North Central Unit

The North Central Unit is an Arkansas Department of Correction prison located in Calico Rock, Arkansas. This medium to minimum-security state prison can houses a total of 800 inmates after the prison expanded in 2010.

Sometimes known as the Calico Rock Prison, the North Central Unit was built as a job stimulus project for the northern part of the state. Local residents protested against the facility being built.

This facility offers many different programs to aid in rehabilitation so that inmates can successfully re-enter into society. The North Central Unit offers educational programs for inmates who have yet to receive their high school diploma by way of earning their GED certificate while being housed at this facility. Other programs include the beloved Paws in Prison Program.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Visiting hours at the North Central Unit are generally on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4:00 p.m. However, there is a rotating visit schedule, so you must communicate with the inmate directly to get their specific visit days and times.

Each inmate can have no more than four visitors during a visit, including children. However, the spouse of an inmate and all children, regardless of the number, may visit at one time.

How To Get On The Approved Visit List

If you would like to visit an inmate at North Central Unit, you need to start the process by asking your incarcerated friend or loved one to mail you a visit application. Once you receive it, fill it out completely and mail it to the North Central Unit Visitation Clerk at the address provided on the form. Do not mail it back to the inmate.

All visiting applications are processed, reviewed, and either approved or denied by the Warden. The screening process takes at least a week, and when the ADC reviews your application they run a criminal history check.

It is the inmate’s responsibility to let you know if you have been approved or denied.

General Visit Rules

Visitation privileges for inmates are essential to maintaining good morale, sustaining family life, and ensuring relationships in the community upon release. However, there are a lot of rules when it comes to visiting an inmate, and many of them you need to know ahead of time.

One of the most important things to remember is that everyone over the age of 12 needs to bring a photo ID, and all children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an approved adult visitor.

The only things you are allowed to bring into the visiting room are:

  • A clear plastic bag containing a small amount of cash for buying drinks and snacks
  • Prescription medication in the visitor’s name and in original pharmacy container
  • Photo ID
  • Baby bottles, baby diapers, and diaper wipes
  • Car keys
  • jewelry (being worn)

Do not bring in cell phones or other electronic devices.

The dress code for visitors is extremely conservative. You must wear modest clothing or else your visit will be denied.

You can’t wear halter-tops, tank tops, hats, shorts, mini-skirts/dresses, see-through clothing, leggings, jeggings, or camouflage. No sleeveless tops are allowed because shoulders must be covered at all times.

The dress code is the same for both adults and children. However, kids ten and under are allowed to wear shorts of an appropriate length.

Before you enter the visiting area you will walk through a metal detector, and it is possible you will be pat searched. If you refuse, you will not be allowed to visit.

Be aware that the North Central Unit randomly drug tests visitors with an Ion Scanner, and a positive scan can lead to a search of you and your vehicle.

If you can’t successfully clear all entrance procedures then you will be denied entry.

Physical Address

North Central Unit
10 Prison Circle
Calico Rock, AR 72519

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General Phone Number


Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate’s Name and ADC Number
North Central Unit
10 Prison Circle
Calico Rock, AR 72519

You can only send letters to this address. If you want to send books, magazines, newspapers, or catalogs, they must be mailed directly from the publisher or vendor website like Amazon.

In order to reduce contraband in North Central Unit, the staff makes photocopies all inmate mail instead of giving them your actual letter. Inmates will receive two sheets of copy paper, which will include a copy of the envelope and three pieces of correspondence.

Since they only make black and white copies, be sure use dark ink only (black or blue ink).

You can’t mail food or care packages to an inmate. However, Arkansas is part of the Inmate Package Program where you can buy up to $100 of goods through participating vendors at different times throughout the year.

You can also send email and photos through, but you will need to open an account with them first before sending any correspondence.

All snail mail and email is subject to review by the facility staff prior to delivery, so make sure your content is appropriate.

How to Call an Inmate

How to Send Money


The fastest way to send money to an inmate at the North CentralUnit is to use the ONLINE INMATE DEPOSIT SERVICE through the Arkansas Department of Corrections. You must have a credit or debit card and this method does have a processing fee. Prepaid cards and payroll cards are not accepted.

US Mail

If you prefer snail mail, there are a couple of things to remember.

  • Only send money orders
  • Don’t send cash or a check
  • Don’t mail it directly to the prisoner
  • Always include a Money Order Deposit Slip
  • Mail your money order to:

Arkansas Department of Correction:
Trust Fund Centralized Banking
P.O. Box 8908
Pine Bluff, AR 71611

Money orders should be made payable to the inmate’s name and you must include their ADC number.


You can also send money to an inmate by calling 1-866-250-7697. You will need a credit or debit card for this method, and there is a small processing fee.

​Programs For ​Inmates

  • GED Program

GED classes are offered at North CentralUnit and the Board of Correction mandates attendance for all inmates without a GED or high school diploma unless they are unable to participate due to health reasons.

  • Paws in Prison

Selected inmates have the opportunity to become trainers of rescue dogs in the Paws in Prison program. Inmate trainers work with the dogs on proper socialization and basic obedience skills in order to improve their chances of adoption.

Eligibility requirements for inmate trainers are based, in part, on interest, training, attitude, length of sentence, criminal history (at a minimum no convictions for animal cruelty or abuse), institutional behavior/adjustment, and the inmate’s overall ability to assist in the care and training of a dog.

  • Think Legacy Program

The Think Legacy Program is a voluntary program that inmates can sign up for when they are 6 to 18 months from their release date.

The program focuses on Employment Readiness, Community Resources, Social Skill Readiness, Mentoring, Cognitive Behavior Awareness through “Thinking for a Change,” Victim Impact, Budgeting, Life Skills, Healthy Relationships, and Family Reunification.

  • Agriculture

Allows inmates to be trained in work habits and allows them to develop marketable skills in the areas of Vegetable Garden, Forage Production, Apple Orchard, and Equine Operation.

  • Vo-Tech

Job skills training programs developed and managed by Riverside Vo-Tech and funded through the Department of Workforce Education.

  • Faith-Based Principles and Applications for Life (PAL) Program

The PAL Program includes worship services, religious materials, and counseling services. It also covers Principles for Daily Living, Character Qualities, Commands to Live By, and Uprooting Anger.

This program is designed to help inmates with approaching everyday decisions and life, financial affairs, becoming a leader/servant in their home, community, church, parenting, etc.

Other programs include Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Anger Management, Regional Maintenance, Story Book Project, and Substance Abuse Education.

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Careers at North Central Unit

If you are interested in pursuing a career with the Arkansas Department of Corrections, you can find available positions at the North Central Unit by visiting their website.