GDC - Coffee Correctional Facility - CoreCivic

Private Facility

Last Updated: July 19, 2019
Address
1153 N Liberty St, Nicholls, GA 31554
Beds
2312
County
Coffee
Security Level
Medium - general
Phone
912-345-5058
Phone Carrier
Fax
912-345-5086
Facility Type
Adult
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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

This facility is for adult inmates.

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.

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:
Education
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

CHAPLAINCY
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.

EDUCATION
• 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

SELECTION OF OFFENDERS FOR RISK REDUCTION PROGRAMS
• 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

VOCATIONAL
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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Inmate Locator

GDC - Coffee Correctional Facility - CoreCivic 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

GDC - Coffee Correctional Facility – CoreCivic - Visitation

VISITATION DAYS / HOURS:

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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Facility Type

GDC - Coffee Correctional Facility - CoreCivic is detention facility owned by private prison company to handle the intake, and housing of offenders for the Coffee County Sheriff, the State of Georgia, Bureau of Prisons, the US Marshal Service and Immigration (ICE). This regional operation is structured to implement superior quality controls to the standards set by the jurisdiction whose inmates are being held. The correctional facility offers a full complement of high-quality services, including secure custody services, academic and vocational programming, secure transportation service, correctional health, and mental health care.

The main benefit of the contracting of prisons to private operators is that it can save money. The end goal is to house prisoners in an attempt to rehabilitate them or remove them from the streets. The corporation's end goal is to profit from anything they deal in. In order to make money as a private prison, they receive a stipend from the government.

Custody/Security Level

GDC - Coffee Correctional Facility - CoreCivic is a medium security facility located at 1153 N Liberty St in Nicholls, GA. Medium custody inmates live in either one or two-man units within specific pods. Medium security prisons are the standard facilities used to house most criminals. They feature cage-style housing, armed guards, and a much more regimented daily routine than a minimum or low-security prisons. These are more serious offenders which must be supervised 24/7 with controlled movements. The prison yard has strengthened perimeter fence, rows of triple razor wire on double fencing and electronic detection systems to ensure inmates stay within the confined areas within the facility.

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How To Send Things

There are strict procedures for everything related to "sending things to an inmate" in a Medium - general 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 GDC - Coffee Correctional Facility - CoreCivic 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 GDC - Coffee Correctional Facility - CoreCivic 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 GDC - Coffee Correctional Facility - CoreCivic at 1153 N Liberty St, Nicholls, 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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