Lauderdale County AL Jail

Custody/Security Info

The Lauderdale County AL Jail is located in Alabama and takes in new arrests and detainees are who are delivered daily - call 256-760-5771 for the current roster. Law enforcement and police book offenders from Lauderdale County and nearby cities and towns. Some offenders may stay less than one day or only for a few days until they are released in a court proceeding, some after putting up a bond and then are released to a pretrial services caseload under supervision by the court, or are released on their own recognizance with an agreement to appear in court.

The jail is divided into "pods," each of which includes individual cells, common areas, and an outside recreation court — a space bound by towering concrete walls. All meals, are approved by a dietitian. Common area tables are made of solid steel with attached four seats. Inmates crowd around the tables playing cards or board games like chess and checkers. Inside the cells, there is only a sliver of a window allows inmates to peer out. There are two to three inmates per cell, The jail is crowded at about 90 percent capacity and this population varies day-to-day sometimes over-crowded. There are a number of people who arrive at the jail actively or recently drunk or high, or arrive with injuries from fights/assaults that led to their arrest, and/or are mentally ill with no other place for law enforcement to deliver them. This makes the intake process challenging for the jail’s staff and its medical personnel.

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Facility Type

The County Jail, operated by the Sheriff's Office of Lauderdale County, serves as a detention facility for individuals awaiting trial or processing. Typically, inmates housed here stay for less than one year, resulting in fewer amenities compared to larger jails or prisons. However, inmates do have access to limited recreation, a library, telephones, bathroom facilities, and three meals a day. The jail utilizes an inmate search feature for locating detainees.

Many detainees are brought to jail daily, with a significant number arriving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, suffering from injuries related to their arrest, or dealing with mental illness. Some may remain in the facility for less than a day or only a few days until their release in a court proceeding, provided they meet financial requirements. These offenders may be released to a pretrial services caseload, supervised by the probation office, or on their recognizance, which is an agreement to attend all court appearances.

Individuals who do not post bail within the first twenty-four hours are required to appear before a judge. During this first appearance, conducted either in person or via telephone, the judge informs the arrested person of the charges against them and sets the bond amount.

Following the intake process, which includes property inventory, medical screening, and booking, inmates are assigned to the general population. Housing assignments are based on the classification of their charges, whether felony or misdemeanor, to ensure proper management and safety within the facility.

The jail is designed with "pods," featuring a large common area with affixed tables and attached seats, and individual cells typically on two levels. Inmates spend certain times in their cells and other times congregating in the pod for activities like playing cards, games, reading, or watching television. Movement outside the pod, such as trips to the commissary, library, or recreation area, occurs under the constant supervision of unarmed correctional officers.