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Forsyth County Detention Center Inmate Search

How to Search for an Inmate in Forsyth County North Carolina

To see if someone is in the Forsyth County Jail system, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, go to the Forsyth Sheriff Inmate Inquiry page.

There are two methods to search for inmates on this page:

Check the Roster

Search by Name


  • You will see the roster of current inmates.
  • Use your cursor to scroll through the list and locate your inmate.

TIP: Use the double arrows at the bottom of the display to quickly page through the names until you get to the list of names beginning with the first letter of your inmate’s last name.

TIP: Use the page number dropdown menu to select a page to go to in search of the names.


Click on the “Filter Inmate List” button at the bottom of the list.

Use the dropdown menu on the left to select a filter from:

  • Last Name
  • First Name
  • Middle Name
  • Race
  • Sex
  • Age
  • Primary Charge
  • Arrest Date
  • Booking Agency

Use the middle dropdown list to choose either:

  • Equal (This will list only inmates who match what you enter exactly)
  • Begins With (This will list all inmates whose criteria-such as last name-begins with the information you enter. Good choice if you are not sure of the spelling of the name)

Enter the requested information into the search box on the right.

Click on “Find”.


Locate your inmate from the displayed list and click on the name to view:
Inmate’s Full Name

  • Age
  • Race
  • Sex
  • Arrest Date
  • Release Date
  • Next Court Date
  • Charge
  • Bond Amount
  • Status
  • Docket Number


There may be times when you want to know more about this or other Forsyth County Criminal Court case. You can do this by going to the Forsyth County Case Query page.

  • Use the dropdown “County” menu to choose Forsyth County.
  • Choose “District” or “Superior” court. (If unsure, choose “Both”)
  • Enter the defendant’s name in the box.
  • Jones (last name only)
  • Jones, S (last name + comma + first initial)
  • Click on “Submit Query”.

Locate the case in the displayed list and click on the case number link to the right of the name to view:

  • Defendant’s Full Name
  • County
  • Court Date
  • Session:  AM/PM
  • Court Room
  • Offense Code
  • Description
  • Statute

With more than 9,000 jails and prisons across the country, trying to locate an inmate can feel like searching for a needle in a haystack. On this page, you will find the Forsyth County inmate search, inmate lists, inmate roster, arrest reports and/or booking information for the Forsyth County Detention Center in the city of Winston-Salem, Forsyth County in the state of North Carolina.

With a minimal amount of information about the inmate and some patience, on jailexchange.com you can:

Recent Arrests and/or Pre-trial Inmates in Forsyth County Detention Center

If you are certain your inmate is in Forsyth County Detention Center, or at the very least in Forsyth County, go to this page to search for them.

If the Forsyth County Detention Center inmate search website is not currently online or up to date, call (336) 917-7600 for assistance in locating your inmate.

The Forsyth County Detention Center is "open" 24-hours-a-day. When you call, give the staff member the name of who you are looking for and a birthdate or age if you have it. That person will let you know if your inmate is there.

At minimum you will need a first and last name. If you can provide the middle name or initial that is even better. In a perfect world you will also have the inmate's birthdate, but if not, an estimated age will help.

If you are not sure what county jail the inmate is located in, it helps to at least know the geographic area. Knowing what state the inmate is in is good; knowing which county is even better.

In some cases, there will be more than one possibility. Use patience and check them all. Go here to get started on a search for any jail in the state of North Carolina or go to this page to begin a search for all jails in the United States.

If your inmate has been charged but not yet convicted of a misdemeanor or a felony, he or she will most likely be held in Forsyth County within the county where the crime occurred. If you only have the city name, look up the city's police department, call and ask them if they keep inmates at a local jail or send them to the county jail. If they are sent to the Forsyth County Jail, either look them up here or call (336) 917-7600 for assistance.

Recently convicted felons are sometimes held at Forsyth County Jail until transport to a North Carolina State Prison is available. Inmates sentenced to less than one year incarceration or those convicted to serve time for misdemeanors will do their time in the Forsyth County Jail system.

Jailexchange.com has a complete page of all available information to assist families and friends of inmates in Forsyth County Detention Center and every other jail, prison and juvenile detention center in America.

How to find an Inmate already convicted of a felony and sentenced in the state of North Carolina

State Inmate

Most states have Department of Corrections websites that allow you to type in a felon's first and last name and pull up inmates in that state. Go to this page for inmates in North Carolina. If you need to find an inmate in another state prison system, go here.

When you click next to the inmate's name or on a link, it will show you which jail or prison the inmate is housed in. If the inmate is no longer incarcerated, but is on parole/probation or discharged, it will tell you that as well. In addition, many state prison inmate pages show recent mug shots.

Federal Inmate

The federal prison system has its own inmate locator called the Bureau of Prisons Inmate Locator.

Type in the inmate's name and it will tell you where he or she is incarcerated and their projected release date. It also lists released federal prison inmates and the date they were released.

Federal inmates who are moved from one prison to another will show as "No longer in federal custody" on the system until they reach their next federal prison destination. This movement can take a few days to several months to complete, so keep checking back to find out where the inmate was taken.

ICE Inmates

The ICE Detainee Lookup allows friends, family members and interested parties to locate illegal and/or undocumented immigrants that are in the United States without permission.

They are held in detention centers approved by Immigration Custody and Enforcement until their hearing or date they are deported back to their home country.

To look up the detainee, users need the full legal name the person used upon their arrest and the country the person claimed they originated from. It helps to also have the "A-number", which is the number that ICE assigned to them upon their detention, which you can use instead of attempting to type the detainee's name.

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