Davidson Correctional Center

Davidson Correctional Center is a minimum-security reentry facility for male inmates that is located in Lexington, North Carolina. This facility is managed by the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, and it can house 258 inmates.

Davidson was one of 51 county prisons for which the state assumed responsibility with the passage of the Conner Bill in 1931. It was one of 61 field unit prisons renovated or built during the late 1930's to house offenders who worked building roads. In June 1964, Davidson changed from a minimum-security honor grade facility to a work release unit.

In the original prison, offenders were housed in a building that had two dormitories. Two modular dormitories were added in October 1977. These housing units are still in use today.

Lawmakers provided two 50-bed dormitories as part of a $28.5 million Emergency Prison Facilities Development program in 1987. The two 50-bed dormitories, as well as a multi-purpose building, opened in June 1988. Another 50-bed dormitory was added as part of an $87.5 million prison construction program in 1993.

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Visiting Hours and Rules


To prevent the potential spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), prison visitation was suspended as of Monday, March 16, 2020, with the exception of legal and pastoral visits. Those visitors are subject to medical screening prior to entrance.

The health and safety of employees and offenders are the top priorities of the Department of Public Safety. THIS IS NOT A STATEWIDE LOCKDOWN OF PRISONS. They apologize for the inconvenience this may have on offender families and friends. Visitation will resume when conditions are deemed safe.

Regular Visiting Hours

Davidson Correctional Center uses a rotating schedule based on the first letter of the inmates last name. The schedule for visitation is as follow:

A-D Saturdays 9am-11am
E-L Sundays 1:30pm-3:30pm
M-Q Sundays 9am-11am
R-Z Saturdays 1:30pm-3:30pm

A-D Sundays 1:30pm-3:30pm
E-L Saturdays 9am-11am
M-Q Saturdays 1:30pm-3:30pm
R-Z Sundays 9am-11am

A-D Saturdays 1:30pm-3:30pm
E-L Sundays 9am-11am
M-Q Sundays 1:30pm-3:30pm
R-Z Saturdays 9am-11am

A-D Sundays 9am-11am
E-L Saturdays 1:30pm-3:30pm
M-Q Saturdays 9am-11am
R-Z Sundays 1:30pm-3:30pm

Visiting Application


Inmates must mail the blank applications to those persons from whom they wish to receive a visit while incarcerated. An application for each adult and minor must be complete. Completed applications must be returned to Davidson Correctional Center.

Click here for more detailed information about visiting an inmate at Davidson Correctional Center.

Dress Code

All visitors must follow the dress code, or they will be denied entrance into the facility.

  • All visitors must pass through, and clear a metal detector search.
  • Shirts and shoes are mandatory.
  • Halter tops, bare midriffs, strapless tops, tube tops, bodysuits, underwear-type T-shirts, tank tops, sleeveless shirts or dresses that are inappropriately revealing (a sleeveless shirt or dress is considered inappropriately revealing when the female breast or lingerie can be seen), fishnet shirts, or any type of shirt or pants made with see-through fabric are NOT allowed to be worn by any visitor (male or female).
  • Visitors may wear Bermuda-length shorts provided they are not more than three inches above the kneecap.
  • Females may wear dresses or skirts. Dresses or skirts may not be more than three inches above the kneecap. Slits in skirts and dresses may not be more than three inches above the kneecap. Dresses and skirts for pre-teens may be shorter than three inches above the kneecap.
  • Any shirt or other articles of clothing with a picture or language that may be considered profane or offensive by current public standards or Adult Correction standards, or considered STG (gang) related will not be allowed.
  • Wave caps, doo rags, and bandanas are not allowed.
  • Slacks and pants are to be worn at or above the waist.
  • Spandex clothing is prohibited.

Physical Address

Davidson Correctional Center
1400 Thomason Street
Lexington, NC 27292

Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/ppMLhCvzBPQpNW7E9

General Phone Number


Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name, OPUS Number
Davidson Correctional Center
P. O. Box 1977
Lexington, NC 27292


Inmate Name, OPUS Number
Davidson Correctional Center
1400 Thomason Street
Lexington, NC 27292

Inmate correspondence should be addressed so that the full name and OPUS number of the inmate appears on the envelope. The person sending mail should be identified in the return address. 

For information about sending packages to an inmate, click here.

How to Call an Inmate

Inmates at the Davidson Correctional Center can’t receive incoming calls, but they do have access to phones during daytime hours to make outgoing calls. For complete details on how to call an inmate in North Carolina, please click here.

How to Send Money

NCDPS partners with JPay to offer several options for sending money to offenders at Davidson Correctional Center. 

Send money online with your credit or debit card at JPay.com. It's the quickest and easiest way to get your loved one the funds they need.

JPay Mobile App
Download the JPay mobile app from the Apple App Store (for iPhones) or Google Play (for Android phones) and send money wherever you happen to be!

Toll-Free Phone
You can send money by phone using your credit or debit card. Call (800) 574-5729 to speak with a live JPay call center agent 24/7.

Money Orders
Money orders must be made payable to JPay and sent with a deposit slip to: 
P.O. Box 173070
Hialeah, FL 33017

Money order deposit slip available in English here.
Hoja de Depósito para Giros Bancarios disponible en Español aquí.

To make a cash deposit, visit any MoneyGram agent location (including all Walmarts and CVS Pharmacies), and use code 1224. Visit JPay.com to get a list of nearby MoneyGram locations.

All North Carolina state prisons require that you be on the inmate’s approved visitor list to send funds using JPay.

Programs For Inmates

Offenders work in a number of jobs at Davidson Correctional Center. They may be assigned to community work squads, Department of Transportation road crews, or labor contracts with Mocksville or Davie County. Other offenders may work at the prison in maintenance or kitchen duties. Offenders nearing the end of their sentences may participate in work release, leaving the prison for part of the day to work for a business in the community.

Davidson Community College works with the prison to provide vocational classes in horticulture training. Offenders may also take part in Alcoholics Anonymous, Yokefellows, Prison Ministries, or Sunday religious services. Offenders may take part in the department's Drug Alcohol Recovery Treatment aftercare program and substance abuse programs.

Programs at Davidson Correctional include:

  • Chaplaincy Services
  • Work Programs
  • Educational Programs
  • Transitional Services
  • Prison Life Programs
  • Offender Family Services

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Careers at Davidson Correctional Center

If you are interested in a career with the North Carolina Department of Public Safety and would like to work at the Davidson Correctional Center, you can find out more information by clicking here.