Coronavirus Update Detention Center
Due to the continued spread of the Coronavirus we have implemented changes at the Houston County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center. We do not have any reported cases or those with possible symptoms at the detention center at this time but to help ensure the health of inmates and staff the changes listed have been implemented.
Effective immediately all visitation with inmates except by attorneys representing the inmate have ceased.
The only persons that will be allowed in the secure area of the detention center are inmates, staff, medical staff, maintenance personnel, attorneys who are meeting with their clients.
Those persons and representatives of bonding companies who are posting bond will be permitted in the lobby. Please wear mask or face covering inside the facility. All other persons are asked to call (478) 218-4900 to answer any questions in regards to the inmate or www.houstoncountyga.org on line services inmate search. Also to place money on an inmates account you may go to jailatm.com
Inmates being received for processing will be remain in the inmate sally port until cleared by medical. The arresting officer will also stay in the sally port until paperwork is cleared
Staff dining will be closed to everyone except those who are detention center staff who are working behind the security wall.
Orders for supplies will be made by phone and deliveries should be made to the loading dock to a receiving deputy from the warehouse. Inmates assigned to detention center warehouse will not have direct contact with delivery drivers.
No one not listed above will be permitted behind the secure wall of the facility without approval of Capt Westbrook or myself.
No ministerial or similar type visits in person.
No tours of the facility will be made.
There will be no court cases involving juries until further direction of court. Required hearings will be held as directed by the courts. Please contact the clerk of the court of the attorney representing the inmates for further information regarding court dates
We are working to share this information with the public.
Major David Carrick
Houston County Sheriff’s Office
Detention Center Administrator
Major David Carrick, Jail Administrator
Captain Michelle Westbrook, Asst. Jail Administrator
To provide a safe and secure environment for pretrial detainees. To provide for the basic needs (food, clothing, shelter, medical care, mental health care, religious needs) of those detainees; to ensure the security of the jail from escapes; supervise inmates' day-to-day activities (feeding, cleaning, court appearances, medical appointments, visitations), transport inmates to courts appearances; transport inmates to and from the various jails and prisons throughout the State; to provide proper and current training to all officers assigned to the detention center; to provide trained officers to assist other divisions as needed: and to assist the community during times of natural and manmade disasters.
The Houston County Detention Center opened in 2002 as a state-of-the-art direct supervision facility. It is self-contained and allows for greater security of the citizens of Houston County. The facility currently houses 450 inmates and has the capacity for 665 inmates.
The Center includes a fully operational, 24-hour medical unit that is staffed by full time nursing personnel and physician with mental health services provided by Southern Correctional Medicine. There is a fully equipped industrial kitchen for the preparation of inmate meals. These meals are prepared by inmates with supervision from a contracted food service employee and monitored by detention staff. Supervised inmate work force personnel clean, provide laundry service, and do minor maintenance within the facility.
The Detention Center houses both males and females over the age of 17. These individuals have either been charged or convicted of misdemeanor or felony crimes and are to serve sentences of one year or less. Should they be sentenced to a longer period they would be sent to a State or Federal facility.
CANCEL DUE TO COVID-19
ALL PODS EXCEPT "I" POD RECEIVES ONE 30 MINUTE VISIT PER WEEK
|A||7:30 am - 11:30 am||1:00 pm - 4:00 pm||7:00 pm - 10:00 pm|
|B||1:00 pm - 4:00 pm||7:00 pm - 10:00 pm||7:30 am - 11:30 am|
|C||7:30 am - 11:30 am||7:00 pm - 10:00 pm||1:00 pm - 4:00 pm|
|D||7:30 am - 11:30 am||1:00 pm - 4:00 pm|
|E||7:30 am - 11:30 am||1:00 pm - 4:00 pm||7:00 pm - 10:00 pm|
|F||7:00 pm - 10:00 pm||7:30 am - 11:30 am||1:00 pm - 4:00 pm|
|G||7:30 am - 11:30 am||1:00 pm - 4:00 pm|
|H||NO VISITATION FOR THIS POD|
|I||7:00 pm - 10:00 pm||7:00 pm - 10:00 pm||7:30 am - 11:30 am
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
|J||7:30 am - 11:30 am||1:00 pm - 4:00 pm|
|K||1:00 pm - 4:00 pm||7:30 am - 11:30 am||7:00 pm - 10:00 pm|
|L||1:00 pm - 4:00 pm||7:00 pm - 10:00 pm||7:30 am - 11:30 am|
J-POD - This is a temporary housing Unit.
I POD - Inmates receive a total of a one hour visit per week and can be either TWO - 30 minute visits or ONE - 1 Hour Visit.
Inmates Can be moved at any time. PLEASE CALL AHEAD TO VERIFY their housing assignment.
HOMEWAV VIDEO VISITATION
The Houston County Detention Center recently installed the HomeWAV video visitation system in an effort to provide visitation services which have been limited due to the VOID-19 pandemic. Visit HomeWAV.com for more information on how to establish an account to speak and see inmates incarcerated at the Detention Center.
- An account must be set up by the visitor on the internet by visiting HOMEWAV.COM.
- Visitors must provide a photo and picture identification such as a driver’s license to submit prior to being approved as a visitor. The identification must be readable by detention center staff for review.
- Anyone attempting to submit false identification or credentials or establish an account for someone who has been denied access by the detention center will be automatically removed as a visitor.
- If visitation is conducted by means of the HOMEWAV kiosk in the front lobby of the detention center, there will be one 30-minute visitation per week for authorized inmates based on the provided visitation schedule.
- Due to COVID-19, the kiosks in the lobby are not in service, but inmates will be advised when they are back in full service for them to utilize.
- Inmates will be permitted to use the HOMEWAV video visitation system from the housing units (remote visit) for a period of twenty (20) minutes each with a cost to be determined by HOMEWAV if their phone/visitation privileges have not been revoked for disciplinary reasons.
- Presently, the cost of a video visit is .30 per minute and the cost of a one-minute video message is .60.
- The costs are absorbed by the visitor establishing the account, not by the inmate.
- All video visitations, (remote or front lobby) are monitored by detention center staff.
- All conduct by inmates and visitors must conform to guidelines established in the inmate handbook and as listed above.
- Profanity, gang signs, indecency, lewd behavior, etc. will not be tolerated and are grounds exclusion form visitation.
- Inmates and visitors violating the conduct code can lose their visitation privileges for no less than 30 days.
- Visitors who post pictures or videos of any visitation with a HCDC inmate will permanently lose their visitor privileges.