Jackson County Detention Center – Sylva, NC

Jackson County Detention Center is in Jackson County, NC and is the primary jail for the region. Are you looking for someone at Jackson County Detention Center? This site tells you about everything related to Jackson County Detention Center,like: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s address and phone number. Posting bail. Booking and intake procedures. Court information. And much more…

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and daunting idea, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also that person’s family and friends. This guide is designed to give you information and advice that you’ll need to make helping someone get out of jail a lot easier. If you have a question, please feel free to ask it, and also any feedback or comments that might be a benefit to others is much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Jackson County Detention Center
399 Grindstaff Cove Road
Sylva, NC 28779

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 828-586-2458
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that is in jail and need to locate them?

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

To find out who’s in jail at Jackson County Detention Center you will have to navigate to their website and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Locator

The Jackson County Detention Center Inmate Roster has information on people who are in jail, which includes custody status, how much their bail is, and schedule for visitation. Also, you can get info for anybody arrested and booked or released within the last 24 hours. Inmates are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You’ll be able to locate their inmate information more quickly if you enter their first and last name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If your friend or family member is at a different jail you can check our North Carolina county jail guide: North Carolina County Jails Listing


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a intake photograph, is a photograph taken by the police during jail intake processing. They will take one face photo and a profile photo. Your name and jail ID number will be on the mugshot, and they will be on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots can be viewed online, or you can see them in person at the Jackson County Detention Center. When viewing online you need to enter their legal name, and a booking date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to have your mugshot removed from the Jackson County Detention Center website? This can be tricky, since your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you will need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. This means that your arrest record would be sealed, and unavailable to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

To learn more about getting your mugshot removed, the various mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, once you’re in jail, your only thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through booking, a bail amount will be determined by the magistrate. If no bail is set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out you are required to agree to be in court on your court date, and until that date you are required not to leave the area.

Typically, prisoners at Jackson County Detention Center will earn time off for good behavior when they follow the rules and don’t cause any problems while they’re in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. You will either have to stay the jail every day after work, or you could get to move into a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you will be required to pay to get out of jail until your trial. Your bail amount depends on how serious your charges are. Someone will have to post ten percent of the total that was determined so you can be released from jail. If you miss your scheduled court date, whoever paid your bail will lose that bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You will have to call the jail. If know the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they will tell you the bail amount. Also, you can find out how much their bail is on the Jackson County Detention Center website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Posting bail to get out of jail is never fun, but usually, it’s simple to do if you have the money. First of all, figure out if they have a Cash Only Bond. If this is the case, you will not be able to get a bondsman. Cash only – they won’t take a personal check. When you’ve paid bail, the person will get released. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you can’t afford it, you will need to use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen generally charge a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and in most cases charge a minimum of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman will not be returned to you and has to be paid in cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bail bondsman will in these cases request to use assets as collateral for the bond.

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

Have you ever hired a bondsman to bail someone out of jail? If you have, please leave a comment below and tell about your experience, and let us know how it worked out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure takes you through these steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you will answer some basic questions, such as your full legal name, home address, date of birth and an emergency contact.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All of your personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • You will then be allowed to make a telephone call in order to call a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might be able to keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to change into a jail issued jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. Getting discharged from jail may take anywhere from 15 minutes to quite a few hours. In simple terms, the faster you can pay your bail, the quicker you will get discharged from jail. Also, it might depend on whether or not you have a bond amount or if a magistrate still needs to decide on your bail amount. For lesser charges, you will get booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served your sentence and know the release date, you should expect to get discharged anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you must begin your sentence in jail, you should follow the law and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, go to the jail, and let them know that you think there is a warrant out for your arrest. They will check their system to see if there are any outstanding local, state or federal arrest warrants out for you, and if so, they will take you into custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, report to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order lists. Make sure that you don’t show up late. Make sure that you only bring things that are allowed when you turn yourself in, like a driver’s license or your ID, prescription medication, as well as a copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates need to provide each visitor’s full name to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitor’s information will go in the visitors log as an authorized visitor. Each and every visitor is required to provide proof of identification. Visitors that gets to visitation or that does not have a visting order will not be able to attend visitation.
Jail visitation policies change often, so it would be wise to review the official Jackson County Detention Center jail site before you go to the jail to visit.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . These phone calls are a lot more costly than regular phone calls. Phone calls are restricted on when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you break the rules, an inmate’s ability to use the phone might get cut back or forbidden completely.

The Jackson County Detention Center phone number is: 828-586-2458

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates has to be sent via the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You can’t use any other form of mail delivery. You have to write the person’s name, inmate number, and the address of the jail on the letter. Do not send anything in a package or box, envelope with padding, plastic bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail is opened and read by the jail officers, and the mail will be returned to the sender if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Jackson County Detention Center is:

Jackson County Detention Center
399 Grindstaff Cove Road
Sylva, NC 28779

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Jackson County Detention Center
399 Grindstaff Cove Road
Sylva, NC 28779


The Jackson County Detention Center mail policy changes, so you should double check the official Jackson County Detention Center site when you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you should know you still have rights, and an important one is that you have the right to request a lawyer. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so make sure you have a friend or relative find a lawyer when you call them. You’re probably asking yourself ‘but do I really need an attorney’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal attorney can advise you of your rights, help protect your interests and help you navigate the complicated legal system in your county. The faster you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your situation, the better.

For more information on this subject, visit: How to Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford a lawyer, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. The Public Defender is staffed by private investigators, experts in forensics and case workers. All Public Defenders are licensed lawyers that are members of the State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

Have you ever had to use a Public Defender? Do you think they properly handled your case?

Court Records

Jackson County court records are a matter of public record. Court records include a file with a docket sheet and all motions, documents, and evidence filed in the case. You, and anyone else, can access court records using the Jackson County website, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who manages access to court records. They also administer the oath when court is in session, and read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records and documents from your court case are available at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the costs associated with your court case, such as filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.

Magistrate

The Jackson County magistrate is the judge who presides on your court case. They do many different things, like setting bail amounts, writing arrest warrants, and overseeing first court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is prepared with information about the arrestee’s background and details of the arrestee’s life, which the magistrate will review and take into consideration when determining your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be requested from the person on trial, his or her family members, and in some cases the victim of the crime. Bear in mind you are allowed to request to receive a copy of the report before you are sentenced, so you can go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are a number of different options, including community service and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you may be locked up immediately, or you could be given a date that you are required to go to jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if some you know is incarcerated in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?

To find this out you should visit the jail’s website, and do a search using:

  • Name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their booking date.
  • or jail ID.

If you think this person is in jail, you should call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have a warrant out for your arrest, you are able to check the court records on the Jackson County jail website or call the jail directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask them. You should be clear that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, as well as their arrest date, contact the Jackson County jail, either by phone, go there in person, or you can check online. Arrest records are public record and this information is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, which can be court orders. You can find these civil process orders by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to see these listings on the website, but keep in mind that you can’t get the actual address, but rather the neighborhood block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. These records include a case file that includes a docket and all of the documents filed in your court case. You can access court records on the website, or at Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains a record of their state citizen’s criminal past. These databases are all connected so you are able to track criminal backgrounds from another state. You can go to courthouse and make an inquiry, or check the website. It is helpful to know the county, and if it was in a different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

A criminal history search you are able to find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for any of the following crimes:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug Possession.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft.

During a criminal records search, you generally won’t see if someone has had any:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get driving histories, you have to do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? Was it an easy process? Dis you do your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the local courthouse? Was the information correct? There are lots of reasons that folks look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your account could help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI has a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Jackson County,the Sheriff has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of being incarcerated in Jackson County Detention Center is no fun, you will soon become accustomed to the daily routine. Expect an alarm for wake-up every morning at 6:00AM, and next you’ll have roll call. Then you will get breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will be required to work in the work program or other activity that you are assigned. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Jackson 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 Jackson 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 someone in jail at Jackson County Detention Center could change, so we suggest that you review the official Jackson County Detention Center site when you send money to an inmate there.

    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

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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Jackson County Detention Center

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

    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 spent any time in this jail? Do you know anybody that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate in this jail?

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

    What to put in the review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Guards and staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gangs
    • Activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has some stories to tell about the whole experience. Why’d you get arrested? Were you mistreated? What happened to you while you were locked up? What about the other inmates? How did it affect you to go to jail?

    Click here to tell your story about Jackson County Detention Center

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Trying to reconnect with an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Throw a shout out to them here.

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