North Central Correctional Facility

The North Central Correctional Facility is an Iowa state prison located in Rockwell City, Iowa. With a maximum capacity of 494, this facility houses minimum-custody offenders who have been classified as low risk, and that includes misdemeanants and felons. The institution emphasizes individual accountability and responsibility, and helps inmates prepare for a successful return to the community. 

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Visiting Hours and Rules

The visiting hours at North Central Correctional Facility are:

  • Monday      8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
  • Friday         8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
  • Saturday     8:30 AM – 8:30 PM
  • Sunday       8:30 AM – 8:30 PM

Holidays falling on a non-visiting day OR on a Monday or Friday have visiting hours from 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM. Visiting hours on Christmas Day are from  8:30 AM – 8:30 PM.

Visit Procedures

Before you can visit an inmate at North Central Correctional Facility, you must get on their approved visiting list. To start that process, fill out the visitor’s application and mail it to the Central Visiting Authority. If you have questions, please call Centralized Visiting at 319-385-9511. You can access the IDOC Visitation Application by clicking here

All visitors are required to have current photo identification to get into the facility, and everyone is subject to search. 

Searches may include, but are not limited to: a pat down, metal detectors, electronic ion scanners, other electronic devices, or visual searches. They will deny your visit if you are not willing to submit to a required search. 

You are allowed to purchase a Debitek Card to buy canteen items for your inmate during visits. The North Central Correctional Facility has the written guidelines posted in the visiting room.

Dress Code

Visitors must follow the dress code to enter the visiting room. The dress code at North Central Correctional Facility is as follows:

  • All visitors must wear shoes
  • Visitors wearing miniskirts, shorts (that are above the knee), muscle shirts, see-through clothing, or halter tops will not be allowed
  • Institutional procedure will address the wearing of shorts by children under 12 
  • Visitors wearing clothing with slogans, pictures, or words intended to deprecate race, sex, or cultural values shall not be allowed entry
  • Visitors may be required to remove for the duration of the visit outerwear such as, but not limited to: coats, hats, gloves, or sunglasses 
  • A medical need for sunglasses must be verified by a prescription 

Visitor Property

Items not allowed in the visiting room include:  

  • Weapons of any type (including pocket knives) 
  • Cell phones 
  • Any personal device with independent Internet connection capabilities (i.e., Kindle, Nook, iPhone, smart phone, smart watch with SIM card, etc.) 
  • Medications (unless necessary, i.e. nitro, etc.) 
  • Tools 
  • Cameras 
  • Tobacco/tobacco items (lighters) 

Baby items allowed for visitors with infants:

  • Two diapers
  • Clear baby bottle (non-glass) with milk or formula only 
  • Clear sippy cup (empty) 
  • One baby blanket 
  • One burp cloth 
  • One factory-sealed, clear, plastic container baby food 

Physical Address

North Central Correctional Facility
313 Lanedale
Rockwell City, IA 50579

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Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name and DOC Number
North Central Correctional Facility
313 Lanedale
Rockwell City, IA 50579

Remember to include the inmate’s full name, IDOC Identification number, and a valid return address on all correspondence. If you don’t do this, the mail will be returned.

Staff at the North Central Correctional Facility inspects all correspondence and packages, and there are some rules you must follow: 

  • Photographs are allowed. However, female breasts, as well as genitalia and buttocks of both males and females, must be substantially obscured or covered by clothing or another object which is not considered pornographic or obscene. Lewd display of genitalia by males or females, clothed or unclothed, is not allowed. Single sheets of multiple photographs, thumb nail or other sizes, must adhere to these standards. 
  • Clippings from authorized published material. 
  • Copies of Internet material, unless deemed a security risk/threat.
  • Attachments/enclosures sent in with mail is limited to ten pages or pictures. 

If you would like to send an email to an inmate, you can register for O-mail at The cost for each O-mail sent is $0.25.

How to Call an Inmate

You can’t call an inmate at the North Central Correctional Facility, but they do have access to a phone during assigned times, and inmates are allowed to make monitored outgoing calls. For complete details on how to call an inmate in Iowa, please click here.

How to Send Money

The Iowa Department of Corrections offers numerous ways to send money to an inmate. 

Access Corrections

  • Online: visit for deposit rates starting at $3.49. Access Corrections accepts Visa and MasterCard credit or debit cards.
  • Online: Make deposits directly from your CorrLinks account, the website used to send O-Mail messages ( and get the same low rates starting at $3.49. Click on the “Send Money” button to get started.
  • Toll Free Telephone Number: Call 1(866)345-1884 to make a credit or debit card payment over the phone for as low as $4.49.
  • Walk-In:
  • CashPayToday for a flat fee of $6.95.
    • Visit or call 1(844)344-CASH (2274) to register and find a location near you. You will need to provide the following information: Inmate ID #, your name, address, and other important information.
    • Dollar General, Family Dollar, and Kum & Go stores are part of the CashPayToday program.
    • ACE Cash Express* ( location for a flat fee of $5.95 


  • Online: The website will accept payments made with a Visa or MasterCard-branded debit or credit card. Fees range from $3.95 to $10.95 based upon the deposit amount.
  • Telephone: Credit or debit card payments can also be made over the phone at (1-800-574-5729). Fees range from $4.95 to $11.95 based upon the deposit amount.
  • WalkーIn Location: Cash payments can be made at any MoneyGram Agent location. There are 30,000 MoneyGram location in the United State, including Wal-Mart, CVS, 7-11, and Albertsons. A fee of $8.95 will apply for each transaction. 


The Iowa Department of Corrections accepts wire transfers from Western Union for Offender Accounts. This does NOT include telephone accounts. Money may be sent in any of the following three ways:

The process used is “Quick Collect.” Senders must use the “Pay to” as the Iowa Dept of   Corrections. The “Code City” is IOWADOC and the “State” is IA. The “Sender’s account #” is the offender ID number and offenders last name. For example, 1234567Jones. 

If the offender number and last name do not match, the IDOC records the payment will be rejected. Fees for this service vary by amount sent.

Inmate Banking

If you want to mail a money order, you must use the Iowa Department of Corrections inmate banking service. All incoming money for offender spending/commissary accounts is received and handled by a central location.

Instead of mailing a money order directly to the inmate at North Central Correctional Facility, they must be sent to the following address:

IDOC Offender Fiduciary Account
1550 L Street, Suite B
Fort Dodge, IA 50501

All deposits must be in the form of a cashier’s check or money order. All cashier’s checks and money orders must be made payable to: IDOC Offender Fiduciary Account. 

The cashier’s check or money order must include the following: offender name, offender number, sender’s name, and sender’s complete address. All writing should be legible. If the deposit does not follow these guidelines, it will be returned to the sender by mail. 

​Programs For ​Inmates

The institution offers a wide variety of programming options as well as an education program contracted through the local area community college. Educating classes include HiSET, literacy, special education for eligible individuals, and Life Skills. 

Cognitive programs offered at NCCF include Thinking for a Change and Achieving Change Through Value-Based Behavior (ACTV). Additional self-help groups are offered including Alcoholics Anonymous and various religious support groups.

Through Iowa Central Community College, NCCF is able to offer vocational education such as training in culinary arts, welding, forklift training, warehouse management, and others as funding permits. They also provide apprenticeship opportunities in welding, building maintenance, plumbing, baking, cooking, and carpentry.

Work opportunities for offenders are varied, as the facility attempts to assign offenders to jobs that utilize and enhance their skill sets. Offenders are assigned in general: janitorial work, maintenance on and off grounds, landscaping, yard maintenance, recreation, dietary, and gardening. The gardening program produces an excess of 30,000 pounds of vegetables annually.

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Careers at North Central Correctional Facility

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