Alleghany County Jail – Sparta, NC

Alleghany County Jail is located in Allegany County, North Carolina and is the main correctional facility for that county. Know someone incarcerated at Alleghany County Jail? This guide will tell you about anything you might want to know about Alleghany County Jail: Find out who’s in jail at Alleghany County Jail? Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s address and phone number. How to post bail. Intake procedures and booking. Court information. And lots more.

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary idea, not only for the person who goes to jail, but also that person’s friends and family. This guide is meant to give you all the information and tips you need to make getting locked up easier. If you have questions, feel free to ask it, and also any feedback or comments that would be beneficial to other people in the same situation is much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Alleghany County Jail
40 Alleghany Street
Sparta, NC 28675

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 336-372-4455
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member that has gone to jail and don’t know how to locate them?

Has a family member or friend who has been arrested and you need to find out where they are?

To look up who’s in jail at Alleghany County Jail you need to click on their website and do an inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Alleghany County Jail Inmate Locator is a list of people who have been arrested and are in custody, including status, bail amount (if applicable), and schedule for visitation. Also, you can find info about anybody booked or discharged within the past 24 hour period. Prisoners are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You can get their inmate information more quickly if you’ve got the arrestee’s full name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If your friend or family member might be in a different jail you will want to check the other North Carolina county jails in our North Carolina County Jail Guide: List of all county jails in North Carolina


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a booking picture, is a photograph that the police take during jail intake processing. A mugshot is actually one frontal photo and one profile photo. Your name and jail booking number will appear on the mugshot, and they’re on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be viewed on the website, or you can see them in person at the Alleghany County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you will need to put in the inmate’s legal name, and the arrest date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to have your mugshot erased from the Alleghany County Jail site? This can be tricky, as the mugshot is a public record. You will need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. This means that all of your arrest records will be sealed, and will not be available to the public. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot taken down, the different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal services: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Once you’re in jail, your primary thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through booking, a bail amount is decided by the magistrate. If no bail is set this might mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out of jail you must promise to show up for court, and you must not leave the county.

Usually, prisoners will be given early release in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and act right while incarcerated.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you might be given work release detail. Either you will have to go back to jail each day when you’re finished at your job, or you could be allowed to live in a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Bail is how much money that you have to pay to the courts to be released from jail until your court date. The amount you will have to pay all depends on the crime you’ve been charged with. Someone you know will need to put up 10% of the amount set in order for you to bail out of jail. If you don’t go to your court appearance, whoever put up your bail money won’t get the bail money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you will need to call the jail. If you have all the person’s info, like name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know the bail amount. You can also check their bail amount and status online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but fortunately, it is really easy. To start with, find out if it is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If it is, you won’t be able to use a bail bondsman. Cash only – the jail won’t take checks. Once the cash bond has been paid, the person will be released into your care. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you can’t afford it yourself, you should try a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will usually charge a fee of 10-15% of the bail amount, and usually have a minimum fee of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman will not be returned to you and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bondsman will request to use assets as collateral for the bond.

To find a bail bondsman click here: How to find a bail bondsman

Have you ever had to find a Bail Bondsman because you or someone you know got arrested? If so, please share your experience in a comment below, and let us know how it worked out for you.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Get Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Work Release
  • Get Out For Time Served
  • Get Out on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • Get Released on House Arrest
  • Get Released on Your Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process takes you through each of these steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • You will have to answer some simple questions, like your full name, home address, birth date and an emergency contact.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • They will allow you to make a telephone call in order to contact a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might be allowed to wear your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to wear a jail uniform.

Have you been arrested and gone through jail intake? If so, please tell your story. How long did it take to get processed? What was you treatment like? Can you share any things that could help other people get through jail processing?

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will get released from jail. Getting discharged from jail will take anywhere between 15 minutes to quite a few hours. In other words the quicker you post bail, the sooner you can get released from jail. It also might depend on whether or not you have a bond amount or if the magistrate must decide on how much your bail will be. For lesser charges, you will get booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have served out your jail sentence and have a discharge date, you should expect to be released in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If there is a, or if you need to begin your sentence in jail, you really should do the right thing and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. In the case of an outstanding warrant, report to the jail reception area, and tell an officer that believe that there could be an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if they find one, you will be taken into custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, go to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order states. Be very careful that you are not late to report. Just bring required items with you, like your drivers license or even your ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and a official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates need to list each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail. Your visitor’s information will be entered into a log of approved visitors as an Authorized visit. Every visitor will be required to provide identification. Anyone arriving late or that is not an approved visitor will be turned away.
Visitation procedures at Alleghany County Jail can change, so we suggest that you visit the official jail site before you go.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Phone calls made in jail are a lot pricier than regular phone calls. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when and how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you break the jail rules, phone calls might get reduced or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

Phone Number: 336-372-4455

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate is required to be mailed using the actual US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other type of mail or package delivery. You have to write or type the person’s name, inmate ID, and the jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t send a box, envelope with padding, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail sent to inmates will be opened and examined by staff, and the mail will be sent back to the person who mailed it if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Alleghany County Jail is:

Alleghany County Jail
40 Alleghany Street
Sparta, NC 28675

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Alleghany County Jail
40 Alleghany Street
Sparta, NC 28675


The Alleghany County Jail inmate mail policy changes, so we suggest that you visit the site when you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you still have certain rights, the first of which is the right to request a lawyer. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so you would be wise to have a friend or relative find an attorney for you. You may be asking yourself ‘I don’t need a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, an attorney will advise you about your rights, protect your interests and show you the way through the court system in your county. The sooner you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your case, the better off you’ll be.

For more detailed information on the benefits of hiring a lawyer, click here: Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford a lawyer, you will get a public defender. The Public Defender is staffed by independent investigators, experts in forensics as well as case workers. All Public Defenders are actual attorneys who are members of the State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

Have you or someone you know had to use the services of a Public Defender? Are you satisfied with how they handled your case and represented you in court?

Court Records

Court records are a matter of public record. They contain a court case file containing a docket sheet and all of the documents filed during your court case. You can access the records and documents in your court case via the Allegany County website, or at the Clerk of Court’s office.

Clerk of Court

The Allegany County Clerk of Court is a member of the court that manages court records. They also administer the oath during court cases, and read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records, documents, and evidence associated with your case are held at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are all costs from your case, for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

The magistrate acts as the judge who presides over your court case. They do different functions, such as determing how much your bail will be, writing arrest warrants, and overseeing preliminary court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is prepared with information about the arrestee’s background and as much detail about the arrestee’s life, which the magistrate judge will review and take into account when deciding on the sentence. Information will be gathered from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and in some circumstances the victim in the crime. Don’t forget that you can ask to receive a copy of this report before you are sentenced, so you can correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, including community service to probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on how serious your crime was, you will either be taken into custody, right there in court, or you could be given a date that you are required to go to jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if a family member of friend is incarcerated in jail, or has ever been locked up?

To do so, you will have to go to the Allegany County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search by:

  • Their name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • and their inmate ID.

If you think that they are currently in jail, you can also call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you are able to check the arrest warrants inquiry online or call the jail directly. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask the officer in charge. Bear in mind that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, and the date of their arrest, contact the Allegany County jail, on the phone, go there in person, or check online. An arrest is a matter of public record and the information is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, like court orders. You can find these by going to the Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are required to be registered and listed on either a national or state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to see this information online, but keep in mind that you will not be able to see the street address, but only the address block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. They include a court case file that contains a court docket and any of the documents filed in the court case. You are able to access your court records on the internet, or at Clerk of Court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state keeps a record of people’s criminal history. These state databases are all connected so you are able to track criminal backgrounds from another state. Go to the Allegany County Courthouse and inquire, or check online. It helps to know the county, and if it was in a different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

A criminal records search you will be able to get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for crimes, which include:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

When you do a criminal history search, you generally won’t learn if someone has had:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this information, you must do a driving records search.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? Was it easy? Dis you do your search online or did you call the Allegany County courthouse? Was it correct? There are lots of reasons that people look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your story could make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI maintains a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Allegany County,the Allegany County Sheriff’s Department has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that getting locked up in the Allegany County jail is very scary, in time you will get used to the daily routine there. Prisoners get a wake-up alarm at 6am, and next you’ll have roll call. You will then eat breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will be required to work in the work program or other activity that you are assigned. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Alleghany County Jail, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.

    Dress Code

    When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the Alleghany County Jail uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

    You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.

    The process for sending money to someone in jail at Alleghany County Jail could change, so check the the Alleghany County Jail website before you send funds to an inmate.

    Commissary

    The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.

    Inmate Medications

    If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.

    Meals

    You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.

    Pods / The Yard

    The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.

    Gangs

    As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Alleghany County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Alleghany County Jail, overseeing the day to day operations and administration of the jail. An inmate is unlikely to have much interaction with the Deputy Sheriff, unless they have committed an infraction. Detention Officers are responsible for the custody and care of the inmates. They maintain order in the jail, and handle security. A Detention Officer is assigned to a certain pod, and therefore is responsible for the same inmates each day. They get to know the inmates on a certain level, and are well equipped to handle any problems that may occur.

    Apply for a Job at Alleghany County Jail

    Requirements:

    • You must be over the age of 21.
    • You must possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You must be a US Citizen.
    • You must pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You must pass a drug test.
    • You must have a good level of fitness.
    • You must be in good health.
    • You must have a valid Drivers License
    • An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.


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    Family Resources

    There are resources for families of both the perpetrator of the crime and the victim. The social and emotional impact of crime is far reaching, affecting many. Families can receive professional counseling, court related assistance, social services assistance and help in navigating the criminal justice system.

    If you are a family member, which resources did you find to be particularly helpful? Please let us know, as this will be helpful to other families in the same situation.

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    Victim Resources

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

    • Victims have the right to protection from the accused.
    • Victims have the right to notification.
    • Victims have the right to attend proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • Victims have the right to restitution.
    • Victims have the right to a speedy trial.
    • Victims have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

    The definition of victim includes:

    • Spouses and children of all victims.
    • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
    • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
    • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

    There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

    Victim Notification

    The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

    Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

    All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.

    Domestic Violence

    If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever spent any time in Alleghany County Jail? Do you know someone that spent time there? Have you ever visited someone at Alleghany County Jail?

    If yes, then you should leave a comment below about it. Write about your experience so that others will know what to expect.

    Things you might want to include in your comment:

    • Conditions in Alleghany County Jail.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitors
    • Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has some stories to tell about the whole experience. Why were you locked up? Did you experience fair treatment? How was life in jail? What about the other inmates? How did going to jail affect your life?

    Tell Your Story About Alleghany County Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Do you need to reconnect with a person you met in jail? Post a message to them below.

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Comments

  1. Debra a says:

    Why is it that an incoming prisoner cannot be provided the the basic necessity of soap, washcloth, toothpaste and maybe a toothbrush, but instead must also purchase these items thru commissary? I am aware of entities that could provide such items. It is very hard for some families to come up with this extra money, especially when their breadwinner is incarcerated.

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