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Chowan County Detention Facility
305 W. Freemason Street
P.O. Box 78
Edenton, NC 27932

(252) 482-3822

The Chowan County Detention Facility is the main jail in Gates County North Carolina. While the police in the cities and towns in Gates County can arrest and detain offenders, the Chowan County Detention Facility is the facility that is accredited by North Carolina to hold inmates for more than 72 hours.

The Chowan County Detention Facility, located at:
305 W. Freemason Street
P.O. Box 78
Edenton, NC 27932 
can be reached 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at (252) 482-3822.

The main reason that people call (252) 482-3822 is to find out if a particular person is in custody, although you can look up an inmate online by going here. You can also get answers to whatever questions about an inmate, and the services for Chowan County Detention Facility that you may have by clicking on any of the questions below:

How to search for an inmate?
Can you look up an inmate’s mugshot?
How do you look up an offender’s criminal charges, bond or inmate number?
How do you visit an inmate?
What are the visitation hours?
Can you visit inmates in Gates County by video from home?
How do you get phone calls from an inmate?
Can you send mail, books, or newspapers to an inmate?
How do you send an inmate money?
Does Chowan County Detention Facility have inmate commissary?
Can an inmate receive and/or send email or text messages?
Do inmates in Gates County have access to computers or tablets?
How do you pay an inmate’s bail or bond?

Every year the Chowan County Detention Facility has approximately 840 bookings, with a daily average of 42 inmates and maintains control of the facility with a staff of 10.

Inmates in this jail range from low level misdemeanor offenders to those being held and awaiting trial for violent crimes like robbery, rape, and murder. Therefore, given the mix of potentially dangerous inmates, the security level is very high. 

The Chowan County Detention Facility is equipped with a state-of-the-art locking system, closed circuit cameras covering every area where inmates are located, and jail staff that utilize a communication system that keeps each of the guards and civilian staff in constant contact. 

Guards that circulate in the same general area of the inmates are armed with eye-blinding mace that will turn an inmate having a violent outburst into a weeping child. They also carry stun weapons, short clubs, flashlights that have dual use as both a light source and as a weapon, and handcuffs. Guards at entrances and in areas not frequented by inmates are armed with various firearms. The goal of such tight security is to keep both the staff and the inmates safe.

For other jails in Gates County, jails in neighboring counties, and local police jails and juvenile detention centers for young offenders under age 18 in this county, click here.

Unlike the North Carolina Department of Corrections, where inmates are sent once convicted of a crime and sentenced to a period of more than a year, the Gates County Jail System is populated by short-term offenders; those who have just been arrested and awaiting to be bonded out by friends or family, those who cannot afford or get bailed and are awaiting trial, or those who have already been convicted of a crime and sentenced to a term of less than one year. Many of the latter inmates become ‘workers’, who can reduce their sentence by performing jail maintenance or working in the kitchen. An upside to being a worker is they also get paid a small stipend so when they get released, they have a few dollars in their pocket.

When an inmate is convicted and sentenced to a year or more, they are transferred to the North Carolina Department of Corrections or the Federal Bureau of Prisons.  

Inmates that are convicted of a misdemeanor and/or sentenced to less than one year of a state crime serve their time in the Chowan County Detention Facility. 

Illegal immigrants convicted of a state or federal crime will first do their time, then may be transferred into ICE custody for deportation.

How an Inmate Makes a Phone Call to You or Others from Chowan County Detention Facility

To set up a phone account so that your inmate can call you from Gates County do the following:

1. Enroll in an account with Securus Technologies.

2. Choose one of three account types, Securus Debit, Advance Connect or Direct Bill.
3. Choose [facility_name_1}, then connect with your inmate.
4. If you have any questions, call Securus: 972-734-1111 or 800-844-6591.

To find out fees, how to's, calling times, limits on phone calls and other systems Securus has do that you can communicate with your Gates County inmate, check out our Inmate Phone Page.
NOTE: All of your inmate's phone calls are recorded and stored. It is advised not to discuss their pending case.


 

How Do Inmates in Chowan County Detention Facility Make Phone Calls?

To receive phone calls from inmates in Gates County, or to assist them in making phone calls to other people, follow these steps:

  • Chowan County Detention Facility uses the services of HOMEWAV.
  • Register with them online or call them at 844-394-6639
  • Agents are available from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM CST, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, and speak both English & Spanish.
  • Services for Gates County inmates and their families and friends include Collect Calling, PIN Debits or Purchasing Calling Cards.

For all the information regarding phone calls with Gates County inmates; rules, policies, phone calling times, video, messaging, time limits and more, visit our Inmate Phone Page.


 

How to Visit or Email an Inmate in Gates County North Carolina or visiting an inmate at the jail

To visit or email an inmate in Gates County follow these steps:

  • In addition to visiting inmates at the jail, Chowan County Detention Facility uses a video visitation service called HomeWav.
  • Register and Sign Up Here.
  • Complete all steps of the registration process to get full access to Chowan County Detention Facility inmate communication services.
  • Add ‘Talk to me Funds’ to your account using your credit or debit card.
  • Then you just wait for your Gates County inmate to communicate.
    How do you add Funds to your account?
  • Once you are logged in, click “Add Talk to Me Funds".
  • Type in the amount of dollars you want to add to your account.
  • Click “Update”.
  • Choose a way to pay (Credit, debit, or prepaid card).

Who do you contact if you are having any problems arranging the remote video visit, phoning or emailing of an inmate in Gates County?
Call HomeWav support at 314-764-2872, or toll free 844-394-6639.
Monday – Friday 
9:00AM to 6:00PM EST
Saturday – Sunday 
8:00AM to 6:00PM EST

NOTE: All communications between you and your inmate at Chowan County Detention Facility will be recorded and stored. Do not discuss your inmate's case or other sensitive information as it can be used against them (or you) in court.

For full instructions on all the benefits of using Homewav to visit a Gates County inmate, visiting an inmate at the jail itself, email and texting an inmate, rates, policies, rules, dress codes, bringing children, attorney and clergy visits and more, go to our official Visit Inmate Page. 


 

How to Send a Carepack Commissary Package Directly to an Inmate in Gates County

To send a commissary carepack (food, snacks and goods) directly to an inmate in Chowan County Detention Facility follow these steps:

  • Chowan County Detention Facility uses McDaniel Supply Company for their inmate commissary.
  • McDaniel Supply operates the JailPackStore website so you can order online using a credit or debit card. They will ship your order directly to your inmate at Chowan County Detention Facility.
  • JailPackStore has a very cumbersome website that requires you to:  1. register, 2. add a credit or debit card, and then 3. locate your inmate in Gates County before you can even see their commissary products, prices, additional fees, etc. 

NOTE: There will also be a limit on how much product you can send your inmate in Gates County at any one time.

For all information, tips and a list and photos of available items for shipping Commissary packages to an inmate in Chowan County Detention Facility check out our Commissary Instructions Page for Gates County.


 

Third Party Jail Inmate Services for Chowan County Detention Facility

Communication and Monetary Services for Family and Friends of Inmates

Gone are the days where Chowan County Detention Facility supervised their own phone system, mail system, visitation, commissary and inmate money deposit systems. Jails throughout the United States are now partnering with high tech companies to provide and manage these servives for them and the jail in Gates County is no different.

Everything from video calls, to messages to visitation, and even digital mail and money deposits can be done from your home computer or personal device. Inmates in Chowan County Detention Facility, if they don't already, will soon have their own personal tablets for watching movies, TV shows, access to educational and and legal information, and more.

As Chowan County Detention Facility adds these services, JAILEXCHANGE will add them to our pages, helping you access the services and answering your questions about how to use them and what they cost.

You can check out this information now by going to the: Family Info page, Visit Inmate page, Inmate Mail page, Inmate Phone page, Send Money page, Inmate Bail page, Mugshots page, Text/Email an Inmate page, Commissary page, Remote Visits page, or the Tablet Rental page. 

Chowan County Detention Facility

STATE COUNTY BEDS
North Carolina Gates 42


PHYSICAL ADDRESS

305 W. Freemason Street
P.O. Box 78
Edenton, NC 27932


TELEPHONE NUMBER


FAX

(252) 482-5813

INMATE MAIL

Inmate's First and Last Name
305 W. Freemason Street
P.O. Box 78
Edenton, NC 27932


EMAIL

[email protected]


Frequently Asked Questions

How many inmates are in the Chowan County Detention Facility in North Carolina?
There are 42 inmates in the Chowan County Detention Facility in North Carolina. While that is what they are approved to have incarcerated at any one time, they have on occasion had to add additional beds, even having inmates sleep on the floor when overcrowding becomes an issue. When possible, Chowan County Detention Facility will temporarily transfer some inmates to a neighboring facility, or if necessary, release some offenders from custody. Learn more about how to search for a specific inmate in the Chowan County Detention Facility.

How many people get arrested and booked into the Chowan County Detention Facility in North Carolina every year?
In 2021, a total of 840 offenders were booked into the Chowan County Detention Facility in North Carolina. That is less than previous years, mostly due to restrictions related to the COVID pandemic. As of April 2022, the number of arrests and bookings are returning to normal, which means they are running higher than 2021. Learn more about how to search for an inmate in the Chowan County Detention Facility.

How many people work at the Chowan County Detention Facility in North Carolina?
The Chowan County Detention Facility maintains a staff of approximately 10. Staff positions include correction officers, maintenance, clerical, kitchen workers and management. North Carolina law allows for inmates to work alongside the paid staff during their incarceration, saving the facility money. Even though the inmates are paid, the cost is less than 15% of what a normal worker from the outside would be paid.

Does the Chowan County Detention Facility in North Carolina have an inmate search or jail roster to see who is in custody?
Yes, the Chowan County Detention Facility in North Carolina has an Inmate Search Roster feature. Learn more about how to search for an inmate in the Chowan County Detention Facility. When you get to this page click on the big green button that reads 'OFFICIAL Chowan County Detention Facility INMATE LIST'. After clicking on the link, type in the offender's name and then click 'search'. You can always call and speak to someone on the staff at (252) 482-3822 if you are have further questions. In most cases the Inmate Roster provides information about the inmate's bond, criminal charges, mugshot, and even their release date, as long as they are not being sent to a North Carolina prison or the US Bureau of Prisons to serve a sentence that is longer than one year.

What is the address and phone number of the Chowan County Detention Facility in North Carolina?
The Chowan County Detention Facility address and phone number is: 305 W. Freemason Street
P.O. Box 78
Edenton, NC 27932. Their phone number is (252) 482-3822. To find out the address for sending an inmate mail, sending newspapers, magazines or care packages, learn more about how to mail an inmate in the Chowan County Detention Facility.

Where do I found out all the inmate services at Chowan County Detention Facility, such as visitation policy and schedule, how the inmate phone system works, emailing an inmate, and sending them money to buy things in commissary?
Here is where you get direct access to all the information you need for Chowan County Detention Facility inmate services: Learn more about how to visit an inmate in the Chowan County Detention Facility. Learn more about how to get phone calls from an inmate in the Chowan County Detention Facility. Learn more about how to text/email an inmate in the Chowan County Detention Facility. Learn more about how to send money to an inmate in the Chowan County Detention Facility. Learn more about how to mail an inmate and what's allowed in the Chowan County Detention Facility. Learn more about inmate commissary in the Chowan County Detention Facility.

How do I bail or bond an inmate out of the Chowan County Detention Facility?
Call (252) 482-3822 for the type of bond and any information that is required for a particular individual at Chowan County Detention Facility. A bond is set according to a court-approved schedule. You will either have to pay a cash bail, or put up a private, surety or a property bond to guarantee to the court that the defendant will return on their assigned court date. Learn more about how to bail or bond out an inmate in the Chowan County Detention Facility.

This facility, known as "Chowan County Detention Facility" is also known as Chowan County Jail & Detention Facility , Chowan County Jail & Detention Facility , North Carolina, Gates.