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The Sheriff maintains complete law enforcement jurisdiction in all cities and townships within the county. One of the Sheriff’s main responsibilities is the operation and maintenance of the county jail. This service has to be provided seven days a week for all twenty-four hours a day.

There are two jails in Jefferson County. There are a Birmingham county jail and a Bessemer county jail. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Headquarters is located in the Birmingham Division. It is located at 2200 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd, Birmingham.

The Chief Deputy is the second in command. He oversees the daily operation and administration of the Office. The Assistant Sheriff is in charge of the Bessemer Cut-Off Division and reports to the Sheriff.

The Jefferson County Corrections Division includes both the  Birmingham County Jail and the Bessemer County Jail. There are more than 29,000 people who are committed to jails each year. The average daily inmate count for both jails is over 1200 inmates per day and is increasing every year.

The Sheriff’s Office has many specialized units at their disposal. The units at the Sheriff’s disposal are Motor Scouts, Bomb Squad, Canine Unit, Crisis Negotiation Team, Animal Cruelty Specialists, Truck Weighing Unit, Honor Guard, and S.W.A.T. (Special Weapons and Tactics), Computer Forensics, Convicted Sex Offender Investigator Unit, Cold Case Unit, Vice and Narcotics Unit, Terrorism Unit and the Highway Traffic Safety Unit.

Jefferson County Jail

Jail Visitation in Jefferson County! 

Only immediate family members are permitted to visit incarcerated people held at either jail. As a visitor, you need to present a valid photo ID. If you are under 18 years of age, you will be denied entry to the jails for visitation.

Packages are not allowed to be dropped off at the jails for delivery to the inmates. If a parcel or box is delivered to the jail, it will be returned to the sender.


You can leave money for an inmate in a couple of different ways.

  1. You can make money order payable to the inmate. The money order must be placed in a money envelope and dropped in the box which is located in the lobby of each facility. Details that have to be on the envelope include the name of the inmate, the name of the sender, the amount of the money order, as well as the inmate’s JCID number (if unknown, leave blank). The money will be transferred to the inmate’s account on the next business day.
  2. You can leave money for an inmate through the lobby kiosk. There is a kiosk at both of the Birmingham and Bessemer prison facilities. The kiosk accepts cash only and not credit or debit cards.

Visitation for the Birmingham Jail is from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm. The visitation schedule is organized around the first initial of the inmate’s last name. Mondays are scheduled for A,B,C, Tuesdays for D,E,F, Wednesday H,I,J,K,L, Thursday M,N,O,P,Q, Friday R,S,T, Saturday U,V,W,X,Y,Z.

Visitation for the Bessemer Jail is organized similarly. A-G Saturday 8:00 am to 11:00 pm, H-Q Saturday 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, R-Z Sunday at 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Jefferson County Jail Log

Jefferson County Jail population

The amount of available beds in the Birmingham facility is 1,075 beds. There are 198 beds available in the Bessemer facility. It is interesting to note that the Birmingham facility was originally designed to have 620 beds and the Bessemer Jail was designed to have 100 beds.

Contact information

If you’d like to contact the Birmingham headquarters, dial 205-325-5700. If you’d like to send a mail, address it to the following address.

2200 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd

Birmingham, AL 35203

In case there is an emergency, you can dial 911 or 205-325-1450.

Jefferson County Jail Log

you can find out if a particular individual is held in Jefferson County in case you want to contact them in any way. To view the Jefferson County jail log and perform a Jefferson County inmate search, you can use the two following online directories:

1. Jefferson County Jail Log – the local sheriff at Jefferson County operates an online Jefferson County inmate roster that gets updated daily. The Jefferson County inmate roster contains information about male and female inmates who are currently held in the facility. Each listing includes the full name of the inmate, their booking number, booking date, charges, and mugshot (in most cases). To view further information about each inmate, you can click on their "profile tab" that will open up additional data.

2. GoLookUp inmate search – another method for finding inmates who are in the Jefferson County jail log is by using an online inmate search service, like the one available to you on GoLookUp. To perform the search, you need to provide the name of each inmate you are searching. The search will immediately begin, and at the end of it, you will receive a report that includes the following data:

  • Full name
  • Aliases
  • Arrest records
  • Criminal records
  • Mugshots
  • Booking information
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