GDC-Ware State Prison

State Prison

Last Updated: February 24, 2024
3620 N Harris Rd, Waycross, GA 31501

Ware State 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-Ware State Prison

You can support your loved ones at Ware State Prison on InmateAid, if you have any immediate questions contact the facility directly at 912-285-6400.

Located at 3620 N Harris Rd in Waycross, GA, Ware State Prison carefully assigns inmates based on their custody level, considering factors like criminal history. Ware State 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-Ware 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.

Ware State Prison, established in 1989 and operational since 1990, is a close-security facility under the jurisdiction of the Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC). With a capacity to accommodate 1546 inmates, the prison plays a crucial role in ensuring public safety through the operation of secure facilities and the implementation of effective offender management practices.

The housing infrastructure at Ware State Prison comprises eight housing units, each equipped with 50 double cells. Additionally, the facility includes an infirmary with 12 beds and a segregation unit with 150 beds. A Fast Track Unit is designed with four dormitories, each housing 54 beds. Furthermore, the Old Ware section provides 112 beds, while the I building consists of four dormitories, totaling 256 beds. These housing arrangements cater to inmates across various security classifications and medical needs.

In terms of work assignments, inmates at Ware State Prison are engaged in a variety of tasks that contribute to both institutional operations and community service. Work details include assignments in Ware County, Pierce County, the City of Waycross, the City of Blackshear, the Department of Transportation, the Georgia State Patrol, perimeter details, recycling initiatives, fabrication work, canine unit duties, ground maintenance, firefighting, and mobile unit support in Glynn County.

Ware State Prison serves as a sex offender release site and houses specialized units such as the Canine Unit, Corrections Emergency Response Team (CERT), Tactical Squad, and Fire Team. These units are integral to maintaining safety and security within the facility and responding to emergencies effectively.

The prison offers a wide range of programs aimed at addressing the educational, vocational, and counseling needs of its inmate population. Academic programs include literacy remedial courses, adult basic education, and general education classes. Counseling services cover areas such as family violence intervention, re-entry preparation, moral recognition therapy, sex offender psycho-educational programs, motivation for change, and substance abuse prevention and recovery programs like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. Recreation and religious activities are also provided to promote physical and spiritual well-being among inmates.

Vocational training and on-the-job opportunities are available in various fields including upholstery, carpentry, food service, electronics, computer-aided design and drafting (CADD), building maintenance, vehicle maintenance, welding, culinary arts, barbershop services, horticulture, and boot repair. These vocational programs aim to equip inmates with valuable skills and certifications to enhance their employability upon reentry into society, thereby supporting their successful rehabilitation and reintegration.

Inmate Locator

Ware State 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

VISITATION DAYS / HOURS: General Population: Days: Saturday, Sunday, and all State Holidays Hours: 9:00-11:00 am and 1:00-3:00 pm Tier II Visitation Hours: Wednesday and Friday Hours: 9:00-11:00 am and 1:00-3:00 pm Must call for an appointment at least 1 day prior: Warden’s Secretary 912-285-6432

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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