The mission of Effingham County Prison is to provide housing, care and treatment, effective programming, and a labor force that supports our local government. Under contract with the Georgia Department of Corrections, Effingham County Prison houses 192 nonviolent inmates that have a sentence ranging from a few months to a few years.
Our current facility began its operation in 2001. We are governed by the Effingham County Board of Commissioners through the County Manager, as well as the Standard Operating Procedure of the Georgia Department of Corrections.
We routinely provide a labor force of more than 120 inmates each day throughout the county. Details performed by inmates include trash recovery on public roads, maintaining parks and recreation facilities, grounds keeping at the local hospital, and cleaning and maintaining drainage ditches. Other areas supported by inmate labor include the Health Department, Animal Control, the Senior Citizens building, State Patrol Office, the Weigh Station, and several more county and city government offices.
In addition to the aforementioned details, all meals and laundry services for the local jail, which houses approximately 205 offenders, are completed by inmates. Inmate labor results in a significant cost savings for the county.
State inmates housed at a County prison are historically short-term inmates. To that end, there are requirements placed on each inmate to satisfy an individualized case plan prior to any parole consideration. Classes and therapeutic groups are provided that are designed to aid in achieving these requirements. Classes and groups available are: GED preparation, Moral Recognition Therapy, Re-entry, Library Services, and Legal Library Services. Religious services are also available for all inmates.
The Effingham County Prison Staff take great pride in our duty to protect the citizens of our community. This is accomplished through a team of caring professionals that provides a safe, secure, and structured environment for our staff and inmates.
The public is encouraged to call the prison administration office should they have any questions or concerns regarding the inmates or the facility.