Hertford County Jail – Winton, NC

Hertford County Jail is located in Hertford County and is the main correctional facility for that area. Do you know someone at Hertford County Jail? This guide will tell you about anything related to Hertford County Jail,like: How to locate an inmate at Hertford County Jail. Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and bail bondsmen. Intake procedures. Hertford County court information. And everything else.

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary and daunting idea, not only for whoever gets arrested, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is meant to give information and advice you need to make going to jail easier. If you have specific questions, please feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and also any feedback or comments that could be a benefit to other people in the same situation would be welcome.

General Information

Address

Hertford County Jail
701 N. Taylor St.
Winton, NC 27986

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 252-358-7800
Fax Number:

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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 out where they are?

Do you know a family member or friend that’s been arrested and you need to find them?

To see who’s in jail at Hertford County Jail you will need to click on their web site and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Hertford County Jail Inmate Lookup is a list of persons who have been arrested and are in jail, including custody status, how much their bail is, and times you can visit. Also, you can find the same information on anybody arrested and processed or discharged in the past 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You’ll be able to find their inmate information faster if you enter your friend or family member’s first and last name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If your friend or loved one could possibly be in another county jail you can check our guide to other North Carolina jails: Other County Jails in North Carolina


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail processing picture, is the picture that the police take when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is make of one face photo and a profile photo. Your name and jail booking number will appear on the photos, and they are stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be found online, or you can see them in person at the Hertford County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you have to enter the inmate’s full name, and the arrest date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to get your mugshot taken off of the Hertford County Jail site? This may not be possible, as your mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you must file a Petition to Expunge in court. What this means is that all of your arrest records would be sealed, and will not be accessible. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For more information about removing your mugshot, the various mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, if you are locked up, your main thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve gone through booking, your bail will be determined either by bail schedule or magistrate. If there is no bail set this might mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you are released from jail you will have to promise to show up for court, and in the meantime you won’t be allowed to leave town.

In most cases, an inmate at Hertford County Jail can earn early release in exchange for good behavior when they follow the rules and conduct themselves properly while incarcerated.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. Either you will have to return to the jail every day when you’re finished at your job, or you could get to move to a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you have to pay to get out of jail until your court date. Your bail amount is determined by the crime you are charged with. You will need to pay 10% of the amount that was determined in order for you to be released. If you miss court, the person that bailed you out of jail won’t 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 jail. If know the pertinent information, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know what their bail is set at. You can also see the bail amount on the Hertford County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is no fun, but fortunately, it’s very simple to do. First of all, you need to find out if they have a “Cash Bond Only”. If it is, you will not be able to use a bail bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – the jail won’t take checks. Once the cash bond has been paid, the person will be released. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, of if you can’t pay it, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. They will generally charge a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and usually with a minimum fee of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman will not be returned to you and the bondsman only accepts cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bail bondsman will usually ask to use your assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

You can find a bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman

Have you ever hired a bail bondsman for yourself, a family member or friend? If so, post a comment below and tell about it, and let us know how it worked out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure includes each of these steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • The first step is that you will have to answer some questions, like your legal name, home address, birthdate and an emergency contact.
  • They’ll also ask about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • All personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • They will let you make a phone call in order to talk to a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you will be allowed to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you will be issued a jail jumpsuit.

Have you ever been booked into jail? If you have, please tell us what happened. How long did it take? What was you treatment like? Can you tell us things that will help other people that get arrested get through the process?

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will get discharged from jail. Getting discharged takes anywhere from 10 minutes to all day. In other words the faster you can post bail, the faster you will get let go. It also can depend on if you’ve been given a cash bond or if a judge must determine how much to set your bail at. For minor offenses, you will get booked and released on your own recognizance. When you get to the end of your sentence and know the release date, expect to get discharged between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you need to begin your jail sentence, you should do the right thing and turn yourself in willingly. For a warrant, go to the jail processing area, and tell the intake officer that you think there is an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, report to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order lists. Be sure that you don’t show up late. Be sure to only bring allowed items when you go to jail, such as a driver’s license or state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as a copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate must give each visitor’s full name to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitor’s information will go into a log of approved visitors for the inmate that requested the visitor. Each visitor has to provide a photo ID when visiting. Any visitors that gets to visitation or that is not an approved visitor will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures change often, so we suggest that you review the official site before you try to visit an inmate.

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 . Calls made in jail are usually more expensive than regular phone calls. There is no limit to when and how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you break the jail rules, phone calls might get cut back or forbidden completely.

Phone Number: 252-358-7800

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail has to be sent using the US Postal Service. You can’t use any other form of mail delivery. You have to write or type the inmate’s name, inmate ID, and the address of the jail on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t send a box, envelope with padding, bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail that you send to inmates is opened and reviewed by the jail administration, and will be returned to the sender if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Hertford County Jail, use this address:

Hertford County Jail
701 N. Taylor St.
Winton, NC 27986

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Hertford County Jail
701 N. Taylor St.
Winton, NC 27986


The Hertford County Jail inmate mail policy changes, so it would be best to visit the the Hertford County Jail website when you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you should know you still have rights, one of these being your right to request an attorney. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so it is important to have a friend or relative find a lawyer when you call them. You may be asking yourself ‘but do I really need a lawyer’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal lawyer can advise you of your rights, help protect your best interests and help you navigate through the complicated court system in Hertford County. The sooner you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your charges, the better.

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

Public Defender

If you cannot afford a lawyer, you will be assigned a public defender. The Public Defender Office is staffed by private investigators, experts in forensics and social workers. All Public Defenders are real attorneys, members of the State Bar and are licensed to practice law.

Have you or someone you know had to use a Public Defender? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

Court records are public records. They contain a file containing a docket and all of the documents that have been filed. You, and anyone else, can access your court case records via the internet service, or at the Hertford County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Hertford County 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 read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records and documents from your case are held at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court fees are the fees and charges from your case, which include filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you are low income and have a court appointed attorney, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.

Magistrate

The magistrate acts as the judge who presides over your case in court. Magistrates are judges that do a number of things, like setting your bail amount, issuing warrants, and presiding over preliminary court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is put together with information about the arrestee’s background and as much detail about the defendant’s life, which the magistrate will review and take into consideration when determining a sentence. Information will be requested from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and, if applicable, the victim of the crime. Remember that you can request to see your own copy of the report prior to sentencing, so you have the opportunity to correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are a number of different options, including community service to probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on how serious your crime was, you will either be taken into custody immediately, or you might be given a date to report to jail to serve out your sentence.


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Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if someone is currently in jail, or has ever been locked up?

This is pretty simple to do, just you need to visit the jail’s website, and search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birth date.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • and their jail inmate ID.

If you think that they are currently in jail, you can call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can access arrest warrants inquiry online or you can call the jail. This requires a first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask one of the officers. You should know that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the jail, on the phone, go there in person, or find out online. Records of arrests are in the public record and these records are available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you get served with legal papers, which can be warrants. You can access civil process orders by going to the Hertford County Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders must be listed and registered on both a national and state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to view these offenders on the internet, but remember that you will not be able to see the exact 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 containing a docket and any documents and filings filed in your court case. You can access court records via the internet, or at Clerk of Court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains records of their state citizen’s criminal history. These databases are connected so you can track criminal convictions from another state. You are able to go to county courthouse and inquire, or check online. It helps to know the county, and if it was in a completely different state, you might have to pay for a more intensive search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you will get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for any crimes, which can include:

  • DUI.
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

If you do a criminal records check, you will not learn if they had:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this kind of information, you have to do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? Was it a difficult process? Was your search online or did you make a phone call to the Hertford County courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are lots of reasons that folks look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your feedback could help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Hertford County,the Hertford County Sheriff’s Department 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 being incarcerated in the Hertford County jail is quite unpleasant, soon you will settle into the daily routine there. You will get a wake-up alarm at 6:00AM, and next you’ll have roll call. After roll call you will have breakfast. After 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 Hertford 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 Hertford 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 funds to someone in jail is likely to change, so we suggest that you check the the Hertford County Jail website 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 Hertford County Jail

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

    • You have the right to protection from the accused.
    • You have the right to notification.
    • You have the right to attend proceedings.
    • You have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • You have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • You have the right to restitution.
    • You have the right to a speedy trial.
    • You 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 incarcerated at Hertford County Jail? Do you know someone that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate at this jail?

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

    Things you could put in the review:

    • Conditions in Hertford County Jail.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • Other Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gangs
    • Prisoner programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has at least one story to tell about it. Why’d you get arrested? Did you get fair treatment? What happened to you while you were locked up? What about the other inmates? How did going to jail affect your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Need to reconnect with an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.

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