Cleveland County Detention Center – Shelby, NC

Cleveland County Detention Center is in Cleveland County, NC and is the main correctional facility for this county. Do you know someone locked up at Cleveland County Detention Center? This guide tells you info about anything related to Cleveland County Detention Center,such as: Find an inmate at Cleveland County Detention Center. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and how to get out of jail. Intake procedures. Court information and records. And more…

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The thought of going to jail is a daunting and scary idea, not only for whoever is incarcerated, but also their friends and family. The goal of this guide is to give you info that you’ll need to make going to jail less stressfull. If you have questions, please feel free to ask it, and any tips or comments that could be a benefit to others is welcome.

General Information

Address

Cleveland County Detention Center
100 Justice Place
Shelby, NC 28150

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (704) 484-4889
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that is locked up and need to find out where they are?

Has a family member or friend who has been arrested and you need to find out what jail they’re in?

To search who’s in jail at Cleveland County Detention Center you will have to click on their website and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Cleveland County Detention Center Inmate List is an online list of persons who have been arrested, which includes current status, bail amount (if applicable), and schedule for visitation. You can find info about anybody arrested and booked or discharged within the past 24 hours. Prisoners are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You will be able to find their inmate information quicker if you enter their name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If the person you are looking for could possibly be at another jail you should look here: North Carolina Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail processing photo, is the picture that the police take when you are booked into jail. A mugshot is actually one and one profile photo. Your full name and intake number will appear on the mugshot, and they will be kept on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots can be seen on the website, or you can view them at the Cleveland County Detention Center. When viewing online you will need to input the full name, and the booking date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to get your mugshot erased from the Cleveland County Detention Center website? This may not be possible, as your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you must file a Petition to Expunge in court. Basically, this means that the record of your arrest will be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

For more information about getting your mugshot removed, the various websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, if you’re in jail, your only thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve been booked, your bail is determined using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. In cases where no bail is set this might mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you do bail out you are required to agree to go to your court date, and you will not be permitted to travel out of the county.

Typically, a prisoner will be given an early release in exchange for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and area a good inmate while they’re in jail.

If you follow the rules, you may be allowed to do work release. You will have to go back to the jail every day after work, or you may have the chance to move into a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you are required to pay to get out of jail until you go to court. Your bail amount all depends on how serious your charges are. You will need to pay to the courts 10% of the amount that was set so you can be released. If you miss your court date, whoever put up your bail money will lose all of the bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you have to call the Cleveland County Detention Center. If know the person’s information, like name, address and date of birth, they will tell you what their bail is set at. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Needing to bail someone out of jail is never a fun thing, but fortunately, it’s simple to do if you have the money. First, you need to find out if they have a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If this is the case, you will not be able to use a bail bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they can’t take a personal check. Once you have paid the bond, the inmate will get released. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you just can’t afford it, you should try a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will generally have a fee of 10-15% of total bail, and usually have a minimum fee of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman will not be returned to you and is typically cash only. If the bail has been set really high, the bondsman might ask to use assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

If you need a local bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Early Release For Good Behavior
  • Work Release Programs
  • Get Out For Time Served
  • Be Released 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 intake procedure takes you through the following steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you must answer a number of questions, such as your full legal name, your address, date of birth and an emergency contact.
  • They’ll also ask you about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • They will allow you to use the telephone in order to call a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might be able to keep wearing your own clothes, if not you you will have to wear a jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will get released from jail. The discharge process will take from 15 minutes to all day. Or, simply, the faster you can post bail, the faster you will get discharged. It also will depend on whether you have a bond amount or if a magistrate still needs to decide on how much your bail will be. For lesser charges, you will be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and have a release date, you should expect to be discharged that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the police have a, or if you have to begin your sentence in jail, it is highly recommended that you follow the law and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, go down to the jail processing area, and tell them that think that there is an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will check their system to see if there are any outstanding local, state or federal arrest warrants out for you, and if they find one, you will be taken into custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Be very careful that you don’t show up late. Just bring things that are allowed when you go, like a driver’s license or your ID, any prescription medication you might take, and a sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate must provide each visitor’s full name to the jail in advance. Your visitor’s names will be entered into the visitation log as an Authorized visit. Each visitor will have to provide identification. Anyone arriving late or that does not have a visting order will be turned away.
Visitation procedures frequently change, so you should double-check the jail site before go to the jail to 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 . Phone calls made in jail are typically more expensive than phone calls made outside of jail. There are certain restrictions about when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but inmates must keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you are disciplined for an infraction, an inmate’s phone privileges might get reduced or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

Phone Number: (704) 484-4889

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail has to be mailed using US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other type of delivery. You have to clearly write the prisoner’s name, inmate number, and jail address on the letter. Don’t send anything in a package, envelope with padding, bag, or an envelope with metal inside. Any mail sent to inmates gets opened and read and inspected by the staff, and will be returned to the sender if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Cleveland County Detention Center:

Cleveland County Detention Center
100 Justice Place
Shelby, NC 28150

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Cleveland County Detention Center
100 Justice Place
Shelby, NC 28150


The Cleveland County Detention Center mail policy changes often, so it would be best to double check the official website before you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you still have rights, the most important of which is the right to request a lawyer. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so make sure to have a friend or relative locate a lawyer when you call them. You may be thinking ‘but do I really need an attorney’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal defense lawyer can advise you of your rights, help protect your interests and help you navigate the criminal justice system in your county. The quicker you get an attorney working on your criminal case, the better.

For more information on how to find an attorney, read: How to Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford an attorney, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. The Public Defender has access to independent investigators, forensics experts and social workers. Public Defenders are real lawyers, admitted to the State Bar and are legally licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

Have you or someone you know had to use a court appointed attorney? How did they do?

Court Records

Court records are public records. Court records are comprised of a file with a docket sheet and all documents and motions that have been filed in the case. You, and anyone else, can access court records with the website, or at the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an official part of the court who manages access to court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath when court is in session, and read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All records and documents associated with your court case are maintained at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the charges from your case, which include filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have a Public Defender, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the judge who presides on your case in court. Magistrates do a number of things, like deciding a bail amount, issuing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is prepared to include the defendant’s background information and information about the defendant’s life and public history, which the judge will take into account when deciding on the sentence. Information and personal details will be requested from the defendant, his or her family, and in some circumstances the victim of the crime. Bear in mind that you can request to have your own copy of this report before your sentencing, and make sure that you go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will be sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, ranging from community service and probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you could be taken into custody immediately, or you could receive a date that you are supposed to report to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

This is pretty simple to do, just you need to visit the Cleveland County jail website, and search by:

  • Their name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • and their inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you can also call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant, you can access arrest warrants on the website or you can call the jail directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask the officer in charge. Keep in mind that if you do have an outstanding warrant, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, and their arrest date, contact the jail, on the phone, in person, or check online. Records of arrests are in the public record and this is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when you get served with papers, which can be court orders. You can find these civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are registered and listed on a sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to see these offenders online, but remember that you will not get the actual address, but rather the neighborhood block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. Court Records include a court case file that contains a docket sheet and all filings and documents filed in the court case. You are able to access the court records online, or at the clerk’s office of the court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state keeps a record of people’s criminal history. These databases are all linked and you can track criminal backgrounds from another state. You are able to go to county courthouse and make an inquiry, or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county, and if the crime was in a totally different state, you might have to pay for a more complete search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you are able to get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for the following crimes:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug Possession.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

During a criminal records search, in most cases won’t be able to see if they has had:

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this kind of information, you must do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? Was it a difficult process? Did you search online or did you call the courthouse? Was the information correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks search for criminal records, and your account might help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Cleveland County,the Sheriff maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of getting locked up in Cleveland County Detention Center is very scary, eventually you will get accustomed to the daily routine there. Inmates get an alarm to wake up at about six in the morning, and then roll call. After roll call you will get breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will have 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 Cleveland 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 Cleveland 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 rules for sending money to Cleveland County Detention Center inmates is likely to change, so we suggest that you visit the the Cleveland County Detention Center website when you send any money.

    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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    News and Media

    News

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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Cleveland County Detention Center

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Cleveland 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 Cleveland 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:

    • The right to protection from the accused.
    • The right to notification.
    • The right to attend proceedings.
    • The right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • The right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • The right to restitution.
    • The right to a speedy trial.
    • 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 incarcerated in Cleveland County Detention Center? Do you know someone that spent time there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate at this jail?

    If you have, then you should write a review about it. Write down what you experienced so that others can find out what to expect.

    Things you could put in what you write:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Staff and guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitors
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Safety
    • Gang activity
    • Inmate programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has some stories to tell about the whole experience. How’d you get locked up? Were you fairly treated? What was it like in jail? What about the other inmates? How did it affect you to go to jail?

    Click here to tell about all about it

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Are you trying to talk to a person you met in jail? Say wassup here, just leave a message below.

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  1. heather b says:

    to Paige P: Hey Momma #1 this is Momma#2…Thinking and Praying for you! Hoping you are OK! I will see you Friday!

    Love, Heather

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