AL DOC - Donaldson Correctional Facility

State Prison

Last Updated: February 05, 2024
100 Warrior Ln, Bessemer, AL 35023-7299

Donaldson Correctional is for State Prison offenders sentenced anywhere from one year to life by the State Court in the county where the charges were filed

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AL DOC - Donaldson Correctional Facility's basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmates while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number is 205-436-3681

Located at 100 Warrior Ln in Bessemer, AL, Donaldson Correctional carefully assigns inmates based on their custody level, considering factors like criminal history. Donaldson Correctional offers diverse educational and vocational programs aimed at equipping offenders for successful reintegration into society and reducing recidivism. Through these initiatives, inmates gain skills and confidence, fostering personal growth and resilience.

Donaldson Correctional Facility is a maximum security state prison formerly known as West Jefferson Correctional Facility operated by the Alabama Department of Corrections - but renamed in the '90s after a correctional officer named William Donaldson was killed by an inmate. The prison incarcerates about 1500 inmates and houses death row inmates as well as prisoners. The AL DOC uses Donaldson to house inmates who have multiple or repeated violent offenses and who cannot be easily managed. Hundreds of offenders here have life without parole sentences. The prison includes a segregation unit for 300 inmates

Donaldson Correctional has the largest solitary confinement unit in Alabama and can hold up to 300 inmates. Solitary confinement often referred to as segregation is a controversial method of holding some of the most troublesome and dangerous prisoners, and is often used as a behavioral deterrent to ensure inmates follow the rules and regulations of the prison.

Donaldson offers vocational, educational, and rehabilitative programs services to eligible inmates. In addition, Donaldson has a death row unit with a capacity for 24 inmates who need to be incarcerated in the Birmingham judicial area. Donaldson is classified as a close custody facility.

Donaldson was the main setting of the documentary film The Dhamma Brothers, which chronicles the establishment of a Vipassana meditation program for prisoners that may now be seen on Netflix.

Donaldson Correctional Facility - Male Inmate Handbook
Donaldson Correctional Facility - Female Inmate Handbook
Donaldson Correctional Facility - Re-Entry and Pre-Release Program

Inmate Locator

Donaldson Correctional maintains a database of current inmates and their locations within the system. To locate an inmate, begin by using the DOC locator tool, which requires entering the first three letters of the inmate's first and last name, allowing for variations in spelling.

If unable to locate the desired information through free resources, users may opt to use the Arrest Record Search, which requires payment. While this option incurs a small fee, it provides access to the most up-to-date data available.

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Visitation Information

Visiting hours for Donaldson Correctional are subject to change, so it's crucial to confirm them by contacting the facility directly by phone. Please reach out to 205-436-3681, on visitation procedures, applications, or directions to the facility in Bessemer. Please note that visitors will undergo a thorough search before entering the premises, and personal belongings, including cell phones, are strictly prohibited. Individuals under probation, parole, or community corrections supervision must obtain approval from both their supervising officer and the superintendent before visiting, although such visits are not typically approved.

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