Limestone County Jail – Athens, AL

Limestone County Jail is in Limestone County, Alabama and is the main jail for that region. Know somebody at Limestone County Jail? This guide tells you information about anything a person needs to know about Limestone County Jailsuch as the following: How to locate an inmate at Limestone County Jail. How to view Limestone County Jail mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Posting bail. Booking and intake procedures. Court information and records. And much more…

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The thought of going to jail is a daunting and scary thought, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also that person’s family and friends. This guide is designed to give you all the info that you need to make going to jail less stressfull. If you have a question, feel free to ask it, and any comments or tips that would help others is appreciated.

General Information

Address

Limestone County Jail
P.O. Box 889, 101 West Elm St.
Athens, AL 35612

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 256-232-0111
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that is in jail and don’t know how to contact them?

Do you know a friend or family member that’s been arrested and you want to find out where they are?

To look up who’s in jail at Limestone County Jail you need to navigate to their link and do an inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Limestone County Jail Inmate Lookup has information on people who were arrested and are now in jail, which includes status, bail amount, and visiting hours. You can get info about anybody arrested and processed or released in the last 24 hours. Prisoners are listed alphabetically by their last name. You’ll be able to find the information quicker if you enter the arrestee’s full name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If the person you’re searching for is locked up at a different jail you should look here, too: Alabama County Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail processing picture, is the photograph that the police take when you get booked into jail. They take one frontal photo and a side-view photo. Your name and intake number will be in the pictures, and they will be kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be found on the Limestone County Jail website, or you can see them at the Limestone County Jail. When viewing online you have to input their full name, and an arrest date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to have your mugshot taken down from the Limestone County Jail website? This may not be possible, since your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. What this means is that your arrest record will be sealed, and unavailable to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot removed, the different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal services: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, if you’re in jail, your main thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through booking, your bail amount is set using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If there is no bail set this might mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you are released from jail you must agree to be in court on your court date, and in the meantime you are not permitted to travel out of the county.

In most cases, an inmate in the Limestone County Jail will be given early release in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and act right while incarcerated.

If you follow the rules, you might be given work release detail. Either you will have to go back to the jail every day when you’re finished with work, or you could have the chance to sleep in a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you will be required to pay in order to be released from jail pending trial. The amount you will be required to pay is determined by how serious your crime is. You will need to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total amount that was determined in order for you to get out of jail. If you don’t show up for your court date, that person will lose all of the bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail will have to call the Limestone County Jail or the County Courthouse. If know the pertinent information, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know how much their bail is. Also, you can see the bail amount on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but in some cases, it’s easy if you have the money. First, you need to find out if their bail is a Cash Only Bond. If so, you won’t be able to get a bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – they won’t take a check. Once you have paid the bond, the prisoner will be discharged. 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 their bail has been set too high, or you just don’t have the money, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen generally charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of total bail, and sometimes have a minimum of $100. This money will not be returned to you and has to be paid in cash. If bail is very large, the bail bondsman will ask to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

You can find a bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a bail bondsman

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Bail Schedule

In the state of Alabama the amount of bail you pay is already set by by the Alabama Rules of Criminal Procedure – Bail Schedule, but the magistrate or judge has the final say on you bail amount. The Alabama Rules of Criminal Procedure – Bail Schedule includes every crime defined by state law and the exact amount of bail for each crime.

Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Early Release For Good Behavior
  • Work Release
  • 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 is made up of the following steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you must answer some basic questions, like what is your legal name, home address, birth date and an emergency contact.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • All of your personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • You will then be allowed to use the phone in order to talk to a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, they will let you skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, otherwise you you will have to change into a jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will be discharged from jail. This process can take anywhere from 15 minutes to hours or even all day long. In simple terms, the faster you can pay your bail, the sooner you will get discharged from jail. It also can depend on whether or not you’ve got a bond amount or if a judge must figure out the amount of bail to be set. For minor offenses, you will simply be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and have a date of your release, plan to get released in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you need to start a jail sentence, you should do the right thing and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, report to the jail reception area, and let them know that you think there may be an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if there is one, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go down to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Make sure that you are not late to report. Only bring required items with you, such as your drivers license or even state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as the sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate must provide each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail. Your visitor’s information will be put in a log of approved visitors for the inmate. All visitors has to provide a photo ID when visiting. Any visitors that gets to visitation or without a visiting order will be turned away.
Jail visitation policies can change, so make sure that you review the official jail site before you go to the jail to visit.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Jail phone calls are typically more costly than phone calls made at home. There is no limit to how often you can use the phone, but inmates must 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 might get cut back or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

The Limestone County Jail phone number is: 256-232-0111

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail has to be sent using the actual US Postal Service. You can’t use any other method of mail or package delivery. You have to clearly write or type the prisoner’s name, inmate ID number, and the address of the jail on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t send anything in a box, envelope with padding, plastic bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. Any mail sent to inmates gets opened and read and inspected by the officers at the jail, and the mail will be returned if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Limestone County Jail, use this address:

Limestone County Jail
P.O. Box 889, 101 West Elm St.
Athens, AL 35612

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Limestone County Jail
P.O. Box 889, 101 West Elm St.
Athens, AL 35612


The Limestone County Jail mail policy is always changing, so you should review the official Limestone County Jail site when you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you have rights, one of these is your right to request an attorney. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so it is a good idea to get a friend or family member to locate an attorney when you call them. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘do I really need an attorney?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal defense attorney will advise you about your rights, protect your interests and show you the way through the complicated legal system in Limestone County. The sooner you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your situation, the better your chances.

For more info on this, read: Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford a lawyer, you will get a public defender. Also, the Public Defender’s Office is staffed by investigators, experts in forensics and social case workers. Public Defenders are full-fledged attorneys that are members of the State Bar and are licensed to handle your case.

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

Court Records

Limestone 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. Court records have a court case file with a docket sheet and every documents and motions that have been filed. You, and anyone else, can access your court case records with the Limestone County website, or by going to the Limestone County Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

The Limestone County Clerk of Court is an officer of the court that manages access to court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath in a court case, and read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records and documents relating to your case are kept and available to you at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the fees and charges from your court case, such as filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you can get a waiver for these fees.

Magistrate

A Magistrate acts as the judge that presides on your court case. Magistrate judges do a number of things, such as setting bail, issuing warrants for arrest, and overseeing initial court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is put together with background information and details of the arrestee’s life, which the magistrate will consider when determining your sentence. Information will be collected from the defendant, his or her family, and in some circumstances the victim. Don’t forget you are allowed to ask to see your own copy of the report before sentencing, so you have the opportunity to correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, ranging from community service, house arrest, and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you might get taken into custody immediately, or you could receive a date that you are supposed to report to jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if some you know is locked up, or has ever been in jail?

You can you need to query the jail’s website, and search by:

  • Name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • and their jail ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can access arrest warrants inquiry on the website or you are able to call the court directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and inquire at the information desk. You should be clear that if there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, and the date of their arrest, contact the jail, on the phone, in person, or check online. Arrest records are a matter of public record and these records are accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when someone has been served with papers, which can be a court order. You can find these civil process orders by going to the Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders have to be registered 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 can access sex offenders online, but bear in mind that you will not be able to get the street address, but rather the neighborhood block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. They include a case file that includes a court docket and any of the filings and documents filed in the case. You are able to access the court records via the internet, or at the Limestone County Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains records of someone’s criminal background. These databases are all connected so you can track criminal convictions from another state. Go to the Limestone County Courthouse and check in person, or check online. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and if it was in a completely different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you can find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for any crimes, which can include:

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

But, when you do a criminal records check, in most cases won’t see if someone has had:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find driving histories, you have to do a driving records search.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? Was it an easy process? Did you search online or did you make a phone call to the courthouse? Was the information correct? There are plenty of reasons that people look up criminal records, and your feedback might help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI keeps a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Limestone County,the Limestone County Sheriff has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link

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


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of getting locked up in the Limestone County jail is no fun, soon you will get used to the daily routine there. Inmates get an alarm for wake-up at 6:00 AM, and then you’ll have roll call. Next, you will eat breakfast. When you finish eating 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 Limestone 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 Limestone 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 inmates at Limestone County Jail changes, so double check the the Limestone County Jail website before send money to someone in jail there.

    Commissary

    The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.

    Inmate Medications

    If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.

    Meals

    You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.

    Pods / The Yard

    The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.

    Gangs

    As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.


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    News and Media

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Limestone County Jail

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

    • 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 a prisoner at this jail? Do you have a family member or friend that spent time there? Have you ever visited someone there?

    If you have, then please write your review about it. Tell us about your jail experience because others can find out what to expect.

    What to include in your review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation Days
    • Other Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gang activity
    • Activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has a story to tell. How’d you end up in jail? Were you mistreated? How was day to day life at Limestone County Jail? Were the other inmates cool? How did getting locked up affect your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Trying to throw a shout out to someone you met in jail? Leave a message for them here.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Limestone County Jail Link
    Limestone County Jail Inmate Search
    Limestone County Jail Mugshots
    Limestone County Jail Bail Amount Link

    Alabama Bail Schedule

    Limestone County Jail Visitation
    Limestone County Jail Mail Policy
    Limestone County Jail Inmate Search
    Limestone County Warrant Inquiry
    Limestone County Jail Arrest Lookup
    Send Money to an Inmate at Limestone County Jail
    Jobs at Limestone County Jail


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