Franklin County Detention Center – Russellville, AL

Franklin County Detention Center is located in Franklin County and is the correctional facility for the county. Looking for somebody in Franklin County Detention Center? This page gives you info about everything a person needs to know about Franklin County Detention Center: How to locate an inmate at Franklin County Detention Center. How to view Franklin County Detention Center mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Posting bail. Booking and intake procedures. Court information and records. And lots more.

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The thought of going to jail is a scary and daunting thought, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is designed to give you all the information and advice you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail a lot easier. If you have questions, please feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any tips or comments that might be a benefit to others would be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Franklin County Detention Center
748 Walnut Gate Road
Russellville, AL 35654

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 256-332-8425
Fax:

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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 want to find them?

Do you know a family member or friend that has been arrested and you need to find out what jail they’re in?

In order to search who’s in jail at Franklin County Detention Center you should visit their web site and do an inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Franklin County Detention Center Inmate List is an online list of persons currently in custody, which includes current status, how much their bail is, and visiting hours. You can get information for anybody who has been arrested or discharged in the past 24 hours. Inmates are listed alphabetically by last name. You will be able to find their inmate information fast if you have your friend or family member’s full name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If the person you are looking for might be locked up at a different jail you should check the other Alabama county jails in our Alabama County Jail Guide: List of all jails in Alabama


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a intake photograph, is a picture taken by the police when you are booked into jail. They take one and a side photo. Your full name and jail booking number will appear on the photos, and they will be stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested are on the Franklin County Detention Center website, or you can see them in person at the Franklin County Detention Center. When viewing mugshots online you will need to input the person’s first and last name, and an arrest date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to have your mugshot taken off of the Franklin County Detention Center site? This will be difficult, because your mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. Basically, this means that all of your arrest records will be sealed, and unavailable to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot taken down, the different 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

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

If you are released from jail you must agree to show up for court, and until that date you are not permitted to travel out of the county.

In most cases, inmates in the Franklin County Detention Center can earn an early release in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and conduct themselves properly while in jail.

If you follow the rules, you might be given work release detail. Either you will have to return to jail every day when you’re finished at your job, or you could have the chance to live in a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to get out of jail until your court date. The amount you will be required to pay is determined by how serious your crime is. Someone you know will need to put up 10 percent of the total amount set before you can get discharged from jail. If you don’t show up for your court appearance, whoever put up your bail money will lose that bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You must call the Franklin County Detention Center or the County Courthouse. If you’ve got the pertinent information, like name, address and date of birth, they will tell you how much their bail is. Also, you can find out how much their bail is on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is never fun, but usually, it is simple to do if you have the money. To start with, you need to know if they have a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If it is, you will not be able to use a bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – the jail won’t accept checks. Once you have paid the bond, the inmate will get released. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you can’t afford it, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen usually have a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set, and usually have a minimum of $100. This will not be returned to you and has to be paid in cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bondsman will in these cases require that they use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral.

To talk to a local bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a Bail Bondsman in Franklin County

Have you ever used a Bail Bondsman for someone you know or yourself? If so, leave a comment below and tell your story, and let us know how things turned out.

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Bail Schedule

In Alabama your bail is pre-determined using by the Alabama Rules of Criminal Procedure – Bail Schedule, but keep in mind that the judge or magistrate has the ultimate say on you bail amount. The Alabama Rules of Criminal Procedure – Bail Schedule contains each and every crime included in state law and the specific bail amount for each crime.

Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process includes each of these steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • First, have to answer a number of questions, like your full legal name, home address, birthdate and an emergency contact.
  • You will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • All personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • You will get to make a phone call 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 might be able to wear your own clothes, otherwise you you will have to wear a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. The discharge process may take from 10 minutes to hours or even all day long. In simple terms, the faster you post bail, the sooner you will get let go. Also, how fast you get released can depend on whether or not you’ve got a cash bond amount or if the magistrate must decide on how much your bail will be. For lesser charges, you will get booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and are given a discharge date, expect to be discharged anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

If there is a, or if you have to start your sentence, you should follow the rules and turn yourself in willingly. If it is for a warrant, report to the jail intake area, and tell someone that believe that there could be a warrant out for your arrest. 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 you have one, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Make sure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Just bring approved items with you, like your drivers license or state issued ID, prescription medication, and a official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates have to give each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitor’s information will go into a log of visitors as an authorized visitor. All visitors will have to provide acceptable photo identification. Anyone showing up late or without a visiting order will not be allowed to attend visitation.
The Franklin County Detention Center visitation procedures can change, so make sure that you check the official Franklin 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 more expensive than phone calls made outside of jail. There are certain restrictions about when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but inmates must keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you break the rules, phone privileges might get cut back or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

The Franklin County Detention Center phone number is: 256-332-8425

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail has to be sent via the US Postal Service. You can’t use any other form of mail or package delivery. Clearly print the person’s name, inmate number, and the address of the jail on the envelope. Do not mail a box, envelope with padding, bag, or an envelope with metal inside. Any mail sent to inmates will be opened and read by the staff, and will get returned to the sender if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Franklin County Detention Center:

Franklin County Detention Center
748 Walnut Gate Road
Russellville, AL 35654

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Franklin County Detention Center
748 Walnut Gate Road
Russellville, AL 35654


The Franklin County Detention Center inmate mail policy changes, so we suggest that you visit the official Franklin County Detention Center site when you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you should know you still have rights, and an important one is your right to request an attorney. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so you would be wise to have a friend or relative find an attorney for you. You’re probably asking yourself ‘I don’t have to get a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal defense attorney will advise you about your rights, protect your interests and show you the way through the complicated court system in your county. The faster you get a lawyer involved with your criminal case, the better.

For more info on the benefits of hiring a lawyer, click: How to Find a Lawyer in Franklin County

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire a lawyer, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. The Public Defender is staffed by independent investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and social workers. Public Defenders are full-fledged lawyers, admitted to the State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law in Alabama.

Have you or someone you know used a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

Franklin County court records are are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. They are comprised of a file containing a docket sheet and every motions, documents, and evidence filed in the course of your case. You, and anyone else, can access your court records with the internet service, or at the Clerk’s office of the Court.

Clerk of Court

The Franklin County Clerk of Court is an official part of the court that maintains court records and controls access to them. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for all court participants, and also read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records related to your case are held at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the costs associated with your case, which include filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you cannot afford these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the person who presides over your court case. Magistrates do many different things, which include setting your bail amount, writing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed to include the defendant’s background information and details of the defendant’s life history, which the magistrate will review and take into account when deciding on the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be gathered from the person on trial, his or her family members, and, if applicable, the victim in the crime. Don’t forget you can request to have a copy of your pre-sentencing report prior to sentencing, so you get the chance to review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, ranging from community service, house arrest, and probation, to incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on the severity of the crime, you could be taken into custody, right there in court, or you could receive a date to go to jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

To find this out you should access the Franklin County jail website, and search using:

  • Their name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • and their jail ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you can call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant, you can access arrest warrants inquiry online or you are able to call the court directly. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and inquire at the information desk. You should know that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the Franklin County jail, on the phone, go there in person, or find out online. Records of arrests are in the public record and this is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you are served with legal papers, such as court orders. You can find these by contacting the Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are registered and listed on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information on the internet, but remember that you will not be able to get the street address, just the block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. Court Records include a case file that includes a docket sheet and all of the documents filed in your court case. You can access your court records via the internet, or at the Franklin County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains records of a person’s criminal background. These online databases are all linked so you are able to track criminal convictions from any other state. You are able to go to the Franklin County Courthouse and check in person, or check online. You must know which county the crime occured in, and in the event that it was in a different state, you may have to pay for a more complete search.

A criminal history search you are able to find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for these crimes:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

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

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this information, you must do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? Was it a difficult process? Did you search online or did you have to make a phone call to the courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are many reasons that folks search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your story may help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI has a listing of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Franklin County,The Sheriff’s Department has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List

    Franklin County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that being incarcerated in the Franklin County jail is something you wish you could avoid, in time you will settle into the daily routine there. All inmates get an alarm to wake up every morning at 6:00 AM, and then roll call. Next, you will eat 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 Franklin 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 Franklin 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 process for sending money to jail inmates is likely to change, so it would be best to review the the Franklin County Detention Center website before you send funds 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 Franklin County Detention Center

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

    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 an inmate at this jail? Do you have a friend or family member there? Have you ever visited someone at this jail?

    If yes, then we would like you to write a review about it. Tell us about what you experienced because others can learn what to expect.

    Things you could write in what you write:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gangs
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has some stories about their time ‘inside’. How’d you get locked up? Were you fairly treated? What happened to you while you were locked up? How did you get along with the other inmates? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

    Click here to tell your story about Franklin County Detention Center

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    Make some good friends in jail? Do you want to find a friend from jail? Throw a shout out to them here.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Franklin County Detention Center Link
    Franklin County Detention Center Inmate Search
    Franklin County Detention Center Mugshots
    Franklin County Detention Center Bail Amount Link

    AL Bail Schedule

    Franklin County Detention Center Visitation Policy Link
    Franklin County Detention Center Jail Mail Policy Link
    Franklin County Detention Center Inmate Inquiry Link
    Franklin County Detention Center Warrant Inquiry
    Franklin County Detention Center Arrest Lookup
    Send Funds to an Inmate at Franklin County Detention Center
    Franklin County Detention Center Employment


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