Richmond County Jail – Rockingham, NC

Richmond County Jail is located in Richmond County, NC and is the correctional facility for that county. Do you know somebody at Richmond County Jail? This page gives you information about everything one might want to know about Richmond County Jail,such as: How to locate an inmate. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. How to post bail. Intake procedures. Court information and records. And much, much more.

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The thought of going to jail is a scary and stressfull thought, not only for the person who gets locked up, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. The goal of this guide is to give you all the information and tips that you need to make going to jail easier. If you have questions, just ask them, and any feedback or comments that would be beneficial to others will be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Richmond County Jail
1 Court Street
Rockingham, NC 28379

Phone Number and Fax Number

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Map and Directions


Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member in jail and need to find them?

Do you know a friend or family member that has been arrested and you don’t know how to find out what jail they’re in?

To search who is in jail at Richmond County Jail you should navigate to their link and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Richmond County Jail Inmate Roster is an online list of persons who are in jail, including status, how much their bail is, and schedule for visitation. You can find the same information about anyone arrested and booked or discharged within the past 24 hour period. Prisoners are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You can locate their inmate information faster if you have the arrestee’s name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If your friend or loved one could possibly be incarcerated at a different jail you can check our guide to other North Carolina jails: List of all jails in North Carolina


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail intake photograph, is a photo that the police take when you get booked into jail. They take one frontal photo and one profile photo. Your name and booking number will be in the mugshot, and they’re kept on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots can be seen on the Richmond County Jail website, or you can see them at the Richmond County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you will have to put in the person’s first and last name, and the arrest date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to get your mugshot taken off of the Richmond County Jail site? This can be tricky, since the mugshot is a matter of public record. You need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. Basically, this means that your arrest record would be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For a more indepth article about removing your mugshot, the various websites with mugshots, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Once you are arrested and put in jail, your primary thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through booking, a bail amount is decided by the magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this may mean that you will either be released, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you do bail out of jail you must agree to be in court on your court date, and you are required not to leave the area.

Typically, inmates in the Richmond County Jail can earn an early release in exchange for good behavior if they respect the rules and conduct themselves properly while in jail.

If you follow the rules, you might be given work release detail. You will either have to go back to the jail at the end of the day when you’re finished at your job, or you might have the chance to sleep in a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Bail is money that you will be required to pay in order to be released from jail until you go to court. The amount you will be required to pay is determined by how serious your crime is. You will have to put up 10% of the amount that was set before you can be released. If you miss your court date, whoever posted your bail will lose that bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail will need to call the jail. If you’ve got the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they will let you know how much their bail is. You can also check their bail amount and status on the Richmond County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is no fun, but thankfully, it’s easy if you have the money. First, find out if they have a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If this is the case, you can’t get a Bail Bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – the jail won’t take a check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the inmate will be released into your care. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, of if you can’t pay it, you will need to use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will generally charge a fee of 10-15% of the total bail amount, and in most cases charge a minimum of $100. This will not be returned to you and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bondsman may request to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

To contact a local bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman

Have you ever had to find a bail bondsman for yourself, a family member or friend? If so, please share your experience in a comment below, and let us know how it worked out for you.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Get Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Work Release
  • Time Served
  • Pre-Trial Release Programs
  • Released On House Arrest
  • Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process includes each of the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If the jail is really busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • The first step is that you will have to answer some basic questions, like your full name, home address, birth date and contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will be taken from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • You will get to use the telephone in order to call family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might be allowed to wear your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you will be issued a jail uniform.

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will get discharged from jail. This process may take anywhere from 30 minutes to all day. In other words the faster you can post bail, the faster you can get out of jail. How quickly you get discharged might depend on if you have a bond amount or if the magistrate still needs to figure out your bail amount. For a minor charge, you will be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have served your sentence and have a discharge date, plan to get released in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

warrant out for your arrest, or if you have to begin your jail sentence, it is highly recommended that you follow the law and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. For a warrant, go to the jail reception area, and tell someone that you think they might have an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will check their system to see if there are any outstanding local, state or federal arrest warrants out for you, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, report to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Be sure that you are not late. Just bring approved items when you turn yourself in, for example your drivers license or ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and a sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you need to list information about each visitor to the jail. This information will go in the log for the requesting inmate. Each visitor is required to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Any visitors showing up late or without a visiting order will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
The Richmond County Jail visitation procedures frequently change, so you should double-check the jail site before you go to the jail to visit.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Jail phone calls are typically more costly than phone calls made at home. There are certain restrictions about when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but you should keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you break the jail rules, an inmate’s ability to use the phone might get reduced or cut altogether.

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Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail is required to be sent via the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You shouldn’t use any other type of mail or package delivery. You must print the person’s name, inmate number, and the address of the jail on the letter. Do not send anything in a box, envelope with padding or insulation, bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. Any mail is opened and inspected by the officers at the jail, and will be sent back if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Richmond County Jail:

Richmond County Jail
1 Court Street
Rockingham, NC 28379

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Richmond County Jail
1 Court Street
Rockingham, NC 28379


The inmate mail policy at Richmond County Jail changes, so we suggest that you check the site before you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you have rights, one of these being the right to request an attorney. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is a good idea to get a friend or family member to find a lawyer when you call. You may be thinking ‘I don’t need a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal lawyer will make sure you know your rights, look after your best interests and guide you through the legal system in your county. The quicker you get a lawyer involved with your case, the better off you’ll be.

For more information about how to find an attorney, visit: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford an attorney, you will be assigned a public defender. The Public Defender has a number of staff such as investigators, experts in forensics as well as social workers. All Public Defenders are bona-fide lawyers that are admitted to the State Bar and are licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney? How did they do?

Court Records

Court records are public records. They include a court case file with a docket sheet and all of the documents and motions in the case. You have the ability to access your court records with the website, or at the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who maintains court records and controls access to them. They also administer the oath during court cases, and read the jury’s verdict. All court records related to your court case are kept at the Richmond County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are the costs associated with your court case, such as filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you cannot afford these fees and have a Public Defender, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

The Richmond County magistrate is the type of judge that will preside on your case. They do different functions, which include determing how much your bail will be, issuing warrants, and overseeing preliminary court hearings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is prepared to include the defendant’s background information and details of the defendant’s life history, which the magistrate will review and take into account when determining the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be collected from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and in some cases the victim in the crime. Be sure to remember that you can request to see your own copy of the report before sentencing, and go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, including community service and probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you could be taken into custody, right there in court, or you could get a date that you are required to go to jail to serve your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if some you know is locked up, or has been an inmate in the past?

To do so, just visit the Richmond County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and do a search using:

  • Their name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • and their jail ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you can also call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can access arrest warrants online or call the court. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and inquire at the information desk. You should know that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, and their arrest date, contact the jail, on the phone, go there in person, or check online. Arrest records are a matter of public record and the information is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when you get served with papers, such as a court order. You can find these by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders have to be registered and listed on either a national or state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to see these listings on the website, but bear in mind that you will not see the actual address, but only the block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. These records include a court case file containing a court docket and all of the documents filed in your case. You can access court records online, or at the Richmond County Clerk of Court office in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains records of people’s criminal past. These databases are all linked so you can track criminal convictions from another state. You can go to the Richmond County Courthouse and check in person, or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county, and if it was in a totally different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you can find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

During a criminal records search, you will not be able to see if someone has had any moving violations, like:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving records, you have to do a driving records search.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? Was it easy? Dis you do your search online or did you make a phone call to the local courthouse? Was it correct? There are lots of reasons that people search for criminal records, and your feedback may help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI has a listing of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Richmond County,the Richmond County Sheriff’s Department maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that being incarcerated in the Richmond County jail is something you wish you could avoid, you will soon become accustomed to the daily routine there. Prisoners get a wake-up alarm at 6:00 AM, and then you’ll have roll call. Next, you will have breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will have to work in the work program or other activity that you are assigned. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Richmond County Jail, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.

    Dress Code

    When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the Richmond County Jail uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

    You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.

    The process for sending funds to someone in jail at Richmond County Jail might change, so be sure to visit the official Richmond County Jail site before you send any money.

    Commissary

    The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.

    Inmate Medications

    If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.

    Meals

    You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.

    Pods / The Yard

    The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.

    Gangs

    As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.


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    News and Media

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Richmond County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Richmond County Jail, overseeing the day to day operations and administration of the jail. An inmate is unlikely to have much interaction with the Deputy Sheriff, unless they have committed an infraction. Detention Officers are responsible for the custody and care of the inmates. They maintain order in the jail, and handle security. A Detention Officer is assigned to a certain pod, and therefore is responsible for the same inmates each day. They get to know the inmates on a certain level, and are well equipped to handle any problems that may occur.

    Apply for a Job at Richmond County Jail

    Requirements:

    • You must be over the age of 21.
    • You must possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You must be a US Citizen.
    • You must pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You must pass a drug test.
    • You must have a good level of fitness.
    • You must be in good health.
    • You must have a valid Drivers License
    • An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.


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    Family Resources

    There are resources for families of both the perpetrator of the crime and the victim. The social and emotional impact of crime is far reaching, affecting many. Families can receive professional counseling, court related assistance, social services assistance and help in navigating the criminal justice system.

    If you are a family member, which resources did you find to be particularly helpful? Please let us know, as this will be helpful to other families in the same situation.

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    Victim Resources

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

    • You have the right to protection from the accused.
    • You have the right to notification.
    • You have the right to attend proceedings.
    • You have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • You have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • You have the right to restitution.
    • You have the right to a speedy trial.
    • You have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

    The definition of victim includes:

    • Spouses and children of all victims.
    • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
    • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
    • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

    There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

    Victim Notification

    The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

    Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

    All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.

    Domestic Violence

    If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been locked up at this jail? Do you know someone that spent time there? Have you ever visited an inmate at this jail?

    If yes, then you should write a review about it. Write down your experience because others will know what to expect.

    What to write in the review:

    • Conditions in Richmond County Jail.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation Days
    • Other Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gang activity
    • Inmate programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has at least one story to tell about it. Why’d you get arrested? Did you get fair treatment? How was day to day life at Richmond County Jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? How did going to jail affect your life?

    Click here to share your story about when you did time in Richmond County Jail

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    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Are you trying to find an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Post a message to them below.

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