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GDC - Hancock State Prison

State Prison

Last Updated: February 23, 2021
701 Prison Blvd, Sparta, GA 31087

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

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GDC - Hancock 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: 706-444-1000

The inmates housed at Hancock State Prison located at 701 Prison Blvd in Sparta, 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.

Hancock State Prison is a closed custody facility that can incarcerate about 1,190 adult male inmates who have committed serious felony crimes. Inmates are housed in either dormitory, tent housing, or the annex. One of the most distinct things about this institution is the vegan diet it offers to inmates. Inmates housed here may be selected to participate in work details that offer supervised support services to city and county agencies. Vocational skills that are taught at this prison include firefighting, laundry, landscaping, clerical work, barbering, culinary services, and custodial maintenance. Religious services are offered through the Chaplains office and include prayer and religious studies. While incarcerated, inmates are encouraged to earn a GED, adult basic education and learn to read through the educational courses offered.

Hancock provides academic, vocational, substance abuse, and other program services for this population. Medical Services offered on a 16 hour, four day week with 12-hour weekend coverage. Offers vegan and Child Nutrition program, and houses an In-House Transitional Center Facility. This is a Tier I & II facility.

HOUSING - 9 general population dormitories housing 96 each; 2 segregation units with a combined total of 133 beds: J Unit, 1 open bay tent housing unit housing 70 inmates; Annex contains 4 open bay dorms housing 50 inmates each. This facility also houses a C.E.R.T. Team, Tactical Squad, and a Fire Station.


WORK DETAILS - City and County contract and non-contract details. Institutional work details include inside and outside maintenance, Fire Station, yard orderlies, barbershop, library, food service, sanitation, laundry operations, and dorm orderlies.


  • Academic: General Education Diploma, Adult Basic Education, Literacy Remedial
  • Counseling: Motivation for Change, Re-Entry, Matrix Early Recovery Skills, Family Violence, In-House Transition Center, Moral Reconation Therapy, Thinking for a Change, Relapse Prevention, Individual Counseling, Career Center, Confronting Self, Sex Offender Psycho-Educational Program (SOPP)
  • Recreation: General Recreation, Intramural Sports
  • Volunteer Services: Heads-Up, AA
  • Religious Activities: Activities: Seventh Day Adventist, Jehovah's Witness, Catholic, Protestant, General Services, Jumah and Talim services weekly. Bill Glass and KAIROS ministries.
  • Vocational/OJT: Food Service, Laundry, Barber, Maintenance, Firefighting, GCI, Laundry, Grounds Maintenance, Custodial Maintenance, Career Center, and General Clerk

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GDC - Hancock 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

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General Population:

  • Saturday and Sunday - 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • State Holidays Hours - Saturday and Sunday Hours: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM (General Population only)
  • Tier I and Tier II: Days: Tuesday and Thursdays Hours: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

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