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Chowan County Court

The Chowan County Detention Center is responsible for housing sentenced and non-sentenced inmates in the county. It is staffed by 8 full-time officers, 3 part-time officers, and a Jail Administrator. The staff have 12-hour shifts which run from 6am to 6pm and 6pm to 6am. The facility is located in 305 W. Freemason St. in Edenton, NC.

How to Send Mail or Package

Inmates confined at the Chowan County Detention Center are not allowed to receive general correspondence. They can, however, receive bibles, other religious texts, and necessary educational textbooks as long as they are ordered online and shipped directly from the distributor to the facility. The mailing address for the facility is:

P.O Box: 78
Edenton, NC 27932

Family and friends can deposit funds into an inmate’s commissary account through the McDaniel Commissary program.

Visitation Hours

In-person visitation is currently not allowed until further notice at the Chowan County Detention Center due to COVID-19. Family and friends can use the video visitation system provided by HomeWav Inc. to enjoy live video conversations with inmates. To schedule a visit with an inmate, you can visit the HomeWav website.

The Chowan County Sheriff’s Office does not maintain an online jail roster. If you want to locate an inmate at the detention center, you can contact Lieutenant Jackie Riddick at the facility by calling (252) 482-3822.

Chowan County Sheriff Information

The Chowan County Sheriff’s Office is responsible for providing law enforcement services to the citizens and visitors of the county. These include enforcing the law, investigating criminal activity, providing custody of arrested individuals, serving civil and criminal processes, and providing court security. The agency is led by Sheriff Basnight who is assisted by his second-in-command, Chief Deputy John McArthur. The Sheriff’s Office consists of several divisions including Administration, Patrol, Criminal Investigations, and 911 Emergency Communications.

Chowan County Sheriff’s Office Address:
305 W. Freemason St.
Edenton, NC 27932

Chowan County Sheriff’s Office Phone Number:
(252) 482-8484

Chowan County can be found in the eastern region of North Carolina. Its county seat and the largest town is Edenton. According to the 2021 census, it has an estimated population of 13,722. The total area of the county is 233 square miles, making it the smallest county in the state.

2018 Annual Average Violent Crimes: 47
Data Source: North Carolina County Health Rankings

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Chowan County Public Records Information

Copies of public records in Chowan County can be obtained by submitting a request to the proper department or government agency. For copies of vital records and real estate deeds, a request can be submitted to the Register of Deeds office. The Clerk of Court’s office is responsible for maintaining records of civil cases, criminal cases, special proceedings, estates cases, and divorce judgments. To obtain copies of incident or arrest reports, you may inquire with the Chowan County Sheriff’s Office.

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