Sampson County Sheriff's Office
Sheriff Jimmy Thornton

Detention Services

Welcome to Sampson County Detention Center. This State of the art facility is the result of four years of meticulous planning, prudent design and diligent project management. This is a 252 bed facility (expandable to 300 beds) which consist of six housing pods: a direct supervision maximum/minimum female pod comprised of 38-beds; a 38-bed direct supervision medium security pod for male inmates; a 38-bed indirect supervision maximum security pod for male inmates; a 38-bed indirect supervision maximum security special population pod; a 60-bed indirect/direct supervision medium security male pod; and a 40-bed direct supervision minimum security male dormitory. The Kitchen and laundry areas which serve the budgeted bed space were built to accommodate future expansions as well. The facility is also equipped with video visitation, magistrates office, a secure sally port entrance for Law enforcement to enter with prisoners, intake area for processing prisoners and attorney visitation area. The above picture shows the Central control area which functions as the nerve center of the facility, controlling inmate movement throughout the entire complex. Radio, fire medical and security alarms are monitored from this master control area also.

Detention Services

The detention services division is responsible for the intake and control of all inmates housed in the Sampson County Detention Center. Their duties include the following:

  • Processing of Arrestees, which includes fingerprinting and photographing
  • Security Searches
  • Service of Warrants on Inmates
  • General Supervision of Inmates
  • Tracking of all Inmates court cases
  • Transportation of Inmates to other facilities
  • Perform DNA testing for court system

Low risk inmates often referred to as trustees are used to perform many services in the County at no cost to tax payers. These services include:

  • Provide janitorial services for the Sheriffs Office and Detention Center
  • Provide general labor to various county departments.

There are many services provided for Inmates through the jail. All of the services are either paid for by the inmates or through grant programs available. These Services include:

  • Canteen Services (paid for by inmates)
  • Work Release program (inmates must pay a room and board fee)
  • Life Skills School (paid for through grant moneys)
  • GED classes (paid for through grant moneys)
  • Adult Skills Classes (paid for through grant moneys)


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