Putnam County Jail

The Putnam County Jail is located in Eatonton, Georgia and operated by the Putnam County Sheriff's Office. When someone is arrested in the county by local law enforcement, they are usually given the opportunity to post bond and be released, or they are held until their case is disposed of by the courts. 

The function of this jail is to receive and process people who have been arrested. It serves as a temporary holding facility, as well as a pre-trial facility to house persons who can't bond out and are waiting for their court date.

The Putnam County Jail also 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 within the Georgia Department of Corrections.

The Putnam County jail has a maximum capacity of 120 inmates. The current average daily inmate population is 105.

Inmate Search

To find out if your loved one is being held in Putnam County, call the jail at (706) 485-2680. Be prepared to provide the inmate’s full name and date of birth.

Bonding someone out of the Putnam 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 Putnam 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. 

The following commercial bail bondsmen are approved to do business in Putnam county:

  • Anytime Bail Bonding-706-923-5299/478-745-3111 
  • Beckham's Bonding-478-452-8208/478-452-1909
  • Don Johnson Bonding-706-485-7555/478-932-5350

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Visiting hours at the Putnam County Jail are based on inmate housing locations. Visitors may call the jail at (706) 485-2680 to find out the correct time of their visitation.   Visitors will not be allowed to sign in until 15 minutes before their visitation period begins. Visitors who arrive at the incorrect time may be denied visitation.

  • All female inmates and male inmates in Dormitory 1000 may receive visitors at any time during normal visitation hours.
  • Inmates in Dormitories 2000 and 3000 will receive visitors from 5:30 pm until 6:30 pm on Thursdays and from 1:30 pm until 2:30 pm on Sundays.
  • Inmates in Dormitories 4000 and 5000 will receive visitors from 6:30 pm until 7:30 pm on Thursdays and from 2:30 pm until 3:30 pm on Sundays.

Physical Address

Putnam County Jail
111 Ridley Drive
Eatonton, GA 31024

Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/rTVWnocZpWT971tw6

General Phone Number

(706) 485-2680

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Putnam County Jail
Inmate Name and Number
111 Ridley Drive
Eatonton, GA 31024

How to Call an Inmate

Inmates at the Putnam 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. 

Inmate phone calls are handled through Paytel. Visit their website to set up a prepaid phone account so you can accept calls from your inmate.

How to Send Money

Friends and family who would like to add money to an inmate's commissary account while they are incarcerated at the Putnam County Jail can do so online at JailATM. Another option is to visit the jail in person and use the kiosk located in the lobby to make a deposit.

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Careers at Putnam County Jail

If you are interested in a career with the Putnam County Sheriff's Office and would like more information about the job openings and opportunities at the Putnam County Jail, click here for contact information and to download an application.