Captain Robert Daugherty
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.