Muscogee County Jail

The Muscogee County Jail is located in Columbus, Georgia and is operated by the Muscogee County Sheriff's Office. The function of this jail is to receive and process people who have been arrested by local law enforcement. 

When someone is arrested, they are given the opportunity to post bond and be released, or they are held until their case is disposed of by the courts.

This jail is primarily a holding facility for men and women who have been arrested and a pre-trial facility to house persons who can't bond out and are awaiting their court date.

The jail houses individuals who have been sentenced to serve up to one year of confinement in a local setting, as well as individuals who've been sentenced for more serious crimes and are waiting for bed space to become available with the Georgia Department of Corrections.

The Muscogee County Jail houses over an average of 1,000 inmates on a daily basis.

Inmate Search

To find out if your loved one is being held in Muscogee County, click here or call the jail at (706) 653-4258. Be prepared to provide the inmate’s full name and date of birth.


The Muscogee County VINELink system is a free service that notifies victims and concerned citizens about a change in custody of an inmate. Register to receive automated notifications or to check custody status information online at any time.

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Bonding someone out of the Muscogee 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 Muscogee 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 at the bonding office 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 (usually equal to 10 to 15 percent of the bond amount) that will not be refunded. Only an approved bondsman may be used.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Video visits are conducted via For information about visits at the Muscogee County Jail, call (706) 653-4258.

Physical Address

Muscogee County Jail
700 E 10th Street
Columbus, Georgia 31901

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General Phone Number

(706) 653-4258

Inmate Mailing Address(es) - Muscogee County Jail
925B Peachtree St. NE, Box 2062
Atlanta, GA 30309

Because drugs and contraband in mail have risen in correctional facilities around the nation, it has become necessary to move to electronic communications for inmates. Inmate mail must now be sent electronically through or mailed to the above address.

Inmate mail will be processed by the mail scanning facility and delivered to the inmate via kiosks or tablets. The original mail item will be destroyed.

The Inmate Name and ID Number must be clearly printed on the outside of the envelope or postcard. Prohibited material in inmate mail includes:

  • Racy or pornographic images.
  • Pictures or descriptions of illegal activities.
  • Pictures or descriptions of self-defense tactics, locksmith instructions, escape techniques, or similar material deemed hazardous by correctional staff.
  • Pictures or descriptions of the use or manufacture of firearms, explosives, or other weapons.
  • Drugs or biohazards on the envelope or contents.
  • Threatening or violent content.

To find an inmate ID number, go to

All legal and commercial mail should be sent to the facility directly.

How to Call an Inmate

Inmates at the Muscogee County Jail cannot receive incoming phone calls. However, the inmates do 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.

How to Send Money

Friends and family who wish to make a deposit into an inmate's account may do so by visiting the jail and using the Jail ATM kiosk located in the front lobby. You may also visit to make deposits online using your credit or debit card.

Programs For Inmates

Inmate programs in the Muscogee County Jail are focused on providing the inmates with necessary tools to successfully reintegrate back into the community once they are released. The following programs are currently available at the Muscogee County Jail:

  • Religious Programming
    • Assistant Chaplains
    • Sunday Church
    • Islamic Taleem Service
    • Spanish Church
  • Special Programs
    • Faith based recovery for men and women
    • GED for men and women
    • Fatherhood (partner with Muscogee County Library)
    • Veterans (partner with GA. Department of Veterans Affairs and the GA. Department of Labor)
    • Behavior
    • Literacy
  • Re-Entry Programming
  • Substance Abuse
    • Alcoholics Anonymous (men, women, Veterans, Recovery Dorms
    • Narcotics Anonymous
    • Addicts at the Cross
    • Celebrate Recovery
    • Teen Challenge
    • Recovery through Christ

The Muscogee County Jail has a full-time Chaplain on staff who visits with inmates of all faiths and coordinates a substantial number of faith-based volunteers.

Fatherhood Dorm

Because fathers who reconnect with their families while incarcerated have a 50% less chance of returning to jail, the Muscogee County Jail created the Fatherhood dorm to teach men how to be better parents and to accept responsibility for their children's futures. 

Civic, governmental, and faith community leaders teach the men how to be good fathers and role models. The Columbus Library's Children's Department teaches the men how to teach their children to read. 

The goal of this program is for the men to not return to jail, and for their children to break the generational cycle of incarceration.

Veterans Dorm

The Muscogee County Sheriff opened the Veterans dorm in the jail to focus on the issues that Vets experience. PTSD and substance abuse are the main reasons that vets are being booked into the jail.  So, the jail offers special programming to address these challenges, plus resources to assist the veterans when they are released.

Education/Life Skills

The Muscogee County Jail partners with many community organizations to provide a variety of education and life-skills programs to inmates.

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Careers at Muscogee County Jail

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

The Muscogee County Sheriff's Office is currently seeking qualified applicants for the positions of Correctional Officer and Deputy Sheriff. 

Deputy Job Description

Correctional Officer Job Description

Men and women 21 years of age and older who have a high level of dedication and commitment to the community should consider employment with the agency. Here are some of the benefits:

  • Competitive Salary
  • Comprehensive Medical Coverage
  • Retirement Plan
  • Educational Assistance