Maj. Timothy Jones


Location: 125 Court Street Hillsborough, NC 27278
Phone: (919) 245-2940

The Detention Center operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Capt. Katie Spear
Shift Supervisors
Squad A Leader
Sgt. A. Cartnail
Squad B Leader
Sgt. H. Blough
Squad C Leader
Sgt. A. Whitted
Squad D Leader
Sgt. R. Milan

About the Detention Center

Originally built in 1925, the Detention Center could only house 38 inmates. Since the 1980s, renovations and additions paid for primarily by the US Marshal’s Office increased inmate bed space to 129.  The Detention Center houses pre-trial detainees, state sentenced inmates, and temporary Federal prisoners.


The Detention Division is tasked with providing a safe, secure and clean environment for persons committed there. This includes:

  • Frequent visual checks of inmates

  • Processing inmate mail

  • Transportation to and from court

  • Providing access to appropriate medical care*

  • Conducting and monitoring visitation

  • Providing three nutritious meals daily*


Nurses are present at the facility daily in order to dispense medication and provide basic medical needs. Additionally, four cooks diligently prepare over 130,000 hot meals per year, as well as sandwiches and fruit on Saturday and Sunday nights.

Visitation Information

Inmates submit a visitation list weekly, of four persons which whom they wish to visit. Those visitors must provide photo identification at the time of the visit. Children under the age of 16 do not need to be on the inmate list, but do need to be accompanied by an adult on the list. Any visitor can be denied visitation privileges for reasons deemed appropriate by the staff.

Visitation for Federal inmates: Sunday 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Visitation for all other inmates: Saturdays from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Visitation is limited to 15 minutes per inmate.

Inmate Accounts

Each inmate has a unique account for payment of designated fees, as well as to purchase commissary items. Money can be deposited to an inmate’s account by visiting or by using the kiosk located inside the lobby of the Detention Center.

A few guidelines concerning property:

  • No money will be accepted by Detention staff

  • No items other than legal mail will be accepted into or released from the Detention Center without authorization from a Detention Administrator

  • Photographs are allowed but subject to approval

  • Personal hygiene products are provided to the inmates and not allowed from outside sources.