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Burke County - County Jail - North Carolina

Burke County Jail is located in the city of Morganton, North Carolina which has a population of 16,807 (as of 2013) residents. This prison has a capacity of 60 inmates, which means this is the maximum amount of beds per facility. Burke County Jail began processing inmates once the original construction was completed and service started in 1976 but may have been expanded or renovated since that time, to accommodate the growing prison population. There is an average of 249 inmates currently serving time at this facility. Prisoners are housed in separate areas depending on the crimes they committed, their current risk assessment, and their behavior. This facility is currently under the supervision of Sheriff Steve E. Whisenant and houses male offenders.

If you have a family or loved one that is currently incarcerated at Burke County Jail, the first thing you should do is contact the prison for information on the inmate. Based on the information you are provided, you would then contact either a criminal defense lawyer or a bail bond service. They will provide you with vital information which can be used to defend an individual and in a lot of cases get them released from detention while awaiting trial.


- facility holds male prisoners over 18 years of age.  All female and juvenile inmates are houses at the Burke-Catawba Confinement center.
- facility is roughly 2 1/2 miles from the Sheriff's Office and located on the first floor of the Burke County Courthouse
- the staff consists of one Lieutenant, two Sergeants, 15 prison employees, and 7 court bailiffs

Burke County Jail Facility and Inmate Contact Information:

Phone Number to Reach this Facility is:


Fax Number for Burke County Jail is:


Email Address for this Facility:

[email protected]

Send Mail to the Facility (not inmates):

Burke County Jail
201 South Green Street
Morganton, NC 28655

To Send Mail to an Inmate at Burke County Jail:

(please get a list of acceptable mail from the facility)

Burke County Jail
Inmate Name, Inmate ID #
201 South Green Street
Morganton, NC 28655

Locate an Inmate at Burke County Jail

Visitation Information for Burke County Jail

Visitation Hours at Burke County Jail:

Saturday & Sunday 8:30am - 11:00am, 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Saturday visitation for all inmates with Last Names that start with A-M
Sunday visitation for all inmates with Last Names that start with N-Z


Year Built or Opened: 1976 Warden or Supervisor: Sheriff Steve E. Whisenant Total Capacity: 60 Security Level(s): minimum - medium

201 South Green Street
Morganton, NC 28655

Phone Number(s): 828-438-5481
Fax Number: 828-438-5477
Email Address: [email protected]

201 South Green Street
Morganton, NC 28655