The Corrections Division in Autauga County is managed by the Autauga County Sheriff’s Office and is responsible for detaining individuals awaiting trial or serving sentences in the county facility. The Autauga Metro Jail also detains inmates arrested by Prattville City and Autaugaville Town municipal police departments. The Corrections Division manages the intake and release of roughly 3400 inmates annually and has an average population of 160 inmates. The jail is run by a team of 39 staff members, led by Jail Warden Captain Larry Nixon. The staff is dedicated to ensuring the safety and security of inmates and visitors to the facility, while treating everyone with professionalism and respect.
The Autauga Metro Jail provides guidelines for the families and friends of inmates regarding the items they can drop off at the facility. Inmates are permitted to have up to three white t-shirts, pairs of socks, underwear, and sports bras (if female) without any wire in the bra. If the inmate has been in the jail for less than seven days, these items can be dropped off at the front desk with the inmate’s name written on each piece in permanent ink. However, if the inmate has been in the jail for longer than seven days, they must purchase these items from the commissary. Personal hygiene products must also be purchased from the commissary, and indigent inmates may receive an indigent package.
Commissary money can be accepted in the form of a money order during certain hours on weekdays or mailed to the jail. Alternatively, commissary money can be added to an inmate’s account at any time using the website www.correctpay.com. Bibles and other reading materials will not be accepted as they are provided by area churches, but books for inmates can be ordered and shipped from Book-A-Million or Barnes & Noble.
Inmates can receive mail, but the envelope must have a complete return address. Mail written in any color other than blue or black ink or pencil will be rejected, as will letters or cards with glitter, recordings, markers, crayons, lipstick, lip gloss, perfume, stickers, highlighters, white-out, copies, cash, personal checks, extra stamps, envelopes, paper, paper/booklet clippings, and magazine pages or clippings. Inmate pods’ telephones are not configured to receive incoming calls.
If there are any issues with receiving or blocking calls, the Jail Administration or telephone service provider can be contacted. Inmates are only allowed to keep a maximum of five pictures in their cells at any time, and any pictures received beyond that limit will be returned to the sender. Pictures with inappropriate clothing or pose or those copied onto paper or cards will also be rejected and returned to the sender.
It is required for visitors to arrive and sign in 15 minutes before their scheduled visit with an inmate at the Autauga Metro Jail. Individuals under 16 years old are not allowed to visit inmates. To be eligible for visitation, visitors must be on the inmate’s approved visitation list, which is updated on the first day of every month. Furthermore, visitors must present a valid photo ID that includes their date of birth. If visitors fail to provide appropriate identification, they will not be allowed to visit, and no exceptions will be made.
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 a.m.
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The Autauga Metro Jail permits one 30-minute visit during the assigned time slot for inmates in the general population, and each inmate can have up to four visitors. However, visitors must coordinate their visit times. Late arrivals will not be allowed another visit or extension of the visitation time. Visitors who have a drug conviction and have been incarcerated at the Autauga Metro Jail cannot visit any inmate, and those who have been incarcerated or are on probation cannot visit for five years from the date of conviction or incarceration.
Visitors must stay in the station of the inmate they are visiting and cannot move to another station. Possession of cell phones and cameras is prohibited inside the jail, and anyone found with these items will be banned from the jail. The Autauga Metro Jail does not offer video visitation as of January 24, 2022, but visitors can schedule video visits from home through CorrectPay by selecting “Schedule Video Visit” on the app or website, completing the registration form, and choosing the facility where the inmate is located.
Authorized attorneys are permitted to visit their clients in a designated area within the Autauga Metro Jail. The schedule for attorney-client visits in the Autauga County Jail has been changed effective March 1, 2017, to better conform to the jail’s schedule.
Monday – Friday
8 am to 12 am
1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Attorneys representing clients in a case can visit their clients in Autauga County Jail if they are the Attorney of Record or have filed a notice of appearance in advance. Jail staff will verify the attorney’s identity through the appropriate clerk’s office. To schedule a contact visit with their clients, attorneys are required to give 24-hour notice and must obtain case numbers from the clerk’s office. Prior to entering the jail, attorneys must present a valid government-issued identification card and a Bar Card indicating their ASB number. If the Bar Card is not up-to-date, access will be denied.
The Autauga Metro Jail has had issues with the delivery of “Privileged Mail” to inmates. To ensure the prompt delivery of privileged mail, specific rules must be adhered to. Privileged mail is correspondence between an inmate and their attorney of record, and it must be sent in an envelope no larger than 12″ x 9″. Envelopes larger than this size will be returned to the sender. No metal or plastic fasteners should be attached to privileged mail as they are considered contraband items, and the jail staff will not remove them. Mail with attached fasteners will be returned to the sender. Writing materials such as blank writing paper, writing utensils, stamps, envelopes, self-addressed stamped envelopes, etc. cannot be sent as privileged mail. Indigent inmates are provided with writing materials, while those with commissary funds must purchase their own. For questions regarding privileged mail for inmates, individuals may contact the Autauga Metro Jail at (334) 361-2600.
The Autauga County Sheriff’s Office has authorized the Autauga Metro Jail to implement a work release program for inmates with certain guidelines that must be followed. These include:
The Autauga County, situated in Central Alabama, has recently experienced rapid growth, making it one of the fastest-growing counties in the state. The Autauga County Sheriff’s Office is the primary law enforcement agency responsible for the unincorporated area of Autauga County, which includes the Towns of Autaugaville and Billingsley. They also serve other populated communities such as Pine Level, Marbury, Booth, White City, Jones, Evergreen, Kingston, Pentecost, Mulberry, and Independence.
The duties of the deputies in Autauga County are diverse and encompass various tasks, including answering 911 calls, law enforcement, maintaining court safety, handling mental orders and prisoner transports, serving all civil processes for the court system, and ensuring the smooth functioning of the county. Alongside their other responsibilities, the deputies respond to approximately 9,200 calls for service annually.
Autauga County is located in Alabama and was founded on November 21, 1818, by the Alabama Territorial Legislature. The county originally included the present-day counties of Autauga, Elmore, and Chilton. The Autauga Indians, a tribe of the Alibamu tribe, were the original inhabitants of the area, and the county is named after them. During the Creek War, the Autauga tribe fought against Andrew Jackson’s invasion of the area. Autauga County was ceded in the Treaty of Fort Jackson in 1814 as part of the Creek Confederacy’s territory.
Covering an area of 604 square miles, Autauga County comprises 594 square miles of land and 10 square miles of water, with the Alabama River forming its southern border. The county is bordered by Chilton County to the north, Elmore County and Montgomery County to the east, Lowndes County to the south, and Dallas County to the west. Despite being a predominantly rural county with 85% of the land used for timber and farming, Autauga County had an estimated population of 55,869 in 2019, according to the Census.