Beaufort County Detention Center is in Beaufort County and is the correctional facility for this region. Know someone locked up in Beaufort County Detention Center? This page gives you info about anything you might need to know about Beaufort County Detention Center: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and bail bondsmen. Booking and intake procedures. Court information and records. And much, much more.
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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and daunting idea, not only for whoever is incarcerated, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is designed to give information you need to make going to jail a lot easier. If you have questions, just ask them, and also any comments or feedback that would help other people in the same situation would be appreciated.
Beaufort County Detention Center
210 North Market Street
Washington, NC 27889
Phone Number and Fax Number
Phone: (252) 946-9006
Map and Directions
Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you know someone that is locked up and need to contact them?
Has someone who has been arrested and you want to find out where they are?
In order to look up who’s in jail at Beaufort County Detention Center you have to go to their web site and do an inmate search.
The Beaufort County Detention Center Inmate Search has information on persons who have been arrested, including status, bail amount (if applicable), and schedule for visitation. Also, you can find info on anybody booked or discharged in the last 24 hours. Prisoners are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You will be able to find their inmate information faster if you’ve got your friend or family member’s first and last name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.
If the person you are looking for might be at another jail you will want to check our guide to other North Carolina jails: North Carolina County Jails Directory
A mugshot, or jail intake photo, is the photo that the police take when you get booked into jail. A mugshot is actually one face photo and a side-view photo. Your full name and jail ID number will be on the mugshot, and they’re stored.
Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be found online, or you can go in person to the Beaufort County Detention Center. When viewing online you will need to input the inmate’s full name, and the arrest date.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Want to get your mugshot taken off of the Beaufort County Detention Center website? This can be tricky, because the mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot removed you have to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. This means that your arrest record would be sealed, and will not be accessible. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.
To learn more about getting your mugshot taken down, the different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
Of course, once you’re in jail, your primary thought is about how to get out. After booking, a bail amount will be decided using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If you don’t get a bail set this can mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.
If you do bail out you must promise to be in court on your court date, and until then you are not allowed to go out of town.
In most cases, inmates are given time off for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and area a good inmate while locked up.
If you follow the rules, you might be allowed to do work release. You will either have to go back to the jail every day when you’re finished working, or you might be allowed to live in a halfway house instead of living at the jail.
Bail is how much money that you are required to pay to get out of jail until you go to court. Your bail amount is dictated by the crime you’ve been charged with. You or someone you know will have to pay to the courts 10% of the amount that was determined so you can be released. If you don’t show up for court, whoever put up your bail money won’t get the bail money back.
Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is
In order to find out how much someone’s bail is, you have to call the Beaufort County Detention Center or the County Courthouse. If know the person’s info, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know what their bail is set at. Also, you can find out how much their bail is on the Beaufort County Detention Center website.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is never fun, but in some cases, it is easy. First of all, find out if it is a Cash Only Bond. If it is, you can’t use the services of a bail bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – the jail can’t accept a check. When you’ve paid bail, the inmate will be released. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get your money back.
If their bail has been set too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you should try to hire a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will usually have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total bail amount, and usually have a minimum charge of $100. This is non-refundable and the bondsman only accepts cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bondsman may ask to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.
To contact a local bail bondsman click here: How to find a bail bondsman
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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
- Be Released on a Pre-Trial Release Program
- Get Released on House Arrest
- Be Released on Your Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The intake procedure takes you through each of the following steps:
- You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
- The first step is that you have to answer some simple questions, such as your full name, home address, birthdate and contact person.
- You will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
- You will be given an inmate ID number.
- Your fingerprints will be taken.
- You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
- All of your personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you get released from jail.
- They will allow you to make a telephone call in order to get in touch with a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
- If you think you will get released quickly, you might get to keep wearing street clothes, otherwise you will be issued a jail issued jumpsuit.
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When you pay your bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. This process can take anywhere between 10 minutes to many hours. So, the quicker bail is posted, the sooner you can get out of jail. It also can depend on whether or not you have a cash bond amount or if the magistrate must determine your bail amount. For minor charges, you will be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have served out your jail sentence and are given a discharge date, you should plan to be discharged between 9am and noon.
How To Turn Yourself In
If there is a, or if you must report to start a sentence, it is highly recommended that you do the right thing and turn yourself in willingly. If it is for a warrant, go down to the jail processing area, and tell them that you think there may be a warrant for your arrest. They will check their system to see if there are any outstanding local, state or federal arrest warrants out for you, and if you do, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, go to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order lists. Make sure that you aren’t late. Make sure that you only bring things that are allowed when you go, like your driver’s license or even ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and the copy of the sentencing order.
To have visitors, you have to list each visitor’s name to the jail. This information will go into the visitation log as an Authorized visit. Each and every visitor must provide proof of identification. Any visitors showing up late or that is not an approved visitor will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Jail visitation policies are always changing, so review the official Beaufort County Detention Center jail site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.
Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy
The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account. Calls made in jail are typically more expensive than phone calls made at home. Phone calls are restricted on 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 and are disciplined, your ability to use the phone could be reduced or forbidden completely.
The Beaufort County Detention Center phone number is: (252) 946-9006
Sending Mail to Inmates
All mall sent to inmates must be mailed using US Postal Service. You can’t use any other method of mail delivery. You should write or type the prisoner’s name, prisoner number, and the jail address on the envelope. Do not send a box, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. Any mail gets opened and inspected and read by the jail officers, and the mail will get returned if they decide it is inappropriate.
The mailing address for Beaufort County Detention Center is:
Beaufort County Detention Center
210 North Market Street
Washington, NC 27889
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
Beaufort County Detention Center
210 North Market Street
Washington, NC 27889
The inmate mail policy at Beaufort County Detention Center changes often, so check the site before you send a letter to an inmate.
Get A Lawyer
If you have been arrested, you still have rights, the first of which is that you have the right to request a lawyer. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so it is a good idea to have a friend or family member locate an attorney when you talk to them. You may be asking yourself ‘why do I need an attorney?’ You can represent yourself if you really want to, but, an attorney will advise you about your rights, protect your interests and help you understand the complicated court system. The faster you get an attorney working on your case, the better off you’ll be.
For more information about the benefits of hiring a lawyer, click: How to Find a Lawyer
If you cannot afford an attorney, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. The Public Defender has a number of staff such as independent investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are licensed attorneys who are members of the State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law and represent you in court.
Have you ever had to use a Public Defender? Are you happy with how they handled your case?
All court records are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. They contain a file with a docket and every documents and motions filed in the case. You are able to access your court case records via the Beaufort County website, or at the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.
Clerk of Court
The Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court that manages access to court records. They also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and read the jury’s verdict. All records related to your case are kept and available to you at the Beaufort County Clerk of Court.
Court costs and court fees are the charges from your court case, which include filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you will not be responsible for these fees.
The Beaufort County court magistrate is the person that presides over your case in court. Magistrate judges do different functions, which include setting bail amounts, writing arrest warrants, and presiding over preliminary court hearings and detention proceedings.
A pre-sentencing report is prepared with information about your background and details of the defendant’s life history, which the magistrate judge will review and take into account when determining a sentence. Information and personal details will be gathered from the defendant, their family, and in some cases the victim. Don’t forget you are able to request to have your own copy of your pre-sentencing report prior to sentencing, so you have the opportunity to review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.
After you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, including community service to probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the severity of the crime, you may be taken into custody immediately, or you could receive a date to surrender and report to jail to serve out your sentence.
Want to find out if a family member or friend is incarcerated in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?
To find this out you will have to query the Beaufort County jail website, and search using:
- Approximate booking date.
- or jail ID.
If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you can also call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.
If you think you might have an outstanding warrant, you can check arrest warrants online or you can call the jail. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask the officer in charge. You should be clear that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.
If you know the person’s first and last name, and the date of their arrest, contact the jail, either by phone, in person, or look online. Records of arrests are in the public record and this information is accessible by the public.
Civil processes are when someone has been served with papers, such as court orders. You can find these by contacting the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All convicted sex offenders are listed and registered on a sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex crime. You are able to view these listings on the website, but keep in mind that you will not be able to find the exact address, but rather the address block of the address that they registered.
Court Records are public records. These records include a case file that includes a court docket and all documents filed in your case. You are able to access court records on the internet, or at the Beaufort County Clerk of Court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.
Every state maintains a record of a person’s criminal history. These online databases are connected so you can track criminal convictions from other states. You can go to county courthouse and make an inquiry, or check online. It is helpful to know the county, and if it was in a different state, you may have to pay for a more complete search.
A criminal history search you can get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for these crimes:
- Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
- Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
- Violent crimes.
- Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.
When you do a criminal history search, usually will not be able to find out if they had:
- Speeding or reckless driving.
- Drivers license revoked or suspended.
- Any accidents.
- Moving violations.
- Parking Tickets.
- 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 Driver’s License
- An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.
- You have the right to protection from the accused.
- You have the right to notification.
- You have the right to attend proceedings.
- You have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
- You have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
- You have the right to restitution.
- You have the right to a speedy trial.
- You have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.
- 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.
- Conditions at the jail.
- Jail layout and facility
- Guards and staff
- Food and commissary
- Having Visitors
- The other inmates – what are they like?
- Prisoner safety
- Prisoner activities and programs
To search for driving histories, you will have to do a driving history search.
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Everyone knows that the FBI has their list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Beaufort County, the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Department keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.
FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link
Life In Jail / What Its Like
Just the thought of getting locked up in the Beaufort County jail is no fun, soon you will settle into the daily routine there. You will get an alarm to wake up each morning at 6am, and then you’ll have roll call. Then you will eat breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will be required to work in the work program or other activity that you are assigned. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.
Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Beaufort County Detention Center, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.
When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the Beaufort 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 is likely to change, so review the site when you send funds to an inmate there.
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.
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.
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.
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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Types of Jobs at Beaufort County Detention Center
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Beaufort 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.
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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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Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.
The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:
The definition of victim includes:
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.
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.
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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