Johnston County: Things to Know About Arrests in Johnston County

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If you or a loved one has been arrested in Johnston County then you might have some questions regarding the procedures and the rules surrounding the detention center. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions.


Where is the detention center?


The Johnston County Detention Center is located at 127 S. Second St., Smithfield, NC 27577. This is the location where law enforcement agents will take detainees to be processed. After being processed, the defendant will be given a bail condition by the magistrate depending on the reason for the arrest. After being given their bail conditions, the defendant may reach out to someone if they are in need of assistance to pay for their bail.


How to find out charges or bond amount?


Charge and bond information can be obtained by calling the jail at (919) 989-5040 or the Clerk’s Office at (919) 209-5400. Please be prepared to provide the inmate’s full name


What are the visitation policies for Johnston County?


Visitation is held each weekend by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, call (919) 989-5045 on Tuesday or Wednesday between the hours of 10 am – 2 pm. Appointments are based on a “first come, first serve” basis. Only 4 people may visit an inmate during an appointment. Each inmate is allowed one 15 minute appointment per week. Each person registering to visit that is 16 years of age or older must have a valid ID or driver’s license issued by the DMV and be accompanied by an adult age 18 years or older. Visitation is located at 127 S. Second Street, Smithfield, NC 27577, in the Magistrate’s lobby.


How to have an inmate released from jail


Contact the Magistrate’s Office at (919) 209-5463 to determine the requirements for having an inmate released from jail or you can contact Big Mike Bail Bonds. We will be able to assist you in getting your loved one out of jail and back to you.


How can I find a court date for an inmate?


You may check the Administrative Office of the Court’s website link for any upcoming court dates:


Are there mugshots online for Johnston County?


To find mugshots for Johnston County visit


If you or a loved one are in need of bail bond support in Johnston County or have any questions about the process, give us a call at 919-934-5656.

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