Guilford County Jail is located in Guilford County and is the jail for the area. Know somebody in jail at Guilford County Jail? This page tells you about anything you might want to know about Guilford County Jailsuch as the following: How to locate an inmate. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s phone number and address. How to post bail. Intake procedures and booking. Court records. And much more…
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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a daunting and scary prospect, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also their friends and family. This guide is designed to give you advice and information you need to make getting locked up easier. If you have questions, feel free to ask it, and also any tips or comments that would be beneficial to others would be appreciated.
Guilford County Jail
7315 Howerton Road
Elon, NC 27244
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that is in jail and need to contact them?
Has someone that’s been arrested and you don’t know how to find out where they are?
To search who is in jail at Guilford County Jail you have to visit their link and use the inmate search.
The Guilford County Jail Inmate Search is a list of people who have been arrested, which includes status, bail amount, and schedule for visitation. Also, you can get information about anybody arrested and booked or discharged within the past 24 hours. Prisoners are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You will be able to get their inmate information more quickly if you have their name, date of birth, or inmate ID.
If the inmate you are looking for might be in a different jail you should check our North Carolina county jail guide: North Carolina County Jails Listing
A mugshot, also called a intake picture, is the photograph taken by the police during jail intake processing. A mugshot is actually two photos one frontal photo and a profile picture. Your full name and jail booking number will be in the photos, and they are on file.
Mugshots of Guilford County Jail inmates are online, or you can go in person to the Guilford County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you need to enter their full name, and an arrest date, if you have one.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Want to have your mugshot erased from the Guilford County Jail site? This will be difficult, since the mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot removed you need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. Basically, this means that all of your arrest records will be sealed, and will not be available to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.
Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot taken down, the different mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
Once you are arrested and put in jail, your only thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, your bail is decided either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you must remain in jail until your trial.
If you are released from jail you must agree to be there for your court date, and you must not leave town.
In most cases, inmates can earn an early release in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and conduct themselves properly while locked up.
If you follow the rules, you may be allowed to do work release. You will be required to go back to the jail each day when you’re finished with work, or you might be allowed to sleep in a halfway house instead of living at the jail.
Your bail is how much money that you have to pay to be released from jail pending trial. Your bail amount is determined by the crime you are charged with. You will need to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total amount that was determined in order to get discharged from jail. If you don’t show up for court, whoever posted your bail will lose that bail money.
Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is
To find out someone’s bail amount you need to call the jail or the county courthouse. If you have all the pertinent information, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know how much their bail is. Also, you can see the bail amount on the Guilford County Jail website.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Posting bail to get out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but fortunately, it is easy. To start with, figure out if it is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If it is, you can’t use the services of a bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they won’t accept a personal check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the inmate will be released. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you will get this money back.
If the amount of bail set is large, or you can’t afford it yourself, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. They will generally charge a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and sometimes with a minimum charge of $100. This will not be returned to you and the bondsman only accepts cash. If bail is very large, the bondsman will ask to use assets as collateral for the bond.
You can find a bail bondsman visit our page about: How to find a bail bondsman
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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail
- Time Off For Good Behavior
- Work Release
- Time Served
- Be Released on a Pre-Trial Release Program
- Get Out on House Arrest
- Be Released on Your Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The jail intake procedure is made up of each of these 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.
- You will have to answer some basic questions, such as what is your full name, your address, birth date and an emergency contact.
- You will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
- You will be issued an inmate number.
- You will get fingerprinted.
- You will have your mugshot taken.
- Any property you have will be taken from you and stored until you get released from jail.
- You will get to make a phone call so you can contact a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
- If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might be able to keep wearing street clothes, otherwise you you will have to wear a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.
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When you post bail, you will be discharged from jail. The discharge process takes between 10 minutes to many hours. So, the faster you post bail, the faster you can get released from jail. Also, it depends on whether you’ve got a bond amount or if the magistrate needs to figure out your bail amount. For minor charges, you will get booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and have a discharge date, you should plan to be discharged that morning.
How To Turn Yourself In
for your arrest, or if you have to start a jail sentence, it is recommended that you follow the rules and turn yourself into the authorities. If it is for a warrant, go down to the jail intake area, and let them know that you think there is a warrant for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if there is one, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order lists. Be very careful that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Only bring approved items when you turn yourself in, like your drivers license or your ID, prescription medication, and the copy of the sentencing order.
In order to have visitors, inmates must list the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitor’s information will be entered into the log as an Authorized visit. Each visitor will have to provide a photo ID when visiting. Visitors showing up late or that is not an approved visitor will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures frequently change, so make sure that you double-check the official site before you go.
Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy
The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Phone calls made in jail are generally more costly than phone calls made outside of jail. There are certain restrictions about how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you are disciplined for an infraction, phone calls may be limited or forbidden completely.
Sending Mail to Inmates
Any mail that you send to an inmate has to be sent via the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You cannot use any other form of mail or package delivery. Clearly write the inmate’s name, inmate ID, and the address of the jail on the envelope. Do not send anything in a box, padded envelope, bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. Any mail gets opened and read and inspected by staff, and will be returned if the jail decides it is inappropriate.
Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Guilford County Jail:
Guilford County Jail
7315 Howerton Road
Elon, NC 27244
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
Guilford County Jail
7315 Howerton Road
Elon, NC 27244
The Guilford County Jail inmate mail policy is always changing, so double check the official Guilford County Jail site before you send a letter.
Get A Lawyer
When you’ve been arrested, you still have certain rights, and an important one is that you have the right to request an attorney. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so make sure you get a friend or relative to locate an attorney for you. You may be asking yourself ‘do I really need an attorney?’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal lawyer can advise you of your rights, help protect your best interests and guide you through the criminal justice system in your county. The quicker you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better off you’ll be.
For more information on how to find a lawyer, visit: Find an Attorney
If you are in trouble, but can’t afford an attorney, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender Office has access to private investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social workers. All Public Defenders are bona-fide lawyers that are admitted to the State Bar and are licensed to practice law in North Carolina.
Have you or someone you know used the services of a Public Defender? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?
All court records are are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. They include a case file with a docket and each of the motions, documents, and evidence filed during your court case. You have the ability to access your court records via the online service, or by going to the Clerk’s office of the Court.
Clerk of Court
The Clerk of Court is an officer of the court that manages court records. They also administer the oath for all court participants, and also read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All records, documents, and evidence relating to your case are kept and available to you at the Guilford County Clerk of Court.
Court costs and court fees are the costs associated with your court case, such as filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees.
The Guilford County magistrate acts as the judge that will preside over your case in court. Magistrates do different functions, which include deciding a bail amount, issuing warrants for arrest, and presiding over initial court appearances and detention proceedings.
A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed to include information about the arrestee’s background and details of the arrestee’s life and public history, which the magistrate judge will review and take into account when decide your sentence. Information will be requested from the person on trial, his or her family, and if necessary the victim of the crime. Remember that you can ask to have your own copy of this report before your sentencing, so you get the chance to correct any inaccurate information.
After being convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are a number of different options, ranging from community service and probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you could be immediately taken into custody, or given a date to report to jail to serve your term.
Are you trying to find out if a family member of friend is locked up, or has ever been locked up?
You can you should query the Guilford County jail website, and do a search using:
- Approximate booking date.
- and their jail ID.
If you think this person is in jail, you can also call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.
If you think you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can check the court records on the Guilford County jail website or call the jail directly. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask one of the officers. Keep in mind that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.
If you know the person’s first and last name, as well as their arrest date, contact the Guilford County jail, by phone, go there in person, or look online. Records of arrests are a matter of public record and the information is available to anyone.
A Civil Process is when when you get served with legal papers, which can be court orders. You can access civil process orders by getting in touch with the Guilford County Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All convicted sex offenders have to be registered on both a national and 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 offenders on the website, but keep in mind that you will not be able to get the precise address, rather the block of the address that they registered.
Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. They include a court case file containing a court docket and any of the documents filed in your court case. You are able to access court records via the internet, or at the clerk’s office of the court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.
Every state maintains a record of someone’s criminal background. These online databases are all linked so you are able to track criminal backgrounds from any other state. You are able to go to the Guilford County Courthouse and check in person, or check online. It helps to know the county, and if it was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay for a more complete search.
A search of someone’s criminal history you are able to get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for any of the following crimes:
- DUI or DWI.
- Drug Possession.
- Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
- Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
- Property crimes like theft or larceny.
If you do a criminal records check, you generally will not discover if that person has had any:
- Speeding tickets.
- Drivers license revoked or suspended.
- Been in a traffic accident.
- Other moving violations.
- Parking Tickets.
- You have to be over the age of 21.
- You have to possess a High School Diploma or GED
- You have to be a US Citizen.
- You have to pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
- You have to pass a drug test.
- You have to have a good level of fitness.
- You have to be in good health.
- You have to have a valid Drivers License
- An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.
- 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.
- 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.
- Conditions in Guilford County Jail.
- Jail and pod facility and layout
- Guards and jail staff
- Jail food and commissary
- Having Visitors
- Other Inmates.
- Inmate safety
- Jail gangs
- Prisoner programs and activities
To find driving histories, you have to do a driving records search.
Have you ever needed to find criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Did you search online or did you have to call the local courthouse? Was it correct? There are many reasons that people search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your comments might help other people that are in the same situation.
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On a Federal level, the FBI has their list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Guilford County,the Guilford County Sheriff’s Department has a list of most wanted criminals, too.
Life In Jail / What Its Like
Everyone knows that serving a jail sentence in the Guilford County jail is quite unpleasant, in time you will settle into the routine that is set for you in jail. Inmates get a wake-up alarm at 6:00 AM, and next you’ll have roll call. You will then have breakfast. Following breakfast you will be required to work in the work program that you’ve been assigned to. 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 Guilford County Jail, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.
When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the Guilford 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 money to inmates at Guilford County Jail is always changing, so you should visit the the Guilford County Jail website before you send funds to an inmate there.
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.
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.
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.
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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Types of Jobs at Guilford County Jail
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Guilford 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.
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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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Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.
The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:
The definition of victim includes:
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.
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.
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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Have you ever been incarcerated in Guilford County Jail? Do you know anybody that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit someone in this jail?
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