Johnson State Prison

Johnson State Prison is a medium-security prison for male inmates located in Wrightsville, Georgia. The facility opened in 1992, and it can house up to 1,612 offenders.

The mission of Johnson State Prison is to protect the public by providing a safe and secure facility through accountability, discipline, and programs for offenders. Johnson offers offenders the opportunity to re-enter society with the tools needed to become a productive member of their community, thus reducing recidivism. 

This facility provides general labor details to the City of Wrightsville and Johnson County, as well as surrounding cities and counties. Johnson State Prison is a release site for Sex Offenders, and it houses two Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT) centers as well as Level II & III mental health, geriatric, and ADA wheelchair inmates.

The housing at Johnson State Prison features two Supportive Living Units (Mental Health) that house 96 Level III offenders each, and two Geriatric/Wheelchair Units, one housing 140 offenders and the other housing 142 offenders. There are seven units housing 96 General Population and Mental Health (level II) offenders each, two Residential Substance Abuse Units housing 192 offenders each, and one Isolation/Segregation Unit housing 72 offenders. 

There is also a faith & character based dorm and a Fire Station that houses 10 offenders. This facility also houses a C.E.R.T. Team and Tactical Squad.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

The visiting days and hours for inmates in general population at Johnson State Prison are Saturdays, Sundays, and state holidays from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM.

Inmate's in Segregation are allowed visitation on Wednesdays only. All visits must be scheduled at least 48 hours in advance. Please contact Vickie Williams, Secretary for the Chief of Security at 478-864-4100.

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

The only items you can bring to a visit are:

  • an identification card (All visitors, age 16 and over, must have a photo ID)
  • car keys
  • a maximum of twenty dollars ($20.00) in coins to be used for the vending machines

Food or drink from the outside isn’t allowed in the facilityㄧother than bottled formula or store-bought products for babies. Electronic devices are not allowed in the visiting area. 

All visitors are subject to a preliminary search 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

Johnson State Prison offers 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

Johnson State Prison
290 Donovan-Harrison Rd
Wrightsville, GA 31096

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Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name and ID Number
Johnson State Prison
P.O. Box 344
Wrightsville, GA 31096

You must always include the inmate’s full name and inmate ID number on all correspondence. All inmate mail is monitored by prison staff, so it’s best to keep things simple with regular paper, a regular envelope, and pics of family and friends. No stickers, greeting cards with electronics or music, or inappropriate pics.

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

How to Call an Inmate

Unfortunately, you can’t call an inmate at Johnson State Prison, 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

You must use JPay or MoneyGram to send money to an inmate at Johnson State Prison. 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


Johnson County and Department of Transportation


  • Academic: Literacy Remedial, General Education Diploma, Adult Basic Education
  • Substance Abuse: Residential Substance Abuse Treatment, Motivation for Change
  • Counseling: Faith and Character Based Program, Sex Offender Psycho-Educational Program, Re-Entry, Behavior Stabilization, Family Violence, Thinking for a Change, Relapse Prevention, Motivation For Change, Moral Recognition Therapy
  • Mental Health: Mental Health Programs to Include: Therapeutic, Psycho-Educational, Mental Health Activities (Greenhouse, Maintenance, Gym, Board Games)
  • Recreation: General Recreation
  • Religious Activities: Various Worship Services
  • Vocational/OJT: Barbering, Laundry, General Office Clerk, Food Service Baker, Cook, Food Preparation, Groundskeeper, Career Clerk, Horticulture, Custodial Maintenance, Kitchen Helper, Computer Technology, Customer Service

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Johnson State Prison, located in Wrightsville, Georgia, opened in 1992 to house 1,612 offenders. The staff protects the public by maintaining custody of offenders, while providing academic and vocational education, mental health, specialized counseling programs, community work details and fire services.

The motto of the facility is: "One Mission, One Family, One Team, Johnson SP." If you are interested in a job at Johnson State Prison, click here.