Lenoir County Jail – Kinston, NC

Lenoir County Jail is located in Lenoir County, NC and is the main correctional facility for this area. Do you know somebody at Lenoir County Jail? This site gives you about everything you might want to know about Lenoir County Jail,such as: How to do a jail inmate search. How to view Lenoir County Jail mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and how to get out of jail. Lenoir County Jail intake procedures. Court information and records. And much, much more.

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The thought of going to jail is a daunting and scary situation, not only for whoever gets arrested, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is meant to give info you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail less stressfull. If you have a specific question, please feel free to ask it, and please leave any tips or comments that could help others will be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Lenoir County Jail
130 S. Queen St.
Kinston, NC 28501

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 252-559-6100
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend in jail and want to contact them?

Has someone that’s been arrested and you need to find them?

In order to see who’s in jail at Lenoir County Jail you need to go to their web site and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Lenoir County Jail Inmate Lookup has information on persons currently in custody, which includes status, bail amount (if applicable), and visiting schedule. You can also get info about anyone processed or discharged in the past 24 hour period. Prisoners are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You can get their inmate information quicker if you enter your friend or family member’s first and last name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If your friend or family member could possibly be at another jail you can look here, too: North Carolina Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail booking picture, is the photo taken by the police when you are booked into jail. A mugshot is make of one and a profile picture. Your full name and jail booking number will appear on the pictures, and they’re stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be seen online, or you can see them at the Lenoir County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you need to enter their first and last name, and a booking date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to get your mugshot erased from the Lenoir County Jail website? This is difficult, since the mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot removed you have to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. What this means is that all of your arrest records would be sealed, and will not be accessible. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot taken down, the different mugshot websites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Once you are incarcerated, your main thought is about when you get out. After you’ve been booked, a bail amount is decided using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. In cases where no bail is set this may mean that you will either get released, pending trial, 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 until that day you are not permitted to leave town.

In most cases, inmates will earn an early release in exchange 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 might be given work release detail. Either you will have to stay the jail at the end of the day after work, or you may get to move to a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Bail is how much money that you will be required to pay to get out of jail pending trial. The amount you have to pay depends on the seriousness of your crime. You will need to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total amount that was determined before you can bail out of jail. If you don’t go to court, whoever put up your bail money will lose all of the bail money.

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 or the county courthouse. If know the person’s information, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know how much their bail is. Also, you can see the bail amount on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is never fun, but usually, it is easy. To start with, find out if they have a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If this is the case, you will not be able to get a bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – the jail will not accept checks. Once you have paid the bond, the prisoner will be discharged. 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 their bail has been set too high, or you just don’t have the money, you might need to use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen usually charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set, and sometimes charge a minimum of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman will not be returned to you and is typically cash only. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bondsman will in most cases use assets as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

To find a bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a Bail Bondsman in Lenoir County

Have you ever had to find a bail bondsman for someone you know or yourself? 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

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

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you may not be processed immediately.
  • Firstly, you have to answer some questions, like what is your full name, address, date of birth and an emergency contact.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • All personal property will be taken from you and stored until you get released.
  • You will then be allowed to make a phone call so you can 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 skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, otherwise you will be issued a jail jumpsuit.

Have you ever been booked into jail? If you have, you should tell us what happened. How long did it take to get through intake? How were you treated? Do you have any things that might help others to get through jail intake?

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. This process may take between 30 minutes to quite a few hours. So, the faster you can post bail, the quicker you will get let go. Also, how fast you get released can depend on whether you’ve got a cash bond or if the magistrate has to figure out the amount of bail to be set. For lesser charges, you will get booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have completed your jail sentence and know the date of your release, you should expect to get discharged at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you need to begin your jail sentence, it is recommended that you follow the law and turn yourself in willingly. If you have a warrant, go to the jail, in the reception area, and tell someone that believe that there could be a warrant out for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if there is one, they will take you into custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, report at the exact time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Ensure that you aren’t late. Make sure that you only bring things that are allowed when you go, such as a driver’s license or even ID, prescription medication, and a official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates must give information about each visitor to the jail in advance. Your visitors will be entered in a Visiting log as an authorized visitor. Every visitor will have to provide a photo ID when visiting. Any visitors showing up late or that is not an approved visitor will be turned away.
The Lenoir County Jail visitation procedures change often, so it would be wise to double-check the official site before you visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . These phone calls are much more expensive than phone calls made outside of jail. Phone calls are restricted on how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you are disciplined for an infraction, an inmate’s phone privileges might get reduced or eliminated altogether.

The Lenoir County Jail phone number is: 252-559-6100

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail has to be mailed using US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other type of delivery. You must print the name, inmate ID number, and the jail address on the letter that you send. Don’t send anything in a box, padded envelope, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal in it. Any mail sent to inmates is opened and examined by the jail administration, and will be sent back if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Lenoir County Jail:

Lenoir County Jail
130 S. Queen St.
Kinston, NC 28501

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Lenoir County Jail
130 S. Queen St.
Kinston, NC 28501


The Lenoir County Jail mail policy changes frequently, so you should check the official 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 have rights, one of these is your right to request a lawyer. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure you ask a friend or family member to locate a lawyer when you call them. You’re probably asking yourself ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal defense lawyer can advise you of your rights, protect your interests and help you through the complicated court system in Lenoir County. The sooner you get a lawyer involved with your situation, the better off you’ll be.

For more information on how to find a lawyer, click: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire an attorney, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. Also, the Public Defender has a number of staff such as independent investigators, forensics experts and case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are full-fledged attorneys who are members of the North Carolina State Bar and are licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

Have you or someone you know used a court appointed attorney? How did they do?

Court Records

Lenoir County court records are are public records and are available upon request. Court records have a file with a docket sheet and all motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed in the case. You can access court records via the online service, or by going to the Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

The Lenoir County Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court that maintains the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath during court cases, and read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records, documents, and evidence related to your case are maintained at Lenoir County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

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

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the person that rules over your court case. Magistrates do different functions, which include setting your bail amount, writing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court hearings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is put together with information about the arrestee’s background and information about the defendant’s life history, which the judge will take into consideration when deciding on the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be gathered from the person on trial, his or her family, and in some circumstances the victim. Bear in mind you are able to ask to receive a copy of the pre-sentencing report prior to sentencing, and correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, including community service to probation, to even prison or jail time. 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 locked up immediately, or you could be given a date that you are required to go to jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if a family member of friend is incarcerated in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?

This is pretty simple to do, just just go to the Lenoir County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and do a search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date.
  • and their inmate ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants on the website or you can call the court directly. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask one of the officers. Keep in mind that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the Lenoir County jail, by phone, in person, or find out online. An arrest is public record and this information is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, such as warrants. You can find these by going to the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders have to be registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to view these listings on the internet, but bear in mind that you will not be able to find the actual address, but rather the block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. These records include a case file that includes a docket and any of the documents and filings filed in your court case. You can access court records online, or at Clerk of Court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains a record of a person’s criminal background. These state databases are connected so you can track criminal histories from any other state. You are able to go to county courthouse and inquire, or check the website. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and in the event that the crime was in a different state entirely, you may have to pay a fee for a more complete search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you will be able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for these crimes:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

During a criminal records search, you generally won’t discover if they has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving histories, you have to do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Did you search online or did you make a phone call to the jail? Did you get information that was correct? There are lots of reasons that people search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your account might help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI keeps a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Lenoir County,the Lenoir County Sheriff’s Department has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List

    Lenoir County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List: External Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that getting locked up in the Lenoir County jail is no fun, in time you will settle into the daily routine there. All inmates get an alarm for wake-up each morning at 6:00AM, and next they’ll do roll call. You will then 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 Lenoir 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 Lenoir 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 money to people in jail is likely to change, so double check the official website before 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 Lenoir County Jail

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

    • 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 at Lenoir County Jail? Do you have a friend or family member there? Have you ever visited a prisoner at Lenoir County Jail?

    If yes, then we would like you to write your review about it. Write down what you experienced so that others can learn what to expect.

    What to write in what you write:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Staff and guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation
    • The other inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gangs
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has at least one story to tell about it. Why’d you get arrested? Were you fairly treated? What was your daily routine in jail? Tell us about the other inmates. How did it affect you to go to jail?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Need to say wassup to an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Say wassup here, just leave a message below.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Lenoir County Jail Link
    Lenoir County Jail Inmate Search Link
    Lenoir County Jail Mugshots
    Lenoir County Jail Bail Link

    Lenoir County Jail Visitation
    Lenoir County Jail Jail Mail Link
    Find an inmate at Lenoir County Jail
    Lenoir County Warrant Inquiry
    Lenoir County Jail Arrest Inquiry
    Send Money to an Inmate at Lenoir County Jail
    Jobs at Lenoir County Jail


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