Lavonia, Georgia Information:

Lavonia, Georgia is a city that is located in both the counties of Franklin and Hart, in the northeastern part of Georgia on the border of Georgia and South Carolina. Lavonia is in northeastern Franklin County but parts of it extend into southeast Hart County. During the 2010 census, the population was 2,156, but in 2016 the population was estimated to have decreased to 1,827. The population density of Lavonia is 472 people per square mile.

The livability index in Lavonia is 51, lower than the Georgia livability index of 61, and lower than the national livability index of 64.
The factors that influence the factors that livability index, include:

  • “A” – Housing;
  • “B” – Cost of Living;
  • “C” – Employment;
  • “D” – Housing; and
  • “F” – amenities, crime, and education

    The Mayor of Lavonia is The Honorable Ralph M. Owens, Mayor. He was elected in 1989 and began his first four-year term as the Mayor of Lavonia on January 1, 1990. Mayor Owens can be reached contacted via email at

    Lavonia City Hall
    12221 August Road
    P.O. Box 564
    Lavonia, GA 30553
    Office: 706-356-8781
    Fax: 706-356-4394

    Crime in Lavonia, Georgia:

    The crime index in Lavonia in the year 2012 was 112.6 compared to the average in America of 288.7. In terms of total crimes, there were an estimated 1,878 total crimes per 100,000 citizens, which is a crime rate lower than the average in the state of Georgia, with 3,402 total crimes per 100,000 people, and lower than the average crime rate in America of 2,837 crimes for every 100,000 people.

    The violent crime rate in Lavonia was 220 crimes for every 100,000 citizens. The average rate in the state of Georgia is 398 for every 100,000 people and the national average is 386 violent crimes per 100,000 citizens. The property crime rate was estimated at 1,658 crimes per 100,000 citizens, which is lower than both the state average (3,005 property crimes for every 100,000 individuals) and the average in America (2,451 crimes for every 100,000 people.)

    As of January 2018, there were 17 registered sex offenders living in Lavonia, Georgia.

    Facts about crime in Lavonia, Georgia:

  • The overall crime rate is 34% lower than the national average;
  • Lavonia in safer than 52% of the cities in America; and
  • In Lavonia, your chances of being the victim of any crime is 1 in 54.

    Lavonia, Georgia Police Department Address:

    Lavonia Police Department
    830 Church Street
    Lavonia, GA 30662

    Other Information about Lavonia Police:

    The Chief of the Lavonia Police Department is Donnie Bolemon. Chief Bolemon can be reached at

    In 2016, there were 15 full-time law enforcement officials in Lavonia, 13 of them were police officers. The ratio of police officers to citizens was 5.05 officer per 1,000 citizens which is higher than the state average of 2.50 officers per 1,000 citizens.

    Open Records Request in Lavonia, Georgia

    For records requests in Franklin County, you should contact the Clerk of Superior Court, Missy Holbrook.

    Clerk of Superior Court
    Missy Holbrook
    P.O. Box 70
    9592 Lavonia Road
    Carnesville, GA 30521

    For records from the Georgia Department of Corrections:

    For records from Madison County:

    County Sheriff, Warrant, Most Wanted Information in Lavonia, Georgia:

    The Sheriff of Franklin County was Sheriff Stevie Thomas. Sheriff Thomas has been the Sheriff of Franklin County since 2005. He can be reached at 706-384-2525.

    Franklin County Sheriff’s Department
    P.O.Box 310
    1 James Little Street
    Carnesville, GA 30521

    Facebook Page for the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office:

    Franklin County Detention Center
    P.O. Box 310
    1 James Little Street
    Carnesville, GA 30521

    Frequently Asked Questions in Franklin County:

    For information about inmates, visitation, phone calls to inmates, and general questions about the Franklin County Detention Center, call 706-384-2525.

    If you think you may have a warrant in Franklin County, you should call the Sheriff’s Office at 706-384-2525.

    The Sheriff of Hart County is Sheriff Mike Cleveland. Sheriff Cleveland was elected Sheriff of Hart County in 2000 and was sworn in on January 2, 2001. Sheriff Cleveland can be reached at 706-376-3114 or by email at

    Hart County Sheriff’s Office
    890 Vickery Street
    P.O. Box 886
    Hartwell, GA 30643

    The Hart County Jail is run by the Georgia Department of Corrections.

    Hart County Jail
    115 North Carolina Street
    Hartwell, GA 30643

    To find an inmate in the Georgia Department of Corrections:

    To send money to an inmate in the Georgia Department of Corrections:
    You can either send a money order for free (which can take up to two weeks to mail and to process), you can send money using a JPay account at, you can speak with a live agent by calling 1-800-574-5729, or you can send money with MoneyGram from CVS or Walmart;

    For phone information for inmates, you can contact Securus,

    The Georgia Department of Corrections has published an offender orientation handbook, available here.

    The Georgia Department of Corrections has developed a Guidebook for Incarcerated Veterans, which can be found here.

    Visitation at the Georgia Department of Corrections: There are quite a few handouts on visitation prepared by the GDC, including an application, a consent form, Frequently Asked Questions, and Spanish translations of these forms.

    If you have any questions or concerns regarding inmate affairs or inmate rights, you should contact the Ombudsman and Inmate Affairs at 478-992-5358.

    If you think that you may have a warrant in Hart County, you should contact the Hart County Sheriff’s Office at 706-376-3114.

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