GDC-Georgia Diagnostic & Classification State Prison

State Prison

Last Updated: May 07, 2024
Hwy 36 W Prison Blvd, Jackson, GA 30233
Mailing Address
PO Box 3877 2978 Hwy 36, West, Jackson, GA 30233

Georgia Diagnostic Prison 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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If you are unsure of your inmate's location, you can search and locate your inmate by typing in their last name, first name or first initial, and/or the offender ID number to get their accurate information immediately Registered Offenders

Satellite View of GDC-Georgia Diagnostic & Classification State Prison

You can support your loved ones at Georgia Diagnostic Prison on InmateAid, if you have any immediate questions contact the facility directly at 770-504-2000.

Located at Hwy 36 W Prison Blvd in Jackson, GA, Georgia Diagnostic Prison carefully assigns inmates based on their custody level, considering factors like criminal history. Georgia Diagnostic Prison 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-Georgia Diagnostic & Classification State Prison so you can stay connected and support your loved one during their time inside.

Communication is important, the prison offers a phone program for outbound calls only, with inmates unable to receive incoming calls. Accepting collect calls can be expensive, sometimes exceeding $10 per call. Click here for discounts on inmate calls, especially if the communication with your inmate is frequent. It's important to remember that all phone calls are recorded, and discussing sensitive legal matters over these lines is discouraged.

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. You may, however, send letters and selfies to inmates with this easy-to-use app, packages starting at only $8.00.

The facility's primary goal is to ensure public safety while effectively housing offenders in a secure environment. It conducts diagnostic processing for male offenders and houses inmates assigned to the 90-day (S.T.E.P) program, as well as those under the Death Sentence (UDS) awaiting state-ordered executions. Additionally, it accommodates a Special Management Unit (SMU) with 192 beds.

In terms of housing, the facility comprises eight cellblocks with both double-bunked and single-bunked cells, along with seven dormitories. These accommodations cater to various categories of inmates, including the general population, a medical unit, and a 17-bed S.T.E.P unit for segregated transition education. The facility also hosts essential teams such as the C.E.R.T. Team, Tactical Squad, and Fire Station.

Work details for inmates include assignments at the Fire Station, General & Grounds Maintenance, Waste Water, Power House, Canine unit, and Laundry facilities. These programs aim to provide valuable vocational skills and contribute to the facility's operational needs.

A comprehensive range of programs is offered to support inmates' rehabilitation and personal development. This includes academic opportunities such as General Education Diploma, Remedial, Literacy, and Adult Basic Education, as well as on-the-job training (OJT). Counseling services encompass individual and group sessions, focusing on areas like Moral Reconation Therapy, Family Violence, and Thinking for a Change. Specialized programs such as Lifers Group, Matrix Relapse Prevention, and Re-Entry Skills Building are also provided, along with support groups like AA and Problem Solving. Additionally, inmates have access to Basic Computer Operations and a Career Center to enhance their employability upon release.

Recreational activities are available to promote physical and mental well-being among inmates. Various worship services, study groups, and pastoral counseling sessions cater to inmates' spiritual needs.

Through these programs and services, the facility aims to facilitate inmates' rehabilitation, prepare them for successful reintegration into society, and maintain a safe and secure environment for all.

Inmate Locator

Georgia Diagnostic Prison 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


Diagnostic Inmates:

  • HOURS: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • 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 execution. If an execution is stayed, visitation will be canceled as long as the execution order is active.

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

UDS & SMU Inmates:

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