Montgomery County Detention Center

The Montgomery County Detention Center -- aka the Mac Sim Butler Detention Facility -- is located in Montgomery, Alabama and is operated by the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department. This facility is the primary detention center for all law enforcement agencies in Montgomery 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 Montgomery County Detention Center 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 Montgomery County Detention Center, click here

The Mac Sim Butler Detention Facility was built in 2006 as part of a $50 million expansion of the existing county jail. The 169,768 square-foot addition can house a maximum of 1290 inmates. The facility consists of four floors, three of which houses inmates.

  • The first floor is where intake and release takes place. It also features central control, records, a staff gym, administrative offices, and a large conference room.
  • The second floor is where you'll find the state-of-the-art medical unit, a multi purpose room, and the female housing unit. 
  • The third and fourth floors house minimum and medium-security male detainees. 

The housing units at the Mac Sim Butler Detention Facility contain four-person cells, a recreation area, a visitation area and a multi-purpose room to provide for inmate programs and services.

Each unit features mezzanine housing levels that officers monitor via an enclosed control booth. Each control booth is staffed by a correctional officer who supervises three inmate housing areas that each have 12 four-person cells (48 beds to a block and 144 inmates to a unit).

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Due to the increase of the COVID-19 Delta variant in Montgomery County, the sheriff temporarily CLOSED the onsite inmate visitation at the Mac-Sim Butler Detention Facility on Monday, August 16, 2021. 

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office will continue to monitor the situation and adjust their safety protocols and procedures as needed. The sheriff will notify the public when inmate visitation has been resumed. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the sheriff's office at 334-832-4950.

Visitation times at the Montgomery County Detention Center Sunday thru Friday only. The morning session takes place between 8:00 am and 11:00 am., and the evening session is between 6:00 pm and 9:00 pm Central time.  ALL VIDEO VISITATION IS MONITORED AND RECORDED.

Visitor’s must have approval and be on their inmate’s approved visitation list. No more than two visitors are allowed per inmate.  

All visitors must be appropriately dressed (i.e., No Sheer/translucent clothing. No halter tops. No tights or low-cut shirts are allowed). Anyone who is improperly dressed will be denied visitation. 

Each visitor 16 or older is allowed one 30- minute visitation period each week. All visitors ages 16 or older must show photo identification and be appropriately dressed. Visitors 12 and under are considered children and must visit at the same time as their guardian.

Professional visiting hours:
CLERGY:  Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8am-11am
LEGAL (ATTORNEY): Daily from 8-11am or 2:30-4pm or 6-9pm

If you have questions about visitation, please call 334-832-1386.

Physical Address

Montgomery County Detention Center
250 South McDonough Street
Montgomery, Alabama 36104

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General Phone Number

(334) 832-4985

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

John M. Doe (No nicknames)
Booking# 123456 MCDF
P.O. BOX 4566
Montgomery, Al 36603

Incoming mail must be addressed to the inmate using full name and Booking Number. All incoming inmate mail must contain a full return address, or it will be destroyed. Mail that is not labeled correctly will be marked return to sender. 

Inmates are not allowed to have magazines or hardcover books. You can send paperback books to your inmate, but they must be sent directly from the publisher, not from a seller. Books sent without following the proper channels will be rejected.

How to Call an Inmate

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

How to Send Money

Friends and family can put money on an inmate's books at the Montgomery County Detention Center 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 You can also send a care package to your inmate at

Programs For Inmates

Medical and Dental Services

The Montgomery County Detention Center has a state-of-the-art medical and dental operation which allows for the treatment of inmates' illnesses and injuries. It has a waiting area, 27 single cells, padded cells, observation cells, a pharmacy, medical offices, exam rooms, and storage.

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Careers at Montgomery County Detention Center

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