Carteret County Sheriff’s Office enacts temporary changes in operating procedures to mitigate possible exposure to COVID-19

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CARTERET COUNTY, NC – In response to the growing concerns over exposure to COVID-19 (coronavirus), the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office is making the following changes in operating procedures to reduce the risk of exposure to citizens and our employees.

Due to the space limitations in our jail visitation area and the difficulty of preventing the transmission of the COVID-19 virus from one visitor to the next visitor occupying this space, we are suspending inmate visitation at the jail. In lieu of onsite jail visitation, inmates will be given additional free calling   privileges

until visitation is reinstated. Attorney visits will continue as normal. Money may still be added to inmate accounts via the kiosk in the main lobby, but we encourage citizens to mail money orders to the attention of the inmate. If anyone has questions concerning the Detention Center, they can call 252-504-4832 for assistance.


We understand the importance of allowing our inmates to maintain contact with their families while incarcerated, but these measures are being implemented in order to protect the citizens who visit our facility, the inmates, court officials and our staff.

Additionally, personnel and inmates in jail are using hand sanitizers and cleaning surfaces to keep the jails sanitary and limit the spread of the virus as much as possible.

Although the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office will be operating on some temporary changes, this will not affect our ability to respond to emergency and non-emergency calls for service and the citizens can expect the same high level of service.

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we work together to protect the health and safety of all of our citizens.