Calhoun County Jail – Anniston, AL

Calhoun County Jail is in Calhoun County and is the correctional facility for that county. Know someone at Calhoun County Jail? This page tells you information about everything related to Calhoun County Jail,like the following: Find an inmate at Calhoun County Jail. How to view Calhoun County Jail mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. How to post bail. Intake procedures and booking. Court information. And lots more.

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary prospect, not only for whoever is incarcerated, but also their friends and family. This guide is designed to give you information and tips you need to make the process easier. If you have a specific question, feel free to ask them, and any feedback or comments that could be a benefit to others would be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Calhoun County Jail
400 West 8Th Street
Anniston, AL 36201

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (256) 241-8034
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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 them?

Do you know somebody that’s been arrested and you don’t know how to locate them?

In order to find out who’s in jail at Calhoun County Jail you should go to their website and use the inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Calhoun County Jail Inmate Lookup has information on persons who are in jail, including custody status, bail amount (if applicable), and schedule for visitation. You can also get information for anybody arrested and processed or released in the past 24 hour period. Prisoners are listed alphabetically by last name. You’ll be able to locate the information quicker if you’ve got the arrestee’s full name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If your friend or loved one is in another county jail you can look here: Other Jails in Alabama


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a intake picture, is a picture taken by the police when you get booked into jail. A mugshot is actually one frontal photo and a side-view photo. Your full name and jail booking number will appear on the pictures, and they will be on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be seen on the Calhoun County Jail website, or you can see them at the Calhoun County Jail. When viewing online you need to enter the prisoner’s name, and the arrest date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to have your mugshot erased from the Calhoun County Jail website? This can be tricky, as the mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot taken down you must file a Petition to Expunge in court. Basically, this means that your arrest record would be sealed, and will not be available to the public. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot taken down, the various mugshot sites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, once you’re arrested and put in jail, your only thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve gone through booking, your bail will be decided either by bail schedule or magistrate. If no bail is set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you do bail out you will have to agree to be in court on your court date, and until that day you must not leave town.

Typically, inmates at Calhoun County Jail will earn an early release in exchange for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and conduct themselves properly while incarcerated.

If you follow the rules, you might be allowed to do work release. You will have to stay jail at the end of the day when you’re finished with work, or you could have the chance to move to a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Bail is money that you are required to pay to get out of jail until you go to court. The amount of bail that is set all depends on the crime you’ve been charged with. Someone you know will need to put up 10 percent of the total amount that was determined in order to get discharged from jail. If you fail to show up for your scheduled court date, the person that paid your bail won’t get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you need to call the jail. If you’ve got the person’s info, such as name, address and date of birth, they will tell you what their bail is set at. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the Calhoun County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is never fun, but thankfully, it is very simple to do. To start with, you need to know if their bail is a Cash Only Bond situation. If it is, you will not be able to use the services of a Bail Bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they won’t accept a personal check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the inmate will be discharged. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen usually have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total bail amount, and sometimes have a minimum fee of $100. This is non-refundable and has to be paid in cash. If bail is very large, the bail bondsman may ask to use assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

You can find a local bail bondsman click here: Bail bondsman

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Bail Schedule

In the state of Alabama bail amounts are predetermined by by the Alabama Rules of Criminal Procedure – Bail Schedule, but the judge or magistrate has the last word on where your bail is set. The Alabama Rules of Criminal Procedure – Bail Schedule includes each and every crime defined by state law and the exact bail amount for each of the crimes.

Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process is made up of each of the following steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • Firstly, you must answer some simple questions, such as what is your legal name, your address, date of birth and an emergency contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will be taken from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • You will get to use the phone so you can talk to family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might be able to keep wearing your own clothes, if not you you will be given a jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will get discharged from jail. Getting discharged may take anywhere between 15 minutes to all day long. So, the faster bail is posted, the sooner you will be freed. Also, it can depend on whether or not you’ve been given a cash bond amount or if a magistrate must figure out the bail amount. For a minor offense, you will simply be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served your sentence and are given a date of your release, you should plan to get released in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

out against you, or if you need to start a jail sentence, you should follow the rules and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, go down to the jail, in the reception area, and tell someone that think that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into jail custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order lists. Be very careful that you are not late to report. Only bring necessary items when you go, for example your drivers license or even state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and a sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate need to give each visitor’s name to the jail. Your visitor’s names will go in a log of approved visitors as an approved visitor. Each and every visitor will have to provide a photo ID when visiting. Visitors arriving late or that does not have a visting order will not be allowed to attend visitation.
The Calhoun County Jail visitation procedures frequently change, so double-check the official Calhoun County Jail jail site before you go.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Phone calls made in jail are generally pricier than phone calls made at home. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but bear in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you break the rules, phone privileges may be limited or forbidden.

The Calhoun County Jail phone number is: (256) 241-8034

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail is required to be sent using the actual US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other type of mail delivery. You should write the name, inmate ID number, and jail address on the envelope. Don’t mail a box, padded envelope, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail sent to inmates is opened and reviewed by the staff, and the mail will be returned if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Calhoun County Jail is:

Calhoun County Jail
400 West 8Th Street
Anniston, AL 36201

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Calhoun County Jail
400 West 8Th Street
Anniston, AL 36201


The inmate mail policy at Calhoun County Jail can change, so it would be best to check the official 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 first of which is the right to request an attorney. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure to have a friend or family member find an attorney when you talk to them. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘but do I really need a lawyer’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal defense lawyer can advise you of your rights, help protect your best interests and help you understand the complicated court system. The faster you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your case, the better off you’ll be.

For more detailed information on the benefits of hiring a lawyer, read our guide: Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford an attorney, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. Also, the Public Defender’s Office has a number of staff such as independent investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are real attorneys who are admitted to the State Bar and are licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney? How did they do?

Court Records

Calhoun County court records are a matter of public record. They have a file with a sheet called a docket sheet and every documents and motions filed in the course of your case. You have the ability to access court records using the online service, or at the Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an official part of the court who 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 from your case are held at the Calhoun County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are the fees and charges associated with your case, such as filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

The Calhoun County magistrate is the type of judge who presides over your case in court. Magistrate judges do a number of things, like setting bail amounts, issuing warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court hearings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is put together with your background information and information about the defendant’s life and history, which the judge will review and take into account when decide your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be collected from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and in some cases the victim. Be sure to remember you are allowed to request to see your own copy of the pre-sentencing report before your sentencing, so you get the chance to correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, including community service to probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you might get immediately taken into custody, or given a date to report to jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if someone is incarcerated, or has been an inmate in the past?

To find this out you need to query the jail’s website, and do a search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date.
  • or inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you can call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant, you can check arrest warrants online or you are able to call the jail directly. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask the officer in charge. You should be clear that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, as well as their arrest date, contact the jail, either by phone, go there in person, or look online. Arrest records are in the public record and this is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you get served with legal papers, which can be warrants. You can access civil process orders 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 both a national and state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to view these offenders on the website, but remember that you can’t get the actual address, but rather the 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 contains a docket and all of the filings and documents filed in your court case. You are able to access the court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at the Calhoun County Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains records of someone’s criminal background. These databases are all linked so you can track criminal convictions from another state. Go to the Calhoun County Courthouse and check in person, or you can check online. It helps to know the county, and if the crime was in a completely different state, you might have to pay for a more comprehensive search.

A criminal records search you can get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for any of the following crimes:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

During a criminal records search, usually won’t see if that person has had:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving records, you have to do a driving records search.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? How easy was it? Was your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the local courthouse? Was it correct? There are lots of reasons that people search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your feedback may make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI keeps a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Calhoun County,The Sheriff’s Department maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List

    Calhoun County Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that spending time in the Calhoun County jail is no fun, in time you will get accustomed to the daily routine there. You should expect a wake-up alarm every morning at 6am, and then you’ll have roll call. After roll call 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 Calhoun 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 Calhoun 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 process for sending funds to Calhoun County Jail inmates can change, so it would be best to double check the the Calhoun County Jail website before send money to someone in jail 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

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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Calhoun County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Calhoun 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 Calhoun 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:

    • 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 locked up in Calhoun County Jail? Do you have a friend or family member that spent time there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner at Calhoun County Jail?

    If you have, then we would like you to write your review about it. Write about your jail experience because others will know what to expect.

    What to write in what you write:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Staff and guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gangs
    • Inmate programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has a story about it. Why’d you get arrested? Were you mistreated? How was life in jail? What about the other inmates? How has this experience impacted your life?

    Click here to tell your story about Calhoun County Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Want to say wassup to someone from jail? Throw a shout out to them here.

    Say wassup to people locked up at Calhoun County Jail

    Links and Resources

    Main Calhoun County Jail Website
    Calhoun County Jail Inmate Search Link
    Calhoun County Jail Mugshots
    Calhoun County Jail Bail Link

    AL Bail Schedule

    Calhoun County Jail Visitation
    Calhoun County Jail Jail Mail Link
    Calhoun County Jail Inmate Search
    Calhoun County Warrant Inquiry
    Calhoun County Jail Arrests
    Send Money to an Inmate at Calhoun County Jail
    Calhoun County Jail Employment


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  1. kimberly b says:

    I just want to know why it’s taking so long to get a court date for my husband when he has been there 40 days already on a technical violation of probation and I can’t get any info from anyone to even no where to begin to help him. Justin Buchanan by the way, he was out of state was his dieing father and was arrested for violating probation and his father is getting worse by the day. What happened to Governor Riley’s bill that stated technicals would be treated differently because of overcrowding in jails and wasting tax payers money?

  2. David says:

    A package must be received within 5 days of lock up or an inmate cannot receive items for a month. This seems to be because of lazy cops who wish to punish inmates with out family support. Everything is set up to make the jail money off from the families. Most inmates are low income and have little. deputies act in an intimidating, better than you manner and show little respect for individuals, treating family members like inmates. jail should suck, and this one does along with those who run it.

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