Decatur County Jail

The Decatur County Jail is located in Bainbridge, Georgia and is operated by the Decatur County Sheriff's Department. This jail houses adult male and female inmates—both felony and misdemeanor offenders—who have been arrested by local county or municipal law enforcement, as well as pre-trial and convicted inmates. 

Inmate Search

To find out if your loved one is being held in Decatur County, click here or call the jail at 229-248-3050. Be prepared to provide the inmate’s full name and date of birth.

Bonding someone out of the Decatur County Jail

A criminal bond is a financial guarantee that the arrested person will appear in court on a specified date. A BOND IS NOT A FINE. A person posting a bond must appear before a judge to answer criminal charges. 

A fee of $20.00 is charged for every bond that is written by the jail. This fee may be paid in cash. The fee can also be paid with a money order, or cashier’s check made payable to the Decatur County Board of Commissioners. This fee is non-refundable.

If an inmate has bondable charges, he or she can bond out at any time. A bond can be paid with or without a bail bond agent. The method (cash/surety) and amount of money needed for bonding someone out of the Decatur County Jail depends on their charges. Most crimes, but not all crimes, are bondable offenses.

  • Cash Bond

When you pay a cash bond, it is refunded to you when all court appearances have been made and the case is discharged, dismissed, or a not guilty verdict rendered. Failure to appear at the appointed time will result in forfeiture of the bond amount and may result in a Bench Warrant ordered by the judge.

To sign a cash bond you must bring a photo identification card and enough cash to cover the bond. The sheriff's office only accepts paper money (no change allowed), money order, or cashier’s check. The entire amount of the cash bond must be paid before the inmate is released. 

  • Surety Bond

When you use a Bail Bondsman for a surety bond, you will be required to pay a fee (equal to 15 percent of the bond amount) that will not be refunded.

  • Property Bond

Inmates may be released on a property bond if the surety owns property which exceeds the bond's value. All the following stipulations apply:

  • The property must be located in Decatur County.
  • The surety (property owner) must provide a warranty deed, current real estate tax receipt, or current year amortization schedule to substantiate ownership.
  • All owners of record must sign the bond affidavit.
  • All property bonds must be approved by the Sheriff or designee.

Inmate Property

Each inmate is allowed to receive a one-time package of personal items when they arrive at the Decatur County Jail. ALL other items must be purchased from the Jail Commissary. Permitted items are:

  • 6 pair white briefs/boxers (males only)
  • 6 pair white panties (female only)
  • 3 white t-shirts w/sleeves (male/female)
  • 3 white wireless bras (female only)
  • 6 pair white socks (male/female)
  • 1 set white or cream thermal underwear (male only)
  • 1 set white or gray sweat clothes (female only)
  • 1 paperback Bible (Religious preference ex: King James, Quran, etc)
  • 1 paperback Religious Book

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Visitors at the Decatur County Jail must be on the inmate's visiting list. Each visitor should be over the age of 14. However, exceptions may be made on a case by case basis. All visits are monitored and recorded.

The visitation schedule at the Decatur County Jail is as follows:

General Population: Wednesday – Sunday 12:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.
Protective Custody: Wednesday – Sunday 9:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.
Children Visits: Saturday – Sunday 12:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.

Out of town visitors may visit for one hour, if they meet the following conditions:

  • Live OVER 75 miles from the jail.
  • Present proper picture ID with proof of residency

Visiting Rules

All visitors must present a valid photo ID. All visitors are subject to be searched by an officer of the same sex. Failure to cooperate will terminate the visit and will possibly mean denial of future visits.

No purses, packages, or cell phones are allowed in the visitation area. Personal items should be left in your vehicle or placed in a provided locker. The locker costs a quarter, which will be refunded when you retrieve your items.

Physical Address

Decatur County Jail
912 Spring Creek Road
Bainbridge, GA 39817

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General Phone Number


Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Decatur County Jail
Inmate Name and ID #
912 Spring Creek Road
Bainbridge, GA 39817

Do not send stamps, envelopes, paper, and pens through the mail. These items are available for purchase from the commissary. Inmates are allowed to send and receive as many letters as they choose. 

Mail Rules

  • Incoming mail must include a return address.
  • All incoming mail must have the inmate's name and Jail ID number.
  • All incoming and outgoing mail is checked for contraband, illegal action, and disorder against the facility.
  • Incoming mail containing contraband, or items not allowed, will be returned to the sender.
  • The following items are acceptable:
    • Letters, cards (no mechanical parts)
    • 3 x 5 or 4 x 6 snapshots (no Polaroids)
    • Money order or cashier’s check made payable to the inmate, along with their ID#

Email is available to family/friends via JailATM for 50 cents per message.

How to Call an Inmate

Inmates at the Decatur County Jail cannot receive incoming phone calls, however, they have access to phones and can make outgoing calls from the inmate housing area daily. Phone calls are recorded and may be monitored at any time. 

Inmates can purchase telephone time with money from their commissary account. To purchase prepaid telephone time, visit or call 1-888-506-8407.

How to Send Money

Money can be added to an inmate's account at the Decatur County Jail by using the Jail Lobby kiosk, anytime, seven days a week. No personal checks will be accepted. No exceptions. 

You can also deposit funds online at

Money orders or cashiers checks, made out to the inmate with their inmate ID#, may be sent through the mail to: 

Decatur County Jail
912 Spring Creek Road
Bainbridge, GA 39817


All inmate money must be received by 9:00 A.M. on Tuesday if they wish to order commissary for that week. Family/friends may also order commissary gift pack for their inmate through

Upon release from the jail, all funds credited to the inmate will be released on a Prestige Money Card to the inmate.

Programs For Inmates

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Careers at Decatur County Jail

If you are interested in a career with the Decatur County Sheriff's Office and would like more information about the job openings and opportunities at the Decatur County Jail, click here.

Prior to employment, an extensive background investigation will be conducted and a physical examination by a licensed physician may be required. 

Decatur County Deputy Sheriff minimum requirements for Deputies:

  • United States citizen
  • At least 20 years of age
  • High school graduate or equivalency
  • Have a valid Georgia driver’s license
  • No convictions by any state or by the Federal Government of any crime
  • No domestic violence convictions
  • Good moral character and reputation
  • Community oriented personality

Individuals meeting the minimum qualifications for law enforcement or jailer positions are invited to submit an application. Employment forms may be picked up at the Sheriff’s Office front desk, weekdays from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.. For more information on employment at the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office please call 229-248-3044.