|Burke has two
county incarceration facilities: The Burke County Jail and the Burke-Catawba
District Confinement Facility. The Burke County Jail, commonly referred to as
the "downtown jail," is housed in the first floor of the Burke County
Courthouse, approximately 2 1/2 miles from the Sheriff's Office. The downtown
jail has a capacity of sixty-six inmates and is used mainly to hold male
prisoners over the age of eighteen. A Lieutenant and Sergeant supervise eleven
jailers and three court bailiffs. Some of the jailers are designated as
"transport officers" and have the responsibility of delivering or picking up
prisoners in different parts of the state.
hours at the Burke County Jail are Tuesday through Friday as follows:
a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Telephone number: (828)
||The Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility is housed in
the same building as the Sheriff's Office, although it is a separate entity. It
is governed by a Board of Directors, the make-up of the Board being the Sheriff
and County Manager of both Burke and Catawba County. This Board designates an
administrator to oversee the facility's day-to-day operation. Burke County
mainly uses this facility to house females, juveniles aged 16-17, "hold until
sober" intoxicated persons, and certain high control inmates due to the
availability of two padded cells. It is also utilized when the downtown jail
exceeds its capacity of inmates.