Tuscaloosa County Jail – Tuscaloosa, AL

Tuscaloosa County Jail is in Tuscaloosa County and is the jail for the area. Do you know somebody in Tuscaloosa County Jail? This guide gives you all about anything you might want to know about Tuscaloosa County Jail: How to do a jail inmate search. Find mugshots. 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 chance of going to jail is a daunting and scary idea, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. The purpose of this guide is to give you information you need to make the process a lot easier. If you have specific questions, please feel free to ask it, and also any feedback or comments that would be beneficial to others would be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Tuscaloosa County Jail
1600 26Th Avenue
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 205-464-8662
Fax Number:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member that has gone to jail and need to find out where they are?

Has a friend or family member who’s been arrested and you want to locate them?

To see who is in jail at Tuscaloosa County Jail you will have to visit their link and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Locator

The Tuscaloosa County Jail Inmate Roster has information on people who have been arrested and are in jail, including current status, bail amount (if applicable), and schedule for visitation. You can also find info on anyone booked or released in the past 24 hour period. Inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You’ll be able to get the information more quickly if you have the arrestee’s first and last name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or loved one might be in a different jail you will want to check the other Alabama county jails in our Alabama County Jail Guide: Other County Jails in Alabama


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a booking photograph, is a picture that the police take when you are processed at the jail intake. They take one and a side-view photo. Your full name and jail ID number will appear on the pictures, and they will be on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be seen online, or you can go in person to the Tuscaloosa County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you need to enter the full name, and an arrest date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to get your mugshot removed from the Tuscaloosa County Jail website? This may not be possible, as your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you will need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. This means that all of your arrest records will be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

To learn more about getting your mugshot taken down, the many different mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, once you are locked up, your primary thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through booking, your bail is decided by a special judge called a magistrate. If no bail is set this might mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you are are released you are required to promise to show up for court, and you are not permitted to leave the area.

In most cases, prisoners are given early release in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and don’t cause any problems while incarcerated.

If you follow the rules, you may be granted work release. You will be required to return to the jail each day when you’re finished at your job, or you might be allowed to live in a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Bail is how much money that you have to pay in order to be released from jail pending trial. Your bail amount is dictated by the seriousness of your crime. Someone you know will need to post ten percent of the total that was set so you can get discharged from jail. If you fail to show up for court, whoever paid your bail won’t get the bail money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail have to call the jail. If you have all the person’s info, like name, address and date of birth, they will let you know what their bail is set at. You can also see the bail amount on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is no fun, but thankfully, its very simple to do. First of all, you need to know if their bail is a Cash Only Bond situation. If this is the case, you will not be able to use the services of a bail bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – the jail will not take a personal check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the person will be released. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you can’t afford it, you should try a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen generally charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and in most cases have a minimum of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman is non-refundable and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bondsman will usually ask to use assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

You can find a local bail bondsman click here: Find a bail bondsman at Tuscaloosa County Jail

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Bail Schedule

In the state of Alabama your bail is set by the Alabama Rules of Criminal Procedure – Bail Schedule, but keep in mind that the magistrate or judge has the final word on where your bail is set. The bail schedule contains all of the crimes included in Alabama and the exact amount of bail for each of the crimes.

Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Work Release Programs
  • Get Out 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 jail intake process is made up of the following steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, it will take a while to get processed.
  • You will answer some simple questions, such as your full name, address, birthdate and an emergency contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • Any property you have will be taken from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • They will allow you to make a phone call so you can talk to a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, they will let you wear your own clothes, if not you you will have to wear a jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. Getting discharged will take anywhere from 30 minutes to hours or even all day long. So, the faster you post bail, the faster you will get out of jail. It also depends on whether or not you’ve got a bond amount or if a magistrate still needs to determine how much your bail will be. For a minor offense, you will get booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and are given a release date, plan to get released at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

issued for your arrest, or if you need to begin your jail sentence, it is highly recommended that you follow the law and turn yourself in. For a warrant, go to the jail intake area, and tell an officer that believe that there could be a warrant out for your arrest. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if there is one, they will take you into custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Be sure that you are not late to report. Be sure to only bring required items with you, like your drivers license or even your ID, prescription medication, and a sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates need to give the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitor’s names will be entered into a log of visitors as an approved visitor. Every visitor will be required to provide identification. Anyone that arrives for visitation late or that does not have a visting order will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Visitation procedures change often, so it would be wise to review the jail site before you try to go to visitation.

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 . Jail phone calls are usually more expensive than regular phone calls. There are certain restrictions about 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 break the jail rules, your ability to use the phone might get cut back or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

Phone Number: 205-464-8662

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail is required to be sent via the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You can’t use any other form of delivery. You must write or type the prisoner’s name, inmate number, and the jail address on the letter that you send. Don’t send a box or package, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail received by the jail is opened and read and inspected by staff, and will get sent back if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Tuscaloosa County Jail
1600 26Th Avenue
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Tuscaloosa County Jail
1600 26Th Avenue
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401


The Tuscaloosa County Jail mail policy changes frequently, so double check the official Tuscaloosa County Jail site when you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you have particular rights, the first of which is that you have the right to request an attorney. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so you would be wise to get a friend or family member to locate an attorney when you talk to them. You might be asking yourself ‘but do I really need a lawyer’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal attorney will make sure you know your rights, help protect your best interests and help you navigate through the complicated court system that you are now faced with. The faster you get an attorney working on your situation, the better your chances.

To read more about this subject, click here: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you cannot afford a lawyer, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. Also, the Public Defender has a number of staff such as investigators, forensics experts and social workers. Public Defenders are bona-fide lawyers who are members of the Alabama State Bar and are fully licensed to handle your case.

Have you or someone you know used a Public Defender? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

Tuscaloosa County court records are are public records and are available upon request. They have a case file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and every documents and motions that have been filed in your case. You can access the records and documents in your court case via the online service, or at the Tuscaloosa County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is a member of the court that maintains court records and controls access to them. They also administer the oath during court cases, and read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All records from your court case are available at the Tuscaloosa County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the costs associated with your court case, for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you cannot afford these fees and have a Public Defender, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

The Tuscaloosa County magistrate is the judge who presides over your court case. They do a number of different things, like setting your bail amount, issuing warrants, and overseeing preliminary court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is prepared to include information about the defendant’s background and details of the defendant’s life and public history, which the judge will review and take into consideration when deciding on the sentence. Information will be solicited from the person on trial, his or her family members, and in some cases the victim of the crime. Keep in mind you are able to ask to see a copy of the report before you are sentenced, so you have the opportunity to review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, which include community service, house arrest, and probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you might get taken into custody immediately, or you might be given a date that you must 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 want to find out if somebody you know is incarcerated in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?

To do this, you should access the Tuscaloosa County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and do a search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • or inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you can also call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants on the Tuscaloosa County court website or call the jail directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask the officer in charge. 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 possibly an arrest date, contact the jail, either by phone, in person, or you can check online. An arrest is public record and the information is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, which can be a court order. You can find these civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are registered and listed on both a national and state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex crime. You are able to see this information on the internet, but bear in mind that you will not be able to find the precise address, but only the block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. These records include a court case file that contains a docket and any of the documents and filings filed in your court case. You can access court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at the clerk’s office of the court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state keeps a record of people’s criminal past. These databases are linked together so you can track criminal backgrounds from other states. Go to county courthouse and check in person, or check online. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and in the event that the crime was in a totally different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more complete search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you will find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for any of the following crimes:

  • DUI.
  • Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

When you do a criminal history search, in most cases won’t be able to see if they has had any moving violations, like:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find driving histories, you must do a driving records search.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? Was it easy? Did you search online or did you call the Tuscaloosa County courthouse? Was it correct? There are many reasons that people look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your story might help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

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

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List

    Tuscaloosa County Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of spending time in Tuscaloosa County Jail is something you wish you could avoid, eventually you will get used to the daily routine there. You should expect an alarm to wake up at about six in the morning, and next they’ll do roll call. After roll call you will eat breakfast. Following 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 Tuscaloosa 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 Tuscaloosa 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 Tuscaloosa County Jail inmates might change, so visit the the Tuscaloosa County Jail website before send money to someone in jail 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 Tuscaloosa County Jail

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

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

    If you have, then please tell us about it. Write down your experience so that other people will know what to expect.

    Things you might want to write in what you write:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • The other inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gang activity
    • Inmate programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has some stories about their time ‘inside’. Why’d you end up in jail? Were you fairly treated? What was it like in jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? How did it affect you to go to jail?

    Click here to tell about all about it

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Do you want to find out how to get in touch with an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Leave a message for them here.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Tuscaloosa County Jail Website
    Tuscaloosa County Jail Inmate Search
    View Tuscaloosa County Jail Mugshots
    Tuscaloosa County Jail Bail Link

    Alabama Rules of Criminal Procedure – Bail Schedule

    Tuscaloosa County Jail Visitation
    Tuscaloosa County Jail Jail Mail Link
    Locate an inmate at Tuscaloosa County Jail
    Tuscaloosa County Warrant Lookup
    Tuscaloosa County Jail Arrests
    Tuscaloosa County Jail Send Money Procedure
    Jobs at Tuscaloosa County Jail


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