Madison County Jail – Huntsville, AL

Madison County Jail is located in Madison County and is the correctional facility for this area. Looking for someone incarcerated at Madison County Jail? This page tells you all about everything a person needs to know about Madison County Jail,like: How to do a jail inmate search. How to view Madison County Jail mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bailing out of jail. Intake procedures. Court information. And lots more.

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The thought of going to jail is a scary and daunting situation, not only for whoever is incarcerated, but also their family and friends. The purpose of this guide is to give you information and tips that you need to make going to jail a little less stressful. If you have a specific question, feel free to ask them, and please leave any comments or tips that would be a benefit to other people in the same situation is appreciated.

General Information

Address

Madison County Jail
100 Northside Square #206
Huntsville, AL 35801

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (256) 532-3731
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that is locked up and need to find them?

Do you know someone that has been arrested and you need to find them?

In order to find out who is in jail at Madison County Jail you have to navigate to their link and use the inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Madison County Jail Inmate Lookup is an online list of people who are in jail, which includes current status, bail amount, and times you can visit. Also, you can find the same information on anybody who has been arrested or discharged in the past 24 hour period. Inmates are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You can get the information quicker if you have their name, birth date, or inmate ID.

If the person you’re searching for may be at another county jail you should look here, too: List of all county jails in Alabama


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail booking picture, is the picture that the police take during jail intake processing. They will take one frontal photo and a side picture. Your full name and booking number will appear on the pictures, and they are stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Madison County Jail prisoners are on the Madison County Jail website, or you can go in person to the Madison County Jail. When viewing online you will have to input the full name, and the booking date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to get your mugshot erased from the Madison County Jail site? This will be difficult, because your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you must file a Petition to Expunge in court. What this means is that your arrest record would be sealed, and will not be accessible. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For more information about getting your mugshot taken down, the various mugshot websites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, if you’re arrested and put in jail, your main thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve gone through booking, your bail amount will be set either by bail schedule or magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this might mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you are are released you will have to agree to show up for court, and until then you won’t be permitted to leave the county.

Typically, inmates are given an early release in exchange for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and area a good inmate while they are in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be allowed to participate in work release. You will either have to go back to jail each day when you’re finished with work, or you may be allowed to move into a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Bail is how much money that you have to pay in order to be released from jail until your court date. The amount you will have to pay all depends on the crime you’ve been charged with. You will have to pay to the courts ten percent of the total set in order to be released. If you miss court, the person that bailed you out of jail won’t get the bail money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you need to call the Madison County Jail. If you have all the pertinent information, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know what their bail is set at. Also, you can find out how much their bail is online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Needing to bail someone out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but most of the time, its simple to do if you have the money. To start with, you have to find out if it is a “Cash Bond Only”. If so, you won’t be able to use a bondsman. Cash only – the jail won’t take checks. When you’ve paid bail, the person will be released. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get your 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. They will generally charge a fee of 10-15% of the bail amount, and usually have a minimum fee of $100. This is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If bail is very large, the bail bondsman will in these cases use your personal assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

To talk to a bail bondsman visit our page about: How to find a bail bondsman

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Bail Schedule

In Alabama your bail is already set by by the Alabama Rules of Criminal Procedure – Bail Schedule, but the judge or magistrate has the ultimate say on how high your bail is set. The Alabama Rules of Criminal Procedure – Bail Schedule lists all crimes defined by state law and the specific bail you will have to pay for each crime.

Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process includes each of the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • Firstly, you have to answer some questions, such as your full name, your address, birthdate and an emergency contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • You will then be allowed to use the phone so you can call a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you will be allowed to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, if not you you will have to wear a jail uniform.

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. Getting discharged may take anywhere between 15 minutes to hours or even all day long. So, the faster you can post bail, the quicker you will get released. How quickly you get discharged can depend on whether you have a bond amount or if a magistrate has to determine your bail amount. For minor offenses, you will simply be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served out your jail sentence and know the discharge date, expect to be discharged between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you have to begin your sentence in jail, you should do the right thing and turn yourself in willingly. For a warrant, report to the jail, in the reception area, and tell them that you think they might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will do a record check, and if they verify that you have one, they will take you into custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, go to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Be sure that you don’t show up late. Be sure to only bring allowed items when you go to jail, such as a driver’s license or photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, and a sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates have to give information about each visitor to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitors will be entered in the log for the inmate that requested the visitor. Every visitor will be required to provide proof of identification. Any visitors showing up late or without a visiting order will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Visitation procedures frequently change, so make sure that you review the official Madison County Jail jail site before you try to go to visitation.

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 much more costly than regular phone calls. There is no limit to how often you can use the phone, but bear 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, phone privileges may be limited or eliminated completely.

The Madison County Jail phone number is: (256) 532-3731

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates is required to be sent via the actual US Postal Service. You can’t use any other type of delivery. You have to clearly print the inmate’s name, inmate ID number, and jail address on the letter that you send. Don’t send a box, envelope with padding or insulation, bag, or an envelope with metal inside. Any mail sent to inmates gets opened and read and examined by the jail administration, and the mail will get returned to the sender if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Madison County Jail is:

Madison County Jail
100 Northside Square #206
Huntsville, AL 35801

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Madison County Jail
100 Northside Square #206
Huntsville, AL 35801


The Madison County Jail mail policy can change, so double check the official Madison County Jail site when you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you need to be aware that you still have rights, one of these being the right to request a lawyer. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so you would be wise to have a friend or relative find a lawyer for you. You may be thinking ‘but do I really need an attorney’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, an attorney can advise you of your rights, look after your best interests and help you find your way through the court system that you are now faced with. The sooner you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better your chances.

For more info on how to find a lawyer, read: How to Find a Lawyer in Madison County

Public Defender

If you cannot afford a lawyer, you will be assigned a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender Office has access to independent investigators, experts in forensics as well as case workers. All Public Defenders are real attorneys that are admitted to the Alabama State Bar Association and are fully licensed to practice law.

Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? How did they do?

Court Records

Madison County court records are a matter of public record. Court records contain a court case file containing a docket sheet and every motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed in your case. You are able to access court records using the online service, or at the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Madison County Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who manages the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records from your case are kept at Madison County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

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

Magistrate

The Madison County magistrate is the judge who presides over your court case. Magistrates are judges that do a number of different things, like setting bail amounts, issuing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over first court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed to include background information and as much detail about the arrestee’s life and history, which the magistrate judge will review and take into account when deciding on the sentence. Information and personal details will be solicited from the defendant, his or her family, and in some circumstances the victim. Bear in mind you are allowed to ask to get a copy of the pre-sentencing report before you are sentenced, so you have the opportunity to review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will then get sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, ranging from community service to probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the severity of the crime, you may be taken into custody, right there in court, or given a date that you are required to to surrender and report to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

This is pretty easy to do, simply you need to query the Madison County jail website, and search by:

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

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you should call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant, you can check the arrest warrants inquiry on the website or call the court. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask the officer in charge. Keep in mind that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, as well as their arrest date, contact the Madison County jail, by phone, in person, or check online. Arrest records are in the public record and this information is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you are served with legal papers, which can be warrants. You can access civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are registered on a sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to see sex offenders on the internet, but bear in mind that you will not get the actual address, rather the neighborhood block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. These records include a court case file containing a court docket and any documents and filings filed in your case. You are able to access the court records online, or at the clerk’s office of the court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains records of their state citizen’s criminal history. These online databases are all connected so you are able to track criminal histories from another state. You can go to county courthouse and make an inquiry, or check online. You must know which county the crime occured in, and in the event that it was in a totally different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

A criminal history search you can get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for the following crimes:

  • DUI.
  • Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

During a criminal records search, usually will not find if someone has had any moving violations, like:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this information, you must do a driving history search.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? Was it easy? Did you search online or did you make a phone call to the courthouse? Was it correct? There are many reasons that people search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your feedback could make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI has their list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Madison County,the Sheriff maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List

    Madison County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of being incarcerated in Madison County Jail is no fun, in time you will get accustomed to the routine that is set for you. Expect an alarm for wake-up at about 6am, and then roll call. Then you will eat breakfast. After breakfast, participate in the program that has been assigned to you. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Madison 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 Madison 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 funds to people in jail is likely to change, so you should review the official website before 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 Madison County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Madison 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 Madison 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 spent any time in Madison County Jail? Do you have a friend or family member that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit someone at this jail?

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

    Things you could put in the review:

    • Conditions in Madison County Jail.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Staff and guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Inmate safety
    • Gang activity
    • Activities and programs


    Let Everyone Know

    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has some stories to tell about the whole experience. Why’d you end up in jail? How did the guards treat you? How was day to day life at Madison County Jail? What about the other inmates? How has this experience impacted your life?

    Tell Your Story About Madison County Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Do you want to throw a shout out to a friend from jail? Leave a message for them here.

    Throw a shoutout to people still locked up at Madison County Jail

    Links and Resources

    Main Madison County Jail Link
    Madison County Jail Inmate Search
    Madison County Jail Mugshots
    Madison County Jail Bail Link

    Alabama Bail Schedule

    Madison County Jail Visitation Procedures
    Madison County Jail Mail Policy
    Find an inmate at Madison County Jail
    Madison County Jail Warrant Inquiry
    Madison County Jail Arrest Inquiry
    Send Funds to an Inmate at Madison County Jail
    Madison County Jail Employment


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