The Magistrate Court in Douglas County, Georgia issues arrest warrants. When the warrant has been issued by a judge in the Magistrate Court, the Clerk of Superior Court’s Office puts the information into the Sustain system online. The clerk provides a user ID and password to provide access for law enforcement officials. The law enforcement officers in the Douglas County sheriff’s office process and serve the warrants, and then when arrests are made, they transmit the warrants back to the Clerk for a judge to be assigned to the case. The Clerk will send the warrant to the District Attorney or Solicitor General, who will present the case to the Grand Jury. At that point, the Clerk will assign a case number. Before the suspect is apprehended, the Warrant Division of the sheriff’s office serves the active warrants and maintains outstanding warrants. The Warrant Division also assists other law enforcement agencies both locally and outside of the county. The division receives more than 11,000 criminal warrants every year. As soon as the warrant is received, it is included in the office’s computer database, as well as the suspect’s information on the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database. After that, the arrest warrant is given to either the deputies from the uniform division or to the sheriff office’s Fugitive Section, who take action to apprehend the suspect.
To contact the Magistrate’s Court concerning a warrant, call 770-920-7259 for an appointment. You can also check warrant information with the Douglas County sheriff’s office, which is located at 6856 Broad Street, Douglasville, GA, 30134. Their contact phone number is 770-920-7141. The sheriff’s department also posts a list of Most Wanted offenders online, which can be found at https://sheriff.douglas.ga.us/?s=most+wanted&submit=Search, and a sex offender registry. The county department of corrections also keeps a database of inmate information, including arrest records and the most recent bookings, which is searchable by the offender’s name or booking date. It is located at http://www.jaildcga.com/.
Between 2008 and 2010, more than 13,000 crimes occurred in Douglas County, Georgia. They included rapes, murders, assaults, vehicle thefts, larcenies, burglaries, and robberies. There was not a large variation in crime rate over the course of these three years; in 2008, there was a total of more than 4,500 crimes, while in 2009 the rate dropped to just over 4,000. However, in 2010 the number of crimes rose again, to almost 5,000. This is sobering news for the county.