Stephens County GA Jail

County Jail

Last Updated: September 17, 2019
Address
70 North Alexander St Suite 205, Tocca, GA 30577
County
Stephens
Security Level
County - medium
Phone
706-886-2525
Fax
706-886-6911
Email
scso@windstream.net
Facility Type
Adult
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Stephens County GA Jail basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 706-886-2525

This facility is for adult inmates.

The Stephens County GA Jail is a medium-security detention center located at 70 North Alexander St
Suite 205 Tocca, GA which is operated locally by the Stephens County Sheriff's Office and holds inmates awaiting trial or sentencing or both. Most of the sentenced inmates are here for less than two years. Stephens County accepts inmates from surrounding towns, municipalities, the US Marshal's Service and the Tocca Police Department who do not have their own long-term lock-up.

The Stephens County Jail is primarily a pre-trial detention center where persons accused of crimes, who cannot bond out, await their court dates. It also houses persons sentenced to serve up to twelve (12) months and persons sentenced for more serious offenses until space is available at State facilities.

It is the mission of the Jail Division to operate the jail in a manner that ensures the safety and security of the community while, at the same time, providing for a safe, humane and secure environment for staff and inmates. The division prides itself on the dedication, integrity and honesty of the professional men and women who make the jail function efficiently. These officers work very hard and willingly go beyond the requirements of their normal duties. These devoted individuals ensure that inmates appear for court, serve their sentences, or await transfer to another facility. They also responsible for safeguarding the inmates’ constitutional rights; arranging adequate housing, meals and recreation as required by law; and providing reasonable accessibility to visitation, religious services, and programs.

In addition to the professional staff at the Jail, the Sheriff’s Office is also responsible for providing inmates with access to appropriate medical, dental, and mental health treatment. To this end we have contracted with CorrectHealth which is responsible for the 24 hour healthcare of our inmate population.

It is important to include the full name of the inmate when sending correspondence since it is not unusual to have more than one inmate with the same name.

When sending money to an inmate, U.S. Postal money orders are preferred. Funds from this source are immediately credited to the inmate’s account for use as a bond (where applicable) or for purchases from the commissary. There is a minimum of a ten-day waiting period on any other type of money order. Personal checks will not be accepted. Please do not send cash through the mail since it can be easily lost or stolen. The Sheriff's Office will not assume responsibility for any cash sent through the mail that is lost or stolen.

Unfortunately, there are many ways that drugs and other contraband can be introduced into a jail facility. As a result, the following common items which lend themselves to the introduction of contraband may not be sent to an inmate in custody:

stamps

stationery

writing instruments

items containing glue

oversized greeting cards

credit cards

blank checks

plastic items

jewelry

anything used to conduct a business

candy

food

Polaroid pictures or sexually explicit photographs

Medical Care
The Sheriff's Office provides all inmates with appropriate medical care as determined by professional medical and legal standards.

Sheriff's Office personnel are unable to discuss inmate medical issues with any third party due to Federal HIPAA law.

Money
To put money on a Stephens County Sheriff’s Office inmate’s account, choose from the following procedures:

Mail money order to the inmate (no personal checks are accepted and please, do not mail cash). A jail officer will post the money order on the inmate’s account. The inmate’s full name should be on the money order. Also, the sender should include their name and address on the money order.

Bring money order to the Jail Lobby with above mentioned information. A jail officer will post the money order on the inmate’s account. The jail officer will need depositor's valid government photo ID for this procedure.

Money for inmate’s Commissary Account should be received no later than 12:00 pm on Monday afternoon for store use. Any money deposited after that deadline will not be available for use until the following week. No more than $100 will be accepted at any time. Money possessed by an inmate at the time of booking in this facility will automatically be placed on the Inmate Commissary Account. The purpose of money posted on the Inmate Commissary Account is for store purchases only. If the inmate wishes to release all or part of this money to a friend or relative, the inmate must fill out a separate property release form for this purpose; the friend or relative must be on the inmate's visitation list. Money can be released only one time per booking. Inmates that are on restriction for any reason cannot release money. At no time will money be transferred between inmates’ accounts. Money release is limited to Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm; no release on weekends, Wednesdays, or holidays. There are no exceptions to these rules.

Inmate Locator

Stephens County GA Jail publishes the names of their inmates currently in their facility in Georgia. Your search should start with this locator first to see if your loved one is there.

The second box is the InmateAid Inmate Search. This database of inmates is user-generated content for the purpose of accessing and utilizing any or all of the InmateAid services. If you need our assistance creating your own inmate profile to keep in touch, email us at aid@inmateaid.com and we will assist you in locating your inmate.

As a last resort, you might have to pay for that information if we do not have it. The Arrest Record Search will cost you a small amount, but their data is the freshest available and for that reason they charge to access it.

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Visitation Information

Stephens County Jail - Visitation

Visitation Schedule
Saturday
A Pod Even Cells Bottom Tier 0900-0920AM
A Pod Even Cells Top Tier 0930-0950AM

B Pod Even Cells Bottom Tier 1000-1020AM
B Pod Even Cells Top Tier 1030-1050AM

C Pod Even Cells Bottom Tier 100-120PM
C Pod Even Cells Top Tier 130-150PM

D Pod Even Cells Bottom Tier 200-220PM
D Pod Even Cells Top Tier 230-250PM

F Pod Even Cells Bottom Tier 500-520PM
F Pod Even Cells Top Tier 530-550PM

A Pod Even Cells Bottom Tier 600-620 PM
A Pod Even Cells Top Tier 630-650 PM

A Pod Even Cells Bottom Tier 700-720PM
A Pod Even Cells Top Tier 730-750PM

Sunday
A Pod Even Cells Bottom Tier 0900-0920AM
A Pod Even Cells Top Tier 0930-0950AM

B Pod Even Cells Bottom Tier 1000-1020AM
B Pod Even Cells Top Tier 1030-1050AM

C Pod Even Cells Bottom Tier 100-120PM
C Pod Even Cells Top Tier 130-150PM

D Pod Even Cells Bottom Tier 200-220PM
D Pod Even Cells Top Tier 230-250PM

F Pod Even Cells Bottom Tier 500-520PM
F Pod Even Cells Top Tier 530-550PM

A Pod Even Cells Bottom Tier 600-620 PM
A Pod Even Cells Top Tier 630-650 PM

A Pod Even Cells Bottom Tier 700-720PM
A Pod Even Cells Top Tier 730-750PM

Visitation Rules
Visitors, who are on the inmate’s visitation list, are assigned to a visitation booth during that inmates scheduled visitation time. The inmate is then taken to the visitation area in the jail and assigned to a monitor that is connected to the visitation center. Attorneys will be able to visit their client from a private booth or will be able to have face-to-face contact in the jail area.

Inmate is allowed only one (1) visiting session each scheduled visitation day.

Inmates in disciplinary segregation may be visited only by their attorneys, law enforcement officials, and the facility chaplains.

Each visit is limited to fifteen (15) minutes. Only two (2) visitors at one time, however a maximum of five (5) individuals (including children over two years of age) will be permitted to visit during a visitation session. No Child under two years of age are allowed to visit.

Visitors must complete the registration process at the visitation desk ten (10) minutes before the scheduled visitation to attend the current visitation session. After registration, the visitor must remain in the lobby until the inmate’s name is called.

All visitors must pass a security screening. Only two attempts to successfully complete the screening will be permitted. For this reason, visitors should leave all personal items in their vehicles. The only items allowed are the visitor's ID and one(1) automobile key.

Visitors who have criminal records or who have been previously incarcerated may not be allowed to visit. This decision will be made on a case by case basis.

Intoxicated visitors are not allowed to visit and may be arrested.

Food, drink, and tobacco products are not allowed in the lobby, visitation area, or anywhere within the facility.

All visitors under the age of eighteen must be accompanied by an adult.

All visitors sixteen years of age and older must present a government issued photo identification card in order to visit.

Children must be kept under control at all times and may not be left unattended at any time.

Contact visits are not permitted.

Visitors are not allowed to pass anything to inmates. Attempting to pass items could result in criminal prosecution.

Visitors are not permitted to stand or loiter anywhere near a perimeter fence.

Visitors are not permitted to attempt to communicate with inmates from the facility parking lot. Such actions will result in the individual being barred from the premises and his/her visitation privileges suspended or revoked.

Visitors are prohibited from inappropriately exposing themselves to inmates.

Visitors must be appropriately dressed in order to visit an inmate.

Dress Code
Men must wear a shirt with sleeves, pants or shorts at/below the knee, and shoes.

Women must wear a top with sleeves (halter-tops, tank tops, and bare midriffs are not allowed), pants or shorts at/below the knee, and shoes. Alternatively, women may wear a conservative dress ending no more than two inches above the knee. Shoulder straps on dresses must be two inches wide or wider--no spaghetti straps or strapless dresses. Form fitting clothing, stretch clothing of any type, clothing worn in a suggestive manner, or clothing that reveals undergarments is not allowed.

The Jail Sergeant’s decision is final regarding the appropriateness of clothing allowed on the visitor’s concourse.

Failure to comply with any of these rules will result in immediate termination of the visit and the temporary or permanent barring of the visitor from further visitation.

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Facility Type

Stephens County GA Jail is run by the county sheriff’s department and the prison is run by the state department of corrections. Jail is for inmates who are awaiting time or who have been sentenced to less than a year. Prison is only available for people who have been sentenced to more than a year on any one charge.

Neither prison nor jail is nice but they differ in their levels of security, the programs they have and the quality of the environment. Additionally, an inmate cannot ask for a motion to reconsider once they have been transferred to the custody of the department of corrections.

The Sheriff’s department calculates what percentage of your jail time that you actually have to serve. The law requires that the sheriff’s department make people serve a minimum of 50% of their sentence if they are convicted of a misdemeanor.

The jail will accept inmates from the US Marshal and ICE where space is necessary. In comparison, state prison is for inmates serving lengthier sentences on crimes that are more severe in nature.

The Stephens Sheriff’s Department calculates what percentage of a felony jail sentence a person will serve. The law requires that an inmate serve at least 85% of their felony jail sentence for non-mandatory time and 100% of their mandatory time.

Stephens County GA Jail also offers and manages alternatives to jail such as work release programs, work furlough, house arrest, and private county jails where the person convicted can serve their sentences on weekends. Because overcrowding is a problem in both county jail and state prison, both systems operate a good behavior program. Those who are on good behavior can have their sentences reduced or cut.

If you are not serving a mandatory minimum sentence and you do not get into trouble while in jail the sheriff’s department will typically give automatic good behavior time. When you first receive your release date from the jail, within a few days of being incarcerated, the good time deduction will have already been included in most cases. For non-mandatory misdemeanor good time off is 50% and for felonies is typically about 10-15%.

Custody/Security Level

The Stephens County GA Jail is located in Georgia and takes in new arrests and detainees are who are delivered daily - call 706-886-2525 for the current roster. Law enforcement and police book offenders from Stephens County and nearby cities and towns. Some offenders may stay less than one day or only for a few days until they are released in a court proceeding, some after putting up a bond and then are released to a pretrial services caseload under supervision by the court, or are released on their own recognizance with an agreement to appear in court.

The jail is divided into "pods," each of which includes individual cells, common areas, and an outside recreation court — a space bound by towering concrete walls. All meals, are approved by a dietitian. Common area tables are made of solid steel with attached four seats. Inmates crowd around the tables playing cards or board games like chess and checkers. Inside the cells, there is only a sliver of a window allows inmates to peer out. There are two to three inmates per cell, The jail is crowded at about 90 percent capacity and this population varies day-to-day sometimes over-crowded. There are a number of people who arrive at the jail actively or recently drunk or high, or arrive with injuries from fights/assaults that led to their arrest, and/or are mentally ill with no other place for law enforcement to deliver them. This makes the intake process challenging for the jail’s staff and its medical personnel.

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How To Send Things

There are strict procedures for everything related to "sending things to an inmate" in a County - medium facility. This includes sending money for commissary packages, sending mail like letters with photos, magazine subscriptions, buying phone time, postcards and greeting cards, and even distance learning courses (get your degree, you've got a lot of extra time). You also need to know about visitation, what are the hours and rules.

All of the information you could ever need to know is below, patiently scroll the page and get as much information about Stephens County GA Jail that you'd ever want to know. If there is anything that you were looking for, but don't see, please email us at aid@inmateaid.com.

How To Send Money:

How to Send an Inmate Money in Georgia

Here are some general guidelines for sending money to an inmate's trust account; but not specific to a particular facility, institution or jail. Inmates need money to access several privileges like weekly shopping at the commissary, making phone calls, using the email service where offered, using the electronic tablets where offered and paying their co-pay when needing the medical or dental services. Some county jails require a per-night fee for the jail’s expenses.

What is a Commissary?

A commissary is a store within the jail. Commissary day is usually held once a week and can only be used if the inmate has funds in their commissary account, like a bank account within the institution. If the inmate has a job, their paycheck is deposited into this account, too.

The Commissary sells various products that the inmates may purchase if they have money on their books. Items sold are clothing, shoes, snacks and food, as well as hygienic products like soap, shampoo, and shavers. The commissary also sells products like books, magazines, televisions, radios, playing cards, headphones, MP3 players, electronic tablets, songs and educational programming. They also sell paper, envelopes, and stamps allowing the inmate to write their loved ones, friends and family. Facilities will provide stamps and paper to inmates who are indigent – eligible where no money has been in their commissary account for at least 30 days.

How you send money to an inmate?

Sending money to an inmate varies from state to state, depending if it is county, state or federal, their ways of accepting money for inmates’ changes by the money transfer company they’ve contracted with. Federal Prisons and some state-level prisons have centralized banking systems which means that you do not need to know where they are specifically, just that they are in the state systems of for instance the California, Texas, Florida DOC or the FBOP to name a few.

How do I send money using MoneyGram?

Some facilities will allow you to deposit cash through the lobby window stand-alone kiosk in the lobby or visitation room. Most facilities will also accept a postal money order mailed to the institution’s inmate mailing address made payable to the full inmate’s name.

Electronic banking allows friends and family members to send the funds online, and correctional departments are starting to favor this method because it is less work for staff and more accurate/easier to keep track of, as well as being more convenient.

Regardless of the method of sending funds, there are several key things you will need to know:
• Inmate’s full committed name
• Inmate’s ID number
• Inmate’s location – or a system like the federal BOP

Before sending any funds you should find out what online transfer companies the institution your inmate is incarcerated in uses. You can find this information on our site by navigating to the facilities page click on the Money Transfer button under the address and phone number.

Pay close attention to the rules of the facility. Sometimes they will require money senders are on the inmate's visitation list. Some correctional facilities have a deposit limit, like $200-300 at a time, but in federal, there is no limit.

MoneyGram, JPay, OffenderConnect, AccessCorrections, JailATM, WU, Touchpayonline, tigercommissary, smartdeposit are some of the money transfer firms being used by various facilities. MoneyGram is by far the oldest and most trusted.

Who else can access the money you send?

An inmate with fines or restitution will be subject to commissary/trust account garnishment. If the inmate has these financial obligations, they will be extracted from the inmate’s bank account. It may be a percentage or the entire amount depending on the situation. We recommend inmates who are going into their bid contact the counselor and make an arrangement beforehand. If you go in knowing they are taking 20-25% of all deposits is better than have them take it all and you find out in the commissary line when the account is zero.

Why is my inmate asking for more than I normally send?

This is generally a signal that the inmate is doing something they shouldn’t and need money to get them out of or through a situation. It could be gambling, it could be extortion it could be other things you don’t need to know on this forum (for now). Set boundaries with your inmate. Tell them that “this is the amount I can send each month” and that is it. There are no extras beyond the boundary. Also, NEVER send money to the account of another inmate on your inmate’s instruction. This is a sign that something is not right. If the corrections people discover this, and they do more times than not, it will result in some severe disciplinary action to the inmate, and certainly the loss of all privileges.

Who can I call if I suspect something?

We recommend speaking with the counselor or case manager of the facility and use a generic reference in the event that your suspicions are wrong. You needn’t put them in a more difficult position if they are.

Inmate Care Packages:

How to Buy Inmate Commissary Care Packages Online

Show your loved one how much you care – order a package today! The facilities usually have a weekly limit of about $100 per inmate, plus processing and tax. The orders do NOT count towards the inmates weekly commissary allowances Deposits can be made online for inmates 24/7 using a credit/debit card

There are also a few services that allow you how to order inmate commissary online. These trusted providers are approved and share revenue with the prisons from the sales to the inmates.

Here is a list of other similar programs prison commissary: Keefe Group, Access Securpak, iCareGifts, Union Supply Direct, Walkenhorst's, CareACell

Inmate Commissary:

What is Inmate Commissary?

Prison commissary (also sometimes referred to as inmate canteen) is a store for inmates housed within a correctional facility. While the very most basics may be provided for by a given correctional department, there are also other important goods/services that Florida prisoners and inmates must buy. For instance, supplies such as supplementary food, female hygiene products, books, writing utensils and a plethora of other things are examples of things that can be purchased as part of an inmate commissary packages for goods.

What is an Inmate trust account?

When you add money to an inmate account, the prison funds are stored on an inmate trust fund. This prison account basically acts as a personal bank account of an inmate. They will use this account to make Inmate Calls, pay for postage to Send Photos from Inmates, send emails from inmates, purchase Items from Commissary, receive wages from jobs, and more.

How To Send Mail:

This is how to send your inmate at Stephens County GA Jail letters, photos, postcards, greeting cards and magazines

Incoming and outgoing inmate mail is subject to inspection for the presence of contraband that might threaten the safety, security or well-being of the jail/facility, its staff, and residents. Inmates may receive only metered, unstamped, plain white postcards no larger than 4" x 6" as mail. Writing must be in pencil or blue or black ink. Any other mail will be returned to the sender. If no return address is available, unauthorized mail will be stored in the inmate's locker until the inmate's release.

Inmate mail cannot contain any of the following: Create an immediate threat to jail order by describing the manufacture of weapons, bombs, incendiary devices, or tools for escape that realistically are a danger to jail security; Advocate violence, racial supremacy or ethnic purity; No current inmate-to-inmate mail will be allowed and will be destroyed.

The easiest workaround is to look over the mailing services of InmateAid. We have an automated system for sending your loved one that special message or picture. We send thousands of pieces of mail per month with NO issues with the prisons or jails. The envelopes display the InmateAid logo, the mail room knows for certain that the contents will not be compromising. This trust was established in 2012.

How To Send Greeting Cards and Postcards:

Greeting cards are great for the holidays and birthdays. The ones from the store often have more than just the message because the policies surrounding appropriate content (no nudity or sexually suggestive material no matter how funny), and they cannot have glitter, stickers or anything else that makes the card different from a normal plain old card. Instead of going to the Hallmark store in the mall and looking around for hours - go to our easy to search Greeting Cards service.

It takes literally 45 seconds and it's very affordable for what you're getting (and what they are getting, too!). Select from 100s of birthday, anniversary and every holiday you can think of, and VERY easy to send from your phone on InmateAid:

Don't forget Christmas, Thanksgiving, Mother's Day, Father's Day, New Year's, Ramadan, Hanukkah, Passover, Easter, Kwanzaa or Valentine's Day!

In less than a minute and only $0.99, this act of kindness will be worth a million to your inmate. If you have a picture or two and don't want to write a long letter. Type out a little love in the message box and send your latest selfie... only 99 cents!

Don't wait until the moment has passed, it's easy and convenient to let them know you're thinking of them at every moment.

How To Send magazines and Books:

Send magazines to Stephens County GA Jail at 70 North Alexander St
Suite 205, Tocca, GA

Send the best magazines and books to your Inmate in jail or prison, it's the gift that keeps on giving all year round, There is nothing more exciting to an inmate (besides their release date) than getting their favorite magazine every month at mail call.

Magazines and books must come directly from the publisher. You are not allowed to send single magazines in an envelope. They need to come directly from the publisher with your inmate's name affixed to the address label. Magazine subscriptions are easy to set up, it takes literally 2 minutes.

You know when you go into the grocery and browse the new magazines on display? You see hundreds. Inside they place a little card that if you fill it out and send it in with your inmate's name, ID number and facility address - you drop it in the mail and in 8-12 weeks your inmate gets an issue every month for a whole year. Thankfully, there is an easier way, just CLICK here and browse yourself. Select a title or two and add your inmate's name to the order. It's fast, it's reliable and it's at a discounted rate for your convenience.

How To Save Money on Inmate Calls

The prison phone companies have a monopoly at the facility they have a contract with. Profits are shared so there is no incentive for their representatives to show you how to save money. They post their rates and in almost every case, there are at least two pricing tiers. Depending on where you are and where your inmate is, the type of phone number you use will make all the difference.

In federal prison, the answer is simply that a new local number will change your inmate's call rate from $.21 per minute to only $.06 per minute. Fed gives you only 300 minutes per month, the local line service is only $8.95, no hidden fees or bundling of other unwanted service charges

For the other facilities that are not federal, it used to be that a local number was the answer. Now, its market intelligence and InmateAid has made it their business to know what the best deal is in every scenario. And we can tell you that in 30% of the cases, we cannot save you a penny - and neither can anyone else. But we will give you a refund if we can't save you money.

For more specific information on inmate calls, you will want to navigate to the facility your inmate is incarcerated in through our site by going to Prison Directory and following the links to the Discount Telephone Service - get an honest estimate before you buy.

Ask The Inmate

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