The primary purpose of the Detention Center 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.

Detention StaffThe 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 Daryl Crowder is supervisor of 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.



All courts sessions (District, Superior, Small Claims, Child Support, Juvenile and Administrative Traffic courts) convene Monday through Friday at 9:00am.

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 8am to 5pm.