Pickens County Jail – Carrolton, AL

Pickens County Jail is in Pickens County, Alabama and is the primary correctional facility for this county. Looking for someone at Pickens County Jail? This guide gives you information about anything related to Pickens County Jail,like: How to do a jail inmate search. Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bailing out of jail. Intake procedures and booking. Court information. And lots more.

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The thought of going to jail is a scary prospect, not only for the person who goes to jail, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is designed to give you all the info you need to make helping someone get out of jail a lot easier. If you have specific questions, just ask it in the comment section below, and also any comments or feedback that would help others will be welcome.

General Information

Address

Pickens County Jail
Post Office Box 226
Carrolton, AL 35447

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 205-367-2000
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that has gone to jail and don’t know how to contact them?

Has a friend or family member that’s been arrested and you don’t know how to find out where they are?

In order to find out who’s in jail at Pickens County Jail you have to navigate to their web site and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Pickens County Jail Inmate List is an online list of people who have been arrested and are in jail, including custody status, bail amount (if applicable), and visiting schedule. Also, you can get information for anybody arrested and processed or discharged within the last 24 hours. Prisoners are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You can locate their inmate information more quickly if you have the arrestee’s name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If the inmate you are looking for could possibly be at a different jail you will want to look here, too: Alabama County Jails Directory


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail processing photo, is a picture that the police take when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is make of one frontal photo and a side-view photo. Your name and jail ID number will appear on the photos, and they will be kept on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Pickens County Jail prisoners are on the Pickens County Jail website, or you can go in person to the Pickens County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you will need to put in the inmate’s name, and the arrest date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to get your mugshot taken off of the Pickens County Jail site? This can be tricky, as the mugshot is a public record. You will need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. This means that all of your arrest records would be sealed, and will not be available to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot taken down, the many different websites with mugshots, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

If you are locked up, your primary thought is about how to get out. After you’ve been booked, a bail amount is set by a special judge called a magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you are released from jail you are required to agree to go to your court date, and you are not allowed to leave the county.

In most cases, inmates will be given time off in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and don’t cause any problems while locked up.

If you follow the rules, you may be allowed to do work release. Either you will have to return to jail each day when you’re finished with work, or you might be allowed to move into a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you will be required to pay to get out of jail until your trial. The amount of bail that is set all depends on what crime you are charged with and how serious it is. You will need to put up 10 percent of the total set in order to bail out of jail. If you don’t show up for court, whoever put up your bail money will lose that bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You will have to call the Pickens County Jail or the County Courthouse. If you have all the person’s information, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you how much their bail is. You can also find out how much their bail is online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is never a fun thing, but usually, it’s easy if you have the money. First, you need to find out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only”. If this is the case, you won’t be able to use the services of a bail bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – they can’t take checks. When you’ve paid bail, the inmate will be released into your care. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you just don’t have the money, you will need to use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen generally charge a fee of 10-15% of the total bail amount, and usually charge a minimum of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman will not be returned to you and is typically cash only. If the bail is extremely high, the bail bondsman will ask to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

To talk to a local bail bondsman click here: Find a bail bondsman

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Bail Schedule

In the state of Alabama the amount of bail you pay is pre-determined using by the Alabama Rules of Criminal Procedure – Bail Schedule, but keep in mind, though, the magistrate or judge has the final word on where your bail is set. The bail schedule contains all of the crimes included in state law and the specific bail you will have to pay for each of the crimes.

Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process is made up of these steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. When the jail is busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • You will answer some questions, like your legal name, your address, date of birth and an emergency contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your psychological and medical history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All of your personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you are released.
  • You will be allowed to make a telephone call so you can get in touch with family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you might be able to wear your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to wear a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will be discharged from jail. The discharge process can take from 15 minutes to many hours. Or, simply, the quicker bail is posted, the sooner you will get discharged from jail. Also, how fast you get released will depend on whether or not you’ve been given a bond amount or if the magistrate still needs to decide on the bail amount. For a minor offense, 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, you should expect to get released between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you have to start a jail sentence, you really should follow the law and turn yourself in willingly. In the case of an outstanding warrant, report to the jail, and tell someone that believe that there could be a warrant out for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if there is one, they will take you into custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, report on the date and time that the sentence order states. Be sure that you aren’t late. Only bring things that are allowed with you, for example a driver’s license or even your ID, prescription medication, as well as a sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates must provide each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitors will be put in the visitation log as an authorized visitor. All visitors is required to provide proof of identification. Visitors that gets to visitation or without a visiting order will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at Pickens County Jail are always changing, so you should visit the official Pickens County Jail 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 made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Phone calls made in jail are generally more costly than phone calls made at home. Phone calls are restricted on how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you break the rules and are disciplined, phone privileges could be reduced or cut altogether.

Phone Number: 205-367-2000

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail has to be mailed using the actual US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other method of delivery. You have to write the inmate’s name, prisoner number, and jail address on the letter. Do not mail a box, envelope with padding, plastic bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. Any mail will be opened and reviewed by the officers at the jail, and the mail will get returned if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Pickens County Jail
Post Office Box 226
Carrolton, AL 35447

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Pickens County Jail
Post Office Box 226
Carrolton, AL 35447


The mail policy changes, so it would be best to check the the Pickens County Jail website before you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you have particular rights, one of these being that you have the right to request an attorney. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so you would be wise to have a friend or family member locate a lawyer for you. You may be asking yourself ‘why do I need an attorney?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal defense attorney will advise you about your rights, help protect your interests and show you the way through the court system in Pickens County. The faster you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your case, the better.

For more information on the benefits of hiring a lawyer, click: How to Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford a lawyer, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender has a number of staff such as independent investigators, forensics experts and social workers. All Public Defenders are actual lawyers who are admitted to the Alabama State Bar Association and are completely licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

Pickens County court records are are public records and are available upon request. Court records include a court case file with a docket and each of the motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed in the case. You can access court records using the internet service, or at the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Pickens County Clerk of Court is an official part of the court that maintains court records. They also administer the oath for all court participants, and also read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records, documents, and evidence related to your court case are held at the Pickens County Clerk of Court.

Fees

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

Magistrate

The magistrate acts as the judge that rules over your case in court. Magistrate judges do a number of different things, like determing how much your bail will be, writing arrest warrants, and overseeing initial court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is put together with information about your background and details of the arrestee’s life history, which the magistrate will consider when determining a sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be requested from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and in some circumstances the victim. Don’t forget you can request to get your own copy of your pre-sentencing report before sentencing, and make sure that you correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, which include community service and probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on the severity of the crime, you may be taken into custody immediately, or you could receive a date to turn yourself into jail to serve your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if some you know is currently in jail, or has ever been in jail?

To do so, just access the jail’s website, and do a search using:

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

If you think this person is in jail, you should call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can access court records on the website or call the jail. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask the officer in charge. Bear in mind that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, and the date of their arrest, contact the jail, by phone, go there in person, or check online. Records of arrests are in the public record and the information is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you are served with legal papers, like , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can access civil process orders by getting in touch with the Pickens County Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are required to be registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to view these listings online, but remember that you can’t see the precise address, but rather the address block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. These records include a court case file containing a docket and all filings and documents filed in your court case. You can access court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at the Pickens County Clerk of Court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains a record of people’s criminal background. These online databases are all connected and you can track criminal histories from any other state. Go to the Pickens County Courthouse and make an inquiry, or you can check online. You must know which county the crime occured in, and if the crime was in a different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you are able to get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for any crimes, which can include:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug Possession.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

During a criminal records search, in most cases won’t be able to see if someone had:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Any accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving records, you must do a driving records search.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? How easy was it? Dis you do your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the local courthouse? Was the information correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your story may help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI maintains a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Pickens County,the Pickens County Sheriff has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List

    Pickens County Top Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of getting locked up in the Pickens County jail is something you wish you could avoid, eventually you will get used to the routine that is set for you. You should expect a wake-up alarm each morning at 6am, and next they’ll do roll call. You will then have breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will have 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 Pickens 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 Pickens County Jail uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

    You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.

    The process for sending funds to someone in jail could change, so we suggest that you review the official website before you send any funds.

    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

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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Pickens County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Pickens 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 Pickens 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 locked up at this jail? Do you know anybody that is an inmate there? Have you ever visited an inmate in this jail?

    If yes, then please write a review about it. Tell us about your jail experience so that others can learn what to expect.

    Things you might want to include in your review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • Other Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Prisoner programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has some stories about their time ‘inside’. Why’d you end up in jail? How did the guards treat you? What happened to you while you were locked up? Tell us about the other inmates. How has this experience impacted your life?

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    Links and Resources

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

    AL Bail Schedule

    Pickens County Jail Visitation Procedures
    Pickens County Jail Mail Policy
    Pickens County Jail Inmate Inquiry Link
    Pickens County Jail Warrant Inquiry Link
    Pickens County Jail Arrest Inquiry
    Send Funds to an Inmate at Pickens County Jail
    Jobs at Pickens County Jail


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  1. Mekita P. says:

    I have heard about the meals and they are very basic and not that healthy. How often do the inmates go outside? Even though they are inmates, they do not need to be treated like animals.

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