GDC-Colwell Probation Detention Center (PDC)

State Prison

Last Updated: February 23, 2024
189 Beasley St, Blairsville, GA 30512

Colwell PDC is for State Prison offenders sentenced anywhere from one year to life by the State Court in the county where the charges were filed

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Located at 189 Beasley St in Blairsville, GA, Colwell PDC carefully assigns inmates based on their custody level, considering factors like criminal history. Colwell PDC offers diverse educational and vocational programs aimed at equipping offenders for successful reintegration into society and reducing recidivism. Through these initiatives, inmates gain skills and confidence, fostering personal growth and resilience.

When someone you care about ends up in a state prison, it can be tough to navigate the ins and outs of the system. From figuring out how to stay in touch to understanding what you can do to make their time easier, it can feel overwhelming. That's where this webpage comes in handy. It's here to help you get the lowdown on GDC-Colwell Probation Detention Center (PDC) so you can stay connected and support your loved one during their time inside.

While incarcerated, reading is often the best use of time. Please note that books and magazines, puzzles, and word searches ordered for inmates must come directly from the publisher. This policy ensures that the items are new, untampered, and comply with the facility's regulations. Prisons and jails enforce this rule to prevent the introduction of contraband or prohibited materials. By restricting orders to publishers, the facility can better maintain security and control over the content entering the institution. Any books or magazines not received directly from the publisher will be rejected and not delivered to the inmate.

Colwell PDC serves as a crucial sentencing alternative for individuals facing probation violations or minor offenses. This minimum-security facility, located in Georgia, accommodates probationers for a period of up to 180 days. Offenders may be directed to the center either as a direct sentencing option or following a revocation proceeding if they fail to meet their probation obligations within the community.

Currently, there are seven operational male PDCs and two female facilities in Georgia, totaling 2,300 beds. Among these centers, two cater specifically to female probationers, providing a total capacity of 470 beds. The primary function of PDCs is to offer a structured environment for probationers who require heightened security or supervision but do not qualify for enrollment in a boot camp program.

The daily routine within these facilities is highly regimented, emphasizing supervised, unpaid work assignments in the surrounding communities. This approach aims to instill discipline and responsibility while providing opportunities for probationers to contribute positively to society. Moreover, PDCs offer various programming aimed at enhancing probationers' chances of success upon their return to the community.

Three specialized facilities within the PDC system focus on addressing severe substance abuse issues among probationers. Two of these facilities cater to male offenders, collectively offering 592 beds, while the third facility is dedicated to female offenders and provides 198 beds. These programs adopt an advanced cognitive-behavioral approach to substance abuse treatment, complemented by comprehensive mental health services.

The elements of the PDC program include mandatory participation in work details, both within the facility and in the community, for five days per week. Inside the facility, probationers are engaged in various tasks such as food service, horticulture, auto-body work, and maintenance duties. Community work details are supervised and involve tasks such as building refurbishment, roadwork, and public facility maintenance.

Programming within PDCs varies based on available resources and court-ordered requirements. Offerings may include motivational programs, substance abuse counseling (primarily AA/NA), life skills training, job readiness workshops, group counseling, personal health education, and educational opportunities like GED and Adult Basic Education courses. These programs aim to address the diverse needs of probationers and equip them with the skills necessary for successful reintegration into society.

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Inmate Locator

Colwell PDC maintains a database of current inmates and their locations within the system. To locate an inmate, begin by using the DOC locator tool, which requires entering the first three letters of the inmate's first and last name, allowing for variations in spelling.

If unable to locate the desired information through free resources, users may opt to use the Arrest Record Search, which requires payment. While this option incurs a small fee, it provides access to the most up-to-date data available.

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Visitation Information


  • 9:00AM TO 3:00PM
  • Alternated Visitation Days (Saturday M-Z; Sundays A-L);

The first step in the visitation process is to become an approved visitor. To do so, you must first fill out the Visitation Request Form and submit a completed form to the facility where your loved one is incarcerated. Please include a copy of supporting documentation (photo id, marriage license, and birth certificate) along with the application. Consent forms must be notarized before they can be processed. All visitors must apply regardless of age. They must also be mailed to the facility where the offender is currently housed (email forms will not be accepted).

Visitation Resources

Dress Code - For adults: No tank tops, no mesh or see-through clothing, t-shirts cannot be sleeveless. No chest, shoulders, or stomach exposed. A skirt may not be more than 2 inches above the knee. No stretch pants or shorts may be worn. Only children are permitted to wear shorts. No Contraband is Permitted

Top 3 Reasons for Visitor Arrests: Cell phones, Drugs, and Tobacco

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