Coastal State Prison

Coastal State Prison is a medium-security prison for adult male inmates located in Garden City, Georgia, that has a maximum capacity of 1,836. It was opened in 1981 and renovated in 1999.

The facility’s mission is to ensure public safety and effectively house offenders while operating a safe and secure facility and providing diagnostic intake services for the Strategic Intervention Program (S.I.P.). 

S.I.P. consists of an Intensive Re-Entry program, a Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT) program for inmates as well as a Probation RSAT program. Coastal State Prison houses a Faith and Character Based program and provides supportive living housing for ADA inmates. It is also a host facility for the Coastal Transition Center and the catchment for the Savannah Probation Office.

The prison consists of twelve housing units. Six units contain 36 cells each, divided into 12, two-man cells and 24, four-man cells. Four units have open-bay dormitories totaling 846 beds. One unit with 184 beds houses 92 Faith and Character inmates and 92 Incentive Inmates. The prison includes a 74-bed segregation unit and a 12-bed infirmary. This facility also houses an abbreviated diagnostic unit, a boot camp, and a tactical squad.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

The visiting days and hours at Coastal State Prison are on Saturdays, Sundays, and state holidays from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM.

You must fill out an application and be approved by the Georgia Department of Corrections before you can visit an inmate at Coastal State Prison. For complete details about the visiting process, click here.

You must have photo identification to visit an inmate. A driver's license with a picture, a picture identification card issued by the Department of Public Safety, or other acceptable photographic identification card is required for all visitors age sixteen (16) and over.

The only items you can bring to a visit are: an identification card, car keys, and money. No food or drink can be brought into the facility from the outside other than bottled formula or store-bought products for babies. 

You can bring a maximum of twenty dollars ($20.00) in coins to be used for the vending machines. Musical instruments, radios, pets, cameras, or electronic devices are not allowed in the visiting area. 

All visitors are subject to a preliminary search of their person by electronic surveillance instruments (metal detectors, etc.). All items brought into the facility by a visitor will be searched by officers assigned to the visitation area.

Visitors must wear appropriate clothing. Shoes are required at all times for visitors, including children if they are able to walk or stand. 

Male visitors are required to wear shirts and full-length trousers. Females may wear trousers, or if a female visitor wears a dress, skirt or other similar garment, it may NOT be more than two (2) inches above the knees. Furthermore, all female visitors must wear undergarments such as bras, panties, and slips. 

Inappropriate clothing includes, but is not limited to:  

  • Dresses or tops with thin straps which expose shoulders or chest area in any manner
  • Tube tops or halters of any type
  • Any type of clothing which reveals the stomach or midriff area
  • Any type of clothing that is made of sheer or transparent material
  • Shorts of any kind or any kind of slacks that are above the knee (twelve years old and under may wear shorts)
  • Male visitors are not permitted to wear tank tops or short tops of any kind, nor see-through tops made of net or mesh webbing. 
  • Shorts are not permitted (children twelve 12 years old and under may wear shorts)
  • Any other type of clothing that is suggestive or revealing in any way is prohibited

Video Visits

Coastal State Prison does offer video visits through JPay. You must have a JPay account, and the video visit can last up to 30 minutes. The fee for a 30-minute video visit is $3.95.

Physical Address

Coastal State Prison
200 Gulf Stream Road
Garden City, GA 31418

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Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name and ID Number
Coastal State Prison
P.O. Box 7150
Garden City, GA 31418

Remember to include the inmate’s full name and inmate ID number on all correspondence. Be careful what you mail to an inmate because all mail is monitored by prison staff. Don’t send nude pictures or put stickers or glitter on your letters. It’s best to just keep it simple with regular paper, a regular envelope, and pics of family and friends. 

You can send a package to an inmate through the George Inmate Package Program. You can also send and receive videograms and emails through JPay, which cost anywhere between one and three stamps each.

How to Call an Inmate

Inmates at Coastal State Prison can’t receive incoming calls, but they do have access to phones during approved hours. For complete details on how to call an inmate in Georgia, please click here.

How to Send Money

To send money to an inmate at Coastal, you must use JPay or MoneyGram. The fees for this service vary based on which method you use and the amount of money you are sending.

JPay Options

  • Online or Mobile App: To send an inmate money with your credit or debit card, visit or download the JPay Mobile App that is available at the Apple App Store (for iPhones) and Google Play (for Android phones).
  • By phone: Call (800) 574-5729 to talk with a live JPay call center agent and send money with a debit or credit card. 
  • Mail a money orderㅡmade payable to JPayㅡwith a deposit slip to:

P.O. Box 260010
Hollywood, FL 33026

A money order deposit slip is available here.


If you would like to use cash, visit a MoneyGram location in person and use receive code 6857. MoneyGram locations include all Walmarts and CVS Pharmacies. 

Programs For Inmates


One D.O.T. detail, two Garden City details, institutional details including maintenance, grounds, warehouse, food service, laundry, sanitation/janitorial, barbers, library and educational aides, Career Center Clerks.


Academic: GED, ABE, Literacy

Substance Abuse: Motivation for Change, Matrix (early recovery skills), RSAT

Counseling: Detour, MRT, Active Parenting, Re-entry, Thinking for Change

Library: General library, Legal Library, Career Center

Recreation: General Recreation

Religious Activities: Various Worship Services and Bible Study

Vocational/OJT: Food Service, Maintenance, Barbering, Warehouse, General Clerk, Custodial Maintenance, Grounds Keeping

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Careers at Coastal State Prison

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"I like working at Coastal State Prison because it has given me the opportunity to grow as a person and also as a leader. In addition, it has allowed me to learn from my mistakes and my supervisors have supported my development," Danielle Alexander, CSM Correctional Officer.

"At Coastal State Prison I have a career I look forward to fulfilling each and every day. Also, for 10 years I have worked with dedicated staff with whom I have maintained a great working relationship," Tiffany Houston, CSM Correctional Sergeant.

"I love working at Coastal State Prison because of the friendly staff and its great team environment. It challenges me every day to do my best," Carnesia Worthen, CSM correctional Lieutenant.