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GDC - Columbus Transitional Center

State Prison

Last Updated: November 10, 2021
Address
3900 Schatugla Rd, Columbus, GA 31907
Beds
182
County
Muscogee
Phone
706-568-2167
Fax
706-569-3115

GDC - Columbus Transitional Center is for State Prison offenders sentenced up to twelve months.

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GDC - Columbus Transitional Center basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 706-568-2167

The inmates housed at GDC - Columbus Transitional Center located at 3900 Schatugla Rd in Columbus, GA are placed according to their custody level (determined by a number of factors including the past criminal history and the length of their sentence). There are ample educational and vocational training programs for all inmates, especially ones that show a willingness to learn new things that will prepare them for a better life when they are released. The mission is to promote and prepare the offender to leave in better shape than when they arrived, giving them the best chance to never come back and thus lower the state's recidivism rate.

After serving time within the state's prisons, selected offenders are slowly reintegrated back into society with a job and enhanced prospects for stability through placement within one of the state's Transitional Centers. Research has shown that offenders who have the opportunity to reenter the community after a stay in a Transitional Center are up to 1/3 more likely to succeed in maintaining a crime-free life.

There are 13 Transitional Centers in operation statewide, two of which are designated to house female offenders. A total of 2,674 transitional beds are available, of which 346 are designated for female offenders. To have the opportunity to transfer to a Transitional Center, an offender must receive a referral from either the Board of Pardons of Paroles or the Classification Committee within a state prison. The decision about which offenders are selected is based on criminal history, behavior while incarcerated, release date, and a number of other factors.

One function of Transitional Centers is to provide "work release", allowing the offender to obtain and maintain a paying job in the community while requiring him or her to conform to the structure of the program. The offender lives in the center, participates in a number of programs, and completes assignments to contribute to the upkeep of the center. The wages earned by work release offenders are sent directly to the center.

Employers are required to deduct taxes as appropriate. A portion of the wages is applied to room and board and another portion to any outstanding fines or fees. If the offender has minor children, he or she is required to provide family support for them. The offender may have a small allowance for transportation and incidentals, but all other funds are placed in an account until he or she is released from the center. Most offenders stay in a work release program for approximately six months and are then released on parole. Those who are not eligible for parole will be released when the entirety of their sentence has been fulfilled.

Transitional Centers also provide housing for low risk maintenance workers. These residents are not participants in the work release program although they may have access to the other programs in the centers. The maintenance residents are assigned full-time to maintain the facility or other state facilities in the area. For example, approximately half of the residents assigned to the Atlanta Transitional Center are maintenance workers who provide details to the Governor's Mansion, the State Capitol Complex, and the State Highway Patrol Headquarters. These residents are not paid any wages. They may stay at the facility for longer periods of time than work release residents.

The daily cost to house an offender in a Transitional Center is off-set by the offender's contribution to their room and board provided by the state. In addition, offenders on work release contribute to the local tax base and to their families' support.

MISSION - To protect society by providing community residential services to residents prior to their discharge from incarceration. The primary goals are to develop self-discipline and promote skills required for positive re-entry into the community. Rutledge State Prison is the host facility

HOUSING - Two units consisting of open bays for new arrivals and two & four-man rooms for work release residents.

WORK DETAILS - All residents are assigned to work details after an orientation phase.

PROGRAMS:

  • Academic: General Education Diploma, Workforce Readiness
  • Counseling: Individual/Group Counseling, Re-Entry, Moral Recognition Therapy, Matrix Model Early Recovery, Fatherhood Initiative
  • Recreation: General Recreation
  • Religious Activities: Worship Services (center and Local church/temples), Bible Study, Spiritual Counseling
  • Vocational/OJT: Re-Entry, Job Readiness, World Of Works, Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Veterans Administration, Department of Labor

Inmate Locator

GDC - Columbus Transitional Center is a facility in the Georgia Department of Corrections. The DOC publishes the names of their current inmates and identifies which of their locations the inmate is being held. Your search should start with the first DOC locator to see if your loved one is there. Begin with the first three letters of the offender's first and last name, it does not have to be spelled exactly.

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Covid Visitation Information

The GDC will begin a modified visitation schedule TENTATIVELY on January 8th, 2021.

Visits will be made by appointment only and will be in keeping with social distancing guidelines. Instructions related to scheduling appointments and additional details can be found here: Facility Visitation Process.

To make an appointment, please click below. If your loved one is housed at a county or private facility, please contact that facility directly for information related to scheduling.

Please note, the date is subject to change and is dependent upon state and facility positivity rates leading up to January 8th.

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APPROVED VISITORS WILL REQUEST VISITATION BY ACCESSING THE FORM ON OUR WEBSITE

Scheduling requests may be submitted from 5:00 AM Monday - 5:00 PM Wednesday only for that week’s visitation.

  • One (1) visit every other month per inmate will be allowed
  • Visits will be no more than two (2) hours in length
  • Two (2) approved visitors will be allowed and must visit at the same time
  • No visitors under the age of twelve (12) will be permitted
  • All visitors must be on the offenders approved visitation list
  • An email will be sent from gdcvisitationnoreply@gdc.ga.gov once your request for visitation has been approved
  • Offenders on quarantine or medical isolation status will not be allowed visits

Inmates with last names beginning A - L will visit on Saturday

  • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM – Saturday Session 1
  • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM – Saturday Session 2

Inmates with last names beginning M - Z will visit on Sunday

  • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM – Sunday Session 1
  • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM – Sunday Session 2

Visitation Information

GDC - Columbus Transitional Center - Visitation

Time of Visits

  • 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sunday & State Holidays

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