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The W.E. “Billy” Smith Detention Center is a facility in Lenoir County that houses pre-trial inmates. It was named after a retired Sheriff who served the county from 1988 to 2012. The facility has a 285-bed capacity. It features a processing area, booking area, kitchen, laundry, medical wing, and trustee housing. The Detention Center Administrator is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the facility.

How to Send Mail or Package

Inmates housed in the W.E. “Billy” Smith Detention Center may receive mail from family and friends. All incoming mail must include a return name and full return address. All mail is inspected for the presence of contraband. To send mail to an inmate, address it in the following manner:

Inmate’s Name
W.E. “Billy” Smith Detention Center
P.O. Box 3289, Kinston, NC 28502

Funds can be added to an inmate’s account by visiting the Access Corrections website. Using this method requires you to pay a fee of $2.95. You may also deposit money using the ATM located in the Lenoir County Detention Center. A $3-fee will be charged for using the machine. Deposits can also be made by phone by calling a toll-free number 866-345-1884.

Visitation Hours

Inmates at the W.E. “Billy” Smith Detention Center are allowed visitation. All visitors need to be on the approved visitor list that is provided by the inmate. There can be up to 5 individuals on the list. The names on the list can be changed every 90 days. Visits are on a first come, first serve basis. Each inmate is allowed one 15-minute visit per week and up to 2 visitors at a time. The schedule for visitation is as follows:

Inmate with last name beginning with letters A through M:

THURSDAYS from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., AND
THURSDAYS from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Inmates with last name beginning with letters N through Z:

FRIDAYS from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., AND
FRIDAYS from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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Lenoir County Sheriff Information

The Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office is the main law enforcement agency in the county. It provides various services to the communities under its jurisdiction including routine patrols, investigating criminal activities, court security, serving civil processes, search and rescue, and responding to calls for service. The head of the LCSO is Sheriff Ronnie Ingram.

Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office Address:
130 S Queen St, Kinston, NC 28501

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Lenoir County is located in the eastern region of North Carolina. Its county seat is Kinston which is also the largest city. It has an estimated population of 54,706 based on the 2021 census. Its total area is 403 square miles.

2018 Annual Average Violent Crimes: 415
Data Source: North Carolina County Health Rankings

Lenoir County Public Records Information

The Records Division of the Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office is responsible for managing all requests for copies of police reports. If you wish to obtain a copy of an incident report, you may submit a request online. There is a small fee of $2. You may make the payment online. You can pick up your copy at the Sheriff’s Office from Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm.

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