Sumter County Jail

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

The jail 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.

When someone is arrested in Sumter county, 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 Sumter 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.

Inmate Search

To find out if your loved one is being held in Sumter County, click here or call the jail at 229-924-4094. Be prepared to provide the inmate’s full name and date of birth.

DO NOT CONFUSE the Sumter County Jail with the Sumter County Prison. The jail is for housing people who have been arrested by local law enforcement. The prison, however, is for housing sentenced inmates who are on county work detail. The phone number to the Sumter County Prison is 229-928-4582.

Bonding someone out of the Sumter 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 Sumter 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

Call the Sumter County Jail at 229-924-4094 for visiting hours and information.

Physical Address

Sumter County Jail
352 McMath Mill Road
Americus, GA 31719

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Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate’s Full Name
Sumter County Jail
P.O. Box 726
Americus, GA 31719

How to Call an Inmate

Inmates at the Sumter 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

Money may be put on an inmate's account at the Sumter County Jail in one of two ways:

In Person

Bring a money order to the Jail Lobby, and a jail officer will post the money order on the inmate’s account. The jail officer will need to see your photo ID for this procedure.

US Mail

When sending money to an inmate by mail, U.S. Postal money orders are preferred. Funds from this source are immediately credited to the inmate’s account and available for purchases from the commissary. 

There is a minimum of a ten-day waiting period on any other type of money order. Personal checks will not be accepted. Do not send cash through the mail. The Sheriff’s Office will not assume responsibility for any cash sent through the mail that is lost or stolen.

Mail the money order to:
Inmate’s Full Name
Sumter County Jail
P.O. Box 726
Americus, GA 31719

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Careers at Sumter County Jail

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

The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office is currently seeking qualified candidates to fill the position of Full-Time Detention Officer. The position is responsible for performing corrections and detention service duties at the county jail. Applications will be accepted until filled. 

Annual starting salary: $27,609.66

Minimum Requirements include:

  • The ability to read, write and perform mathematical calculations at a level commonly associated with the completion of high school or equivalent. 
  • Sufficient experience to understand the basic principles relevant to the major duties of the position usually associated with the completion of an apprenticeship/internship or having had a similar position for one to two years. 
  • Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid driver’s license issued by the State of Georgia.