Fulton County Jail
The Fulton County Sheriff’s Office has many duties. The agency was created to maintain the Fulton County Jail, provide services that are needed and directed by the Court systems, provide support as well as educational services to the community and enforce Federal and State laws.
The department is headed by the Sheriff. The serving Sheriff of the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office is currently Sheriff Theodore Jackson.
Fulton County Jail population
The population of the Fulton County Jail was 2,553 as of 1st February 2015. It is considered an overcrowded prison as the cap is 2,500. The average jail population has been slowly increasing. In 1st January 2014, the average jail population was 2,452. Over the following months, the average jail population has fluctuated. However, there is an upward trend in the data. The data on 1st October 2018 shows an average jail population of 2,615. While the population is increasing slowly, it is increasing.
History of the Fulton County Jail
The Fulton County Sheriff Office can trace its history back to 1854. The first Sheriff at the time was Jonas S. Smith. He served for two years. Sheriff Theodore Jackson began his term on January 1st, 2009. He is the 27th person to hold the office.
Notable mentions in the history of the Fulton County Office are Sheriff Richard Langford who served from 1985-1989. He was the first African-American Sheriff. Sheriff James I. Lowry currently holds the record for holding office the longest. After being elected in 1916, he held office for 22 years. Sheriff Jacquelyn Barrett held office from 1993 to 2004. She was the first African American female Sheriff in the United States of America.
Historians have said that the first Fulton County Jail was downtown at Butler and Decatur Streets. It was called the Big Rock Jail. The jail was across the street from the city of Atlanta Police station.
Many years later, a new jail was built on Jefferson Street. The federal courts determined the capacity to be 2250 with the courts raising that number to 2500 in the year 2010.
In 2009, a project that cost $59 million to renovate the Rice Street Jail was completed. Interestingly, the project was completed in 2009 marking the 20th anniversary of the building.
Fulton County Jail has a couple of restrictions for visitors visiting inmates. The Fulton County Jail dress code states that these items aren’t allowed.
- See-through garments
- Tight fitting clothing
- Clothing with holes or rips
- Shorts above knee-length
- Miniskirts, short dresses, and sagging pants
- Tank tops, sleeveless shirts, and visible white undergarment T-shirts
- Head coverings such as scarves, bandanas, hats and so on
- Handbags and purses aren’t allowed
- Clothing with illegal, offensive or obscene graphics
- Shoes that are deemed to be slip hazardous
- Outerwear such as jackets, coats, hoodies and so on
- Undergarments should not be seen while conducting business at the Fulton County Jail
In addition to the above, Fulton County Jail doesn’t allow any electronic devices inside the jail.
- Mobile phones
- Computerized Tablets such as iPads and similar
- Digital Music Players such as iPods, MP3 players and so on
- Bluetooth Devices
- E-Reader such as Kindle, Nook Tablets and so on
- Audio Recording Devices
- Watches with audio or video recording capabilities
If you’d like to contact the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, you can contact them by dialing 404-612-5100. You can dial 404-613-2000 to speak to the Jail Administration. If you’d like to send the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office a mail, you can mail them at –
Fulton County Sheriff's Office
185 Central Ave S.W., 9th Floor
Atlanta, GA 30303
Fulton County Jail
If you want to contact a person who is incarcerated in the Fulton County Jail, you can perform a quick online search in one of two methods:
- Fulton County Jail sheriff's site – the Fulton County Jail sheriff's office operates a service that allows you to perform an inmate search in the facility. To perform the query, you will need to enter certain details into the directory: first name, middle name, last name of the inmate in question, date of birth of the inmate, booking date, release date. Once you enter all these details, the site, will perform the search for you and let you know if the person you are searching for is in the Fulton County Jail roster.
- GoLookUp's inmate search directory – if you do not have one of the details mentioned above, you can perform an inmate search in GoLookUp's inmate search directory. To perform the search, you will need to enter the name of the person in question (first and middle name). afterward, the directory will scan public records registered to the name of the person you entered and provide you with information about the said person. One of the details is booking data and arrest records, which allows you to discover if the inmate is held in the Fulton County Jail.