The mission of the Cherokee County Detention Center is to provide a safe, secure and humane environment for both officers, inmates, and the general public.
Cherokee County Detention Center
110 Cedar Bluff Road
Centre, AL 35960
Phone (256) 927-6435
Fax (256) 927-5226
The Cherokee County Detention Center was opened in October of 1996 and renovated in 2004. The facility has a capacity of 114, housing both male and female adult inmates for the county, local police in the county, and for the US Marshal Service.
The facility currently has a total of 20 employees, consisting of a Chief of Corrections, 4 Shift Lieutenant’s, 2 Cooks, and 13 shift Corrections Officers. All officers are required to attend and 80 hr. APOST approved Jail Management School, Taser and O.C. certification, CPR and First Aid, Draeger Breath Analyzer training, and PPCT/SSGT self defense training.
Inmate Bail Bonds
The Cherokee County Detention Center accepts the following types of bail bonds:
1. Property – All property bonds require 2 signatures. Each signature must have property equal to the amount of the bond each, and can not have mortgaged property.
2. Cash Bond – Must be paid in full at the Cherokee County Circuit Clerk’s Office.
3. Bonding Company – Bonding Companies must be licensed in Cherokee County to make bonds. Most companies charge 10% of the bond amount to make the bail for inmates.
Licensed Bonding Companies in Cherokee County are:
Big Boy’s Bail Bonds – (256) 543-8376
AAA/Eagle Bonding – (256) 927-2245
Goodfellas Bonding – (256) 266-1044
Bail Bonds may be made at any time, 7 days a week, except for the following times:
5AM – 7AM
11AM – 1PM
5PM – 7PM
Note* All Inmates on the Jail Roster who have a bond amount of zero, can only be released from Jail the following ways:
1. By Court Order from the presiding Judge in the case releasing the Inmate. or
2. If there are fines owed by the inmate to be released, all fines must be paid at the Cherokee County Circuit Clerk’s Office, this includes Failure to Pay cases and NWNI cases. The Circuit Clerk’s Office can be reached at (256) 927-3637.
Interpretation of abbreviations of charges:
TOP = Theft of Property UPODP = Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
UPOM = Unlawful Possession of Marihuana
UMOCS = Unlawful Manufacture of Controlled Substance
UPOCS = Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance
UDOCS = Unlawful Distribution of Controlled Substance
FTA = Failure to Appear
DUI = Driving under the influence
VPL = Violation of Prohibition Law
GJI = Grand Jury Indictment
Visitation for inmates are at the following times:
Unit 1 – Sunday from 1:00PM – 3:00PM
Unit 2 – Saturday from 1:00PM – 3:00PM
Unit 3 – Sunday from 8:00AM – 10:00AM
Unit 4 – Saturday from 7:30 – 9:30 AM
Unit 5 – Saturday from 9:30AM – 11:00AM
Unit 6 – (Female Inmates) Saturday from 3:00PM – 5:00PM
Trustee Visitation – Sunday from 3:00PM – 5:00PM
Holding/Medical Infirmary inmates – Saturday from 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM.
Each inmate will receive one, twenty minute visit a week unless there is a security issue.
All visitors must provide a valid ID upon request.
The Cherokee County Detention Center does not accept any property for inmates from the outside due to security risks. Inmates may purchase all necessary items from the inmate commissary. Inmates may release their personal property to friends and family during visitation hours only.
The Cherokee County Detention Center accepts funds for inmates commissary two different ways. One, by adding funds to the Swanson Cashier machine in the lobby of the Sheriff’s Office, which accepts cash, credit or debit cards. The other is to add funds via the internet, at the GovPay now website, which is www.GovPayNOW.com or by phone at 888-277-2535. You will need the inmates name and inmate number to add funds. The pay location code for GovPay will be 5500.
Money may also be added to an inmates telephone account two different ways. One, by adding funds to the Talton Cashier machine in the lobby of the Sheriff’s Office, which accepts cash, credit or debit cards. The other is to add funds via the interent, at the Talton Communications website, which is www.taltoncommunications.com, or call 1-866-516-0115.
Inmates receive their mail daily. All incoming and outgoing mail is inspected for contraband. Legal mail is only opened in the presence of the inmate. All incoming and outgoing mail is to have no profanity, stickers, or graffti on the outside of the envelope. Any correspondence between inmates in this facility or another Correctional Facility must be approved by the Chief of Corrections.
Inmate health care is provided at the facility by Southern Health Partners, consisting of 2 LPN’s, and 1 Nurse Practitioner. Inmates requiring medical attention may request to see a nurse 7 days a week, 7AM to 3PM. Medical Staff members are on call for all after hours incidents requiring medical attention.
The Cherokee County Detention Center currently operates an inmate work release program. Only inmates with non-violent histories are considered for participation. All inmates must be approved by the presiding judge and jail staff. Funds collected by the program are used to help pay the inmates court costs, fines and court ordered monies.
The Cherokee County Detention Center currently fingerprints for the Dept. of Human Resources, Board of Education, and for other numerous job applicants for various certifications. All applicants, with the exception for DHR and BOE, are charged a $10.00 fee per person for prints, payable in cash at the jail. All BOE applicants are required to pre-register through Cogent Systems online. All fingerprint applicants must have an appointment by calling (256) 927-6435. Please do not bring small children with you to an appointment as they will not be allowed in the Detention Facility for safety reasons.
The Cherokee Co. Detention Center currently participates in the AlaVine System. AlaVine is a free, anonymous, computer-based service that provides victims of crime with two important services: information and notification.
AlaVine will tell you if an offender is in jail and will give you other important custody information. AlaVine will also let you leave a phone number where you want to be called automatically if that offender is released, transferred, or escapes. To contact AlaVine, call 1-877-846-3425 from a touch tone phone and follow the instructions. You can also register for notification online atwww.vinelink.com
Cherokee County Corrections Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.)
When things go bad inside the walls of the Cherokee County Detention Center, the C.E.R.T. Team are the ones called to respond. Activated in 1998, the C.E.R.T. is trained and equipped to deal with numerous situations in the Jail. Some of those situations include cell extractions of violent and disorderly inmates, cell searches, and hostage and riot situations within the Jail.
The C.E.R.T. is equipped with full Riot Gear, Riot/Cell Extraction Shield, and other Non-Lethal equipment, now including the Taser, by Taser International, to perform their numerous duties. These team members endure constant training to be eligible to be on the C.E.R.T.
These C.E.R.T. members are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and never know when they may be called for duty. The number of assaults on inmates and staff, damage to property of the Jail, and contraband have dramatically declined since the establishment of the C.E.R.T. Team.