Halifax County Jail – Halifax, NC

Halifax County Jail is located in Halifax County, North Carolina and is the main jail for this area. Do you know someone incarcerated at Halifax County Jail? This page will tell you information about anything you might want to know about Halifax County Jail,like: How to do a jail inmate search. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. Posting bail. Booking and intake procedures. Halifax County court information. And much much more…

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary and daunting situation, not only for whoever is incarcerated, but also that person’s friends and family. The goal of this guide is to give you all the info you need to make helping someone get out of jail a lot easier. If you have a question, just ask them, and any comments or tips that might be beneficial to others would be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Halifax County Jail
355 Ferrell Lane
Halifax, NC 27839

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 252-583-8201
Fax Number:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that is incarcerated and don’t know how to find them?

Has a family member or friend that’s been arrested and you don’t know how to find out where they are?

In order to search who is in jail at Halifax County Jail you will need to go to their web site and do an inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Halifax County Jail Inmate Roster has information on persons currently in custody, including current status, how much their bail is, and schedule for visitation. Also, you can find information about anyone booked or released in the last 24 hours. Inmates are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You can locate their inmate information more quickly if you enter the arrestee’s full name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If the person you’re searching for is locked up at a different jail you can check the other North Carolina county jails in our North Carolina County Jail Guide: North Carolina County Jails Listing


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a booking photo, is a photo that the police take when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is make of one frontal photo and a side photo. Your full name and booking number will appear on the pictures, and they will be stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be found on the website, or you can go in person to the Halifax County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you will need to enter the inmate’s name, and the booking date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to get your mugshot taken down from the Halifax County Jail website? This is difficult, since the mugshot is a 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 will 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.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot removed, the different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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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 you get out. After you’ve been booked, a bail amount is decided by the magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you do bail out of jail you will have to agree to be there for your court date, and in the meantime you must not go out of town.

Typically, prisoners in the Halifax County Jail are given an early release in exchange for good behavior if they respect the rules and don’t cause any problems while locked up.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be allowed to do work release. Either you will have to return to jail at the end of the day when you’re finished working, or you may have the chance to live in a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you are required to pay to be released from jail until your court date. The amount you will be required to pay is dictated by the seriousness of your charges. You will need to post ten percent of the total set in order to be released. If you miss your court appearance, the person that paid your bail will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail will need to call the Halifax County Jail or the County Courthouse. If you have all the pertinent information, like name, address and date of birth, they will let you know how much their bail is. You can also see the bail amount on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but fortunately, it is really easy. To start with, you need to find out if it is a Cash Only Bond. If it is, you won’t be able to get a Bail Bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they can’t accept a personal check. Once the cash bond has been paid, the person 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, of if you can’t pay it, you you should hire a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will usually charge you a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and usually charge a minimum charge of $100. This is non-refundable and has to be paid in cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bail bondsman may require that they use your assets as collateral for the bond.

To find a local bail bondsman go to: Find a Bail Bondsman in Halifax County

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Early Release For Good Behavior
  • Work Release
  • Time Served
  • Get Out on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • Get Released on House Arrest
  • Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process includes the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you have to answer a number of questions, such as your full legal name, your address, date of birth and contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • Any property you have will be taken from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • You will get to make a telephone call so you can call family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might get to wear your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to wear a jail jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will be allowed to leave jail. Getting discharged can take anywhere between 10 minutes to quite a few hours. In other words the faster bail is posted, the sooner you can get out of jail. It also will depend on whether you’ve been given a cash bond amount or if a magistrate must determine how much your bail will be. For a minor charge, you will get booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you get to the end of your sentence and are given a date of your release, plan to be discharged that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

out against you, or if you must report to start a sentence, you really should follow the rules and turn yourself in willingly. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go down to the jail intake area, and tell an officer that you think there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if so, you will be taken into jail custody. If it is for a jail sentence, go down to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order requires you to. Be very careful that you are not late to report. Only bring necessary items when you turn yourself in, for example a driver’s license or state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, and the sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you have to provide each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitor’s names will be entered into a Visiting log for the requesting inmate. All visitors will have to provide proof of identification. Visitors arriving late or without a visiting order will be turned away.
Visitation procedures change often, so it would be wise to review the official site before you try to go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Phone calls made in jail are much pricier than regular phone calls. There are certain restrictions about 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 break the rules, an inmate’s phone privileges could be reduced or forbidden completely.

Phone Number: 252-583-8201

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail is required to be sent using the actual US Postal Service. You can’t use any other method of mail delivery. You have to write the person’s name, prisoner number, and jail address on the letter that you send. Do not send a package or box, envelope with padding, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail sent to inmates is opened and inspected by the officers at the jail, and will be sent back to the person who mailed it if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Halifax County Jail is:

Halifax County Jail
355 Ferrell Lane
Halifax, NC 27839

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Halifax County Jail
355 Ferrell Lane
Halifax, NC 27839


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


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you need to be aware that you still have rights, the most important of which is your right to request a lawyer. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so it is a good idea to get a friend or relative to find an attorney when you talk to them. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘but do I really need a lawyer’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, an attorney can advise you of your rights, look after your best interests and show you the way through the criminal justice system in Halifax County. The quicker you get an attorney working on your charges, the better your chances.

For more information about how to find a lawyer, visit: How to Find a Lawyer in Halifax County

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford a lawyer, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. In addition, the Public Defender Office is staffed by private investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as case workers. Public Defenders are licensed lawyers, members of the State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law in North Carolina.

Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney? Do you think they properly 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 with a docket and all documents and motions that have been filed in the case. You, and anyone else, can access your court records with the website, or at the Halifax County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who maintains court records. They also administer the oath in a court case, and also read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records and documents associated with your court case are kept and available to you at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are the charges and fees associated with your court case, such as filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees.

Magistrate

The Halifax County magistrate is the judge that rules on your case. They do different tasks, which include determing how much your bail will be, issuing warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over first court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is completed to include information about the arrestee’s background and information about the defendant’s life and public history, which the judge will review and take into consideration when determining the sentence. Information will be gathered from the person on trial, their family, and in some cases the victim in the crime. Be sure to remember you can request to have a copy of this report before you are sentenced, and correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, including community service and probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on how serious your crime was, you could be locked up immediately, or given a date to report to jail to serve out your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

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

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • or jail ID.

If you think that they are currently in jail, you can also call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant, you can check the arrest warrants inquiry online or you can call the jail. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and inquire at the information desk. You should know that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, as well as their arrest date, contact the jail, by phone, go there in person, or find out online. An arrest is a matter of public record and the information is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you get served with legal papers, which can be a court order. You can find these by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders have to be listed and registered 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 this information on the website, but keep in mind that you can’t find the precise address, rather the neighborhood block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. These records include a court case file that contains a docket sheet and all filings and documents filed in the case. You are able to access court records on the internet, or at the Halifax County Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains records of their state citizen’s criminal background. These databases are linked together and you can track criminal backgrounds from any other state. You are able to go to courthouse and inquire, or check the website. It is helpful to know the county, and in the event that the crime was in a totally different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more complete search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you will be able to find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for any of the following crimes:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug Possession.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

If you do a criminal records check, you generally won’t learn if they had:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving records, you will have to do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? How hard was it? Did you search online or did you call the local courthouse? Was it correct? There are lots of reasons that folks look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your story may 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 Halifax County,the Sheriff has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    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 Halifax County Jail is something you wish you could avoid, soon you will become accustomed to the daily routine. Inmates get a wake-up alarm every morning at 6:00am, and next you’ll have roll call. You will then get breakfast. After breakfast, you will have 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 Halifax 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 Halifax County Jail uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

    You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.

    The process for sending money to jail inmates changes, so you should double check the the Halifax County Jail website before you send funds 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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    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Halifax County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Halifax 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 Halifax 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 Halifax County Jail? Do you know someone that is an inmate there? Have you ever visited someone at this jail?

    If yes, then you should write a review about it. Tell us about what you experienced so that other people can find out what to expect.

    Things you might want to write in what you write:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Staff and guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation Days
    • The other inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gang activity
    • Programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has at least one story to tell about it. Why were you locked up? Did you get fair treatment? What happened to you while you were locked up? Tell us about the other inmates. Did going to jail affect your life? How?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Are you trying to talk to somebody you met when you were locked up? Leave a message for them here.

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