The State of North Carolina mandates that counties provide adequate court facilities for the judicial system to enable criminal, civil, and family cases to be processed in a timely and effective manner. In addition, NC General Statutes establish standards for designing, building and operating detention facilities.

In FY 2005 the County updated its long-term Justice Facilities Master Plan, extending the planning horizon to 2030. Recommendations included in the Master Plan continue to guide decisions about current and long term detention capital improvements needed to meet state mandated jail standards.

In 2006, the first phase of the Hammond Road Detention Center was constructed, consisting of a two-story building, with capacity for 416 medium security inmates. In April of 2012, a second phase was completed and occupied. This 415,000 SF expansion includes capacity for an additional 672 inmates, kitchen and laundry facilities, a new location for CCBI and a new parking structure for 300 vehicles.