Colbert County Jail – Tuscumbia, AL

Colbert County Jail is in Colbert County and is the jail for the region. Know someone at Colbert County Jail? This page tells you information about anything you might need to know about Colbert County Jailsuch as the following: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s phone number and address. Posting bail. Booking and intake procedures. Court information. And much much more…

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary and stressfull idea, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also their friends and family. This guide is meant to give you information and tips you need to make going to jail a lot easier. If you have specific questions, just ask it, and also any feedback or comments that could help other people in the same situation would be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Colbert County Jail
201 N. Main Street
Tuscumbia, AL 35674

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (256) 383-0741
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member that is in jail and need to contact them?

Has a friend or family member who has been arrested and you don’t know how to locate them?

In order to find out who is in jail at Colbert County Jail you will need to navigate to their website and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Locator

The Colbert County Jail Inmate Roster is a list of people who have been arrested and are in custody, including current status, bail amount, and schedule for visitation. Also, you can find info on anyone processed or discharged within the past 24 hour period. Jail inmates are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You’ll be able to get their arrest information quicker if you have your friend or family member’s name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or loved one is locked up at a different jail you will want to check our Alabama county jail guide: List of all jails in Alabama


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a booking photograph, is the photograph that the police take during jail intake processing. They will take one frontal photo and a side picture. Your full name and jail ID number will be in the mugshot, and they are on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots can be found on the website, or you can see them in person at the Colbert County Jail. When viewing online you will have to input the prisoner’s first and last name, and the booking date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to get your mugshot removed from the Colbert County Jail website? This will be difficult, since the mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot removed you need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. Basically, this means that your arrest record would be sealed, and will not be accessible. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot removed, the various websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, if you’re locked up, your primary thought is about how to get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, a bail amount is decided by the magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this may mean that you will either be released, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you do bail out you will have to promise to be in court on your court date, and in the meantime you must not leave town.

In most cases, prisoners at Colbert County Jail can earn an early release in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and area a good inmate while they’re in jail.

If you follow the rules, you may be granted work release. You will be required to go back to jail every day when you’re finished working, or you could be permitted to move to a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to the courts to be released from jail until your court date. The amount you will have to pay is determined by the seriousness of your crime. Someone will have to post 10 percent of the total amount that was set so you can get out of jail. If you don’t go to your court appearance, whoever posted your bail will lose that bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you will have to call the Colbert County Jail or the County Courthouse. If you’ve got the pertinent information, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you the bail amount. You can also check their bail amount and status on the Colbert County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Needing to bail someone out of jail is never a fun thing, but thankfully, it’s easy if you have the money. First, you need to find out if it is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If this is the case, you will not be able to use the services of a bail bondsman. Cash only – they can’t take a personal check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the person will get released. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, of if you can’t pay it, you should use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen generally charge a fee of 10-15% of the total bail amount, and in most cases with a minimum charge of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If the bail is extremely high, the bail bondsman may request to use your personal assets as collateral for the bond.

To find a bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a bail bondsman at Colbert County Jail

Have you ever had to use a bondsman for someone you know or yourself? If so, please share your experience in a comment below, and let us know how it worked out for you.

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Bail Schedule

In Alabama your bail is predetermined by by the Alabama Rules of Criminal Procedure – Bail Schedule, but keep in mind that the magistrate or judge has the final say on where your bail is set. The Alabama Rules of Criminal Procedure – Bail Schedule contains all crimes included in Alabama and the exact bail amount for each one.

Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Get Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Work Release Programs
  • Get Out For Time Served
  • Pre-Trial Release Programs
  • Get Out on House Arrest
  • Get 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 the jail is really busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • You will answer some basic questions, such as what is your full legal name, home address, date of birth and contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • All personal property will be taken from you and stored until you are released.
  • You will then be allowed to use the phone so you can contact family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you will be allowed to keep wearing your own clothes, otherwise you you will have to change into a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through the jail intake procedure? If you have, you should tell your story. How long did you have to wait in the holding cell? Were you treated fairly? Can you share any tips that will help other people that get arrested get through the procedure?

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will be discharged from jail. Getting discharged takes from 15 minutes to hours or even all day long. So, the faster bail is posted, the quicker you will get discharged from jail. Also, it can depend on whether or not you’ve been given a cash bond or if a judge still needs to determine the bail amount. For a minor offense, you will be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have served out your jail sentence and know the discharge date, you should plan to get released anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

In the event there is a, or if you have to start a jail sentence, you really should follow the rules and turn yourself into the authorities. If it is for a warrant, go to the jail intake area, and tell an officer that you think they might have a warrant for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if they find one, you will be taken into jail custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, go down to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order lists. Be sure that you are not late to report. Be sure to only bring approved items with you, like a driver’s license or even state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, and the copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you must give information about each visitor to the jail in advance. Your visitor’s information will go in a log of approved visitors for the inmate that requested the visitor. Each visitor must provide identification. Any visitors arriving late or that is not on the visitation list will not be allowed to attend visitation.
The Colbert County Jail visitation procedures are always changing, so double-check the official Colbert County Jail jail site before you go to visitation.

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 . These phone calls are generally pricier than regular phone calls. Phone calls are restricted on when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, phone privileges may be limited or forbidden.

Phone Number: (256) 383-0741

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail must be sent using the actual US Postal Service. You can’t use any other type of mail delivery. You have to clearly print the name, inmate ID, and the address of the jail on the envelope. Don’t send anything in a box, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail sent to inmates is opened and read and examined by the jail administration, and the mail will get sent back if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Colbert County Jail
201 N. Main Street
Tuscumbia, AL 35674

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Colbert County Jail
201 N. Main Street
Tuscumbia, AL 35674


The mail policy can change, so it would be best to visit the official website when send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you still have certain rights, the first of which is the right to request an attorney. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so it is important to have a friend or relative locate a lawyer when you call. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal defense lawyer will advise you about your rights, look after your best interests and help you navigate the legal system that you are now faced with. The faster you get an attorney working on your criminal case, the better your chances.

To read more about how to find an attorney, read: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford a lawyer, 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, forensics experts and case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are full-fledged lawyers who are admitted to the State Bar and are licensed to handle your case.

Have you or someone you know had to use the services of a Public Defender? Are you satisfied with how they handled your case and represented you in court?

Court Records

All court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. They include a case file containing a docket and every documents filed during your court case. You can access the records and documents in your court case via the internet service, or at the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an official part of the court who maintains court records and controls access to them. They also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All court records from your case are available at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the charges and fees associated with your court case, for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you are low income and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the type of judge that presides over your case. Magistrates do several different things, such as setting bail amounts, issuing warrants for arrest, and overseeing preliminary court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is prepared with the defendant’s background information and information about the arrestee’s life, which the magistrate will take into account when determining the sentence. Information will be collected from the defendant, his or her family, and, if applicable, the victim in the crime. Remember you are allowed to ask to see your own copy of your pre-sentencing report before sentencing, and go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will be sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, ranging from community service and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you will either be taken into custody immediately, or you could get a date to turn yourself into jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if some you know is in jail, or has ever been in jail?

You can you need to go to the jail website and do an inmate search, and search by:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • or inmate ID.

If you think that they are currently in jail, you can also call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can access arrest warrants on the Colbert County jail website or call the court directly. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask the officer in charge. You should know 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 the date of their arrest, contact the Colbert County jail, by phone, go there in person, or look online. Arrest records are in the public record and these records are available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you get served with legal papers, which can be warrants. You can find these civil process orders by getting in touch with the Colbert County Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are required to be registered and listed on either a national or state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to see sex offenders on the website, but keep in mind that you will not be able to see the actual address, but rather the address block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. Court Records include a case file that includes a docket sheet and any filings and documents filed in the court case. You are able to access your court records on their website, or at the clerk’s office of the court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains records of a person’s criminal history. These online databases are all linked so you can track criminal histories from other states. Go to courthouse and check in person, or check the website. It is helpful to know the county, and if it was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

When you look up a person’s crminal records you will find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for the following crimes:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

But, when you do a criminal records check, usually won’t discover if someone has had:

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

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? How easy was it? Did you search online or did you call the courthouse? Was the information correct? There are lots of reasons that people look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your story could help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI maintains a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Colbert County,the Colbert County Sheriff’s Department has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List

    Colbert County Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of spending time in the Colbert County jail is quite unpleasant, soon you will get accustomed to the daily routine there. Expect an alarm for wake-up every morning at 6:00am, and next you’ll have roll call. After roll call you will have 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 Colbert 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 Colbert County Jail uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

    You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.

    The rules for sending money to someone in jail changes, so we suggest that you check the site when you send money 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 Colbert County Jail

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

    • You have the right to protection from the accused.
    • You have the right to notification.
    • You have the right to attend proceedings.
    • You have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • You have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • You have the right to restitution.
    • You have the right to a speedy trial.
    • You 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 incarcerated in Colbert County Jail? Do you know someone that spent time there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner in this jail?

    If you have, then we would like you to leave a comment below about it. Write down your experience because others can find out what to expect.

    What to put in your review:

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


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    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has a story about it. How’d you end up in jail? Did you get fair treatment? What was it like in jail? What were the other inmates like? How has this experience impacted your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Trying to throw a shout out to somebody you met in jail? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Colbert County Jail Website
    Colbert County Jail Inmate Search Link
    Colbert County Jail Mugshots
    Colbert County Jail Bail Amount Link

    Alabama Bail Schedule

    Colbert County Jail Visitation Policy Link
    Colbert County Jail Mail Policy
    Colbert County Jail Inmate Inquiry Link
    Colbert County Warrant Inquiry
    Colbert County Jail Arrest Inquiry
    Colbert County Jail Send Money Procedure
    Colbert County Jail Employment


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