Cherokee County Detention Center – Centre, AL

Cherokee County Detention Center is in Cherokee County, AL and is the jail for the area. Do you know someone incarcerated at Cherokee County Detention Center? This site will tell you about everything a person needs to know about Cherokee County Detention Center: How to locate an inmate. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s phone number and address. Posting bail. Booking and intake procedures. Court records. And everything else.

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The thought of going to jail is a scary and stressfull idea, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also their friends and family. The goal of this guide is to offer information and tips that you’ll need to make helping someone get out of jail a little less stressful. If you have a specific question, just ask it, and also any feedback or comments that might help others is much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Cherokee County Detention Center
110 Cedar Bluff Road
Centre, AL 35960

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 256-927-3365
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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?

Do you know a family member or friend who’s been arrested and you want to find them?

In order to look up who is in jail at Cherokee County Detention Center you need to go to their web site and use the inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Cherokee County Detention Center Inmate List is an online list of persons who have been arrested and are in jail, which includes current status, how much their bail is, and times you can visit. Also, you can find information about anyone arrested and booked or released within the past 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You’ll be able to find their inmate information quicker if you’ve got their name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If the inmate you are looking for could possibly be at another jail you can check our guide to other Alabama jails: Other Jails in Alabama


Mugshots

A mugshot, or intake picture, is the picture that the police take when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is make of one full face and a profile photo. Your full name and intake number will be in the pictures, and they will be stored.

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Mugshots can be searched online, or you can go in person to the Cherokee County Detention Center. When you search for mugshots online you need to put in the inmate’s full name, and a booking date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to get your mugshot taken off of the Cherokee County Detention Center site? This may not be possible, as the mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot taken down you will need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. Basically, this means that all of your arrest records would be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot taken down, the different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal websites: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, once you’re arrested and put in jail, your primary thought is about when you get out. After you’ve been booked, bail will be decided by the magistrate. If no bail is set this might mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out you must agree to be in court on your court date, and you won’t be allowed to leave the county.

Usually, an inmate are given early release in exchange for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and conduct themselves properly while incarcerated.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you might be given work release detail. You will have to return to jail every day after work, or you might have the chance to sleep in a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Bail is money that you are required to pay to be released from jail until you go to court. The amount of bail that is set is dictated by how serious your charges are. Someone you know will need to put up ten percent of the total that was determined before you can be released from jail. If you miss your court date, the person that bailed you out of jail will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you will have to call the Cherokee County Detention Center or the County Courthouse. If know the person’s information, such as name, address and date of birth, they will tell you the bail amount. Also, you can find out how much their bail is online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Needing to bail someone out of jail is never fun, but in some cases, it’s easy. To start with, find out if it is a “Cash Bond Only”. If it is, you won’t be able to use the services of a bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they won’t accept a personal check. Once you have paid the bond, the prisoner will be released to your care. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, of if you can’t pay it, you you should hire a bail bondsman. They generally charge you a fee of 10-15% of the bail amount, and usually charge a minimum fee of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman is non-refundable and must be paid in cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bail bondsman will in these cases request to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

You can find a bail bondsman go to: How to find a bail bondsman

Have you ever hired a Bail Bondsman for yourself, a family member or friend? If you have, post a comment below and tell about it, and let us know how things turned out.

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Bail Schedule

In Alabama the amount of bail you pay is pre-determined using by the Alabama Rules of Criminal Procedure – Bail Schedule, but keep in mind that the magistrate or judge has the final say on how much your bail will be. The Alabama Rules of Criminal Procedure – Bail Schedule contains all crimes included in Alabama and the exact bail you will have to pay for each crime.

Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Work Release Programs
  • Get Out For Time Served
  • Pre-Trial Release Programs
  • House Arrest
  • Get Released on Your Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure takes you through each of the following steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you must answer some simple questions, like what is your full legal name, home address, date of birth and contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • You will be allowed to use the telephone to get in touch with a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you will be allowed to keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to wear a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through processing at jail? If you have, please share your experience so others can benefit from your story. How long did it take to get through intake? What was you treatment like? Can you tell us things that could help other people get through jail intake?

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will get discharged from jail. Getting discharged from jail takes between 10 minutes to quite a few hours. In other words the faster you can post bail, the quicker you will be released. Also, how fast you get released can depend on whether or not you’ve got a cash bond amount or if the magistrate has to determine your bail amount. For a minor charge, you will get booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and are given a release date, plan to get released in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

issued for your arrest, or if you have to begin your jail sentence, it is highly recommended that you do the right thing and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go down to the jail, in the reception area, and tell them 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 they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. If you have a jail sentence to serve, go to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order lists. Make sure that you are not late to report. Just bring approved items when you turn yourself in, such as a driver’s license or ID, prescription medication, and the copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates have to give the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail in advance. Your visitor’s information will go in the visitation log for the inmate. Every visitor will be required to provide proof of identification. Anyone arriving late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will be turned away.
The Cherokee County Detention Center visitation procedures frequently change, so check the official Cherokee County Detention Center jail site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Calls made in jail are usually pricier than phone calls made outside of jail. 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 inmates should keep in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you break the rules and are disciplined, your ability to use the phone could be reduced or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

Phone Number: 256-927-3365

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail has to be sent via the actual US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other method of mail or package delivery. You have to clearly print the inmate’s name, inmate number, and the jail address on the envelope. Do not mail a box, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail sent to inmates will be opened and read by the jail staff, and the mail will get sent back if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Cherokee County Detention Center is:

Cherokee County Detention Center
110 Cedar Bluff Road
Centre, AL 35960

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Cherokee County Detention Center
110 Cedar Bluff Road
Centre, AL 35960


The inmate mail policy at Cherokee County Detention Center changes frequently, so you should check the site before send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you still have rights, the most important of which is your right to request an attorney. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so you would be wise to get a friend or relative to locate a lawyer when you call. You might be asking yourself ‘I don’t need a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ While you are not required to have one, an attorney can advise you of your rights, protect your interests and help you find your way through the criminal justice system in Cherokee County. The sooner you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your situation, the better your chances.

To read more about the benefits of hiring a lawyer, click here: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you cannot afford a lawyer, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. Also, the Public Defender’s Office has a number of staff such as investigators, experts in forensics as well as social case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are bona-fide lawyers that are admitted to the State Bar and are legally licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

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

Court Records

Cherokee County court records are a matter of public record. They include a file with a sheet called a docket sheet and all of the documents in your case. You have the ability to access your court case records via the Cherokee County website, or at the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who manages court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath in a court case, and also read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records and documents associated with your court case are kept at Cherokee County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court fees and costs are all costs from your case, such as filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. 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

A Magistrate acts as the judge that rules on your case in court. Magistrates do a number of different things, which include setting your bail amount, issuing arrest warrants, and overseeing preliminary court hearings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is put together to include your background information and as much detail about the defendant’s life, which the judge will review and take into account when determining a sentence. Information and personal details will be collected from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and in some cases the victim in the crime. Keep in mind that you should ask to get your own copy of your pre-sentencing report before your sentencing, so you can review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, including community service to probation, to prison or jail time. 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 report to jail to do your time.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if a family member of friend is incarcerated, or has ever been in jail?

To do this, you need to access the jail website and do an inmate search, and search by:

  • Name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • or inmate ID.

If you think this person is in jail, you should call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant, you can check the arrest warrants inquiry on the Cherokee County court website or you are able to call the court directly. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and inquire at the information desk. Keep in mind 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, as well as their arrest date, contact the Cherokee County jail, either by phone, in person, or look online. Records of arrests are a matter of public record and the information is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you get served with legal papers, like a court order. You can find these civil process orders by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders have to be registered and listed on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to see this information online, but you should know that you won’t see the exact address, but rather the block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. They include a court case file that includes a docket sheet and any of the documents filed in the court case. You are able to access court records on the internet, or at Clerk of Court office in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state keeps a record of someone’s criminal past. These databases are all linked so you are able to track criminal convictions from other states. Go to courthouse and check in person, or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and if it was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay for a more comprehensive search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you will get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

When you do a criminal history search, you generally will not learn if someone has had:

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

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? How hard was it? Was your search online or did you have to call the courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are many reasons that people look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your account might help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI has their list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Cherokee County,The Sheriff’s Department keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List

    Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List: External Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that spending time in the Cherokee County jail is very scary, soon you will settle into the routine that is set for you. Prisoners get an alarm to wake up at about six in the morning, and next they’ll do roll call. You will then get breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will be required to work in the program that has been assigned to you. 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 Cherokee County Detention Center, 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 Cherokee County Detention Center 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 jail inmates could change, so be sure to double check the official Cherokee County Detention Center 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 Cherokee County Detention Center

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Cherokee County Detention Center, 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 Cherokee County Detention Center

    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:

    • 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 been locked up in this jail? Do you have a friend or family member that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited an inmate at this jail?

    If you have, then we would like you to leave a comment below about it. Tell us about what you experienced so other people can find out what to expect.

    What to write in your comment:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Guards and staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Prisoner activities and programs


    Let Everyone Know

    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has some stories about their time ‘inside’. How’d you end up in jail? Did you experience fair treatment? How was life in jail? Were the other inmates cool? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

    Tell your story about when you did time at Cherokee County Detention Center

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Do you need to find out how to get in touch with someone you met in jail? Say wassup here, just leave a message below.

    Say Hello to people still locked up at Cherokee County Detention Center

    Links and Resources

    Main Cherokee County Detention Center Link
    Cherokee County Detention Center Inmate Search Link
    Cherokee County Detention Center Mugshots
    Cherokee County Detention Center Bail Link

    Alabama Rules of Criminal Procedure – Bail Schedule

    Cherokee County Detention Center Visitation Policy Link
    Cherokee County Detention Center Jail Mail Policy Link
    Cherokee County Detention Center Inmate Inquiry Link
    Cherokee County Warrants
    Cherokee County Detention Center Arrest Inquiry
    Send Funds to an Inmate at Cherokee County Detention Center
    Cherokee County Detention Center Jobs


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