Madison County Detention Facility

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Madison County Detention Facility Information

The Madison County Detention Facility is a 1220 bed jail in the city of Huntsville, Madison County, Alabama. Offenders arrested for misdemeanors and felonies in this county are brought here for booking and processing, and if their crime requires it, are incarcerated until they either get bail or are released from custody on their own recognizance.

Those who are found guilty and sentenced to a term of less than one year, will do their time in this county. Those sentenced to longer terms will be sent to either the Alabama State Prison System or the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

This page provides information on how to search for an inmate in the official jail roster, or by calling the facility at 256-519-4800, directions to the facility, and inmate services such as the visitation schedule and policies, funding an inmate's account, mailing them a letter, receiving phone calls from an inmate, voicemail, emailing and texting, tablet rentals, bail bond instructions, and commissary purchases.

It's always a good idea to find out and save the inmate's jail ID number or booking number as you may need this for sending mail or other communication needs. If you can't locate it online, you can call the Madison County Detention Facility at 256-519-4800 to get it.

Phone: 256-519-4800

Physical Address:
815 Wheeler Avenue
Huntsville, AL 35801

Mailing Address (personal mail):
Inmate's Full Name & Inmate MNI # or Booking #
Madison County Detention Facility
PO Box 2047
Huntsville, AL 35804

Mailing Address (legal mail or subscriptions):
Inmate's Full Name & Inmate MNI # or Booking #
Madison County Detention Facility
PO Box 2047
Huntsville, AL 35804

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How Do You Find Someone in the Madison County Detention Facility?

To search for an inmate in the Madison County Detention Facility, review their criminal charges, the amount of their bond, when they can get visits, or even view their mugshot, go to the Official Jail Inmate Roster, or call the jail at 256-519-4800 for the information you are looking for.

Madison County Detention Facility Inmate Search

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about finding an inmate in the Madison County Detention Facility, how the jail rosters work and what happens after an offender is arrested and booked. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 256-519-4800 for further assistance.

The Madison County Detention Facility maintains an average of 1220 offenders in custody on any given day. The Madison County Detention Facility has a monthly turnover of 40% of their inmate population, another 30% turnover every 90 days, another 20% every six months, and approximately 10% stay incarcerated between six and twelve months. Every year Madison County law enforcement agencies arrest and detain approximately 25,360 offenders.

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About the Madison County Detention Facility

Madison County Detention Facility in Huntsville, Alabama has a capacity of 1,220 inmates. It houses inmates who require minimum and medium-leven security at its Annex facility, which has a capacity of 267 detainees.

Madison County Detention Facility is part of the Huntsville judicial district and provides outpatient treatment services through funding from ADMH Medicaid, ADMH State, and ADMH Block Grant. Inmates can be awaiting trial or sentencing, or serving a sentence after being convicted of a crime.

The facility is located at 815 Wheeler Avenue, Huntsville, AL 35801. The phone number is 256-519-4800.

Visitation appointments can be scheduled online up to 48 hours prior to the visit and are on a first come, first serve basis. Inmates' personal property will be stored for 30 days before being disposed of or donated. The facility is accredited by Alabama to hold inmates for more than 72 hours.

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Recent Bookings & Arrests

How do I find out if someone has been arrested and booked into the Madison County Detention Facility?

To find out if someone you know has been recently arrested and booked into the Madison County Detention Facility, call the jail’s booking line at 256-519-4800.

There may be an automated method of looking them up by their name over the phone, or you may be directed to speak to someone at the jail. Sometimes the jail staff may ask you the offender’s date of birth to ensure privacy of the offender’s status.

Keep in mind that after an arrest, the information on an offender may not be publicly available for several hours.

If you don’t want to check up on an offender by calling the jail, you can also try looking up people recently booked online.

Madison County Detention Facility Booking Roster

What happens during booking in Madison County?

After being arrested and taken into custody, and after being read their Miranda Rights, an offender will next be transported to the local police or department or the Sheriff’s Department in Madison County for booking.

Booking is very involved and requires multiple steps in the process, however, keep in mind that most attorneys will advise that an offender remain silent and not offer any additional information about the crime they have been arrested for because anything they do say may be recorded and may very well be used against them in court.

What is the booking process like at the Madison County Detention Facility?

Booking includes having their photo (mugshot) and fingerprints taken, as well as being asked a lot of questions about their personal history and state of mind. If it’s a serious felony, their DNA may also be taken. They will also be checked for warrants in Madison County and other Alabama and USA jurisdictions.

If the offender was arrested for a DUI offense, and has refused a breathalyzer test, they may also be forced to have blood drawn by a doctor or nurse.

It is also very likely that the offender will undergo a humiliating full body search while in the nude. This includes bending over, spreading their cheeks in the direction of an officer, and coughing. They will also be walked through a metal detector or x-ray machine, like those used at an airport.

What kind of questions are asked during booking?

The arresting jurisdiction will ask about gang affiliations, tattoos, medical conditions, prescribed medication they are taking, recreational drugs they are on or addicted to, allergies, if they are suicidal, and other relevant information that will help with determining their cell assignment and special needs.

What happens to an offender’s personal property during booking?

During the arrest and booking process an offender will also have all their personal property confiscated and held for either their release from jail, or with the offender’s approval, released to a friend or family member.

Personal property includes the clothing they are wearing, money, wallets, purses, cell phones, jewelry, body rings, earrings, watches, and even glasses if they are deemed a security risk. If they are allowed to keep their shoes or sneakers, the laces are removed.

What happens after booking?

At this point the offender will be allowed to make a free phone call to a person of their choice to notify them of their arrest, and/or arrange a bond or bail for their release.

If the offender is being detained and housed while awaiting arraignment, the Madison County Detention Facility will provide a jail garment and slip-on shoes, a blanket, sheets, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, and a towel.

Often, before they are dressed in the jail outfit and brought to their housing location, they will be forced to take a shower and undergo a disinfectant treatment for body and hair lice, scabies or other pests that may be residing on their person.

How long does the Madison County Detention Facility Booking process take?

Booking can take anywhere from an hour to 24 hours or more. It all depends on the number of people that are awaiting processing, the number of staff on duty at the time, and the behavior of the offender.

If the offender is heavily intoxicated and/or violent, the Booking Officer may decide to stick the offender in a holding cell for several hours until they become more manageable.

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Directions / Map to the Madison County Detention Facility
Inmate Bail and Bonding

Madison County Bonding Information

There are four methods in which bond can be posted for the release of an inmate from the Madison County Detention Facility:

CASH BOND:
City of Huntsville: Misdemeanor bonds can be posted with the City of Huntsville Magistrate 24hrs a day, 7 days a week or by calling (256) 427-7817.
City of Madison: Misdemeanor bonds can be posted with City of Madison Magistrate Monday – Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm, excluding holidays or by calling (256) 772-5617.

  • Madison County: Misdemeanor and felony bonds can be posted with the District Court Clerk's Office Monday – Friday 8:00am to 3:30pm, excluding holidays, on the 2nd floor of the Courthouse Room 200 or by calling (256) 532-3373.
  • Bonds can also be paid on-line at www.alapay.com, www.cashbondonline.com or by calling 1-888-726-6301.


PROPERTY BOND:
A property bond is based on the tax assessment of real property owned by the person(s) attempting to secure an inmate's release.

  • City of Huntsville: Property bonds can be posted with the City of Huntsville magistrate 24hrs a day, 7 days a week.
  • City of Madison: Property bonds can be posted with City of Madison magistrate Monday – Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm, excluding holidays.
  • Madison County: Property bonds can be made at the Sheriff's Administrative Offices at 603 Fiber Street Huntsville, Monday – Friday 8:00am to 3:30pm, excluding holidays.

Property Bond Information
Property Bonds must be done at the Sheriff’s Administrative Offices at 603 Fiber Street Huntsville during regular business hours of 8:00 am to 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday, except holidays.

  • Property Bonds are no longer done at the Jail.
  • All property owners must be Alabama Residents.
  • Two or more property owners are required on bonds that total over $3500.00.

You will need to obtain the following items as documentation that you have sufficient property amounts and they are free from liens and encumbrances:

  • Obtain a copy of your Tax Assessment Sheet for property owners in Madison County. This can be done on the 5th Floor of the Courthouse in the Tax Assessor’s Office. The appraised value of the property minus any liens/encumbrances must be greater than or equal to the amount of the bond.
  • A copy of the Deed of the property will be required.
  • Obtain a copy of the Property Taxes paid on your property from the 1st Floor Tax Collector’s Office.

Bring the above documents to the Sheriff's Office so they can review them prior to the next step of a title opinion.

  • An attorney’s title opinion is required to verify that the property is owned by you and that no liens or encumbrances are in place.
  • A Lien Affidavit for the property bond will be executed in our office after the above items have been obtained.
  • Documents will then be recorded by the property owner in the Probate Judge’s Office on the 1st Floor so the lien on your property can be recorded (fees apply). Our office will assist you with what documents need to be recorded.
  • Once the bond is no longer needed, return to the Probate Judge’s Office with a Lien Release Form from our office so the lien can be removed (fees apply).


PRE-TRIAL RELEASE:
This type of release is approved by the Office of Alternative Sentencing and Release by calling (256) 533-8940 or by submitting a request to:
Office of Alternative Sentencing and Release
Pre-Trial Release Division – Justyn Hayes
715 Wheeler Ave Unit C
Huntsville, AL 35801



PROFESSIONAL BONDING COMPANY:
Release may be made through a private bonding company approved by the Sheriff's Department.

  • Bonding companies have limits ranging from $25,000 to $1,000,000.
  • Any bond over $1,000,000 will have to be approved by Circuit Court during regular business hours.
  • Bonding companies may partner together to combine their bond limits to bond someone with a bond higher than their limit.

How to Bond out an Inmate Online at the Madison County Detention Facility.

Madison County Detention Facility uses an online cash bonding company called CashBondOnline.com so you don't have to bond out your inmate at the jail or at the Madison County Courthouse.

Here's how it works:

1. Once you find out that your inmate has been arrested, go here and select Alabama.
2. Next select Madison County Detention Facility, or if it is not listed like that, try Madison County.
3. Next, input your inmate's name or ID Number and then click 'Find'.
4. If your inmate is elegible for a cash bond, the amount will be noted next to their criminal charges.

For full information on Cash bail and Bond Online, including how to contact them by phone and email, check out our Inmate Bail page.

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Inmate Visitation

How Do You Visit an Inmate in the Madison County Detention Facility? What is the Schedule?

Madison County Detention Facility Inmate Video Visitation Schedule & Policies

815 Wheeler Avenue
Huntsville, AL 35801
256-519-4800

  • First, you must register for visits with NCIC. All accounts have to be approved.
  • Inmates must be incarcerated 30 days before visitation is allowed.
  • You can schedule a visit up to 48 hours before the visit.
  • Inmates are allowed up to three visits day. Visits are first come, first served.
  • Remote visits have a fee of $0.38 per minute. 
  • Video visits at the jail are free.
  • There are no visits between 11:00AM and 12 noon.
INMATE
HOUSING
DAY TIMES
Housing 1
Units A - E  
WED 8:00am - 2:30pm
Housing 2
Units F - K
WED 8:00am - 2:30pm
Medical WED 8:00am - 2:30pm
L-Floor MON 8:00am - 2:30pm
M-Floor TUE 8:00am - 2:30pm
N-Floor THU 8:00am - 2:30pm
P-Floor MON 8:00am - 2:30pm

Madison County Detention Facility 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 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 Madison County Detention Facility
  • Select your inmate.
  • Choose your date and time.

Your inmate will be notified by the 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]

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Madison County Detention Facility’s Inmate Visitation Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 256-519-4800 for further assistance.

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Remote Video Visitation

Can I Use My Computer or Phone to Have a Remote Video Visit with an Inmate in the Madison County Detention Facility?

Madison County Detention Facility Inmate Video Visitation Schedule & Policies

815 Wheeler Avenue
Huntsville, AL 35801
256-519-4800

  • First, you must register for visits with NCIC. All accounts have to be approved.
  • Inmates must be incarcerated 30 days before visitation is allowed.
  • You can schedule a visit up to 48 hours before the visit.
  • Inmates are allowed up to three visits day. Visits are first come, first served.
  • Remote visits have a fee of $0.38 per minute. 
  • Video visits at the jail are free.
  • There are no visits between 11:00AM and 12 noon.
INMATE
HOUSING
DAY TIMES
Housing 1
Units A - E  
WED 8:00am - 2:30pm
Housing 2
Units F - K
WED 8:00am - 2:30pm
Medical WED 8:00am - 2:30pm
L-Floor MON 8:00am - 2:30pm
M-Floor TUE 8:00am - 2:30pm
N-Floor THU 8:00am - 2:30pm
P-Floor MON 8:00am - 2:30pm

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Madison County Detention Facility’s Video Remote Visitation Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 256-519-4800 for further assistance.

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Inmate Money Accounts

How Do You Deposit Money for an Inmate in the Madison County Detention Facility?

How Do I put Money on an Inmate's Commissary Account in the Madison County Detention Facility to Purchase Phone Cards?

There are FOUR options for putting money on an inmate's books:

Option 1 - Dropping Money at the Madison County Detention Facility
Bring money to the jail in person. 
Either the jail personnel will process the Inmate Account payment or you will use the NCIC self-serve kiosk in the lobbies that accepts cash, debit or credit cards.

Option 2 - Deposit Inmate Money Online
Madison County Detention Facility uses NCIC to process all online deposits to an inmate's account. NCIC charges you a small fee for doing so, but the fee probably isn't as much as gas and parking would cost to take it to the jail in person.



Option 3 - Mail the Inmate Deposit to the Jail
Mailing a deposit takes more time to process than the other methods but can be done if you live too far away to bring it in person and you don't have a debit/credit card for online deposits. Never send cash. Always send a Money Order from the US Post Office, a reputable bank or Western Union.
Make the Money Order out to the inmate's name and put their Inmate ID# in memo section of the Money Order.  Mail it to the Madison County Detention Facility address on this page, or to the address below if it is different than the facility address.
Inmate's Full Name & Inmate MNI # or Booking #
Madison County Detention Facility
PO Box 2047
Huntsville, AL 35804

Option 4 - Make an Inmate Deposit over the Phone by calling 800-943-2189

For more information about sending an inmate money for phone cards or other commissary sundries, check out our Inmate Money Page.

How to deposit money in an inmate's phone account in the Madison County Detention Facility

  • To deposit money online go the NCIC website
  • To deposit money over the phone call 800-943-2189
  • To deposit money at the jail use the NCIC Kiosk in the Madison County Detention Facility lobby.
  • Call the jail at 256-519-4800 to confirm lobby hours for depositing inmate funds.

For complete information on depositing money in an inmate's account, check out our Inmate Money page.

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Madison County Detention Facility’s Inmate Money and Trust Fund Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 256-519-4800 for further assistance.

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Inmate Phone Contact

How Do I Receive Phone Calls from an Inmate in the Madison County Detention Facility?

How Does an Inmate Make Phone Calls in Madison County Detention Facility?

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

Madison County Detention Facility 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 Madison County Detention Facility
  • 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 Madison County Detention Facility, 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 Madison County inmates; rules, policies, phone calling times, fees, limits and more visit our Inmate Phone Page.

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Madison County Detention Facility’s Inmate Phone Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 256-519-4800 for further assistance.

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Mailing an Inmate

How do I Mail an Inmate in the Madison County Detention Facility, and what can I send them?

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Madison County Detention Facility’s Inmate Mail Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 256-519-4800 for further assistance.

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Inmate Commissary

Can I purchase Commissary Online for an Inmate in the Madison County Detention Facility, and what can I purchase?

Madison County Detention Facility contracts with Access Securepak (aka MyCarePak) for families to send pre-determined packages of commissary items to your inmate.

Access Securepak carries over 1,000 different items in the following categories:
- Food and Snacks
- Personal Hygiene Products
- Electronics
- Apparel

Registration Process:
1. Register here.
2. Select Alabama.
3. Select Madison County Detention Facility.
4. Find your Inmate.
5. Deposit Funds.
6. Order Commissary Items.
Once you are logged in, you will receive instructions on how much (and what products) you can send your inmate.
Contact Information:
* If you have any questions, you can call Access Securepak at 800-546-6283.
* You can email My Care Pack at [email protected].
* You can write them at:
    Access Securepak
    10880 Linpage Place
    St. Louis, MO 63132

* You can Live Chat with a Representative online: (bottom left corner of page)
   Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.–11 p.m. CST, 
   and Saturdays, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. CST.

*Note* Access Securepak will issue a refund for or replace broken, damaged, or missing products reported by Madison County Detention Facility staff. They will not honor reports of discrepancies from inmate's families or friends.
My CarePack is the Madison County Detention Facility's outside vendor for Commissary Items. They have a very good mix of Chips, Snacks, Candy, Meat, Seafood, Hygiene products, Letter writing materials, Electronics and Apparel items for sale on their website.


*NOTE* -- Once you are fully registered and have selected the inmate you wish to send commissary to, you will receive instructions on how much you can deposit, how much (and what) you can purchase for your inmate, and how often you can send commissary.

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

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

  • Select Alabama, then select Madison County Detention Facility, and then select the 'Send a Package Order' option.
  • Register and create an account with Access Securepak, for Madison 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 Madison County at any one time.

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

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Madison County Detention Facility’s Commissary Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 256-519-4800 for further assistance.

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Texting and Emailing an Inmate

How Can I Communicate with an Inmate in the Madison County Detention Facility using an Online Messaging Service?

Madison County Detention Facility uses the services of NCIC for you to deposit funds into your inmate’s account so that you and they can purchase secure email messaging services from this jail’s e-messaging service.



You can deposit money three different ways:
•    Deposit online at NCIC.com
•    Deposit at the kiosk in the Madison County Detention Facility lobby, if available.
•    Deposit over the phone 24/7 at 800-943-2189 or 903-247-0069 (Note: if you deposit money using a live agent the fee is $5.95).

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

How to Send a Secure Email Message to an Inmate in Madison County

To send a secure email message to an inmate in Madison County Detention Facility follow these steps:

Madison County Detention Facility uses the services of NCIC for you to deposit funds into your {Madison County inmate’s account so that you and they can purchase secure email messaging services from this jail’s e-messaging service.

You can deposit money three different ways:

•    Deposit online at NCIC.com
•    Deposit at the kiosk in the Madison County Detention Facility lobby, if available.
•    Deposit over the phone 24/7 at 800-943-2189 or 903-247-0069 (Note: if you deposit money using a live agent the fee is $5.95).
Email – [email protected]

For all information on how to Text/Email an Inmate in Madison County Detention Facility check out our Secure Messaging Guide for Madison County.

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Madison County Detention Facility’s Text and Email Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 256-519-4800 for further assistance.

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Inmate Tablets

Do Inmates in the Madison County Detention Facility have Access to Tablets or Computers?

Madison County Detention Facility offers NCIC tablets to rent to inmates that they can use for video visitation and calls, phone calls, instant messaging, education and entertainment.

They can also be used for commissary ordering.


How to Rent a Tablet for an Inmate at the Madison County Detention Facility

Madison County Detention Facility offers NCIC tablets to rent to inmates that they can use for video visitation and calls, phone calls, instant messaging, education and entertainment.

They can also be used for commissary ordering.

To find out more bout how much tablets cost to rent, and what programs, entertainment, education and other things it can be used for, check out our Tablet Page.

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Madison County Detention Facility’s Tablet Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 256-519-4800 for further assistance.

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