Terrell County Jail

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

This 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 Terrell 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 Terrell 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 Terrell County, call the jail at 229-995-4488. Be prepared to provide the inmate’s full name and date of birth.

If someone you know is in the Terrell County Jail, they will either have a bond issued immediately after booking or within 72 hours of their arrest, depending upon the charges. They will be given ample opportunity to reach someone to arrange a bond.

Bonding someone out of the Terrell 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 Terrell 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 Terrell County Jail at 229-995-4488 for visiting hours and information.

Physical Address

Terrell County Jail
3110 Albany Highway
Dawson, GA, 39842

Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/knTPSHboCBmWUW9c9

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Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate’s Full Name
Terrell County Jail
PO Box 463
Dawson, Georgia 39842

How to Call an Inmate

Inmates at the Terrell 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 Terrell 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. Personal checks will not be accepted. Do not send cash through the mail. Make sure to write the inmate's name and number on the money order.

Mail the money order to:
Inmate’s Full Name
Terrell County Jail
PO Box 463
Dawson, Georgia 39842

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Careers at Terrell County Jail

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

Sheriff Bowens is always looking for talented people to help improve the office and help it grow. Candidates should share the values and vision of the community and the sheriff's office, make a positive contribution, and carry on the proud tradition of the officers who have come before them.

To see the requirements, salary/benefits, and job description for the jailer position in Terrell County, click here. To fill out an application, click here.

Job applications must be returned to the Terrell County Sheriff's Office.  After the application is complete, it will be reviewed by Sheriff Bowens.