Lookup Inmates in Cherokee County, North Carolina. Results May Include: Arrest Detail, Date, Agency, Type, Officer, Location, Offense Date, Description, Related Incident, Bail Amount, Bail Type, Court #, Inmate Details, Address, Jail Housing Location, Incarceration Date, Scheduled Release, Race/Gender.

Cherokee County Jail

36 Central Street

Murphy, NC  28906

(828) 837-2521

County History:   

Established in 1839, the county was named for the Native American tribes of the same name, many of whom still reside in the region.  It’s county seat is in Murphy.  

County Population:  27,218

Area Code(s):  828

Jail Website:  

County Sheriff:  Sheriff Derrick Palmer, 828-837-2589   

Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office
577 Regal Street
Murphy, NC 28906

Deputy Sheriff:  Chief Deputy Mark Thigpen, 828-837-2589   

Crime Stats for Murphy:  Murphy’s violent crime rate has been above the national average each year since 2001.  

Per 1,000 residents, Murphy has 4.97 or 8 officers, which is above North Carolina’s average of 2.39

County Clerk:  Unknown:  

Inmate Search Instructions:  

Visiting Hours:  

The new Detention Center has video visitation which allows the inmates to visit with their families and friends. The inmates are allowed unlimited visits per day, depending on the volume of other inmates visiting. Visitation is 24 hours a day 7 days a week. The control tower will keep a log of the visits with the inmate’s name and the visitors name and time.

Visitation is at the discretion of the Sheriff’s Office and may be cancelled at any time.

Sending mail to Inmates:  

  • Debit or credit cards are accepted at this JPAY site or by phone at 1-800-574-5729.  
  • Money Orders or Cashier’s Checks (no persona checks) can be mailed to:  

Inmate’s full name

577 Regal Street

Murphy, NC 28906

Be sure to include your return address please!  

Sending funds to inmates:  

Inmate’s Name (as it appears on wristband)
577 Regal Street
Murphy, NC 28906

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Bail and Bail Bondsmen:  No information available

Cherokee County Probation Department
Probation officer’s are appointed to investigate, report on, and supervise the conduct of convicted offenders on probation. Items to bring to the Probation Office include: employment verification (a pay stub), residence (a lease, copy of a utility bill, etc.), community service record log, counseling or meeting attendance, all personal drug prescriptions, medical condition documents, and immigration registration among other things.
Office:Cherokee County Probation Department
Location:21 Peachtree Street, Murphy, North Carolina, 28906
Cherokee County Jail Statistics
Number of Persons Confined80
Avg Daily Population80
Full time payroll14
Full time total employees14
Total salaries and wages749343
Other operating expenditures156716
Total construction costs7200000
Equipment, furnishings, etcnot applicable
Year of original construction1922
Year of major renovationnot applicable
Name of new facilitynot applicable


Cherokee County Unemployment and Median Household Income
Civilian Labor Force Annual Average, 201611,134
Number Employed Annual Average, 201610,506
Number Unemployed Annual Average, 2016628
Unemployment Rate, 20165.6
Median Household Income Annual Average, 201538,284
Sources: Unemployment – Bureau of Labor Statistics LAUS data, Median Household Income – Census Bureau SAIPE data, Rural Classifications – USDA Economic Research Service
Cherokee County Poverty Data
Estimate of People of All Ages In Poverty 20144,902
Estimate Percentage of People of All Ages In Poverty 201518.3
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Model-based Small Area Income & Poverty Estimates (SAIPE)

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