Marion County Jail – Hamilton, AL

Marion County Jail is located in Marion County, AL and is the main correctional facility for this county. Do you know somebody in Marion County Jail? This page gives you info about everything you might need to know about Marion County Jail,like the following: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and bail bondsmen. Marion County Jail intake procedures. Court information. And much more…

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary and stressfull situation, not only for the person who gets locked up, but also their family and friends. The goal of this guide is to offer information and advice that you need to make helping someone get out of jail a lot easier. If you have questions, feel free to ask it, and any tips or comments that would help others will be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Marion County Jail
280 Winchester Dr.
Hamilton, AL 35570

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 205-921-7433
Fax Number:

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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 want to find out where they are?

Has a friend or family member who’s been arrested and you need to find out what jail they’re in?

In order to find out who’s in jail at Marion County Jail you have to visit their web site and use the inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Marion County Jail Inmate List is an online list of people who are in jail, which includes status, how much their bail is, and times the inmate can have visitors. Also, you can find info on anyone booked or released in the past 24 hour period. Inmates are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You will be able to find their arrest information faster if you’ve got your friend or family member’s name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If your friend or family member may be incarcerated at a different jail you can check the other Alabama county jails in our Alabama County Jail Guide: Other County Jails in Alabama


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a intake photograph, is a picture that the jail takes when you get processed at jail intake. They take one and a side-view photo. Your name and intake number will be on the mugshot, and they are on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested are on the website, or you can see them in person at the Marion County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you have to put in their first and last name, and the booking date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to have your mugshot erased from the Marion County Jail site? This will be difficult, as your mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot removed you must file a Petition to Expunge with the court. This means that all of your arrest records would be sealed, and will not be accessible. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For more information about removing your mugshot, 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

Of course, once you are in jail, your main thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, your bail will be set either by bail schedule or magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this can mean that you will either be released, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you are are released you must promise to show up for court, and until that day you won’t be allowed to go out of town.

In most cases, an inmate will earn an early release in exchange for good behavior if they respect the rules and area a good inmate while in jail.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be granted work release. You will be required to go back to the jail each day when you’re finished with work, or you may have the chance to sleep in a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to the courts to get out of jail until your court date. The amount of bail that is set is dictated by the seriousness of your crime. Someone you know will need to put up ten percent of the total set in order for you to be released from jail. If you don’t go to court, whoever posted your bail will not 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 must call the jail or the county courthouse. If you have all the pertinent information, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you what their bail is set at. Also, you can find out how much their bail is on the Marion County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but fortunately, it is really easy. First of all, you have to find out if they have a “Cash Bond Only”. If so, you won’t be able to get a Bail Bondsman. Cash only – 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 will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you can’t afford it, you you should hire a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will usually charge a fee of 10-15% of the bail amount, and usually charge a minimum fee of $100. This money will not be returned to you and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If bail is very large, the bondsman will request to use your assets as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

To contact a local 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 the judge or magistrate has the final word on where your bail is set. The bail schedule includes every crime defined by Alabama and the exact bail you will have to pay for each one.

Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure takes you through these steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • You will have to answer a number of questions, like what is your full legal name, home address, date of birth and an emergency contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All of your personal property will be taken from you and stored until you are released.
  • You will then be allowed to use the phone so you can get in touch with a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, they will let you keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to change into 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 from jail takes between 30 minutes to all day long. So, the quicker bail is posted, the sooner you will get out of jail. How quickly you get discharged might depend on whether you have a bond amount or if a judge still needs to determine the bail amount. For a minor charge, you will be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and are given a release date, plan to get discharged anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

issued for your arrest, or if you need to report to start a sentence, it is highly advisable that you follow the law and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, go down to the jail, in the reception area, and let them know that you think they might have an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order states. Ensure that you are not late to report. Be sure to only bring necessary items when you go, like a driver’s license or photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as a copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate need to give each visitor’s name to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitor’s names will be entered in a Visiting log as an Authorized visit. Every visitor has to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Visitors showing up late or that does not have a visting order will be turned away.
Jail visitation policies can change, so make sure that you check the official Marion County Jail jail site before you try to visit an inmate.

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 more expensive than phone calls made outside of jail. There is no limit to how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you break the rules, an inmate’s phone privileges could be reduced or cut altogether.

The Marion County Jail phone number is: 205-921-7433

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate is required to be mailed using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You can’t use any other type of mail or package delivery. You have to clearly write or type the inmate’s name, inmate number, and jail address 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 metal inside. All mail that you send to inmates will be opened and inspected and read by the jail administration, and will get returned if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

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

Marion County Jail
280 Winchester Dr.
Hamilton, AL 35570

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Marion County Jail
280 Winchester Dr.
Hamilton, AL 35570


The Marion County Jail inmate mail policy is always changing, so it would be best to check the the Marion County Jail website before you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you still have certain rights, one of these being your right to request an attorney. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is important to get a friend or relative to find a lawyer when you talk to them. You might be asking yourself ‘but do I really need a lawyer’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a lawyer will make sure you know your rights, look after your best interests and help you through the complicated court system in Marion County. The faster you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your situation, the better your chances.

For more information on how to find an attorney, visit: How to Find a Lawyer in Marion County

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire an attorney, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. The Public Defender’s Office is staffed by independent investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and social workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are licensed lawyers, members of the Alabama State Bar and are fully licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

Have you or someone you know had to use a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? What was your experience?

Court Records

All court records are are public records and are available upon request. Court records contain a court case file containing a docket sheet and all of the documents and motions in the case. You, and anyone else, can access your court records using the online service, or by going to the Marion County Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an official part of the court that maintains court records and controls access to them. They also administer the oath during court cases, and also read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records associated with your court case are held at Marion County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are all costs associated with your court case, for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

The Marion County court magistrate acts as the judge that will preside over your case in court. They do different functions, which include setting bail amounts, issuing warrants for arrest, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is prepared to include information about the defendant’s background and information about the defendant’s life, which the magistrate will take into account when determining the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be collected from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and if necessary the victim in the crime. Don’t forget that you can request to receive your own copy of the pre-sentencing report before you are sentenced, so you have the opportunity to correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, ranging from community service, house arrest, and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on how serious your crime was, you might get immediately taken into custody, or given a date that you are required to turn yourself into jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if some you know is in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?

This is pretty simple to do, just just access the Marion County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and do a search using:

  • Their name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • and their jail inmate ID.

If you think that they are currently in jail, you can also call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants on the Marion County court website or call the court directly. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask one of the officers. Bear in mind that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, as well as their arrest date, contact the jail, either by phone, in person, or you can check online. Arrest records are a matter of public record and this is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you get served with legal papers, like court orders. You can find these civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

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

Court Records

Court Records are public records. These records include a case file containing a docket sheet and any filings and documents filed in your case. You can access the court records online, or at Clerk of Court office in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains records of a person’s criminal background. These state databases are connected so you are able to track criminal backgrounds from another state. You are able to go to the Marion County Courthouse and inquire, or you can check online. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and in the event that the crime was in a different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you will be able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for these crimes:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

But, when you do a criminal records check, you will not see if that person has had any:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving records, you must do a driving history search.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? How easy was it? Was your search online or did you have to call the courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your story might help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Marion County,The Sheriff’s Department maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link

    Marion County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of getting locked up in the Marion County jail is quite unpleasant, you will soon get accustomed to the daily routine. All inmates get an alarm for wake-up at 6:00AM, and next they’ll do roll call. After roll call you will eat breakfast. After breakfast, you will be required to work 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 Marion 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 Marion 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 money to inmates at Marion County Jail changes, so it would be best to check the official Marion County Jail site when you send money 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 Marion County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Marion 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 Marion County Jail

    Requirements:

    • You have to be over the age of 21.
    • You have to possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You have to be a US Citizen.
    • You have to pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You have to pass a drug test.
    • You have to have a good level of fitness.
    • You have to be in good health.
    • You have to have a valid Drivers License
    • An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.


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    Family Resources

    There are resources for families of both the perpetrator of the crime and the victim. The social and emotional impact of crime is far reaching, affecting many. Families can receive professional counseling, court related assistance, social services assistance and help in navigating the criminal justice system.

    If you are a family member, which resources did you find to be particularly helpful? Please let us know, as this will be helpful to other families in the same situation.

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    Victim Resources

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

    • 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 in Marion County Jail? Do you have a family member or friend that spent time there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner at this jail?

    If yes, then you should write your review about it. Write down what you experienced so others will know what to expect.

    What to include in your comment:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Staff and guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • The other inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gang activity
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has at least one story to tell about it. Why’d you end up in jail? Were you mistreated? How was life in jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Do you need to find somebody you met when you were locked up? Write your message below.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Marion County Jail Link
    Marion County Jail Inmate Search Link
    View Marion County Jail Mugshots
    Marion County Jail Bail Link

    AL Bail Schedule

    Marion County Jail Visitation
    Marion County Jail Jail Mail Link
    Find an inmate at Marion County Jail
    Marion County Jail Warrant Inquiry
    Marion County Jail Arrest Lookup
    Send Money to an Inmate at Marion County Jail
    Marion County Jail Jobs


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