The mission of the Inmate Affairs and Ombudsman Unit is to promote fairness, accountability and integrity by investigating public and offender grievances, appeals, and inquiries regarding unfair practices and non-compliance of policy. They accomplish that task by investigating allegations of violations of GDC policies and procedures, monitoring problems in the correctional system in a fair and consistent manner and addressing offender and general public concerns in an unbiased, impartial, and courteous manner.
A. Our policy states that a routine transfer shall not be considered until an inmate has been assigned to an institution for twelve (12) months with no Disciplinary Reports during the preceding six (6) months. Once the inmate is eligible for a transfer he/she must speak with his/her counselor regarding his/her desire to transfer. Please be mindful that an inmate may be eligible to submit a transfer request; however, this does not guarantee transfer approval.Back to Top
A. These are all parole related concerns and GDC, the Ombudsman unit more specifically, has no jurisdiction over these matters. You may contact parole at:
Clemency_Information@pap.state.ga.us or 404-656-5651
A. The inmate may speak to his/her counselor regarding the computations error. If the matter is still unresolved the inmate may file a grievance. *Please note that this issue may require you contacting the clerk of court in the county of conviction as well.Back to Top
A. While you may contact the following people on your loved one's behalf; we ask that you encourage your loved one to utilize the inmate grievance process. Please attempt to contact the following staff in this order: inmate's counselor, chief counselor, Deputy Warden of Care & Treatment, Warden, Field Operations Manager, and then Ombudsman staff.
* Please be advised that due to HIPAA privacy laws the Ombudsman unit cannot provide you with medical information in reference to your loved one without a signed medical release of information form.Back to Top
A. From GDC's home page, click on the "find an offender" tab and enter as much info. that you have available.Back to Top
A. Inmates may be contacted via mail. Click on the link on the top of the page entitled "find a facility." There you will be able to search for the facility that your loved one is housed at as well as retrieve their address. Please be sure that your loved one's name and GDC number is listed on the envelope.
A. Encourage your loved one to attempt to handle it at the facility level first by filing a grievance and/or attempt to contact the following staff in this order: inmate's counselor, chief counselor, Deputy Warden of Care & Treatment, Warden, and then Ombudsman staff. Inmates may write to the Ombudsman staff. We prefer that the inmate utilizes the inmate grievance process first; however, we do understand that there are some issues that require immediate attention.Back to Top
A. If an inmate is found guilty of a disciplinary infraction he or she will be given the opportunity to appeal the disciplinary report through the Disciplinary Appeal process.Back to Top
A. The inmate should immediately report any assaults (sexual/physical) to the counselor, Deputy Warden, and/or Warden and allow them to take appropriate action. However, family members may contact one of the above staff and or Ombudsman.Back to Top
A. The Georgia Department of Corrections has the right to refuse visitation to anyone who is suspected of, caught on the premises with, and/or attempts to introduce contraband into the facility. In addition, if you are found to be deceptive on the significant other form or repeatedly warned about a particular action your visitation can be denied and/or revoked. GDC may also suspend visitation privileges to meet special security needs of the facility. The Ombudsman unit does not have the authority to overturn the Warden's decision in this matter.Back to Top
A. The Ombudsman Unit was created by the Department of Corrections (DOC) to act as a bridge between the concerned citizens and DOC by gathering information that potentially uncovers and reduces problems within the corrections system thus ensuring the rights and safety of offenders are protected.
It is the goal of the Ombudsman unit to be impartial, to provide an objective view, and resolve issues by utilizing fair, consistent, and respectful practices which are outlined by policies, procedures, and laws. If the facility is acting within policy the Ombudsman unit does not have the authority to direct them to do otherwise. However, if we look into a concern and it is revealed that there is room for improvement the appropriate DOC staff will be notified.Back to Top
A. You may contact the Ombudsman Unit at 478-992-5358 or Ombudsman@dcor.state.ga.us