Mobile County Jail – Mobile, AL

Mobile County Jail is in Mobile County and is the primary jail for the county. Are you looking for somebody incarcerated at Mobile County Jail? This site tells you information about everything a person needs to know about Mobile County Jailsuch as the following: How to locate an inmate at Mobile County Jail. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and how to get out of jail. Intake procedures. Court records. And much, much more.

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and stressfull situation, not only for whoever is incarcerated, but also that person’s friends and family. The goal of this guide is to give information and advice that you need to make helping someone get out of jail a little less stressful. If you have questions, feel free to ask them, and any feedback or comments that might help others would be welcome.

General Information

Address

Mobile County Jail
450 Saint Emanuel Street
Mobile, AL 36603

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (251) 574-4702
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that is incarcerated and don’t know how to locate them?

Do you know somebody that has been arrested and you need to find out what jail they’re in?

To search who is in jail at Mobile County Jail you will have to go to their link and use the inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Mobile County Jail Inmate Locator is a list of people who have been arrested and are in jail, which includes custody status, how much their bail is, and schedule for visitation. Also, you can get information about anybody who has been arrested or discharged in the past 24 hour period. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You’ll be able to find their arrest information fast if you’ve got the arrestee’s full name, birth date, or arrest number.

If the person you are looking for may be locked up at a different jail you will want to look here, too: List of all county jails in Alabama


Mugshots

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

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Mugshots of inmates can be seen on the website, or you can see them in person at the Mobile County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you will have to input the prisoner’s full name, and an arrest date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to get your mugshot removed from the Mobile County Jail site? This can be tricky, because the mugshot is public record. You will need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. What this means is that your arrest record would be sealed, and will not be accessible. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

For more information about removing your mugshot, the 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

Of course, if you are incarcerated, your main thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve been booked, a bail amount is decided either by bail schedule or magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this can mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you do bail out of jail you are required to promise to show up for court, and you won’t be allowed to travel out of the county.

Typically, a prisoner in the Mobile County Jail will earn early release in exchange for good behavior when they follow 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 might be given work release detail. You will either have to stay the jail each day when you’re finished with work, or you could have the chance to move to a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you have to pay to the court system to get out of jail until your court date. The amount you have to pay is dictated by the crime you’ve been charged with. You or someone you know will have to post 10 percent of the total that was set before you can bail out of jail. If you don’t go to your scheduled court date, that person will lose that bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you must call the Mobile County Jail or the County Courthouse. If you have all the person’s info, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know the bail amount. You can also see the bail amount on the Mobile County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but in some cases, it is simple to do if you have the money. To start with, you have to find out if their bail is a Cash Only Bond. If so, you won’t be able to get a bondsman. Cash only – they can’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 the amount of bail set is large, of if you can’t pay it, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. Bondsmen generally charge you a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and sometimes with a minimum fee of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman is non-refundable and the bondsman only accepts cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bondsman will in these cases ask to use your assets as collateral.

To find a local bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a bail bondsman at Mobile County Jail

Have you ever had to find a bondsman because you or someone you know got arrested? If you have, leave a comment below and tell your story, and let us know how it worked out.

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Bail Schedule

In Alabama the amount of bail you pay is predetermined by by the Alabama Rules of Criminal Procedure – Bail Schedule, but the judge or magistrate has the final say on how high your bail is set. The bail schedule lists all of the crimes included in state law and the exact amount of bail for each of the crimes.

Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

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

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • The first step is that you will answer a bunch of questions, such as what is your full name, address, date of birth and a contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your medical and psychological history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • Any property you have will be taken from you and stored until you get released.
  • You will then be allowed to make a phone call to call family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, they will let you wear your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will be given a jail jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through the jail intake procedure? If so, please share your experience so others can benefit from your story. How long did you have to wait in the holding cell? How did the guards treat you? Can you share any secrets that could help other people make it through the procedure?

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will be discharged from jail. The discharge process may take anywhere between 30 minutes to all day. Or, simply, the faster you can pay your bail, the faster you will be freed. It also will depend on whether or not you’ve been given a cash bond or if a judge still needs to decide on the amount of bail to be set. For minor offenses, you will be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you get to the end of your sentence and are given a date of your release, you should plan to get discharged in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If there is a, or if you must report to start a sentence, it is highly advisable that you follow the rules and turn yourself in willingly. In the case of an outstanding warrant, report to the jail processing area, and tell an officer that you think there may be an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if they find one, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report on the date and time that the sentence order lists. Make sure that you are not late. Just bring things that are allowed when you go, such as a driver’s license or even photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and a copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate have to provide each visitor’s name to the jail in advance. Your visitor’s names will be put in the visitation log for the inmate that requested the visitor. Each and every visitor is required to provide proof of identification. Visitors arriving late or that is not on the visitation list will not be allowed to attend visitation.
The Mobile County Jail visitation procedures frequently change, so make sure that you double-check the official site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.

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 . Phone calls made in jail are generally more costly than phone calls made at home. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but bear in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, an inmate’s ability to use the phone might get cut back or totally denied.

The Mobile County Jail phone number is: (251) 574-4702

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates is required to be mailed using the US Postal Service. You must not use any other type of mail or package delivery. You have to write or type the name, inmate ID, and the jail address on the letter that you send. Don’t mail a package or box, padded envelope, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail received by the jail gets opened and inspected and read by the jail officers, and the mail will get returned to the sender if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Mobile County Jail
450 Saint Emanuel Street
Mobile, AL 36603

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Mobile County Jail
450 Saint Emanuel Street
Mobile, AL 36603


The Mobile County Jail mail policy changes often, so you should review the official Mobile County Jail site before you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you have rights, the most important of which is that you have the right to request a lawyer. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is important to have a friend or family member locate an attorney when you call. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘I don’t need a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ While you are not required to have one, an attorney will advise you about your rights, look after your best interests and help you find your way through the legal system that you are now faced with. The quicker you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your case, the better your chances.

To read more about the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, go to: How to Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford a lawyer, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. The Public Defender’s Office has access to investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social workers. Public Defenders are real attorneys that are members of the State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law.

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

Court Records

Mobile County court records are are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. They include a file with a docket sheet and all of the documents and motions filed in the course of your case. You can access your court case records via the Mobile County website, or at the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court who manages court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and also read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records relating to your case are kept and available to you at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

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

Magistrate

The Mobile County court magistrate is the type of judge that rules over your case. Magistrates do several different things, which include setting bail amounts, writing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over first court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is put together to include background information and details of the defendant’s life and public history, which the magistrate judge will review and take into consideration when decide your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be requested from the person on trial, his or her family, and, if applicable, the victim. Don’t forget you can request to receive your own copy of the pre-sentencing report before you are sentenced, and correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

After being 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 even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). 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, right there in court, or you could get a date to to surrender and report to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if a family member of friend is locked up, or has ever been locked up?

To do this, you will have to access the jail’s website, and search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • or inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you can call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant, you are able to check the arrest warrants on the Mobile County court website or you can call the court directly. You have to have their 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 an arrest warrant out for you, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the jail, either by phone, go there in person, or check online. An arrest is public record and this information is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

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

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are required to be listed and registered on both a national and state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex crime. You are able to view these offenders online, but you should know that you can’t see the precise address, rather the block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. They include a case file containing a docket sheet and all documents and filings filed in your court case. You are able to access court records via the internet, or at the Mobile County Clerk of Court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state keeps a record of someone’s criminal past. These state databases are all linked and you can track criminal histories from any other state. You can go to county courthouse and check in person, or check the website. You must know which county the crime occured in, and if it was in a totally different state, you may have to pay for a more comprehensive search.

A criminal history search you will find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:

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

But, when you do a criminal records check, usually will not be able to see if someone has had any moving violations, like:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find driving records, you have to do a driving records search.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? Was it an easy process? Dis you do your search online or did you make a phone call to the local courthouse? Was the information correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your account could help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

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

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link

    Mobile 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 being incarcerated in the Mobile County jail is very scary, you will soon become accustomed to the daily routine there. Expect a wake-up alarm at six in the morning, and next you’ll have roll call. Next, you will have 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 Mobile 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 Mobile 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 jail inmates is always changing, so you should double check the the Mobile County Jail 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 Mobile County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Mobile 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 Mobile 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 been a prisoner in this jail? Do you have a friend or family member that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited someone in this jail?

    If you have, then we would like you to leave a comment below about it. Write about your experience so others will know what to expect.

    Things you could write in the review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has a story about it. Why’d you get arrested? How did the guards treat you? How was day to day life at Mobile County Jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? How did getting locked up affect your life?

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    Did you make friends in jail? Need to say wassup to someone you met in jail? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Mobile County Jail Website
    Mobile County Jail Inmate Search
    View Mobile County Jail Mugshots
    Mobile County Jail Bail Amount Link

    AL Bail Schedule

    Mobile County Jail Visitation Policy Link
    Mobile County Jail Jail Mail Link
    Locate an inmate at Mobile County Jail
    Mobile County Warrants
    Mobile County Jail Arrests
    Mobile County Jail Send Money Procedure
    Jobs at Mobile County Jail


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