Marshall County Jail is in Marshall County and is the primary jail for this county. Are you looking for somebody at Marshall County Jail? This page will tell you info about anything you might want to know about Marshall County Jailsuch as the following: How to locate an inmate at Marshall County Jail. Find inmate mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. How to post bail. Marshall County Jail intake procedures. Court records. And more…
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The thought of going to jail is a scary and stressful thought, not only for the person who gets locked up, but also that person’s friends and family. The purpose of this guide is to give you all the advice and information that you need to make going to jail less stressful. If you have specific questions, please feel free to ask them, and please leave any tips or comments that would help others will be appreciated.
Marshall County Jail
423 Blount Avenue
Guntersville, AL 35976
Phone Number and Fax Number
Phone Number: 256-582-2034
Map and Directions
Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you have a friend or family member that is in jail and want to contact them?
Has someone who has been arrested and you don’t know how to find them?
To search who is in jail at Marshall County Jail you have to click on their web site and use the inmate search.
The Marshall County Jail Inmate Roster has information on persons who have been arrested and are in custody, which includes custody status, bail amount (if applicable), and times the inmate can have visitors. You can get info on anyone arrested and processed or discharged in the past 24-hour period. Prisoners are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You will be able to get the information more quickly if you have your friend or family member’s full name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.
If the person you’re searching for is in another county jail you will want to look here: Alabama County Jails Directory
A mugshot, also called a jail booking picture, is a picture that the police take when you get processed at jail intake. They take one face photo and a side photo. Your name and intake number will appear on the photos, and they will be stored.
Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be viewed on the website, or you can see them in person at the Marshall County Jail. When viewing online you have to put in the name, and a booking date, if you have it.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Do you want to have your mugshot taken down from the Marshall County Jail website? This can be tricky, since your mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot taken down you need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. This means that all of your arrest records will be sealed, and will not be available to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.
For more information about getting your mugshot removed, the different mugshot websites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: Mugshot Removal
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
Of course, if you’re incarcerated, your only thought is about how to get out. After booking, a bail amount will be determined either by bail schedule or magistrate. If there is no bail set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you are kept in jail until your court date.
If you are released you are required to promise to be in court on your court date, and until then you are required not to leave town.
Usually, an inmate will earn time off for good behavior when they follow the rules and conduct themselves properly while they’re in jail.
If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you might be given work release detail. You will either have to return to the jail every day when you’re finished working, or you might get to live in a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.
Bail is money that you are required to pay to get out of jail until your trial. The amount of bail that is set depends on the seriousness of your charges. You or someone you know will have to post ten percent of the total set in order to bail out of jail. If you fail to show up for your scheduled court date, whoever paid your bail will lose all of the bail money.
Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is
You need to call the jail. If you’ve got the person’s information, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to 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
Posting bail to get out of jail is never fun, but most of the time, it is simple to do if you have the money. First, you need to find out if it is a Cash Only Bond situation. If this is the case, you won’t be able to use a bondsman. Cash only – they won’t take checks. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the prisoner will be released. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you will get this money back.
If the amount of bail set is large, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you should try to hire a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will generally charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of total bail, and usually have a minimum charge of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman will not be returned to you and must be paid in cash. If bail is very large, the bail bondsman will ask to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.
You can find a bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a bail bondsman at Marshall County Jail
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In Alabama bail amounts are pre-determined using by the Alabama Rules of Criminal Procedure – Bail Schedule, but the magistrate or judge has the last word on how much your bail will be. The Alabama Rules of Criminal Procedure – Bail Schedule lists all crimes included in Alabama and the exact bail amount for each crime.
Other Ways to Get Out of Jail
- Time Off For Good Behavior
- Work Release
- Released For Time Served
- Get Out on a Pre-Trial Release Program
- House Arrest
- Be Released on Your Own Recognizance
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 the jail is really busy, it will take a while to get processed.
- The first step is that you have to answer some simple questions, like what is your legal name, your address, date of birth and an emergency contact.
- You will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
- You will be given an inmate ID number.
- You will be fingerprinted.
- You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
- All personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you get released.
- You will then be allowed to make a telephone call in order to get in touch with a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
- If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might get to keep wearing street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you will have to change into a jail jumpsuit.
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Once bail has been posted, you will be allowed to leave jail. The discharge process can take anywhere from 15 minutes to quite a few hours. Or, simply, the quicker you post bail, the quicker you will get let go. How quickly you get discharged depends on whether or not you’ve been given a cash bond amount or if the judge has to determine your bail amount. For lesser charges, you will be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you get to the end of your sentence and know the release date, you should plan to get released between 9am and noon.
How To Turn Yourself In
In the event there is a, or if you must begin your sentence in jail, it is recommended that you do the right thing and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, go down to the jail, and tell the intake officer that you think they might have an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if there is one, you will be taken into custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order lists. Make sure that you are not late to report. Only bring approved items when you turn yourself in, like your driver’s license or state issued ID, prescription medication, as well as a copy of the sentencing order.
In order to have visitors, inmates have to list information about each visitor to the jail in advance of any visit. This information will be entered into a Visiting log for the inmate that requested the visitor. Every visitor has to provide acceptable photo identification. Visitors that gets to visitation or that is not an approved visitor will not be able to attend visitation.
The Marshall County Jail visitation procedures change often, so it would be wise to check the official Marshall County Jail jail site before you try to visit an inmate.
Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy
Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . These phone calls are much more expensive than phone calls made at home. There are certain restrictions about when and how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you are disciplined for an infraction, an inmate’s ability to use the phone might get cut back or cut altogether.
Phone Number: 256-582-2034
Sending Mail to Inmates
All mall sent to inmates is required to be sent using US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other type of mail or package delivery. Clearly write or type the person’s name, inmate ID, and the address of the jail on the envelope. Don’t send anything in a box, envelope with padding, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail gets opened and inspected by the officers at the jail, and will be returned to the sender if they decide it is inappropriate.
If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Marshall County Jail, use this address:
Marshall County Jail
423 Blount Avenue
Guntersville, AL 35976
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
Marshall County Jail
423 Blount Avenue
Guntersville, AL 35976
The mail policy changes frequently, so you should check the site before you send a letter to an inmate there.
Get A Lawyer
Even if you’ve been arrested, you have particular rights, and an important one is that you have the right to request an attorney. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so make sure to have a friend or family member locate a lawyer when you call. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘but do I really need a lawyer’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal defense attorney will advise you about your rights, help protect your interests and help you navigate the legal system. The quicker you get an attorney working on your situation, the better.
For more information on how to find an attorney, visit: How to Find a Lawyer
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 Office has access to independent investigators, forensics experts as well as social case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are real lawyers who are admitted to the State Bar and are licensed to practice law in Alabama.
Have you or someone you know had to use the services of a Public Defender? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?
All court records are public and available to anyone who requests them. They have a file with a sheet called a docket sheet and all of the documents and motions filed in the case. You, and anyone else, can access your court case records via the website, or at the Clerk of Court.
Clerk of Court
The Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who maintains the records. They also administer the oath for all court participants, and read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All court records relating to your case are kept and available to you at Clerk of Court.
Court costs and court fees are the costs associated with your case, for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.
The Marshall County court magistrate is the type of judge who presides on your case in court. Magistrates do different tasks, like setting your bail amount, issuing warrants for arrest, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court proceedings and detention hearings.
A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed with the defendant’s background information and details of the defendant’s life and history, which the judge will take into consideration when determining the sentence. Information will be gathered from the person on trial, his or her family, and in some circumstances the victim in the crime. Be sure to remember you can request to see your own copy of the pre-sentencing report before you are sentenced, and make sure that you correct any inaccurate information.
If you get convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, which include community service, house arrest, and probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you could be locked up immediately, or given a date that you must to surrender and report to jail to serve your term.
Want to find out if somebody you know is incarcerated, or has ever been locked up?
This is pretty easy to do, simply you need to visit the jail website and do an inmate search, and do a search using:
- Date of birth.
- Their approximate booking date.
- and their inmate ID.
If you think that they are currently in jail, you can also call the jail get confirmation.
If you think you might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can access arrest warrants on the Marshall County jail website or call the jail directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask them. Keep in mind that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.
If you know the person’s first and last name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the Marshall County jail, by phone, go there in person, or find out online. Records of arrests are a matter of public record and this information is freely available.
A Civil Process is when you get served with legal papers, which can be a court order. You can find these by going to the Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All people registered as sex offenders have to be registered on a 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 see these listings on the website, but bear in mind that you will not be able to see the street address, just the address block that they live on.
Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. They include a court case file that contains a docket sheet and any of the documents and filings filed in your court case. You are able to access your court records online, or at the clerk’s office of the court in the county where the case was filed.
Each state maintains a record of people’s criminal background. These databases are all linked so you are able to track criminal backgrounds from any other state. You are able to go to the Marshall County Courthouse and inquire, or check online. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and in the event that it was in a different state entirely, you may have to pay for a more complete search.
When you look up someone’s criminal record you can find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:
- Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
- Drug offenses.
- Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
- Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
When you do a criminal history search, you generally won’t be able to see if someone has had any:
- Speeding tickets.
- Lost their driver’s license or license revoked or suspended.
- Traffic accidents.
- Other moving violations.
- Parking Tickets.
- 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 Driver’s License
- An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.
- 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.
- 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.
- Jail conditions.
- Jail and pod facility and layout
- Guards and staff
- Commissary and food
- Other Inmates.
- Inmate safety
- Jail gangs
- Inmate activities and programs
To search for driving histories, you will have to do a driving history search.
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The FBI maintains a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Marshall County,The Sheriff’s Department has a list of most wanted criminals, too.
FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link
Marshall County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List: External Link
Life In Jail / What Its Like
Everyone knows that getting locked up in the Marshall County jail is quite unpleasant, in time you will settle into the daily routine there. All inmates get an alarm for wake-up each morning at 6:00AM, and next they’ll do roll call. You will then have breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will be required to work in the work program or other activity that you are assigned. 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 Marshall County Jail, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.
When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the Marshall 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 people in jail could change, so we suggest that you visit the official website when you send funds to an inmate there.
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.
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.
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.
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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Photos / Pictures
Types of Jobs at Marshall County Jail
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Marshall 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.
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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.
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Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.
The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:
The definition of victim includes:
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.
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.
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.
Reviews of this Jail
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Anyone who’s been in jail has at least one story to tell about it. Why’d you end up in jail? Did you get fair treatment? How was day to day life at Marshall County Jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? How did going to jail affect your life?
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Links and Resources
Marshall County Jail Visitation Procedures
Marshall County Jail Mail Policy
Marshall County Jail Inmate Inquiry Link
Marshall County Jail Warrant Inquiry Link
Marshall County Jail Arrest Inquiry
Marshall County Jail Send Money Procedure
Jobs at Marshall County Jail