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Wake County Detention Annex Inmate Search

How to Search for an Inmate in Wake County North Carolina

You can find an inmate within the Wake County Jail system with just a few easy steps.

Go to the Wake County Inmate Search page.

There are two search options:

Option 1: Click on the “Filter Inmate List”.

Use the dropdown menu on the left to choose the main search criteria from the following:

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

Use the next dropdown menu to select how you want the search term applied to the search.

Use the Plus + and Minus – signs at the right of the search boxes to add additional lines.  This allows you to further narrow your search results. 

Click on “Find”.

Option 2:  If the above steps do not locate the inmate, or you would rather bypass the steps, click on the Inmate Search page.

  • The complete county inmate roster will be listed in alphabetical order by last name.
  • Use the dropdown menu to choose how many names you want listed on a page.
  • Scroll through and use the arrows at the bottom of the list to click through more pages until you locate your inmate.

Once you locate the inmate you are searching for, click anywhere on the line with the inmate’s name to view:

  • Wake County Inmate Mugshot
  • Wake County Inmate Name
  • Age
  • Race/Sex
  • Arrest Date
  • Release Date (If Applicable)
  • Next Wake County Inmate Court Date

Wake County Criminal Court Information

In addition to finding out about the inmate, you might want to know more about the inmate’s court case.

Start by going to the North Carolina Court system and following these steps:

Use the dropdown menu to select “Wake County”.


  • Superior Court
  • District Court
  • If unsure, select “Both”.

Enter the last defendant’s last name.

To narrow the search you can enter the first initial as well using the following format:

(Last name + comma + first initial)

Click on “Submit Query”.

Defendants that fit your entered name will be listed. Select the case you are interested in and click on the “Case Number” link to the right of the name.

The following information will be displayed:

  • Arraigned Offenses for Case Number
  • Arraigned Defendant Name
  • County
  • Court Date
  • Session-AM or PM
  • Court Room
  • Offense Code   
  • Description of Charges (Including whether it is a misdemeanor or felony)

If you have further questions about the case, call:

Misdemeanors - District Court - (919) 792-4300

Felonies - Superior Court - (919) 792-4300

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 Wake County inmate search, inmate lists, inmate roster, arrest reports and/or booking information for the Wake County Detention Annex in the city of Raleigh, Wake 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 Wake County Detention Annex

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

If the Wake County Detention Annex inmate search website is not currently online or up to date, call Jail: 919-856-5952 for assistance in locating your inmate.

The Wake County Detention Annex 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 Wake 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 Wake County Jail, either look them up here or call Jail: 919-856-5952 for assistance.

Recently convicted felons are sometimes held at Wake 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 Wake County Jail system.

Jailexchange.com has a complete page of all available information to assist families and friends of inmates in Wake County Detention Annex 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.