Tuscaloosa County Jail

County Jail

Last Updated: July 03, 2019
Address
1600 26th Ave, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
Beds
547
County
Tuscaloosa
Security Level
County - medium
Phone
205-349-4511
Phone Carrier
Fax
205-349-4514
Email
ajackson@tuscco.com
Facility Type
Adult
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Tuscaloosa County 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: 205-349-4511

This facility is for adult inmates.

The Tuscaloosa County Jail is a medium-security detention center located at 1600 26th Ave Tuscaloosa, AL that is operated locally by the Tuscaloosa Sheriff's Office and holds inmates awaiting trial or sentencing or both. Most of the sentenced inmates are here for less than two years. Tuscaloosa County accepts inmates from surrounding towns, municipalities, the US Marshal's Service and the Tuscaloosa Police Department who do not have their own long-term lock-up.

The Tuscaloosa County Jail moved into its new location at 1600 26th Avenue, in Tuscaloosa. This facility houses all inmates both minimum and maximum security for the misdemeanor as well as felony arrest issued by the courts. Overseeing this operation is Chief of Operations Eric Bailey and Assistant Jail Administrator Lt. Scott Taylor.

The technology, kitchen, medical and dental as the living quarters are among the most modern in the state. This facility was constructed at a cost of $8.2 million including renovations to the old Metro facility which is now a part of the Tuscaloosa County Jail. The Tuscaloosa County Jail now has Video Visitation which allows the inmate to visit via video from within their cell. This cuts down on movements in the jail thus providing a safer enviroment for the staff. Funds for commissary can be added to an inmates account via a kiosk located in the lobby of the Tuscaloosa Co. Jail.

The jail handles prisoners for all jurisdictions in Tuscaloosa County. Included in the jail is a Drug Court and an Identification and Extradition unit.

Inmate Handbook

Tuscaloosa County Jail

Inmates are provided a copy of the Tuscaloosa County Jail Inmate Handbook before being escorted to their assigned housing unit. Upon release, inmates are required to return the Handbook to the Officer processing their release from the Tuscaloosa County Jail. Any inmate that does not return their handbook, which was issued to them, is subject to a monetary fine.

The rules and regulations contained herein revoke and supersede the rules and regulations of all previous handbooks and are in effect until superseded by subsequent additions, deletions, or corrections.

This handbook does not contain all rules and regulations that govern the inmate population but does contain guidelines for the conduct and general expectations of the incarcerated in the Tuscaloosa County Jail. Because a rule or regulation does not appear in this handbook does not mean that it does not exist and that it doesn’t apply to the incarcerated population.

Those rules and regulations contained herein and elsewhere such as employee’s PPD and memo’s are applicable to all inmates incarcerated in the Tuscaloosa County Jail regardless of classification status or category. Violation of these rules and regulations by any inmate may result in disciplinary action and or criminal prosecution.

Written policy, procedure, and practice prohibit discrimination based on an inmate’s race, religion, national origin, sex, disability, or political views in making administrative decisions and in providing access to programs.

Any questions concerning the contents herein should be directed in writing to the Chief Jail Administrator or the Sheriff of Tuscaloosa County.

INMATE INTAKE PROCEDURE

Inmate Funds

Upon committal to the Tuscaloosa County jail, you will be required to surrender any and all forms of money in your possession. Upon surrendering all monies it will totaled, logged, and a receipt issued to you. During your incarceration, you may use this money to purchase items from the commissary, or release it to an outside source. After your release from the Tuscaloosa County Jail, you may return and pick up your funds or remaining funds from the commissary clerk on the scheduled days and times which are:

Monday thru Friday 8 a.m. 4 p.m.

Inmate Property

Upon entering the Tuscaloosa County Jail you were patted down. This was to ensure that you will not introduce contraband into the facility. Before you will be booked all property that you have will be surrendered to the on-duty booking rover to be inventoried. During this process you will be issued a “tote” with a number. Your property will be safely stored until your release from this facility. After the completion of the inventory sheet and your signature stating that all property has been surrendered and properly logged, you will begin the booking procedure. Depending on the situation this process can take up to an hour. If you are unable to post bail, you are encouraged to release your property to a relative or friend. Unless you are sentenced to state time your clothing will be the only items not released.

Health Care

During the booking process you were asked several questions regarding your health. It is very important that you answered these questions truthfully and to the best of your knowledge. Within the next seventy-two hours of your entry into the General Population of the jail, a medical staff member will perform an initial medical screening. Answering truthfully and correctly is vital for your health needs and those already incarcerated in the Tuscaloosa County Jail. (SEE ALSO INMATE SERVICES AND PROGRAMS)

Housing Unit Assignment

After the booking process and depending on your ability to post bond, you will be assigned to a housing unit based on your charges and other circumstances. Before being admitted to that housing unit, you will be required to shower with soap provided to you to prevent the spread of body lice or other pests. Any changes in your housing assignment must be approved by a supervisor or the Inmate Welfare Officer. You may also request a housing assignment re-evaluation by submitting an Inmate Request Form stating your reasons to the Inmate Welfare Officer.

Unauthorized changes of cell or bed location, is prohibited. All new admitted inmates will be placed in a 14 day medical review dorm.

Special Needs Inmates

Those with special needs will be assigned housing in an adequate dorm.

County Issued Items

Upon your committal and before being escorted to your assigned housing unit, the following items will be issued to you.

  • 1 uniform shirt
  • 1 uniform pants
  • One mattress
  • One blanket
  • Two sheets (one fitted and one sheet)
  • One pillow
  • One pillowcase
  • One Towel
  • One Face towel
  • One toothbrush
  • One tube of toothpaste
  • One bar of soap
  • One roll of toilet paper
  • One cup
  • One inmate handbook
  • One property bag

You will be held accountable for all county issued clothing, linens, and other items provided by the facility. You are not to exceed the number of county issued, or permitted items in your cell at any given time. If you damage county property and or county issued items you will be subject to criminal charges and responsible for any costs and repairs to replace or fix damaged items.

Permitted Items

Personal clothing can be purchased from the commissary. You are allowed up to three of any clothing item listed. Other permitted items are:

  • Contact lenses
  • Prescription eyeglasses (approved by medical staff)
  • One (1) Religious Text such as Holy Bible, Quran, Torah etc.
  • Three (3) Photos
  • Legal documents pertaining to your case

If incoming mail includes items you have already met your limit on you may return them to sender or have them placed in your personal property or surrender them to staff for disposal. Any items found in excess of allowed limits will be confiscated. You may have approved white underclothing brought to you within the first 72 hours of your incarceration seven days a week between the hours of 8 am and 4pm

Contraband

Any item not approved for entry into housing units, listed on the inmate commissary order form, or not issued by the facility are considered contraband. This includes articles of clothing such as undergarments, foot ware, tobacco products, etc..

INMATE COMMUNICATIONS

Inmate Request Forms

To ensure quick and effective communications with the facility staff, an inmate request form is available to you. Inmate request forms are kept on each individual post and can be obtained from asking the on-duty officer assigned to your post. All inmates request forms should be submitted to the post officer. Forms submitted that are non-legible and unsigned will be discarded.

Inmate Medical Forms

Inmate medical request forms can be obtained by medical staff and or post officers. To obtain medical assistance a medical request form must be filled out completely and returned to the on-duty roving officer assigned to your post. However you will be required to pay a co-payment charge

  • $25 for each visit
  • $20 for each prescription if continuous on a monthly basis then it is $20 for all prescriptions together.

Any request for non-prescribed medication must also be submitted on a medical request form (NO EXCEPTIONS). There is a fee for non-prescribed medications. Prices may differ on other items. Be sure to consult medical staff.

Inmate Grievance Forms

If you have a grievance you must submit an inmate grievance form obtained from the on-duty officer assigned to your post. It is your responsibility to file a grievance if you have been subjected to:

  • A criminal act by another inmate
  • A prohibited act by a staff member
  • Abuse
  • Harassment
  • Abridgement of civil rights
  • Denial of privileges without just cause

All grievance forms must be addressed to a shift supervisor or to the Inmate Welfare Officer and should include the date, time, names of all persons involved, and all pertinent details of the incident including the names of any witnesses. All grievances are promptly and thoroughly investigated, appropriate corrective action taken and a follow up report will be issued to you.

Should you file a grievance that is later determined to be fabricated you will be subject to disciplinary action. Should you file a grievance and it is not found in your favor, you have the option of an appeal to the Chief Jail Administrator or his designee.

Inmate Correspondence

During your incarceration you have access to the U.S. Postal Service, and may correspond with persons and organizations subject only to the limitations necessary to maintain order and security however, all incoming and outgoing mail is checked by staff for content, cash, money orders, and any unauthorized items considered to be contraband before being delivered to the appropriate person.

Prohibited items received through the mail are returned to the sender at the sender’s expense, or discarded. Any items that violated federal, state, local statutes, or poses any threat to the safety security or orderly running of the facility are prohibited and subject to criminal prosecution.

You have the right to correspond with counsel and courts without having correspondence read, but keep in mind that all mail is checked for contraband. Any Correspondence from inmates of the Tuscaloosa County Jail with inmates of other facilities must be approved by the Chief Jail Administrator.

Outgoing mail must have your full name that was used during booking, and the return address of:

Your Name, Cell

1600 26th Avenue

Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35401

All out-going mail is stamped “Inmate Tuscaloosa County Jail”. Incoming mail must have your full name that was used during the time of booking, and your housing location.

INMATE PRIVLIDGES AND SERVICES

(A PRIVLIDGE IS NOT A RIGHT)

Telephones

During your stay, you have access to telephones which are located in each housing unit and are made available daily excluding meal times and lockdown status. To place a telephone call from this facility you will be required to use a special PIN number given to you during the booking process. This number is the same as your commissary number. All calls are outgoing and collect calls. There will be a toll charge billed to the party accepting the call. All calls are subject to monitoring and recording.

You should be respectful of others by keeping calls to fifteen minutes and staying an arms length away from anyone using the telephone. Staff members will not transfer calls and will not take messages. If you damage the telephones in any manner you will be subject to disciplinary action and or criminal prosecution.

Three way calls and inmate to inmate calls are strictly prohibited and may lead to disciplinary action such as having your telephone privileges suspended and or telephone numbers blocked.

Television

Televisions are provided in each housing unit. Televisions may be removed or turned off for disciplinary reasons. If you damage or destroy a television you will be held responsible for the cost of it and the replacement and will be subject to disciplinary action and or prosecution.

Visitation

During your incarceration you are given the opportunity to receive one visit per week lasting a total of 45 minutes with a maximum of two adults (age 16 and older with a valid state I.D. with photo). Visiting days and hours will be set by the Chief Jail Administrator and are subject to be changed.

All visitors are required to make appointments by calling (205) 349-4511 seven days a week between the hours of 7am to 4pm appointments 24 hours prior to the visiting day. All visitors are required to arrive at least 15 minutes before the scheduled visit and provide a current state identification card with their photo.

Persons under the age of sixteen are not allowed to visit and all persons under the age of eighteen must be accompanied by an adult. Any persons on furlough or pass from any correctional institution, awaiting trial on a felony charge in any jurisdiction are not allowed to visit. All visitors must also be properly dressed.

Commissary

Commissary Services are made available to you once a week. Commissary order forms are passed out weekly. There is a one hundred dollar limit on purchases.. You are not allowed to make exchanges on store items after your transaction has been processed. To ensure that you received all items ordered, do not exceed the amount of money you have in your account and check your order once you receive it for its accuracy. Any adjustments needed, will be made by the commissary officer. If you are housed in any form of special housing your order will be evaluated before being processed. All items must be kept in an orderly fashion, keep this in mind when ordering. Any inmate who is found to be ordering and or receiving commissary in another inmates name will have their commissary privileges suspended and may face criminal prosecution.

The Tuscaloosa County Jail offers a KIOSK located in the Front Lobby of the Facility for Family and Friends to deposit funds on your commissary account. This KIOSK is able to take cash and credit cards. For each cash transaction there is a service fee charge. All monies taken in by this method are immediately placed on your commissary account for your use.


If you want to make a purchase from commissary the money will need to be posted to your account no later than Wednesday of that week by 8:00 am.

Canteen Service

A Canteen Service is made available to you. This service consists of a special food tray that can be purchased, using your commissary account, three times a week and served every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Items served vary and are not items served during the course of regular facility meals with the exception of a dessert.

Meals may contain pork or other non-kosher items.

INMATE SERVICES AND PROGRAMS

Meals

You will be served at least three meals a day with two of those being hot. All meals are served at regular times during 24-hour periods. You will be required, during this time, to be properly dressed in the required uniform for that day and to line up against the wall and receive your tray in an orderly fashion. Any inmate caught taking more than one tray, will be subject to disciplinary action. After completion of each meal, you will be required to return your food tray. Any person who damages food service items will be subject to disciplinary action and any fees acquired for replacement of the damaged items.

Laundry

A laundry schedule is in each housing unit. You should have your laundry ready at the times designated for your area. The laundry schedule is subject to be changed at any time. Any changes made will be posted in the housing units.

Health Care

Medical care is available twenty –four hours a day for emergencies and on a regular scheduled basis for non-emergencies.

Sick call is conducted Monday thru Saturday. You must submit a request for medical evaluation to be seen during sick call. If you fail to turn in a request, or miss sick call for any reason you must wait until the next scheduled sick call. Sick slips are distributed daily by jail staff. Sick call is conducted by a licensed nurse. To see the doctor, a nurse must refer you. If you become ill, you should notify the on-duty rover for your post in order to receive prompt medical care.

The Tuscaloosa County Jail provides certain medical services at no charge. The medical services provided are listed below:

  • Admitting physical screening
  • Admitting dental screening
  • Mental health screening
  • Medical emergencies (if determined by medical staff)

Other medical services requiring payment unless you are deemed indigent are:

  • Dentist visits
  • Sick call
  • Doctor visits
  • Prescription medication
  • Over the counter medication (Tylenol, Laxatives, etc.)

Costs for these services are:

  • $25 for each visit
  • $20 for each prescription if continuous on a monthly basis then it is $20 for all prescriptions together.

Any request for non-prescribed medication must also be submitted on a medical request form (NO EXCEPTIONS). There is a fee for non-prescribed medications. Prices may differ on other items. Be sure to consult medical staff.

Any inmate that is sent to the hospital under false pretenses will be subject to financial re-imbursement to the Tuscaloosa County Jail.

Medical-staff deliver needed medications on a daily basis. If you are receiving medications you must respond to medical staff immediately with water, to be able to take your medication, after having your name called. You must receive your own medications from the nurse. In the event that you send another inmate to your to receive your medication or do not respond to your name call, you forfeit your medication for that day. In the event that any inmate caught taking another persons medication, that inmate is subject to disciplinary action and or criminal prosecution.

Any female inmate, if required, has access to pregnancy management services which include the following: pregnancy testing, routine and high risk prenatal care, management of chemical addiction, comprehensive counseling and assistance, appropriate nutrition, postpartum follow-ups.

Hair Care Services

During your stay at the Tuscaloosa County Jail you will have the opportunity for Hair Care Services. The Barber Shop is available on a weekly basis. The cost is as follows:

Male Services

  • Basic Male: $15.00

Female Services

  • Relaxer: $20.00
  • Shampoo Style: $30.00
  • Basic Cut: $20.00
  • The Works: $50.00

The cost of these services will be subtracted from your commissary account provided you have been pre-approved.

Religious Services

Inmates have the opportunity to participate in practices of their religious faith subject to the limitations necessary to maintain order and security. Each inmate is allowed to have one (1) unaltered religious text, Holy Bible, Torah, Quran etc.. Clergy visits are scheduled on a regular basis and as time permits. Inmates who desire to see a particular community minister may contact that minister and request that he or she make arrangements with the jail. All special visits must be cleared through the Chief Jail Administrator.

Notary Services

The service of a notary public is available free of charge to inmates upon request. Only items relating to your legal case will be approved for notarization. Requests for this service must be submitted on an inmate request form that can be obtained by the on-duty post rover.

Inmate Worker Program

Inmates who are interested in becoming an Inmate Worker can obtain an application from any on-duty post rover. Inmates selected are those that are considered to be low security risks, and show a promise of good behavior and consistent work habits. All inmates are eligible for inmate worker status consideration except those in the following categories:

  1. Maximum-security inmates
  2. Inmates with major medical problems
  3. Inmates with serious mental problems
  4. Suicidal inmates
  5. Violent inmates
  6. Escape risk inmates
  7. Federal and immigration inmates
  8. Inmates with “no bond” and inmates with bonds over $50,000 (inmates in this category will be evaluated on an individual bases)
  9. Parole violators
  10. Inmates charged with crimes of violence

Before becoming an Inmate Worker, the inmate must sign a contract with guidelines that the inmate must agree to. These guidelines are as followed:

  1. I agree to abide by all rules and regulations of the Tuscaloosa County Jail, as described in my inmate handbook.
  2. I agree to conduct myself in a responsible manner to maintain a proper work attitude and to report to work on time as scheduled.
  3. I agree to perform work duties upon the request from all staff members.
  4. I will not do anything to discredit or disrespect other inmates, Inmate Workers, or staff members.
  5. I agree to do my part in cleaning the dayroom daily.
  6. I agree to maintain good health and hygiene habits and follow the health regulations pertaining to cleanliness with kitchen and facility operations.
  7. I agree to respect my free time and not to disrupt or bother my fellow inmates in regards to their sleeping study, and free time.
  8. I understand that Inmate Workers may receive additional privileges I will not abuse those privileges.
  9. I agree to accept any additional duties assigned to me by any staff member.
  10. I understand that if I am unable to perform my duties for any reason, for more than three days in a row, I may lose my Inmate Worker status, goodtime, and or be returned to general population.
  11. I understand that my work performance and my attitude toward my work is evaluated on an on going basis by the facility staff.
  12. I understand that unwillingness to complete any job assignment, disrespect to other, or insubordination to staff may be reason for my removal from the Inmate Worker program.
  13. I understand that leaving my work detail without permission will result in an escape charge.
  14. I understand that there is no outside visitation allowed for Inmate Workers and that all contact with the public is strictly prohibited.

All applicable inmates that fill out the inmate worker form must sign and understand these rules and regulations, inmates must also understand that any violation of these rules will result in loss of goodtime credits and or removal from the inmate worker program. Also all inmate workers are subject to random drug tests.

Inmate GED Program

The Tuscaloosa County Jail offers inmates the opportunity to sign up and attend GED classes. To sign up for these classes the inmate must request and inmate request form from the on-duty post rover and address it to the Special Programs Officer.

Inmate Alcoholics Anonymous Program

The Tuscaloosa County Jail offers inmates the opportunity to sign up and attend AA classes. To sign up for these classes the inmate must request an inmate request form from the on-duty post rover and address it to the special programs officer.

Inmate Anger Management Classes

The Tuscaloosa County Jail offers inmates the opportunity to sign up and attend Anger Management Classes. To sign up for these classes the inmate must request an inmate request form from the on-duty post rover and address it to the special programs officer.

Inmate Work Release Program

The Tuscaloosa County Jail offers an Inmate Work Release Program for those that are qualified. This program allows you to work your current job while being incarcerated. To apply for participation in this program you will need to obtain a Work Release Application from your Pod or Post Rover.

There will be a 25% charge taken from the gross of each paycheck if selected for this program.

DAILY ACTIVITIES

Inmate Dress Code

Inmates shall be dressed in jail issued shirt and pants at all times. Shirts are to be tucked in at all times. At no time will any inmate be allowed to wear skullcaps, dew-rags, or any other items on their head.

Inmate Movement

While exiting cells, on any given day, for any destination other than recreation areas, inmates must be fully clothed in Tuscaloosa County Jail attire. Any clothing altered by inmates, both privately owned and issued, may be confiscated. While being escorted through the facility, inmates will walk handcuffed and single file with their right shoulder to the wall at all time.

Emergency Movement

During the times of an emergency, inmates are to follow the instructions given by staff. Staff are trained to supervise the evacuation of the jail should the need arise. Failure to follow evacuation procedures and orders as given by staff can result in disciplinary action and or criminal prosecution.

Fire emergency evacuation routes are posted throughout the jail. Emergency doors are clearly labeled throughout the jail. Fire drills are to be treated as if an actual fire exists. Remember, if a fire is started by a careless or irresponsible person your life as well as others, may be endangered.

Cleaning Housing Units

Inmates share the responsibility of cleaning individual housing units. In each dorm, the inmates should come up with a working schedule for cleaning. Each morning, the dorms will be inspected by the on-duty post rover for cleanliness. The on-duty rover will determine if the dorm is clean so that the dorm will receive telephone and television privileges. There is to be nothing attached and or hanging to or from walls, doors, room fixtures, and or windows such as pictures, clothes lines, paper of any kind, etc. This will be strictly enforced!

Dayroom Rules

The following are rules that you are required to follow while in the pod dayroom. These rules are not limited to those listed below and are subject to change at any time.

  1. No Inmate shall sit on or lay on top tier of Pod dayrooms.
  2. No bedding items are to be brought out into pod dayrooms.

Inmate Hygiene

Inmates are allowed to shower at any time, with the exclusion of lockdown status. It is recommended that inmates shower daily, but at least one shower per week is required.

Inmate Recreation

The jail provides a recreation area available for daily exercise, as weather permits. Inmates are not required to participate in any exercise, recreation or leisure time activity. Any inmates that do not participate in outside recreation will be confined to his or her cell until the other inmates have returned. This is to ensure the safety and security of the other inmate’s personal property, and not to be confused as a disciplinary measure. Inmates are also encouraged to utilize the indoor dayrooms for walking and or aerobic exercise at all times and especially in the event of unfavorable weather conditions.

Other Rules and Requirements

  1. When an officer(s) enter the dorm or room of inmates the inmates shall be required to sit down until such time officer(s) leave.
  2. When being escorted throughout the facility inmates shall stop and turn to their right when an officer(s) approaches either from ahead or behind until the officer(s) pass.
  3. At no time are inmates to knock or beat on any window or door.

INMATE DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES

Disciplinary procedures are designed to maintain security, insure the safety of inmates, staff, the public, and promote order within the facility. Violation of rules and regulations outlined in this appendix will be processed in accordance with the following procedures.

Any detention officer or deputy of the Tuscaloosa County Jail may charge an inmate with a rule violation. From any charge of rule violation, the inmate may go before an inmate disciplinary committee, be criminally charged, and or both.

An inmate disciplinary committee will be established to provide a fair and impartial hearing and consistent formal means of determining inmate guilt or innocence in the event of an alleged infraction of facility rules and regulations. Guidelines will be established to ensure disposition of disciplinary sanctions are consistent with carious degrees of violation.

  1. When an inmate is alleged to have committed a violation of the law, the case will be referred to the criminal investigations division for follow-ups.
  2. When an alleged rule violation is reported, an appropriate investigation will begin within 24 hours of the time the violation is reported and be completed without unreasonable delay, unless there are exceptional circumstances for a delay.
  3. Inmates charged with a rule violation shall receive a written statement of the charges including a description of the incident and the specific rules violated, no less than 24 hours prior to the disciplinary hearing. The hearing may be held within 24 hours with the inmates written consent.
  4. Inmates charged with rule violations shall be present at the hearing unless they waive that right in writing or through behavior. Inmates may be excluded during the testimony of any inmate whose testimony must be given to confidence. The reasons for the inmate’s absence or exclusion will be documented.
  5. Inmates charged with rule violations shall have a disciplinary hearing as soon as it is practicable but no later than five (5) days, excluding weekends and holidays, after the alleged violation. Inmates shall also be notified of the hearing at least 24 hours in advance of the hearing.
  6. Postponement or continuance of a disciplinary hearing may occur for a reasonable period and for good cause.
  7. All disciplinary hearings shall be conducted by an impartial person or panel of person’s and a permanent record of the procedure being made and maintained in the inmates file.
  8. The inmate will be given the opportunity to make a statement and present documentary evidence, and to have in attendance at a disciplinary hearing any person who has relevant and not unduly cumulative information, except when doing so may jeopardize the life or safety of any person or the security or order of the facility. Such reasons for denial will be documented.
  9. A staff member may assist inmates at disciplinary hearings if requested. A staff representative shall be appointed to assist an inmate when it is apparent that the inmate is incapable of collecting and presenting evidence effectively on his or her own behalf.
  10. The inmate disciplinary committee’s decision shall be based on information obtained during the hearing process, including staff reports, the statement of the inmate charged, and evidence derived from witnesses and relevant documents.
  11. A written record will be made of the disciplinary hearing decision and a copy given to the inmate. Hearing records and supporting documents will be kept in the inmates file and in disciplinary committee’s records.
  12. A review of all disciplinary hearings and dispositions may be conducted by the Chief Jail Administrator or designee to ensure conformity.
  13. Inmates will have the right to appeal decisions of the Chief Jail Administrator who shall either affirm or reverse the decision within fice working days of the appeal. Inmates have the right to appeal the ruling of the committee within 15 days of the verdict.
  14. Any guilty verdict of major rule violations shall be sent to other county, state, and or federal institutions along with the inmate.

TYPE OF SANCTIONS

CATEGORY ONE OFFENSE – INMATES ARE SUBJECT TO A VERBAL OR WRITTEN REPRIMAND AND OR SEVEN DAYS LOSS OF PRIVILEGES.

CATEGORY TWO OFFENSES – INMATES ARE SUBJECT TO A VERBAL OR WRITTEN REPRIMAND AND OR 8 TO 14 DAYS LOSS OF PRVILEGES.

CATEGORY THREE OFFENSES – INMATES ARE SUBJECT TO 15 TO 21 DAYS LOSS OF PRIVILEGES AND WILL BE SUBJECT TO DICIPLINARY CONFINEMENT.

CATEGORY FOUR OFFENSES – INMATES ARE SUBJECT TO 22 TO 30 DAYS LOSS OF PRIVILEGES AND WILL BE PLACED IN DICIPLINARY CONFINEMENT. INMATES MAY ALSO BE SUBJECT TO POSSIBLE CRIMINAL PROSECUTION.

RULE VIOLATIONS

RULE VIOLATIONS INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO THOSE LISTED BELOW

CATEGORY ONE OFFENSE

  1. Wearing a disguise or mask.
  2. Failure to follow safety or sanitation regulations.
  3. Gambling, preparing or conducting a gambling pool, possession of gambling paraphernalia.
  4. Being unsanitary or untidy; failing to keep one’s person and one’s quarters in accordance with set standards.

CATEGORY TWO OFFENSES

  1. Indecent exposure
  2. Mutilating or altering issued clothing
  3. Unexcused absence from any work assignment (inmate workers)
  4. Malingering or feigning an illness
  5. Failure to perform work as instructed by any officer or supervisor/deputy
  6. Being in an unauthorized area
  7. Using abusive or obscene language
  8. Unauthorized use of mail or telephone
  9. Unauthorized contacts with the public
  10. Correspondence or conduct with a visitor in violation of set regulations
  11. Refusing to work
  12. Creating a disturbance

CATEGORY THREE OFFENSES

  1. Destroying altering or damaging government property or the property of another
  2. Stealing (theft)
  3. Misuse of authorized medications
  4. Loaning of property or anything of value for profit or increased return
  5. Possession of anything not authorized for retention or receipt by the inmate and not issued to him or her through regular institutional channel’s
  6. Encouraging others to refuse to work or participating in a work stoppage
  7. Refusing to obey an order of any staff member
  8. Insolence toward a staff member
  9. Lying or providing a false statement to a staff member
  10. Counterfeiting, forging or unauthorized reproduction of any documents, articles, identification, money, security, or official paper
  11. Participating in an unauthorized meeting or gathering
  12. Failure to stand count
  13. Interfering with the taking of count
  14. Making intoxicants or being intoxicated
  15. Tattooing or self mutilation
  16. Refusing to provide a urine or breath sample
  17. Removal of Inmate Wrist Band

CATEGORY FOUR OFFENSES

    1. Murder
    2. Assaulting any person
    3. Fighting with another person
    4. Threatening another with bodily harm, or any offense against his or her person or property
    5. Acting in a way that disrupts or interferes with security or orderly running of the jail
    6. Extortion, blackmail protection, demanding or receiving money or anything of value in return for protection against others to avoid bodily harm or under threat of informing
    7. Violating a condition of furlough, pass, or any other conditional or temporary release
    8. Engaging in sexual acts with others and or anything considered as sexual misconduct
    9. Making sexual proposals or threats to another
    10. Leaving the jail without authorization
    11. Escape, attempted, planning or conspiracy
    12. Setting fire
    13. Tampering with or blocking any alarm, safety, electrical or locking device
    14. Adulteration of any food or drink
    15. Possession or introduction of an explosive or any ammunition
    16. Possession of contraband
    17. Smoking in designated areas where smoking is prohibited
    18. Rioting or encouraging others to riot
    19. Engaging in or encouraging a group demonstration
    20. Giving or offering any official or staff member a bribe, or anything of value

  • Giving money or anything of value to, or accepting money or anything of value from an inmate, a member of his or her family or his or her friends

INMATE SEXUAL ASSAULT

This facility has a zero policy regarding sexual abuse and or sexual assault. Any sexual conduct between staff, inmates, volunteers, contract personnel, etc. regardless of consensual status is prohibited and subject to criminal disciplinary action.

Sexual Harassment is:

  • Repeated and unwanted sexual advancements
  • Requests for sexual Favors
  • Verbal comments, gestures, or actions that are sexual or insulting
  • Degrading or disrespectful remarks about someone’s body parts or size

Sexual Abuse is:

  • Any sexual activity that is not wanted or agreed to

Ways to stay safe:

  • Avoid Gambling Drugs and Alcohol
  • Contraband Items and Illegal Activities
  • Do not lend or borrow items from others

You should take such steps that are necessary in the prevention of sexual abuse, assault, or conduct. In the event that you are sexually abused or assaulted it is very important that you report it as quickly as possible for the collection and preservation of evidence. Do not be afraid to report sexual abuse or assault. There are several ways of making a report. You may make the report to line staff, supervisory staff, Inmate Welfare Officer, Medical Staff or if you do not wish to make the report via these avenues you may have a family member make the report for you.

In the event that you are sexually abused or assaulted counseling services are provided for you.

RELEASE INFORMATION

There are several methods in which you can be released from the Tuscaloosa County Jail. They are as follows:

  • Post Bond or Bail
  • EOS (End of Sentence)
  • Release by Judge or Magistrate / Court Order
  • Qualify for Pre-Trial Release Program

If you are able to post bond then you must do it through one of the approved bondsmen approved through Circuit Court. These bondsmen are posted both in booking and in the lobby of the facility.

The different types of bonds accepted by the Tuscaloosa County Jail are as follows:

    • Cash Bonds: A cash bond in the amount of the bond can be posted with the courts. During weekday business hours, these bonds are acquired at the District Court or Circuit Court Clerk’s Offices, or Municipal Court Clerk’s Office in cases involving municipal violations. After business hours, on holidays and on weekends, these bonds may be acquired at the Jail Facility or Municipal Police Department Headquarters. Cash Bonds must be posted with the Court of Jurisdiction.
  • Bonding Company Bonds: Professional bonding companies are available to post bonds for inmates in Tuscaloosa County. Only those companies approved by the Circuit Clerk can post such bonds. Listings of the approved companies are provided in this booklet.
  • Property Bonds: An inmate can have a friend or family member post a bond, using their real property as a surety. Should the property being posted be outside Tuscaloosa County, the friend or family member will have to obtain an out of county bond from the Sheriff of the county in which the property is located.
  • Conditional Release Bonds: Under certain circumstances, an inmate can post a bond by having a friend or family member sign a Conditional Release Bond. The inmate must meet certain requirements set forth by the Conditional Release Program. An inmate may request consultation with a conditional release representative as the conditions of his/her bond change. An inmate request form should be given to the inmate for this process and returned to the inmate welfare officer. All inmates charged with a sex crime or any crime involving domestic violence will be ineligible for this program.

INMATE FUNDS

Once released from the Tuscaloosa County Jail you may pick up the remaining amount of money on your books on Monday thru Friday between the hours of 8 am and 4 pm. You will need a copy of the receipt given to you at booking and a valid state I.D. and or Drivers License.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
Public transportation services are available based on set schedules. These services include buses or taxies.
SHELTERS AND COUNSELING SERVICES
If needed, the following services are available upon release:

American Red Cross
205-758-3608
1622 Lurleen B. Wallace Blvd
Northport, Alabama 35476

Salvation Army
205-758-2804
2902 Greensboro Avenue
Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35401

Counseling Services
Turning Point
Counseling and Shelter
205-758-0808

Phoenix House Drug Treatment Facility
Community Drug Treatment Services
205-758-3890
205-758-3867

Indian Rivers Mental Health Center
2209 9th Street
Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35401
PH: 205-391-3131
Fax: 205-391-3138

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Inmate Locator

Tuscaloosa County 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.

Visitation Information

Tuscaloosa County Jail - Visitation

VISITATION SCHEDULE & INFORMATION

Telephone: (205) 349‐4511

I. To Schedule an Appointment

a. Visitation is held seven (7) days a week from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

b. Call between the Hours of 7am – 4pm the day BEFORE you want to visit an inmate.

II. Visitation Rules and Guidelines

a. Only ONE (1) visit per week. Sunday starts the new week

b. Only TWO (2) people per visit. You must be listed on the inmates visitation list to make a visitation appointment.

c. Must be at least sixteen (16) years of age to visit. Anyone under the age of eighteen (18) must be accompanied by an adult with a valid I.D.

d. All persons arriving for a scheduled visitation must check in at the front desk no later than fifteen (15) minutes prior to the scheduled time.

e. Purses, Bags and or cell phones are not allowed in the facility. Please leave them in your vehicles.

f. Anyone caught visiting with an unauthorized inmate on restrictions will have their visitation privileges revoked by the facility for period determined by the Chief Jail Administrator.

III. Dress Code

a. Appropriate dressing is required for any and all visitations. Please follow the following guidelines.

I. NO SHORTS, NO SHORT SKIRTS OR SKIRTS WITH SLITS

II. NO SLEEVLESS SHIRTS

III. NO SHORT SHIRTS OR LOW CUT TOPS

IV. NO LOW CUT JEANS

V. STOMACH AND CLEAVAG WILL BE COVERED AT ALL TIMES

b. Dress code is strictly enforced. Failure to follow dress code guidelines will prevent you from being allowed into the visitation area.

IV. Prior Arrests and or Convictions of Visitor

a. All visitors that have been incarcerated at the Tuscaloosa County Jail charged with a Misdemeanor will be denied visitation for a period of six (6) months from the date of your release.

b. All visitors that have been incarcerated at the Tuscaloosa County Jail charged with a Felony will be denied visitation for a period of one (1) year from the date of your release.

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Facility Type

Tuscaloosa County 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 Tuscaloosa 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.

Tuscaloosa County 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 Tuscaloosa County Jail is located in Alabama and takes in new arrests and detainees are who are delivered daily - call 205-349-4511 for the current roster. Law enforcement and police book offenders from Tuscaloosa 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 Tuscaloosa County 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 Tuscaloosa County 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 Tuscaloosa County Jail at 1600 26th Ave, Tuscaloosa, 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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