Blount County Jail – Oneonta, AL

Blount County Jail is located in Blount County, Alabama and is the main jail for this county. Know somebody in Blount County Jail? This page gives you about anything one might want to know about Blount County Jail,such as: Find an inmate at Blount County Jail. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and how to get out of jail. Blount County Jail intake procedures. Court information. And lots more.

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and daunting thought, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also their family and friends. The purpose of this guide is to give you information and advice that you need to make the process less stressfull. If you have questions, please feel free to ask it, and please leave any comments or tips that would help others is much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Blount County Jail
225 Industrial Drive
Oneonta, AL 35121

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 205-625-4127
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member in jail and want to locate them?

Has a friend or family member that’s been arrested and you need to locate them?

In order to see who’s in jail at Blount County Jail you will have to visit their link and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Blount County Jail Inmate Roster is an online list of persons currently in custody, including status, how much their bail is, and times you can visit. Also, you can get info about anybody booked or discharged in the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You’ll be able to locate the information more quickly if you have your friend or family member’s first and last name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If your friend or loved one is at a different jail you can look here: List of all jails in Alabama


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a booking photo, is the photo that the police take when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is actually one full face and a side-view photo. Your name and jail booking number will be on the mugshot, and they will be stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be viewed on the Blount County Jail website, or you can see them at the Blount County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you will need to put in the inmate’s legal name, and the booking date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to get your mugshot erased from the Blount County Jail website? This is difficult, since your mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot taken down you must file a Petition to Expunge with the court. Basically, this means that all of your arrest records would be sealed, and will not be available to the public. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

Read our indepth tutorial about removing your mugshot, the many different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal services: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, once you’re locked up, your only thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, a bail amount will be determined either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this may mean that you will either be released, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you do bail out you will have to agree to go to your court date, and until that day you are required not to leave the area.

In most cases, inmates are given early release in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and conduct themselves properly while in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be allowed to participate in work release. You will be required to return to jail at the end of the day when you’re finished with work, or you may have the chance to move to a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Bail is money that you have to pay in order to be released from jail until your trial. The amount you have to pay is dictated by the crime you’ve been charged with. You will need to pay 10% of the amount set so you are able to be released from jail. If you fail to show up for your court appearance, whoever paid your bail won’t get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You need to call the jail or the county courthouse. If know the person’s information, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you how much their bail is. Also, you can see the bail amount online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Needing to bail someone out of jail is never fun, but usually, its very simple to do. First of all, you have to find out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If this is the case, you will not be able to get a Bail Bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – the jail can’t accept a check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the person will be released to your care. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you will need to use a bail bondsman. They will generally charge you a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and usually charge a minimum fee of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman is non-refundable and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bondsman will request to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

You can find a bail bondsman click here: Bail bondsman

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Bail Schedule

In Alabama bail amounts are predetermined by by the Alabama Rules of Criminal Procedure – Bail Schedule, but keep in mind that the judge or magistrate has the ultimate say on how much your bail will be. The Alabama Rules of Criminal Procedure – Bail Schedule includes all of the crimes included in Alabama and the specific amount of bail for each one.

Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Get Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Work Release Programs
  • Time Served
  • Pre-Trial Release Programs
  • 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 each of the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • Firstly, you have to answer some questions, like what is your full name, home address, birth date and a contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be given an inmate number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you are released.
  • They will let you use the telephone to get in touch with a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might get to keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to wear a jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will get released from jail. Getting discharged from jail takes anywhere between 30 minutes to all day long. In other words the faster you post bail, the quicker you will get discharged. Also, it will depend on whether or not you’ve got a cash bond or if the magistrate must determine how much to set your bail at. For lesser charges, you will be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and are given a discharge date, you should expect to get discharged at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the police have a, or if you need to start a jail sentence, it is highly advisable that you follow the law and turn yourself in. If it is for a warrant, report to the jail intake area, and tell them that you think there may be a warrant out for your arrest. A record check will be run, and if they find one, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, go down to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Make sure that you don’t show up late. Only bring required items when you go to jail, for example your drivers license or photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, and a copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates must list each visitor’s full name to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitor’s names will go into a log of approved visitors as an Authorized visit. All visitors must provide proof of identification. Any visitors showing up late or without a visiting order will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures change often, so you should visit the official Blount County Jail jail site before you go.

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 . Phone calls made in jail are a lot more costly than phone calls made at home. There is no limit to when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but you should keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you break the rules and are disciplined, phone privileges might get cut back or eliminated completely.

The Blount County Jail phone number is: 205-625-4127

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail must be sent via US Postal Service. You cannot use any other form of delivery. You should print the person’s name, prisoner number, and jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t mail anything in a box or package, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail received by the jail gets opened and inspected and read by the jail staff, and the mail will get sent back to the person who mailed it if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Blount County Jail:

Blount County Jail
225 Industrial Drive
Oneonta, AL 35121

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Blount County Jail
225 Industrial Drive
Oneonta, AL 35121


The Blount County Jail mail policy can change, so review the the Blount County Jail website before you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you have rights, the most important of which is that you have the right to request a lawyer. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so you would be wise to ask a friend or family member to find a lawyer when you talk to them. You might be asking yourself ‘I don’t have to get a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal lawyer will advise you about your rights, help protect your best interests and help you understand the criminal justice system. The faster you get a lawyer involved with your charges, the better your chances.

For more detailed information on how to find an attorney, read our guide: How to Find an Attorney in Blount County

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford an attorney, you will get a public defender. Also, the Public Defender has access to independent investigators, experts in forensics and social workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are licensed attorneys, admitted to the State Bar and are licensed to represent you in court and 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 have a case file containing a docket sheet and all documents and motions filed in the course of your case. You have the ability to access your court records using the Blount County website, or by going to the Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

The Blount County 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 read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records, documents, and evidence from your court case are maintained at Blount County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court fees are the charges from your case, which include filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you cannot afford these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

The Blount County court magistrate is the judge who presides over your case in court. They do many different things, which include setting bail amounts, issuing arrest warrants, and overseeing preliminary court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed to include information about your background and information about the arrestee’s life, which the magistrate judge will review and take into account when determining a sentence. Information will be solicited from the person on trial, their family, and in some cases the victim. Remember that you can request to get your own copy of this report before sentencing, so you get the chance to review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, including community service to probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you may be taken into custody, right there in court, or given a date that you are supposed to turn yourself into 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 someone is incarcerated, or has been an inmate in the past?

To find this out just visit the jail’s website, and search using:

  • Name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • and their inmate ID.

If you think this person is in jail, you should call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you are able to check the arrest warrants on the website or you can call the court. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and inquire at the information desk. You should know that if you do have an outstanding warrant, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, and their arrest date, contact the jail, on the phone, go there in person, or you can check online. An arrest is a matter of public record and these records are accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, like court orders. You can find these civil process orders by getting in touch with the Blount County Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders have to be registered and listed on both a national and state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You can access sex offenders on the website, but remember that you won’t get the street address, just the neighborhood block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. These records include a case file that contains a court docket and any documents filed in the court case. You are able to access your court records via the internet, or at Clerk of Court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state keeps a record of people’s criminal history. These online databases are connected so you can track criminal backgrounds from any other state. You are able to go to courthouse and inquire, or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county, and in the event that it was in a totally different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

A criminal history search you will get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for any of the following crimes:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

When you do a criminal history search, you will not learn if they has had any:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Any accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this kind of information, you will have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? Was it a difficult process? Dis you do your search online or did you have to call the Blount County courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are plenty of reasons that people search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your comments might make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI keeps a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Blount County,the Blount County Sheriff’s Department has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List

    Blount County Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of spending time in Blount County Jail is something you wish you could avoid, eventually you will become accustomed to the daily routine there. You will get an alarm to wake up each morning at 6am, and then roll call. You will then eat breakfast. Following breakfast you will work 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 Blount 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 Blount 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 people in jail might change, so it would be best to double check the site before you send money to an inmate.

    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 Blount County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Blount 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 Blount County Jail

    Requirements:

    • You have to be over the age of 21.
    • You have to possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You have to be a US Citizen.
    • You have to pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You have to pass a drug test.
    • You have to have a good level of fitness.
    • You have to be in good health.
    • You have to 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:

    • Victims have the right to protection from the accused.
    • Victims have the right to notification.
    • Victims have the right to attend proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • Victims have the right to restitution.
    • Victims have the right to a speedy trial.
    • Victims have 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 spent any time at this jail? Do you have a friend or family member that is an inmate there? Have you ever visited someone in this jail?

    If yes, then you should write a review about it. Write down what you experienced so that others can find out what to expect.

    Things you might want to include in your comment:

    • Conditions in Blount County Jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Staff and guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gangs
    • Inmate activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has at least one story to tell about it. How’d you end up in jail? Did you get fair treatment? How was day to day life at Blount County Jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? How did it affect you to go to jail?

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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 person you met in jail? Post a message to them below.

    Say Hello to people locked up at Blount County Jail

    Links and Resources

    Main Blount County Jail Link
    Blount County Jail Inmate Search Link
    View Blount County Jail Mugshots
    Blount County Jail Bail Link

    Alabama Bail Schedule

    Blount County Jail Visitation Procedures
    Blount County Jail Jail Mail Link
    Locate an inmate at Blount County Jail
    Blount County Jail Warrant Inquiry Link
    Blount County Jail Arrest Lookup
    Send Money to an Inmate at Blount County Jail
    Jobs at Blount County Jail


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