Mobile County Inmate Search
Mobile County inmate search is a service that allows individuals to find information about offenders who are currently in detention or incarceration in any of Mobile County’s jails or correctional facilities. As per the Alabama Public Records Law, citizens of Mobile County and the larger public have the right to partially or fully access any record of information in the custody of government agencies.
Pursuant to this law, when offenders are detained or incarcerated in the county, their inmate information is generated and made part of Mobile County’s public records, which any individual can request to look up. This search usually provides inquirers with inmate information like the inmate's full name, the date they were booked, the charges against them, bail amount, scheduled court dates, and their mugshot.
A lookup of Mobile County inmate records might be necessary for different reasons. It is commonly used by family members, attorneys, and the general public to access information about individuals in custody, learn about their current status, and find out when they are expected to be released.
Mobile County Crime and Incarceration Statistics
In 2022, according to the crime data and arrest statistics provided by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA), there were a total of 19,681 reported arrests that led to temporary detention or incarceration in Mobile County. Of this number, 1,592 were part 1 adult arrests, 141 were part 1 juvenile arrests, 6,138 were part 2 adult arrests, and 425 were part 2 juvenile arrests.
Part 1 adult arrests are arrests for serious criminal offenses, such as homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny/theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. Part 2 adult arrests are arrests and detentions for offenses such as simple assault, vandalism, forgery and counterfeiting, fraud, driving under the influence (DUI), and drug abuse violations.
Part 1 juvenile crimes for which arrests were made include rape, robbery, burglary, and larceny/theft committed by a minor, while Part 2 juvenile arrests were for offenses such as fraud, forgery, vandalism, etc., by minors.
Mobile County Prison System
The Mobile County prison system comprises a jail and two correctional facilities, with each serving a distinct purpose. The jail facility is run by the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office, while the correctional facilities are managed by the Department of Corrections or the county’s juvenile court. They are thus:
- Mobile County Metro Jail: This is the primary detention facility for adult offenders in Mobile County. It is operated by the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office. The facility holds an average of 1,500 inmates per day and provides services such as medical, food, rehabilitation, and education services to inmates in custody.
- Strickland Youth Center: This is a juvenile detention center in Mobile County, under the leadership of the Juvenile Court of Mobile County. The facility houses juvenile offenders awaiting a trial or those already sentenced.
- Mobile Community Corrections Center: This is a community-based corrections facility in Mobile County. It is overseen by the Alabama Department of Corrections and has an inmate capacity of 254. The center serves as an alternative to traditional incarceration for individuals who meet specific eligibility criteria. The center's primary focus is on the rehabilitation and reintegration of offenders into the community.
In addition to these three main prison facilities in Mobile County, city police departments in Mobile County also maintain short-term detention facilities where misdemeanor offenders or those arrested for relatively minor offenses are held awaiting court appearances or bail hearings.
How to Find an Inmate in Mobile County
Inquiries about inmates incarcerated in Mobile County, especially Mobile County Metro Jail, should be directed to the County Sheriff's Office at (251) 574-6412. In-person visits can also be made to the Sheriff’s Office to find information about an inmate in the county's jail system. Callers and visitors can retrieve information on inmates held at the Mobile County Metro Jail and information on offenders in custody at city jails. However, inquiries must provide details such as the inmate’s full name, date of birth, and/or date of arrest to facilitate the retrieval of information about the inmate.
How Does a Mobile County Inmate Search Work?
The Alabama Public Records Law allows for the dissemination of Mobile County inmate information unless otherwise restricted by law or court injunction. Thus, upon conducting an inmate search in Mobile County, an inquirer can typically expect to find the following types of information:
- Full Name of the Inmate
- Sex and Age
- Mugshot (Photograph)
- Date of Birth
- Physical Characteristics (hair color, eye color, height, weight, and race).
- Personal Information or description of the offender
- Arrest Agency
- Location of Arrest
- Reason for Arrest
- Details of Arresting Officer
- Charges Filed
- Booking Information
- Release Information (including dates, times, and reasons)
- Bail amount.
Court Case Information:
- Case Number
- Case Type
- Filing Date
- Case Description
- Names of Courts and Jurisdiction
- Case Status
- Scheduled hearing Dates.
Where to Find a Mobile County Inmate Locator
The Mobile County Inmate Locator is available through the county sheriff's website. To use it, one needs to be an authorized law enforcement agent or judicial agent. In addition to the inmate locator, individuals can use the Sex Offender Search, 24-hour booking, warrant search, or who is in jail services to find an inmate in custody at the Mobile County Metro Jail.
An inquirer can also use the Public Records Portal of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) to request information about any offender in Mobile County or use the inmate locator tool supplied by the Alabama Department of Corrections to look up inmates incarcerated in correctional facilities operated by the department of corrections in Mobile County.
Alternatively, inquirers can choose to use inmate search tools offered by third-party websites to locate inmate records in Mobile County. Some third-party sites may render this service for free, while others may typically require a fee. Information an inquirer must supply to successfully locate an inmate record on these sites includes the inmate’s full name, location of arrest, or booking number.
How to Send Jail Mail in Mobile County
Inmates in custody at the Mobile County Metro Jail can receive mail from friends, family, and others. Below are the rules that must be adhered to for all mail correspondences.
- All incoming mail should include the inmate’s full name (compulsory) and date of birth (optional) and be addressed as follows:
John M. Doe
145777 Bayou Boulevard
Mobile, AL 36609.
Inmate Name (no nicknames); DOB: 01/01/90
Mobile County Metro Jail
P.O. Box 104
Mobile, AL 36601.
- All written non-privileged mail must be on a metered postcard.
- Incoming mail must have a return address with full name, street address, city, state, and zip code stated.
Further information and instructions regarding sending and receiving mail for Mobile County Metro Jail inmates are available on the official jail webpage.
Mobile County Jails and Prisons
Below are the names, contact details, and addresses of the jail and corrections facilities in Mobile County, Alabama.
Mobile County Metro Jail
450 St Emanuel Street
Mobile, AL 36603
Phone: (855) 208-7349
Strickland Youth Center
2315 Costarides Street
Mobile, AL 36617
Phone: (251) 574-1450
Mobile Community Corrections Center
111 Canal Street
Mobile, AL 36603
Phone: (251) 574-3295