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DeKalb County Detention Center, AL

Updated on: February 23, 2024

DeKalb County Detention Center, DeKalb County, County Jail


2801 Jordan Road Southwest, Fort Payne, AL, 35968


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DeKalb County Detention Center is a medium-security detention center that is located in Fort Payne, Alabama. The city once had the highest suicide rates of any other city in the country. Most of the inmates sentenced here will not be serving longer than two years in jail.

The jail also accepts inmates from surrounding municipalities and from the U.S. Marshal’s Service. The DeKalb County Detention Center is run by the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office, and most of the inmates are waiting for trial and/or sentencing.

The DeKalb County Detention Center also has a work-release program. Inmates are released from jail during the days, so that they can work. You should apply to the work release program before being sentenced, as this will minimize the time it takes to potentially get into the program.

Inmates can make outbound calls that are quite expensive, and add up to around $15 each for those who choose to receive the call.

The DeKalb County Detention Center was originally built in 1963.

Dekalb County Sheriffs Department

Address: 2801 Jordan Road Southwest, Fort Payne, Alabama, 35968

Phone: 256-845-3801

Fax: 256-845-8564

Website: website

Sending a Mail/Care Package

The mail policy for DeKalb County Detention Center inmates is generous in that it:

  1. Allows for unlimited sending and receiving of mail to inmates.

  2. Allows for an unlimited amount of pages, and allows writing on both sides of the paper.

Photographs are a more sensitive issue. Inmates cannot have more than three photographs in their possession at any given time, and they must be no larger than 4” by 6”

Newspapers, magazines, and books can only be received as new, from the publisher, and if the inmate is staying at the facility for longer than 30 days. The material cannot incite race violence, or violence of any kind. It cannot encourage any sort of unlawful behavior, either.

This is an inmate mailing address for an inmate staying at DeKalb County Detention Center:

Inmate Name

DeKalb County Detention Center

2801 Jordan Road Southwest, Fort Payne, AL, 35968

Sending Money

The inmate commissary at the DeKalb County Detention Center sells items such as toiletries, candy, food, and more. There is also a facility manager that handles the sales of these items. The inmate store is self-sufficient.

  • Money can be placed on an inmate’s account through this link: You will need the inmate’s arrest number.

  • Bring cash to the jail lobby kiosk to place on an inmate’s account.

  • Bring a debit/credit card to the jail lobby kiosk to place on an inmate’s account.

Phone calls

There are phones located in inmate “pods” that can be accessed on two days: Saturday and Sunday. The phones can be used from 8 AM to 10 PM.

DeKalb County Detention Center staff can deny rights to the phone as a disciplinary action.

All phone calls will be billed collect or funds can be placed on an account. Phones aren’t operated or maintained by jail staff.


All visitors are checked at the front lobby. Visitors that are 17 and under must be accompanied by a parent and/or legal guardian. Visitors also cannot carry personal items into the visitation area.

Visitors and inmates at DeKalb County Detention Center cannot write notes to each other. They also cannot use sign language to communicate.

A prisoner is only able to have visitors if they have been in jail for 90 days.

If an inmate is released by bond or by other means, he/she will not be allowed visitors.

All visitation scheduling and requests are done through Video Visit Anywhere:

Visiting Hours

Monday: 7:30 AM to 9:00 PM
Tuesday: 7:30 AM to 9:00 PM
Wednesday: 7:30 AM to 9:00 PM
Thursday: 7:30 AM to 9:00 PM
Friday: 7:30 AM to 9:00 PM
Saturday: 7:30 Am to 2:30 PM
Sunday: 7:30 Am to 2:30 PM


Refer the map below to find the driving directions.

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