Policies and Procedures



When a person is admitted into jail it can create confusion and uncertainty for the inmate’s family and friends. There may be questions about mail, phone calls, visitation, healthcare, and other areas. It may be difficult to immediately contact the person arrested and to initially obtain information concerning the person arrested.

The information provided on this web page is intended to help you understand the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center process and to interact effectively with Detention staff while supporting your family member or friend in custody.

Upon arrest a person may be taken to the local police station or Sheriff’s Office where they may be interviewed and reports may be prepared. If the individual is arrested for driving while impaired, a breath or blood chemical test will be conducted. This process can take several hours which results in delayed time before the jail system is notified of a person’s arrest. Therefore, do not be concerned by this delay, as this process is routine and necessary.

When individuals arrive at the Detention Center, they go through the intake and booking process before being housed in the inmate population. This process takes extensive time and includes different screenings, inmate mental health screening, identification processes, warrant checks and clerical matters. An individual medical screening by a member of the facility medical staff usually occurs at booking to ensure the inmate is not injured or in need of immediate medical treatment. Additional screenings are conducted to ensure that all conditions that an inmate may have are properly noted and that the facility is capable of meeting the inmate’s medical needs.

During jail admission processing inmates are subjected to a search to ensure that no contraband is brought into the facility. They are photographed and fingerprinted. Their personal information is entered into the jails computer information management system, bail is determined by a judicial official and a court date is set.

Some inmates may be eligible for release soon after arrival at the facility. Intoxicated inmates may be held up to 24 hours, and sometimes longer, to ensure that they are sober enough to be safely released. Inmates eligible for bail have access to telephones to allow them to contact assistance to arrange bail through family, friends or bail agents. Inmate bond releases are initiated by Detention staff upon receiving the authorization from the Magistrate. Release procedures cannot be authorized by anyone else except judicial authority. When it is determined that an inmate will not make bail in the period immediately following admission, they are assigned to a housing unit within the jail.




Access to the Courts and Counsel: Inmates are entitled to confidential consultation with the courts and legal counsel. Attorneys and other professionals of record can visit with inmates by presenting photo identification and a professional ID. These visits may be limited to a reasonable length of time, which may be determined in part by facility operations and needs. Foreign citizens may receive professional visits with consular staff from their country. Please be aware that all persons, brief cases and parcels entering the facility are subject to search by security staff.

In addition to correspondence, inmates not on disciplinary lockdown may make unlimited collect telephone calls to their attorneys and advisors during their leisure time. A toll free message line is available to the local area Public Defender’s Office.



During admissions inmate property is inventoried and placed into self seal, tamper resistant bags. After an inmate’s cash has been accepted, it is placed in the inmate’s account available to the inmate to purchase commissary items and for other purposes. Any unused funds are returned to the inmate upon release from custody. During admissions, inmates are required to exchange personal clothing for jail clothing. Their personal clothing is bagged and stored securely until their release. Inmates receive basic hygiene items free of charge during the admission process.




Inmates may possess the following items while in custody: county issued property and items purchased through the inmate canteen. No other property may be possessed by an inmate except as authorized by the Jail Administrator.




Family and friends of inmates housed at the Robeson County Detention Center are able to deposit funds 24/7 and the money may be added to the inmate commissary or telephone account by using the Lobby Kiosk. Only cash can be deposited into the kiosk.

Deposits will immediately be available in the inmate’s account.