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Beaufort Country Court

The Beaufort County Detention Center is responsible for housing all persons who are in the custody of the Sheriff’s Office, mainly those who are awaiting trial due to felony and misdemeanor charges. It is located at 112 W. 2nd Street in Washington, NC. This facility has a capacity of 85 beds. It is located in the County Courthouse basement. The Jail Administrator is Captain Jeremy Hewitt who is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the facility.

How to Send Mail or Package

Inmates housed in the Beaufort County Detention Center have the privilege of receiving mail from family members and friends. All incoming mail is inspected by the staff before getting delivered to the inmates. To send mail to an inmate, make sure to include the inmate’s full name as well as the full return name and return address. Greeting cards are not permitted. Any books should be sent directly from the publisher. The mail should be addressed as follows:

Full inmate name
C/O Beaufort County Detention Center
210 N Market St.
Washington, NC 27889

Inmates may also receive money to allow them to purchase Commissary items. To send money to an inmate, please visit and create a user account. Select the Beaufort County Jail from the facility menu and search for the inmate’s last name or ID. The account accepts Visa, MasterCard, and Discover credit/debit cards.

Visitation Hours

Inmates confined at the Beaufort County Detention Center are allowed one onsite visit per designated visitation day. Only 3 visitors are allowed per inmate. All visitors must be at least 18 years of age and possess a valid photo ID. Visitors are required to dress appropriately and will be subject to a search for contraband. The visitation hours are as follows:

Last names (of inmates) that begin with A – M Saturdays 2-4pm
Last names (of inmates) that begin with N – Z Sundays 2-4pm

Family members and friends can also choose remote video visitation through Please note that visits cost $0.40 per minute. Visits need to be scheduled one day before. Each inmate is only allowed one remote video visitation per weekend. Each remove video visit is limited to 15 minutes. The schedule for remote video visitation is as follows:

Inmates with a last name that begins with A-M:
Saturday 12pm to 4pm

Inmates with a last name that begins with N-Z:
Sunday 12pm to 4pm

The Beaufort County Detention Center does not maintain an online roster of the inmates currently housed in the facility. If you wish to locate an inmate here, you can contact them at (252) 946-7113.

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Beaufort County Sheriff Information

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office is the main law enforcement agency in the county. It is headed by Sheriff Ernie Coleman. The Chief Deputy is Charlie Rose who serves as the Sheriff’s second-in-command, helping him oversee the day-to-day operations of the entire agency. The Sheriff’s Office is divided into several divisions including Administration, Criminal Investigations, and Patrol. The agency provides a variety of services such as enforcing state and local laws, investigating crimes, conducting patrols, and arresting suspects.

Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office Address:
210 N. Market Street
Washington, NC 27889

Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office Phone Number:

Beaufort County can be found in the western region of North Carolina. The county seat is Washington. The county was originally part of Bath County before becoming established in 1739. According to the 2021 census, it has 44,468 residents. Its total area is 958 square miles.

2018 Annual Average Violent Crimes: 154
Data Source: North Carolina County Health Rankings

Beaufort County Public Records Information

You can obtain copies of public records by submitting a request to the right department or agency. Copies of court records such as criminal cases, civil cases, estate cases, divorce judgments, and special proceedings can be requested at the Clerk of Court’s office. Copies of vital records as well as real estate records are available at the Register of Deeds office. For a copy of a police report, you can submit a request to the law enforcement agency involved.

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