and other contraband can be introduced into a jail facility. As a result, the following common items which lend themselves to the introduction of contraband may not be sent to an inmate in custody:

  • stamps

  • stationery

  • writing instruments

  • items containing glue

  • oversized greeting cards

  • credit cards

  • blank checks

  • plastic items

  • jewelry

  • anything used to conduct a business

  • candy

  • food

  • Polaroid pictures or sexually explicit photographs

Medical Care
The Sheriff's Office provides all inmates with appropriate medical care as determined by professional medical and legal standards.

Sheriff's Office personnel are unable to discuss inmate medical issues with any third party due to Federal HIPAA law.

Money
To put money on a Coweta County Sheriff’s Office inmate’s account, choose from the following procedures:

  1. Mail money order to the inmate (no personal checks are accepted and please, do not mail cash). A jail officer will post the money order on the inmate’s account. The inmate’s full name should be on the money order. Also, the sender should include their name and address on the money order.

  2. Bring money order to the Sheriff’s Office Bonding area, with above mentioned information. A jail officer will post the money order on the inmate’s account. The jail officer will need depositor's valid government photo ID for this procedure.

  3. Bring cash, credit or debit card to the Sheriff’s Office Bonding area where an ATM is provided to deposit money on the inmate’s account.

  4. Visit the online service, jailatm.com. This service enables you to make deposits on an inmate's account.

There is a $2.50 transaction fee for each deposit for money orders and cash, and a 10% transaction fee for credit and debit cards.

Money for inmate’s Commissary Account should be received no later than 5:00 pm on Monday afternoon for store use. Any money deposited after that deadline will not be available for use until the following week. No more than $100 will be accepted at any time. Money possessed by an inmate at the time of booking in this facility will automatically be placed on the Inmate Commissary Account. The purpose of money posted on the Inmate Commissary Account is for store purchases only. If the inmate wishes to release all or part of this money to a friend or relative, the inmate must fill out a separate property release form for this purpose; the friend or relative must be on the inmate's visitation list. Money can be released only one time per booking. Inmates that are on restriction for any reason cannot release money. At no time will money be transferred between inmates’ accounts. Money release is limited to Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm; no release on weekends, Wednesdays, or holidays. There are no exceptions to these rules.

Telephone Calls
Inmates may not receive incoming phone calls. Absent disciplinary restrictions, an inmate is free to place phone calls daily from 10:00 am until 10:00 pm There is a service fee charged by the phone service provider to the called party. The rates charged are regulated and approved by the Georgia Public Service Commission.

If you believe that your telephone bill contains an error or if a block has been placed on your phone due to billing issues, call Paytel at (800) 729-8355. If you are receiving unwanted calls from an inmate, you may request a block on your number by calling Paytel at (800) 729-8355, or the Coweta County Jail at (770) 253-1664, Monday through Friday, during the hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Inmate Commissary Safety Rules

Rationale:
Disputes over commissary and food items are a primary source of inmate conflicts and violence. Gambling, Extortion, Theft, and the failure to repay debts involving these items are constant safety issues in a jail setting. The increase of organized gang activity within detention centers has greatly increased the occurrence of these issues. In the interest of facility security, inmate and officer safety, the following rules will apply to commissary and food items.

Prohibited Activities:
Any transfer of store goods, inmate meal food items, or funds from one inmate to another is prohibited. Examples of this are trading, gambling, selling, gifting and extortion.
Using an inmate account to place orders under a different inmates name is prohibited. Inmates have been known to use another inmate's account to place a store order and thus avoid commissary restrictions, unpaid administrative debt collection, or medical blocks. This is not allowed and may result in an extended loss of privileges and/or loss of privileges for other inmates willfully allowing their accounts to be used for this purpose.
Using the Jail ATM or inmate accounts as a means of paying off gambling debts is prohibited. In addition gambling in the State of Georgia is a criminal offense as outlined below.
Georgia Code 16-12-21.
(a) A person commits the offense of gambling when he:
(1) Makes a bet upon the partial or final result of any game or contest or upon the performance of any participant in such game or contest;
(2) Makes a bet upon the result of any political nomination, appointment, or election or upon the degree of success of any nominee, appointee, or candidate; or
(3) Plays and bets for money or other thing of value at any game played with cards, dice, or balls.
(b) A person who commits the offense of gambling shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

Possession of any commissary distributed food items other than those obtained by that specific inmate via commissary is prohibited. All items purchased are to be eaten or disposed of prior to the next store day. Storing food items from inmate meals is also prohibited. The collection of other inmate’s commissary food items for the making of home-made recipes commonly referred to as “Sweet Rolls,” or any other name is prohibited.
Inmates who have lost their commissary privileges for any reason will be prohibited from having in their possession any non-hygiene or perishable store items. Confiscated perishable goods that have been declared contraband will be disposed of. If an inmate’s personal commissary, food items are confiscated (Property Interest), the inmate shall be entitled to a Due Process hearing.

Penalties:
First violation of this policy will result in loss of commissary privileges for a minimum of 2 weeks.
The second violation will result loss of store privileges for the remainder of an inmate’s current incarceration and possibly other sanctions.
An inmate extorting other inmates is a serious offense and can result in loss of store privileges for the remainder of their incarceration as well as criminal charges.
Inmates on commissary restriction will still be allowed to order hygiene items.

Inmate responsibility:
Each inmate is responsible for their own commissary items once signed for. Inmates are also expected to protect their own pin number and other account information from other inmates. Jail staff is not responsible for loss of items due to careless handling or failure to keep items in an area or manner in which they can be easily stolen or misplaced.

Bonds
A bond is something of value used to secure the release from jail of a person awaiting trial, on the condition that the person appears for court. If the person does not appear for court, the surety will be forfeited. Bond amounts are set by a Judge, not by the Sheriff. Georgia law, OCGA §17-6-15, provides the Sheriff authority to establish, publish, and regulate the guidelines and rules for bonding arrested individuals. The administration of this process is performed by the Bonding personnel of the Sheriff's Office.

There are multiple methods for obtaining the release of a person incarcerated in the Coweta County Jail. They require a person to ensure the appearance of the arrested individual for all court appearances until adjudication. The ensuring or obligated person is known as the Surety. The person being released from custody is referred to as the Principal.

The methods available are:

  • Cash bond

  • Property bond

  • Out of county property bond

  • Professional bond

Multiple bonds may be required to gain the release of any one incarcerated person. This is dependant upon the charges against the person. Each bond has additional fees known as surcharges. In addition, there is a non-refundable bond fee of $20.00 per bond instrument written; this fee must be paid in cash with exact change.

Cash Bond
A cash bond is cash in the full amount of the bond, which will be returned by the court to the Surety when the appearance requirements of the bond have been fulfilled. During normal business hours (MO-FR, 8AM-5PM), United States Postal Service (USPS) money orders or cashier checks drawn on local Coweta County banks are required. After normal business hours, only USPS money orders or cash are accepted. Personal/business checks and credit cards are NOT accepted at any time.

Property Bond
A property bond is private property being offered as a guarantee for the Principal to appear in court. The property MUST be located in Coweta County, Georgia. Every individual listed on the warranty deed or tax receipt must be present to sign the related documents. The documents required for acceptance are: a warranty deed and current tax bill, with a quit claim deed if applicable; and photo identification issued by a government entity. These documents must be presented at the Coweta County Jail by all individuals listed on the warranty deed or tax receipt.

Out of County Property Bond
An out of county property bond is like the typical property bond except the property being offered as a guarantee of the Principal’s appearance is located outside of Coweta County (e.g. Fulton, DeKalb, or any of the 159 counties in Georgia). The bond must be prepared by the Sheriff of the county where the property is located (e.g. property in Paulding County will have to be prepared by the Paulding County Sheriff's Office). You must contact that Sheriff's Office for their requirements. The bond must then be delivered to the Coweta County Jail in a sealed package bearing the other county's letterhead.

Professional Bond
A professional bond is posted by a company operating as a professional bonding company in Coweta County. The company must be registered and authorized by the Coweta County Sheriff's Office. Bonds from a licensed bonding company of another county are not acceptable. Any bonding company is subject to being suspended from operation under the rules published by the Sheriff.

Georgia law allows a professional bonding company to charge up to 15% for all bond amounts. This non-refundable fee is above the actual costs associated with "posting" the bond. A list of approved bonding companies is posted on the wall in the Bonding Lobby or you may look up "bail bonds" in the telephone book. Detention Officers are prohibited by law from making recommendations.

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Inmate Locator

Coweta County Sheriff's Detention 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 aid@inmateaid.com 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.

Visitation Information

Coweta County Jail - Visitation

Visitation Schedule
Monday

6:30 pm

to 8:00 pm -- A1 & B1

8:00 pm

to 9:30 pm -- A2 & B2

Tuesday

6:30 pm

to 8:00 pm -- A3 & B3

8:00 pm

to 9:30 pm -- A4 & B4

Wednesday

6:30 pm

to 8:00 pm -- A5 & B5

8:00 pm

to 9:30 pm -- A6 & B6

Saturday

12:30 pm

to 2:00 pm -- A1 & B1

2:00 pm

to 3:30 pm -- A2 & B2

3:30 pm

to 5:00 pm -- A3 & B3

Sunday

12:30 pm

to 2:00 pm -- A4 & B4

2:00 pm

to 3:30 pm -- A5 & B5

3:30 pm

to 5:00 pm -- A6 & B6

Visitation Rules
With the completion of the video visitation center, face-to-face visits no longer occur at the Coweta County Jail. Visitors, who are on the inmate’s visitation list, are assigned to a video monitor in the center during that inmates scheduled visitation time. The inmate is then taken to the visitation area in the jail and assigned to a monitor that is connected to the visitation center. Attorneys will have the option to visit their client by video from a private booth or will be able to have face-to-face contact in the jail area. The new video visitation center also includes a larger waiting area for bonding persons out and an area for people to speak with bondsman.

Inmate is allowed only one (1) visiting session each scheduled visitation day.

Inmates in disciplinary segregation may be visited only by their attorneys, law enforcement officials, and the facility chaplains.

Each visit is limited to fifteen (15) minutes. A maximum of four individuals (including children over two years of age) will be permitted to visit during a visitation session. Children under two years of age are not allowed to visit.

Visitors must complete the registration process at the visitation desk ten (10) minutes before the scheduled visitation to attend the current visitation session. After registration, the visitor must remain in the lobby until the inmate’s name is called.

All visitors must pass a security screening process similar to that for air travel. Only two attempts to successfully complete the screening will be permitted. For this reason, visitors should leave all personal items in their vehicles. The only items allowed are the visitor's ID and one (1) automobile key.

Visitors who have criminal records or who have been previously incarcerated may not be allowed to visit. This decision will be made on a case by case basis.

Intoxicated visitors are not allowed to visit and may be arrested.

Food, drink, and tobacco products are not allowed in the lobby, visitation area, or anywhere within the facility.

All visitors under the age of eighteen must be accompanied by an adult.

All visitors sixteen years of age and older must present a government issued photo identification card in order to visit.

Children must be kept under control at all times and may not be left unattended at any time.

Contact visits are not permitted.

Visitors are not allowed to pass anything to inmates. Attempting to pass items could result in criminal prosecution.

Visitors are not permitted to stand or loiter anywhere near a perimeter fence.

Visitors are not permitted to attempt to communicate with inmates from the facility parking lot. Such actions will result in the individual being barred from the premises and his/her visitation privileges suspended or revoked.

Visitors are prohibited from inappropriately exposing themselves to inmates.

Visitors must be appropriately dressed in order to visit an inmate.

Dress Code
Men must wear a shirt with sleeves, pants or shorts at/below the knee, and shoes.

Women must wear a top with sleeves (halter-tops, tank tops, and bare midriffs are not allowed), pants or shorts at/below the knee, and shoes. Alternatively, women may wear a conservative dress ending no more than two inches above the knee. Shoulder straps on dresses must be two inches wide or wider--no spaghetti straps or strapless dresses. Form fitting clothing, stretch clothing of any type, clothing worn in a suggestive manner, or clothing that reveals undergarments is not allowed.

The Bonding Supervisor’s decision is final regarding the appropriateness of clothing allowed on the visitor’s concourse.

Failure to comply with any of these rules will result in immediate termination of the visit and the temporary or permanent barring of the visitor from further visitation.

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Facility Type

Coweta County Sheriff's Detention is run by the county sheriff’s department and the prison is run by the state department of corrections. Jail is for inmates who are awaiting time or who have been sentenced to less than a year. Prison is only available for people who have been sentenced to more than a year on any one charge.

Neither prison nor jail is nice but they differ in their levels of security, the programs they have and the quality of the environment. Additionally, an inmate cannot ask for a motion to reconsider once they have been transferred to the custody of the department of corrections.

The Sheriff’s department calculates what percentage of your jail time that you actually have to serve. The law requires that the sheriff’s department make people serve a minimum of 50% of their sentence if they are convicted of a misdemeanor.

The jail will accept inmates from the US Marshal and ICE where space is necessary. In comparison, state prison is for inmates serving lengthier sentences on crimes that are more severe in nature.

The Coweta Sheriff’s Department calculates what percentage of a felony jail sentence a person will serve. The law requires that an inmate serve at least 85% of their felony jail sentence for non-mandatory time and 100% of their mandatory time.

Coweta County Sheriff's Detention also offers and manages alternatives to jail such as work release programs, work furlough, house arrest, and private county jails where the person convicted can serve their sentences on weekends. Because overcrowding is a problem in both county jail and state prison, both systems operate a good behavior program. Those who are on good behavior can have their sentences reduced or cut.

If you are not serving a mandatory minimum sentence and you do not get into trouble while in jail the sheriff’s department will typically give automatic good behavior time. When you first receive your release date from the jail, within a few days of being incarcerated, the good time deduction will have already been included in most cases. For non-mandatory misdemeanor good time off is 50% and for felonies is typically about 10-15%.

Custody/Security Level

The Coweta County Sheriff's Detention is located in Georgia and takes in new arrests and detainees are who are delivered daily - call 770-253-1664 for the current roster. Law enforcement and police book offenders from Coweta County and nearby cities and towns. Some offenders may stay less than one day or only for a few days until they are released in a court proceeding, some after putting up a bond and then are released to a pretrial services caseload under supervision by the court, or are released on their own recognizance with an agreement to appear in court.

The jail is divided into "pods," each of which includes individual cells, common areas, and an outside recreation court — a space bound by towering concrete walls. All meals, are approved by a dietitian. Common area tables are made of solid steel with attached four seats. Inmates crowd around the tables playing cards or board games like chess and checkers. Inside the cells, there is only a sliver of a window allows inmates to peer out. There are two to three inmates per cell, The jail is crowded at about 90 percent capacity and this population varies day-to-day sometimes over-crowded. There are a number of people who arrive at the jail actively or recently drunk or high, or arrive with injuries from fights/assaults that led to their arrest, and/or are mentally ill with no other place for law enforcement to deliver them. This makes the intake process challenging for the jail’s staff and its medical personnel.

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How To Send Things

There are strict procedures for everything related to "sending things to an inmate" in a County - medium facility. This includes sending money for commissary packages, sending mail like letters with photos, magazine subscriptions, buying phone time, postcards and greeting cards, and even distance learning courses (get your degree, you've got a lot of extra time). You also need to know about visitation, what are the hours and rules.

All of the information you could ever need to know is below, patiently scroll the page and get as much information about Coweta County Sheriff's Detention that you'd ever want to know. If there is anything that you were looking for, but don't see, please email us at aid@inmateaid.com.

How To Send Money:

How to Send an Inmate Money in Georgia

Here are some general guidelines for sending money to an inmate's trust account; but not specific to a particular facility, institution or jail. Inmates need money to access several privileges like weekly shopping at the commissary, making phone calls, using the email service where offered, using the electronic tablets where offered and paying their co-pay when needing the medical or dental services. Some county jails require a per-night fee for the jail’s expenses.

What is a Commissary?

A commissary is a store within the jail. Commissary day is usually held once a week and can only be used if the inmate has funds in their commissary account, like a bank account within the institution. If the inmate has a job, their paycheck is deposited into this account, too.

The Commissary sells various products that the inmates may purchase if they have money on their books. Items sold are clothing, shoes, snacks and food, as well as hygienic products like soap, shampoo, and shavers. The commissary also sells products like books, magazines, televisions, radios, playing cards, headphones, MP3 players, electronic tablets, songs and educational programming. They also sell paper, envelopes, and stamps allowing the inmate to write their loved ones, friends and family. Facilities will provide stamps and paper to inmates who are indigent – eligible where no money has been in their commissary account for at least 30 days.

How you send money to an inmate?

Sending money to an inmate varies from state to state, depending if it is county, state or federal, their ways of accepting money for inmates’ changes by the money transfer company they’ve contracted with. Federal Prisons and some state-level prisons have centralized banking systems which means that you do not need to know where they are specifically, just that they are in the state systems of for instance the California, Texas, Florida DOC or the FBOP to name a few.

How do I send money using MoneyGram?

Some facilities will allow you to deposit cash through the lobby window stand-alone kiosk in the lobby or visitation room. Most facilities will also accept a postal money order mailed to the institution’s inmate mailing address made payable to the full inmate’s name.

Electronic banking allows friends and family members to send the funds online, and correctional departments are starting to favor this method because it is less work for staff and more accurate/easier to keep track of, as well as being more convenient.

Regardless of the method of sending funds, there are several key things you will need to know:
• Inmate’s full committed name
• Inmate’s ID number
• Inmate’s location – or a system like the federal BOP

Before sending any funds you should find out what online transfer companies the institution your inmate is incarcerated in uses. You can find this information on our site by navigating to the facilities page click on the Money Transfer button under the address and phone number.

Pay close attention to the rules of the facility. Sometimes they will require money senders are on the inmate's visitation list. Some correctional facilities have a deposit limit, like $200-300 at a time, but in federal, there is no limit.

MoneyGram, JPay, OffenderConnect, AccessCorrections, JailATM, WU, Touchpayonline, tigercommissary, smartdeposit are some of the money transfer firms being used by various facilities. MoneyGram is by far the oldest and most trusted.

Who else can access the money you send?

An inmate with fines or restitution will be subject to commissary/trust account garnishment. If the inmate has these financial obligations, they will be extracted from the inmate’s bank account. It may be a percentage or the entire amount depending on the situation. We recommend inmates who are going into their bid contact the counselor and make an arrangement beforehand. If you go in knowing they are taking 20-25% of all deposits is better than have them take it all and you find out in the commissary line when the account is zero.

Why is my inmate asking for more than I normally send?

This is generally a signal that the inmate is doing something they shouldn’t and need money to get them out of or through a situation. It could be gambling, it could be extortion it could be other things you don’t need to know on this forum (for now). Set boundaries with your inmate. Tell them that “this is the amount I can send each month” and that is it. There are no extras beyond the boundary. Also, NEVER send money to the account of another inmate on your inmate’s instruction. This is a sign that something is not right. If the corrections people discover this, and they do more times than not, it will result in some severe disciplinary action to the inmate, and certainly the loss of all privileges.

Who can I call if I suspect something?

We recommend speaking with the counselor or case manager of the facility and use a generic reference in the event that your suspicions are wrong. You needn’t put them in a more difficult position if they are.

Inmate Care Packages:

How to Buy Inmate Commissary Care Packages Online

Show your loved one how much you care – order a package today! The facilities usually have a weekly limit of about $100 per inmate, plus processing and tax. The orders do NOT count towards the inmates weekly commissary allowances Deposits can be made online for inmates 24/7 using a credit/debit card

There are also a few services that allow you how to order inmate commissary online. These trusted providers are approved and share revenue with the prisons from the sales to the inmates.

Here is a list of other similar programs prison commissary: Keefe Group, Access Securpak, iCareGifts, Union Supply Direct, Walkenhorst's, CareACell

Inmate Commissary:

What is Inmate Commissary?

Prison commissary (also sometimes referred to as inmate canteen) is a store for inmates housed within a correctional facility. While the very most basics may be provided for by a given correctional department, there are also other important goods/services that Florida prisoners and inmates must buy. For instance, supplies such as supplementary food, female hygiene products, books, writing utensils and a plethora of other things are examples of things that can be purchased as part of an inmate commissary packages for goods.

What is an Inmate trust account?

When you add money to an inmate account, the prison funds are stored on an inmate trust fund. This prison account basically acts as a personal bank account of an inmate. They will use this account to make Inmate Calls, pay for postage to Send Photos from Inmates, send emails from inmates, purchase Items from Commissary, receive wages from jobs, and more.

How To Send Mail:

This is how to send your inmate at Coweta County Sheriff's Detention letters, photos, postcards, greeting cards and magazines

Incoming and outgoing inmate mail is subject to inspection for the presence of contraband that might threaten the safety, security or well-being of the jail/facility, its staff, and residents. Inmates may receive only metered, unstamped, plain white postcards no larger than 4" x 6" as mail. Writing must be in pencil or blue or black ink. Any other mail will be returned to the sender. If no return address is available, unauthorized mail will be stored in the inmate's locker until the inmate's release.

Inmate mail cannot contain any of the following: Create an immediate threat to jail order by describing the manufacture of weapons, bombs, incendiary devices, or tools for escape that realistically are a danger to jail security; Advocate violence, racial supremacy or ethnic purity; No current inmate-to-inmate mail will be allowed and will be destroyed.

The easiest workaround is to look over the mailing services of InmateAid. We have an automated system for sending your loved one that special message or picture. We send thousands of pieces of mail per month with NO issues with the prisons or jails. The envelopes display the InmateAid logo, the mail room knows for certain that the contents will not be compromising. This trust was established in 2012.

How To Send Greeting Cards and Postcards:

Greeting cards are great for the holidays and birthdays. The ones from the store often have more than just the message because the policies surrounding appropriate content (no nudity or sexually suggestive material no matter how funny), and they cannot have glitter, stickers or anything else that makes the card different from a normal plain old card. Instead of going to the Hallmark store in the mall and looking around for hours - go to our easy to search Greeting Cards service.

It takes literally 45 seconds and it's very affordable for what you're getting (and what they are getting, too!). Select from 100s of birthday, anniversary and every holiday you can think of, and VERY easy to send from your phone on InmateAid:

Don't forget Christmas, Thanksgiving, Mother's Day, Father's Day, New Year's, Ramadan, Hanukkah, Passover, Easter, Kwanzaa or Valentine's Day!

In less than a minute and only $0.99, this act of kindness will be worth a million to your inmate. If you have a picture or two and don't want to write a long letter. Type out a little love in the message box and send your latest selfie... only 99 cents!

Don't wait until the moment has passed, it's easy and convenient to let them know you're thinking of them at every moment.

How To Send magazines and Books:

Send magazines to Coweta County Sheriff's Detention at 560 Greison Trail, Newnan, GA

Send the best magazines and books to your Inmate in jail or prison, it's the gift that keeps on giving all year round, There is nothing more exciting to an inmate (besides their release date) than getting their favorite magazine every month at mail call.

Magazines and books must come directly from the publisher. You are not allowed to send single magazines in an envelope. They need to come directly from the publisher with your inmate's name affixed to the address label. Magazine subscriptions are easy to set up, it takes literally 2 minutes.

You know when you go into the grocery and browse the new magazines on display? You see hundreds. Inside they place a little card that if you fill it out and send it in with your inmate's name, ID number and facility address - you drop it in the mail and in 8-12 weeks your inmate gets an issue every month for a whole year. Thankfully, there is an easier way, just CLICK here and browse yourself. Select a title or two and add your inmate's name to the order. It's fast, it's reliable and it's at a discounted rate for your convenience.

How To Save Money on Inmate Calls

The prison phone companies have a monopoly at the facility they have a contract with. Profits are shared so there is no incentive for their representatives to show you how to save money. They post their rates and in almost every case, there are at least two pricing tiers. Depending on where you are and where your inmate is, the type of phone number you use will make all the difference.

In federal prison, the answer is simply that a new local number will change your inmate's call rate from $.21 per minute to only $.06 per minute. Fed gives you only 300 minutes per month, the local line service is only $8.95, no hidden fees or bundling of other unwanted service charges

For the other facilities that are not federal, it used to be that a local number was the answer. Now, its market intelligence and InmateAid has made it their business to know what the best deal is in every scenario. And we can tell you that in 30% of the cases, we cannot save you a penny - and neither can anyone else. But we will give you a refund if we can't save you money.

For more specific information on inmate calls, you will want to navigate to the facility your inmate is incarcerated in through our site by going to Prison Directory and following the links to the Discount Telephone Service - get an honest estimate before you buy.

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