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Surry County Detention Center
218 North Main Street
Dobson, NC 27017

336-401-8975

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

The Surry County Detention Center, located at:
218 North Main Street
Dobson, NC 27017 
can be reached 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at 336-401-8975.

The main reason that people call 336-401-8975 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 Surry County Detention Center 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 Surry 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 Surry County Detention Center have inmate commissary?
Can an inmate receive and/or send email or text messages?
Do inmates in Surry County have access to computers or tablets?
How do you pay an inmate’s bail or bond?

Every year the Surry County Detention Center has approximately 2980 bookings, with a daily average of 149 inmates and maintains control of the facility with a staff of 37.

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 Surry County Detention Center 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 Surry 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 Surry 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 Surry County Detention Center. 

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

How Do Inmates in Surry County Detention Center Make Phone Calls?

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

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


 

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

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

  • Go to JailATM, choose North Carolina, then choose Surry County Detention Center
  • Type in your inmate's last name or their Inmate ID.
  • Select your inmate, and then you will be prompted to Register with them to open an account.
  • Select the products you want shipped to them at Surry County Detention Center, and then input your payment method. 
  • NOTE: There may be a limit on how much product you can send your inmate in Surry County at any one time.
  • If you need to phone customer support, call 877-810-0914

For all information, tips and available items for shipping Commissary packages or sending money to an inmate in Surry County Detention Center check out our Commissary Instructions Page for Surry County.


 

How to Deposit Money Online for an Inmate in Surry County

To deposit money online for an inmate in Surry County Detention Center follow these steps:

  • Register to open an account, or Sign In to JailATM, a service that acts as a bank for inmates in Surry County.
  • After registering and signing in, select 'Send Money Now'.
  • Choose North Carolina, then choose Surry County Detention Center
  • Type in your inmate's last name or their Inmate ID.
  • Select your inmate.
  • Input an amount to deposit to your inmate in Surry County Detention Center, and then input your payment method. 
  • NOTE: There may be a limit on how much money you can send your inmate in Surry County at any one time.
  • If you need to phone customer support, call 877-810-0914.

For all information, tips and procedures for sending money to an inmate in Surry County Detention Center, or depositing money at the jail, over the phone or by mail, check out our Send Money Page for Surry County.


 

Third Party Jail Inmate Services for Surry County Detention Center

Communication and Monetary Services for Family and Friends of Inmates

Gone are the days where Surry County Detention Center 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 Surry 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 Surry County Detention Center, 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 Surry County Detention Center 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. 

Surry County Detention Center

STATE COUNTY BEDS
North Carolina Surry 149


PHYSICAL ADDRESS

218 North Main Street
Dobson, NC 27017


TELEPHONE NUMBER


FAX

336-401-8909

INMATE MAIL

Inmate's First and Last Name
c/o Surry County Jail
218 North Main Street
Dobson, NC 27017


EMAIL

[email protected]


Frequently Asked Questions

How many inmates are in the Surry County Detention Center in North Carolina?
There are 149 inmates in the Surry County Detention Center 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, Surry County Detention Center 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 Surry County Detention Center.

How many people get arrested and booked into the Surry County Detention Center in North Carolina every year?
In 2021, a total of 2980 offenders were booked into the Surry County Detention Center 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 Surry County Detention Center.

How many people work at the Surry County Detention Center in North Carolina?
The Surry County Detention Center maintains a staff of approximately 37. 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 Surry County Detention Center in North Carolina have an inmate search or jail roster to see who is in custody?
Yes, the Surry County Detention Center in North Carolina has an Inmate Search Roster feature. Learn more about how to search for an inmate in the Surry County Detention Center. When you get to this page click on the big green button that reads 'OFFICIAL Surry County Detention Center 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 336-401-8975 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 Surry County Detention Center in North Carolina?
The Surry County Detention Center address and phone number is: 218 North Main Street
Dobson, NC 27017. Their phone number is 336-401-8975. 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 Surry County Detention Center.

Where do I found out all the inmate services at Surry County Detention Center, 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 Surry County Detention Center inmate services: Learn more about how to visit an inmate in the Surry County Detention Center. Learn more about how to get phone calls from an inmate in the Surry County Detention Center. Learn more about how to text/email an inmate in the Surry County Detention Center. Learn more about how to send money to an inmate in the Surry County Detention Center. Learn more about how to mail an inmate and what's allowed in the Surry County Detention Center. Learn more about inmate commissary in the Surry County Detention Center.

How do I bail or bond an inmate out of the Surry County Detention Center?
Call 336-401-8975 for the type of bond and any information that is required for a particular individual at Surry County Detention Center. 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 Surry County Detention Center.

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