Etowah County Jail

The Etowah County Jail is an ICE detention center that is located in Gadsden, Alabama. This facility houses detainees who are in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. 

For information about an ICE detainee housed at the Etowah County Jail, call (256) 546-2825 between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm. Make sure to have the detainee's information ready when you call. Including their full name (first, last, and hyphenated), any known aliases, their date of birth, and their country of birth.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Visiting hours at Etowah County Jail are as follows:

Unit 1:  Sunday & Monday,  9 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Tuesday & Wednesday, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Unit 8:  Sunday & Monday,  9 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Tuesday & Wednesday, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Unit 9:  Sunday & Monday, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.; Tuesday & Wednesday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Unit 10:  Sunday & Monday, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.; Tuesday & Wednesday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

General Rules

Detainees are allowed to visit for a maximum of thirty minutes. All visits are non-contact. To allow enough time to process through security, all visitors must arrive 45 minutes prior to their visiting time.

All adult visitors must have a valid, government-issued photo ID to enter the visiting room. Minors must be accompanied by an adult guardian at all times. They can't be left unattended in the waiting room, visiting room or any other area.  

Before visiting your detainee, you will be subject to a search of your person and a visual inspection of your belongings. You will also be required to successfully pass through a metal detector. If you refuse to cooperate with all search procedures your visit will be denied.

Visitors are not allowed to bring items into the visiting room or pass items to a detainee. No electronic devices (cell phones, pagers, radios, etc.) are permitted in the secure areas of the Etowah County Jail. Please leave these items in your vehicle.

Attorney Visits
Attorneys and paralegals may visit their clients daily between 8:00 am and 7:00 pm.

Consular Visits
Consular officials are allowed to meet with their detained nationals daily, at any time. Whenever possible, arrangements should be made with the ICE Supervisory Deportation Officer in advance by calling (256) 546-2825. All consular officials should bring appropriate credentials. 

Clergy Visits
Clergy are allowed to visit detainees housed at Etowah County Jail at any time. Arrangements must be made in advance with the chaplain by calling (256) 549-2194.

Physical Address

Etowah County Jail
827 Forrest Avenue
Gadsden, AL 35901
United States

Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/WTSb3CdZBUGkHekb8

General Phone Number

Facility Main Phone: (256) 549-5410
Field Office Main Phone: (504) 599-7800

Immigration Court: 1-800-898-7180
Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA): (703) 605-1007

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Etowah County Jail
Detainee Name
Alien Number, Housing Unit/Dorm/Bunk Number
827 Forrest Avenue
Gadsden, AL 35901
United States

When sending a detainee mail through the US Postal Service, you must include the last four digits of their Alien number, plus your name and address. The staff at Etowah County Jail does not read incoming detainee mail, but they do screen it for contraband. 

Sending Packages

Detainees at Etowah County Jail are not allowed to receive care packages. However, a detainee may receive items that are necessary for travel or release from agency custody with approval of the ICE Deportation Officer. 

Before sending packages to detainees, contact the following office at the facility:

DHS/US ICE- ERO 827
800 Forrest Avenue, 3rd floor
Gadsden, AL 35901
(256) 546-2825

Detainees who are being removed from the United States are allowed one small piece of luggage. This can be sent after receiving approval from the Supervisory Deportation Officer. For security reasons, no electronic devices (cell phones, electric razors, laptop computers, radios, etc.) are accepted.

How to Call an Inmate

You can't call a detainee directly at Etowah County Jail. However, if you need to leave an urgent message you can call (256) 549-5410.

Your message must include:

  • The detainee's full name
  • Their alien registration number, and 
  • A telephone number where you can be reached

How to Send Money

Family and friends can use a debit or credit card to deposit money into a detainee's phone and/or commissary account by calling Talton Customer Service at 1-866-348-6231, by visiting the Talton website at www.talton.net, or by using the Talton kiosk in the lobby or visitation (cash or credit card is accepted at the kiosk).

You can also deposit money into a detainee’s account by mailing a cashier’s check or money order made payable to the detainee. The detainee’s name and pin number must appear on the front of the check or money order (the pin number is the number given to the detainee when they are booked into the facility, not the detainee’s alien registration number). All money orders and cashier’s checks should be mailed to:

Pinnacle Public Services, LLC
1108 S. E. 6th Street
Ontario, OR 97914
Attention: Inmate Funds

To Post a Delivery Bond

When a detainee in ICE custody is placed into removal proceedings while they are in the United States, a delivery bond may be posted. When you post a delivery bond, you are required to show proof of identity.

Bonds for aliens detained by ICE can be posted at ICE ERO bond acceptance offices nationwide, Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., local time. For a list of ICE ERO bond acceptance offices nearest you or for bond information, click here. You must have the last name of the detainee and their alien registration number before calling. 

Acceptable forms of payment are: 

  • money orders
  • cashier’s checks 
  • certified checks

Payments must be made payable to “U.S. Department of Homeland Security” or “Immigration and Customs Enforcement.”

Programs For Inmates

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Careers at Etowah County Jail

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