Etowah County Detention Center

County Jail

Last Updated: March 09, 2024
827 Forrest Ave, Gadsden, AL 35901

Etowah Co Jail is for County Jail offenders sentenced up to twenty four months.

All prisons and jails have Security or Custody levels depending on the inmate’s classification, sentence, and criminal history. Please review the rules and regulations for County - medium facility.

The phone carrier is NCIC Inmate Telephone Services, to see their rates and best-calling plans for your inmate to call you.

If you are unsure of your inmate's location, you can search and locate your inmate by typing in their last name, first name or first initial, and/or the offender ID number to get their accurate information immediately Registered Offenders

Satellite View of Etowah County Detention Center

You can support your loved ones at Etowah Co Jail on InmateAid, if you have any immediate questions contact the facility directly at 256-549-5410.

When someone you care about gets locked up, it's tough to figure out all the ins and outs of jail life. From sending mail to visiting, there are a lot of things to sort out. And getting info about the arrest? Not always easy. That's where this webpage comes in handy. It's here to help you get a handle on how things work at Etowah County Detention Center so you can stay connected and support your loved one behind bars.

The Etowah Co Jail is a detention center located at 827 Forrest Ave Gadsden, AL which is operated locally by the Etowah County Sheriff's Office and holds inmates awaiting trial or sentencing or both. Most of the sentenced inmates are here for less than two years. Etowah County accepts inmates from surrounding towns, Gadsden Police Department, and the US Marshal's Service.

New detainees arrive at the jail regularly, with some being released on bail, placed under pretrial services caseloads, supervised by probation agencies, or released on recognizance with a court appearance agreement. Those who are not released await their court appearances at the jail, receiving accommodations including bedding and meals. You can see all the arrest records for Alabama here.

The Etowah County Sheriff's Office Detention Operations Division stands as a dedicated team of professionals committed to upholding integrity and accountability while ensuring safe, secure, and standardized detention services for Etowah County, Alabama.

As the largest division within the Sheriff's Office, the Operations Division plays a pivotal role in the daily management of the detention center. Comprising three sections—Custody, Programs, and Compliance—the Operations Division, with the support of the Logistics Division, oversees the facility's operations.

The Custody Section assumes responsibility for inmate and detainee custody and care, from initial intake to release. Serving as a liaison to the Courts for scheduling inmate court appearances and coordinating transportation to and from the Alabama Department of Corrections, the Custody Section plays a critical role in the detention process.

Booking serves as the entry and exit point of the Detention Center, where all individuals undergo thorough searches and inventory procedures. Personal and emergency contact information is recorded, and identification checks, including fingerprinting, are conducted to ascertain the inmate's true identity and any outstanding warrants.

For those ineligible for release, further assessments are conducted, including medical and mental health evaluations, security classification, and housing unit assignment. Inmates' personal belongings are inventoried and stored, and cash is deposited into individual accounts for purchases within the detention center.

For inquiries about inmates in custody, individuals may contact 256-549-5408 or email Following the booking process, inmates are assigned to one of ten housing units, employing a direct supervision approach in minimum and medium custody units to foster positive behavior and maintain control.

The Program Section oversees a diverse range of inmate programming, including educational, therapeutic, religious, social, recreational, special needs, and community service activities. Supervised by Sgt. Carrie McClung, the Program Section collaborates with over 125 volunteers from educational, religious, and civic organizations to facilitate programs and sessions aimed at inmate rehabilitation and skill development. Sgt. Carrie McClung can be reached directly by telephone at 256-549-2194.

Inmate Locator

To utilize the Inmate Search page on InmateAid, begin by selecting the relevant prison facility in Alabama. This allows you to view the current list of inmates housed at Etowah County Detention Center.

The second section features the InmateAid Inmate Search tool, providing a user-generated database of inmates. You can access this resource to utilize any of InmateAid's services. If you require assistance in creating an inmate profile to maintain communication, please contact us at, and we'll gladly help you locate your loved one.

As a last resort, you might have to pay for that information if we do not have it. The Arrest Record Search will cost you a small amount, but their data is the freshest available and for that reason, they charge to access it.

Visitation Information

Family Visiting Instructions

Unit 1: Sunday & Monday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Tuesday & Wednesday, 2 p.m. –5 p.m.
Unit 8: Sunday & Monday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Tuesday & Wednesday, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Unit 9: Sunday & Monday, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.; Tuesday & Wednesday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Unit 10: Sunday & Monday, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.; Tuesday & Wednesday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

To ensure adequate time to process visitors through security, all visitors must arrive 45 minutes before the scheduled visit time. Visitors must present a valid verifiable government-issued identification card to enter the facility. Visits shall not exceed 30 minutes.

Ask The Inmate

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