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GDC - Ware State Prison

State Prison

Last Updated: April 02, 2021
3620 N Harris Rd, Waycross, GA 31501

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

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GDC - Ware 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: 912-285-6400

The inmates housed at Ware State Prison located at 3620 N Harris Rd in Waycross, 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.

Ware State Prison is a closed custody state facility that houses about 1,550 adult male inmates who have behavioral or management issues. The goal of this facility is to take an inmate who is disruptive and modify their behavior so that they may eventually return to the general population of a lower security institution. Ware State also acts as a release site for sex offenders. Inmates are housed in either an open dormitory or in double cells. If the inmate is difficult to manage or has safety and security concerns they may be housed in segregation. These offenders can work in supervised support positions for various county-run agencies such as the department of transportation, recycling, landscaping and maintenance, a fire station, and fabrication shop. Inmates are encouraged to participate in counseling that can reduce family violence, help understand and prevent substance abuse and prepare an inmate for re-entry. Vocational skills taught here include carpentry, upholstery, automotive repair and maintenance, culinary arts, electronics, and CADD.

MISSION - Creates a safer Georgia by effectively managing offenders and providing opportunities for positive change, ensuring public safety and effectively housing offenders while operating a safe and secure facility. Houses close security offenders with behavioral problems and assists them in returning to a general population status and/or the ability to transfer to a lower security prison. Sex Offender release site and host facility for the Bacon Probation Detention Center, Appling Integrated Treatment Facility, Alapaha Probation Circuit and Waycross Probation Circuit. This is a Tier I & II facility.

HOUSING - Consists of eight housing units with 50 double cells each. The infirmary has 12 beds, Segregation has 150 beds. A Fast Track Unit contains four dormitories with 54 beds each. Old Ware consists of 112 beds and I building consist of four dorms for a total of 256 beds. This facility also houses a C.E.R.T. Team, Tactical Squad, Canine Unit, and a Fire Station.


WORK DETAILS - Ware County I & II, City of Waycross I & II, Glynn County I & II, Pierce County, City of Blackshear, Department of Transportation, Georgia State Patrol, Recycling, Fabrication, Canine, Back Gate, Outside Ground Maintenance, Fire Station, Mobile 5


  • Academic: Literacy Remedial, Adult Basic Education, General Education
  • Counseling: Family Violence, Re-Entry, Moral Reconation Therapy, Sex Offender Psycho Educational Program (SOPP), Motivation for Change, Thinking for a Change, Career Center, Matrix Relapse Prevention, Alcoholics Anonymous, Detours, Individual Counseling, Lifers Group, Matrix Early Recovery Skills, Narcotics Anonymous
  • Recreation: General Recreation
  • Religious Activities: Various Worship Services, Bible Study
  • Vocational/OJT: Upholstery, Carpentry, Food Service, Electronics, CADD, Building Maintenance, Vehicle Maintenance, Welding, Culinary Arts, Barbershop, Horticulture, Boot Repair, Diesal Mechanics

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Inmate Locator

GDC - Ware 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 - Ware State Prison

General Population

  • Saturday, Sunday, and all State Holidays
  • 9:00AM - 3:00PM

Tier II

  • Monday and Wednesday
  • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (no food, no contact)

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