Franklin County Jail

The Franklin County Jail is located in Russellville, Alabama and is operated by the Franklin County Sheriff's Department. This facility has been open since 2008, and holds adult male and female inmates who have been arrested by local county or municipal law enforcement. 

This is the primary detention facility for all law enforcement agencies in Franklin County. It can house approximately 220 inmates and has on-site medical services provided through Southern Health Partners. 

Inmates are incarcerated for crimes ranging from a violation to misdemeanors to felonies. The Franklin County Jail houses:

  • Inmates who have been charged and are awaiting trial
  • Those who have been arrested on warrants
  • Those who have been sentenced to the county jail for one year or less for a misdemeanor crime
  • Those who've been placed on hold by Alabama Probation and Parole
  • Inmates sentenced by municipal courts in the county
  • People who have been placed in the jail "on hold" by other agencies, and
  • Inmates who are waiting to be transferred to their assigned Alabama Department of Corrections facility.
  • ICE detainees

Please Note: The Mike Green Center entrance at the double glass doors of the jail is the entrance for the jail lobby for inmate visitation, and for leaving money on the inmate commissary and inmate phone kiosks.  


You can bond someone out of the Franklin County Jail in one of three ways:

  • Cash Bond -- pay the total amount of the bond at the clerk’s office, inside the courthouse, and bring a copy of the receipt to the jail. Bond money will be returned after sentencing. (Please note: the judge has the right to deduct court costs and fines from bond money)
  •  Property Bond -- Obtain a property assessment printout from the Revenue Commissioners office, inside the courthouse. Then, bring the property assessment printout to the jail for review. Property must be valued at the total amount of the bond or greater than the total amount of the bond.  All people listed on the property assessment must be present to sign the bond.
  • Bail Bondsman -- The bonding company must be licensed in Franklin County and 10 percent of the bond must be given to the bondsman. Bonding agencies licensed in Franklin County include: #1 Bail Bonding, 4-A Bail Bonds Inc., Legends Bail Bonds, Northwest Alabama Bail Bonding, and Stonecipher Bail Bonding Co.

ALL bonds require a $35.00 bond-filing fee, and must be in the form of a money order made payable to the Franklin County Circuit Clerk. This should be given to an officer in the jail during the bonding out process. For questions concerning bonds, contact the jail at 256-332-8425. 

To view a current inmate roster, click here.

Franklin County Jail History

The Old Franklin County Jail was originally built in the 1930's and had the capacity to house 56 inmates. Eventually, the county had to place a tent in front of the jail building -- inside part of the fence area -- to provide more housing. The tent was then replaced with the Dome structure in September 2000 to comply with the requirements of state and federal laws covering the housing of inmates in small county jails

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Visitation hours at the Franklin County Jail are Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the video visitation room located in the lobby of the detention center.  

Visiting Rules

Inmates are given two FREE 30-minute visits for a total of one hour visitation each week.  Once an inmate's free visits have been used, you may visit by paying $7.50 per visit. You should deposit the money into the Telmate kiosk in the lobby of the detention center.  If there is a lockdown, the visit may be denied.

The booking process at the Franklin County Jail can take a while. So, new inmates being booked into the jail will not be allowed visitation until the booking process is completed and the inmate is placed in his or her cell. For additional information on Telmate inmate services, visit

Items allowed to be brought to an inmate

Once an inmate is booked into the Franklin County Detention Center, they are placed in a holding cell for at least 72 hours. During this time, the inmate is allowed to receive the items listed below. All items brought in must be new, unopened, and in original packaging.

  • One medium sized clear storage container
  • Six solid white t-shirts                     
  • Six solid white pairs of underwear
  • Six solid white pairs of socks
  • Six solid white bras (no underwire)
  • One solid white towel
  • One solid white washcloth
  • One toothbrush
  • One see-through stick of deodorant
  • One see-through bottle of shampoo
  • One see-through bottle of body-wash or pack of bar soap

These items will be accepted during the time the inmate is in holding ONLY. Once the inmate is placed into the general population, they will have to order these items from the commissary. 

Nothing will be accepted from the outside if the inmate is in the general population. If it is not listed above, it will not be accepted.

Dress Code

Visitors at the Franklin County Jail must be properly dressed before checking in to visit an inmate. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted. Proper undergarments must be worn. 

The following dress code will be followed:

  • Shorts will be knee length.
  • No short dresses (just above the knee is acceptable).
  • Shirts and dresses must have sleeves.
  • No see-through clothing.
  • No low-cut clothing.
  • The bottom of shirts must come to the beltline.
  • No skin tight clothing.

Physical Address

Franklin County Jail
748 Walnut Gate Road
Russellville, AL 35654

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Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Franklin County Jail
c/o Detainee Name
748 Walnut Gate Road
Russellville, AL 35654

All inmate mail must include the sender's name and return address.  Any inmate mail received without the sender's information may be destroyed.

Mail will be rejected if it is determined to be detrimental to security, order, or the health and well-being of an inmate. The following will result in the rejection of inmate mail:

  • Sending third party letters
  • Sending personal checks or cash
  • Including blank paper and envelopes in the package (inmates must buy this from commissary)
  • Sending greeting cards
  • Padded or bubbled envelopes
  • Including cologne, powder, or perfume on letters
  • Mail that includes hair or body fluids
  • Kissing marks
  • Letters with glue, tape, glitters, stickers, crayon, markers, or labels
  • Letters written in crayon or marker (must be typed or written with pen or pencil)
  • Letters that are dirty and explicit
  • Packages that include food items, gum, or food labels
  • Obscene photos or drawings
  • Anything depicting violence, sex, or gang affiliation

How to Call an Inmate

You can't call an inmate who is housed at the Franklin County Jail, but they do have access to phones, and are allowed to make outgoing calls. 

Inmates and detainees may not take more than 20 minutes per call. Calls (local and long distance) are billed at a per-minute rate, with no connection fees. International calls are also billed at a per-minute rate. Three-way calls are prohibited.

The inmate phone system is provided by Telmate. An account is set up for each inmate once they are booked into the Franklin County Detention Center. Money can be added to the inmate’s account either by phone, using a credit card, online at, or by using the Telmate kiosk machine located in the lobby of the jail, which accepts cash or credit cards.

How to Send Money

During the booking process at Franklin County Jail, a commissary account is set up for each inmate. If the inmate has money in their possession during the booking process, the money will be taken and placed into their inmate commissary account. 

To deposit money into a person’s phone or commissary account, visit Or, use the touch screen kiosk machine in the lobby. You can also mail a money order to 748 Walnut Gate Rd. Russellville, AL 35654.

When ordering commissary, inmates have the option to order snacks, personal hygiene items, and stationary items, including stamped envelopes and some clothing items. Inmates place commissary orders on Tuesday and receive their orders on Wednesday.

Programs For Inmates

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Careers at Franklin County Jail

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