Jail Division

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The Jail Division of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is led by Commander Captain Denver McCool. The Jail Division is responsible for the operations of the jail facility to include direct inmate management and jail support services such as K-9, Court Liaison, and Classification.  In addition, the Sheriff's Office Transport unit is under the command of the Jail Division and is responsible for inmate movement to court, outside appointments, and the transport of inmates who are being temporarily held on Shelby County charges in other jurisdictions. The Jail Division is comprised of about 70 deputies along with additional support staff.


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.