The primary purpose of the Detention Facility (commonly referred to as the "County Jail") is to provide a secure confinement facility for the housing of inmates who are in “pending trial” status and those inmates serving short term misdemeanor sentences. The Detention Center provides a humane, safe, and healthy environment for staff and inmates. Other duties include transporting inmates to and from prison units, and for court appearances, maintaining proper computerized records on inmates, security of inmates’ personal property and inmate medical needs.The detention services division is located at the Sheriff’s Office in the Law Enforcement Center, is located near the intersection of NC 65 and NC 87 in Wentworth. 

This detention facility was built in 2010 and can hold up to 232 inmates.The detention services division employs a staff of over 50 fulltime and part-time officers operating 24 hours a day. The facility operates with two Lieutenants, Staff Sergeants, Sergeants, and staff. Captain Shane Bullins is administrator of the detention services and can be reached at 634-3236.


You may leave money for inmates at the Sheriff’s Office Monday-Friday 8:00 am to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 pm. All monies must be in the form of a money order and made out to the inmate. No money orders are taken on the weekends or on holidays. No inmates personal property (such as keys, cell phones, etc.) will be released to ANYONE while in the possession of the Detention Center, even with the inmate's permission to do so.


Letters to inmate should be addressed as follows:

(Inmate's Name)

P.O. Box 186

Wentworth, NC 27375

Do not write on outside of envelopes except for delivery and return information. Letters can ONLY contain the following:·  

  • A Written or Typed Letter·  
  • A Money Order- payable to the inmate, for no more than $100.00· 
  •  Money for inmates using ACCESS CORRECTIONS SECURE DEPOSITS using Smart Devices, accesscorrections.com, 866-345-1884, or the Kiosk located in the Sheriff's Office lobby.  
  • A Card - no musical cards or cards with attachments·  
  • Photos - no Polaroids, nude/provocative photos, or photos that contain obscene gestures, alcohol/drug related items, weapons, or gang affiliated items or gestures·
  • No Envelopes larger than 6" x 9"·  
  • All Pamphlets, Soft Back Books, Magazines, Bibles etc. must be mailed from the Publishing Company (No Hard Back Books)
  • No paper, envelopes, stamps, pens, pencils, computer print outs, or items deemed by the facility as contraband can be sent through the mail. 

Any mail received that does not follow policy will be returned to sender at the sender’s expense. If you have questions please call 336-634-3236 ext. 4211 before mailing items.



Visitation hours are as follows:

Fridays (females only) from 1:30pm - 3:30pm 

and 7pm - 8:30pm 

Saturdays (males only) Last Names A-L 

from 1:30 pm - 5pm

Sundays (males only) Last Names M-Z 

from 1:30 pm- 5pm 

  • All visitors must be signed in at least 15 minutes before visiting hours have ended.
  • Visitors MUST be on inmate Visitation List.
  • Only 4 visitors allowed per inmate per week.
  • All visitors MUST be 16 years of age or older.



All courts sessions (District, Superior, Small Claims, Child Support, Juvenile and Administrative Traffic courts) convene Monday through Friday at 9:00 a.m. Special hearings are schedule by judges or other court officials.The Bailiff’s duty is to provide security for judges, witnesses, and prisoners in the county courtrooms. Bailiffs are responsible for opening and closing the courts, keeping order within courtrooms, and carrying out orders of the court as directed by the presiding judge. They also transport prisoners to and from court. Sgt. Jason Doom is the officer is in charge and may be reached at (336) 634-3236 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.