Lobby Hours Monday-Friday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Component

Detention

The Dawson County Detention Center oversees pre-trial detainees and is equipped to house up to 192 inmates. Our focus on pre-trial detainees ensures they have specific rights and access to recovery programs, including Alcoholics Anonymous, GED assistance, and religious services.

Within our facility, inmates participate in a supervised work program, handling tasks like cleaning, kitchen duties, and laundry services. Additionally, our inmate workforce supports various county departments, maintaining public safety as our utmost priority. We employ rigorous inmate selection processes for work details.

We also offer an Inmate Work Release Program, allowing eligible detainees to work approved jobs outside the facility while returning during non-working hours, subject to court approval. Your vigilance in reporting any concerns during inmate work activities is greatly appreciated.

STAFF

Captain Anthony Davis - Chief Jailer

adavis@dawsoncountysheriff.org (706) 344-3535, Ext. 20091
Lieutenant Theresa Kirby - Operational Support

tkirby@dawsoncountysheriff.org (706) 344-3535, Ext. 10224
Lieutenant Chad Mobley - Watch Commander

cmobley@dawsoncountysheriff.org (706) 344-3535, Ext. 10191
Lieutenant Donna Bennett - Watch Commander

dbennett@dawsoncountysheriff.org (706) 344-3535, Ext. 10241
Sergeant Zach Smith - Warrants Services & Transport Unit

zsmith@dawsoncountysheriff.org (706) 344-3535, Ext. 20253
Corporal Jane Czajkoski - Inmate Services

jczajkoski@dawsoncountysheriff.org (706) 344-3535, Ext. 10201

GENERAL DETENTION INFORMATION

Inmate Services

INMATE MEDICAL SERVICES – Inmates have access to full medical services through a contracted medical service provider.
MEALS – Inmates are served three meals per day meeting nutritional guidelines. The meals are prepared on-site by a contracted food service provider.
BOOKS – Other than their softcover Religious Text, inmates may not receive books from anywhere except delivery directly from the publisher.

MAIL PROCEDURES

The Dawson County Detention Center has contracted with Smart Communications to provide MailGuard electronic mail services. MailGuard is a quick and efficient way for inmates to receive letters and photos electronically. All regular inmate postal mail (postcards, letters, greeting cards, etc.) will be scanned into the system and available to the inmates to view their postal mail via the kiosks/tablets. Friends and Family members are encouraged to subscribe to MailGuard Tracker. Sign up for a free account and view delivery status, receive notifications if your mail is rejected, and download copies of mail that has been received and processed. Upon release, inmates can login into the public website at https://www.smartinmate.com/ and enter their inmate number and password to download their photos, messages, and postal mail at no cost.
All mail must contain the sender’s complete name and return address. Any mail that is sexually explicit or contains information that may pose a risk to the facility or the residents will be rejected along with any items which are not considered “approved”.
Regular Inmate Postal Mail must be sent to the following address:
Smart Communications / Dawson County Detention Center Inmate Name and ID # PO BOX 9142 Seminole, FL 33775-9142
Legal mail and books will continue to be sent to the facility directly at 19 Tucker Ave. Dawsonville, GA 30534

VISITATION

Dawson County Detention Center contracts with Smart Communications to host video visitation services. All visitors must submit an application through Smart Communications at www.smartjailmail.com. All visitations whether on-site or remote must be scheduled 24 hours in advance. Visitors under the age of 18 are only permitted to participate in on-site visitation and must be accompanied by someone 18 years of age or older with an approved application. Each inmate is permitted to receive 1 (one) on-site visitation and 2 (two) remote visitations per week. On-site visits are for 30 (thirty) minutes at no cost to the inmate. Remote visits are for 15 (fifteen) minutes and incur a cost through Smart Communications. On-site visitors are required to be mindful of their children, be respectful of others in the lobby area, and to please report any visitation issues to on-duty staff. We ask that the lobby be treated as a family gathering area; loud, boisterous, foul language could cause your visit to be terminated. No tank tops or other revealing clothing will be permitted and no electronic devices (including cell phones) are permitted at the visitation booths. No more than three visitors per inmate are allowed at the booth at one time. All visits are recorded and subject to monitoring.

INMATE PHONES

Inmate phone services are provided by a contracted service provider, Smart Communications. Smart Communications offers different calling account options to allow you to pay for inmate phone calls in advance and stay connected.
Prepaid Collect (PPC) – allows family and friends to pay for collect calls they receive from an inmate in advance. The PPC account holder decides which phone numbers are allowed and how much they want to spend on receiving collect calls.
PIN Debit – family and friends can deposit funds directly into PIN Debit accounts. These account funds are owned by the inmate and can be used to pay for calls they place to any facility-approved phone number.
Inmates are also able to purchase credits from their commissary funds accounts.
For any issues regarding the inmate phones please contact Smart Communications at 1- 888‐843‐1972.
All calls are recorded and subject to monitoring.

COMMISSARY

INMATE FUNDS ACCOUNTS – Each inmate is set up an account so they can receive funds to use for medical services, phones, and commissary. Any monies received are placed on their account during the booking process. Family and friends may place money on an inmate’s account by dropping off a money order in the designated lockbox in the Law Enforcement foyer, depositing via cash or card on the “kiosk” in the lobby (much like a deposit-only ATM), by phone at 1-866-345-1884, or by internet at www.accesscorrections.com.
INMATE COMMISSARY – Inmates have the opportunity to purchase items from our contracted Commissary provider “KEEFE” through an internet-like order process. Orders are transmitted to Keefe every Thursday and the items are delivered to the inmates on Monday and Tuesday. Examples of available items include cookies, crackers, tuna, meat sticks, candies, chips, undergarments, shorts, thermal tops and bottoms, and hygiene products.
INMATE PROPERTY – Each inmate is approved to receive (within the first seven days of incarceration) from their family/friend socks, underwear, t-shirts, and bras with the following guidelines. All items must be new in unopened packaging. If the packaging has been opened, staff will not be permitted to accept the items. All items must be white (it is okay if the socks have grey on the heels/toes). The inmate will be given up to five of each item (five pairs of socks) and if there are excess in the packages, they will be placed in the inmate’s personal property. Each inmate is also allowed to receive 1 Bible or other religious text in a soft cover version only.

BONDING

All bond amounts will include fees for the following as required by law: An amount equal to 10% of the original bail amount, up to $100.00, for the Peace Officers and Prosecutors Training Act. An additional amount equal to 10% of the original bail amount, up to $100.00 for the Indigent Defense Fund. An additional amount equal to 10% of the original bail amount (no maximum limit) for the Jail Construction and Staffing Fund (Jail fund). All bonds require a non-refundable cash bond fee of $20.00 for each bond instrument written. There are three ways to post an inmates bond:

  • CASH – a cash bond requires 100% of the bond plus the above fees be paid in cash funds to the Detention Center. In turn, the money is paid to the court as “Guarantor” that the accused will make his/her court appearances.
  • BONDING COMPANY – please call or visit the Law Enforcement Center for an up to date list of approved bonding companies. Per Georgia Law, staff is not permitted to make a recommendation.
  • PROPERTY BOND – Please call or visit the Law Enforcement Center for a complete list of required documents and fees if you have personal property you would like to use as collateral on a bond.