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GDC - Dodge State Prison

State Prison

Last Updated: August 19, 2021
2971 Old Bethel Rd, Chester, GA 31012

Dodge State Prison is for State Prison offenders sentenced up to twelve months.

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GDC - Dodge State Prison basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 478-358-7200

The inmates housed at Dodge State Prison located at 2971 Old Bethel Rd in Chester, 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.

Dodge State Prison is a medium-security state penal facility that houses about 1250 adult male offenders located in Chester GA operated by the Georgia Department of Corrections.

The general population inmates are housed in dormitories, similar to an army barracks. Segregation inmates are housed in single-cell isolation. Select inmates with clean records of no incident reports can participate in work details on and off the institutional grounds. These assignments include grounds maintenance and other correctional industries including furniture production.

Educational opportunities for inmates include earning a GED, learning to read, and gaining a basic adult education. Offenders can also receive substance abuse, family violence, re-entry, and sex offender treatment and therapy through counseling sessions. Vocational skills that are taught at Dodge State Prison include computer operation, custodial work, clerks skills, warehousing and inventory, barbering, laundry services, auto detailing and culinary preparation skills.

MISSION - Ensure public safety and effectively house offenders while operating a safe and secure facility by providing work and rehabilitation programs for general population prisoners. Host facility for Truetlen Probation Detention Center.

HOUSING - Consists of 19 housing units divided into two 50-man dormitories (one of which is the isolation/segregation unit - 10 isolation beds and 40 segregation beds), one 36 man dorm, and one housing unit divided into four open dorms (Q1, Q2, Q3 holds 58 per dorm; Q4 holds 54) and two 12 man dorms (F and J buildings hold 12). This facility also houses a C.E.R.T. Team, Tactical Squad, Fire Station and a Canine Unit.


  • Academic: General Education Diploma, Adult Basic Education, Literacy Remedial
  • Counseling: Motivation for Change, Moral Reconation Therapy, Re-Entry, Family Violence, Thinking for a Change, Lifers Group, Matrix Relapse Prevention, Matrix Early Recovery Skills, Alcoholics Anonymous, Sex Offender Psycho-Educational Program (SOPP)
  • Recreation: General Recreation
  • Religious Activities: Various Worship Services, Bible Study
  • Vocational/OJT: Food Preparation, Auto Detailing, Basic Computer Operation, Building Maintenance, Career Clerk, Cook Apprentice, Custodial Maintenance, General Office Clerk, Grounds Keeper, Warehouse or Store Clerk, Warehousing and Inventory Control, Correctional Industries Wood Products Manufacturing, Barbering, and Laundry Operations

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GDC - Dodge State Prison 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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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

Dodge State Prison - Visitation


General Population: Days: Saturdays, Sundays, and State Holidays Hours: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Inmates in Segregation: Days: Tuesdays & Thursdays (no Holidays) Hours: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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