AL DOC - North Alabama Community Work Center

State Prison

Last Updated: January 04, 2021
1401 Hwy 20 W, Decatur, AL 35601

N Alabama Work Release is for State Prison offenders sentenced up to twelve months.

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AL DOC - North Alabama Community Work Center basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 256-350-0876

The inmates housed at N Alabama Work Release located at 1401 Hwy 20 W in Decatur, AL are placed according to their custody level (determined by a number of factors including the past criminal history and the length of their sentence). There are ample educational and vocational training programs for all inmates, especially ones that show a willingness to learn new things that will prepare them for a better life when they are released. The mission is to promote and prepare the offender to leave in better shape than when they arrived, giving them the best chance to never come back and thus lower the state's recidivism rate.

North Alabama Community Based Facility and Community Work Center opened in May 1981 is classified as a minimum custody facility located on 11 acres in Decatur, AL on Highway 20. Inmates participate in work release programs in Morgan, Limestone and Madison Counties. The Center also offers drug treatment and helps inmates overcome substance abuse through aftercare and NA/AA programs. N Ala is unique from other centers in that each work release inmate is required to perform a minimum of three hours per week of pro bono community service.

“Work Release” is a program of the AL DOC in which selected inmates are allowed gainful employment in the community and will be supervised in a community-based facility when not working. The program is designed to assist inmates preparing for release and to aid them in making the transition from a structured institutional environment and reintegrate back into the community. A Classification Specialist will explain to the inmate how they can qualify for the Work Release Program.
From their earned wages, a percentage of the gross salary will be deducted and paid to the AL DOC to help defray the cost of maintaining them in the work-release program. Inmates that participate in the Work Release program agree to pay a fee to cover the cost of transportation to and from their worksite. If they are ordered by the courts, you will pay restitution, court cost, and child support. Inmates will be charged a medical co-pay fee for specific medical services rendered. The inmate will be charged a drug testing fee if they test positive for any illegal substances. Inmates will be charged a laundry fee for laundry service on your free-world clothing.
State and federal income taxes and Social Security taxes will also be deducted from their gross paycheck. The remainder of their wages will be deposited in their PMOD account. In some circumstances, depending on their PMOD balance, they may be allowed to send money home.
When inmates first arrive at a work release facility, they will be given a job assignment working at the facility. In the event that a public protest is received (victim, Judge or District Attorney) in regards to your participation in the Work Release Program, and if the protest is honored by the AL DOC, inmate may be returned to a more restrictive facility, or they may remain at the work release facility and not allowed to work in the community. Inmates will not be considered a participant in the program until they are approved and placed in a paying job in the community.

North Alabama Work Release - Male Inmate Handbook
North Alabamacatur Work Release - Female Inmate Handbook
North Alabama Work Release - Re-Entry and Pre-Release Program

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AL DOC - North Alabama Community Work Center is a facility in the Alabama Department of Corrections. The DOC publishes the names of their current inmates and identifies which of their locations the inmate is being held. Your search should start with the first DOC locator to see if your loved one is there. Begin with the first three letters of the offender's first and last name, it does not have to be spelled exactly.

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Visitation Information

Visiting hours for AL DOC - North Alabama Community Work Center. For Directions call 256-350-0876

Sunday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Monday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Federal Holidays 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

No cellphones, you will be searched before visiting. NO personal belongings. Persons under probation, parole, or other community corrections supervision must obtain the permission of both their individual supervising officer and the superintendent prior to a visit. Such visitation is not normally approved.

If the visitor is under the age of 18 and is a family member of the inmate, they must be accompanied by an adult family member or guardian to include a member of the inmate's extended family. If the visitor is under the age of 18 and is not a family member of the inmate, the minor visitor must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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