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Captain Shawn Howard  
Detention Division Supervisor
   (252) 559-6100 ext. 6195


The W.E. "Billy" Smith Detention Center is the pre-trial holding facility in Lenoir County under the control of the Sheriff of Lenoir County.  It is proudly named after Retired Sheriff W.E. "Billy" Smith who served the citizens of Lenoir County from 1988- 2012 as Sheriff.  Sheriff Smith was instrumental in gaining the approval of the Lenoir County Board of Commissioners to build this state of the art facility.
The Detention Center can adequately house 200 inmates.  This facility combines our previous detention center capacity of 85 inmates to allow a total of 285 total capacity in our jail.   The detention center houses a law enforcement processing area, inmate booking area, medical wing, kitchen, laundry and trustee housing.  The Detention Center is managed by one Captain who serves at the Detention Center Administrator with the assistance of two Lieutenants who handle daily operations, transports and logistics.  Each shift is staffed through with 14 detention officers that include three supervisors, one sergeant and two corporals.  The Lenoir County Sheriff's Office houses inmates from outside counties and is a participant in the North Carolina State Misdemeanant Confinement Program. 
Upon entry to our facility, a financial account is created for each inmate.  Each inmate can use the funds from this account to make phone calls and purchase items such as snacks, toiletries, paper, writing utensils, envelopes, stamps, etc. from the inmate commissary.  You can assist inmates with these purchases by depositing money in their accounts.  To deposit money into an inmate account, click the link below. 


Please know that inmates are only allowed books that are sent directly from the manufacturer or company who sells the book.  No book deliveries from individuals will be accepted. 


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