J. D. "Doug" Doughtie, Sheriff


Driving Directions – Going north through Manteo, turn left at the traffic light at Harriot Street. When the road forks, take the right onto Driftwood Drive. The Dare County Detention Center is on the left side at 1044 Driftwood Drive. [View Map] 

Visitation – Family and friends whose names appear on the inmate's visitation list (maximum of 5 names) may visit between 2pm and 4pm every Wednesday and Saturday.  Up to 4 persons (including children) may visit at one time; however, no inmate will have a total of more than 30 minutes of visitation per scheduled day. Inmates in disciplinary segregation or lockdown will have 15 minutes of visitation per scheduled day. Inmates sentenced to serve less than four (4) consecutive days, or those classified as "weekenders" do not get visitation privileges. 


Visitor Guidelines
  • All visitors to the Detention Center will be subject to a search for contraband.
  • Introduction of contraband into the facility may result in arrest and criminal prosecution.
  • All adult visitors will be required to present proper identification such as:
  • Driver's License
  • Special ID card obtained from the Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Military ID card
  • Passport
  • Children under the age of sixteen (16) are to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times.
  • All visitors will be subject to a check for outstanding warrants.
  • Visitors must conduct themselves in an orderly manner.
  • Visitors must be clothed appropriately. The following are inappropriate: Mini skirts, Short shorts, Stomach or cleavage exposed.
  • No bags, baby strollers, or car seats will be allowed beyond the visitor's lobby.
  • Attorneys or Court Officials may visit at any reasonable hour, provided there is Detention Center Staff to accommodate the visit.
  • Incoming – General mail must have a return address to include the full name of the sender or it will not be accepted. General mail will be opened and inspected prior to delivery to the inmate. Any contraband found will result in criminal charges and /or sanction for the sender and inmate. Any books, newspapers or magazines must be mailed directly from a publisher. Money received in the mail will be deposited in the inmate's account.
  • Outgoing – Outgoing mail will be inspected for contraband before mailing. All outgoing mail will bear a return address of the Detention Center as well as the name of the inmate.

Inmate Internet Deposits - visit Inmate Internet Deposits

The Dare County Detention Center is a non-smoking facility. 

Automated information, such as inmate sentences and projected release date, may be obtained statewide by calling 1.877.NCSAVAN (1.877.627.2826).

Detention Center Administrator Captain Moran

Phone 252.475.9221  Fax 252.473.5350

P. O. Box 2179 / 1044 Driftwood Drive
Manteo, NC 27954


Proudly Serving Dare County | Sheriff's Office Hours: Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Dare Central Communications Dial 911 for emergencies. NON-emergencies, Dial (252) 473-3444.