Mobile County Metro Jail

The Mobile County Metro Jail is located in Mobile, Alabama and is operated by the Mobile County Sheriff's Department. This facility houses an average of 1,500 inmates per day, and is the primary detention center for all law enforcement agencies in Mobile County. This facility holds adult male and female inmates who have been arrested by local county or city law enforcement. 

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

  • Persons who have been charged with a crime 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

To see a current inmate roster for the Mobile County Metro Jail, click here

This facility has an automated system that provides information about your loved one in jail. You can reach it by calling 251-574-6412.

Medical Information

All inmate medical services at the Mobile County Metro Jail are contracted through NaphCare, If you need to speak with someone about an inmate's medical information, call 251-574-3368. Leave a message stating the inmate's name and your contact information, and your message will be returned.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Visitation times at the Mobile County Metro Jail are determined by the inmate’s housing location and gender. Visitation is offered five days a week, Monday through Friday at the Metro Jail and two days a week -- Saturday and Sunday -- at the Metro Barracks. 

Visitation hours are: 

Metro Jail Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Metro Barracks Saturday / Sunday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m

The Mobile County Metro Jail offers video visitation both onsite and remotely. ALL visits are registered and scheduled at  YOU MUST SCHEDULE YOUR OWN APPOINTMENT.

You can register online or by phone at 855-208-7349. You can also register in the lobby of the Metro Jail. Once you have registered, you may choose an onsite visit or a remote visit. An onsite video visit at the jail is free, but there is a fee for a remote visit.

All visits must be scheduled at least one day in advance, but no more than seven days in advance. 

All visitors must be signed in 15 minutes prior to the start of their scheduled visit, both onsite and remote. 

Only approved visitors are allowed visitation with an inmate at the Mobile County Metro Jail, and they must be on the inmate's visiting list. A maximum of four visitors are allowed per visit. If a non-approved visitor is caught using the scheduled visit of an approved visitor, this will result in visit termination and a suspension of the approved visitor's account. All visits are monitored and recorded. 

Professional Visits

The only face-to-face visits allowed at the Mobile County Metro Jail are with professional visitors, like clergy, legal, or medical. Those visitation hours are:

Monday – Friday
8:00 – 11:00 am
2:00 – 5:30 pm

Seven days a week
8:00 – 11:00 am
2:00 – 5:30 pm

Physical Address

Mobile County Metro Jail
450 St. Emanuel Street
Mobile, Alabama 36603

Driving Directions:

General Phone Number

251-574-6412 (automated information line)

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Mobile County Metro Jail
Inmate Name and DOB
P.O. Box 104
Mobile, Alabama 36601

All written incoming inmate mail must be on a rectangular, metered postcard no larger than 4X6 inches. NO POSTAGE STAMPS are allowed. Incoming mail must have a return address which includes a full name, street address, city, state, and zip code. It must also be addressed to the inmate using their full name and date of birth, if known.

For example:

John M. Doe                                                    
145777 Bayou Blvd.
Mobile, Al 36609

Inmate Name (no nicknames); DOB: 01/01/90
Mobile County Metro Jail
P.O. Box 104
Mobile, Alabama 36601

Mail received after the inmate is released from the Mobile County Metro Jail will be stamped “Return to Sender, No longer here” and then returned to the sender. All inmate mail is searched at an undisclosed location before it's handed out to the inmates.

Reading Materials

Inmates are allowed to keep the following reading materials in their possession:

3 – books
2 – magazines
2 – newspapers (subscription)
1 – Bible or Koran 

All reading materials must be received directly from a publisher or bookstore. Books, magazines, or newspapers received from any other source will not be delivered to the inmate.

How to Call an Inmate

You can't call an inmate who is housed at the Mobile County Metro Jail, but they do have access to phones in their cell blocks. 

At the time of processing into the Metro Jail, inmates are allowed to make phone calls while they are in the Docket Room. Local calls (251 area code) are free, but long distance calls are “COLLECT ONLY.” Telephone calls made in the Docket Area are limited to five minutes. 

Once the inmate is in the Housing Area, all calls are billed as collect calls and last for a duration of 15 minutes. Long Distance calls are billed at a higher rate.

How to Send Money

Friends and family can put money on an inmate's books at the Mobile County Metro Jail by visiting and using a debit or credit card. It can also be done by phone by calling the toll free number at 1-866-394-0490, or by using the website

Money can also be placed on an inmate’s account utilizing the Cashier located in the lobby of the Metro Jail Visitation Lobby Monday – Friday from 8:00am – 6:30pm, the Docket Lobby seven days a week, anytime day or night, and the Metro Barracks seven days a week, at any time of the day or night. 

The Cashier accepts cash, debit cards and credit cards. The Cashier eliminates the need to purchase money orders. Deposits made through the Cashier, toll-free service, and internet are immediately available for commissary purchases and are fee based.

Money Orders

Money orders not to exceed $50.00 may be brought to the Money Clerk’s office Monday – Friday from 8:00am – 6:30pm The money orders must have the inmate’s full name and date of birth and the sender’s name and address including zip code. 

They may also be mailed to the Money Clerk’s office. The money orders must have the inmate’s full name and date of birth and the sender’s name and address including zip code. All money orders should be addressed in the following manner: 

Inmate’s Name, date of birth
Mobile Metro Jail, Money Clerk’s Office
P. O. Box 104
Mobile, AL 36601

Programs For Inmates

The Metro Jail has both a main jail facility and a minimum security barracks, which provides inmate labor to parks, facilities and events across Mobile county. This work release program saves local taxpayers more than $1.5 million each year.

The jail also provides a comprehensive range of necessary services to inmates, from food and medical services to education and rehabilitative programming.

Adult Basic Education (ABE) / General Educational Development (GED) is offered on a voluntary basis. An Inmate’s classification status is taken into consideration upon acceptance into an educational program.

Alcohol Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous programs are offered. Court referral inmates have priority in attending, and other inmates are allowed to attend on a space available basis.

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Careers at Mobile County Metro Jail

If you are interested in a career with the Sheriff's Department and would like more information about the job openings at the Mobile County Metro Jail, click here.