Onslow County Jail – Jacksonville, NC

Onslow County Jail is located in Onslow County, North Carolina and is the jail for the county. Are you looking for somebody incarcerated at Onslow County Jail? This page tells you info about anything related to Onslow County Jailsuch as the following: Find out who’s in jail at Onslow County Jail? Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. Posting bail. Onslow County Jail intake procedures. Court information and records. And more…

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary situation, not only for whoever gets arrested, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. The purpose of this guide is to give you all the advice and information that you’ll need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail a lot easier. If you have specific questions, just ask it, and any tips or comments that could be a benefit to other people in the same situation will be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Onslow County Jail
701 Mill Avenue
Jacksonville, NC 28540

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (910) 455-0829
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that has gone to jail and don’t know how to contact them?

Has a friend or family member who has been arrested and you want to find them?

In order to look up who’s in jail at Onslow County Jail you have to click on their web site and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Onslow County Jail Inmate Lookup is a list of persons who have been arrested and are in jail, which includes custody status, how much their bail is, and visiting hours. Also, you are able to find the same information for anybody arrested and processed or discharged in the past 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You will be able to locate their inmate information faster if you’ve got your friend or family member’s full name, birth date, or arrest number.

If your friend or family member could possibly be in another county jail you will want to look here: North Carolina County Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail booking picture, is a photo that the jail takes when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is actually two photos one and one profile photo. Your name and intake number will appear on the mugshot, and they’re stored at the jail.

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Mugshots of inmates can be found on the Onslow County Jail website, or you can go in person to the Onslow County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you have to put in the full name, and the arrest date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to get your mugshot erased from the Onslow County Jail website? This can be tricky, as the mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. Basically, this means that the record of your arrest would be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

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


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, once you’re locked up, your primary thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, bail will be determined using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If no bail is set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you are released from jail you will have to agree to go to your court date, and in the meantime you won’t be allowed to leave the area.

Usually, inmates at Onslow County Jail will earn time off in exchange for good behavior if they follow the rules and conduct themselves properly while locked up.

If you follow the rules, you might be allowed to do work release. You will be required to stay jail at the end of the day when you’re finished working, or you could be allowed to move to a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Bail is money that you will be required to pay to be released from jail pending trial. The amount you will have to pay is dictated by how serious your crime is. You will have to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total amount set in order for you to get discharged from jail. If you fail to show up for court, whoever paid your bail will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You must call the jail. If you’ve got the pertinent information, such as name, address and date of birth, they will let you know what their bail is set at. You can also see the bail amount on the Onslow County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Needing to bail someone out of jail is no fun, but thankfully, its really easy. To start with, figure out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only”. If this is the case, you won’t be able to get a Bail Bondsman. Cash only – they will not take checks. When you’ve paid bail, the prisoner will get released. 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 you should try to hire a bail bondsman. They will generally charge you a fee of 10-15% of the total bail amount, and in most cases have a minimum fee of $100. This will not be returned to you and must be paid in cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bondsman will in these cases require that they use your assets as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

You can find a bail bondsman click here: Find a Bail Bondsman in Onslow County

Have you ever had to use a bail bondsman either for yourself, a family member or friend? If so, please leave a comment below and tell about your experience, and let us know how things turned out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure is made up of these steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • First, have to answer a bunch of questions, like your full name, your address, birth date and an emergency contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken away from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • You will be allowed to use the telephone in order to call family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, they will let you wear your street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will be given a jail uniform.

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. Getting discharged from jail will take anywhere between 30 minutes to all day. Or, simply, the faster you can post bail, the sooner you will get released. It also will depend on whether you’ve been given a cash bond or if a magistrate has to figure out the bail amount. For a minor charge, you will be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have served your sentence and have a discharge date, you should plan to be discharged in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the police have a, or if you must begin your jail sentence, it is highly recommended that you do the right thing and turn yourself in willingly. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go down to the jail intake center, and tell an officer that you think they might have a warrant for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if you do, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. If you have a jail sentence to serve, go down to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Ensure that you don’t show up late. Be sure to only bring necessary items when you go to jail, for example a driver’s license or ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as a official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates must give each visitor’s name to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitor’s information will be put into the visitors log for the inmate that requested the visitor. Every visitor will be required to provide proof of identification. Anyone showing up late or without a visiting order will not be able to attend visitation.
The Onslow County Jail visitation procedures can change, so you should visit the jail site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Jail phone calls are much pricier than phone calls made outside of jail. There are certain restrictions about 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 rules, your ability to use the phone could be reduced or eliminated completely.

Phone Number: (910) 455-0829

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate must be sent via the actual US Postal Service. You can’t use any other form of mail delivery. You have to clearly write the inmate’s name, inmate ID, and jail address on the envelope. Don’t mail anything in a box, padded envelope, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. Any mail gets opened and read by the officers at the jail, and will get sent back if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

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

Onslow County Jail
701 Mill Avenue
Jacksonville, NC 28540

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Onslow County Jail
701 Mill Avenue
Jacksonville, NC 28540


The Onslow County Jail mail policy can change, so you should visit the site before you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you should know you still have rights, one of these 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 to have a friend or relative locate a lawyer for you. You’re probably asking yourself ‘why do I need an attorney?’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a lawyer will make sure you know your rights, look after your best interests and help you find your way through the criminal justice system in your county. The sooner you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your situation, the better.

For more information on how to find an attorney, read: How to Find an Attorney in Onslow County

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford a lawyer, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. Also, the Public Defender’s Office has access to private investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social workers. All Public Defenders are licensed lawyers, admitted to the State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law.

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

Court Records

Court records are are public records and are available upon request. Court records include a court case file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and all of the documents and motions in your case. You have the ability to access the records and documents in your court case with the website, or at the Clerk of Court’s office.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court who maintains court records. They also administer the oath during court cases, and read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records, documents, and evidence associated with your court case are maintained at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the charges and fees from your court case, such as filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the person who presides over your court case. Magistrates are judges that do a number of different things, which include setting bail, issuing warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over initial court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is put together with information about the arrestee’s background and details of the arrestee’s life history, which the magistrate judge will review when determining the sentence. Information will be requested from the defendant, his or her family members, and if necessary the victim in the crime. Keep in mind you can request to receive a copy of the report prior to sentencing, so you have the opportunity to correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, including community service, house arrest, and probation, to 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 taken into custody immediately, or you could get a date that you are required to to surrender and report to jail to do your time.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if somebody you know is currently in jail, or has ever been in jail?

To do so, you need to go to the Onslow County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search by:

  • Name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • or jail ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you can also call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can check the arrest warrants on the Onslow County court website or call the court directly. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask them. You should be clear that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, and their arrest date, contact the Onslow County jail, by phone, in person, or look online. Records of arrests are a matter of public record and the information is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when someone has been served with papers, such as a court order. You can find these by going to the Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders must be registered on a sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to view these offenders on the internet, but you should know that you won’t see the actual address, just the neighborhood block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. They include a case file that contains a docket and all filings and documents filed in your court case. You are able to access court records on the website, or at Clerk of Court office in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains a record of their state citizen’s criminal past. These state databases are linked together and you can track criminal backgrounds from another state. You can go to courthouse and inquire, or check the website. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and if the crime was in a completely different state, you might have to pay for a more comprehensive search.

A criminal records search you will be able to find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for crimes, which include:

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

If you do a criminal records check, in most cases won’t discover if that person had:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find driving records, you have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it an easy process? Did you search online or did you call the courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your comments could make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI has their list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Onslow County,The Sheriff’s Department maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that being incarcerated in the Onslow County jail is very scary, eventually you will get used to the routine that is set for you. You should expect an alarm for wake-up at 6:00AM, and then roll call. You will then get breakfast. When you finish 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 Onslow 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 Onslow 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 someone in jail at Onslow County Jail is always changing, so you should double check the official website before you send funds 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 Onslow County Jail

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

    • 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 Onslow County Jail? Do you know anybody there? Have you ever been to visit someone at this jail?

    If your answer is yes, then you should leave a comment below about it. Tell us about what you experienced so other people can find out what to expect.

    What to include in what you write:

    • Conditions in Onslow County Jail.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Guards and staff
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation Days
    • Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gang activity
    • Inmate programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has some stories about their time ‘inside’. How’d you end up in jail? Did you get fair treatment? What was your daily routine in jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? How did getting locked up affect your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Want to reconnect with an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Leave a message for them here.

    Say wassup to people locked up at Onslow County Jail


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