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GDC - Coffee Correctional Facility - CoreCivic

Private Facility

Last Updated: February 10, 2022
1153 N Liberty St, Nicholls, GA 31554

Coffee Correctional Facility is for Private Facility offenders sentenced up to twelve months.

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GDC - Coffee Correctional Facility - CoreCivic basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 912-345-5058

The inmates housed at GDC - Coffee Correctional Facility - CoreCivic located at 1153 N Liberty St in Nicholls, GA are placed according to their custody level and are incarcerated by a private company contracted by a government agency and are paid a per diem or monthly rate, either for each inmate in the facility or for each bed available. The facility is well-trained and well-staffed. This doesn't come without some controversy as the "price of incarceration" is big business and critics claim there is a monetary benefit to keeping people locked up. The flip side is this facility undergoes rigorous inspections and are some of the be maintained in the US.

For inmates that show a willingness to learn new things, there are educational and vocational training programs here that will prepare them for a successful reentry when released.

Coffee Correctional Facility is a privately operated, medium-security prison for about 3,050 adult male inmates, owned and operated by CoreCivic under contract with the Georgia Department of Corrections. Inmates are confined in either one of five open dormitory units or in one of the two-man cell units. An isolation and segregation unit is also available for inmates who present management problems or need to be separated from the general population for security and safety concerns. Eligible inmates are encouraged to participate in the vocational courses taught at this facility including carpentry, masonry, computers, horticulture, and earning your commercial drivers license. Academic courses include learning to read, adult basic education, and the ability for an inmate to earn their GED.

MISSION - Ensure public safety and effectively house offenders while operating a safe and secure facility. Also operate an efficient, adult male, medium security institution, to provide a safe, secure humane environment for the offenders in which rehabilitation is a primary goal and to provide an atmosphere and opportunities for successful reintegration into society through use of discipline, constructive classification, education, employment training and social programs.


  • Academic: Adult Basic Education, General Education Diploma, Literacy Remedial
  • Counseling: Motivation For Change, Family Violence, Matrix Early Recovery, Matrix Relapse Prevention, Moral Reconation Therapy, Thinking for Change, Re-Entry Skills Building, Mental Health Intensive Program
  • Recreation: General Recreation Activities
  • Religious Activities: Various Faith-Based Programs and the Life Principles Community Program
  • Vocational/OJT: Masonry, Carpentry, Computer, Horticulture, Commercial Driving

GDC Inmate Services

The Inmate Services division is comprised of seven units:
Correctional Education Association for the United States Department of Education, Office of Correctional Education, concluded, “offenders who participated in education programs while incarcerated showed lower rates of recidivism after three years”--a 29% reduction--and their “wages were higher.” Ninety-five percent of offenders will one day return to society and these areas are tasked with preparing offenders for their return to society as productive citizens. Per a recently published Rand Corporation study (2014), "How Effective Is Correctional Education, and Where do we go from here," it is reported that for every dollar in GED correctional education, there is future savings of $5.
Profile of Academic Education
Voluntary participation for offenders who do not have a high school diploma or GED
Daily enrollment is 4,500 - 5,000
Academic Education is comprised of one to three courses of study and is available in all State and Private Prisons, Probation Detention Centers, Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Centers, and most Transitional Centers (85 GDC sites)
General education and special education courses of study:
Literacy (L/RR)
Adult Basic Education (ABE)
General Education Diploma Preparation (GED Prep)
Charter High School Program (HS diploma)
ESL and Braille available at select facilities
2,500-3,000 GED examinations annually; 70% passing rate
Classroom-based instruction delivered by part-time and full-time GDC staff, supplemented by instructors from local area Technical colleges. Charter School teachers are staffed by Foothills Education Charter High School.
Post-secondary academic study available providing that the recipient has approval and pays all post-secondary costs
Overview The Education & Programs division is comprised of four units:
• Chaplaincy
• Education
• Risk Reduction Services
• Vocational

These units are critical to the Governor’s criminal justice reform and the prison reentry initiative. Ninety-five percent of offenders will one day return to society and these areas are tasked with preparing offenders for their return to society as productive citizens

Promote peaceful communities by demonstrating the following:
• Elimination of violence
• Assistance in reentry preparation
• Reduction of recidivism
New Orleans Baptist Theologicial Seminary
• GDC’s only 4-year college program
• Graduates receive a degree in Theology
• Located at Phillips State Prison in Buford
The program is offered in two or four-year cycles and has up to 30 offenders per class. Offenders must have proof of a high school diploma, GED or college courses, must have a minimum of five years left to serve, must not have any disciplinary reports for 12 months, recommendation by staff and must voluntarily participate.

• Voluntary participation for offenders who do not have a high school diploma or GED
• Daily enrollment is 4,500-5,000
• Available in all state and private prisons, boot camps, probation detention centers (PDC), residential substance abuse treatment centers and most transitional centers (TC).
• A total of 85 GDC sites • Comprised of one to three courses of study
• General education and special education courses of study are as follows:
• Literacy (L/RR)
• Adult Basic Education (ABE)
• General Education Diploma Preparation (GED Prep)
• ESL and Braille available at select facilities
• 2,500 to 3,000 GED examinations are administered annually with a 70% passing rate
• Classroom-based instruction is delivered by part-time and full-time GDC staff, supplemented by instructors from local area Technical Colleges
• Post-secondary academic study available providing that the recipient has approval and pays all post-secondary costs Charter School Program
• 7 out of 10 inmates lack a high school diploma
• Charter schools will allow inmates the opportunity to complete their high school educations and receive diplomas
• In January 2015, classes began at Lee Arrendale State Prison for the state’s female offenders
• Partnership with the Mountain Education Charter School
• Expansion plans will create the opportunity for male offenders to receive a high school diploma at Burruss Correctional Training Center
• Partnership with Foothills Education Charter School GED Fast Track
• In July 2014, GDC launched a fast track program at three medium security prisons: Lee Arrendale, Johnson, and Washington State Prisons
• Designed for offenders who have higher reading and math levels
• 10 to 12 week program

• Selected by an assessment process that identifies an offender’s risk and needs
Primary Targets of Effective Offender Interventions
• Criminal thinking
• Substance abuse
• Education
• Employment

Workforce Development Prepares offenders for employment
Classroom Training
• Auto Body Repair
• Auto Mechanics
• Auto Painting
• Barbering
• Braille Transcription
• Building/Industrial Maintenance
• Computer/Office Technology
• Cabinetry/Carpentry
• Commercial Driver’s License
• Computer/Electronic Repair (Microsoft Certification)
• Cosmetology
• Customer Service and Computer Technology
• Diesel Mechanics
• Drafting
• Electrical Wiring
• Food Preparation/Culinary Arts
• Graphic Arts/Printing
• Heating & Air Conditioning
• Masonry/Tile Setting
• Plumbing
• Veterinary Assistant (large and small animals)
• Visual Graphics
• Welding Technical College System of Georgia has collaborated with GDC to certify these programs and offer certificates to offenders who complete the program. On the Job Training (OJT)
• Offenders earn Technical College completion certificates certifying the skills learned while employed on their work assignments
Live Works Project
• Provide work experience for offenders in vocational education classes
• Offenders build, remodel, or repair items owned by state, county, local government and non-profit agencies TOPPSTEP
• Offender Parolee Probationer State Training Employee Program (TOPPSTEP) is a collaborative effort between the Department of Corrections, Department of Labor, Department of Human Resources and State Board of Pardons and Paroles
• Provides offenders with the documents needed to obtain employment upon release
• Documents include birth certificate and Social Security card
Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT)
RSAT is a nine-month residential substance abuse treatment program, which targets high risk, high needs offenders with a history of substance abuse as a crime-producing behavior leading to correctional supervision. This program is based on the Therapeutic Community Model. Offenders who are referred to RSAT are parole mandated and have an assessed need as identified by NGA or professional override. For more information, please click here.
Program Sites: Coastal State Prison (males), Johnson State Prison (males), Pulaski State Prison (females), and Valdosta State Prison (males).
Probation Substance Abuse Treatment Center (PSATC)
This is a nine-month residential substance abuse treatment program for probationers. Offenders are court-mandated for this program and have a history of substance abuse.
Program Sites: Bainbridge Probation Substance Abuse Treatment Center (males), Northwest Probation Substance Abuse Treatment Center (males) located at Walker State Prison, Lee Arrendale State Probation Substance Abuse Treatment Center (females) located at Lee Arrendale State Prison, Coastal Probation Substance Abuse Treatment Program (males) at Coastal State Prison, and Turner Probation Substance Abuse Treatment Center (males) located at Turner RSAT facility.
Integrated Treatment Facilities (ITF)
ITF is a nine-month program that actively combines interventions intended to address substance use and mental health disorders with the goal of treating both disorders, related problems, and the whole person more effectively. For more information on the agency’s ITFs, please click here
Program Sites: West Central Integrated Treatment Facility (females) located in Pike County and Appling Integrated Treatment Facility (males) located in Baxley, Georgia.

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Visitation Information

GDC - Coffee Correctional Facility – CoreCivic - Visitation


HOURS: 9:00am TO 3:00pm
DAYS: Alternated Visitation Days (Saturday M-Z; Sundays A-L); State Holidays

Only persons approved on an inmate's visitation list are allowed to visit. Inmates are responsible for advising friends and family of their approval. Only four approved visitors are allowed per visit. All minors under the age of 18 years must be accompanied by an adult.

Inmates are allowed to have 12 approved visitors on their lists. Some immediate family members may be approved according to the inmate's personal history statement (PHS) without requiring additional documentation. Any visitors not initially approved are required to complete a Significant Other Form. The significant other form is used to gather visitor information and to complete a criminal background check (GCIC). This form is provided to the inmate for him to mail to the desired visitor. Inmates may complete their visitation list within the first 30 days of arrival, if they are newly incarcerated and have no visitation list. Otherwise, inmates' established visitation lists are updated in May and November. Inmates must first add a new visitor's name to his list through his case manager. Then, a significant other forms must be submitted by the visitor. Forms are to be submitted in the months of April, May, October, or November, providing sufficient time for forms to be mailed and returned.

Minors follow the same approval process as adults. Court orders restricting contact with minors will be honored.

Visitation forms are normally processed within 30 days of their receipt.

It is the inmate's responsibility to notify friends and family of their visitation status. Inmates may receive a copy of their current visitation list from their case manager.

Visitation hours are rotated quarterly, and the specific hours are dependent upon the inmate's housing assignment. In general, visitation is on Saturdays and Sundays with a morning visitation (9:00 am – 2:00 pm) and an afternoon visitation (2:30 pm – 7:30 pm).
The exact visitation hours can be provided by the inmate or by the front desk operator during normal business hours (8:00 am – 5:00 pm EST).

Visitors are allowed to stay during the entire five-hour visit unless there are issues with overcrowding or facility events. If the visitation area is full and there are visitors waiting to see inmates, it will be necessary for the visitors who have been present the longest to rotate out and allow other visitors to enter. We do our best to accommodate all visitors, but overcrowding sometimes becomes an issue due to holidays or at the peak of the vacation season.

Visitors park in the parking lot in front of the prison. Visitors are asked to lock their doors and roll up their windows during their visit. Handicap parking is available and marked as required.

All visitors will be searched including children. Clearance of a metal detector is required. All items must be removed from pockets and placed in the provided container. Shoes, belts, watches, and any other item that might cause the metal detector to alarm must be placed in the container. If the metal detector cannot be cleared without triggering the alarm, the visitor will be asked to sign a release form agreeing to a pat search by a correctional officer.

What is the dress code for visitation?
The following items of clothing are not permitted:
o Shorts o Crop tops
o Sleeveless tops
o Sheer /see-through apparel
o Pants with holes
o Revealing clothing (i.e. low cut tights, spandex/stretch pants)
o Flip-flop shoes
o All-white clothing resembling the inmate's uniforms
o Clothing bearing gang affiliation, alcoholic beverages, or offensive language Jackets must remain on the visitor or neatly folded in the possession of the visitor at all times. No exchange of clothing, jewelry, or any other items between the inmate and a visitor is allowed.

What type of identification do I need to be allowed into the facility?
Visitors age sixteen (16) and above must present government or state-issued identification to gain entry. Drivers' license, military identification, and student identification are acceptable.

Items you are allowed to bring to visitation - Identification, Car keys, one (1) diaper, one (1) baby bottle; Money, up to $50.00 per group of visitors, should be placed in a clear ziploc bag. Rolled quarters or lower denomination bills for the change machine are acceptable.
Entering a Facility for Visitation
Visiting a correctional facility can feel intimidating, especially for the first-time visitor. There are specific processes and rules, strict security measures, uniformed staff and words and terminology you may not be familiar with. Ultimately, those security features are in place to protect you and your loved one although we understand the potential for concern or confusion.
Contraband and Personal Items
When entering one of our facilities, typically, visitors are only permitted to bring in an ID and a small amount of cash ($10 or less) or a vending card for use at the facility’s vending machines during visitation. Please check with the facility prior to visitation for specific information on the use of vending cards or cash.
Proper identification must be a valid driver’s license or a government-issued ID. Some facilities require a birth certificate to be presented for children attending visitation, so check the requirement of the specific facility you are visiting.
For security reasons, visitors will not be allowed to take any personal items or gifts into the facility – including cell phones, wallets, purses, food, gifts, magazines or books.
Attempting to pass any of these unapproved items through security, even if accidentally, is illegal. Please leave all personal items in your vehicle. Some facilities offer lockers in the facility lobby for storing these items.
Additionally, attempting to introduce illegal contraband, such as cigarettes, drugs and alcohol, weapons and cell phones, to a facility inmate is considered a security threat and will result in immediate legal action.
While we understand that some of these rules may be inconvenient or difficult for our visitors, it is our responsibility to keep all of our inmates, staff and visitors safe. These strict safety procedures are very important and are just one of the many ways we maintain a safe and secure environment.
Visitation and Inmate Contact
There are different types of visitation, depending on the facility and the inmate’s classification – contact visitation, noncontact visitation and, occasionally, video visitation.
Most of our facilities have both contact and noncontact visitation. Appropriate contact with your loved one – such as hugging – varies. Our staff will help you understand the appropriate contact rules for your time with your loved one.
Typically contact visitation will be held in a large room with tables. Some facilities have a designated visitation room. Others may use educational rooms for visitation.
Noncontact visitation includes the use of individual booths with telephones for speaking with inmates.

Preparing for Visitation

Visitation List and Approval
During the inmate orientation process, inmates will mail a visitation application form to the friends and family members who want to visit.
It is the inmate’s responsibility to mail the applications. Individuals who receive the application must complete the form and mail it back to the specific CoreCivic facility to initiate the approval process. All facility visitors must be approved through a background check prior to visiting an inmate.
Once the background checks are completed, the inmate is responsible for informing friends and family members that they are approved for visitation. Please ensure that, as a visitor, you have been approved before planning your visit.
An inmate can change or update their list over time. If an inmate is transferred to another correctional facility, please check with the facility before visiting to ensure all records were transferred at the time of the move.
Passing Security
Every visitor who enters our correctional facilities must pass through our security measures before proceeding to a visitation area.
Visitors will be screened through a metal detector, much like what you would experience in an airport. However, our metal detector settings are much more sensitive than typical metal detectors. When preparing for your visit, please be sure to consider any metal on your clothing, including underwear and shoes.
Visitation Dress Code
Understandably, many of our visitors do not realize that what they are wearing can impact their ability to visit with their loved one.
Every facility has a strict dress code for visitors, and each facility’s dress code may vary, sometimes depending on the specific requirements of our government partner. Please review the specific dress code requirements for the facility you are visiting prior to your visit.
A few general guidelines that apply at every facility include:
Skirts and shorts must be knee-length or longer.
Only closed-toe shoes are permitted. No sandals or flip-flops.
No revealing or low cut shirts. No tank tops or halter tops.
No see-though or extremely tight clothing.
No strapless dresses. No swimsuits.
No gang or obscene messages or designs.
No hats or hoodies on shirts
No sunglasses or excessive jewelry.
Underwear must be worn at all times, but not visible.
Everyone must clear the metal detector.
Visiting from Out of State
If you must travel a great distance to visit your loved one, you want your limited visitation time to go smoothly. To help ensure you are prepared, we’ve assembled our most important advice for a successful visit.
Inmate Visitation Checklist
Before arriving at a correctional facility, think through the following checklist to ensure that you are prepared for visitation.
___ I am on my inmate’s approved visitation list.
___ I have returned my paperwork and passed the visitation background check.
___ I have my driver’s license or government ID.
___ I have planned my visit during the facility’s visitation hours.
___ I have packed facility dress code approved clothes and shoes.
___ I will clear the metal detector.
___ I have ensured that my car, purse and pockets are clear of any inappropriate items before entering the facility grounds.
___ I have checked to see if there are special visitation requirements, such as a scheduled appointment.

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