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Madison County AL Main Detention Facility

County Jail

Last Updated: January 25, 2020
815 Wheeler Ave , Huntsville, AL 35801
Security Level
County - medium
Mailing Address
PO Box 2047, Huntsville, AL 35804
Facility Type
Satellite View of Madison County AL Main Detention Facility

Madison County AL Main Detention Facility basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 256-519-4839

This facility is for adult inmates.

The Madison County AL Main Detention Facility is a medium-security detention center located at 815 Wheeler Ave Huntsville, AL which is operated locally by the Madison 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. Madison County accepts inmates from surrounding towns, municipalities, the US Marshal's Service and the Huntsville Police Department who do not have their own long-term lock-up.

The existing Detention Facility complex, including all annexes, has a housing capacity of 921 prisoners. The Madison County Detention Facility averages approximately 900 prisoners at any given time. As of the 27th of July, 2006, for example, the inmate population was 895 prisoners, below the authorized capacity.

The City of Huntsville, as stated, has the responsibility of constructing an addition to the Madison County Detention Facility, a project that the city is currently working on, that will give the Madison County Detention Facility an authorized housing capacity of over 1,200 prisoners.


  1. Adult Basic Education (ABE) / General Educational Development (GED)
  2. Substance Abuse Program (SAP)
  3. Narcotics Anonymous Meetings
  4. Alcohol Anonymous Meetings
  5. Anger Management
  6. Transition Skills

Life Light (Juvenile Mentoring/Tutoring Program)

Programs are available based on openings, classification, and disciplinary history. These factors are taken into consideration before placement in any program. Some programs have fees associated. The program’s coordinator will interview an inmate before he or she can be placed in any program.

Jail Ministry / Church Services:

Religious services are offered by the Jail Ministry Program. Jail ministry visits are conducted:

  • Thursdays, 7:30pm - 9pm
  • Saturdays, 1pm - 3pm
  • Sundays, 1pm - 3pm

A jail minister may not minister to any specific inmate. If an inmate wishes for their minister, religious leader, clergy, pastor, etc. to conduct ministry and they are not on the jail ministry’s list, that inmate must add that individual to their visitation list as a visitor and the visitation falls under standard Inmate Visitation. Baptisms are offered via jail ministry.

Inmate Mail and Mail Regulations

To send mail to an inmate:

Inmate Name and MNI#(MCSO##MNI######)

P.O.Box 2047

Huntsville, Alabama 35804

ALL incoming and outgoing inmate mail is subject to search. All incoming and outgoing mail must be properly addressed. Inmate's name, Madison County Jail MNI number, and address are all REQUIRED on all mail or it will be returned to sender. A valid return address is required on all incoming mail, if no return address is provided the incoming mail will be disposed of properly.

Reading Materials:

Inmates are allowed to keep the following reading materials in their possession at one time. They will not be allowed to have excess reading materials in their cell.

3 - Books

3 - Magazines

5 days - newspapers

1 - Bible or Koran

5 days – other news print material allowed by jail.

Reading materials must be received directly from a publisher or bookstore. Books, magazines, or newspapers received from any other source will not be delivered. If an inmate has more reading material than what is allowed, it will be considered contraband and be disposed of properly

The Following Items are not allowed to be received via the Mail:

  1. Stickers and/labels are strictly prohibited from all incoming and outgoing mail.
  2. Excluding the addresses on the front of the envelope, no other writings, doodling, or drawings are allowed on incoming and outgoing mail envelopes.
  3. Holiday/Greeting/Birthday cards are accepted if the card does not contain any music/vocalizations or contain any device that utilizes any type of power source. Cards can not contain metal (including glitter), plastic, rope, or other hard material. Cards are not to be folded in any way that could hide contraband, or be larger than 9 X 12 inches.
  4. Any items available on the store, (pens, paper, stamps, etc.) will not be accepted through the mail.
  5. Pictures must be no larger than 4x6; mounted, framed, or Polaroid pictures are not allowed. No photographs exhibiting lewd, sexual, criminal behavior or gang related behavior or writings. Photographs displaying genitals or exposed breasts are not authorized. No photos of inmates in jail or prison. No photos of large sums of money or any other activity that may appear to be illegal. Photos of children must be fully clothed.
  6. Reproductions of information protected by copyright law are forbidden.
  7. Incoming correspondence incorrectly labeled or sent without benefit of a return address.
  8. Any type of currency, checks, drafts, money orders, phone cards, or any forms of barter are not authorized.
  9. No social security cards, driver's licenses, birth certificates, or any other forms of identification are authorized and are subject to destruction if mailed to an inmate.
  10. Books may be sent by a main stream publisher or bookstores only (i.e. Amazon, Books- a- Million, Barnes and Noble).These books must be in new condition. Inmates will be limited to three (3) books in their possession at any given time. All books must be soft back book—no hard cover publications are allowed.
  11. No personal package of any type will be accepted.
  12. The ONLY certified, priority, or express mail that will be accepted will be from an attorney or courts.
  13. Anything that depicts or describes procedures for the construction of weapons, ammunition, bombs, chemical agents, or incendiary devices.
  14. Any mail that contains materials that threaten physical harm, blackmail, or extortion.
  15. Any mail "stained" or "perfumed" will be returned to the sender or destroyed.
  16. Lipstick, lip gloss, crayon, marker, stickers, tape, corrective tape (white out), glitter pens, glue or paint are prohibited.
  17. Maps and laminated materials are prohibited.
  18. No bubble wrapped envelopes will be accepted.
  19. Any materials or publications from or about persons or groups who advocate the restricting of rights of others.
  20. Any materials considered to be of insightful or inflammatory natures that pose a risk to the safety and/or security of the facility.


The Madison County Detention Facility will exercise every opportunity to allow inmates to attend A funeral viewing of family members. While the need for closure is understood, certain interest of the Madison County Detention Facility may preclude inmates from attending the viewing of deceased relatives.

The following provides an outline of who is eligible and who is restricted from attending viewing services:

  1. Viewing attendance by inmate will only be for immediate family members—defined as mother, father, siblings, grandparents, and children of the inmate (natural or adopted).
  2. The viewing must be local, within Madison County, AL.
  3. The viewing will be without any family members or friends present. Should anyone be present, other than funeral home staff, the visitation will be terminated and the inmate will be returned to the facility.
  4. Viewing will last no longer than twenty (20) minutes.
  5. The inmate cannot be charged with a violent crime.
  6. The bond amount will be taken into consideration by Jail Administration.
  7. The inmate must not be charged with trafficking or manufacturing of narcotics.
  8. The inmate’s criminal history and classification will be considered by Jail Administration.
  9. Jail Administration will review documented disciplinary history making that inmate a potential risk of escape, becoming disruptive, or uncooperative with orders.
  10. If an inmate does not have history of escape or failure to return a family member must contact the Jail Supervisor at (256) 519-4802 to provide information about an inmate attending funeral viewing services. Jail Administration reserves the right to deny any of the above conditions and/or what is in the best interest of the safety and security of the inmate, staff or facility.

Jail Property / Personal Property

Inmates booked into the Madison County Detention Facility, will have all their personal effects inventoried and stored.

We will not accept property of inmates other than pocket contents and the seasonal clothing the inmate is wearing. No extra clothes, baggage, suitcases, sea bags, tents or big storage bags will be accepted. Females may have a standard size purse.

Madison County Detention Facility stores inmate property for only 30 days. Any personal property held longer than 30 days will be disposed of and/or donated to a local charity. It is the inmate’s responsibility to contact a reliable individual to obtain his/her personal property. Family members may pick up property of housed inmates seven (7) days a week, 24 hours a day by coming to the detention facility at 815 Wheeler Ave. Any person attempting to pick up property must have a valid form of photo identification.

Exceptions to disposal are as follows:

  • Wallet and contents
  • Keys
  • Cellular phone
  • Jewelry
  • Identification
  • Legal Documents
  • Purse and contents

These items will be maintained in storage (inmate’s property bag) for housed inmates until release. Relatives of inmates being released from jail may bring clothing to the lobby of the facility for the inmate to change into once the inmate is released. The individual can change clothes in the restrooms located in the lobby area.Civilian clothing for inmates going to court (jury trial only) will be accepted at the jail’s Central Control area Monday thru Friday, from 8:00am – 4:00pm. A contact person’s name and telephone number must accompany the property and once the inmate’s court case has ended, the clothing must be picked up within 10 business days from the Central Control area. Failure to pick up clothes within 10 business days will result in clothes being donated to a local charity.

State sentenced inmates who have been ordered to the Department of Corrections may take ONLY the following to Kilby Correctional:

  • Any legal mail
  • White commissary shoes
  • 10 pictures
  • 5 stamps
  • 5 envelopes

All other materials and personal effects will be placed in storage. Inmates will wear jail shower shoes during transport. All personal effects left will be picked up by family members within 14 days from departure. Items left past the 14 day deadline will be donated to local charities. State inmates returning for court will be allowed to keep their under garments, socks and hygiene items ONLY. All other items will be placed in property.

If you have any questions, please call 256-519-4800


Funds can be applied by: the kiosk in the Lobby which accepts cash, debit, & credit cards or online at www.jailatm.com. Money Orders are not accepted!

Commissary orders are processed on Tuesday at 5 am, orders are delivered on Wednesdays. Snack Pack orders are processed on Monday and Friday at 7am, orders are delivered the same day. Funds must be placed on the inmate’s account by 5 pm on Monday in order to place a Wednesday Commissary order.

Once an inmate is released they must report to the Kimble’s Commissary Office, room 120, at the Main Facility to collect any remaining funds in their commissary account. Refunds are issued Monday through Friday 4:00p to 6:00p, no refunds are issued on holidays. Identification is required.

Any order placed before an inmate’s release will be held for five (5) business days. The purchased items can be picked up Monday through Friday 4:00p to 6:00p, except holidays. If the order is not picked up it becomes property of the MCDF, purchased items cannot be transferred to another inmate. NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN.

Kimble’s offers friends and family the opportunity to order items for their incarcerated loved ones through www.jailatm.com and delivered at the next regular commissary delivery. Seasonal items and gift packs are also available for special occasions.


The Madison County Detention Facility understands that on occasion those persons committed to the facility may have a need to release funds being held in their name in a commissary fund. As such, inmates being held in the Madison County Detention Facility may submit this form to facilitate the release of held funds. This action is authorized one time and within the first 60 days of detention. Funds will be released at the Kimble’s Commissary office between the hours of 4:00 and 6:00 pm Monday through Friday excluding holidays.

The form can be found HERE.

Food Service

Summit is the food service provider. They were approved through the Madison County Commission.


The Madison County Detention Facility, its staff and contractors Southern Health Partners will not discuss an inmate’s healthcare with any family or friends due to HIPPA laws. Southern Health Partners were approved through the Madison County Commission.

Medication Drop-off

Medications, eyeglasses, contacts and other approved medical items can be dropped off or picked up from the Facility Monday – Sunday 6:00am – 6:00pm. All items must be approved by Medical personnel and/or Jail Administration; all objects are subject to search.


Plea by Information:

Inmates who wish to plead guilty or "plea by information" must contact their attorney of record. If an inmate has not yet been appointed an attorney, the inmate must wait until an attorney is appointed.

Change of Plea:

All change of pleas must be handwritten and addressed to the specific court for your case.

72 Hour Hearing:

When booked into the Madison County Detention Facility the arresting agency may be required to obtain felony warrants through the Madison County Magistrate Office. This process may take up to 48 hours. Once the warrant has been obtained, the inmate will be afforded a 72hr hearing in which they will be notified of their charges and bond. Only cases in district court will be afforded this type of hearing.

City Inmates: Huntsville/ Madison City Inmates

If arrested and charged through the City of Huntsville, you must contact the City Magistrate located in the front lobby of the jail or call (256) 427-7817 to obtain bonding information. Once booked into the jail the inmate will go to City court the next business day, if he/she does not bond out. If you bond, the magistrate will inform you of your appearance date.

City of Madison inmates must contact the City of Madison Municipal court at (256) 772-5617 Monday - Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm. Madison City court is on Tuesdays at the jail or Thursdays at the Madison City Municipal building, depending on charges.

Inmates sentenced by the Municipal Court have fourteen (14) days to file an appeal. This appeal must be in a handwritten form and mailed to the Municipal Court.

Release Dates:

The Madison County Detention Facility does not determine release dates or provide this information to the public.

Inmate Telephones

All phone calls from the Madison County Detention Facility, regardless of location, will be collect, pre-paid or credit card calls. Phone calls from the booking area are free. All calls are subject to monitoring and/or recording. Inmates will be provided PIN numbers in order to make phone calls. Phone services are provided through GTL (Global-Tel Link) and if there is a phone issue, you must contact GTL at (800) 483-8314. The Madison County Detention Facility reserves the right to block phone numbers due to misuse of the phone system (i.e. three-way calling), discussion of criminal activity, or based upon the security and safety of the facility. Any attempt to provide three way connections will result in permanent deactivation of the called number attempting to facilitate the three way connection and disciplinary action on the inmate involved.

There are three easy ways to use Offender Connect to create accounts and make deposits:

  • Online at www.offenderconnect.com
  • AdvancePay prepaid telephone account deposit (800) 483-8314
  • Deposit cash ($5, $10, $20, $50, $100 bills) into the kiosk located in the Municipal building lobby.

If you receive an unwanted phone call from an inmate you can refuse the call or block all calls from the facility from the prompts played during the recording or for assistance blocking your phone number you can speak with a GTL agent at 877-650-4249 Options 1-0-0.

Release Dates - The Madison County jail does not determine release dates or provide this information to the public.

Inmate Locator

Madison County AL Main Detention Facility publishes the names of their inmates currently in their facility in Alabama. Your search should start with this locator first to see if your loved one is there.

The second box is the InmateAid Inmate Search. This database of inmates is user-generated content for the purpose of accessing and utilizing any or all of the InmateAid services. If you need our assistance creating your own inmate profile to keep in touch, email us at aid@inmateaid.com and we will assist you in locating your inmate.

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.

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Visitation Information

Madison County AL Main Detention Facility - Visitation

Inmate Visitation

Inmates must be incarcerated 30 days before visitation is allowed. Madison County Detention Facility’s week begins on Monday and ends on Sunday. Visitation appointments can be made by calling (256) 519-4864 Monday - Friday from 8:00am – 11:00am and from 12:00pm – 3:00pm the week prior to the actual visit. Visitation appointments are on a first come, first serve basis. Inmates are allowed up to three different visitors per visitation day. Once a visitor is on the list and given a visitation time, no changes will be made. Substitutions on visitation day will not be permitted for any reason. Visitors must arrive 10-15 minutes prior to scheduled visitation time.

Main Facility Visitation:

Housing 1 and 2: Units A – K

These units receive visitation on Wednesday 0800 to 1430 hrs.

Tower Facility:

L-Floor Tuesdays 8:00am – 4:00pm
M-Floor Mondays 8:00am – 4:00pm
N-Floor Thursdays 8:00am – 4:00pm
P-Floor Fridays 8:00am – 4:00pm

Visitation schedule adjustment may be made to accommodate holiday scheduling or for the safety and security of the facility. In the event of inclement weather, inmate visitation will be cancelled with little or no notice. It will be the responsibility of the inmate to notify his/her visitor of any changes.

Each inmate must have an approved "INMATE VISITATION" card listing the expected visitors. Names not appearing on the inmate visitation card will not be allowed to schedule a visit. Inmates must list the full name, complete address, phone number, and relationship of each visitor. Prospective visitors should not be on probation, parole, or have been in our facility within the past year, unless incarceration was due to traffic violations or if the charges were dismissed (documentation will be required). Failure to fill out the visitation card correctly will result in the inmate not receiving visitors. A maximum of eight (8) names are allowed on an inmate's visitation card. NO substitutions will be allowed. Once an individual has been removed from a visitation card, they are not eligible to be placed back on the card for a period of one (1) year.

Valid state or government issued identification is required to enter the visitation area in order to have a visit. Persons under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol will not be permitted. Visitors who miss three (3) scheduled inmate visitation appointments may be suspended from visitation privileges for up to thirty (30) days. Inmates are responsible for informing their visitors of visitation regulations. The Madison County Detention Facility reserves the right to restrict any person from entering the jail.

Visitors who act in an inappropriate manner may be permanently suspended from all visitations. No person under the age of 18 years old may visit without being accompanied by a legal guardian. No visitor under the age of 12 years will be permitted to visit at any time. The Madison County Detention Facility reserves the right to terminate, suspend, or cancel visitation for the safety and security of the facility at any time without notice.

Attorney Visits

Attorneys are authorized to enter the Madison County Detention Facility to visit their clients. Attorney visits may be face to face or conducted via video visitation. Any other accommodations may be made with authorization of Jail administration. Attorneys may only visit current clients and with business pertaining to the current incarceration.

Attorneys must show a valid government issued identification card and a valid Bar Card showing their ASB number prior to entering the Jail. Attorneys will not be granted access if their Bar Card is not up-to-date.

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Facility Type

Madison County AL Main Detention Facility is run by the county sheriff’s department and the prison is run by the state department of corrections. Jail is for inmates who are awaiting time or who have been sentenced to less than a year. Prison is only available for people who have been sentenced to more than a year on any one charge.

Neither prison nor jail is nice but they differ in their levels of security, the programs they have and the quality of the environment. Additionally, an inmate cannot ask for a motion to reconsider once they have been transferred to the custody of the department of corrections.

The Sheriff’s department calculates what percentage of your jail time that you actually have to serve. The law requires that the sheriff’s department make people serve a minimum of 50% of their sentence if they are convicted of a misdemeanor.

The jail will accept inmates from the US Marshal and ICE where space is necessary. In comparison, state prison is for inmates serving lengthier sentences on crimes that are more severe in nature.

The Madison Sheriff’s Department calculates what percentage of a felony jail sentence a person will serve. The law requires that an inmate serve at least 85% of their felony jail sentence for non-mandatory time and 100% of their mandatory time.

Madison County AL Main Detention Facility also offers and manages alternatives to jail such as work release programs, work furlough, house arrest, and private county jails where the person convicted can serve their sentences on weekends. Because overcrowding is a problem in both county jail and state prison, both systems operate a good behavior program. Those who are on good behavior can have their sentences reduced or cut.

If you are not serving a mandatory minimum sentence and you do not get into trouble while in jail the sheriff’s department will typically give automatic good behavior time. When you first receive your release date from the jail, within a few days of being incarcerated, the good time deduction will have already been included in most cases. For non-mandatory misdemeanor good time off is 50% and for felonies is typically about 10-15%.

Custody/Security Level

The Madison County AL Main Detention Facility is located in Alabama and takes in new arrests and detainees are who are delivered daily - call 256-519-4839 for the current roster. Law enforcement and police book offenders from Madison 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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How To Send Things

There are strict procedures for everything related to "sending things to an inmate" in a County - medium facility. This includes sending money for commissary packages, sending mail like letters with photos, magazine subscriptions, buying phone time, postcards and greeting cards, and even distance learning courses (get your degree, you've got a lot of extra time). You also need to know about visitation, what are the hours and rules.

All of the information you could ever need to know is below, patiently scroll the page and get as much information about Madison County AL Main Detention Facility that you'd ever want to know. If there is anything that you were looking for, but don't see, please email us at aid@inmateaid.com.

How To Send Money:

How to Send an Inmate Money in Alabama

Here are some general guidelines for sending money to an inmate's trust account; but not specific to a particular facility, institution or jail. Inmates need money to access several privileges like weekly shopping at the commissary, making phone calls, using the email service where offered, using the electronic tablets where offered and paying their co-pay when needing the medical or dental services. Some county jails require a per-night fee for the jail’s expenses.

What is a Commissary?

A commissary is a store within the jail. Commissary day is usually held once a week and can only be used if the inmate has funds in their commissary account, like a bank account within the institution. If the inmate has a job, their paycheck is deposited into this account, too.

The Commissary sells various products that the inmates may purchase if they have money on their books. Items sold are clothing, shoes, snacks and food, as well as hygienic products like soap, shampoo, and shavers. The commissary also sells products like books, magazines, televisions, radios, playing cards, headphones, MP3 players, electronic tablets, songs and educational programming. They also sell paper, envelopes, and stamps allowing the inmate to write their loved ones, friends and family. Facilities will provide stamps and paper to inmates who are indigent – eligible where no money has been in their commissary account for at least 30 days.

How you send money to an inmate?

Sending money to an inmate varies from state to state, depending if it is county, state or federal, their ways of accepting money for inmates’ changes by the money transfer company they’ve contracted with. Federal Prisons and some state-level prisons have centralized banking systems which means that you do not need to know where they are specifically, just that they are in the state systems of for instance the California, Texas, Florida DOC or the FBOP to name a few.

How do I send money using MoneyGram?

Some facilities will allow you to deposit cash through the lobby window stand-alone kiosk in the lobby or visitation room. Most facilities will also accept a postal money order mailed to the institution’s inmate mailing address made payable to the full inmate’s name.

Electronic banking allows friends and family members to send the funds online, and correctional departments are starting to favor this method because it is less work for staff and more accurate/easier to keep track of, as well as being more convenient.

Regardless of the method of sending funds, there are several key things you will need to know:
• Inmate’s full committed name
• Inmate’s ID number
• Inmate’s location – or a system like the federal BOP

Before sending any funds you should find out what online transfer companies the institution your inmate is incarcerated in uses. You can find this information on our site by navigating to the facilities page click on the Money Transfer button under the address and phone number.

Pay close attention to the rules of the facility. Sometimes they will require money senders are on the inmate's visitation list. Some correctional facilities have a deposit limit, like $200-300 at a time, but in federal, there is no limit.

MoneyGram, JPay, OffenderConnect, AccessCorrections, JailATM, WU, Touchpayonline, tigercommissary, smartdeposit are some of the money transfer firms being used by various facilities. MoneyGram is by far the oldest and most trusted.

Who else can access the money you send?

An inmate with fines or restitution will be subject to commissary/trust account garnishment. If the inmate has these financial obligations, they will be extracted from the inmate’s bank account. It may be a percentage or the entire amount depending on the situation. We recommend inmates who are going into their bid contact the counselor and make an arrangement beforehand. If you go in knowing they are taking 20-25% of all deposits is better than have them take it all and you find out in the commissary line when the account is zero.

Why is my inmate asking for more than I normally send?

This is generally a signal that the inmate is doing something they shouldn’t and need money to get them out of or through a situation. It could be gambling, it could be extortion it could be other things you don’t need to know on this forum (for now). Set boundaries with your inmate. Tell them that “this is the amount I can send each month” and that is it. There are no extras beyond the boundary. Also, NEVER send money to the account of another inmate on your inmate’s instruction. This is a sign that something is not right. If the corrections people discover this, and they do more times than not, it will result in some severe disciplinary action to the inmate, and certainly the loss of all privileges.

Who can I call if I suspect something?

We recommend speaking with the counselor or case manager of the facility and use a generic reference in the event that your suspicions are wrong. You needn’t put them in a more difficult position if they are.

Inmate Care Packages:

How to Buy Inmate Commissary Care Packages Online

Show your loved one how much you care – order a package today! The facilities usually have a weekly limit of about $100 per inmate, plus processing and tax. The orders do NOT count towards the inmates weekly commissary allowances Deposits can be made online for inmates 24/7 using a credit/debit card

There are also a few services that allow you how to order inmate commissary online. These trusted providers are approved and share revenue with the prisons from the sales to the inmates.

Here is a list of other similar programs prison commissary: Keefe Group, Access Securpak, iCareGifts, Union Supply Direct, Walkenhorst's, CareACell

Inmate Commissary:

What is Inmate Commissary?

Prison commissary (also sometimes referred to as inmate canteen) is a store for inmates housed within a correctional facility. While the very most basics may be provided for by a given correctional department, there are also other important goods/services that Florida prisoners and inmates must buy. For instance, supplies such as supplementary food, female hygiene products, books, writing utensils and a plethora of other things are examples of things that can be purchased as part of an inmate commissary packages for goods.

What is an Inmate trust account?

When you add money to an inmate account, the prison funds are stored on an inmate trust fund. This prison account basically acts as a personal bank account of an inmate. They will use this account to make Inmate Calls, pay for postage to Send Photos from Inmates, send emails from inmates, purchase Items from Commissary, receive wages from jobs, and more.

How To Send Mail:

This is how to send your inmate at Madison County AL Main Detention Facility letters, photos, postcards, greeting cards and magazines

Incoming and outgoing inmate mail is subject to inspection for the presence of contraband that might threaten the safety, security or well-being of the jail/facility, its staff, and residents. Inmates may receive only metered, unstamped, plain white postcards no larger than 4" x 6" as mail. Writing must be in pencil or blue or black ink. Any other mail will be returned to the sender. If no return address is available, unauthorized mail will be stored in the inmate's locker until the inmate's release.

Inmate mail cannot contain any of the following: Create an immediate threat to jail order by describing the manufacture of weapons, bombs, incendiary devices, or tools for escape that realistically are a danger to jail security; Advocate violence, racial supremacy or ethnic purity; No current inmate-to-inmate mail will be allowed and will be destroyed.

The easiest workaround is to look over the mailing services of InmateAid. We have an automated system for sending your loved one that special message or picture. We send thousands of pieces of mail per month with NO issues with the prisons or jails. The envelopes display the InmateAid logo, the mail room knows for certain that the contents will not be compromising. This trust was established in 2012.

How To Send Greeting Cards and Postcards:

Greeting cards are great for the holidays and birthdays. The ones from the store often have more than just the message because the policies surrounding appropriate content (no nudity or sexually suggestive material no matter how funny), and they cannot have glitter, stickers or anything else that makes the card different from a normal plain old card. Instead of going to the Hallmark store in the mall and looking around for hours - go to our easy to search Greeting Cards service.

It takes literally 45 seconds and it's very affordable for what you're getting (and what they are getting, too!). Select from 100s of birthday, anniversary and every holiday you can think of, and VERY easy to send from your phone on InmateAid:

Don't forget Christmas, Thanksgiving, Mother's Day, Father's Day, New Year's, Ramadan, Hanukkah, Passover, Easter, Kwanzaa or Valentine's Day!

In less than a minute and only $0.99, this act of kindness will be worth a million to your inmate. If you have a picture or two and don't want to write a long letter. Type out a little love in the message box and send your latest selfie... only 99 cents!

Don't wait until the moment has passed, it's easy and convenient to let them know you're thinking of them at every moment.

How To Send magazines and Books:

Send magazines to Madison County AL Main Detention Facility at 815 Wheeler Ave , Huntsville, AL

Send the best magazines and books to your Inmate in jail or prison, it's the gift that keeps on giving all year round, There is nothing more exciting to an inmate (besides their release date) than getting their favorite magazine every month at mail call.

Magazines and books must come directly from the publisher. You are not allowed to send single magazines in an envelope. They need to come directly from the publisher with your inmate's name affixed to the address label. Magazine subscriptions are easy to set up, it takes literally 2 minutes.

You know when you go into the grocery and browse the new magazines on display? You see hundreds. Inside they place a little card that if you fill it out and send it in with your inmate's name, ID number and facility address - you drop it in the mail and in 8-12 weeks your inmate gets an issue every month for a whole year. Thankfully, there is an easier way, just CLICK here and browse yourself. Select a title or two and add your inmate's name to the order. It's fast, it's reliable and it's at a discounted rate for your convenience.

How To Save Money on Inmate Calls

The prison phone companies have a monopoly at the facility they have a contract with. Profits are shared so there is no incentive for their representatives to show you how to save money. They post their rates and in almost every case, there are at least two pricing tiers. Depending on where you are and where your inmate is, the type of phone number you use will make all the difference.

In federal prison, the answer is simply that a new local number will change your inmate's call rate from $.21 per minute to only $.06 per minute. Fed gives you only 300 minutes per month, the local line service is only $8.95, no hidden fees or bundling of other unwanted service charges

For the other facilities that are not federal, it used to be that a local number was the answer. Now, its market intelligence and InmateAid has made it their business to know what the best deal is in every scenario. And we can tell you that in 30% of the cases, we cannot save you a penny - and neither can anyone else. But we will give you a refund if we can't save you money.

For more specific information on inmate calls, you will want to navigate to the facility your inmate is incarcerated in through our site by going to Prison Directory and following the links to the Discount Telephone Service - get an honest estimate before you buy.

Ask The Inmate

Ask a former inmate questions at no charge. The inmate answering has spent considerable time in the federal prison system, state and county jails, and in a prison that was run by the private prison entity CCA. Ask your question or browse previous questions in response to comments or further questions of members of the InmateAid community.

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