Lawrence County Detention Center

The Lawrence County Detention Center is located in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas and is operated by the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office. The Detention Center is part of the sheriff's office complex, and houses adult male and female inmates who have been arrested by local county or city law enforcement. 

Inmates are incarcerated at the Lawrence County Detention Center for crimes ranging from violations to misdemeanors to felonies. The facility also houses those who have been charged with a crime and are awaiting trial, as well as state inmates awaiting transfer to the Arkansas Department of Corrections. 

To find out if your loved one is being held at the Lawrence County Detention Center, contact the facility directly.

Posting Bond

The purpose of a bond is to make sure that an arrested person will appear at their scheduled court date after their release from jail. Judges usually determine the amount of bond, while the sheriff determines the sufficiency of the bond. If a person is arrested with a warrant, it will generally have the bond amount listed. 

Cash Bond: The person who is arrested (or someone acting on their behalf) may post the entire bond amount in cash, which will be held by the sheriff or the court pending disposition of the criminal case.

Surety Bond: Secure release from Detention Center through the utilization of a professional licensed bail bonding company, aka a “surety bond.” The bonding company will charge certain “fees” which are non-refundable and are not applied to any fines, costs, or restitution that may later be ordered by the court. 

OR Bond: Releasing someone on their “own recognizance” is simply a promise to re-appear at a later date for further judicial proceedings. These are only used for very minor offenses. 

Inmate Medication

Prescribed medications can be brought to the jail at any time. The RX medications must have the inmates name and must be dated within the last 12 months. Medications will be given as prescribed. OTC meds are not allowed and will not be accepted.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

The Lawrence County Detention Center has visiting hours on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8:15 am to 3:45 pm. Visits last 10 minutes, and must be scheduled ahead of time. Call 870-886-2525 ext. 3 to schedule your visit.

The recommendation is to arrive for your visit five minutes early so you can get your full 10 minute visit with your inmate.

Only those who are scheduled to visit will be allowed to visit.  For example, if John Doe schedules a visit with Jane Doe and brings someone else with him, that other person will not be allowed to visit. There are no exceptions.

Physical Address

Lawrence County Detention Center
501 West Elm
Walnut Ridge, AR 72476

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General Phone Number

870-886-2525      ext. 2 General Information
870-886-2525       ext. 3 Visitation

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Smart Communications Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office
1490 Union Avenue #606
Memphis, Tennessee 38104

How to Call an Inmate

You can't call an inmate who is housed at the Lawrence County Detention Center, but they do have access to phones and can make outgoing collect calls.

How to Send Money

Anyone may add funds to an inmate’s commissary account at the Lawrence County Detention Center using one of the following methods:

  • Visit the lobby of the Lawrence County Detention Center. There is a commissary Kiosk machine in the lobby that is accessible at all times, which accepts both cash and cards. Just follow the touch screen prompts on the Kiosk to add funds to a particular inmate’s commissary account.
  • Go online to and select “order commissary or send money online.” Follow the prompts by selecting the appropriate state, county, and Detention Center facility. Then select “Web Deposit,” enter the inmate’s name, and follow the prompts to add money to that inmate’s commissary account. Or, click here. You can either send money, or you can place an order for commissary items that are delivered to your inmate.

Programs For Inmates

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Careers at Lawrence County Detention Center

If you are interested in a career with the Sheriff's Department and would like more information about the job openings at the Lawrence County Detention Center, click here.