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Houston County Alabama Sheriff’s Office
Houston County - County Jail - Alabama
Houston County Jail Alabama

Facility Information

The Houston County Jail is operated by the Houston County Sheriff’s Office.  Located in Dothan, Alabama, the Houston County Sheriff’s Department is led by Houston County Sheriff Donald Valenza.

The Houston County Sheriff’s Office states that its mission is “to prevent crime, enforce the law, and support quality public safety by delivering respectful, professional and dependable law enforcement services.”  Part of supporting quality public service and enforcing the law means that they partner with other parts of the criminal justice system to manage offenders after arrest and conviction.  However, they are committed to treating inmates in the way that they want to be treated, using competent and ethical policing.

Houston County Jail Addresses

Physical Address

Houston County Jail
901 E Main St
Dothan, AL 36301

Mailing Address

Houston County Jail
901 E Main St.
Dothan, AL 36301

Inmate Mailing Address

Inmate Name
Inmate Number, Pod
Houston County Jail
901 E Main St
Dothan, AL 36301

The Houston County Jail does not have very strict mail rules.  Inmates can receive mail via the USPS.

Mail will be inspected for contraband to ensure the safety and security of the facility.

All incoming inmate mail has to be sent in on a single sheet of regular 8 ½ x 11 card stock.  The card stock must be folded in half and taped on both edges and at the top.  The card cannot contain anything other than the single written page.

Inmates cannot receive any hand-delivered mail or packages.

All mail must be written in ink or typed; no letters written in crayon or anything other than ink will be accepted.

  • You cannot send photocopies in the mail.
  • You cannot send photographs in the mail. 
  • Incoming mail can only be sent to the inmate to whom it is addressed.
  • All personal mail that is received for an inmate will be documented, opened, and inspected.  The mail may be read prior to delivery.
  • Incoming mail cannot have any foreign substances on it, including stains, aroma, or contraband on it.
  • All incoming mail must have the sender’s complete return address, including the sender’s first and last name, and the sender’s complete address.

Phone Numbers

The Houston County Jail’s Phone Number is: 334-712-0762.  The Houston County Sheriff’s Office number is: 334-677-4888. 

Although inmates cannot generally receive any deliveries, they are able to receive one outfit for court appearances.  The jail will accept exactly one set of court clothing for the inmate.  The clothing can be delivered the week prior to the court date.  Court clothes may be delivered Monday through Friday, from 8:00am to 4:00pm.  The clothing has to be delivered by the inmate’s attorney or a representative from the attorney’s office.  Family members cannot deliver the clothing.   The person delivering the clothing has to provide identification and will be given a receipt for the clothing.  There are rules regarding what type of clothing is acceptable for a court date.  A set of clothing may include: 1 suit jacket or sport coat; 1 necktie; 1 shirt; 1 pair of pants; 1 pair of low-rise dress shoes; 1 pair of socks; and 1 belt.  The clothing must be picked up within two weeks after the completion of the court case.  It can be picked up Tuesday and Thursday, between 8:00am and 4:00pm.  The jail will not store the court outfit, and will dispose of any clothing not picked up within two weeks.

Houston County Inmate Search

Houston County Jail has an inmate list.  You can search for inmates by name, charges, days, current, or released.  You can also choose to see the list of all inmates that are currently incarcerated in the jail facility.  Once you click on an inmate’s name, you get additional information on the inmate.  That information includes: the inmate’s name, local i.d., age, race, sex, admit date, admit time, housing location, confining agency, the charges against the inmate, the offense date, the court type, the bond amount if bond was set, the charging agency, and the arresting agency.  The inmate records also include booking photos. 

Inmate Bookings/ Recent Arrests

The Houston County Jail does not maintain a list of recent arrests.  However, it does maintain a comprehensive inmate list.  This inmate list is searchable by booking date and can even include recently released inmates. In addition to booking date, you can find other information about inmates on the inmate list such as the charges against the inmate, the arresting agency, personal demographic information about the inmate, mugshots, whether bond has been set, the court where the inmate is supposed to appear, and the amount of bond if bond has been set. 

Mugshots

While the Houston County Jail does not maintain a mugshot database, it does maintain an inmate list, which includes significant demographic information about inmates as well as their mugshots or booking photos. 

Visitation

The Houston County Jail has face-to-face, non-contact visitation, which it implemented in February, 2016.  They had been using a video visitation system for in-jail and remote visits, but decided to return to a face-to-face visitation scenario.  Video visitation is still possible, but there are no longer free; all video visits will be paid visits.  However, face-to-face visits to not impact whether or not an inmate can have video visits, not do video visits impact whether an inmate can have face-to-face visits.

To schedule a face-to-face visit, visitors must call 334-712-0762.  All visits must be scheduled no later than 3pm of the Friday before the weekend face-to-face visitation time.  There are no walk-in visits. 

Visitation is a privilege, not a right, and inmates who violate jail rules may lose both video and face-to-face visitation.  

Inmates who want visitors have to fill out a visitation list within 30 days of their booking date.  Visitation will not occur until the list of visitors is turned in, checked, and approved.  The inmate must be able to provide all requested information about each visitor.  Face-to-face visitors, including clergy and children, will not be permitted to visit if they are not on the list or if the information on the list is incomplete.  The visitor list is restricted to 8 names.  Face-to-face visitors cannot have been convicted of a Class A felony within the last 5 years, have charges pending for a Class A felony, or have been incarcerated in the Houston County Jail in the last six months.

Inmate face-to-face visitor lists are updated every January and July, with the new lists going into effect the month after they are updated.  Those are the only times that visitors’ lists are updated after the inmate completes the initial post-booking visitor list. 

All face-to-face visitors who are 16 years or older must present a current government-issued photo ID prior to visitation.  Visitors under the age of 16 must still show identification, but can present a social security card or a birth certificate instead of photo identification.

No children are to be left unattended in the lobby.  Therefore, failure to provide identification for minors who are visiting with an adult not only results in the children not being able to visit, but in the whole visit being denied.

Inmates get one 30-minute visitation per weekend, with a maximum of two visitors, including children, having a face-to-face visit each visitation day.  You cannot split visits; all of the visitors must come and leave at the same time.  There is no lobby waiting for people who are not visiting.

The Houston County Sheriff’s Office personnel may deny visitation for any reason.  Inmates who are serving time on lock-down or experiencing other disciplinary actions will not be permitted family visitors, though they may still be permitted to receive visits from clergy.

Inmates housed in an area that has a modified roll-out schedule can still receive face-to-face visits.

Visitors shall not bring contraband into the jail.  Contraband includes all items a prisoner is forbidden to have while in jail, but may also include additional items.  If you have questions about whether something is contraband, call the jail to inquire before visitation.  This step is important because visitors will not just be denied visitation if they bring contraband to the jail; they will be arrested and prosecuted.  In addition, all visitors will have a warrant check conducted when they come to the jail; visitors with active warrants will be arrested.

Visitors must comply with a dress code when they visit.  The dress code is posted at the jail.  You may want to go look at the dress code or call to inquire about the dress code prior to your first visit because visitors who are in violation of the dress code will not be permitted to visit and will be ordered to leave the jail property.  Generally, modest dress is required; if you question whether the jail would permit something, assume that it would not and wear something else.

Visitors cannot bring any type of electronic devices into the jail, including cell phones.

Any visitor who violates any of the jail visitation rules will be banned from the jail and from all forms of visitation for at least 90 days.

The visitation schedule is broken down into days and times.

The 1st and 3rd Saturday of the Month:

O Pod and Females in Medical (L) can receive visitors from 8 to 8:30; 8:45 to 9:15; 9:30 to 10; and 10:15 to 10:45 in the morning.

N Pod and Females in Docket (K) can receive visitors from 1 to 1:30; 1:45 to 2:15; 2:30 to 3; and 3:15 to 3:45 in the afternoon.

Females in Administrative Segregation can receive visitors from 4 to 4:30 in the afternoon.

Females in Protective Custody can receive visitors from 4:45 to 5:15 in the afternoon.

The 1st and 3rd Sunday of the Month:

C Pod, D Pod, and Males in Medical (L) can receive visitors from 8 to 8:30; 8:45 to 9:15; 9:30 to 10; and 10:15 to 10:45 in the morning.

E Pod, F Pod, and Males in Docket (K) can receive visitors from 1 to 1:30; 1:45 to 2:15; 2:30 to 3; and 3:15 to 3:45 in the afternoon.

Males in Administrative Segregation can receive visitors from 4 to 4:30 in the afternoon.

Males in Protective Custody can receive visitors from 4:45 to 5:15 in the afternoon.

The 2nd and 4th Saturday of the Month:

A Pod and B Pod can receive visitors from 8 to 8:30; 8:45 to 9:15; 9:30 to 10; and 10:15 to 10:45 in the morning.

I Pod and J Pod can receive visitors from 1 to 1:30; 1:45 to 2:15; 2:30 to 3; and 3:15 to 3:45 in the afternoon.

The 2nd and 4th Sunday of the Month:

G Pod and H Pod can receive visitors from 8 to 8:30; 8:45 to 9:15; 9:30 to 10; and 10:15 to 10:45 in the morning.

TR Pod and WK Pod can receive visitors from 1 to 1:30; 1:45 to 2:15; 2:30 to 3; and 3:15 to 3:45 in the afternoon.

Adjudicated Adults can receive visitors from 4 to 4:30 in the afternoon.

Life without Parole can receive visitors from 4:45 to 5:15 in the afternoon.

Inmate Phone Privileges

The Houston County Jail uses Legacy Inmate to provide phone privileges to inmates at the jail.  In addition to phone services, inmates have access to voicemail, inmate electronic messaging and video messaging. All services are paid services.  You can set up an account for an inmate, which is known as a Friends and Family Pre-Paid Account.   This account can be used for all services that Legacy Inmate provides at the Houston County Jail.  You can set up the account by calling 888.PAY.4.FAM (888.729.4326) or by visiting www.legacyinmate.com/prepaid.

Inmate Trust Accounts  / Commissary

The Houston County Jail uses JailATM to service its inmate trust accounts.  Trust accounts hold funds for individual inmates, which the inmates can use to make commissary purchases.  Commissary may also be known as canteen.  Items that inmates may purchase from commissary generally include items that inmates do not get from the jail and may include things like personal hygiene items and snack foods.

You can make deposits to an inmate’s trust account 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at www.jailatm.com.  In order to make a deposit online, you must have the following information: inmate name, inmate number, location (Houston County Jail), and a credit or debit card.

You may also make deposits in the jail kiosk located in the lobby of the Houston County Jail.  To make deposits into the kiosk, you will need to present a valid Driver’s License or government-issued identification card.

There is a service fee for all transactions.

Bail Information

To find out bail information for individual inmates, you can search for the inmate on the Houston County Jail Roster.  Each inmate’s profile will include detailed information about the charges and whether bail has been set for each charge, and the amount of that bail.  Keep in mind that if bail is denied for any of the charges, the inmate will not be released upon payment of bail for the other charges.

Bail is payable to the Houston County Circuit Clerk, but you may also be able to pay bail at the jail when the Houston County Court is not open.  Once bond is set and the bail process is initiated, it can take a few hours before an inmate is released.

Not all inmates will qualify for bail.  For those that do, there are generally two options for bail: paying the full amount of a cash bond or hiring the services of a bail bondsman.  If you pay cash bail, then the amount paid is refundable as long as the defendant appears at court.  If you hire a bail bondsman, then you pay a percentage of the bond (usually 10%) to the bondsman as a fee, which is non-refundable.  If the defendant fails to appear, the bondsmen is then responsible to the court for the entire amount of the bail.

Houston County Jail does not recommend any specific bondsmen, but you can locate bail bondsmen in the Yellow Pages or online.

Conclusion

The Houston County Jail in Dothan, Alabama is the county-level correctional facility for Houston County.  It holds both pre-trial detainees and inmates who are serving sentences after conviction for a crime.

 


Warden or Supervisor: Keith Reed Daily Inmate Count: 285 Total Capacity: 396 Security Level(s): minimum - medium

Inmate Name
901 East Main Street
Dothan, AL 36301

Phone Number(s): 334-712-0762
Fax Number: 334-671-9479
Email Address: [email protected]

901 East Main Street
Dothan, AL 36301

 
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