Wake County Detention Center – Raleigh, NC

Wake County Detention Center is located in Wake County and is the primary correctional facility for the county. Are you looking for someone locked up in Wake County Detention Center? This site gives you info about anything one might want to know about Wake County Detention Center,like: Find an inmate at Wake County Detention Center. How to view Wake County Detention Center mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and how to get out of jail. Intake procedures. Court records. And much more…

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The chance of going to jail is a daunting and scary thought, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also their family and friends. The purpose of this guide is to offer advice and information that you’ll need to make the process easier. If you have a specific question, feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and any tips or comments that would be beneficial to other people in the same situation is welcome.

General Information

Address

Wake County Detention Center
3301 Hammond Road
Raleigh, NC 27602

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 919-857-9103
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that is locked up and don’t know how to find out where they are?

Has a family member or friend that’s been arrested and you want to find out what jail they’re in?

To find out who is in jail at Wake County Detention Center you will need to visit their web site and use the inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Wake County Detention Center Inmate List is a list of people who are in jail, including custody status, bail amount, and visiting schedule. Also, you are able to get info on anybody who has been arrested or discharged in the past 24 hour period. Jail inmates are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You can get the information more quickly if you have their name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If the inmate you are looking for is at another jail you should look here: Other County Jails in North Carolina


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail booking photograph, is the picture taken by the police when you get booked into jail. They will take one face photo and one profile photo. Your name and booking number will be in the photos, and they are kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be searched on the Wake County Detention Center website, or you can see them in person at the Wake County Detention Center. When viewing online you need to enter the prisoner’s name, and an arrest date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to get your mugshot taken off of the Wake County Detention Center website? This is difficult, as your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot removed you need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. Basically, this means that your arrest record would be sealed, and will not be available to the public. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

To learn more about getting your mugshot taken down, the different mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal websites: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

If you are incarcerated, your main thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve gone through booking, bail is set by a special judge called a magistrate. If no bail is set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out you must agree to be in court on your court date, and you won’t be allowed to go out of town.

Typically, a prisoner are given an early release in exchange for good behavior if they follow the rules and conduct themselves properly while they’re in jail.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. Either you will have to return to jail each day when you’re finished at your job, or you could get to move into a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Your bail is money that you have to pay to the courts in order to be released from jail pending trial. The amount you have to pay all depends on the crime you are charged with. You or someone you know will have to post 10 percent of the total amount that was determined so you can get discharged from jail. If you don’t show up for your scheduled court date, whoever put up your bail money 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 need to call the jail. If you’ve got the person’s info, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you what their bail is set at. Also, you can see the bail amount on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is never a fun thing, but most of the time, it’s really easy if you have the money. First of all, you have to find out if they have a Cash Only Bond situation. If this is the case, you can’t get a bondsman. Cash only – the jail can’t accept a check. Once you have paid the bond, the prisoner will be discharged. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you should use a bail bondsman. They generally charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set, and sometimes with a minimum charge of $100. This money is non-refundable and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bail bondsman may request to use your assets as collateral for the bond.

To contact a bail bondsman click here: Find a bail bondsman

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

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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
  • Get Out on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • Get Out on House Arrest
  • Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure includes these steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If the jail is busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you must answer some simple questions, such as what is your legal name, your address, date of birth and contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your mental and medical history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • Any property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • You will get to use the telephone to contact a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, they will let you keep wearing street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to change into a jumpsuit.

Have you been arrested and gone through jail intake? If you have, please share your experience so others can benefit from your story. How long did you have to wait? How were you treated? Can you tell us secrets that could help others to get through the procedure?

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will be discharged from jail. The discharge process can take anywhere from 15 minutes to quite a few hours. Or, simply, the faster bail is posted, the quicker you will get discharged from jail. Also, it depends on if you have a cash bond or if a judge needs to determine the amount of bail to be set. For a minor charge, you will be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and know the date of your release, plan to be released in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

In the event there is a, or if you must begin your sentence in jail, you really should do the right thing and turn yourself in willingly. If it is for a warrant, go down to the jail processing area, and tell the intake officer that think that there is a warrant out for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if there is one, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, report to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order lists. Be sure that you are not late to report. Only bring things that are allowed when you turn yourself in, like a driver’s license or even your ID, prescription medication, as well as the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates have to list each visitor’s full name to the jail in advance. Your visitor’s names will be put into the visitation log as an authorized visitor. All visitors must provide identification. Visitors that gets to visitation or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at Wake County Detention Center can change, so it would be wise to double-check the official Wake County Detention Center jail site before you go.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Jail phone calls are generally pricier than phone calls made outside of jail. There is no limit to when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but inmates should keep in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, an inmate’s ability to use the phone might get cut back or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

Phone Number: 919-857-9103

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail must be sent using the US Postal Service. You must not use any other method of mail or package delivery. You have to write or type the prisoner’s name, inmate number, and the address of the jail on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t send anything in a package or box, envelope with padding or insulation, bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. Any mail sent to inmates will be opened and reviewed by the jail administration, and the mail will get returned if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Wake County Detention Center, use this address:

Wake County Detention Center
3301 Hammond Road
Raleigh, NC 27602

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Wake County Detention Center
3301 Hammond Road
Raleigh, NC 27602


The mail policy changes frequently, so we suggest that you double check the official website before you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you have certain rights, one of these is that you have the right to request a lawyer. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure to ask a friend or family member to locate a lawyer when you talk to them. You may be thinking ‘do I really need an attorney?’ While you are not required to have one, an attorney will advise you about your rights, protect your interests and help you navigate the legal system in Wake County. The faster you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your case, the better your chances.

For more info on the benefits of hiring a lawyer, click: Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you cannot afford a lawyer, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. Also, the Public Defender has access to private investigators, experts in forensics as well as social case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are licensed lawyers that are admitted to the State Bar and are licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

Have you or someone you know used a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

Wake County court records are public records. They contain a court case file with a docket and all motions, documents, and evidence filed in the course of your case. You, and anyone else, can access your court case records using the online service, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Wake County Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court that maintains the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath when court is in session, and also read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records, documents, and evidence related to your case are kept and available to you at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the costs from your case, such as for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

The Wake County court magistrate is the person who presides over your case in court. Magistrates are judges that do different functions, such as deciding a bail amount, issuing warrants, and overseeing preliminary court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is put together with information about the arrestee’s background and information about the arrestee’s life and public history, which the magistrate will review when deciding on the sentence. Information and personal details will be gathered from the defendant, the defendant’s family, and, if applicable, the victim of the crime. Don’t forget you are able to request to receive your own copy of the report before sentencing, so you have the opportunity to review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, which include community service and probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you will either be immediately taken into custody, or you could receive a date that you are supposed to go to jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if somebody you know is in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?

To do so, just query the jail website and do an inmate search, and do a search using:

  • Name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their booking date.
  • and their jail 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 think you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you are able to check the arrest warrants inquiry online or you are able to call the court. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and inquire at the information desk. Keep in mind 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 the date of their arrest, contact the jail, by phone, in person, or find out online. Records of arrests are in the public record and these records are freely available.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you are served with legal papers, like court orders. You can find these by going to the Wake County Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders have to be registered on a sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex crime. You are able to view these offenders online, but remember that you won’t see the actual address, but rather the neighborhood block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. Court Records include a case file that contains a docket sheet and all of the documents and filings filed in the case. You can access court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at Clerk of Court office in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains a record of their state citizen’s criminal history. These online databases are linked together and you can track criminal convictions from other states. You are able to go to the Wake County Courthouse and check in person, or you can check online. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and in the event that it was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay for a more complete search.

A criminal records search you can get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for crimes, which include:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

During a criminal records search, in most cases will not discover if someone had:

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

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? How hard was it? Was your search online or did you call the local courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are lots of reasons that folks search for criminal records, and your story may make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI has a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Wake County,the Sheriff keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of spending time in Wake County Detention Center is something you wish you could avoid, in time you will get accustomed to the daily routine there. You should expect a wake-up alarm at about 6:00am, and then roll call. You will then eat breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will be required to work in the program that has been assigned to you. 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 Wake 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 Wake 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 procedure to send funds to people in jail could change, so we suggest that you visit the official website when you send money to an inmate.

    Commissary

    The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.

    Inmate Medications

    If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.

    Meals

    You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.

    Pods / The Yard

    The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.

    Gangs

    As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.


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    News and Media

    News

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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Wake County Detention Center

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

    • 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 an inmate in this jail? Do you know anybody that spent time there? Have you ever visited an inmate in this jail?

    If yes, then you should leave a comment below about it. Write down your jail experience because other people can learn what to expect.

    Things you could include in your comment:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • The other inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gangs
    • Activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has a story to tell. Why’d you end up in jail? Did you get fair treatment? What was it like in jail? What were the other inmates like? How did going to jail affect your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Want to find somebody you met when you were locked up? Say wassup here, just leave a message below.

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  1. keith says:

    i have a complaint.. my 17yr old gandson is in wake couty jail. first it took almost a week for him to contact his mom due to they screwed up his id number.. second.. he has requested to see a nurse due to some health
    issues. this was done either thu 11/5 or fri 11/16 . .he has yet to see anyone and they wanted money too see a medical person..
    this is bull.. he is minor. .does not belong there in the first place. due to a crappy judge and no lawyer and lying PO..
    he needs med help and no one is listening and donnies harrison has lost my vote. .these guards have a responsibility but they ignore these guys pleas

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