Wilcox State Prison

Wilcox State Prison is a medium-security facility for adult male inmates that is located in Abbeville, Georgia. It is managed by the Georgia Department of Corrections, and it can house up to 1,827 inmates. 

The mission of Wilcox State Prison is to ensure public safety and effectively house medium-security offenders while operating a safe and secure facility. This prison houses a population of inmates who may not be suitable for a county facility due to their offense or physical limitations. It is also a host facility for the Turner Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Facility.

Inmate housing consists of four and one-half buildings with 120 per dorm in 24 double-bunked and 24 triple-bunked cells each. Three housing units consist of four open dormitoriesㄧtwo housing approximately 48 per dorm and the other housing approximately 94 per dorm. 

There are 22 isolation cells and 24 double-bunked segregation cells. This facility also houses a C.E.R.T. Team, Tactical Squad, and a Fire Station.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Visiting hours at Wilcox State Prison are on Saturdays, Sundays, and state holidays from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM.

Before you can visit an inmate at Wilcox State Prison, 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

Visitors are not allowed to bring in outside food and beverages into the visiting roomㄧwith the exception of bottled formula or store-bought products for babies. Phones or electronic devices of any kind are prohibited in the visiting area.

All visitors are searched by electronic surveillance instruments (metal detectors, etc.) when they arrive, and anything brought 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:  

  • 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

Wilcox 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

Wilcox State Prison
470 South Broad Street
Abbeville, GA 31001

Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/coroZbCw875Tqh6s9

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Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name and DOC Number
Wilcox State Prison
P.O. Box 397
Abbeville, GA 31001

Prison staff monitors all incoming inmate mail. They won’t allow any mail with stickers or glitter, greeting cards with music, or inappropriate pics.

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.

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 Wilcox 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

If you would like to send money to an inmate at Whitworth, 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 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. 
  • 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 instead of a debit or credit card, visit a MoneyGram location in person and use receive code 6857. MoneyGram locations include all Walmarts and CVS Pharmacies. 

Programs For Inmates

  • Academic: General Education Diploma, Adult Basic Education, English as a Second Language, Literacy and Remedial Reading
  • Counseling: Motivation for Change, Thinking for a Change, Alcoholics Anonymous/Narcotics Anonymous, Moral Reconation Therapy, Re-Entry, Matrix Early Recovery Skills, Sex Offender Psycho-Educational Program (SOPP)
  • Recreation: General Recreation
  • Religious Activities: Various Worship Services and Counseling
  • Vocational/OJT: Food Preparation, Teacher Aide, Barber, Warehouseman, and Laundry


Maintenance, General Labor, Food Service, Grounds Maintenance, Georgia Department of Transportation, Laundry & Custodial Maintenance, Fire Station, Cordele Contract Detail 1 & 2, Farmers Market Contract Detail, Abbeville City Contract Detail

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Careers at Wilcox State Prison

Thirty minutes east of Cordele, Wilcox State Prison is located in Abbeville. Their mission is to operate a safe and secure facility that houses general population inmates who may not be suitable for a county facility due to their offense or physical limitations. 

"Wilcox State Prison - the best kept secret on state!!!"  says James Spann, Deputy Warden of Care and Treatment.

"The best part about working at Wilcox State Prison is the outstanding team of employees who support and encourage each other. I am always excited to see new employees come in and take advantage of the training and work towards promotions. There are so many opportunities for advancement and career growth. Employees are training continuously to give them the knowledge they need to be successful. It is great working in a place where you can turn an entry level job into an amazing career opportunity." - Marsha Cook, Deputy Warden of Administration.

If you are interested in a job at Wilcox State Prison, click here.