225 Industrial Park Rd.
Oneonta, AL 35121-2758
New Visitation Policies in Blount County Detention Center Due to COVID-19 Coronavirus
Because of concerns for the safety and wellness of both staff and inmates at the Blount County Detention Center in Oneonta, Alabama, contact visits of any type may be suspended.
Approved Non-contact visits with family, friends and the inmate’s lawyers may still be allowed when at-home or onsite video visitation is not available, however given that new guidelines are changing daily please check the visitation page or call 205-625-4133 for updates.
Video Visitation at Blount County Detention Center
At-home and onsite video visitation guidelines for Blount County Detention Center, when this service is available, can be found by going to the visitation information page.
We highly recommend that you call 205-625-4133 first for any changes due to staff shortages or other unforeseen circumstances, including whether your inmate has become ill and is unable to be in the general population where video kiosks are available.
How Long Will These Changes Last?
Experts in the study of the COVID-19 are anticipating that spread of the virus will be a ongoing concern for Blount County, the state of Alabama and the entire United States until well into 2022 and maybe even beyond. We are witnessing the virus becoming more contagious, but less deadly over time. Many people think that the 'more contagious, but less deadly' Omicron variant will infect so many people that a higher level of natural immunity for the majority of Americans will be the end result.
Will the Inmates in Blount County Detention Center Be Safe from Getting Sick With COVID-19 Coronavirus?
Whether the inmates are safe from contracting the coronavirus depends entirely on two things:
At this stage most people who get the coronavirus show very few symptoms beyond what you might experience with a bad cold or a mild case of the common flu. In fact, the Omicron variant is turning out to be less deadly than the common flu we experience every year.
Studies that have been done are showing that the hardest hit are those 60 years of age and older, those with pre-existing medical issues like diabetes, leukemia or obese individuals. Young men and women rarely become very ill, and when they do, seem to recover quickly.
Blount County Detention Center is encouraging inmates to practice ‘social distancing’, which means staying as far apart as possible. In addition, our staff is advising inmates to avoid shaking hands, washing their hands often, not touching their face, nose, mouth or eyes, and refraining from touching ‘common areas’ throughout the facility.
Given the close proximity of inmates and staff to each other in this lockup, it is going to be very difficult to prevent the spread of coronavirus once it is introduced into the facility as the virus can spread via the microscopic vapor that we release every time we speak, cough or sneeze.
We will continuously update this page as the spread of this virus accelerates and changes to policies occur.
1. Enroll in an account with Securus Technologies.
2. Choose one of three account types, Securus Debit, Advance Connect or Direct Bill.
3. Choose [facility_name_1}, then connect with your inmate.
4. If you have any questions, call Securus: 972-734-1111 or 800-844-6591.
To find out fees, how to's, calling times, limits on phone calls and other systems Securus has do that you can communicate with your Blount County inmate, check out our Inmate Phone Page.
NOTE: All of your inmate's phone calls are recorded and stored. It is advised not to discuss their pending case.
For full instructions on all the benefits of using JailATM to visit a Blount County inmate, visiting an inmate at the jail itself, rates, policies, rules, dress codes, bringing children, attorney and clergy visits and more, go to our official Visit Inmate Page.
For all information, tips and available items for shipping Commissary packages or sending money to an inmate in Blount County Detention Center check out our Commissary Instructions Page for Blount County.
Since Blount County Detention Center contracts with JailATM / Prodigy Telephone Solutions. they either already or will soon provide you and your inmate the ability to use their Messaging Service to send and receive electronic messages. Try both Jail ATM & Prodigy. They are in the midst of a merger and one or the other will be handling the Blount County Detention Center account.
Pay for the Prodigy Inmate Messaging Service at Blount County Detention Center.
- Over the Phone by calling 866-700-4545,
- Using a Kiosk at Blount County Detention Center.
Pay for the JailATM Inmate Messaging Service at Blount County Detention Center.
- Using a Kiosk at Blount County Detention Center.
- Over the phone 877-810-0914.
For all the information you need regarding messaging a Blount County inmate at the jail, including how it's done, how much it costs, rules and regulations and more, check out our Text/Email an Inmate Page.
NOTE: All of your communication with an inmate is recorded. Use discretion in what you discuss.
Blount County Detention Center uses the services of NCIC for inmate phone calling. It is called a ‘friends & family account”.
In order to receive phone calls from your inmate, you need to do the following:
1. You cannot receive any calls to your phone number from your inmate until both you and your phone number are registered.
2. When you do receive a call, the number you will view on your phone from the incoming call is: 800-943-2189.
3. When allowed by Blount County Detention Center, families can also leave secure voicemails for inmates to listen to.
For all information, tips and procedures for sending money to an inmate in Blount County Detention Center, or depositing money at the jail, over the phone or by mail, check out our Send Money Page for Blount County.
For all information on how to Send Money to an inmate's account, what the fees are, how long it takes to hit their account and more, check out our full money and commissary guide for Blount County Detention Center.
Blount County Detention Center uses the services of correctpay.com (aka JailFunds) for you to schedule and visit your inmate via remote video visitation.
You can ‘video visit’ your inmate one of three ways:
Go here to begin the process to schedule a visit.
24/7 Customer Service - 855-836-3364
For all the information on remote video visits and 'at the jail' visitation for Blount County Detention Center, including fees, schedules, how it works and more, check out our Visit Inmate Page.
1. Register with correctpay online, the money depositing service used by Blount County Detention Center, or call Customer Service at 855-836-3364. They are open 24/7.
2. Once registered, select Alabama, then Blount County Detention Center, then the inmate you want to send money to.
3. Choose an amount, then a payment method (any major credit or debit card in your name), and then send.
NOTE: There is a cost to use this service... usually no more than 5%. The link below has all the information you need to know.
For all the information regarding phone calls with Blount County inmates; what phone service they use, calling cards information, the rules, policies, fees, phone calling times, limits and more visit our Inmate Phone Page.