The Dougherty County Jail is a 1,230-bed state of the art pre-trial detention facility that is under the supervision and operation of the Dougherty County Sheriff. In addition to pre-trial inmates, the facility houses state, city, and a small number of other inmates for other area law enforcement agencies.
The objective of the jail is to treat inmates fairly and humanely, and to provide inmates, staff, and visitors with an environment that is clean and healthy, while constantly maintaining a high level of safety and security utilizing current and nationally accepted detention management practices. The Jail Facility is unique in that it has two on-site courtrooms that host a variety of court proceedings seven days each week. The Jail Facility also houses other judicial support functions such as a full time magistrate judge, a full time assistant district attorney, and indigent defense services.
The facility also houses the Dougherty County Sheriff's Office's Training Division which is responsible for a variety of state approved training classes for local, area, and state law enforcement agencies.
The jail utilizes inmate labor under the supervision of contracted food services specialists to prepare approximately 3,500 meals daily which meet federal and state nutritional requirements. Inmates are also utilized in other areas of the jail such as the commissary, laundry room, warehouse, ground maintenance, custodial duties, and a variety of off-site details. For more information regarding jail operations and inmate services/programs, see the Inmate Handbook below.