Effingham County Jail

The Effingham County Jail is located in Springfield, Georgia and is operated by the Jail Division  of the Effingham County Sheriff's Office. 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. 

The Mission of the Effingham County Sheriff’s Jail Division is to provide for the safety and security of inmates and staff by maintaining a safe, sanitary, and secure environment. They accomplish that mission by providing care, custody, and control of legally confined persons, and providing ethical and humane treatment to those who are incarcerated in the county.

The primary function of the jail is to receive, process, and house individuals who have been charged with felony and/or misdemeanor criminal violations. Those individuals that are unable to make bond remain in custody until they appear in court.

The Effingham County Jail also houses sentenced inmates. Some inmates are sentenced to serve time for misdemeanor offenses (less than 1 year) and remain in the county facility for the entire time.

Inmates convicted and sentenced to more than one year are considered inmates of the Georgia Department of Corrections. They remain in the county jail until they are transferred to a state facility.

Inmate Search

To find out if your loved one is being held in Effingham County, click here or call the jail at 912-754-3449. Be prepared to provide the inmate’s full name and date of birth.

Bonding someone out of the Effingham 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. The person you are posting the bond for 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 and 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 Effingham 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 appeab 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 or can pay the cash bond online by clicking here. 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.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

The Effingham County Jail uses GettingOut by GTL for inmate video visits and all other forms of inmate communication. When you create your video visit account, you’ll be asked some questions to verify your identity. To get started click here. If you need more help, read these instructions.

Getting Out services at the Effingham County Jail provide a number of ways to keep in contact with an inmate. You can send and receive secure messages, share photos, and video visit from your home. With their Android and iOS apps, you can send messages and make deposits on the go. 

To schedule a visit with an inmate, go to www.gettingout.com or use the kiosk in the jail lobby. You will need to login and register before scheduling a visit. Available visiting times may vary, depending on classification and housing unit. 

To cancel a visit, log into www.gettingout.com or use the link provided in your confirmation email. Cancellations that are over 24 hours in advance are fully refunded.

Minors are allowed to visit as long as they are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. 

All social visiting is subject to recording and monitoring. No nudity, drug use, threatening language, gang symbols, or other behavior prohibited by the facility is allowed.

No cell phones, food or drink are allowed in the visiting area.

On-Site Video Visits

Visitors may visit their inmate using the video stations in the jail lobby. Two free visits are allowed per week, with additional visits at 25 cents per minute. Onsite visiting hours are from 8:00 am-8:00 pm every day.

For all free visits, and all onsite visits, visitors must be present in the jail reception area 5-10 minutes before their scheduled visit.

Remote Visits

Remote video visiting is available using a Web browser, and can be conducted from any computer with high-speed Internet, a webcam, microphone, & speakers. There is no limit to the number of remote visits an inmate can have, and they are scheduled on a first-come-first-serve basis. Remote visits cost 25 cents per minute and are available from 8 am. to 9 pm.

Physical Address

Effingham County Jail
130 W First Street Extension
Springfield, GA 31329

Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/F7TRrxzwXR9ih3Jz5

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Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate’s Name and Number
Effingham County Jail
P.O. Box 1015
Springfield , GA 31329

Inmates are only authorized to receive postcards in the mail. Postcards in the following form will not be accepted and will be returned to the sender: 

  • Defaced or altered postcards 
  • Plastic or wrapped postcards 
  • Postcards marked with paint, crayon, or marker 
  • Postcards with any type of labels or stickers 
  • Postcards with watermarks or stains 
  • Postcards with biohazards including perfume or lipstick 
  • Postcards depicting nudity, weapons, or gang references 
  • Oversized postcards (postcards must be no smaller than 3.5 x 4.25 inches, and no larger than 4.25x 6 inches)

How to Call an Inmate

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


To leave a voicemail for an inmate, call 1-866-516-0115 and leave them a message up to three minutes in length. The cost is $1.25 per voicemail.

Blocking Future Calls

If you do not want to receive calls from an inmate at the Effingham County Jail, call 1-866-516-0115 from the phone number that you wish to have blocked. A live operator will help prevent inmates from being able to call that number in the future.

How to Send Money

Inmates at the Effingham County Jail are allowed to purchase items from the Commissary—Beverages, Candy, Snacks, Health Items, Stationary, and Clothing. To deposit money into an inmate's account, visit the jail lobby or go online.


If you need to deposit cash, you can deposit funds at a GTL Jail Lobby Kiosk. 


Money for an offender's commissary account may be deposited at GettingOut.com. If you are paying with a credit card, the GettingOut site is the fastest and most convenient way to deposit funds for an inmate.

By Mail

Money orders or cashiers checks, made payable to the inmate, may be sent through the mail to the following address:

Inmate’s Name and Number
Effingham County Jail
P.O. Box 1015
Springfield, GA 31329

Programs For Inmates

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Careers at Effingham County Jail

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