Cherokee County Detention Center – Murphy, NC

Cherokee County Detention Center is in Cherokee County, North Carolina and is the primary jail for this area. Are you looking for someone at Cherokee County Detention Center? This page will tell you about anything one might want to know about Cherokee County Detention Center: How to do a jail inmate search. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and bail bondsmen. Cherokee County Detention Center intake procedures. Court information and records. And lots more.

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The thought of going to jail is a scary prospect, not only for the person who gets locked up, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. The purpose of this guide is to offer information that you’ll need to make getting locked up a little less stressful. If you have questions, feel free to ask them, and any comments or feedback that would be beneficial to other people in the same situation would be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Cherokee County Detention Center
577 Regal Street
Murphy, NC 28906

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 828-837-2521
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member that is locked up and want to find them?

Do you know somebody that has been arrested and you don’t know how to locate them?

To look up who is in jail at Cherokee County Detention Center you will have to go to their link and use the inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Cherokee County Detention Center Inmate Roster is a list of people who were arrested and are now in jail, including current status, bail amount, and visiting schedule. Also, you can find info about anyone booked or discharged within the last 24 hours. Inmates are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You will be able to find the information faster if you’ve got their name, birth date, or arrest number.

If your friend or family member might be in a different jail you will want to check our guide to other North Carolina jails: Other County Jails in North Carolina


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail processing picture, is a picture that the police take when you get booked into jail. A mugshot is make of one and a side-view photo. Your name and jail booking number will be on the mugshot, and they are kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates are on the Cherokee County Detention Center website, or you can view them at the Cherokee County Detention Center. When you search for mugshots on the website you need to enter the prisoner’s legal name, and an arrest date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to have your mugshot removed from the Cherokee County Detention Center site? This can be tricky, since your mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot removed you must file a Petition to Expunge in court. Basically, this means that the record of your arrest would be sealed, and will not be accessible. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot removed, the different mugshot sites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, once you’re incarcerated, your main thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, a bail amount will be determined using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If you don’t get a bail set this might 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 are are released you are required to promise to go to your court date, and until then you are not allowed to leave the county.

Typically, an inmate will be given early release in exchange for good behavior when they follow the rules and don’t cause any problems while locked up.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you might be allowed to participate in work release. Either you will have to return to the jail at the end of the day when you’re finished working, or you could have the chance to live in a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Bail is money that you have to pay to the court system to get out of jail pending trial. The amount you will have to pay is dictated by the seriousness of your crime. You will have to pay 10% of the amount that was set before you can get out of jail. If you fail to show up for court, the person that paid your bail will not get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You must call the Cherokee County Detention Center or the County Courthouse. If you’ve got the person’s info, such as name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know how much their bail is. Also, you can see the bail amount online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but thankfully, it’s really easy. First, you have to find out if they have a Cash Only Bond. If this is the case, you can’t get a Bail Bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they will not accept a check. Once you have paid the bond, the person will be discharged. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you just don’t have the money, you should try a bail bondsman. Bondsmen usually charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total bail amount, and in most cases charge a minimum fee of $100. This money is non-refundable and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If bail is very large, the bondsman will in these cases require that they use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

You can find a bail bondsman click here: Find a bail bondsman

Have you ever had to find a bondsman for yourself, a family member or friend? If so, 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

  • Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Get Out on Work Release
  • Time Served
  • Get Out on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • Get 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 includes these steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • First, must answer a number of questions, such as what is your full name, your address, date of birth and an emergency contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be given an inmate number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • All of your personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • You will get to make a telephone call to call a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, they will let you skip the jumpsuit and 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.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through the jail intake procedure? If you have, you should tell our readers about your experience. How long did you have to wait in the holding cell? How did the guards treat you? Do you know any things that will help other people get through the process?

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. The discharge process takes anywhere from 10 minutes to all day long. So, the quicker bail is posted, the faster you will get out of jail. Also, how fast you get released might depend on whether or not you’ve got a cash bond amount or if the judge needs to determine your bail amount. For a minor charge, you will get booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have served your sentence and have a release date, plan to be released between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you must start your sentence, it is recommended that you do the right thing and turn yourself in. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go to the jail intake center, and tell the intake officer that think that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will do a record check, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, go to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order states. Ensure that you aren’t late. Be sure to only bring necessary items with you, for example a driver’s license or your ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as a sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates need to provide the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitors will be put into the visitors log as an approved visitor. Each and every visitor must provide a photo ID when visiting. Anyone showing up late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be able to attend visitation.
The Cherokee County Detention Center visitation procedures frequently change, so it would be wise to double-check the official Cherokee County Detention Center jail site before you go to visitation.

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 . Calls made in jail are a lot more expensive than regular phone calls. There are certain restrictions about when and how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you break the jail rules, phone calls may be limited or eliminated altogether.

The Cherokee County Detention Center phone number is: 828-837-2521

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail is required to be sent via US Postal Service. You can’t use any other method of mail or package delivery. Clearly print the prisoner’s name, inmate ID, and jail address on the letter that you send. Do not send a box or package, envelope with padding or insulation, bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail that you send to inmates is opened and read and examined by the jail officers, and the mail will get sent back if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to someone incarcerated at Cherokee County Detention Center:

Cherokee County Detention Center
577 Regal Street
Murphy, NC 28906

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Cherokee County Detention Center
577 Regal Street
Murphy, NC 28906


The inmate mail policy at Cherokee County Detention Center can change, so be sure to review the site when send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you have particular rights, the most important of which is 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 an attorney when you call. You may be thinking ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal defense lawyer can advise you of your rights, help protect your interests and help you navigate through the court system that you are now faced with. The faster you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better your chances.

For more detailed information on the benefits of hiring a lawyer, visit: How to Find a Lawyer in Cherokee County

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire an attorney, you will get a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender’s Office has access to independent investigators, forensics experts and social workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are actual attorneys, members of the State Bar and are legally licensed to practice law in North Carolina.

Have you ever had to use a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? What was your experience?

Court Records

All court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. They contain a file containing a docket sheet and each of the motions, documents, and evidence in your case. You have the ability to access your court records with the online service, or by going to the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who manages the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and read the verdict when decided by the jury. All court records from your court case are available at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are the costs associated with your court case, such as for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you may not have to pay the fees.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the judge that presides on your case in court. Magistrates do different functions, which include setting bail amounts, issuing warrants, and overseeing preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is prepared to include your background information and as much detail about the defendant’s life and public history, which the judge will take into account when determining your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be collected from the person on trial, his or her family, and if necessary the victim of the crime. Be sure to remember that you should request to have a copy of your pre-sentencing report before sentencing, so you get the chance to correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will be sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, which include community service to probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you will either be immediately taken into custody, or you could get a date that you must to surrender and report 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 a family member of friend is currently in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?

This is pretty easy to do, simply just go to the jail website and do an inmate search, and do a search using:

  • Name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date.
  • and their jail ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant, you are able to check the arrest warrants inquiry on the Cherokee County court website or you can call the jail. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask the officer in charge. You should know that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, as well as their arrest date, contact the jail, by phone, go there in person, or you can check online. An arrest is a matter of public record and these records are accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, which can be , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these civil process orders by going to the Cherokee County Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders must be registered and listed on a sex offender database. The people listed 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 offenders online, but keep in mind that you will not see the exact address, but only the neighborhood block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. These records include a court case file containing a docket and all filings and documents filed in the case. You are able to access your court records on the internet, or at the Cherokee County Clerk of Court office in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains records of their state citizen’s criminal past. These state databases are connected so you can track criminal backgrounds from any other state. You are able to go to courthouse and check in person, or you can check online. You must know which county the crime occured in, and if it was in a different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you can get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for the following crimes:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

When you do a criminal history search, you will not be able to find out if someone has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Any accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this information, you have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? Was it easy? Did you search online or did you have to call the jail? was the information you recieved correct? There are many reasons that people search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your comments may help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI has a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Cherokee County,the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department 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

    Everyone knows that getting locked up in the Cherokee County jail is something you wish you could avoid, you will soon settle into the daily routine there. Expect an alarm to wake up at 6:00AM, and then you’ll have roll call. Then you will have breakfast. Following breakfast participate in the work program that you’ve been assigned to. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Cherokee 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 Cherokee 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 rules for sending money to inmates could change, so we suggest that you visit the site 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

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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Cherokee County Detention Center

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

    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 a prisoner at this jail? Do you have a friend or family member that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit someone in this jail?

    If so, then you should tell us about it. Write about your jail experience because other people will know what to expect.

    What to put in your review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Inmate safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has a story to tell. Why were you locked up? Were you mistreated? How was life in jail? Tell us about the other inmates. How has this experience impacted your life?

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    Make some good friends in jail? Are you trying to talk to someone from jail? Post a message to them below.

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  1. mom says:

    JP im so sorry i couldnt get you out today. I love you and hate seeing you in there. your brother said when you go to court they will most likely lower your bond or it could stay the same. Maybe by then we can help get you out of there. they do have work release you need to find out about that just in case. I hate for you to lose your job they are so hard to get and i know you really like working there. I wish you guys would learn to listen to us we only want whats best for you. No way would we tell you any thing that would harm you. I love you and will come to see you soon. i know you need some money in your account sence you will probely have to stay until your court date. Ill try to bring some up there soon. Love you <3 MOM

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