Burke County Sheriff's Office


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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 inmates and is used mainly to hold male prisoners over the age of eighteen. A Lieutenant and two Sergeants supervise thirteen jailers, seven court bailiffs, and one transport officer. The transport officer has the responsibility of delivering or picking up prisoners in different parts of the state.
 Visiting hours at the Burke County Jail are Tuesday through Friday as follows:
8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Telephone number: (828) 438-5481
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.