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Franklin, NC 28734

Phone: (828) 349-2104
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Detention Center

The Macon County Detention Center, built in 1999, is a 75 bed facility for holding sentenced and unsentenced individuals who have less than a year to serve or are awaiting sentencing.

The facility has three male dormitories. Two of the dormitories hold 24 inmates each and one dormitory holds 12 inmates. There is one female dormitory, which holds 12 female inmates. There is a medical isolation cell and two single lock down cells for inmates with special needs.

The dorms are under watch by the control room operator and detention officers, who make regular rounds throughout the facility. In addition, there are more than 20 video cameras, which also provide surveillance throughout the facility.

The Macon County Detention Center is under contract with Dr. Jason Creel and Kellie Creel, R.N. who provides non-emergency medical care to the inmates.

Inmates are also given the opportunity to take part in Bible studies and worship services twice a week.
There are also counseling and substance abuse programs offered to inmates.

The following are responsible for the administration of The Macon County Detention Center.

  • Lieutenant Dereck E. Jones › Mon. - Fri. 9am - 5pm › (828) 349-2264
  • Ms. Lu Sharpe › Mon. - Fri. 9am - 5pm › (828) 349-2270
  • Sgt. Doug Hampton › Mon. - Fri. 7am - 5pm › (828) 349-2263
  • Sgt. Robert Young › Mon. - Fri. 4pm - 5am › (828) 349-2005


  • Dorm #1 1:00-3:30pm Saturday
  • Dorm #2 1:00-3:30pm Sunday
  • Female Dorm 4:00-5:00pm Sunday
  • Male Lock Down 3:30-5:00pm Saturday
  • Segregation NO VISITATION
  • Attorneys Business hours - Monday through Friday 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Clergy may visit Mon - Fri 9-5 (Must show valid credentials)


  • Only 2 visitors allowed per inmate (children under 16 years of age do not count).
  • Visitors must be on the inmate’s "Visitors List".
  • The only items that may be brought to visitation are money orders or cashier's checks (made out to the inmate).
  • It is the inmate’s responsibility to inform family who is on their “Visitors List” and what dorm they are in.

The Macon County Detention Center is administered by Dereck E. Jones

Lt.Dereck E. Jones
  • Graduated Franklin High School (2000)
  • Highlands Police Department - Police Officer (2005)
  • Macon County Sheriff's Office (2005)
  • Patrol Corporal - Field Training Officer (2007-2008)
  • Patrol Sergeant (2008-2015)
  • Graduate of Western Carolina University - Criminal Justice - Bachelor of Science (2012)
  • North Carolina Sheriff's Education and Training Standards Commission Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate (2013)
  • Detective - Juvenile Investigations (2015-2016)
  • Detective - Criminal Investigations (2016-2018)
  • Graduate of the North Carolina Justice Academy Criminal Investigation Certificate Program (2017)
  • Lieutenant - Jail Administrator (2018-present)

The Detention Center Administrative Officer/Notary is Ms. Lu Sharpe.
The Detention Center Chaplain is Mary Ann Thompson.

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