Dale County Jail – Ozark, AL

Dale County Jail is located in Dale County, Alabama and is the primary correctional facility for the area. Do you know someone locked up in Dale County Jail? This guide tells you information about everything one might want to know about Dale County Jail,like the following: How to locate an inmate. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s phone number and address. How to post bail. Booking and intake procedures. Court information and records. And lots more.

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary situation, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. The purpose of this guide is to offer advice and information that you need to make the process a lot easier. If you have a question, just ask it, and please leave any comments or feedback that could help other people in the same situation would be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Dale County Jail
124 Adams Street
Ozark, AL 36360

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 334-774-5402
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member that is incarcerated and don’t know how to locate them?

Has a friend or family member who has been arrested and you need to find them?

In order to look up who’s in jail at Dale County Jail you will need to navigate to their link and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Dale County Jail Inmate Search is a list of people who have been arrested and are in custody, including current status, bail amount, and schedule for visitation. You can find info for anyone booked or discharged in the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You’ll be able to get their arrest information quicker if you’ve got their name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If the person you’re searching for might be at a different jail you should look here, too: Alabama Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail intake photo, is the picture that the jail takes during jail intake processing. They will take one frontal photo and a side picture. Your full name and jail ID number will be on the photos, and they’re kept on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots can be seen on the Dale County Jail website, or you can see them in person at the Dale County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you will need to input the full name, and the booking date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to have your mugshot erased from the Dale County Jail website? This is difficult, since your mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot taken down you will need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. This means that all of your arrest records will be sealed, and will not be available to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

To learn more about removing your mugshot, the different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

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

If you do bail out you are required to promise to go to your court date, and until that day you are required not to travel out of the county.

Usually, prisoners in the Dale County Jail can earn early release in exchange for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and area a good inmate while they’re in jail.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you might be given work release detail. Either you will have to stay the jail at the end of the day after work, or you could be allowed to move to a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you have to pay to be released from jail until your trial. The amount you have to pay all depends on the crime you’ve been charged with. Someone you know will need to pay 10% of the amount that was determined in order to be released. If you miss court, the person that paid your bail will lose that bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you must call the jail or the county courthouse. If you have all the person’s info, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you what their bail is set at. Also, you can check their bail amount and status online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is no fun, but most of the time, its very simple to do. To start with, figure out if they have a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If it is, you will not be able to get a Bail Bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they will not take a personal check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the prisoner will be discharged. 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, or you just don’t have the money, you should use a bail bondsman. They generally charge a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and in most cases charge a minimum charge of $100. This is non-refundable and the bondsman only accepts cash. If bail is very large, the bondsman will in most cases use your personal assets as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

To contact a bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a Bail Bondsman in Dale County

Have you ever had to use a bondsman either for yourself, a family member or friend? If you have, leave a comment below and tell your story, and let us know how it worked out.

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Bail Schedule

In the state of Alabama the amount of bail you pay is predetermined by by the Alabama Rules of Criminal Procedure – Bail Schedule, but the judge or magistrate has the final word on how high your bail is set. The Alabama Rules of Criminal Procedure – Bail Schedule lists all of the crimes included in Alabama and the exact bail amount for each crime.

Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure takes you through each of these steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. When the jail is busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • You will answer some questions, such as what is your full name, street address, date of birth and an emergency contact.
  • They’ll also ask about your mental and medical history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • All of your personal property will be taken from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • You will be allowed to use the telephone so you can contact a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you might get to wear your own clothes, if not you will be issued a jail issued jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. Getting discharged may take anywhere from 30 minutes to quite a few hours. Or, simply, the faster you post bail, the sooner you will get out of jail. Also, how fast you get released might depend on if you’ve got a cash bond or if a magistrate needs to decide on the bail amount. For a minor offense, you will be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and know the discharge date, you should plan to be released between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

If you have a, or if you must report to start a sentence, it is highly recommended that you follow the law and turn yourself in. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go to the jail processing area, and let them know that believe that there could be an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant 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. When reporting to serve a sentence, report to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Ensure that you are not late. Just bring required items when you go, like a driver’s license or your ID, prescription medication, as well as the copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you need to provide each visitor’s full name to the jail. This information will be entered in a log of approved visitors for the inmate. Each visitor must provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Visitors that gets to visitation or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Visitation procedures at Dale County Jail are always changing, so check the official Dale County Jail jail site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Calls made in jail are usually pricier than phone calls made at home. There is no limit to when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you break the jail rules, phone calls might get reduced or forbidden.

The Dale County Jail phone number is: 334-774-5402

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail must be sent via the actual US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other type of delivery. You should write or type the prisoner’s name, inmate number, and the address of the jail on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t mail anything in a box, padded envelope, bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail sent to inmates will be opened and reviewed by the jail administration, and the mail will get sent back to the person who mailed it if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Dale County Jail
124 Adams Street
Ozark, AL 36360

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Dale County Jail
124 Adams Street
Ozark, AL 36360


The mail policy is always changing, so visit the the Dale County Jail website before you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you need to be aware that you still have rights, one of these is the right to request an attorney. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so it is a good idea to get a friend or family member to locate an attorney for you. You’re probably asking yourself ‘do I really need a lawyer?’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal defense lawyer can advise you of your rights, look after your best interests and help you understand the complicated legal system. The quicker you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better off you’ll be.

To read more about the benefits of hiring a lawyer, read our guide: How to Find an Attorney in Dale County

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford an attorney, you will be assigned a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender Office has a number of staff such as private investigators, experts in forensics as well as social workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are licensed lawyers that are admitted to the Alabama State Bar Association and are completely licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

Have you or someone you know used a Public Defender? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?

Court Records

Court records are public records. Court records contain a case file with a sheet called a docket sheet and all documents filed in the course of your case. You can access your court case records via the website, or at the Dale County Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court who maintains the records. They also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records related to your case are maintained at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the fees and charges from your court case, for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have a Public Defender, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the type of judge who presides over your case in court. They do several different things, like setting bail, issuing warrants for arrest, and overseeing first court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is put together to include information about the defendant’s background and details of the defendant’s life and public history, which the magistrate judge will take into account when determining your sentence. Information and personal details will be collected from the defendant, their family, and in some cases the victim in the crime. Don’t forget you are able to request to get your own copy of your pre-sentencing report prior to sentencing, and correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, which include community service and probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on the severity of the crime, you will either be taken into custody, right there in court, or you could be given a date to go to jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if somebody you know is incarcerated in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?

To find this out just visit the Dale County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search by:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their booking date.
  • and their jail ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you are able to check the arrest warrants inquiry on the Dale County jail website or you can call the jail. You have to have the person’s first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask the officer in charge. Bear in mind that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the jail, on the phone, in person, or you can check online. Arrest records are public record and this is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you get served with legal papers, which can be warrants. You can access civil process orders by contacting the Dale County Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are required to be registered on both a national and state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You can access these listings on the internet, but remember that you won’t see the exact address, but only the neighborhood block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. These records include a court case file that contains a docket and any of the documents filed in the case. You are able to access the court records on the website, or at the clerk’s office of the court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state keeps a record of a person’s criminal past. These online databases are all linked and you can track criminal convictions from any other state. Go to the Dale County Courthouse and make an inquiry, or check online. You must know which county the crime occured in, and if it was in a completely different state, you might have to pay for a more intensive search.

A criminal records search you will get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug Possession.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

If you do a criminal records check, you generally won’t be able to find out if that person has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for this information, you have to do a driving records search.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? How hard was it? Was your search online or did you call the Dale County courthouse? Was it correct? There are many reasons that people search for criminal records, and your account may make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI has a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Dale County,the Sheriff has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link

    Dale County Top Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of serving a jail sentence in the Dale County jail is something you wish you could avoid, in time you will settle into the routine that is set for you. You will get an alarm to wake up every morning at 6am, and next they’ll do roll call. After roll call you will have breakfast. After breakfast, you will be required 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 Dale 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 Dale 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 someone in jail at Dale County Jail might change, so you should review the official website when you send any money.

    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 Dale County Jail

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

    • 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 Dale County Jail? Do you have a family member or friend that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited a prisoner in this jail?

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

    What to write in your comment:

    • Conditions in Dale County Jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Having Visitors
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Prisoner safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has a story about it. Why were you locked up? Did you get fair treatment? What was your daily routine in jail? Tell us about the other inmates. How did going to jail affect your life?

    Tell your story about when you did time at Dale County Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Do you want to get in touch with somebody you met in jail? Leave a message for them here.

    Say Hello to someone at Dale County Jail

    Links and Resources

    Main Dale County Jail Website
    Dale County Jail Inmate Search Link
    View Dale County Jail Mugshots
    Dale County Jail Bail Amount Link

    Alabama Rules of Criminal Procedure – Bail Schedule

    Dale County Jail Visitation
    Dale County Jail Jail Mail Link
    Locate an inmate at Dale County Jail
    Dale County Warrant Inquiry
    Dale County Jail Arrest Lookup
    Send Funds to an Inmate at Dale County Jail
    Dale County Jail Jobs


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