Marengo County Detention Center – Linden, AL

Marengo County Detention Center is located in Marengo County, AL and is the primary jail for that county. Know someone at Marengo County Detention Center? This site tells you information about anything one might want to know about Marengo County Detention Centersuch as the following: Find an inmate at Marengo County Detention Center. How to view Marengo County Detention Center mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and how to get out of jail. Marengo County Detention Center intake procedures. Marengo County court information. And everything else.

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and stressfull prospect, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. The goal of this guide is to give information and advice that you need to make the process easier. If you have a specific question, just ask it, and any feedback or comments that could be beneficial to others is much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Marengo County Detention Center
101 Dunn Street
Linden, AL 36748

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (334) 295-4208
Fax:

Map and Directions


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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 find them?

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

To look up who’s in jail at Marengo County Detention Center you will need to go to their link and do an inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Marengo County Detention Center Inmate List is an online list of people who have been arrested and are in custody, which includes status, how much their bail is, and visiting hours. You can find info on anybody arrested and processed or released within the past 24 hours. Prisoners are listed alphabetically by last name. You can get the information faster if you enter your friend or family member’s full name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If the person you’re searching for is at a different jail you will want to check our guide to other Alabama jails: Alabama County Jails Listing


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail intake picture, is a photograph that the police take when you are booked into jail. A mugshot is actually two photos one frontal photo and a profile photo. Your name and intake number will appear on the pictures, and they will be on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots can be viewed on the website, or you can see them at the Marengo County Detention Center. When viewing online you will need to put in the inmate’s first and last name, and a booking date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to get your mugshot erased from the Marengo County Detention Center site? This can be tricky, as the mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you must file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. Basically, this means that your arrest record will be sealed, and will not be available to the public. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot taken down, the many different mugshot websites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, if you’re in jail, your primary thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, bail will be determined either by bail schedule or magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this may mean that you will either be released, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you are are released you are required to promise to be in court on your court date, and until that day you can’t leave the county.

Usually, a prisoner can earn time off in exchange for good behavior when they follow the rules and act right while locked up.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be given work release detail. You will be required to stay jail at the end of the day when you’re finished at your job, or you might be permitted to live in 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 to the court system in order to be released from jail pending trial. The amount of bail that is set all depends on what crime you are charged with and how serious it is. You will have to pay ten percent of the total that was determined so you are able to get out of jail. If you miss your court appearance, whoever put up your bail money won’t get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail have to call the Marengo County Detention Center or the County Courthouse. If you have all the pertinent information, such as name, address and date of birth, they will tell you how much their bail is. You can also see the bail amount on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is no fun, but fortunately, its simple to do if you have the money. To start with, figure out if they have a Cash Only Bond. If so, you will not be able to get a bail bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they won’t take a check. When you’ve paid bail, the prisoner will be released. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, of if you can’t pay it, you will need to use a bail bondsman. They will usually have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total bail amount, and in most cases have a minimum charge of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman is non-refundable and must be paid in cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bail bondsman will require that they use your personal assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

To find a bail bondsman go to: 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 keep in mind, though, the judge or magistrate has the ultimate say on where your bail is set. The Alabama Rules of Criminal Procedure – Bail Schedule includes all crimes defined by Alabama and the exact amount of bail for each one.

Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure is made up of each of the following steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • The first step is that you must answer some simple questions, like your legal name, your address, date of birth and an emergency contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All of your personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • You will be allowed to make a phone call so you can contact a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might be allowed to keep wearing street clothes, otherwise you you will be given a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through the jail intake procedure? If you have, please share your experience. How long did you have to wait? How were you treated? Can you share any secrets that could help others make it through jail processing?

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be discharged from jail. Getting discharged from jail will take from 15 minutes to quite a few hours. Or, simply, the quicker you post bail, the sooner you will be released. Also, how fast you get released depends on if you have a bond amount or if a magistrate still needs to decide on the amount of bail to be set. For lesser charges, you will get booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you get to the end of your sentence and have a discharge date, you should expect to be released at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If there is a, or if you need to report to start a sentence, it is recommended that you follow the rules and turn yourself in. If it is for a warrant, go to the jail intake area, and tell the intake officer that think that there is a warrant for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if you do, you will be taken into jail custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, go down to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order lists. Ensure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Make sure that you only bring approved items when you turn yourself in, for example a driver’s license or even ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as a sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate need to give the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitor’s information will be put into a Visiting log as an authorized visitor. Each visitor must provide identification. Any visitors arriving late or that is not on the visitation list will not be allowed to attend visitation.
The Marengo County Detention Center visitation procedures are always changing, so it would be wise to visit the jail site before you try to go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . These phone calls are generally pricier than regular phone calls. 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 should keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, phone privileges could be reduced or forbidden completely.

Phone Number: (334) 295-4208

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail is required to be sent using the US Postal Service. You can’t use any other form of delivery. You should write the name, inmate number, and the address of the jail on the envelope. Do not mail a box or package, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. Any mail will be opened and inspected by the officers at the jail, and the mail will get returned if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Marengo County Detention Center is:

Marengo County Detention Center
101 Dunn Street
Linden, AL 36748

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Marengo County Detention Center
101 Dunn Street
Linden, AL 36748


The inmate mail policy at Marengo County Detention Center changes, so review the site when you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you should know you still have rights, one of these being the right to request an attorney. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so it is important to have a friend or relative find a lawyer for you. You’re probably asking yourself ‘do I really need an attorney?’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal defense lawyer can advise you of your rights, protect your interests and help you navigate the complicated court system. The faster you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better.

For more detailed information on the benefits of hiring a lawyer, read: How to Find an Attorney in Marengo County

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire a lawyer, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. Also, the Public Defender has access to independent investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as case workers. All Public Defenders are full-fledged attorneys that are admitted to the Alabama State Bar Association and are licensed to practice law.

Have you or someone you know used a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? How did they do?

Court Records

All court records are are public records and are available upon request. Court records are comprised of a case file containing a docket and all documents filed in the course of your case. You are able to access the records and documents in your court case with the online service, or at the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court who maintains the records. They also administer the oath in a court case, and read the jury’s verdict. All records, documents, and evidence associated with your court case are maintained at Marengo County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the fees and charges associated with your court case, for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you are low income and have a court appointed attorney, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

The Marengo County magistrate is the person that presides over your case in court. Magistrates are judges that do different functions, like determing how much your bail will be, issuing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over first court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is put together to include information about the defendant’s background and details of the arrestee’s life history, which the magistrate will consider when determining the sentence. Information will be solicited from the person on trial, his or her family, and if necessary the victim of the crime. Keep in mind you are able to ask to receive a copy of this report prior to sentencing, so you can review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are a number of different options, which include community service and probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on how serious your crime was, you will either be immediately taken into custody, or given a date that you must 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 someone is incarcerated, or has ever been in jail?

This is pretty easy to do, simply you should visit the Marengo County jail website, and do a search using:

  • Their name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • or jail ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you can call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant, you can check the arrest warrants on the Marengo County jail website or you can call the jail directly. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask the officer in charge. You should be clear that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, as well as their arrest date, contact the Marengo County jail, on the phone, in person, or you can check online. Records of arrests are in the public record and this information is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you are served with legal papers, such as warrants. You can access civil process orders by going to the Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are registered and listed on a 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 are able to view these offenders online, but you should know that you can’t get the actual address, but rather the neighborhood block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. Court Records include a case file that contains a docket and any of the filings and documents filed in the court case. You can access your 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 their state citizen’s criminal past. These databases are connected so you are able to track criminal backgrounds from another state. You are able to go to county courthouse and inquire, or you can check online. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and if it was in a totally different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

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

  • DUI.
  • Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

During a criminal records search, you will not learn if that person has had any moving violations, like:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for this kind of information, you will have to do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? How hard was it? Dis you do your search online or did you call the courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are lots of reasons that folks look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your account might make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI keeps a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Marengo County,The Sheriff’s Department maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link

    Marengo County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that getting locked up in the Marengo County jail is no fun, in time you will get accustomed to the routine that is set for you. Expect a wake-up alarm at 6am, and next you’ll have roll call. Next, you will get breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast participate 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 Marengo 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 Marengo 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 rules for sending money to inmates at Marengo County Detention Center could change, so double check the site when you send money to an inmate.

    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 Marengo County Detention Center

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

    • The right to protection from the accused.
    • The right to notification.
    • The right to attend proceedings.
    • The right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • The right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • The right to restitution.
    • The right to a speedy trial.
    • 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 Marengo County Detention Center? Do you have a family member or friend there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner in this jail?

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

    Things you could write in your comment:

    • Conditions in Marengo County Detention Center.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Having Visitors
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Inmate safety
    • Gangs
    • Inmate activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has at least one story to tell about it. How’d you end up in jail? Were you fairly treated? What happened to you while you were locked up? How did you get along with the other inmates? How has this experience impacted your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Want to talk to someone you met in jail? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.

    Throw a shoutout to people locked up at Marengo County Detention Center

    Links and Resources

    Main Marengo County Detention Center Website
    Marengo County Detention Center Inmate Search
    View Marengo County Detention Center Mugshots
    Marengo County Detention Center Bail Link

    Alabama Bail Schedule

    Marengo County Detention Center Visitation Procedures
    Marengo County Detention Center Jail Mail Policy Link
    Marengo County Detention Center Inmate Search
    Marengo County Warrant Lookup
    Marengo County Detention Center Arrests
    Marengo County Detention Center Send Money Procedure
    Marengo County Detention Center Jobs


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