Chowan County Jail – Edenton, NC

Chowan County Jail is in Chowan County, North Carolina and is the main jail for the county. Looking for someone in jail at Chowan County Jail? This guide gives you info about everything related to Chowan County Jail,like: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. How to post bail. Booking and intake procedures. Court information and records. And much much more…

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and daunting thought, not only for the person who gets locked up, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. The goal of this guide is to offer advice and information you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail a lot easier. If you have specific questions, feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and any feedback or comments that could help other people in the same situation is much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Chowan County Jail
100 Court Street
Edenton, NC 27932

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (252) 482-3822
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that is in jail and don’t know how to contact them?

Do you know someone who has been arrested and you don’t know how to locate them?

In order to see who is in jail at Chowan County Jail you should click on their web site and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Chowan County Jail Inmate Roster has information on people who are in jail, including current status, bail amount, and schedule for visitation. Also, you can get the same information for anyone arrested and booked or discharged within the past 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You can find the information more quickly if you’ve got the arrestee’s first and last name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If the person you’re searching for could possibly be at another county jail you can look here: North Carolina Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail processing picture, is the photo that the police take when you get booked into jail. They take one full face and a side picture. Your name and jail booking number will appear on the photos, and they are kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Chowan County Jail inmates can be searched on the website, or you can see them at the Chowan County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you will need to input their full name, and the booking date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to have your mugshot taken off of the Chowan County Jail site? This can be tricky, since your mugshot is a matter of public record. You will need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. This means that all of your arrest records would be sealed, and unavailable to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For more information about removing your mugshot, the different mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal services: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, once you are in jail, your primary thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, bail is decided by the magistrate. If there is no bail set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out of jail you will have to agree to be there for your court date, and until that day you can’t go out of town.

Typically, a prisoner at Chowan County Jail are given time off for good behavior if they follow the rules and act right while locked up.

If you follow the rules, you may be granted work release. You will either have to stay the jail every day when you’re finished at your job, or you might have the chance to sleep in a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you are required to pay to be released from jail pending trial. The amount of bail that is set depends on the seriousness of your charges. You will have to put up 10 percent of the total that was determined so you can get discharged from jail. If you don’t show up for your court appearance, whoever put up your bail money will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You will have to call the Chowan County Jail. If know the person’s info, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you the bail amount. You can also see the bail amount on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but most of the time, it is easy. First of all, figure out if they have a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If this is the case, you can’t get a bondsman. Cash only – the jail won’t take a personal check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the prisoner will be released. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, of if you can’t pay it, you might need to use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will generally charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the bail amount, and usually with a minimum charge of $100. This money will not be returned to you and has to be paid in cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bail bondsman may require that they use your assets as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

To talk to a bail bondsman go to: Bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • First, must answer some questions, like your legal name, address, birthdate and contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will be taken away from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • They will allow you to make a telephone call to get in touch with a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, 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 be given a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through the jail intake procedure? If you have, please tell us what happened. How long did you have to wait in the holding cell? What was you treatment like? Can you share any tips that could help other people that get arrested make it through jail processing?

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will get discharged from jail. This process can take from 15 minutes to quite a few hours. In other words the faster you can post bail, the quicker you can get out of jail. It also will depend on whether you have a bond amount or if the magistrate still needs to decide on the amount of bail to be set. For a minor charge, you will simply be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have served your sentence and know the discharge date, you should expect to get discharged between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the police have a, or if you need to begin your sentence in jail, you should follow the law and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, go to the jail reception area, and tell an officer that you think they might have a warrant out for your arrest. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if they find one, you will be taken into custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report at the exact time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Ensure that you aren’t late. Only bring approved items with you, like your drivers license or your ID, prescription medication, as well as a sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you need to provide each visitor’s full name to the jail in advance. Your visitors will be entered in the visitors log as an authorized visitor. Each visitor will have to provide acceptable photo identification. Visitors that arrives for visitation late or that does not have a visting order will not be able to attend visitation.
Jail visitation policies can change, so double-check the official 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 . Phone calls made in jail are generally pricier than regular phone calls. There is no limit to when and how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you break the rules, phone privileges might get reduced or totally denied.

Phone Number: (252) 482-3822

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail must be sent using US Postal Service. You must not use any other form of delivery. You have to write the person’s name, prisoner number, and the jail address on the letter that you send. Do not send anything in a box, envelope with padding, plastic bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. Any mail sent to inmates gets opened and inspected by the officers at the jail, and will get sent back to the person who mailed it if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Chowan County Jail
100 Court Street
Edenton, NC 27932

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Chowan County Jail
100 Court Street
Edenton, NC 27932


The mail policy at Chowan County Jail can change, so it would be best to double check the the Chowan County Jail website before you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you still have certain rights, the first of which is your right to request a lawyer. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so make sure to have a friend or relative find an attorney when you talk to them. You’re probably asking yourself ‘but do I really need an attorney’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal attorney can advise you of your rights, protect your interests and help you understand the legal system in Chowan County. The quicker you get a lawyer involved with your criminal case, the better your chances.

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

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford an attorney, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. Also, the Public Defender’s Office is staffed by independent investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and case workers. All Public Defenders are bona-fide attorneys who are admitted to the State Bar and are licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

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

Court Records

Court records are are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. They include a court case file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and all of the documents filed in the course of your case. You have the ability to access court records via the internet service, or at the Chowan County Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

The Chowan County Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court who manages access to court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for all court participants, and also read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records and documents associated with your case are available at the Chowan County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the costs associated with your case, such as filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you are low income and have been assigned a Public Defender, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

The Chowan County court magistrate acts as the judge that will preside over your case in court. They do a number of things, like setting bail, writing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed with information about the defendant’s background and as much detail about the defendant’s life and history, which the magistrate will take into consideration when determining your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be gathered from the defendant, their family, and in some circumstances the victim in the crime. Be sure to remember you are able to request to receive a copy of the pre-sentencing report before sentencing, and review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, including community service, house arrest, and probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the severity of the crime, you may be taken into custody, right there in court, or you could get a date to turn yourself into jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

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

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

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants on the website or call the court directly. 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. You should be clear that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the jail, on the phone, go there in person, or look online. Records of arrests are public record and the information is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you get served with legal papers, such as a court order. You can access civil process orders by going to the Chowan County Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are required to be listed and registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex offense. You can access this information on the website, but remember that you will not find the precise address, but only the address block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. They include a case file that contains a docket sheet and any of the documents and filings filed in the court case. You can access your court records on the website, or at the Chowan County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state keeps a record of a person’s criminal past. These online databases are connected so you are able to track criminal histories from any other state. Go to courthouse and make an inquiry, or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and in the event that the crime was in a different state entirely, you may have to pay for a more complete search.

A criminal records search you will be able to get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for any crimes, which can include:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

When you do a criminal history search, you generally will not be able to see if someone had:

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving histories, you have to do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? Was it easy? Did you search online or did you have to call the courthouse? Was it correct? There are plenty of reasons that people look up criminal records, and your feedback could help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI keeps a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Chowan County,the Chowan County Sheriff maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that being incarcerated in the Chowan County jail is something you wish you could avoid, eventually you will get accustomed to the routine that is set for you in jail. You should expect a wake-up alarm at about 6:00AM, and next they’ll do roll call. Next, you will have breakfast. When you finish breakfast participate 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 Chowan 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 Chowan 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 rules for sending money to inmates could change, so it would be best to review the official Chowan County Jail site when you send any funds.

    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

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Chowan County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Chowan 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 Chowan 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 locked up at this jail? Do you know someone there? Have you ever visited a prisoner there?

    If yes, then please write a review about it. Tell us about your experience so other people will know what to expect.

    Things you could put in your review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and staff
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation Days
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Prisoner safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Prisoner programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has a story about it. Why were you locked up? How did the guards treat you? What was it like in jail? Were the other inmates cool? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

    Tell your story about when you did time at Chowan County Jail

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    Did you make friends in jail? Do you need to get in touch with someone you met in jail? Write your message below.

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