Buncombe County Detention Center – Asheville, NC

Buncombe County Detention Center is in Buncombe County, NC and is the correctional facility for that region. Looking for someone incarcerated at Buncombe County Detention Center? This page tells you information about everything you might need to know about Buncombe County Detention Centersuch as the following: Find an inmate at Buncombe County Detention Center. Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Posting bail. Buncombe County Detention Center intake procedures. Court information. And much more…

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The thought of going to jail is a daunting and scary prospect, not only for whoever gets arrested, but also their family and friends. This guide is meant to give information and advice that you’ll need to make getting locked up a lot easier. If you have questions, feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and also any tips or comments that might help others would be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Buncombe County Detention Center
20 Davidson Street
Asheville, NC 28801

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (828) 250-4550
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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 need to find them?

Has somebody that has been arrested and you don’t know how to find them?

In order to find out who is in jail at Buncombe County Detention Center you have to click on their link and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Buncombe County Detention Center Inmate Search is a list of people who are in jail, including current status, bail amount, and visiting schedule. Also, you can find the same information on anybody processed or released within the last 24 hours. Inmates are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You can get their arrest information faster if you enter the arrestee’s full name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or loved one could possibly be at a different jail you should check our guide to other North Carolina jails: Other County Jails in North Carolina


Mugshots

A mugshot, or intake picture, is the photo that the police take when you are booked into jail. A mugshot is actually two photos one full face and a side-view photo. Your full name and intake number will be on the photos, and they will be stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested are on the Buncombe County Detention Center website, or you can view them at the Buncombe County Detention Center. When you search for mugshots on the website you will need to put in the person’s first and last name, and the booking date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to get your mugshot erased from the Buncombe County Detention Center website? This is difficult, since your mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot removed you have to file a Petition to Expunge in court. This means that the record of your arrest would be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

To learn more about getting your mugshot removed, the different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal websites: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, if you are locked up, your primary thought is about getting out. After booking, a bail amount is determined by a special judge called a magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this may mean that you will either be released, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out of jail you must promise to show up for court, and in the meantime you are required not to go out of town.

In most cases, an inmate in the Buncombe County Detention Center are given early release in exchange for good behavior if they follow the rules and conduct themselves properly while incarcerated.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be granted work release. Either you will have to go back to jail each day after work, or you may get to live in a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to the courts to be released from jail until your trial. The amount of bail that is set depends on the seriousness of your crime. Someone will have to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total amount that was determined so you are able to get discharged from jail. If you don’t go to court, whoever posted your bail will not get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail must call the Buncombe County Detention Center. If you have all the person’s info, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know the bail amount. You can also see the bail amount on the Buncombe County Detention Center site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is never fun, but most of the time, it’s simple to do if you have the money. To start with, you need to find out if they have a Cash Only Bond situation. If it is, you will not be able to use a bail bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – the jail won’t take a personal check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the person will get released. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you just can’t afford it, you will need to use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen generally have a fee of 10-15% of total bail, and sometimes have a minimum fee of $100. This money is non-refundable and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If bail is very large, the bail bondsman might use your assets as collateral.

You can find a bail bondsman visit our page about: Bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process takes you through these steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you must answer some simple questions, such as what is your legal name, your address, date of birth and a contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your medical and psychological history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • All of your personal property will get taken away from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • You will get to make a phone call to call a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might get to wear your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will be given a jail uniform.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through the jail intake procedure? If so, please tell us what happened. How long did it take? What was you treatment like? Can you tell us secrets that could help other people that get arrested to get through jail processing?

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. Getting discharged takes between 30 minutes to all day. Or, simply, the faster you can post bail, the faster you will get let go. It also will depend on whether you’ve been given a cash bond amount or if the magistrate has to figure out how much to set your bail at. For lesser charges, you will be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and are given a discharge date, plan to be released that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

out against you, or if you need to begin your jail sentence, it is recommended that you do the right thing and turn yourself into the authorities. If you have a warrant, go down to the jail reception area, and tell someone that you think they might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if you do, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. When reporting to serve a sentence, report at the exact time and date that the sentence order states. Be sure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Only bring necessary items when you turn yourself in, like a driver’s license or even photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as a official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates have to provide each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail in advance. Your visitor’s names will be entered into the log for the requesting inmate. Each and every visitor is required to provide a photo ID when visiting. Visitors that gets to visitation or that is not on the visitation list will be turned away.
Visitation procedures at Buncombe County Detention Center frequently change, so you should visit the official Buncombe County Detention Center jail site before you visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . These phone calls are much more costly than phone calls made outside of jail. Phone calls are restricted on when and how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you break the jail rules, your ability to use the phone may be limited or totally denied.

The Buncombe County Detention Center phone number is: (828) 250-4550

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail must be sent via US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other form of mail delivery. You have to clearly write the inmate’s name, inmate ID, and the address of the jail on the envelope. Do not mail a package or box, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail sent to inmates will be opened and read and inspected by the jail administration, and the mail will be sent back if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to someone incarcerated at Buncombe County Detention Center:

Buncombe County Detention Center
20 Davidson Street
Asheville, NC 28801

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Buncombe County Detention Center
20 Davidson Street
Asheville, NC 28801


The mail policy is always changing, so be sure to double check the the Buncombe County Detention Center website when send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you should know you still have rights, one of these is that you have the right to request an attorney. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so make sure to have a friend or relative find an attorney for you. You may be thinking ‘but do I really need a lawyer’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal defense attorney will make sure you know your rights, look after your best interests and help you navigate through the complicated court system in Buncombe County. The sooner you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your charges, the better.

To read more about how to find a lawyer, visit: How to Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford a lawyer, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. Also, the Public Defender has access to private investigators, forensics experts and social workers. Public Defenders are bona-fide lawyers, admitted to the State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law in North Carolina.

Have you or someone you know used a court appointed attorney? Are you satisfied with how they handled your case and represented you in court?

Court Records

All court records are are public records and are available upon request. They contain a case file containing a docket sheet and all documents in your case. You have the ability to access your court case records via the website, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an official part of the court that maintains court records and controls access to them. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath when court is in session, and also read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records related to your court case are available at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are the charges and fees from your case, such as for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

The Buncombe County court magistrate is the judge who presides over your case. Magistrates are judges that do a number of different things, such as deciding a bail amount, issuing warrants, and overseeing preliminary court hearings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is prepared with information about your background and as much detail about the defendant’s life, which the magistrate will review when determining your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be solicited from the defendant, his or her family, and, if applicable, the victim. Remember you can request to have a copy of the report before you are sentenced, so you have the opportunity to correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, including community service to probation, to incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on how serious your crime was, you may be immediately taken into custody, or you could be given a date that you must go to jail to serve your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if some you know is in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?

To do this, you will have to access the Buncombe County jail website, and search by:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • or jail ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you can call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can check court records on the website or call the court directly. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask them. You should know that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, and their arrest date, contact the Buncombe County jail, on the phone, in person, or check online. Arrest records are in the public record and this is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you get served with legal papers, which can be a court order. You can find these civil process orders by going to the Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are required to be registered and listed on a sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You can access these offenders on the internet, but you should know that you can’t see the precise address, but rather the address block that they live on.

Court Records

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

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains a record of a person’s criminal background. These online databases are connected and you can track criminal backgrounds from another state. You are able to go to county courthouse and inquire, or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and in the event that it was in a different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you are able to get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for these crimes:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

If you do a criminal records check, usually won’t see if they had:

  • Speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this information, you must do a driving records search.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? How hard was it? Was your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the local courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are many reasons that people search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your account might help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI has their list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Buncombe County,the Buncombe County Sheriff maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of being incarcerated in Buncombe County Detention Center is very scary, you will soon get accustomed to the daily routine there. Expect an alarm for wake-up each morning at 6:00 AM, and then you’ll have roll call. Then you will have breakfast. Following breakfast you will be required to work in the work program that you’ve been assigned to. 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 Buncombe County Detention Center, 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 Buncombe County Detention Center 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 people in jail might change, so review the official Buncombe County Detention Center site when you send any funds.

    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 Buncombe County Detention Center

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Buncombe County Detention Center, 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 Buncombe County Detention Center

    Requirements:

    • You have to be over the age of 21.
    • You have to possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You have to be a US Citizen.
    • You have to pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You have to pass a drug test.
    • You have to have a good level of fitness.
    • You have to be in good health.
    • You have to 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 been locked up at this jail? Do you know anybody that is an inmate there? Have you ever visited a prisoner there?

    If so, then you should write your review about it. Write about your jail experience so that other people can find out what to expect.

    Things you might want to write in your review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • Other Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gang activity
    • Inmate activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has some stories to tell about the whole experience. How’d you end up in jail? Were you fairly treated? How was day to day life at Buncombe County Detention Center? What were the other inmates like? How has this experience impacted your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Do you want to find a friend from jail? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.

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