Lauderdale County Jail is in Lauderdale County and is the jail for the region. Looking for someone locked up at Lauderdale County Jail? This page gives you all about everything related to Lauderdale County Jail,like the following: How to locate an inmate. How to view Lauderdale County Jail mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. How to post bail. Booking and intake procedures. Court records. And lots more.
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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a daunting and scary thought, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also their friends and family. This guide is meant to give you all the information and advice you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail less stressfull. If you have specific questions, please feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and also any feedback or comments that could be a benefit to other people in the same situation would be much appreciated.
Lauderdale County Jail
200 South Court Street
Florence, AL 35630
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that is in jail and need to find out where they are?
Has a family member or friend that has been arrested and you want to find them?
In order to see who is in jail at Lauderdale County Jail you have to visit their web site and do an inmate search.
The Lauderdale County Jail Inmate List has information on people who have been arrested and are in jail, including current status, how much their bail is, and times you can visit. Also, you can get the same information on anyone who has been arrested or released in the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You’ll be able to find their inmate information more quickly if you enter the arrestee’s full name, birth date, or arrest number.
If your friend or family member could possibly be locked up at a different jail you should check our Alabama county jail guide: Alabama County Jails Listing
A mugshot, also called a booking photograph, is the photo that the police take when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is actually two photos one face photo and a side-view photo. Your name and jail ID number will appear on the photos, and they’re kept on file at the jail.
Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be found on the website, or you can view them at the Lauderdale County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you will have to enter the inmate’s full name, and the booking date, if you know it.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Need to know how to have your mugshot taken down from the Lauderdale County Jail site? This may not be possible, since the mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you will need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. What this means is that your arrest record will be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.
For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot taken down, the many different mugshot sites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
Naturally, once you’re arrested and put in jail, your main thought is about how to get out. After you’ve gone through booking, bail is determined by the magistrate. If no bail is set this can mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.
If you are are released you are required to agree to be there for your court date, and until that date you must not travel out of the county.
Typically, inmates are given early release in exchange for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and act right while locked up.
If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. Either you will have to go back to jail at the end of the day when you’re finished at your job, or you could be permitted to sleep in a halfway house when you are not working.
Your bail is how much money that you have to pay to be released from jail until your court date. Your bail amount depends on the seriousness of your crime. You will have to put up ten percent of the total set in order for you to bail out of jail. If you don’t go to court, whoever posted your bail won’t get the bail money back.
Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is
To find out someone’s bail amount you will have to call the Lauderdale County Jail. If know the pertinent information, such as name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know what their bail is set at. Also, you can see the bail amount online.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Posting bail to get out of jail is never a fun thing, but usually, it is easy if you have the money. First, you need to find out if it is a Cash Only Bond. If this is the case, you won’t be able to use a bondsman. Cash only – the jail will not accept checks. When you’ve paid bail, the prisoner will be discharged. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get the bail money back.
If bail is set too high, or you just can’t afford it, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. Bondsmen usually charge a fee of 10-15% of total bail, and in most cases with a minimum charge of $100. This money is non-refundable and the bondsman only accepts cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bail bondsman will in these cases ask to use assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.
If you need a local bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman at Lauderdale County Jail
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In Alabama your bail is predetermined by by the Alabama Rules of Criminal Procedure – Bail Schedule, but keep in mind, though, the judge or magistrate has the final word on how much your bail will be. The bail schedule includes all of the crimes defined by state law and the exact amount of bail for each of the crimes.
Other Ways to Get Out of Jail
- Time Off For Good Behavior
- Work Release
- Time Served
- Get Out on a Pre-Trial Release Program
- Get Released on House Arrest
- Get Released on Your Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The intake process is made up of each of the following steps:
- You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, it will take a while to get processed.
- First, must answer some questions, like what is your full legal name, your address, birthdate and contact person.
- Also, you will also be asked about your psychological and medical history.
- You will be given an inmate ID number.
- You will be fingerprinted.
- You will have your mugshot taken.
- All personal property will be taken from you and stored until you are discharged.
- You will then be allowed to make a phone call so you can get in touch with family, friends, or bail bondsman.
- If you are expected to be released quickly, you might be allowed to wear your own clothes, otherwise you you will be given a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.
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When you post bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. Getting discharged from jail can take from 10 minutes to many hours. So, the faster you can post bail, the quicker you will get released. How quickly you get discharged might depend on whether or not you have a bond amount or if a magistrate needs to determine how much your bail will be. For minor offenses, you will be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have served your sentence and know the discharge date, you should plan to get discharged in the morning.
How To Turn Yourself In
If you have a, or if you must report to start a sentence, it is recommended that you follow the law and turn yourself into the authorities. For a warrant, go down to the jail reception area, and tell someone that you think there is an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if there is one, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go down to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order lists. Be sure that you don’t show up late. Just bring approved items when you go, for example your drivers license or even ID, prescription medication, as well as a sentencing order from court.
In order to have visitors, inmates have to give each visitor’s name to the jail. This information will go in a log of approved visitors for the inmate. Each and every visitor will have to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Any visitors that gets to visitation or without a visiting order will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at Lauderdale County Jail frequently change, so check the jail site before you visit an inmate.
Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy
Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . These phone calls are a lot pricier than phone calls made at home. There are certain restrictions about how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you break the rules, an inmate’s phone privileges may be limited or eliminated completely.
Sending Mail to Inmates
All inmate mail must be sent via the actual US Postal Service. You cannot use any other method of mail delivery. You have to print the inmate’s name, inmate number, and the address of the jail on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not mail a package or box, envelope with padding or insulation, bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail sent to inmates is opened and inspected and read by the jail staff, and will be returned to the sender if it can’t be delivered.
If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Lauderdale County Jail, use this address:
Lauderdale County Jail
200 South Court Street
Florence, AL 35630
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
Lauderdale County Jail
200 South Court Street
Florence, AL 35630
The Lauderdale County Jail inmate mail policy changes, so check the official website before send a letter to someone in jail there.
Get A Lawyer
If you get arrested, you have certain rights, the first of which is the right to request a lawyer. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is a good idea to get a friend or family member to find an attorney when you talk to them. You might be asking yourself ‘do I really need a lawyer?’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal lawyer will advise you about your rights, help protect your best interests and help you navigate through the complicated court system. The quicker you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your situation, the better your chances.
To read more about how to find a lawyer, go to: Find an Attorney
If you can’t afford a lawyer, you will be assigned a public defender. The Public Defender’s Office is staffed by investigators, experts in forensics and case workers. All Public Defenders are real lawyers who are members of the Alabama State Bar and are legally licensed to practice law.
Have you or someone you know used a court appointed attorney? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?
Court records are public records. They include a case file containing a docket and every motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed in the case. You, and anyone else, can access court records via the Lauderdale County website, or by going to the Lauderdale County Clerk of Court.
Clerk of Court
The Clerk of Court is a member of the court who maintains the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath during court cases, and also read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All records and documents from your court case are maintained at Clerk of Court’s office.
Court costs and court fees are the charges and fees associated with your case, such as for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you will not be responsible for these fees.
The magistrate is the person that presides over your court case. Magistrates do many different things, such as setting your bail amount, writing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over initial court appearances and detention hearings.
Your pre-sentencing report is put together to include information about the defendant’s background and as much detail about the arrestee’s life and public history, which the magistrate judge will take into consideration when determining the sentence. Information and personal details will be collected from the defendant, his or her family, and in some circumstances the victim in the crime. Remember you are able to request to get a copy of the pre-sentencing report before you are sentenced, so you can review it and correct any mistakes.
If you get convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are a number of different options, ranging from community service, house arrest, and probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on how serious your crime was, you could be taken into custody immediately, or given a date that you are required to to surrender and report to jail to serve out your sentence.
Want to find out if someone is incarcerated, or has gone to jail in the past?
To find this out you should go to the Lauderdale County jail website, and do a search using:
- Their booking date.
- or jail ID.
If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you can also call the jail to find out.
If you think you have an outstanding warrant, you can check the court records online or call the jail. You have to have the person’s first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask one of the officers. You should be clear that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.
If you know the person’s first and last name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the jail, either by phone, go there in person, or check online. Arrest records are a matter of public record and the information is accessible by the public.
A Civil Process is when when you are served with legal papers, like, subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All convicted sex offenders are listed and registered on a sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex crime. You are able to view these offenders on the website, but bear in mind that you will not be able to see the exact address, rather the neighborhood block that they live on.
Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. They include a case file that includes a docket sheet and all of the documents and filings filed in your case. You can access your court records via the internet, or at the Lauderdale County Clerk of Court office in the county where the case was filed.
Each and every state keeps a record of their state citizen’s criminal background. These databases are all connected so you are able to track criminal histories from another state. You are able to go to county courthouse and make an inquiry, or check the website. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and if it was in a different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.
A search of someone’s criminal history you can find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for the following crimes:
- Drug Possession.
- Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
- Violent crimes.
- Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.
But, when you do a criminal records check, you won’t be able to see if someone has had any:
- Speeding or wreckless driving.
- Drivers license suspended or revoked.
- Other moving violations.
- Parking Tickets.
- You must be over the age of 21.
- You must possess a High School Diploma or GED
- You must be a US Citizen.
- You must pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
- You must pass a drug test.
- You must have a good level of fitness.
- You must be in good health.
- You must have a valid Drivers License
- An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.
- The right to protection from the accused.
- The right to notification.
- The right to attend proceedings.
- The right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
- The right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
- The right to restitution.
- The right to a speedy trial.
- The right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.
- Spouses and children of all victims.
- Parents and guardians of minor victims.
- Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
- Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.
- Conditions at the jail.
- Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
- Guards and staff
- Food and commissary
- Other Inmates.
- Jail gangs
- Prisoner programs and activities
To find driving histories, you will have to do a search for their driving record.
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On a Federal level, the FBI keeps a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Lauderdale County,the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Department has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.
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Life In Jail / What Its Like
Everyone knows that being incarcerated in the Lauderdale County jail is very scary, in time you will get accustomed to the routine that is set for you. Prisoners get an alarm for wake-up each morning at 6am, and then you’ll have roll call. Then you will get breakfast. After breakfast, participate in the work program that you’ve been assigned to. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.
Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Lauderdale County Jail, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.
When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the Lauderdale County Jail uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.
How To Send Money to an Inmate
You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.
The rules for sending funds to someone in jail at Lauderdale County Jail can change, so it would be best to review the site before you send money to an inmate.
The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.
If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.
You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.
Pods / The Yard
The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.
As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.
News and Media
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Types of Jobs at Lauderdale County Jail
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Lauderdale County Jail, overseeing the day to day operations and administration of the jail. An inmate is unlikely to have much interaction with the Deputy Sheriff, unless they have committed an infraction. Detention Officers are responsible for the custody and care of the inmates. They maintain order in the jail, and handle security. A Detention Officer is assigned to a certain pod, and therefore is responsible for the same inmates each day. They get to know the inmates on a certain level, and are well equipped to handle any problems that may occur.
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There are resources for families of both the perpetrator of the crime and the victim. The social and emotional impact of crime is far reaching, affecting many. Families can receive professional counseling, court related assistance, social services assistance and help in navigating the criminal justice system.
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Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.
The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:
The definition of victim includes:
There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.
The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.
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Sex Offender Information and Search
All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.
If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.
Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.
Reviews of this Jail
Have you ever been a prisoner in this jail? Do you have a friend or family member that is an inmate there? Have you ever visited an inmate at this jail?
If you have, then please write a review about it. Write about your experience because other people will know what to expect.
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Tell Your Story
Anyone who’s been in jail has at least one story to tell about it. Why’d you end up in jail? Did you experience fair treatment? How was life in jail? Tell us about the other inmates. Did going to jail affect your life? How?
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Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate
Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Trying to say wassup to a friend from jail? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.
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