Shelby County Correctional Facility – Columbiana, AL

Shelby County Correctional Facility is located in Shelby County, Alabama and is the correctional facility for that area. Are you looking for somebody locked up in Shelby County Correctional Facility? This page will tell you all about everything a person needs to know about Shelby County Correctional Facilitysuch as the following: Learn how to locate an inmate. How to view Shelby County Correctional Facility mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. How to post bail. Booking and intake procedures. Court records. And much more…

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The chance of going to jail is a scary and stressfull thought, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. The purpose of this guide is to give you information that you need to make the process a lot easier. If you have specific questions, just ask them, and please leave any feedback or comments that would be beneficial to others would be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Shelby County Correctional Facility
380 Mcdow Road
Columbiana, AL 35051

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 205-669-3938
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that is incarcerated and want to find them?

Has someone who has been arrested and you need to find them?

To search who is in jail at Shelby County Correctional Facility you will have to navigate to their link and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Shelby County Correctional Facility Inmate Lookup is a list of persons who have been arrested and are in jail, including current status, how much their bail is, and visiting hours. You can also find info about anybody arrested and processed or released in the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by last name. You’ll be able to get the information more quickly if you enter your friend or family member’s full name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If the person you are looking for is in another county jail you will want to look here: Alabama County Jails Directory


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a intake picture, is a picture that the jail takes when you are booked into jail. A mugshot is actually two photos one frontal photo and a profile picture. Your name and jail booking number will appear on the mugshot, and they are on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Shelby County Correctional Facility prisoners can be seen online, or you can view them at the Shelby County Correctional Facility. When viewing mugshots online you will have to input the inmate’s first and last name, and an arrest date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to get your mugshot taken down from the Shelby County Correctional Facility site? This is difficult, since the mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot removed you will need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. Basically, this means that the record of your arrest will be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

For more information about getting your mugshot removed, the many different websites with mugshots, 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

Naturally, if you’re in jail, your only thought is about when and how you will get out. After booking, your bail will be decided using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If you don’t get a bail set this can mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you are released from jail you must agree to show up for court, and until that day you are not permitted to go out of town.

Typically, an inmate can earn early release in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and area a good inmate while they are in jail.

If you follow the rules, you might be allowed to participate in work release. Either you will have to stay jail each day when you’re finished working, or you could get to sleep in a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to be released from jail until your trial. Your bail amount is dictated by the crime you are charged with. Someone you know will need to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total amount set in order for you to be released. If you don’t show up for court, that person will lose all of the bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you will need to call the Shelby County Correctional Facility. If know the person’s information, such as name, address and date of birth, they will let you know what their bail is set at. You can also find out how much their bail is on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is never fun, but most of the time, it is easy. First of all, find out if they have a “Cash Bond Only”. If it is, you won’t be able to get a bail bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – they won’t accept a personal check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the inmate will be released into your care. If the conditions of bail are not violated, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you can’t afford it yourself, you might need to use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will generally charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total bail amount, and in most cases have a minimum fee of $100. This will not be returned to you and must be paid in cash. If bail is very large, the bondsman may request to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral.

If you need a local bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a bail bondsman at Shelby County Correctional Facility

Have you ever had to use a bail bondsman for yourself, a family member or friend? If you have, leave a comment below and tell your story, and let us know how it worked out for you.

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Bail Schedule

In Alabama bail amounts are predetermined by by the Alabama Rules of Criminal Procedure – Bail Schedule, but the magistrate or judge has the ultimate say on you bail amount. The bail schedule contains each and every crime included in state law and the specific bail amount for each one.

Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure takes you through each of these steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • First, must answer some basic questions, like your legal name, your address, birth date and an emergency contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be given an inmate number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • They will let you make a phone call in order to contact a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you might be able to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you will be issued a jail jumpsuit.

Have you ever been booked into jail? If you have, please tell your story so other people can learn from your experience. How long did you have to wait in the holding cell? How were you treated? Can you share any secrets that will help others get through jail processing?

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will get released from jail. The discharge process will take between 30 minutes to all day. So, the faster bail is posted, the faster you will get out of jail. It also might depend on whether you have a cash bond amount or if a magistrate has to figure out your bail amount. For minor charges, you will be booked and released on your own recognizance. If you have served a sentence in jail and are given a release date, you should plan to get released anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the sheriff has a, or if you need to begin your jail sentence, you really should do the right thing and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, report to the jail processing area, and tell someone that you think there may be a warrant out for your arrest. A record check will be run, and if so, they will take you into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, go to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Ensure that you are not late to report. Make sure that you only bring allowed items when you go to jail, like a driver’s license or even photo ID, prescription medication, and a sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates need to give information about each visitor to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitors will be entered in a Visiting log for the inmate that requested the visitor. Each and every visitor has to provide a photo ID when visiting. Anyone that arrives for visitation late or that does not have a visting order will be turned away.
Visitation procedures are always changing, so we suggest that you check the official Shelby County Correctional Facility jail site before you go.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Jail phone calls are usually pricier than phone calls made outside of jail. There is no limit to when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, 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 calls might get reduced or eliminated altogether.

The Shelby County Correctional Facility phone number is: 205-669-3938

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail is required to be mailed using US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other form of mail delivery. You have to clearly write or type the person’s name, prisoner number, and jail address on the envelope. Do not mail a package, padded envelope, bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail received by the jail is opened and inspected by the jail administration, and the mail will get sent back to the person who mailed it if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Shelby County Correctional Facility is:

Shelby County Correctional Facility
380 Mcdow Road
Columbiana, AL 35051

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Shelby County Correctional Facility
380 Mcdow Road
Columbiana, AL 35051


The inmate mail policy at Shelby County Correctional Facility changes often, so you should check the site when you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you still have rights, and an important one is the right to request a lawyer. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so it is important to have a friend or relative locate an attorney when you call them. You might be thinking ‘but do I really 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 help you navigate the complicated court system that you are now faced with. The faster you get a lawyer involved with your situation, the better off you’ll be.

For more info on this, read our guide: 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 private investigators, experts in forensics and case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are licensed lawyers that are admitted to the Alabama State Bar Association and are completely licensed to practice law.

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

Court Records

All court records are are public records and are available upon request. They contain a court case file with a docket sheet and all of the motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed in the case. You have the ability to access your court records via the Shelby County website, or at the Shelby County Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court that manages access to court records. They also administer the oath for all court participants, and also read the jury’s verdict. All records from your case are kept and available to you at the Shelby County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are all costs from your court case, such as for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you may not have to pay the fees.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the person that will preside on your case. Magistrate judges do different functions, such as determing how much your bail will be, issuing warrants for arrest, and presiding over initial court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is prepared to include information about the defendant’s background and information about the arrestee’s life, which the magistrate will review when determining the sentence. Information and personal details will be gathered from the defendant, their family, and if necessary the victim. Remember that you should request to see a copy of the pre-sentencing report prior to sentencing, so you get the chance to correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are several different options for sentencing, which include community service and probation, to incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you could be locked up immediately, or you could get a date that you are required to go to jail to serve out your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if a family member of friend is locked up, or has been an inmate in the past?

This is pretty simple to do, just you will have to visit the Shelby County jail website, and search using:

  • Their name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • and their jail inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you can also call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant, you can check the arrest warrants inquiry on the Shelby County court website or you are able to call the court. You have to have the person’s first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask one of the officers. Keep in mind that if there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, as well as their arrest date, contact the jail, either by phone, go there in person, or you can check online. Arrest records are in the public record and this information is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when someone has been served with papers, like warrants. You can find these by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders have to be registered and listed on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access these offenders on the internet, but you should know that you won’t find the exact address, just the neighborhood block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. These records include a court case file that contains a docket and any documents filed in your case. You are able to access the court records via the internet, or at the clerk’s office of the court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state keeps a record of someone’s criminal background. These databases are all connected so you can track criminal histories from other states. You can go to courthouse and make an inquiry, or you can check online. You must know which county the crime occured in, and in the event that the crime was in a totally different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you can get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for any crimes, which can include:

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

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

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Any accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find driving records, you 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 have to call the Shelby County courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are many reasons that people look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your story may help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI has a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Shelby County,The Sheriff’s Department has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List

    Shelby County Top Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of getting locked up in Shelby County Correctional Facility is very scary, eventually you will get used to the daily routine there. You will get a wake-up alarm every morning at 6am, and then you’ll have roll call. Then you will eat breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will be required to 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 Shelby County Correctional Facility, 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 Shelby County Correctional Facility 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 inmates at Shelby County Correctional Facility could change, so you should review the the Shelby County Correctional Facility website 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 Shelby County Correctional Facility

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Shelby County Correctional Facility, 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 Shelby County Correctional Facility

    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 incarcerated in Shelby County Correctional Facility? Do you know anybody that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner at this jail?

    If your answer is yes, then you should tell us about it. Write down your experience so that others will know what to expect.

    Things you could put in the review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Guards and staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gangs
    • Programs and activities


    Speak Your Mind

    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has a story about it. How’d you get locked up? Were you fairly treated? What was your daily routine in jail? What about the other inmates? How did getting locked up affect your life?

    Click here to leave a comment

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Are you trying to find someone you met in jail? Write your message below.

    Throw a shoutout to people locked up at Shelby County Correctional Facility

    Links and Resources

    Main Shelby County Correctional Facility Website
    Shelby County Correctional Facility Inmate Search
    Shelby County Correctional Facility Mugshots
    Shelby County Correctional Facility Bail Amount Link

    Alabama Rules of Criminal Procedure – Bail Schedule

    Shelby County Correctional Facility Visitation Policy Link
    Shelby County Correctional Facility Jail Mail Policy Link
    Shelby County Correctional Facility Inmate Inquiry Link
    Shelby County Warrant Inquiry
    Shelby County Correctional Facility Arrests
    Send Funds to an Inmate at Shelby County Correctional Facility
    Jobs at Shelby County Correctional Facility


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