Arrendale Transitional Center

The Arrendale Transitional Center is a minimum-security facility for adult female felons who are in the custody of the Georgia Department of Corrections. This facility is located in Alto, Georgia, near the Lee Arrendale State Prison and can house a maximum of 117 inmates in double capacity cells.

The mission of the Arrendale Transitional Center is to help the inmates make a successful transition back into the community by providing therapeutic counseling, social skills, and employment skills.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Visiting hours at the Arrendale Transitional Center are 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Saturdays, Sundays, and State Holidays. Inmates with last names starting with A-K are allowed visits on Saturdays, and L-Z is on Sundays.

Who Can Visit?

Before you can visit an inmate at Arrendale Transitional Center, you must be approved by the Georgia Department of Corrections. Visitor applications are available by clicking here

Members of an offender's immediate family, (for example, parents, brothers, sisters, spouse, grandparents, grandchildren, and children) may be requested by the offender for visitation approval. 

Individuals, who are not considered as “immediate” family members as described above may be considered as a significant relationship visitor. For individuals wanting to visit as a significant relationship visitor, the inmate must initiate the request. 

General Visiting Rules

Visitors are required to present photo identification prior to their admission for visiting. Your identification will be kept in a secure area outside the actual visitation area and will be returned to you at the conclusion of the visit. 

Visitors can only bring the following items into the visiting room:

  • An appropriate form of picture identification
  • A maximum of forty dollars (40.00) in coins to be used for the vending machines, and 
  • A set of car keys

No food or drink will be brought into the facility from the outside. Funds for inmates from visitors will be accepted only through the Consolidated Banking Unit, and may not be brought into a facility. 

All visitors are subject to a preliminary search of their person by electronic surveillance instruments. All items brought into the facility by a visitor will be searched by officers assigned to the visitation area. 

Personal contact such as hand shaking, embracing, or kissing is permitted only at the beginning and conclusion of the visit. Excessive, frequent or prolonged embracing, hand holding, kissing, or other inappropriate behavior is strictly prohibited.

Dress Code

Visitors are required to wear appropriate attire. Shoes are required of all visitors, including children, at all times. Male visitors are required to wear shirts and full-length trousers. Females are required to wear foundation type garments such as bras, panties, and a slip. Any type of clothing that is suggestive or revealing in any way is prohibited.

If a visitor is wearing clothing not considered appropriate by the Front Entry or Visitation Room staff, they will immediately notify the shift supervisor/assistant shift supervisor. The supervisor has the authority to do the following: 

  • Require the prospective visitor to change into appropriate attire
  • Ask the visitor to wear a cover-up such as a sweater, jacket, or other type of concealing garment during the visit, or
  • Terminate the visit entirely, especially if the visitor refuses to cooperate with staff in this matter. 

Inappropriate clothing includes, but is not limited to: 

  • Dresses with thin straps which expose shoulders or chest area in any manner
  • Dresses, skirts, or other similar garments that are more than two (2) inches above the knees
  • Tops, such as tank tops or any other top which exposes shoulders or chest area in any manner
  • Tube tops or halter tops of any type
  • Any type of clothing which reveals the stomach or midriff area
  • Any type of clothing that is made of sheer, net, mesh, or transparent material
  • Shorts of any kind or any kind of slacks that are above the knee 
  • Leggings, jeggings, or any other skin tight pants, unless worn at least partially covered by another garment, such as a skirt or long top that is no more than two inches above the knee

Physical Address

Arrendale Transitional Center
2023 Old Gainesville Hwy
Alto,GA 30510

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General Phone Number

(706) 776-0845

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Arrendale Transitional Center
Inmate name and number
P.O. Box 186
2023 Gainesville, Highway, S
Alto, GA 30510-0709

How to Call an Inmate

You can't call an inmate who is housed at the Arrendale Transitional Center.

How to Send Money

You can send money to an inmate housed at the Arrendale Transitional Center through JPay (online) or MoneyGram (in person). You also have the option of mailing a money order.

To get started with JPay to send money with a debit or credit card, click here. To find a MoneyGram location, so you can send cash, click here. To mail a money order, click here to print the voucher and step-by-step directions.

Food Packages

The Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) allows Union Supply to receive orders for food packages which are delivered to inmates at the Arrendale Transitional Center. For more information, click here.

Programs For Inmates

Arrendale Transitional center provides work release inmates for the Habersham and Hall County areas. The center also offers the following inmate programs:

  • Academic: General Education Diploma, Driving Under The Influence School
  • Counseling: Alcoholics Anonymous/Narcotics Anonymous, Re-Entry, Thinking For A Change, Family Violence, Job Readiness, Health Education, Moral Recognition Therapy, Motivation For Change, Work Ready Assessment
  • Recreation: General Recreation, Physical Health
  • Religious Activities: Various Worship Services, Bible Study, Pastoral Counseling

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Careers at Arrendale Transitional Center

If you are interested in a career with the Georgia Department of Corrections and would like to work at the Arrendale Transitional Center, click here.