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Mobile County Metro Jail Facility
450 St. Emanuel Street
Mobile, AL 36603

251-574-6412

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

The Mobile County Metro Jail Facility, located at:
450 St. Emanuel Street
Mobile, AL 36603 
can be reached 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at 251-574-6412.

The main reason that people call 251-574-6412 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 Mobile County Metro Jail Facility 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 Mobile 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 Mobile County Metro Jail Facility have inmate commissary?
Can an inmate receive and/or send email or text messages?
Do inmates in Mobile County have access to computers or tablets?
How do you pay an inmate’s bail or bond?

Every year the Mobile County Metro Jail Facility has approximately 30000 bookings, with a daily average of 1500 inmates and maintains control of the facility with a staff of 375.

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 Mobile County Metro Jail Facility 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 Mobile 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 Mobile 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 Mobile County Metro Jail Facility. 

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 Bond out an Inmate Online at the Mobile County Metro Jail Facility.

Mobile County Metro Jail 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 Mobile 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 Mobile County Metro Jail Facility, or if it is not listed like that, try Mobile 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.


 

How to Arrange Video Visitation with Mobile County Metro Jail Facility Inmates

Follow these instructions to schedule and then visit an inmate using GTL.

  • Register yourself and all visitors.
  • Select Mobile County Metro Jail Facility
  • Select your inmate.
  • Schedule your preferred time for the visit.

For all the information you need to know regarding scheduling, cost, rules, tips and guidelines of inmate visits at the Mobile County Metro Jail Facility, check out our Visit Inmate Page.


 

How Do You Communicate with an Inmate in the Mobile County Metro Jail Facility by Phone

Follow these instructions on how to open an account with GTL Connect Network (aka Viapath Technologies)

  • Advance Pay - This phone account allows you to prepay so that your inmate can call you (and only you) whenever he/she wants and the cost of each call is deducted from your balance. You can even be notified by text when your balance gets low. You still have the option of accepting or rejecting each call.
  • Pin Debit  -  This option allows you to fund an inmate's commissary account and lets him pay for phone calls to you and others with the money. You will have no control over who your inmate calls.
  • Voicemail  -  You can leave a secure voicemail without having to contact the facility. When you call the local phone number for a facility offering Inmate Voicemail (call Customer Service at 877-650-4249 to get the local voicemail number for Mobile County Metro Jail Facility, you will be informed of the cost for leaving a message. To leave your message, simply select the inmate by ID number. Then, record your voicemail.

For full instructions on the Mobile County Metro Jail Facility Inmate Phone Syste, what the costs are, how it works, and tips and guidelines on rules, regulations and saving money on calls, check out our Send Money Page.


 

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

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

  • Go to JailATM, choose Alabama, then choose Mobile County Metro Jail Facility
  • 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 Mobile County Metro Jail Facility, and then input your payment method. 
  • NOTE: There may be a limit on how much product you can send your inmate in Mobile 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 Mobile County Metro Jail Facility check out our Commissary Instructions Page for Mobile County.


 

How Do You Send Text or Email Messages to an Inmate in the Mobile County Metro Jail Facility?

To send messages to a Mobile County inmate follow these instructions:

Since Mobile County Metro Jail Facility contracts with JailATMProdigy 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 Mobile County Metro Jail Facility account.
 

Pay for the Prodigy Inmate Messaging Service at Mobile County Metro Jail Facility.
- Online,
- Over the Phone by calling 866-700-4545,
- Using a Kiosk at Mobile County Metro Jail Facility.
Pay for the JailATM Inmate Messaging Service at Mobile County Metro Jail Facility.
- Online,
- Using a Kiosk at Mobile County Metro Jail Facility.
- Over the phone 877-810-0914.

For all the information you need regarding messaging a Mobile 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.


 

How to Deposit Money Online for an Inmate in Mobile County

To deposit money online for an inmate in Mobile County Metro Jail Facility follow these steps:

  • Register to open an account, or Sign In to JailATM, a service that acts as a bank for inmates in Mobile County.
  • After registering and signing in, select 'Send Money Now'.
  • Choose Alabama, then choose Mobile County Metro Jail Facility
  • Type in your inmate's last name or their Inmate ID.
  • Select your inmate.
  • Input an amount to deposit to your inmate in Mobile County Metro Jail Facility, and then input your payment method. 
  • NOTE: There may be a limit on how much money you can send your inmate in Mobile 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 Mobile County Metro Jail Facility, or depositing money at the jail, over the phone or by mail, check out our Send Money Page for Mobile County.


 

Third Party Jail Inmate Services for Mobile County Metro Jail Facility

Communication and Monetary Services for Family and Friends of Inmates

Gone are the days where Mobile County Metro Jail Facility 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 Mobile 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 Mobile County Metro Jail Facility, 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 Mobile County Metro Jail Facility 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. 

Mobile County Metro Jail Facility

STATE COUNTY BEDS
Alabama Mobile 1,500


PHYSICAL ADDRESS

450 St. Emanuel Street
Mobile, AL 36603


TELEPHONE NUMBER

INMATE MAIL

Inmate's First and Last Name
Mobile County Metro Jail
Inmate's full name and date of birth
P. O. Box 104
Mobile, AL 36601


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Frequently Asked Questions

How many inmates are in the Mobile County Metro Jail Facility in Alabama?
There are 1500 inmates in the Mobile County Metro Jail Facility 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, Mobile County Metro Jail Facility 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 Mobile County Metro Jail Facility.

How many people get arrested and booked into the Mobile County Metro Jail Facility in Alabama every year?
In 2021, a total of 30000 offenders were booked into the Mobile County Metro Jail Facility 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 Mobile County Metro Jail Facility.

How many people work at the Mobile County Metro Jail Facility in Alabama?
The Mobile County Metro Jail Facility maintains a staff of approximately 375. 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 Mobile County Metro Jail Facility in Alabama have an inmate search or jail roster to see who is in custody?
Yes, the Mobile County Metro Jail Facility in Alabama has an Inmate Search Roster feature. Learn more about how to search for an inmate in the Mobile County Metro Jail Facility. When you get to this page click on the big green button that reads 'OFFICIAL Mobile County Metro Jail Facility 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 251-574-6412 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 Mobile County Metro Jail Facility in Alabama?
The Mobile County Metro Jail Facility address and phone number is: 450 St. Emanuel Street
Mobile, AL 36603. Their phone number is 251-574-6412. 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 Mobile County Metro Jail Facility.

Where do I found out all the inmate services at Mobile County Metro Jail Facility, 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 Mobile County Metro Jail Facility inmate services: Learn more about how to visit an inmate in the Mobile County Metro Jail Facility. Learn more about how to get phone calls from an inmate in the Mobile County Metro Jail Facility. Learn more about how to text/email an inmate in the Mobile County Metro Jail Facility. Learn more about how to send money to an inmate in the Mobile County Metro Jail Facility. Learn more about how to mail an inmate and what's allowed in the Mobile County Metro Jail Facility. Learn more about inmate commissary in the Mobile County Metro Jail Facility.

How do I bail or bond an inmate out of the Mobile County Metro Jail Facility?
Call 251-574-6412 for the type of bond and any information that is required for a particular individual at Mobile County Metro Jail Facility. 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 Mobile County Metro Jail Facility.

This facility, known as "Mobile County Metro Jail Facility" is also known as Mobile County Sheriff, Mobile County Jail, Main Facility, Mobile County Jail, Main Facility, Alabama, Mobile.