The Effingham County Jail is a smoke free facility.
Inmate Contact Address:
Inmate's Name Here: _____________
c/o Effingham County Jail P. O. Box 1015 Springfield, GA 31329-1015
NOTICE: All mail items are opened and inspected. Anyone attempting to mail contraband to inmates will be prosecuted.
“Effective immediately, all individuals that are on an active probation will not be allowed to visit any inmate in this facility. No exceptions will be granted.”
Visitation is a privilege, not a right. Inmates may have visits from family and friends two days per week while incarcerated.
EXCEPTION TO VISITATION: An inmate may lose visitation privileges for failing to follow instructions of jail personnel, fighting, violating contraband directives, or committing crimes.
Failure by the visitor to follow visitation rules may result in the visit being canceled and/or future visitation privileges being denied. It is the responsibility of the inmate to abide by the rules and to inform their visitors of these rules.
CHILDREN IN THE WAITING AND VISITATION AREA
Effingham County Sheriff's Office is a government office building. For safety and security reasons, children will not be allowed to run free in the waiting areas. Disruptive, ill-mannered or misbehaving children will not be tolerated. The accompanying adult is responsible for the behavior of the children. Adults will be directed to remove disruptive children out of the building. Thank you for cooperating with Jail Staff on this issue.
CANCELLATION OF VISITATION
The Jail Commander, or his designee, may cancel any visit or delete from the visitation list any visitor who violates a jail rule or anyone who, in jail personnel judgment, poses a threat to the security of the jail, personnel or inmates. Children under the age of 16 will be permitted to visit only if an adult accompanies them. No unattended children will be allowed in the waiting area. While conducting visitation no smoking, eating or drinking is allowed inside the facility.
OUT OF TOWN VISITORS
In the case of visitors who must travel over fifty miles and having verifiable proof of the distant address, an extended visitation of up to forty-five minutes will be provided.
All visitors will be allowed visitation for a period of twenty minutes, unless the visitor falls within the "out of town" criteria. Visiting days shall be arranged according to the beginning letter of the male inmate's surname as follows:
A-L Monday and Wednesday
- M-Z Tuesday and Thursday
- Female inmates: Friday and Saturday
Work Detail Detainees may have visitation on Saturday, in addition to regular visits.
9:00 - 11:00 A. M. and 1:00 - 3:00 P.M.
Special visitation may be given at the discretion of the Jail Commander or his designee. Inmates may be given special consideration (on a case-by-case basis) for off-hours visitation with family members who, because of occupational or health reasons, are unable to visit during normal hours.
Although the Office of the Sheriff sympathizes, it is the safety policy of the Sheriff's Office that inmates ARE NOT authorized release to attend funeral services nor are escorts provided. The Sheriff's Office does not transport State Prisoners from State facilities to funeral service nor provides escorts.
ATTORNEY & CLERGY VISITS
Attorneys may visit inmates at any reasonable time, but are encouraged to make an appointment for security and logistical reasons. Identification will be requested in the form of a current Georgia Bar Card and driver's license or official picture identification for attorneys.
Ordained/Licensed Ministers must provide copy of an ordination certificate/minister's license, and driver's license or official picture identification will be required for Ordained/Licensed ministers. Clergy are encouraged to make an appointment for security and logistical reasons prior to visiting the Sheriff's Office. You may contact the Sheriff's Office Chaplain to schedule an appointment. Please note: male inmates cannot be visited on female visitation days. No exceptions.
Attorneys or clergy will not give articles of any sort to the inmate without prior approval with the exception of legal material, which may be checked for contraband, but not read.
No visits after normal visiting hours will be authorized except upon special arrangement with the Jail Commander or his designee.
Any person posing as an attorney in order to gain access to an inmate will be prosecuted.
Smuggling Items Into the Jail
Inmate property will only be accepted on Saturdays from 09:00 A.M.- 11:00 A.M. and 1:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.
Monies for inmates must be in the form of a money order only and will be accepted on Saturdays only or by U.S. Mail.
Anyone visiting an inmate shall not give or receive any items from an inmate without prior authorization from the Jail Commander or his designee. Anyone bringing items of this sort into the jail, which are considered contraband, shall be prosecuted under OCGA 42-4-13(d)(1)(A) which states:
It shall be unlawful for any person to come inside the guard lines established at any jail with, or to give or have delivered to an inmate of a jail, any controlled substance, dangerous drug, marijuana, any gun, pistol or other dangerous weapon without the knowledge and consent of the jailer or a law enforcement officer.
Contraband includes, but not limited to alcohol and tobacco products.
In plain terms: If you attempt to sneak anything into the Effingham County Jail and pass it to an inmate you will be subject to arrest immediately. We use X-ray devices, metal detectors and other means to search and detect contraband.