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Jail Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

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Bonds
A bond is something of value used to secure the release from jail of a person awaiting trial, on the condition that the person appears for court.  If the person does not appear for court, the surety will be forfeited.  Bond amounts are set by a Judge, not by the Sheriff.  Georgia law, OCGA §17-6-15, provides the Sheriff authority to establish, publish, and regulate the guidelines and rules for bonding arrested individuals.  The administration of this process is performed by the Bonding personnel of the Sheriff's Office.

There are multiple methods for obtaining the release of a person incarcerated in the Coweta County Jail.  They require a person to ensure the appearance of the arrested individual for all court appearances until adjudication.  The ensuring or obligated person is known as the Surety.  The person being released from custody is referred to as the Principal.

The methods available are:

  • Cash bond
  • Property bond
  • Out of county property bond
  • Professional bond

Multiple bonds may be required to gain the release of any one incarcerated person.  This is dependant upon the charges against the person.  Each bond has additional fees known as surcharges.  In addition, there is a non-refundable bond fee of $20.00 per bond instrument written; this fee must be paid in cash with exact change.

Cash Bond
A cash bond is cash in the full amount of the bond, which will be returned by the court to the Surety when the appearance requirements of the bond have been fulfilled.  During normal business hours (MO-FR, 8AM-5PM), United States Postal Service (USPS) money orders or cashier checks drawn on local Coweta County banks are required.  After normal business hours, only USPS money orders or cash are accepted.  Personal/business checks and credit cards are NOT accepted at any time.

Property Bond
A property bond is private property being offered as a guarantee for the Principal to appear in court.  The property MUST be located in Coweta County, Georgia.  Every individual listed on the warranty deed or tax receipt must be present to sign the related documents.  The documents required for acceptance are: a warranty deed and current tax bill, with a quit claim deed if applicable; and photo identification issued by a government entity.  These documents must be presented at the Coweta County Jail by all individuals listed on the warranty deed or tax receipt.

Out of County Property Bond
An out of county property bond is like the typical property bond except the property being offered as a guarantee of the Principal’s appearance is located outside of Coweta County (e.g. Fulton, DeKalb, or any of the 159 counties in Georgia).  The bond must be prepared by the Sheriff of the county where the property is located (e.g. property in Paulding County will have to be prepared by the Paulding County Sheriff's Office).  You must contact that Sheriff's Office for their requirements.  The bond must then be delivered to the Coweta County Jail in a sealed package bearing the other county's letterhead.

Professional Bond
A professional bond is posted by a company operating as a professional bonding company in Coweta County.  The company must be registered and authorized by the Coweta County Sheriff's Office.  Bonds from a licensed bonding company of another county are not acceptable.  Any bonding company is subject to being suspended from operation under the rules published by the Sheriff.

Georgia law allows a professional bonding company to charge up to 15% for all bond amounts.  This non-refundable fee is above the actual costs associated with "posting" the bond.  A list of approved bonding companies is posted on the wall in the Bonding Lobby or you may look up "bail bonds" in the telephone book.  Detention Officers are prohibited by law from making recommendations.

Mail
Correspondence and/or money may be sent to an inmate at the below listed address:
Coweta County Jail
Inmate Name
560 Greison Trail
Newnan, GA  30263

It is important to include the full name of the inmate when sending correspondence since it is not unusual to have more than one inmate with the same name.

When sending money to an inmate, U.S. Postal money orders are preferred.  Funds from this source are immediately credited to the inmate’s account for use as a bond (where applicable) or for purchases from the commissary.  There is a minimum of a ten-day waiting period on any other type of money order.  Personal checks will not be accepted.  Please do not send cash through the mail since it can be easily lost or stolen.  The Sheriff's Office will not assume responsibility for any cash sent through the mail that is lost or stolen.

Unfortunately, there are many ways that drugs and other contraband can be introduced into a jail facility.  As a result, the following common items which lend themselves to the introduction of contraband may not be sent to an inmate in custody:

  • stamps
  • stationery
  • writing instruments
  • items containing glue
  • oversized greeting cards
  • credit cards
  • blank checks
  • plastic items
  • jewelry
  • anything used to conduct a business
  • candy
  • food
  • Polaroid pictures or sexually explicit photographs

Medical Care
The Sheriff's Office provides all inmates with appropriate medical care as determined by professional medical and legal standards.

Sheriff's Office personnel are unable to discuss inmate medical issues with any third party due to Federal HIPAA law.

Money
To put money on a Coweta County Sheriff’s Office inmate’s account, choose from the following procedures:

  1. Mail money order to the inmate (no personal checks are accepted and please, do not mail cash).  A jail officer will post the money order on the inmate’s account. The inmate’s full name should be on the money order.  Also, the sender should include their name and address on the money order.
  2. Bring money order to the Sheriff’s Office Bonding area, with above mentioned information.  A jail officer will post the money order on the inmate’s account.  The jail officer will need depositor's valid government photo ID for this procedure.
  3. Bring cash, credit or debit card to the Sheriff’s Office Bonding area where an ATM is provided to deposit money on the inmate’s account.
  4. Visit the online service, jailatm.com.  This service enables you to make deposits on an inmate's account.

There is a $2.50 transaction fee for each deposit for money orders and cash, and a 10% transaction fee for credit and debit cards.

Money for inmate’s Commissary Account should be received no later than 5:00 pm on Monday afternoon for store use. Any money deposited after that deadline will not be available for use until the following week.  No more than $100 will be accepted at any time.  Money possessed by an inmate at the time of booking in this facility will automatically be placed on the Inmate Commissary Account.  The purpose of money posted on the Inmate Commissary Account is for store purchases only.  If the inmate wishes to release all or part of this money to a friend or relative, the inmate must fill out a separate property release form for this purpose; the friend or relative must be on the inmate's visitation list.  Money can be released only one time per booking. Inmates that are on restriction for any reason cannot release money.  At no time will money be transferred between inmates’ accounts.  Money release is limited to Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm; no release on weekends, Wednesdays, or holidays.  There are no exceptions to these rules.

Telephone Calls
Inmates may not receive incoming phone calls. Absent disciplinary restrictions, an inmate is free to place phone calls daily from 10:00 am until 10:00 pm There is a service fee charged by the phone service provider to the called party. The rates charged are regulated and approved by the Georgia Public Service Commission.

If you believe that your telephone bill contains an error or if a block has been placed on your phone due to billing issues, call Paytel at (800) 729-8355. If you are receiving unwanted calls from an inmate, you may request a block on your number by calling Paytel at (800) 729-8355, or the Coweta County Jail at (770) 253-1664, Monday through Friday, during the hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Visitation Rules
With the completion of the video visitation center, face-to-face visits no longer occur at the Coweta County Jail. Visitors, who are on the inmate’s visitation list, are assigned to a video monitor in the center during that inmates scheduled visitation time. The inmate is then taken to the visitation area in the jail and assigned to a monitor that is connected to the visitation center. Attorneys will have the option to visit their client by video from a private booth or will be able to have face-to-face contact in the jail area. The new video visitation center also includes a larger waiting area for bonding persons out and an area for people to speak with bondsman.

Inmate is allowed only one (1) visiting session each scheduled visitation day.

Inmates in disciplinary segregation may be visited only by their attorneys, law enforcement officials, and the facility chaplains.

Each visit is limited to fifteen (15) minutes.  A maximum of four individuals (including children over two years of age) will be permitted to visit during a visitation session.  Children under two years of age are not allowed to visit.

Visitors must complete the registration process at the visitation desk ten (10) minutes before the scheduled visitation to attend the current visitation session.  After registration, the visitor must remain in the lobby until the inmate’s name is called.

All visitors must pass a security screening process similar to that for air travel.  Only two attempts to successfully complete the screening will be permitted. For this reason, visitors should leave all personal items in their vehicles.  The only items allowed are the visitor's ID and one (1) automobile key.

Visitors who have criminal records or who have been previously incarcerated may not be allowed to visit.  This decision will be made on a case by case basis.

Intoxicated visitors are not allowed to visit and may be arrested.

Food, drink, and tobacco products are not allowed in the lobby, visitation area, or anywhere within the facility.

All visitors under the age of eighteen must be accompanied by an adult.

All visitors sixteen years of age and older must present a government issued photo identification card in order to visit.

Children must be kept under control at all times and may not be left unattended at any time.

Contact visits are not permitted.

Visitors are not allowed to pass anything to inmates.  Attempting to pass items could result in criminal prosecution.

Visitors are not permitted to stand or loiter anywhere near a perimeter fence.

Visitors are not permitted to attempt to communicate with inmates from the facility parking lot. Such actions will result in the individual being barred from the premises and his/her visitation privileges suspended or revoked.

Visitors are prohibited from inappropriately exposing themselves to inmates.

Visitors must be appropriately dressed in order to visit an inmate.

Dress Code
Men must wear a shirt with sleeves, pants or shorts at/below the knee, and shoes. 

Women must wear a top with sleeves (halter-tops, tank tops, and bare midriffs are not allowed), pants or shorts at/below the knee, and shoes.  Alternatively, women may wear a conservative dress ending no more than two inches above the knee.  Shoulder straps on dresses must be two inches wide or wider--no spaghetti straps or strapless dresses.  Form fitting clothing, stretch clothing of any type, clothing worn in a suggestive manner, or clothing that reveals undergarments is not allowed.

The Bonding Supervisor’s decision is final regarding the appropriateness of clothing allowed on the visitor’s concourse.

Failure to comply with any of these rules will result in immediate termination of the visit and the temporary or permanent barring of the visitor from further visitation.

Visitation Schedule
Monday

6:30 pm

to 8:00 pm -- A1 & B1

8:00 pm

to 9:30 pm -- A2 & B2

Tuesday

6:30 pm

to 8:00 pm -- A3 & B3

8:00 pm

to 9:30 pm -- A4 & B4

Wednesday

6:30 pm

to 8:00 pm -- A5 & B5

8:00 pm

to 9:30 pm -- A6 & B6

Saturday

12:30 pm

to 2:00 pm -- A1 & B1

2:00 pm

to 3:30 pm -- A2 & B2

3:30 pm

to 5:00 pm -- A3 & B3

Sunday

12:30 pm

to 2:00 pm -- A4 & B4

2:00 pm

to 3:30 pm -- A5 & B5

3:30 pm

to 5:00 pm -- A6 & B6