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Ashe County NC Detention Center

County Jail

Last Updated: April 23, 2020
140 Government Circle, Jefferson, NC 28640
County - medium
Phone Carrier
Mailing Address
PO Box 395, Jefferson, NC 28640
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Ashe County NC Detention Center basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 336-846-5611

The Ashe County NC Detention Center is a medium-security detention center located at 140 Government Circle Jefferson, NC which is operated locally by the Ashe County Sheriff's Office and holds inmates awaiting trial or sentencing or both. Most of the sentenced inmates are here for less than two years. Ashe County accepts inmates from surrounding towns, municipalities, the US Marshal's Service and the Jefferson Police Department who do not have their own long-term lock-up.

Inmates held in the Ashe County Detention Center may be contacted either by mail or by phone.

Inmate Mail

Mail service is provided by the US Postal Service. All incoming mail is searched by jail staff and is subject to refusal. Mail may consist of letters or money orders only (see money order information below). Inmates may only recieve plain paper items (no photos). Jail staff allows for inmates to receive greeting cards. The greeting card may not contain any mechanical sound or device and should be of plain card greeting card stock.

Inmate Phone Service

Inmates are offered phone services through PayTel Communicaitons. Inmates may purchase $10 (ten dollar) phone cards from jail staff or a PayTel account may be established by friends or family.

Inmate Funds

Inmate funds are accepted for deposit into a commissary account. Funds may be deposited by three different methods.

Method 1 - Inmates may have family or friends utilize the kiosk in the visitation lobby.

a. Family and Friends must have the inmate ID number

b. The kiosk accepts Cash, Credit and Debit Cards

c. Cash is only accepted in $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 dollar bills

d. Funds are posted real time to the inmate's account

e. There is a $2.75 fee to utilize the Kiosk per transaction up to $300/transaction

f. Hours of Operation are 24/7

g. Current Inmate numbers are listed on the side of the kiosk

Method 2 - Inmates may have friends and family send money via Government Payments Services (GPS)
a. Family and friends must have the inmate ID number and name of the facility
Facility - Ashe County Sheriff's Office and the three letter code is GEV
b. GPS accepts Credit and Debit cards only
c. Funds are posted immediately to the inmate's account
d. Go to https://www.govpaynow.com/gps/user/
e. Pay Location Code is 5500

Method 3 - Inmate may have family and friends send money in the mail.
a. We only accept Postal Money Orders

b. Money Orders must arrive at least one business day prior to commissary to be available to the inmate.
c. The sender's name, return address and the Inmate's ID number must be on the money order.
d. The sender's name and return address must be on the envelope
e. The money order must be made payable to the inmate
f. Mail to:
Inmate Name
140 Government Circle
Jefferson, NC 28640

Inmate Locator

Ashe County NC Detention Center publishes the names of their inmates currently in their facility in North Carolina. Your search should start with this locator first to see if your loved one is there.

The second box is the InmateAid Inmate Search. This database of inmates is user-generated content for the purpose of accessing and utilizing any or all of the InmateAid services. If you need our assistance creating your own inmate profile to keep in touch, email us at aid@inmateaid.com and we will assist you in locating your inmate.

As a last resort, you might have to pay for that information if we do not have it. The Arrest Record Search will cost you a small amount, but their data is the freshest available and for that reason they charge to access it.

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Covid Visitation Information

As of March 18, 2020, registration and visitation rules have changed to protect inmates at Ashe County NC Detention Center and their loved ones during the COVID-19 outbreak. At this time, there are no in-person visits for family and friends due to the COVID-19 situation. Video visitation is available; details can be found below or call 336-846-5611.


  • All visits through the video visitation system require the visitor to establish a user account.

Visitation Information

Ashe County Detention Center utilizes video visitation for all inmates. Inmates will be allowed two (2) - fifteen (15) minute visits each unless the facility is overcrowded.

Ashe County Inmates
Sunday 9am-12pm, 1pm-6pm
Out of County Inmates
Saturday 9am-12pm, 1pm-6pm

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