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Morgan County AL Jail

County Jail

Last Updated: March 04, 2020
119 Lee St NE, Decatur, AL 35601
Security Level
County - medium
Facility Type
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Morgan County AL Jail basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 256-351-4800

This facility is for adult inmates.

The Morgan County AL Jail is a medium-security detention center located at 119 Lee St NE Decatur, AL which is operated locally by the Morgan 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. Morgan County accepts inmates from surrounding towns, municipalities, the US Marshal's Service and the Decatur Police Department who do not have their own long-term lock-up.

When Inmates are booked into the Morgan County Jail, the Cash that they have on them is placed into an account at the Sheriff’s Office that allows them to purchase items from the jail commissary. Friends and Family members may place money in the kiosk in the MCSO Lobby.

The following procedures have been set in place concerning facility mail:

All written incoming inmate mail must be on a Postcard, no larger than 5” x 7”

All mail (excluding legal mail) will be searched at an undisclosed location before being passed out to the inmates.

Legal mail includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Any mail from private attorneys or legal representatives
  • Any mail from government attorneys
  • Any mail from the judge or his court
  • Any mail from embassies and consulates
  • Any mail from the president or vice president of the United States
  • Any mail from any member of Congress
  • Any mail from the department of justice (including INS and the office of the inspector general )
  • Any mail from the U.S. public health services
  • Any mail from the administrators of grievance systems

Correspondences will only be treated as legal mail if the title and the office of the sender are plainly identified on the envelope, clearly indicating that the correspondence is special. At no time will any detention officer read or copy any legal mail for any reason. The inspection of legal mail shall be limited to the purpose of detecting physical contraband and confirming that any enclosures qualify as legal mail.

All mail that has been cleared to go to the inmate will be passed out in a reasonable amount of time.

Incoming general correspondences and other mail may be rejected by the officer in charge to protect the security, good order, or discipline of the institution, to protect the public, or to deter criminal activity.

Postcards that may be rejected include, but not limited to, items with the following contents:

1. Any postcard that does not meet the required size, defined in the procedure section of this policy.

2. Materials that depicts, describes or encourages activities that could lead to physical violence or group disruption including to materials dealing with subjects of self-defense or survival, disorder, weaponry, armaments, explosives, or incendiary devices.

3. Information regarding escape plots plans to commit illegal activities or to violate Morgan County Detention Facility rules of facility guidelines.

4. Information regarding the production of drugs or alcohol.

5. Sexually explicit materials.

6. Threats, extortion, obscenity, or gratuitous profanity.

7. Anything of monetary value.

8. Any items attached to the postcards such as, but not limited to: extra stamps, stickers, pictures, additional postcards.

9. Items that are sprayed with cologne, perfume, or any type of liquid substance.

10. Violates legal or postal regulations.

11. Any messages are written in code or contains coded messages.

12. Correspondence containing contraband

13. Gang-affiliated materials.

14. Mail from other inmates, from inside M.C.D.F or other Correctional Facilities.

Rejected Correspondence will be sealed, and returned to sender. The sender will be notified why correspondence was rejected. Inmates will be notified Correspondence was received but rejected due to a violation.

Exceptions to individual letters may be allowed, this will require written approval by the Jail Administrator. A one-time envelope, with no other correspondence, may be allowed. This envelope may contain up to Five (5) photos. They must be no larger than 4” x 6” in size. Send pictures now.

Photos may be rejected due to incorrect size, sexually explicit content, if it depicts, describes, or encourages activities that could lead to physical violence or group disruption including to materials dealing with subjects of self-defense or survival, disorder, weaponry, armaments, explosives, or incendiary devices. Information regarding escape plots, coded messages or gang affiliated content. May also be rejected if sprayed with any liquid substance.

Common Publications that are mailed into the facility may be placed in the Jail library.

What can I bring to an Inmate?

Within the first 10 days of an Inmates incarceration, an Inmate may be brought the following items:

  • 2 pair of white socks
  • 2 pair of briefs or panties (or 1 underwear and 1 thermal top)
  • 2 white t-shirts (or 1 t-shirt and 1 thermal top)
  • 2 sports bras (no wire or clasps)
  • 1 white towel
  • 1 white washcloth
  • 1 softcover bible


Inmate Locator

Morgan County AL Jail 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

Morgan County Jail - Visitation

Inmate Visitation Hours

  • MONDAY - FRIDAY 8:00am - 10:45am : 12:00pm - 3:45pm
  • SATURDAY 8:00am - 10:45am : 12:00pm - 2:15pm
  • SUNDAY 9:00am - 10:45am : 12:00pm - 3:45pm




Visitation Rules

· Visitation days and times are to be determined by the Warden or Jail Administrator and will be posted. The Warden or Jail Administrator may authorize special or extended visits that would occur outside normal visiting hours.

· Visitors must present a current, and valid state issued ID.

· Exchange of visitors is prohibited during the course of the visitation.

· Visits will be on a first come, first serve basis. It will be the inmate’s responsibility to contact his family to come visit.

· If there is not a public visitation booth open, a visitor may be instructed to wait or come back later. The same instructions will be given if the visitation booth in the desired housing unit is already occupied. A visit will not be allowed to begin any later than 15 minutes before the close of visitation hours.

· Maximum amount of visitors is: 1 Adult and 2 Children -or- 2 Adults

· Visitors will not leave children under the age of thirteen unattended in the Lobby during visits and will supervise their children at all times.

· Visitors must remain seated at visitation monitor. Exposing of body parts during the video visitation is strictly prohibited. Any visitor in violation of this rule will lose visitation rights for one month or more as determined by jail staff.

· All Visitors’ clothing shall be clean and within the bounds of common decency. Shirt and shoes must be worn at all times.

· Prohibited apparel includes, but is not limited to: tank tops, tube tops, halter tops, swim suits, see-through, or any other form of immodest or revealing clothing. Visitors dressed inappropriately, as determined by detention staff, shall not be allowed to visit.

· All visitors and their belongings are subject to search upon entering the facility. Weapons, ammunition, illegal drugs, and smoking are not allowed in the Lobby or Video Visitation room.

· After visitation is complete, Visitors must leave the facility. Loitering is not allowed within the facility or on facility grounds.

· Family and friend visits are normally not allowed until the inmate is housed in a pod.

· Inmates must be in complete uniform and are to remain properly dressed during the visit.

· Only one inmate at the visitation screen during a visit. No inmate will disturb another inmate while visiting.

· Any damage to, or destruction of the video visitation screen will result in termination of family and friend visitation. Criminal charges will be filed for destruction of county property.

· Visitation will be denied or terminated at anytime it is deemed necessary to maintain security, order, or discipline of our facility

· Persons identified as having been incarcerated in the Morgan County Detention Facility with in the last ninety days shall not be allowed to visit.

· Persons identified as having active warrants shall be reported immediately to sworn personnel for possible action.

· Food and Drinks are prohibited from inside the visitation room.

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Facility Type

Morgan County AL Jail 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 Morgan 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.

Morgan County AL Jail 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 Morgan County AL Jail is located in Alabama and takes in new arrests and detainees are who are delivered daily - call 256-351-4800 for the current roster. Law enforcement and police book offenders from Morgan 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 Morgan County AL Jail 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 Morgan County AL Jail 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 Morgan County AL Jail at 119 Lee St NE, Decatur, 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

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