Winston County Jail is located in Winston County, AL and is the primary correctional facility for this area. Are you looking for somebody incarcerated at Winston County Jail? This guide gives you information about anything one might want to know about Winston County Jail: How to locate an inmate at Winston County Jail. Find inmate mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. How to post bail. Winston County Jail intake procedures. Court records. And much more…
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The chance of going to jail is a daunting and scary idea, not only for the person who goes to jail, but also their family and friends. This guide is meant to give information and advice you need to make getting locked up easier. If you have questions, feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any feedback or comments that could be a benefit to others is welcome.
Winston County Jail
11 Blake Drive, Room 1
Double Springs, AL 35553
Phone Number and Fax Number
Phone Number: (205) 489-8765
Map and Directions
Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you have a friend or family member that has gone to jail and don’t know how to contact them?
Do you know someone who’s been arrested and you want to locate them?
In order to search who’s in jail at Winston County Jail you should visit their web site and use the inmate lookup.
The Winston County Jail Inmate List is a list of persons who have been arrested and are in jail, which includes custody status, bail amount, and times you can visit. Also, you can find the same information about anybody arrested and booked or discharged within the past 24-hour period. Jail inmates are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You will be able to find the information faster if you enter your friend or family member’s first and last name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.
If the person you’re searching for might be at another jail you can check the other Alabama county jails in our Alabama County Jail Guide: Alabama County Jails
A mugshot, also known as a jail booking picture, is a picture that the police take during jail intake processing. A mugshot is actually one full face and a side photo. Your full name and intake number will appear on the photos, and they will be kept on file.
Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be seen on the website, or you can see them at the Winston County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you need to enter the person’s full name, and the arrest date, if you have one.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Trying to figure out how to get your mugshot removed from the Winston County Jail site? This is difficult, because your mugshot is a public record. You have to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. Basically, this means that all of your arrest records would be sealed, and will not be available to the public. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.
For more information about removing your mugshot, the many different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal websites: Mugshot Removal
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
If you’re locked up, your primary thought is about how to get out. After you’ve gone through booking, bail will be decided either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If there is no bail set this can 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 do bail out of jail you will have to agree to show up for court, and until that date you won’t be allowed to go out of town.
Usually, a prisoner at Winston County Jail are given early release in exchange for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and act right while they are in jail.
If you follow the rules, you might be given work release detail. You will either have to return to the jail every day when you’re finished at your job, or you might be allowed to move to a halfway house instead of jail.
Bail is money that you have to pay to the court system in order to be released from jail until your trial. The amount of bail that is set all depends on the seriousness of your charges. You will have to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total amount that was determined before you can bail out of jail. If you don’t go to court, whoever paid your bail will lose all of the bail money.
Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is
To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail need to call the Winston County Jail. If know the pertinent information, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know the bail amount. Also, you can see the bail amount on the Winston County Jail site.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Needing to bail someone out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but fortunately, its really easy 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 can’t use the services of a Bail Bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they won’t accept a personal check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the prisoner will be discharged. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.
If the amount of bail set is large, or you just don’t have the money, you will need to use a bail bondsman. They generally charge a fee of 10-15% of the bail amount, and usually with a minimum charge of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman is non-refundable and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If bail is very large, the bail bondsman will in these cases request to use your assets as collateral.
To contact a local bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman at Winston County Jail
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In the state of Alabama bail amounts are pre-determined using by the Alabama Rules of Criminal Procedure – Bail Schedule, but the judge or magistrate has the last word on where your bail is set. The Alabama Rules of Criminal Procedure – Bail Schedule contains all of the crimes defined by state law and the specific bail amount for each one.
Other Ways to Get Out of Jail
- Time Off For Good Behavior
- Work Release Programs
- Time Served
- Pre-Trial Release Programs
- House Arrest
- Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The intake procedure includes these steps:
- They’ll put you in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, it will take a while to get processed.
- First, will have to answer some questions, like what is your full legal name, your address, date of birth and an emergency contact.
- You will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
- You will be given an inmate number.
- You will get fingerprinted.
- You will have your mugshot taken.
- Any personal property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you are discharged.
- They will let you use the phone to call a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
- If you think you will get released quickly, you might be allowed to wear your street clothes, otherwise you will have to wear a jail jumpsuit.
Have you ever been arrested and gone through processing at jail? If you have, you should tell our readers about your experience. How long did it take to get through intake? What was your treatment like? Can you tell us things that will help other people that get arrested make it through the procedure?
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When you post bail, you will be discharged from jail. The discharge process takes anywhere from 30 minutes to hours or even all day long. So, the faster you can pay your bail, the faster you will get out of jail. It also will depend on whether you’ve been given a cash bond amount or if the judge has to determine how much your bail will be. For minor offenses, you will be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have served out your jail sentence and have a date of your release, you should plan to be released that morning.
How To Turn Yourself In
In the event there is a, or if you have to report to start a sentence, you should do the right thing and turn yourself in willingly. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go down to the jail reception area, and tell the intake officer that you think there is a warrant out for your arrest. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. If it is for a jail sentence, report to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Make sure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Make sure that you only bring necessary items when you turn yourself in, for example a driver’s license or even state issued ID, prescription medication, and a copy of the sentencing order.
Inmates have to give each visitor’s name to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitors will be put in the visitation log as an Authorized visit. All visitors must provide identification. Anyone arriving late or that does not have a visitation order will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures change often, so you should check the official site before you try to visit an inmate.
Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy
The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account. Phone calls made in jail are usually more expensive than regular phone calls. There are certain restrictions about how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you break the rules, your ability to use the phone might get cut back or forbidden.
Phone Number: (205) 489-8765
Sending Mail to Inmates
Any mail that you send to an inmate has to be sent using US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other type of delivery. You should write or type the inmate’s name, prisoner number, and the address of the jail on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t send a box, envelope with padding, bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. Any mail sent to inmates is opened and read and inspected by the staff, and the mail will be sent back to the person who mailed it if deemed inappropriate.
Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Winston County Jail:
Winston County Jail
11 Blake Drive, Room 1
Double Springs, AL 35553
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
Winston County Jail
11 Blake Drive, Room 1
Double Springs, AL 35553
The Winston County Jail mail policy changes often, so check the official website when you send a letter to an inmate there.
Get A Lawyer
Even if you’ve been arrested, you should know you still have rights, the first of which is that you have the right to request a lawyer. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is a good idea to ask a friend or family member to locate an attorney when you call them. You might be asking yourself ‘do I really need an attorney?’ You can represent yourself if you really want to, but, a criminal defense lawyer will advise you about your rights, look after your best interests and help you through the complicated legal system that you are now faced with. The quicker you get an attorney working on your charges, the better your chances.
For more information about the benefits of hiring a lawyer, visit: How to Find a Lawyer
If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire an attorney, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. In addition, the Public Defender Office has access to investigators, forensics experts as well as social case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are real lawyers who are members of the State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law in Alabama.
Have you or someone you know used a Public Defender? How did they do?
Winston County court records are a matter of public record. They include a file with a docket sheet and each of the motions, documents, and evidence filed in the course of your case. You can access court records with the Winston County website, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office.
Clerk of Court
A Clerk of Court is an official part of the court who maintains court records. They also administer the oath in a court case, and read the jury’s verdict. All records, documents, and evidence associated with your case are available at Clerk of Court’s office.
Court fees are all costs associated with your court case, which include filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees.
A Magistrate is the person who presides over your case. Magistrate judges do several different things, like setting your bail amount, writing arrest warrants, and overseeing preliminary court proceedings and detention hearings.
Your pre-sentencing report is completed with information about the defendant’s background and details of the arrestee’s life and history, which the magistrate will review and take into account when determining your sentence. Information will be requested from the defendant, the defendant’s family, and in some cases the victim of the crime. Bear in mind that you should request to have a copy of the report before your sentencing, and correct any mistakes that it contains.
After you are convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are a number of different options, which include community service, house arrest, and probation, to incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on how serious your crime was, you will either be taken into custody immediately, or you could be given a date that you are supposed to surrender and report to jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.
Do you want to find out if some you know is in jail, or has ever been locked up?
This is pretty easy to do, simply just access the Winston County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and do a search using:
- Birth date.
- Their booking date if you know it.
- and their jail ID.
If you think this person is in jail, you should call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.
If you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can check the arrest warrants inquiry on the website or call the jail. You have to have the person’s first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and inquire at the information desk. You should be clear that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.
If you know the person’s first and last name, and their arrest date, contact the jail, on the phone, go there in person, or find out online. Arrest records are public record and these records are accessible to anyone.
Civil processes are when someone has been served with papers, such as a court order. You can access civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All convicted sex offenders are required to be listed and registered on both a national and state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to see sex offenders on the website, but you should know that you will not be able to get the actual address, rather the block of the address that they registered.
Court Records are public records. Court Records include a court case file containing a court docket and any filings and documents filed in the case. You can access the 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.
Each and every state maintains records of their state citizen’s criminal background. These databases are all linked so you are able to track criminal backgrounds from another state. You can go to courthouse and check in person, or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and in the event that it was in a completely different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more complete search.
A criminal history search you will be able to find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for these crimes:
- Drug crimes.
- Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
- Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
- Property crimes like theft or larceny.
If you do a criminal records check, you won’t learn if someone had:
- Drivers license suspended or revoked.
- Moving violations.
- Parking Tickets.
- 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 Driver’s License
- An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.
- You have the right to protection from the accused.
- You have the right to notification.
- You have the right to attend proceedings.
- You have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
- You have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
- You have the right to restitution.
- You have the right to a speedy trial.
- You 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.
- Conditions at the jail.
- Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
- Staff and guards
- Jail food and commissary
- Having Visitors
- The other inmates.
- Prisoner safety
- Jail gangs
- Inmate activities and programs
To get driving records, you will have to do a driving history search.
Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? Was it a difficult process? Did you do your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the courthouse? Was the information correct? There are many reasons that folks search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your account could help other people that are in the same situation.
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On a Federal level, the FBI has a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Winston County, the Winston County Sheriff has a list of most wanted criminals, too.
Winston County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List: External Link
Life In Jail / What Its Like
Everyone knows that getting locked up in Winston County Jail is very scary, you will soon get used to the routine that is set for you in jail. Inmates get a wake-up alarm at 6:00AM, and next you’ll have roll call. You will then have breakfast. After breakfast, participate 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 Winston 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 Winston 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 rules for sending funds to someone in jail at Winston County Jail could change, so check the site before you send any money.
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.
News and Media
Photos / Pictures
Types of Jobs at Winston County Jail
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Winston 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.
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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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
Have you ever been incarcerated at Winston County Jail? Do you know someone there? Have you ever visited an inmate at this jail?
If yes, then please write a review about it. Write down what you experienced so others can learn what to expect.
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Tell Your Story
Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has some stories about their time ‘inside’. How’d you get locked up? Did you experience fair treatment? What was it like in jail? What about the other inmates? How did going to jail affect your life?
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Send a Message to Your Cell Mate
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Links and Resources
Winston County Jail Visitation Policy Link
Winston County Jail Mail Policy
Winston County Jail Inmate Inquiry Link
Winston County Jail Warrant Inquiry Link
Winston County Jail Arrests
Send Funds to an Inmate at Winston County Jail
Winston County Jail Employment