Chilton County Jail

The Chilton County Jail is located in Clanton, Alabama. This facility is operated by the Chilton County Sheriff's Department and houses inmates who have been arrested by local county or municipal law enforcement. This facility also houses inmates who are waiting to be transferred to their assigned Alabama Department of Corrections facility.

Inmates booked into the Chilton County Jail will have all their personal property inventoried and stored for 30 days. Any personal property held longer than 30 days will be disposed of and/or donated to a local charity. It is the inmate’s responsibility to contact a reliable family member or friend to obtain his/her personal property. 

Family members may pick up property of housed inmates seven days a week, 24 hours a day by coming to the Chilton County Jail. Any person attempting to pick up property must have a photo ID.

The Chilton County Jail will not throw out the following items:

  • Wallet and contents
  • Keys
  • Cellular phone
  • Jewelry
  • Identification
  • Legal Documents
  • Purse and contents

These items will be maintained in storage (inmate’s property bag) for housed inmates until their release. Relatives of inmates being released from jail may bring clothing to the lobby for the inmate to change into in the restrooms located in the lobby area. 

Civilian clothing for inmates going to court (jury trial only) is accepted at the Chilton County Jail Monday thru Friday, from 8:00am – 4:00pm. 

A contact person’s name and telephone number must accompany the property and once the inmate’s court case has ended, the clothing must be picked up within 10 business days. 

State sentenced inmates who have been ordered to the Department of Corrections may take ONLY the following to Kilby Correctional:

  • Any legal mail
  • 25 stamps
  • 25 envelopes
  • Bible or Koran
  • One inmate pen

All other materials and personal effects are placed in storage and must be picked up by family members within 10 days from departure. Items left past the deadline will be donated to local charities. 

If you have any questions, please call 205-755-1053.

Posting A Bond

Inmates are received and released at the Clinton County Jail 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. There are three different methods that friends and family can choose from to post a bond for the release of an inmate from the Chilton County Jail:


Misdemeanor and felony bonds can be posted with the Circuit Clerk's Office Monday – Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm, excluding holidays, on the 3rd floor of the Courthouse, or by calling (205) 755-4275.

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. Property bonds may be posted at the Chilton County Jail at any time, 24 hours a day/7 days a week. Property has to be three times the amount of the bond, and if the charge is a felony, two property owners will have to sign the bond.

PROFESSIONAL BONDING COMPANY: Release may be made through a private bonding company approved by the Chilton County Sheriff's Department. Any bond over $1,000,000 must be approved by the Circuit Court.

Medication Drop-off

Medications, eyeglasses, contacts, contact solution and other approved medical items can be dropped off or picked up from the Chilton County Jail between 8:00 am and 6:00 pm, Monday – Friday. 

Funeral Viewing

If an inmate does not have a history of escape or failure to return, a family member must contact the Jail Supervisor at (205) 755-1053 to provide information about an inmate attending funeral viewing services. 

The staff at the Chilton County Jail does everything they can to allow inmates to attend a funeral viewing of family members, as the need for closure is understood. But certain interests of the Chilton County Jail may prevent an inmate from attending the viewing of deceased relatives.

Here is an outline of who is eligible and who is restricted from attending viewing services, and the funeral viewing process:

  • An inmate can only attend a funeral viewing for immediate family members—defined as mother, father, siblings, grandparents, and children of the inmate (natural or adopted).
  • The viewing must be local, within Chilton County, AL.
  • The viewing will be without any family members or friends present. Should anyone be present, other than funeral home staff, the visitation will be terminated and the inmate will be returned to the facility.
  • Viewing will last no longer than 20 minutes.
  • The inmate cannot be charged with a violent crime.
  • The bond amount will be taken into consideration by Jail Administration.
  • The inmate must not be charged with trafficking or manufacturing of narcotics.
  • The inmate’s criminal history and classification will be considered by Jail Administration.
  • Jail Administration will review documented disciplinary history making that inmate a potential risk of escape, becoming disruptive, or uncooperative with orders.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

General Population inmates at the Chilton County Jail are allowed one 30-minute visit per week.

Onsite visiting hours at the jail are on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8:15 am to 4:00 pm. 

Video visits are allowed daily between 7:00 am and 10:30 pm.  For video visitation go to WWW.VIDEOVISITANYWHERE.COM. There is no visitation allowed between 11:00 am and 12:00 pm. Call 1-877-578-3658 if you have trouble with video visits.

General Rules for Onsite Visitation

Visitors who act in an inappropriate manner may be permanently suspended from all future visits. The Chilton County Jail reserves the right to terminate, suspend, or cancel visitation for the safety and security of the facility at any time without notice.

Visitors should always dress appropriately:

  • No halter Tops
  • No Short Shorts
  • No transparent or revealing clothes
  • No Vulgar Clothing

Physical Address

Chilton County Jail
301 City Street
Clanton, Al 35045

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General Phone Number

(205) 755-1053

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Chilton County Jail
℅ Inmate name
301 City Street
Clanton, Al 35045

All inmate mail must be properly addressed. The inmate's name and address are REQUIRED on all mail or it will be returned to the sender. A valid return address is required on all incoming mail, if no return address is provided the incoming mail will be destroyed. ALL incoming and outgoing inmate mail is subject to search. 

The following rules apply to inmate mail at the Chilton County Jail:

  • No stickers and/or labels
  • Excluding the addresses on the front of the envelope, no other writings, doodling, or drawings are allowed on incoming and outgoing mail envelopes.
  • Holiday/Greeting/Birthday cards are accepted if the card does not contain any music/vocalizations or contain any device that utilizes any type of power source. Cards can not contain metal (including glitter), plastic, rope, or other hard material. Cards are not to be folded in any way that could hide contraband, or be larger than 9 X 12 inches.
  • Any items available in the jail commissary (pens, paper, stamps, etc.) will not be accepted through the mail.
  • Reproductions of information protected by copyright law are forbidden.
  • Any type of currency, checks, drafts, money orders, phone cards, or any forms of barter is prohibited.
  • No social security cards, driver's licenses, birth certificates, or any other forms of identification are authorized and are subject to destruction if mailed to an inmate.
  • No personal packages of any type are accepted.
  • The ONLY certified, priority, or express mail that is accepted will be from an attorney or courts.
  • Anything that depicts or describes procedures for the construction of weapons, ammunition, bombs, chemical agents, or incendiary devices is prohibited.
  • Any mail that contains materials that threaten physical harm, blackmail, or extortion is prohibited.
  • Any mail "stained" or "perfumed" will be returned to the sender or destroyed.
  • Lipstick, lip gloss, crayon, marker, stickers, tape, corrective tape (white out), glitter pens, glue or paint are prohibited.
  • Maps and laminated materials are prohibited.
  • No bubble wrapped envelopes will be accepted.
  • Any materials or publications from or about persons or groups who advocate the restricting of rights of others are prohibited.
  • Any materials considered to be of insightful or inflammatory natures that pose a risk to the safety and/or security of the facility are prohibited. 

Reading Materials

Inmates are allowed to keep two books and one Bible or Koran in their possession at one time. They are not allowed to have excess reading materials in their cell.

Reading materials must be received directly from a publisher or bookstore. If an inmate has more reading material than what is allowed is considered contraband and will be disposed of properly.

How to Call an Inmate

You can't call an inmate who is housed at the Chilton County Jail, but they do have access to phones and are allowed to make outgoing calls. Disciplinary action or classification may affect visitation and/or telephone privileges. 

All phone calls from the Chilton County Jail, regardless of location, are collect, pre-paid, or credit card calls. Phone calls from the booking area are free.

Phone services are provided through Securus and if there is a phone issue, you must contact the contracted telephone company at 800-844-6591.

How to Send Money

Commissary orders at the Chilton County Jail are processed on Wednesday at 6:00 am and delivered on Thursday.  Funds must be placed in the inmate’s commissary account by 5:00 am on Wednesday in order for them to receive their items.

You can add money to an inmate's account by using the kiosk in the jail lobby, which accepts cash, debit, & credit cards

You can also go online at or call 866-345-1884. You will need the following: 

  • Credit, Debit Card or Check
  • Inmate’s Name, Number

Money Orders are not accepted! Once an inmate is released they can report to the Chilton County Sheriff’s Office at the Chilton County Courthouse to collect any remaining money in their commissary account.

Programs For Inmates

Inmate care provided includes on-site medical, dental, and mental health services.

Religious services and baptisms are offered by the Jail Ministry Program. Jail ministry visits are conducted:

  • Tuesday and Thursday 6:30pm-8:00pm
  • Sundays 7:00am-9:00am and 6:30pm-8:00pm

If an inmate wants their minister, religious leader, clergy, pastor, etc. to conduct ministry and they are not on the jail ministry’s list, that inmate must add that individual to their visitation list as a visitor, and the visitation falls under standard Inmate Visitation.

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