Raleigh City Jail Inmates

Raleigh City Jail
110 South McDowell Street
Raleigh, NC 27602

919-996-3335

To search for an inmate in the Raleigh City Jail, find out their criminal charges, the amount of their bond, when they can get visits or even view their mugshot, go to the official Inmate Search Jail Roster, or call the jail at 919-996-3335 for the information you are looking for.

The Raleigh City Jail typically maintains an average of 45 inmates in custody on any given day, with a yearly turnover of approximately 900 offenders, meaning that every year the jail arrests and releases that many people.

Mugshots and personal details about the inmates are for informational purposes only and should never be used for any commercial use or to cause harm to them or their families. Unless an offender has already been found guilty in court, they should be considered innocent. 

The Raleigh City Jail is open 24 hours a day, however if you want to visit the facility for any reason, you should always call 919-996-3335 ahead of time to find out the best time to get your problem resolved. 

The physical address is:
110 South McDowell Street
Raleigh, NC 27602

If you wish to visit an inmate, first check the schedule to find out the visitation times and the rules for visiting your inmate. If you are on probation or parole, or you have recently been released from the jail, it is unlikely that your visit will be allowed. If you have any outstanding warrants, don’t even think about coming to the Raleigh City Jail, as you will be arrested.

You can send mail to inmates in Wake County but you need follow their guidelines carefully if you want your friend or loved one to get your correspondence. Go here to learn what mail is allowed and how to send it, otherwise they won't receive it.

If you want to send an inmate money so they can self-bail, or purchase commissary or phone cards, go here to find out where and how to send it. If you want to know more about the Raleigh City Jail's commissary policy, go here.

If you want to set up an account so that your incarcerated friend or loved one can phone you, email you or text you, set up an account by going to this page for phoning, or this page for digital communication.

Recent Arrests and/or Pre-trial Inmates in Raleigh City Jail

If you are certain your inmate is in Raleigh City Jail, or at the very least in Wake County, go to this page to search for them.

If the Raleigh City Jail inmate search website is not currently online or up to date, call 919-996-3335 for assistance in locating your inmate.

The Raleigh City Jail 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 the county detention center 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 Raleigh City Jail, call 919-996-3335 for assistance.

Recently convicted felons are sometimes held at this facility 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 Raleigh City Jail.

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

State Inmates

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 Inmates

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.