Russell County Jail

The Russell County Jail is located in Phenix City, Alabama and is operated by the Russell County Sheriff's Department. This facility holds adult male and female inmates who have been arrested by local county or city law enforcement, and it is the primary detention center for all law enforcement agencies in Russell County. 

Inmates are incarcerated for crimes ranging from a violation of misdemeanors to felonies. The Russell County 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
  • ICE detainees

To see a current inmate roster for the Russell County Jail, click here. 

When an inmate at the Russell County Jail has been assessed a bond, he/she may be released upon posting that bond through one of the following methods: 

  • Posting cash security in the amount of the bond plus all applicable surcharges and court costs
  • Use of a professional bondsman 
  • Posting a property bond 

Private Citizens who are property owners (real estate) may sign a property bond upon the approval of the sheriff or his designee. Whoever signs a bond (the surety) is responsible to see the arrested person (the principal) is in court at the appropriate time and place for all court proceedings. 

The bond signer (the surety) will be responsible to pay the full amount of the bond in the event that the principal fails to appear in court. Property must be located in Russell County unless otherwise approved.

Admission Packages

All inmates are approved to have one admission package within the first 14 days of being incarcerated. Admission packages are accepted all days of the week and may consist of the following items: 

  • One face towel (yellow) 
  • One bath towel (yellow) 
  • One sweatshirt (white or grey) 
  • One sweat pant (white or light grey) 
  • Three pair of underwear (white or light grey) 
  • Three sleeved T-shirts 
  • Three pair of socks (white) 
  • Three sports bras

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Visitation will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays only. No appointment will be necessary. Visitors will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. All visitors must report to the jail fifteen minutes prior to their visit. 

Visitation hours will be from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sunday. Each visit will be for twenty minutes.

Inmates incarcerated in the Russell County Jail are permitted to receive one 20-minute visit every two weeks. Visitation is granted to inmates based on the first letter of their last name. 

All inmates with the last name starting with the letters A-M have visitation together and inmates with the last name starting with the letters N-Z will have visitation together. No inmate incarcerated less than 14 days is allowed to visit. 

All inmates must complete a pre-approved visitation form prior to receiving any visits. Inmates may include up to six people they wish to be eligible to visit them. The persons listed will be the only persons allowed to visit the inmate excluding attorneys and clergy. 

Any person who has been incarcerated in the Russell County Jail within two years of the date they attempt to visit will be denied. 

Video visits are allowed at the Russell County Jail. You must set up your video visit at, at least 24 hours in advance. You must also be on your inmate's approved visiting list. This site will also allow you to put money on your inmate's books and send them an email.

Physical Address

Russell County Jail
307 Prentiss Drive
Phenix City, Al. 36869

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Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Russell County Jail
Inmate Name
307 Prentiss Drive
Phenix City, Al. 36869

They may receive pre-stamped postcards only. NO POSTAGE STAMPS are allowed.

Incoming mail must be addressed to the inmate using full name. 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. 

For example:

John M. Doe                                                    
12345 Main Street
Anywhere, Al 36609

Russell County Jail
Inmate Name (no nicknames)
120 Church St.
Troy, Alabama 36081

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 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 Russell County Jail, but they do have access to phones in their cell blocks (upon completion of the booking process) and can make outgoing collect calls.

Inmate 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.

To create and fund Prepaid Collect accounts, please visit the NCIC Inmate Communication's website. 

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or call 1-800-943-2189

How to Send Money

When inmates are booked into the Russell County Jail, the cash that they have on them is placed into an account at the Sheriff’s Office that allows them to purchase items from the jail commissary. 

Friends and Family members can visit the jail to add money on an inmate's books in person, or they can visit and use a debit or credit card.

Programs For Inmates

Weekly programs offered to the inmates include General Education Development, Family Planning / Parenting Skills, Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and Bible Studies. 

The Russell County Jail also has alternative incarceration programs including an Inmate Worker Program and a work release program.

Inmates selected for the Inmate Worker Program are those that are considered to be low security risks, show a promise of good behavior and consistent work habits. 

The following minimum requirements must be met to qualify for the work release program: 

  • The inmate must be sentenced on all charges. 
  • The inmate must be clear of any holds for other agencies. 
  • The inmate must be sentenced to serve their time in the Russell County Jail. 
  • The inmate must never have been charged with escape, sodomy, rape or any sale of drug charge. 
  • The inmate must have an employer willing to sign a work release contract.

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Careers at Russell County Jail

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