Ware County Jail

The Ware County Jail is located in Waycross, Georgia and operated by the Ware County Sheriff's Office. The function of this jail is to receive and process adult men and women—and juveniles—who have been arrested by county or municipal law enforcement. 

The Ware 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 Ware 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 Ware 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 Ware County, click here or call the jail at (912) 287-4323. Be prepared to provide the inmate’s full name and date of birth.

Upon arrival at the jail, the inmate will go through the booking process, which is the same for everyone regardless of the charge. Inmates will be given the opportunity to use the telephone once the booking process is completed to contact their family, attorney, and/or a bondsman. 

Bonding someone out of the Ware 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 Ware 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

Visitation at the Ware County Jail is on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Each inmate is allowed one visit per visitation period and TWO (2) twenty-minute visitations per week. 

Visiting Rules

  • No child may be left unattended in the Ware County Jail.
  • The visit will be denied if the visitor is under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, is disruptive, or refuses to follow facility rules.
  • All visits are supervised by a staff member. 
  • Purses, food/drinks and smoking are not allowed in the visiting area.
  • No contact visits are permitted. 
  • The Ware County Jail reserves the right to deny any visit.

For more information about visits at the Ware County Jail, call (912) 287-4323.

Physical Address

Ware County Jail
3487 Harris Rd.
Waycross, GA 31503

Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/tpYsnb56YDPM48We9

General Phone Number

(912) 287-4323

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Ware County Jail
Inmate Name / Inmate Number
3487 Harris Rd.
Waycross, GA 31503

How to Call an Inmate

Inmates at the Ware 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. 

The phone system in the Ware County Jail is operated and maintained by ATN, Inc., of St. Marys, Georgia. All questions concerning communications using the inmate phone system should be directed to ATN customer service representatives at (800) 849-6081.

The most common problem encountered with the Inmate Phone system is that calls can not be completed to certain phone numbers. ATN service representatives can quickly check to see if there is a block on your line, or if your calls are not being completed for some other reason.

How to Send Money

Friends and family can place money on an inmate's account at the Ware County Jail in two different ways.


Visit JailATM.com or Commissary Deposit to deposit funds online using a debit or credit card, or to order a care package for your inmate that is delivered to the jail.

  • Inmates may purchase available beverages, snacks, health and beauty aids once per week from the commissary. 
  • In addition to sending money, you can order a care package from Commissary Deposit and have it sent directly to your inmate.

In Person

Money orders can be brought to the jail and dropped off with an officer. They should be made out to the inmate and have the buyer's name clearly written on the money order. NO CASH WILL BE ACCEPTED. A receipt will be given and money will be deposited directly into the inmate’s account.

Programs For Inmates

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Careers at Ware County Jail

If you are interested in a career with the Ware County Sheriff's Office and would like more information about the job openings and opportunities at the Ware County Jail, click here, contact the Ware County Human Resources Department at (912) 287-4333 or call Lt. Mike Thrift, Personnel Officer at (912) 287-4324.  

The Ware County Sheriff's Office is always looking for good men and women who are seeking a career in law enforcement. Applications are accepted year round for various positions and kept on file for six months. 

Employment Application

Applications can be submitted to the Ware County Human Resource Department located on the 2nd floor of the Ware County Courthouse, located at 800 Church Street. Or, at the Ware Sheriff's Office located at 3487 Harris Rd. in Waycross, Georgia.