Jail and Inmate Search in Alabama

As of the end of May, AL had 27,098 inmates populating their prisons and jails. 24,643 of them were male, and only 2,455 were female. Almost 60% of Alabama’s prison population is white and the remainder black. Jefferson County contributes the highest number of prisoners with just under 14% of the state’s total. The state offers its inmates both drug treatment programs as well as educational programs for prisoners to participate in. Participation in these programs is utilized by only a small fraction of the inmate population. The majority of inmates are housed in medium-security facilities and are age 36-40.

What are AL Jail Records?

Alabama jail inmate search gives records about each prisoner incarcerated in jail or prison within the state. The state assigns each prisoner an Alabama Institutional Serial number (AIS) for identification. Using this number is the fastest way to look up someone in the state penal system. You can also search Alabama jail records using someone’s name. They keep only current incarcerations online; historical records are removed. An Alabama inmate record will contain the place of imprisonment, the person’s name, race, gender, hair and eye color, height, and weight, birth date, aliases, physical descriptors like tattoos or scars and a current mug shot. The record will also show his offenses, sentencing, time served and parole or release date.

How to Perform Alabama Inmate Lookup

If you are interested in locating an inmate in AL, you can find them pretty quickly using a couple of different methods. First, the state offers a free search tool on their website and with just the person’s name, you can find out where they are being held. You can also use one of the many Alabama inmate search tools online to find inmate records. Generally, you need only their name to search, but since prison populations can be extensive, it helps if you have additional information like their date of birth or prison ID also called an AIS number. You can find more information via Alabama prison inmate search tools online.

Creating Alabama Jail Records

Alabama’s Central Records Division, in the Criminal Justice Center in Montgomery, is the agency in charge of maintaining jail records. Alabama jail records contain any and all documents collected from local police departments or federal law enforcement agencies upon intake. Using a “centralized objective classification system” they process each inmate individually, creating a complete prison record for them with every detail. The Central Review Board must approve any changes to the record and reviewed by eight intake supervisors before it can be updated.

Criminal Justice Quick Facts

Alabama Imprisonment Rate
Alabama Imprisonment Rate: 633
Prison Population
Prison Population: 27,799
Probation Population
Probation Population: 51,694
Parole Population
Parole Population: 8,150
Racial Disparity in Incarceration Rate
Racial Disparity in Incarceration Rate: Black : White Ratio - 3.3 : 1
Juvenile Custody Rate
Juvenile Custody Rate (per 100 000): 168
Disenfranchised Population
Disenfranchised Population: 286,266 (7,62%)
Disenfranchised African Americans
Disenfranchised African Americans: 143,924 (15.11%)
Corrections Expenditures
Corrections Expenditures (in millions): 597

Alabama Prisoner Statistics by Gender

The number of Alabama prisoners at the year-end of 2016 was 28,883, that saw a 6.3% decrease compared to the previous year. Females made up 8.2% of prison population while the number of male prisoners counted 26,506 in 2016.

5 States with More Female Prisoners than Alabama

State Number of Female prisoners

5 States with More Male Prisoners than Alabama

State Number of Male prisoners
New York48,442

The Prisoner Change by Gender in % for the Last 10 Years

Number of Male Prisoners
Number of Female Prisoners
Change in Number of Male Prisoners
Change in Number of Female Prisoners

The Timeline of Total Prisoners from 2007-2016

The prison population of Alabama is 28,883 inmates, that is 1.8% lower than it was 10 years ago. The highest number of prison population in Alabama was in 2013, when the number of prisoners was 32,381 inmates.

Alabama Parole Population

Alabama parole population as of the beginning of 2016 counted 8,150 people, 227 paroles per 100.000 population. That’s by 412 people more compared to the previous year, which has increased by 5.1%.

Paroles per 100.000 population

Parole Total Population in Alabama

Parole Entries & Exits

Change in 2016, in Percentage and Number


Number on parole per 100,000 U.S. adult residents

Increased by

Adults entering parole, by type of entry

Type of Parole Entry Number of Parolees
Mandatory: 9
Discretionary: 2,506
Reinstatement: 0
Term of supervised release: 0
Other: 0
Unknown or not reported: 0

Alabama Prisons

The state has 132 jails covering 67 counties and 16 prisons. As of 2016, there were 15,580 people in jail and 28,883 in prison. The prison staffs 3,167 employees and operates off a budget of $451 million. Additionally, they had another 8,562 prisoners out of parole and 52,177 on probation.

The state offers information on their website about prison inmates who have escaped, sex offenders, a general inmate search tool and inmates who are scheduled for execution. Alabama prisons are subject to strict ADOC CCP minimum standards to measure performance for residential and non-residential programs.

AL prisons also engage in comprehensive re-entry and pre-release programs to help inmates adjust to home life, provide training for job searches and other resources to help them re-integrate back into life after prison.

Federal Prisons located in Alabama

Prison Name Prison Type
Aliceville FCIFederal Prison
Montgomery FPCFederal Prison
Montgomery RRMFederal Prison
Talladega FCIFederal Prison