Greensboro, NC asked in DUI / DWI and Civil Rights for North Carolina

Q: My friend is doing his jail time on weekends in a county jail. Can he get transferred to a different jail?

He's only doing his jail time for 7 days on weekends

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Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Jacksonville, NC
  • Licensed in North Carolina

A: It is possible but it requires the consent of the sheriff in what ever county he wants to transfer to. Assuming you are talking about transferring to another county jail - the county sheriff is king and would make the ultimate decision regardless of what pretty much anyone else has to say about it. This is good 'ol boy North Carolina where the people in power in their little ponds pretty much do what ever they want. Some sheriff's don't play nice with other counties / judges and some have legitimate overcrowding problems. So right off the bat, the odds of a transfer are not good. Plus, you are basically asking the Sheriff of another county to take on a problem that isn't his and moreover for the tax payers of that county to foot the bill - that's a tough sale these days. However, if there is a legitimate reason for the transfer (something other than personal convenience) then it never hurts to ask. Best of luck!

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