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 Craighead County Detention Center Information Portal


The Craighead County Juvenile Detention Center provides 24 hour 7 day a week juvenile detention services to all surrounding counties for juveniles between the ages of 10 and 17 years of age. Referrals are accepted statewide as space is available. However, the target population of Craighead County will receive first priority. Referrals are accepted from juvenile or municipal courts, intake officers, and law enforcement agencies. The Detention Center has a maximum capacity of 62 beds: 32 males, 28 females and 2 isolation cells overseen by the Juvenile Director, and Juvenile Detention Officers. Craighead County Juvenile Detention Center offers an education program under the supervision of the Jonesboro Public School system. The program is funded through the Arkansas Department of Education, Special Education Division at no cost to Craighead County or the Jonesboro School System. Four full-time certified teachers provide educational services to students throughout the year, including through the summer months. The goal of the educational program is to have students continue their education while incarcerated.


The Craighead County Detention Center began housing inmates in 1989. The goal of the Craighead County Detention Center is to create a safe, secure, and humane environment for both staff members, and inmates. 

The detention facility houses a maximum of 346 inmates, with a separation of felon status male, misdemeanor status male, special needs male inmates. There is a separate wing for female inmates: female felony, and misdemeanor status inmates, with a separate juvenile facility.  In 2007, the Quorum Court approved a $1.8 million  expansion to the Booking Department, raising the total capacity to 360 inmates.

There are supervising pods for each classification of inmates: Felony, Misdemeanor, Special Needs Housing, and Juvenile. We have 73 officers supervising 4 shifts, assigned at 12 hours per shift.

The Craighead County Detention Center has medical staff under the direction of a supervising Medical Director to effectively control inmates' emergency medical needs while housed at the Detention facility.

Inmate meal services are under a contracted entity, Tiger Correctional Services, Inc.  Tiger implements a suitable meal service program, under mandates of the Criminal Detention Facility Review Commission ensuring all inmates, decided by their class, receive the proper caloric intake, meeting nutritional and special dietary needs.  Tiger Correctional also serves the inmates commissary needs separate from meal services.  Inmates are allowed to order hygiene and snack items from Tiger on Monday and Thursday of each week.  Inmates will receive their orders on Tuesday and Friday of each week. Web deposits and online commissary ordering is available by clicking this link. You can also use the Commissary kiosk in the lobby of the Sheriff's Office. There are signs above each kiosk denoting the purpose for the station. Make sure you are at the correct kiosk before submitting your payment, because the machines do not issue returns.

To post bond for an inmate you have a few options through the Sheriff's Office:

  • Online go to
  • There is also a bond kiosk in the lobby of the Sheriff's Office. This kiosk only accepts denominations of $100, $20, $10, and $5, and it does not give change.
  • If you need to use a debit/credit card, we do have a terminal that will process your payment for a 7% service fee.
  • No personal checks will be accepted, Money Orders or Cashier's Checks are to be made to Craighead County

Inmate Property Release Rules

The jail releases small property to approved persons on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. You must have the permission of the inmate, and you will have to have your identification.

Craighead County Detention Center contact information:


901 Willett Road
Jonesboro, AR 72401


(870) 933-4556 AUTOMATED SERVICE

(870) 933-7719 BOOKING DEPT.




We no longer have in person visitation.

Good news though, visitation is now online.  Just go to , register on the site, and schedule a time for a visit.

Inmate Messaging can also be done at

Cost per minute of video call: $0.35

Cost of full 30 minute call: $10.50

Cost per message: $0.50


Inmate Telephones

Inmates can only call collect.

 If you have inmate phone related questions, please call 1-877-618-3516.

Send mail - Craighead County Detention Center "Resident Name" PO Box 16367

Jonesboro, AR 72401

No packages are allowed; only letters may be sent to inmates. Include your full name in the return address.

Inmates may send out standard U.S. mail and Legal mail daily with the exception of Sunday.