Riverbend Correctional and Rehabilitation Facility

Riverbend Correctional and Rehabilitation Facility is a privately-owned, medium-security facility for adult male inmates that is managed by the GEO Group, under contract with the Georgia Department of Corrections. It is located in Milledgeville, Georgia, and it can house up to 1,588 inmates. 

At Riverbend, the inmates receive academic and vocational programming as well as medical care, substance abuse treatment programs, and group support. The desired mission of the facility is to provide quality programming to promote successful reentry of inmates. The Continuum of Care model currently implemented at Riverbend Correctional Facility places an intense focus on therapeutic programming, education, and job training based on current job market trends.

Inmate housing consists of six housing units: four dormitory-style with four pods each, housing 250 offenders; one housing unit with two, dormitory style pods and two-man cell housing pods, housing 250 offenders; one housing unit with four two-man cell housing pods, for 250 total offenders, and one lockdown unit with 50 segregation beds and 25 isolation beds.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Riverbend Correctional and Rehabilitation Facility visiting hours for the general population are on Saturdays, Sundays, and state holidays from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

The specific visiting times for each inmate do change on a regular basis. GEO Group does not publicly share any visiting information for their facilities. You will have to contact Riverbend for specific visiting information, and you will need your inmate to send you a visiting application so you can get approval for visitation.

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

Riverbend Correctional and Rehabilitation Facility does not allow visitors to bring in outside food and beverages into the visiting roomㄧother than bottled formula or store-bought products for babies. Phones or electronic devices of any kind are prohibited in the visiting area.

You will be searched by electronic surveillance instruments (metal detectors, etc.) when you arrive, and anything you bring into the facility will be searched by officers assigned to the visitation area.

Visitors must wear appropriate clothing, and shoes are required at all timesㄧincluding 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:  

  • Shorts 
  • Crop tops 
  • Sleeveless tops 
  • Sheer /see-through apparel 
  • Pants with holes 
  • Revealing clothing (i.e. low cut tights, spandex/stretch pants) 
  • Flip-flop shoes 
  • All white clothing resembling the inmate's uniforms 
  • Clothing bearing gang affiliation, alcoholic beverages, or offensive language 

Video Visits

Riverbend Correctional and Rehabilitation Facility 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

Riverbend Correctional and Rehabilitation Facility
196 Laying Farm Rd
Milledgeville, GA 31061

Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/48Fxgz5QEDMPwUzF8

General Phone Number

​(478) 414-2300

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name and DOC Number
Riverbend Correctional and Rehabilitation Facility
196 Laying Farm Rd
Milledgeville, GA 31061

All correspondence addressed to inmates must be sent by U.S. Postal Service mail. Correspondence sent by other courier or delivery services will be refused. 

Inmates are not permitted to receive routine mail in boxes, padded envelopes, plastic bags, multi-layer packaging, envelopes that include metal parts, or any package containing bubble wrap or packing peanuts. 

Always use the inmate's committed name, DOC number, and institutional address when addressing your letters. Letters must have a complete return address.

In addition to regular mail, you can send a package to an inmate through the Georgia Inmate Package Program. However, your own homemade packages are not allowed. Inmates are allowed one package per month.

With a JPay account, you can also send and receive videograms and emails, which cost between one and three stamps each.

How to Call an Inmate

You can’t call an inmate at Riverbend Correctional and Rehabilitation Facility, 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 to send money to an inmate at Riverbend.

JPay Options

  • Online or Mobile App: To send an inmate money with your credit or debit card, visit JPay.com 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.

Programs For Inmates

  • Academic: GED, ABE, Literacy Remedial Education, Special Education
  • Counseling: Pre-Release, T4C, Family Violence, M4C
  • Recreation: General Recreation Activities
  • Religious Activities: Various Worship Services
  • Vocational/OJT: Computer Training, Building Trades, Custodial Maintenance


Outside Grounds Maintenance

Dog Training Program

A partnership between the county Department of Animal Control and the Riverbend Correctional Facility is giving dogs that would otherwise be slated for euthanasia an unlikely home — a cell block inside a medium security prison.

Since July 2015, inmates who have been specially vetted by prison staff (applicants must write a formal essay on why they would make a good choice to handle a dog, and no sex offenders or prisoners deemed not in good standing are allowed) have been assigned the task of training dogs to make them more desirable to potential owners, and the arrangement has benefited animals and prisoners alike. 

At any given time, roughly 10 dogs are assigned two trainers apiece to live together inside a cell, where inmates care for the animals day and night. Between teaching the dogs verbal commands, seeing to their food and veterinary care, and giving the dogs a place to sleep inside their cells, the animals and their handlers have forged an unlikely bond.

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Careers at Riverbend Correctional and Rehabilitation Facility

Riverbend Correctional and Rehabilitation Facility is run by the private company GEO Group, which offers the following benefits:

  • Paid time off
  • Dental and Vision
  • Medical PPO with Prescription Drug coverage
  • Short and Long term disability
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Paid holidays
  • Basic, Additional, Spousal and Dependent Life
  • Health and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan

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