ABOUT THE DETENTION CENTER
The primary duties of the Dawson County Detention Center include overseeing individuals who are awaiting trial after arrest. The Dawson County Detention Center is designed to house 192 inmates.
Local detention centers are designed to house pre-trial detainees; whereas, prison systems are designed for confinement after conviction. Because of this distinction, detention center detainees are afforded more rights. Detentions centers are tasked with many responsibilities, such as providing for the protection of certain civil rights and providing programs of recovery. Programs that are offered to our inmates include:
Alcoholics Anonymous, Assistance obtaining a General Education Diploma (GED), and Religious services.
The Dawson County Detention Center maintains an inmate work force. Participants are responsible for several facility details, such as cleaning floors, kitchen duties, and laundry services. In addition to facility details within the Law Enforcement Center, the inmate work force supplements various county departments, such as the County Maintenance Shop, Parks and Recreations Department, Public Works, and the school system. These positions are staffed when qualified detainees are available.
Obviously public safety is a priority with any work detail program. Sacrificing public safety to save various county labor cost is not an option! A very thorough and highly scrutinized selection process is used when placing inmates on a work detail.
Although screening is absolute, we will always encourage the public to be watchful and mindful when Work Detail Inmates are out in the community. We always ask that you immediately report any concerns to our Detention Command Staff.
The Detention Center also participates in the Inmate Work Release Program for eligible detainees. Inmates with Court approval are screened by the Detention Commander for acceptance to participate in the Work Release program. If eligibility requirements are met, the inmate may leave the detention facility to attend approved jobs, although they must return to the facility when they are not working.
Commander – Captain David Lingerfelt
706-344-3535 ext. 10251
Assistant Commander – Lieutenant Theresa Kirby
706-344-3535 ext. 10224
Administrative Lieutenant – Zach Stewart
706-344-3535 ext. 10221
Inmate Services Coordinator
706-344-3535 ext. 10201
GENERAL DETENTION INFORMATION
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.
MAIL PROCEDURES – Inmates receive mail Monday through Friday. All mail is subject to inspection for the safety and security of the Detention Facility. Any privileged mail will be searched in the presence of the receiving inmate. 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 placed in the inmate’s personal property along with any items which are not considered “approved”. The inmate will be served with an “Inmate Mail Confiscation Form” and sign acknowledgment that the mail/item came and has been placed in their personal property. No mail will be accepted unless it has been received from the Postal Service.
VISITATION – Dawson County Detention Center hosts video visitation on-site. All visitors 18 years of age or older must provide valid photo I.D. Any visitors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by someone 18 years of age or older. Each inmate is assigned 2 (two) visitation slots, one during the week and one on the weekend. Each visit is for 30 (thirty) minutes and the inmates may only receive visits during their specifically assigned times. 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. Inmates are able to make collect calls or direct calls which are debited from their “Inmate Funds Account”. For any issues regarding the inmate phones please call “ICSolutions” at 1-888-506-8407. All calls are recorded and subject to monitoring.
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.
BOOKS – Other than their softcover Religious Text, inmates may not receive books from anywhere except delivery directly from the publisher. The detention center maintains a library with a wide variety of books which are made accessible to the inmates.
BONDING – All bonds will incur a State Fee of $200.00 or 20%, whichever is less. All bonds require a cash bond fee of $20.00. 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.