Detention Center central

Mecklenburg County Detention Center Central is a direct supervision facility that opened in 1997. An additional tower was added in the second phase of construction in 2002 bringing the capacity to house over 1900 residents making it the largest municipal detention center in North and South Carolina.

Detention Center Central is a pre-trial facility that houses a full service medical component that includes and infirmary. Central also houses the Arrest Processing Center, a centralized property storage and administrative services and support services area.

Detention Center Central is the major operations hub of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office with multiple groups and subsections of the organization working in support of this operation.

Contact Information:

Facility Commander: Major S. DeLeon

Administrative Captain: Captain R. McDougald, MBA

Administrative Captain: Captain J. Keese

(980) 314-5200

Detention Operations


The Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office operates the largest municipal detention system in both North and South Carolina. The Mecklenburg County Detention Centers (MCDC) are fully accredited through the American Correction Association (ACA) and has successfully maintained accreditation since 2003. The Mecklenburg County Detention Center also maintains a healthcare accreditation to ensure that we provide some of the best healthcare services for our resident population. Many residents arrive with drug or alcohol addictions, mental health problems, or both, requiring MCDC to administer a range of medical and rehabilitative programs.

The Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office Detention Division operates two detention facilities, Detention Center Central and a Juvenile Detention Center North. Persons across every ethnicity, age and socioeconomic group are booked into the Mecklenburg County Detention Centers. We operate a programs and best practices based detention model that offers educational and rehabilitative services aimed at improving the reentry success our returning citizens.

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