Jail Division

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The Jail Division of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is commanded by Captain Russell Bedsole. The Jail Division is responsible for the Care, Custody and Control of the inmates housed in the Shelby County Jail. The facility is a 550 bed facility which houses local, county, state, and federal inmates of both pre-trial and convicted status. The jail is staffed by 68 highly trained correctional professionals.


Line officers and first-line supervisors work 12-hour shifts for 24 hour coverage. Jail staff utilizes the following to manage inmate populations:

  • Computerized Fingerprint Systems
  • Computerized Jail Management
  • Court Teleconferencing
  • Digital Imaging
  • Intercoms
  • Radios
  • State-of-the-Art Video Surveillance Systems
  • Telephones

These technologies make Shelby County Jail one of the most sophisticated corrections facilities in the region. The podular design of the facility is often copied and is one of the most efficient in the state and nation.

Inmate Information

Inmates are received and released 24 hours a day 365 days per year from the facility, located at:
380 McDow Road
Columbiana, AL 35051

Inmate care provided includes on-site medical, dental, and mental health services. For information on how to visit an inmate, view the Inmate Visitation page. Disciplinary action or classification may affect visitation and/or telephone privileges. The inmate commissary and telephone systems are provided by outside vendors.

For specific information about bonding procedures, the inmate phone system, a listing of current inmates and the inmate handbook, see the Jail global page. View inmate breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus.