Monroe County Jail – Monroeville, AL

Monroe County Jail is located in Monroe County, Alabama and is the main correctional facility for this area. Know somebody locked up in Monroe County Jail? This guide tells you all about anything related to Monroe County Jail,like: Find out who’s in jail at Monroe County Jail? Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and bail bondsmen. Booking and intake procedures. Court information. And more…

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The thought of going to jail is a scary thought, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. The goal of this guide is to give information and tips you need to make getting locked up less stressfull. If you have questions, please feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and any comments or feedback that might be a benefit to others is much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Monroe County Jail
65 North Alabama Avenue
Monroeville, AL 36460

Phone Number and Fax Number

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Map and Directions


Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member that is incarcerated and want to locate them?

Has a family member or friend who has been arrested and you need to find out what jail they’re in?

To see who’s in jail at Monroe County Jail you have to click on their web site and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Monroe County Jail Inmate Roster is an online list of people who have been arrested and are in custody, including current status, bail amount (if applicable), and visiting schedule. Also, you are able to find the same information about anybody booked or released within the last 24 hours. Inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You’ll be able to find their arrest information fast if you enter the arrestee’s full name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If the person you are looking for might be locked up at a different jail you will want to check our guide to other Alabama jails: Other Jails in Alabama


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail intake photograph, is a picture taken by the police during jail intake processing. A mugshot is make of one frontal photo and a side photo. Your full name and booking number will be in the pictures, and they will be on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Monroe County Jail inmates are on the Monroe County Jail website, or you can view them at the Monroe County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you will have to enter the legal name, and the booking date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to get your mugshot erased from the Monroe County Jail site? This may not be possible, since the mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you will need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. What this means is that the record of your arrest will be sealed, and will not be accessible. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

For a more indepth article about removing your mugshot, the different mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, if you’re arrested and put in jail, your primary thought is about how to get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, your bail will be decided by a special judge called a magistrate. If there is no bail set this may mean that you will either be released, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out of jail you are required to agree to go to your court date, and you won’t be permitted to go out of town.

In most cases, inmates in the Monroe County Jail will be given early release in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and don’t cause any problems while incarcerated.

If you follow the rules, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. You will have to return to the jail every day after work, or you may get to move into a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Your bail is money that you are required to pay in order to be released from jail until you go to court. The amount you will be required to pay all depends on the seriousness of your crime. You will have to pay ten percent of the total set so you are able to be released from jail. If you don’t show up for your scheduled court date, that person will lose that bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you need to call the Monroe County Jail. If you’ve got the pertinent information, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you how much their bail is. Also, you can find out how much their bail is online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is never fun, but usually, it is easy if you have the money. To start with, you need to find out if their bail is a Cash Only Bond. If so, you can’t use a bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – the jail will not take checks. Once the cash bond has been paid, the inmate will be discharged. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, of if you can’t pay it, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen usually charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and sometimes charge a minimum of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman will not be returned to you and is typically cash only. If the bail has been set really high, the bondsman will in these cases require that they use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

If you need a bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a bail bondsman

Have you ever hired a bail bondsman for someone you know or yourself? If you have, leave a comment below and tell your story, and let us know how it worked out for you.

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Bail Schedule

In the state of Alabama your bail is pre-determined using by the Alabama Rules of Criminal Procedure – Bail Schedule, but the judge or magistrate has the last word on how much your bail will be. The bail schedule lists every crime defined by Alabama and the specific amount of bail for each one.

Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Early Release For Good Behavior
  • Work Release Programs
  • Released For Time Served
  • Be Released on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • Get Released on House Arrest
  • Be Released on Your Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure includes the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If the jail is busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • The first step is that you will have to answer a number of questions, such as your legal name, home address, date of birth and an emergency contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your medical and mental history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • All of your personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • They will allow you to use the phone to talk to family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might get to wear your street clothes, if not you you will have to wear a jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through processing at jail? If so, please tell us how it happened. How long did it take? What was you treatment like? Can you tell us things that might help other people get through the procedure?

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will get released from jail. This process may take between 15 minutes to all day long. So, the faster you can pay your bail, the quicker you can get out of jail. Also, it might depend on whether you’ve got a cash bond amount or if the magistrate still needs to figure out the bail amount. For minor charges, you will be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served out your jail sentence and are given a date of your release, plan to get released between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

warrant out for your arrest, or if you need to report to start a sentence, you really should do the right thing and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, report to the jail intake center, and tell an officer that you think there may be an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will check their system to see if there are any outstanding local, state or federal arrest warrants out for you, and if you do, they will take you into custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Ensure that you aren’t late. Be sure to only bring necessary items when you go to jail, like your drivers license or even your ID, any prescription medication you might take, and the official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates need to provide each visitor’s name to the jail. Your visitor’s information will go into a log of visitors as an authorized visitor. Each and every visitor must provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Anyone that gets to visitation or without a visiting order will not be able to attend visitation.
The Monroe County Jail visitation procedures change often, so we suggest that you double-check the official jail site before you try to go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

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 . Calls made in jail are typically more expensive than regular phone calls. There is no limit to how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you break the rules and are disciplined, an inmate’s phone privileges might get reduced or forbidden completely.

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Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail has to be sent using US Postal Service. You cannot use any other form of mail or package delivery. You have to clearly print the name, inmate ID number, and the address of the jail on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t mail anything in a box, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. Any mail sent to inmates will be opened and reviewed by the jail staff, and will get returned to the sender if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Monroe County Jail is:

Monroe County Jail
65 North Alabama Avenue
Monroeville, AL 36460

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Monroe County Jail
65 North Alabama Avenue
Monroeville, AL 36460


The mail policy changes often, so be sure to visit the site before you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you have particular rights, the most important of which is your right to request a lawyer. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so you would be wise to have a friend or family member locate an attorney when you call. You may be asking yourself ‘but do I really need a lawyer’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal defense attorney can advise you of your rights, protect your interests and help you find your way through the complicated court system that you are now faced with. The quicker you get an attorney working on your situation, the better.

For more information on how to find an attorney, visit: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford an attorney, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. Also, the Public Defender has a number of staff such as private investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are licensed attorneys who are members of the State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law.

Have you or someone you know had to use the services of a Public Defender? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?

Court Records

Court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. Court records contain a court case file with a docket sheet and each of the documents that have been filed. You can access court records with the website, or at the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an official part of the court that maintains court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records related to your court case are kept at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the costs associated with your case, such as filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the type of judge that presides on your case. Magistrate judges do many different things, such as determing how much your bail will be, issuing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over first court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is put together to include information about the arrestee’s background and information about the defendant’s life and public history, which the magistrate will take into consideration when deciding on the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be collected from the person on trial, their family, and, if applicable, the victim in the crime. Keep in mind that you should request to get your own copy of your pre-sentencing report before you are sentenced, so you can go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are a number of different options, including community service to probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on how serious your crime was, you might get taken into custody, right there in court, or you could get a date to report to jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if some you know is locked up, or has gone to jail in the past?

To do so, you need to go to the Monroe County jail website, and search by:

  • Their name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • and their inmate ID.

If you think that they are currently in jail, you can also call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have a warrant out for your arrest, you can check court records online or you can call the court. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask one of the officers. Bear in mind that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the Monroe County jail, either by phone, go there in person, or you can check online. Records of arrests are in the public record and the information is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you get served with legal papers, like court orders. You can find these civil process orders by going to the Monroe County Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are required to be registered and listed on both a national and state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You can access these offenders on the internet, but bear in mind that you can’t see the street address, rather the neighborhood block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. These records include a case file that includes a docket sheet and all documents filed in the court case. You can access your court records on the website, or at the Monroe County Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains a record of their state citizen’s criminal background. These databases are all linked and you can track criminal convictions from any other state. You can go to courthouse and make an inquiry, or check online. It helps to know the county, and if the crime was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay for a more comprehensive search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you are able to get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for any crimes, which can include:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

During a criminal records search, usually will not be able to see if someone has had any moving violations, like:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find driving records, you have to do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? Was it an easy process? Did you search online or did you call the Monroe County courthouse? Was the information correct? There are many reasons that people search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your feedback could help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Monroe County,the Sheriff keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that being incarcerated in Monroe County Jail is quite unpleasant, in time you will get used to the daily routine there. You should expect an alarm to wake up each morning at 6:00AM, and next they’ll do roll call. Then you will get breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will have to work in the work program or other activity that you are assigned. 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 Monroe County Jail, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.

    Dress Code

    When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the Monroe 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 procedure to send money to jail inmates could change, so you should check the the Monroe County Jail website before you send funds to an inmate there.

    Commissary

    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.

    Inmate Medications

    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.

    Meals

    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.

    Gangs

    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.


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    News and Media

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Monroe County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Monroe 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.

    Apply for a Job at Monroe County Jail

    Requirements:

    • 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.


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    Family Resources

    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.

    If you are a family member, which resources did you find to be particularly helpful? Please let us know, as this will be helpful to other families in the same situation.

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    Victim Resources

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

    • 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.

    The definition of victim includes:

    • 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.

    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.

    Victim Notification

    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.

    Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

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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.

    Domestic Violence

    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.


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been a prisoner at this jail? Do you know someone that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate at Monroe County Jail?

    If yes, then you should write a review about it. Tell us about your experience because others can find out what to expect.

    Things you could write in your comment:

    • Conditions in Monroe County Jail.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitors
    • The other inmates.
    • Safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Inmate activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has a story about it. How’d you get locked up? Were you fairly treated? How was life in jail? What about the other inmates? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

    Tell Your Story About Monroe County Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Are you trying to talk to someone from jail? Leave a message for them here.

    Say Hello to people locked up at Monroe County Jail

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