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GDC - Georgia Diagnostic & Classification State Prison

State Prison

Last Updated: September 13, 2021
Hwy 36 W Prison Blvd, Jackson, GA 30233
Mailing Address
PO Box 3877, Jackson, GA 30233

Georgia Diagnostic Prison is for State Prison offenders sentenced up to twelve months.

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GDC - Georgia Diagnostic & Classification 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: 770-504-2000

The inmates housed at Georgia Diagnostic Prison located at Hwy 36 W Prison Blvd in Jackson, 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.

Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison (GDCP) is a Georgia Department of Corrections prison for men in unincorporated Butts County. The prison, the largest in the state, consists of eight cellblocks containing both double-bunked and single-bunked cells. There are also eight dormitories and a medical unit. The prison conducts diagnostic processing for the state correctional system, houses male offenders under death sentence (UDS), and carries out state-ordered executions by lethal injection. The prison complex also contains a special management unit that houses some of the most aggressive and dangerous prisoners in the correctional system.

The prison holds the state execution chamber. The execution equipment was moved to the prison in June 1980, with the first execution in the facility at the end of 1983. The prison houses the male death row (UDs, "under death sentence"), while female death row inmates reside in Arrendale State Prison.

The GDCP serves as a central hub where sentenced felons begin the process of being admitted into the Georgia State Correctional System. Numerous county jails are paid by the state to house sentenced felons until space becomes available in the prison system. Sentenced felons may spend years in local jails until housing space becomes available in the state prison system. While at GDCP, inmates are either in the process of being classified and tested, or they are assigned as a "permanent." Those inmates who are 'permanents' will serve their entire sentence at the GDCP, while the remainder of inmates will be tested and then moved to other prisons based on their classifications.

Ensure public safety and effectively house offenders while operating a safe and secure facility. Conduct diagnostic processing for offenders, house offenders Under Death Sentence (UDS) and carry out state ordered executions. Houses a Special Management Unit (SMU) consisting of 192 beds. Sex-Offender Release Site.

HOUSING - Consists of eight cellblocks containing both double-bunked and single-bunked cells. There are also eight dormitories, a fast track unit housing 256 general population inmates and a medical unit. This facility also houses a C.E.R.T. Team, Tactical Squad, and a Fire Station.


WORK DETAILS - Fire Station, General & Grounds Maintenance, Waste Water, Power House, Canine, and Laundry details.


  • Academic: General Education Diploma, Remedial, Literacy, Adult Basic Education, OJT
  • Counseling: Individual and Group Counseling, Sex Offender Psycho-Educational Program (SOPP), Moral Reconation Therapy, Family Violence, Thinking for a Change, Lifers Group, Matrix Relapse Prevention, Matrix Recovery Skills, Ray of Hope, Re-Entry Skills Building, TOPPSTEP
  • Recreation: General Recreation
  • Religious Activities: Various Worship Services, Study Groups, Pastoral Counseling

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GDC - Georgia Diagnostic & Classification 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

GDC - Georgia Diagnostic & Classification State Prison - Visitation


Diagnostic Inmates:

  • HOURS: 9:00AM - 11:00AM and 2:00PM - 4:00PM
  • DAYS: Monday - Thursday

Diagnostic Inmates cannot receive visits until they have been at GDCP for 60 days. Only immediate family members are allowed to visit. Cancellation of family and professional visitation will occur the day before and the day of an execution. If an execution is stayed, visitation will be canceled as long as execution order is active.

Professional visitation will be allowed for condemned during active execution order.

UDS & SMU Inmates:

  • HOURS: 9:00AM - 3:00 PM DAYS:
  • Saturdays, Sundays, and State Holidays General Population Inmates:
  • HOURS: 9:00AM - 3:00 PM DAYS:
  • Saturdays, Sundays, and State Holidays

ALL OTHERS: HOURS: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM DAYS: Saturdays, Sundays, and State Holidays

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