Craven County Jail – New Bern, NC

Craven County Jail is located in Craven County and is the main correctional facility for that region. Looking for somebody locked up in Craven County Jail? This site tells you information about everything you might need to know about Craven County Jailsuch as the following: Find out who’s in jail at Craven County Jail? How to view Craven County Jail mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. How to post bail. Craven County Jail intake procedures. Craven County court information. And much, much more.

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary and daunting thought, not only for whoever is incarcerated, but also their friends and family. The goal of this guide is to give you information that you’ll need to make the process easier. If you have questions, feel free to ask it, and also any tips or comments that might help others is much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Craven County Jail
1100 Clarks Road
New Bern, NC 28563

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 252-636-6619
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that is locked up and don’t know how to find them?

Has someone that’s been arrested and you don’t know how to find out what jail they’re in?

In order to look up who’s in jail at Craven County Jail you need to go to their website and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Craven County Jail Inmate Lookup is an online list of people who have been arrested, including current status, bail amount, and visiting hours. Also, you are able to get info about anyone who has been arrested or released within the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You can get their arrest information quicker if you’ve got their name, birth date, or arrest number.

If the person you are looking for may be at another jail you should look here, too: Other Jails in North Carolina


Mugshots

A mugshot, or intake picture, is a photo that the jail takes when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is make of one frontal photo and one profile photo. Your name and intake number will be in the mugshot, and they’re kept on file.

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Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be found on the Craven County Jail website, or you can go in person to the Craven County Jail. When viewing online you will have to put in their name, and the arrest date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to have your mugshot removed from the Craven County Jail site? This will be difficult, as the mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot removed you need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. What this means is that the record of your arrest would be sealed, and unavailable to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

To learn more about getting your mugshot taken down, the various mugshot sites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, once you are arrested and put in jail, your main thought is about getting out. After you’ve been booked, bail will be set by a special judge called a magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this might mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you do bail out you must promise to be in court on your court date, and until that date you are required not to go out of town.

Usually, a prisoner at Craven County Jail are given time off in exchange for good behavior if they respect the rules and area a good inmate while incarcerated.

If you follow the rules, you may be granted work release. You will be required to return to jail each day when you’re finished at your job, or you might have the chance to sleep in a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to the court system in order to be released from jail pending trial. Your bail amount depends on the crime you’ve been charged with. You or someone you know will have to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total amount that was determined in order to be released from jail. If you fail to show up for court, that person will lose all of the bail money.

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 Craven County Jail. If you’ve got the person’s information, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know what their bail is set at. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the Craven County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is never a fun thing, but in some cases, it’s simple to do if you have the money. First of all, find out if their bail is a Cash Only Bond. If it is, you can’t use the services of a Bail Bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – they can’t take a check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the person will be released into your care. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you can’t afford it yourself, you will need to use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen usually charge a fee of 10-15% of the total bail amount, and sometimes have a minimum charge of $100. This money is non-refundable and the bondsman only accepts cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bail bondsman may request to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond.

If you need a local bail bondsman click here: Find a Bail Bondsman in Craven County

Have you ever used the services of Bail Bondsman for yourself, a family member or friend? If you have, leave a comment below and tell your story, and let us know how it worked out for you.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process includes each of the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • You will have to answer some questions, like what is your legal name, your address, birth date and contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • Any personal property you have will get taken away from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • They will allow you to use the phone to call a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, they will let you keep wearing street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will be given a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through the jail intake procedure? If you have, you should share your experience so others can benefit from your story. How long did you have to wait? How did the guards treat you? Can you tell us secrets that will help other people to get through jail processing?

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will be discharged from jail. Getting discharged from jail takes from 30 minutes to all day long. Or, simply, the quicker bail is posted, the faster you can get released from jail. Also, it will depend on if you have a cash bond or if a judge still needs to decide on your bail amount. For minor charges, you will be booked and released on your own recognizance. If you have served a sentence in jail and have a discharge date, you should expect to be released between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you need to begin your sentence in jail, you really should do the right thing and turn yourself in willingly. For a warrant, go to the jail intake area, and tell an officer that you think there may be a warrant for your arrest. They will do a record check, and if you do, you will be taken into jail custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, go to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order states. Make sure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Only bring necessary items when you go, for example a driver’s license or photo ID, prescription medication, as well as the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates must list each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitors will go into the visitation log as an approved visitor. Every visitor must provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Visitors that gets to visitation or that is not on the visitation list will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at Craven County Jail can change, so it would be wise to double-check the official 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 made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Phone calls made in jail are much more expensive than phone calls made outside of jail. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you break the rules and are disciplined, an inmate’s phone privileges could be reduced or totally denied.

The Craven County Jail phone number is: 252-636-6619

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail must be mailed using the actual US Postal Service. You must not use any other method of mail or package delivery. You have to write or type the name, inmate ID, and the address of the jail on the letter. Do not mail a package, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail that you send to inmates will be opened and reviewed by the staff, and will get returned to the sender if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Craven County Jail is:

Craven County Jail
1100 Clarks Road
New Bern, NC 28563

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Craven County Jail
1100 Clarks Road
New Bern, NC 28563


The Craven County Jail inmate mail policy can change, so double check the site before you send a letter to an inmate 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 you would be wise to ask a friend or family member to find an attorney when you call. You may be thinking ‘I don’t need a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, an attorney will make sure you know your rights, help protect your interests and show you the way through the legal system in Craven County. The sooner you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your charges, the better.

For more information on this subject, read our guide: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you can’t afford an attorney, you will be assigned a public defender. Also, the Public Defender’s Office is staffed by investigators, forensics experts and case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are licensed lawyers that are admitted to the North Carolina State Bar Association and are fully licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

Have you or someone you know used the services of a Public Defender? What was your experience?

Court Records

All court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. Court records have a file with a sheet called a docket sheet and all of the documents filed during your court case. You are able to access your court records with the online service, or at the Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer of the court that manages the records. They also administer the oath when court is in session, and read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records relating to your case are available at Craven County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the fees and charges associated with your court case, such as filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you are low income and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

The magistrate acts as the judge that will preside on your case. Magistrates are judges that do several different things, such as setting bail, issuing arrest warrants, and overseeing first court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is prepared with information about the arrestee’s background and details of the defendant’s life, which the magistrate will consider when determining your sentence. Information and personal details will be gathered from the person on trial, his or her family members, and, if applicable, the victim. Don’t forget you can request to get a copy of this report before you are sentenced, so you get the chance to correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, which include community service and probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you will either be taken into custody, right there in court, or you might be given a date to go to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if a family member of friend is incarcerated, or has ever been in jail?

To find this out you will have to visit the jail’s website, and search using:

  • Their name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • and their inmate ID.

If you think that they are currently in jail, you should call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can check the arrest warrants inquiry on the website or you can call the court. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask the officer in charge. You should know that if you do have an outstanding warrant, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, and the date of their arrest, contact the jail, either by phone, in person, or look online. Records of arrests are public record and the information is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you get served with legal papers, which can be a court order. You can access civil process orders by going to the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders must be listed and registered 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 or kidnapping crime. You are able to see this information online, but bear in mind that you will not be able to get the precise address, just the neighborhood block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. These records include a case file that includes a docket and any filings and documents filed in your case. You can access your court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at Clerk of Court office in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains records of someone’s criminal past. These databases are all linked and you can track criminal backgrounds from another state. You can go to courthouse and check in person, or check the website. It is helpful to know the county, and in the event that the crime was in a completely different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you will get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for any crimes, which can include:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug Possession.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

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

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find driving records, you must do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Dis you do your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the jail? Did you get information that was correct? There are plenty of reasons that people search for criminal records, and your account could make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Craven County,The Sheriff’s Department has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of getting locked up in the Craven County jail is quite unpleasant, you will soon settle into the daily routine there. You should expect an alarm for wake-up at 6:00 AM, and then roll call. Next, you will eat breakfast. When you finish 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 Craven 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 Craven 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 procedure to send money to Craven County Jail inmates might change, so we suggest that you review the official Craven County Jail site before you send money 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 Craven County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Craven 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 Craven County Jail

    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 in Craven County Jail? Do you know anybody that spent time there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner there?

    If your answer is yes, then we would like you to write a review about it. Write down your jail experience so others can find out what to expect.

    Things you might want to include in your comment:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Staff and guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Having Visitors
    • The other inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gang activity
    • Prisoner programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has some stories about their time ‘inside’. Why’d you end up in jail? Did you get fair treatment? How was life in jail? Were the other inmates cool? How has this experience impacted your life?

    Click here to share your story about when you did time in Craven County Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Trying to reconnect with an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Post a message to them below.

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  1. Martha H says:

    Arrest record of a Craven County Jail inmate was released. Why? 12/16/1993,11/08/1994, 11/21/1994, 01/1995,04/1996,07/1998 ,09/15/1998,09/15/1998 ,07/1999,
    08/1999,03/2007, 03/2008, latest 11/03/2011

    A male, Z, 34, of 201 Wynne Road in Havelock, was arrested after the incident at 12:30 a.m. on Wednesday. Nov,03,2011

    He has been charged with assault on a female, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, second-degree kidnapping and child abuse of his two children

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