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Durham County Detention Center Visiting Hours and Visitation Schedule

217 South Mangum Street
North Carolina
Durham County
Main Phone: 919-560-0912
Beds: 736
The information below provides complete instructions regarding Durham County Detention Center Visiting Hours and Visitation Schedule, Visiting Rules, Inmate Video Visits and Jail Visitation process in Durham, North Carolina.

Following these instructions exactly will enhance your chances of getting official approval to visit an inmate.

It is highly recommended that prior to an inmate visit you call the jail at 919-560-0912 to confirm that visits have not been cancelled.

Durham County Detention Center Visiting Hours, Schedule and Instructions

Step 1

Ask the inmate to put you on his or her approved visitation list.

Step 2

Arrive 10 minutes prior to the visit to check in.

Step 3

Leave belongings in vehicle.

Step 4

Show a valid, proper ID as noted below.

Who Can Visit an Inmate in Durham County Detention Center

Anyone over the age of 18, can produce a valid government-issued photo ID and is on the inmate’s approved visitation list can be approved to visit an inmate in this jail.

If you are on probation or parole it is important to get permission from your supervising officer to visit an inmate before your first visit. Not doing so could violate your terms of supervision and you could end up arrested. Probation/parole officers often scan through past visitation sign in sheets at the jail to see if anyone they supervise came to visit an inmate without permission. 

Visitation applicants in Durham County must sometimes submit to a background check. Those with warrants are denied visitation or if allowed to visit, will be arrested at the jail.

Jails limit the number of people that can visit an inmate to three adults each visit.

Children under age 18 must be accompanied by the parent or legal guardian.

The Durham County Detention Center reserves the right to deny any person the right to enter the jail it chooses and for any reason.

Durham County Detention Center Visitation Application Process

Durham County Detention Center requires all visitors be on the inmate’s approved visitation list prior to visiting the inmate.

You will need to provide your complete legal name, address and birthdate.

Visiting Hours in Durham County Detention Center

Monday - 5A 5C 3CN

6:00PM - 7:30PM             

Tuesday – 5D 4A 4B

6:00PM - 7:30PM             

Wednesday - 4D 4C 3A

6:00PM - 7:30PM             

Thursday - 3CS 3D 5B

6:00PM - 7:30PM             

Saturday - 5A 5C 3CN

10:00AM - 12:00PM

Saturday – 5D 4A 4B

5:00PM - 7:00PM             

Sunday - 4D 4C 3A

10:00AM - 12:00PM

Sunday - 3CS 3D 5B

5:00PM - 7:00PM

Each inmate may have one visit per allowed visitation day.

Visits are at least 20 minutes long. Depending on number of visitors waiting to visit, the visit can be longer than 20 minutes.

Durham County Detention Center Visitation Dress Code

The Durham County Detention Center staff will turn anyone away who is not dressed appropriately for a visit.

The best way to be sure the visit takes place is to dress as if you are meeting someone's grandmother for the first time. 

Do not wear sleepwear or swimwear.

Wear clothes that are not revealing.

Don't wear see-through material.

Have all undergarments covered (males and females) and avoid a lot of cleavage.

Shorts and skirts should reach mid-thigh.

Sleeves should be at least half-way to your elbow.

The following types of clothing are also a bad idea:

Clothing promoting gang affiliation.

Anything displaying drugs, weapons or profanity.

Clothing depicting anything obscene.

Jail staff has the final say on whether your clothing is appropriate for visitation. It is always a good idea to have a change of clothing in the car, in case your first outfit is deemed not appropriate.

Durham County Detention Center Visitation Tips, Rules and Guidelines

The following types of ID are accepted:

U.S. Government issued ID cards

U.S. Passports

International passports

Governments other than U.S. ID cards

Mexican Consular ID cards

Student IDs

Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and guardians must provide proof of their guardianship.

Leave all personal belongings, except for your state ID in your vehicle or in a locker (if one is provided).

Children must be monitored at all times or jail staff will end the visit early.

Call 919-560-0912 or click here to go to the jail's official website for additional Rules regarding Durham County Detention Center visitation.

'At Home' Video Visitation

Many jails are implementing video visits. These visits are conducted via the Internet on computers, IPADS and Smart phones.

Video visits allow the visit to take place in the privacy of your own home. Some family members 'take their inmate with them' to church, the park, the doctor or anywhere else simply by signing in and bringing the device along.

Video visits save you from having to get your children ready, drive to the jail, wait in long lines and go through security checkpoints just to see the inmate.

Video visitation is slowly gaining favor with all jails in America as jail management realizes the financial savings and reduced security risks involved with remote visitation.

This jail does not yet offer at-home remote visitation. The policy can change at any time.

Click here to see if video visitation is now available at Durham County Detention Center – as well as to view the complete set of rules, the cost to you and how to get set up online.

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