Toombs County Jail

The Toombs County Jail (aka the Toombs County Detention Center or the Charles Durst Detention Center) is located in Lyons, Georgia and operated by the Toombs County Sheriff's Office. The function of this 120-bed jail—which is located in the eastern part of the Sheriff's office—is to receive and process people who have been arrested by local law enforcement, including the Lyons and Vidalia Municipal Police Departments.

The Toombs County 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 Toombs 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 Toombs 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 Toombs County, click here or call the jail at 912-526-1002. Be prepared to provide the inmate’s full name and date of birth.

If someone you know is in the Toombs 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 plenty of opportunities to reach someone by phone to arrange a bond.

Bonding someone out of the Toombs 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 Toombs 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. Approved Bonding Agencies For Toombs County are:





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Visiting Hours and Rules

Call the Toombs County Jail at 912-526-1002 for visiting hours and information. Video Visitation Services are provided by HOMEWAV. Visitors must download the HOMEWAV app or sign up at the HOMEWAV website and CREATE A USER ACCOUNT. 

Once your Visitor Account is approved (which could take up to 48 hours), you will be allowed to request a visit with an inmate. 

REMOTE VISITS are allowed any day of the week from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm as long as the inmate kiosk is available. Visiting an inmate remotely does cost a fee.

ONSITE VISITS made from the kiosks in the Detention Center Lobby for FREE are allowed during the following schedule:


Onsite visits will be canceled if there is a court scheduling issue, or if Admin is closed due to holidays, etc. ONSITE VISITS must be scheduled a day in advance by calling the Front Office @ 526-1002 ext 24.

Physical Address

Charles Durst Detention Center
357 NW Broad St
Lyons, GA 30436

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Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate’s Full Name
Charles Durst Detention Center
357 NW Broad St
Lyons, GA 30436

Inmate Inbox Messaging Service

This service allows you to send emails and photos back and forth to your incarcerated family member. For about the same cost as a stamp, you can send an instant message to your loved one, and add photos for another minimum fee. To get started, visit

How to Call an Inmate

Inmates at the Toombs 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. 

Phone Services at the jail are provided by Pay-Tel Communications. To set up service, visit  or call 1-800-729-8355 from the phone you wish to receive calls on.

How to Send Money

Friends and family can place money on an inmate's account at the Toombs County Jail in one of three ways:


Visit or to deposit money online.

In Person

Visit the lobby of the Toombs County Jail and use the kiosk, anytime 24/7. 

US Mail

When sending money to an inmate by mail, the jail prefers U.S. Postal money orders. 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
Charles Durst Detention Center
357 NW Broad St
Lyons, GA 30436

Programs For Inmates

The Sheriff provides the opportunity for inmates who are being housed at the jail to participate in religious and educational services during their incarceration.

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Careers at Toombs County Jail

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

Minimum Applicant Requirements:

  • 18 years old or older
  • Clean Background Check (No felonies, and no violent or aggravated misdemeanors within the past 5 years)
  • Valid Georgia, Class C, Drivers License
  • High School Diploma or GED (must have copy or transcript)
  • Must be able to get POST Certified for the State of Georgia