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Budget Explorer

About this Dashboard

The Buncombe County Detention Facility is operated by the Buncombe County Sheriff's Office and is located in downtown Asheville, NC. It houses individuals for local, state, and federal criminal justice agencies. There are 604 beds in 13 housing units. Of the 604 beds, 96 are designated as female beds. For more information about the detention facility, visit the Buncombe County Sheriff's Office Detention Division.

The charts and tables in this dashboard provide information about active financial bonds. This dashboard only includes information about individuals whose reason for confinement was State Pretrial and were in the detention facility at the time of dashboard refresh. That is, this is the population that was in the custody of the Sheriff's Office awaiting trial in Buncombe County on the date and time indicated. Click on the different categories to update the information presented. Information about specific individuals is not provided on this dashboard. For a listing of individuals who are currently in custody, including their charges, please see the Inmate Inquiry search page on the Sheriff's Office website.

What does State Pretrial mean?

There are a number of reasons for which someone is detained in the detention facility. State Pretrial individuals are those who have been charged with committing an offense or set of offenses and their case(s) is awaiting disposition in Buncombe County. If a person is awaiting trial in the detention facility, it often means they are unable to post bail. In some circumstances, a judicial official might place a hold or no bond on the individual. In such cases, the individual cannot be released while the hold or no bond status is active.

What is Bail?

Bail is a condition of release from custody meant to assure that an individual charged with a crime appears in court. Judicial officials can also use bail as a means to ensure public safety if he or she has concerns about releasing an individual who presents a danger to the community. Money bail, or secured bail, requires a defendant put up some amount of financial resources in order to be released from custody.

What bail types are considered “secured bail amounts” in this dashboard?

In this dashboard, “secured bail amounts” include the following bail types used in the jail management system. These all require an individual to put up financial resources in order to be released from custody.

  • Secured: a bail amount placed on a criminal charge
  • Secured – FTA: a bail amount placed on a criminal charge after an individual has failed to appear in court for that charge
  • Purge Payment: an amount of money that must be paid toward child support arrears in order to be released from custody

While unsecured bail amounts are set by judicial officials, no financial payment is needed to be released from custody. It is important to note, however, that an individual might have financial and non-financial bail amounts set on different charges. For example, a person might have five pretrial charges, three of which have unsecured bail amounts and two have secured bail amounts. In such a situation, the individual will not be released from custody until he or she has met the conditions of the secured bond.

Can the Sheriff or the Sheriff’s Office reduce a person’s bail?

No. Only a judicial official has the authority to set and modify bail.

More information:
For more information about the detention facility, please visit the Sheriff's Office Detention Division.

If you are looking for information about someone currently in the detention facility, please visit Inmate Resources.


Public Information Officer

Buncombe County responds to requests for public records in accordance with North Carolina law. We have dedicated Public Information Officers who handle all of these requests making sure that the right person is consulted for the information and that a response is made as timely as possible.

Please use this form to submit your request and provide as much detailed information as possible. This form helps us to clarify precisely what information is being requested. Although most information Buncombe County houses is public and subject to disclosure, some information is considered protected and is not considered public record. For example, we are obligated to protect such things as: sensitive public security information, components of personnel files, tax information, and Social Security numbers. Please be aware that the public records law does not require the County to do research, analyze data, or create a record that does not currently exist.

If you are a member of the media and would like to request an interview or information for a story, please use this form to tell us about your story, who you would like to interview, and any deadline details. Please allow us adequate time to review and facilitate this request.

Public Records Request - Fee Schedule


Katherine Day
P: (828) 250-4119

200 College Street, Suite 300
Asheville, NC 28801

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Public Records & Media Requests