Russell County Jail – Phenix City, AL

Russell County Jail is located in Russell County and is the jail for the county. Are you looking for somebody in Russell County Jail? This site tells you about everything one might want to know about Russell County Jail,like the following: Find an inmate at Russell County Jail. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. Posting bail. Intake procedures. Court records. And much much more…

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and stressfull thought, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. The purpose of this guide is to give you information you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail less stressfull. If you have questions, just ask it, and please leave any comments or tips that could be a benefit to others will be welcome.

General Information

Address

Russell County Jail
305 Prentiss Drive
Phenix City, AL 36869

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (334) 298-6535
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

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

Has someone who has been arrested and you want to find out what jail they’re in?

In order to find out who’s in jail at Russell County Jail you will have to visit their link and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Russell County Jail Inmate Lookup is an online list of persons who have been arrested, which includes status, how much their bail is, and times the inmate can have visitors. You can also get information on anybody booked or released within the past 24 hour period. Prisoners are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You can find their arrest information more quickly if you’ve got your friend or family member’s full name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or family member is incarcerated at a different jail you can look here: Other County Jails in Alabama


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail booking photograph, is the photograph taken by the police when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is actually one full face and a profile photo. Your name and intake number will be in the photos, and they are stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshots can be found on the Russell County Jail website, or you can see them at the Russell County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you have to input the prisoner’s first and last name, and an arrest date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to get your mugshot taken off of the Russell County Jail website? This may not be possible, because your mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot taken down you have to file a Petition to Expunge in court. What this means is that all of your arrest records would 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.

For more information about getting your mugshot taken down, the different mugshot websites, 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 incarcerated, your primary thought is about when you get out. After booking, your bail is decided by the magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this might mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you are are released you will have to promise to show up for court, and you must not travel out of the county.

Usually, a prisoner will be given 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 allowed to do work release. Either you will have to go back to the jail every day when you’re finished working, or you could be allowed to move into a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to the courts to be released from jail pending trial. The amount you will be required to pay is dictated by the crime you are charged with. You will need to pay ten percent of the total set so you are able to be released from jail. If you miss your scheduled court date, whoever posted your bail will not get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you need to call the jail or the county courthouse. If you have all the person’s information, such as name, address and date of birth, they will let you know the bail amount. You can also find out how much their bail is online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but thankfully, it is very simple to do. First, you need to know if their bail is a Cash Only Bond. If it is, you won’t be able to get a Bail Bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – the jail can’t accept a personal check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the prisoner will be released into your care. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you you should hire a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen generally have a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set, and usually have a minimum fee of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman will not be returned to you and is typically cash only. If bail is very large, the bail bondsman may use assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

To talk to a bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a bail bondsman at Russell County Jail

Have you ever had to use a Bail Bondsman either for yourself, a family member or friend? If you have, post a comment below and tell about it, and let us know how it worked out for you.

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Bail Schedule

In the state of Alabama your bail is already set by by the Alabama Rules of Criminal Procedure – Bail Schedule, but keep in mind, though, the judge or magistrate has the last word on how much your bail will be. The Alabama Rules of Criminal Procedure – Bail Schedule lists every crime included in state law and the specific amount of bail for each crime.

Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure includes the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If the jail is busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • First, have to answer some simple questions, like your full name, address, birth date and an emergency contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • All personal property will be taken from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • They will let you use the telephone in order to get in touch with a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you will be allowed to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, otherwise you you will be given a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

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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 may take anywhere between 30 minutes to all day long. In other words the quicker you post bail, the sooner you will be released. It also can depend on if you’ve been given a cash bond amount or if the magistrate still needs to figure out the bail amount. For a minor offense, you will be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you get to the end of your sentence and know the discharge date, expect to get discharged in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the sheriff has a, or if you must start a jail sentence, it is highly advisable that you follow the rules and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If it is for a warrant, go to the jail, and tell them that you think they might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest. A record check will be run, and if there is one, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. If you have a jail sentence to serve, go to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order lists. Be sure that you aren’t late. Just bring allowed items with you, like a driver’s license or even ID, any prescription medication you might take, and the sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you have to give each visitor’s full name to the jail in advance of the visit. This information will be entered in a Visiting log as an approved visitor. Each visitor is required to provide identification. Any visitors that gets to visitation or without a visiting order will be turned away.
Visitation procedures change often, so it would be wise to check the jail site before you go.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Jail phone calls are a lot pricier than phone calls made at home. Phone calls are restricted on how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you are disciplined for an infraction, phone calls may be limited or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

The Russell County Jail phone number is: (334) 298-6535

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate has to be sent using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You cannot use any other method of mail or package delivery. You have to print the person’s name, prisoner number, and the address of the jail on the letter that you send. Don’t send anything in a package, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail received by the jail is opened and inspected by the jail officers, and will get sent back if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Russell County Jail is:

Russell County Jail
305 Prentiss Drive
Phenix City, AL 36869

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Russell County Jail
305 Prentiss Drive
Phenix City, AL 36869


The mail policy changes, so be sure to check the official Russell County Jail site when you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you should know you still have rights, and an important one is the right to request an attorney. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so it is important to ask a friend or family member to find an attorney when you call them. You might be asking yourself ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal attorney will advise you about your rights, protect your interests and guide you through the legal system. The sooner you get a lawyer involved with your criminal case, the better off you’ll be.

For more detailed information on how to find a lawyer, click here: How to Find a Lawyer in Russell County

Public Defender

If you can’t afford a lawyer, you will be assigned a public defender. Also, the Public Defender Office has access to private investigators, forensics experts and case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are real attorneys who are members of the State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law.

Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? Are you satisfied with how they handled your case and represented you in court?

Court Records

All court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. Court records contain a file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and each of the documents that have been filed. You are able to access your court case records with the Russell County website, or at the Russell County Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is a member of the court that maintains court records and controls access to them. They also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records related to your case are kept at Clerk of Court.

Fees

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

Magistrate

The Russell County court magistrate is the type of judge that presides over your case in court. They do a number of different things, which include setting bail, issuing warrants for arrest, and presiding over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is put together with information about the arrestee’s background and information about the defendant’s life and public history, which the magistrate will consider when deciding on the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be gathered from the defendant, his or her family members, and in some circumstances the victim of the crime. Don’t forget that you can request to have your own copy of the pre-sentencing report before you are sentenced, so you have the opportunity to go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are several different options for sentencing, including community service and probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on how serious your crime was, you may be taken into custody immediately, or you could receive a date that you are required to to surrender and report to jail to serve 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 been an inmate in the past?

To do so, you should visit the jail’s website, and do a search using:

  • Name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • and their jail ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants on the website or you are able to call the jail directly. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask one of the officers. Keep in mind that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, and their arrest date, contact the jail, by phone, in person, or find out online. Arrest records are public record and the information is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you are served with legal papers, which can be 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 the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. Those listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to see this information on the website, but bear in mind that you will not be able to see the precise 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 sheet and all of the documents filed in your court case. You are able to access the court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at the Russell County Clerk of Court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains a record of their state citizen’s criminal background. These online databases are connected so you can track criminal convictions from any other state. You can go to courthouse and inquire, or check online. It is helpful to know the county, and if it was in a different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more complete search.

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

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

If you do a criminal records check, you will not be able to see if that person has had any:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for this information, you will have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it an easy process? Did you search online or did you make a phone call to the local courthouse? Was it correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks search for criminal records, and your feedback may help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI has their list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Russell County,the Russell County Sheriff’s Department has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link

    Russell County Sheriff’s Department’s 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 Russell County jail is no fun, in time you will become accustomed to the routine that is set for you in jail. All inmates get an alarm to wake up each morning at 6am, and then 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 Russell 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 Russell 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 procedure to send funds to someone in jail at Russell County Jail changes, so we suggest that you review the the Russell County Jail website when you send funds 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 Russell County Jail

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

    • 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 been an inmate in Russell County Jail? Do you have a friend or family member that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit someone in this jail?

    If you have, then you should write a review about it. Write about your experience because others will know what to expect.

    Things you could write in the review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Safety
    • Gangs
    • Activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has a story to tell. Why’d you get arrested? Were you fairly treated? What happened to you while you were locked up? Were the other inmates cool? How has this experience impacted your life?

    Tell the World All About It

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Are you trying to throw a shout out to someone you met in jail? Write your message below.

    Say Hello to people still locked up at Russell County Jail

    Links and Resources

    Main Russell County Jail Website
    Russell County Jail Inmate Search Link
    Russell County Jail Mugshots
    Russell County Jail Bail Amount Link

    Alabama Rules of Criminal Procedure – Bail Schedule

    Russell County Jail Visitation Policy Link
    Russell County Jail Mail Policy
    Russell County Jail Inmate Search
    Russell County Warrants
    Russell County Jail Arrest Lookup
    Send Money to an Inmate at Russell County Jail
    Russell County Jail Jobs


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