MCJ-Central is a direct supervision facility which opened for occupancy in February 1997. The building combines an arrest processing center and a
pre-trial detention facility. It also houses a full service medical component, which includes an infirmary, centralized property storage,
administrative services and various support services.
Total Capacity: 1,904
Total Cost: $142,300,000
Two 50 bed dormitory units, for housing male weekender inmates
One 16 bed dormitory unit, for housing female weekender inmates
Twelve 56 bed dry cell general housing units
Two 28 bed dry cell housing units
Nine 48 bed wet cell Classification and special housing units
Five 54 bed wet cell special housing units
Five 46 bed wet cell high security housing units
One 63 bed dormitory unit for Classification and Mass Arrest
One 71 bed dormitory unit for medical/mental health purpose
One 18 bed medical infirmary
Outdoor exercise areas in each housing unit
Weekender intake processing center
Two medical clinics
DIRECTIONS TO JAIL CENTRAL
Jail-Central is a large, eight-story building located at 801 E. 4th St. in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Plaza near Charlotte Center City. It
is in the same block with the Historic Mecklenburg County Courthouse. That block is bounded by 4th, Alexander, E. Trade and McDowell streets. The main
entrance faces 4th st. The entrance for Police vehicles and Service vehicles is off of McDowell Street.
HEADED SOUTH ON I-77
Take Exit 11A to I-277 (Brookshire Freeway)
Continue on I-277; it will become the John Belk Freeway
Take Exit 2A (NC 16 and 3rd and 4th streets)
Turn left onto 4th St.
After you pass the next stoplight the jail will be the tall building on your right, 801 E. 4th St.
HEADED NORTH ON I-77
Take Exit 9A to I-277 (John Belk Freeway)
Take exit 2A (NC 16, 3rd and 4th streets)
Follow signs to 4th St.
Turn left onto 4th St.
After you pass the second stoplight, the jail will be the tall building on your right, 801 E. 4th St
Take I-77 South
Follow directions for heading south on I-77
Jail-Central is served by the Charlotte Transit Authority and the free downtown shuttle.
JAIL CENTRAL PARKING
There is a parking deck across the street from Jail Central at the corner of 4th Street and McDowell St. The entrance for this deck is off 4th
Street. There is also a parking deck located on Davidson St. between 3rd and 4th streets. The entrance to the parking deck is off of Davidson.
Limited street parking is available on 4th Street.