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Houston County Jail
901 East Main Street
Dothan, AL 36301

334-712-0762

The Houston County Jail is the main jail in Houston County Alabama. While the police in the cities and towns in Houston County can arrest and detain offenders, the Houston County Jail is the facility that is accredited by Alabama to hold inmates for more than 72 hours.

The Houston County Jail, located at:
901 East Main Street
Dothan, AL 36301 
can be reached 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at 334-712-0762.

The main reason that people call 334-712-0762 is to find out if a particular person is in custody, although you can look up an inmate online by going here. You can also get answers to whatever questions about an inmate, and the services for Houston County Jail that you may have by clicking on any of the questions below:

How to search for an inmate?
Can you look up an inmate’s mugshot?
How do you look up an offender’s criminal charges, bond or inmate number?
How do you visit an inmate?
What are the visitation hours?
Can you visit inmates in Houston County by video from home?
How do you get phone calls from an inmate?
Can you send mail, books, or newspapers to an inmate?
How do you send an inmate money?
Does Houston County Jail have inmate commissary?
Can an inmate receive and/or send email or text messages?
Do inmates in Houston County have access to computers or tablets?
How do you pay an inmate’s bail or bond?

Every year the Houston County Jail has approximately 8000 bookings, with a daily average of 400 inmates and maintains control of the facility with a staff of 100.

Inmates in this jail range from low level misdemeanor offenders to those being held and awaiting trial for violent crimes like robbery, rape, and murder. Therefore, given the mix of potentially dangerous inmates, the security level is very high. 

The Houston County Jail is equipped with a state-of-the-art locking system, closed circuit cameras covering every area where inmates are located, and jail staff that utilize a communication system that keeps each of the guards and civilian staff in constant contact. 

Guards that circulate in the same general area of the inmates are armed with eye-blinding mace that will turn an inmate having a violent outburst into a weeping child. They also carry stun weapons, short clubs, flashlights that have dual use as both a light source and as a weapon, and handcuffs. Guards at entrances and in areas not frequented by inmates are armed with various firearms. The goal of such tight security is to keep both the staff and the inmates safe.

For other jails in Houston County, jails in neighboring counties, and local police jails and juvenile detention centers for young offenders under age 18 in this county, click here.

Unlike the Alabama Department of Corrections, where inmates are sent once convicted of a crime and sentenced to a period of more than a year, the Houston County Jail System is populated by short-term offenders; those who have just been arrested and awaiting to be bonded out by friends or family, those who cannot afford or get bailed and are awaiting trial, or those who have already been convicted of a crime and sentenced to a term of less than one year. Many of the latter inmates become ‘workers’, who can reduce their sentence by performing jail maintenance or working in the kitchen. An upside to being a worker is they also get paid a small stipend so when they get released, they have a few dollars in their pocket.

When an inmate is convicted and sentenced to a year or more, they are transferred to the Alabama Department of Corrections or the Federal Bureau of Prisons.  

Inmates that are convicted of a misdemeanor and/or sentenced to less than one year of a state crime serve their time in the Houston County Jail. 

Illegal immigrants convicted of a state or federal crime will first do their time, then may be transferred into ICE custody for deportation.

How to Send a Carepack Commissary Package Directly to an Inmate in Houston County

To send a commissary carepack (food, snacks and goods) directly to an inmate in Houston County Jail follow these steps:

  • Go to JailATM, choose Alabama, then choose Houston County Jail
  • Type in your inmate's last name or their Inmate ID.
  • Select your inmate, and then you will be prompted to Register with them to open an account.
  • Select the products you want shipped to them at Houston County Jail, and then input your payment method. 
  • NOTE: There may be a limit on how much product you can send your inmate in Houston County at any one time.
  • If you need to phone customer support, call 877-810-0914

For all information, tips and available items for shipping Commissary packages or sending money to an inmate in Houston County Jail check out our Commissary Instructions Page for Houston County.


 

How Do Visit an Inmate in Houston County Jail?

To visit an inmate in Houston County you need to do the following:

Houston County Jail uses the services of NCIC for remote video visitation. In other words, you can visit your inmate in jail by using your home computer, as long as it is equipped with a microphone and camera that supports video.

When available, the jail also provides use of ‘video visit kiosks’ in the Houston County Jail lobby if you do not have a computer at home. These ’on-site’ video visits are FREE.

Costs
NCIC Video Visitation fees are subject to change, but the cost to you is roughly $7.50 ($0.25 per minute) for a 30-minute visit + an additional fee of $2.00 for the connection.
On-site (at the jail) video visits are FREE.

How to set up your Video Visit

  • Register here.  
  • Select Houston County Jail
  • Select your inmate.
  • Choose your date and time.

Your inmate will be notified by the Houston County Jail staff of the date and time for the visit. Be sure to be in front of your computer and connected to NCIC at least 15 minutes before the start of the visit.

NCIC Customer Service
Phone - 800-943-2189 or 903-247-0069
Email – [email protected]

For all the information you need to know, whether it be 'in person' at-the-jail visitation or remote video visitation with your Houston County inmate, go to our Visit Inmate Page.


 

How Does an Inmate Make Phone Calls in Houston County Jail?

To receive phone calls from an inmate in Houston County follow these instructions:

Houston County Jail 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:

  • Register here, or by phone 800-943-2189
  • Choose Alabama.
  • Choose Houston County Jail
  • Select your Inmate.
  • Enter the phone number your Inmate will be calling.
  • Fund your Account. ($10-$100 at a time)

NOTE:
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 Houston County Jail, families can also leave secure voicemails for inmates to listen to.

Fees

  • Adding funds to your account - $3.00 
  • Cost of phone call of a Prepaid Collect Account - $0.21 per minute
  • Cost of an interstate (ex. Alabama to a different state) phone call NOT Prepaid - $0.25 per minute
  • Cost of an intrastate (ex. Alabama to Alabama) phone call NOT Prepaid - $0.25 per minute
  • Cost if you set up your account (or fund it) by phone using a live agent, you will be charged a one-time fee of $5.95.

NCIC Customer Service
Phone - 800-943-2189 or 903-247-0069
Email – [email protected]
Full list of participating jails.

For all the information regarding phone calls with Houston County inmates; rules, policies, phone calling times, fees, limits and more visit our Inmate Phone Page.


 

How to Deposit Money Online for an Inmate in Houston County

To deposit money online for an inmate in Houston County Jail follow these steps:

  • Register to open an account, or Sign In to JailATM, a service that acts as a bank for inmates in Houston County.
  • After registering and signing in, select 'Send Money Now'.
  • Choose Alabama, then choose Houston County Jail
  • Type in your inmate's last name or their Inmate ID.
  • Select your inmate.
  • Input an amount to deposit to your inmate in Houston County Jail, and then input your payment method. 
  • NOTE: There may be a limit on how much money you can send your inmate in Houston County at any one time.
  • If you need to phone customer support, call 877-810-0914.

For all information, tips and procedures for sending money to an inmate in Houston County Jail, or depositing money at the jail, over the phone or by mail, check out our Send Money Page for Houston County.


 

How to Send a Carepack Commissary Package Directly to an Inmate in Houston County

To send a commissary carepack (food, snacks and goods) directly to an inmate in Houston County Jail follow these steps:

  • Select Alabama, then select Houston County Jail, and then select the 'Send a Package Order' option.
  • Register and create an account with Access Securepak, for Houston County.
  • Choose the inmate and the products you want shipped to them, and input your payment method. 
  • NOTE: There may be a limit on how much product you can send your inmate in Houston County at any one time.

For all information, tips and available items for shipping Commissary packages to an inmate in Houston County Jail check out our Commissary Instructions Page for Houston County.


 

Third Party Jail Inmate Services for Houston County Jail

Communication and Monetary Services for Family and Friends of Inmates

Gone are the days where Houston County Jail supervised their own phone system, mail system, visitation, commissary and inmate money deposit systems. Jails throughout the United States are now partnering with high tech companies to provide and manage these servives for them and the jail in Houston County is no different.

Everything from video calls, to messages to visitation, and even digital mail and money deposits can be done from your home computer or personal device. Inmates in Houston County Jail, if they don't already, will soon have their own personal tablets for watching movies, TV shows, access to educational and and legal information, and more.

As Houston County Jail adds these services, JAILEXCHANGE will add them to our pages, helping you access the services and answering your questions about how to use them and what they cost.

You can check out this information now by going to the: Family Info page, Visit Inmate page, Inmate Mail page, Inmate Phone page, Send Money page, Inmate Bail page, Mugshots page, Text/Email an Inmate page, Commissary page, Remote Visits page, or the Tablet Rental page. 

Houston County Jail

STATE COUNTY BEDS
Alabama Houston 400


PHYSICAL ADDRESS

901 East Main Street
Dothan, AL 36301


TELEPHONE NUMBER


FAX

334-671-9479

INMATE MAIL

Inmate's First and Last Name
901 East Main Street
Inmate number and housing unit (if known)
Dothan , AL 36301


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Frequently Asked Questions

How many inmates are in the Houston County Jail in Alabama?
There are 400 inmates in the Houston County Jail in Alabama. While that is what they are approved to have incarcerated at any one time, they have on occasion had to add additional beds, even having inmates sleep on the floor when overcrowding becomes an issue. When possible, Houston County Jail will temporarily transfer some inmates to a neighboring facility, or if necessary, release some offenders from custody. Learn more about how to search for a specific inmate in the Houston County Jail.

How many people get arrested and booked into the Houston County Jail in Alabama every year?
In 2021, a total of 8000 offenders were booked into the Houston County Jail in Alabama. That is less than previous years, mostly due to restrictions related to the COVID pandemic. As of April 2022, the number of arrests and bookings are returning to normal, which means they are running higher than 2021. Learn more about how to search for an inmate in the Houston County Jail.

How many people work at the Houston County Jail in Alabama?
The Houston County Jail maintains a staff of approximately 100. Staff positions include correction officers, maintenance, clerical, kitchen workers and management. Alabama law allows for inmates to work alongside the paid staff during their incarceration, saving the facility money. Even though the inmates are paid, the cost is less than 15% of what a normal worker from the outside would be paid.

Does the Houston County Jail in Alabama have an inmate search or jail roster to see who is in custody?
Yes, the Houston County Jail in Alabama has an Inmate Search Roster feature. Learn more about how to search for an inmate in the Houston County Jail. When you get to this page click on the big green button that reads 'OFFICIAL Houston County Jail INMATE LIST'. After clicking on the link, type in the offender's name and then click 'search'. You can always call and speak to someone on the staff at 334-712-0762 if you are have further questions. In most cases the Inmate Roster provides information about the inmate's bond, criminal charges, mugshot, and even their release date, as long as they are not being sent to a Alabama prison or the US Bureau of Prisons to serve a sentence that is longer than one year.

What is the address and phone number of the Houston County Jail in Alabama?
The Houston County Jail address and phone number is: 901 East Main Street
Dothan, AL 36301. Their phone number is 334-712-0762. To find out the address for sending an inmate mail, sending newspapers, magazines or care packages, learn more about how to mail an inmate in the Houston County Jail.

Where do I found out all the inmate services at Houston County Jail, such as visitation policy and schedule, how the inmate phone system works, emailing an inmate, and sending them money to buy things in commissary?
Here is where you get direct access to all the information you need for Houston County Jail inmate services: Learn more about how to visit an inmate in the Houston County Jail. Learn more about how to get phone calls from an inmate in the Houston County Jail. Learn more about how to text/email an inmate in the Houston County Jail. Learn more about how to send money to an inmate in the Houston County Jail. Learn more about how to mail an inmate and what's allowed in the Houston County Jail. Learn more about inmate commissary in the Houston County Jail.

How do I bail or bond an inmate out of the Houston County Jail?
Call 334-712-0762 for the type of bond and any information that is required for a particular individual at Houston County Jail. A bond is set according to a court-approved schedule. You will either have to pay a cash bail, or put up a private, surety or a property bond to guarantee to the court that the defendant will return on their assigned court date. Learn more about how to bail or bond out an inmate in the Houston County Jail.

This facility, known as "Houston County Jail" is also known as Houston County Inmate Search, Houston County Arrests, Houston County Sheriff.