Gaston Correctional Center

Gaston Correctional Center is a minimum-custody reentry facility for male inmates who are 18 and older. Managed by the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, this facility is located in Dallas, North Carolina, and can house approximately 242 inmates.

Gaston was one of 51 county prisons the state assumed responsibility for in 1931, and was renovated in the late 1930's to house offenders who worked for the Department of Transportation constructing highways. The facility's original housing units are still in use today.

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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. Visitation will resume when conditions are deemed safe.

Regular Visiting Hours

Visitation is on Sundays, and no appointment is necessary. Times are split by alphabetical last names. Only three visitors will be permitted to visit each offender and must be on the offender's approved visitor list.

For offenders with last name beginning with the letters A-M, visits are from Noon - 2 p.m. For last names starting with N-Z visits are from 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Visitation is always held outside, weather permitting. If it is held indoors, each visit will be limited to one hour.

Offenders who are housed in Administrative Segregation will be granted a 30-minute non-contact visit between 9 - 10 a.m.

Special visits may be approved for family members who live beyond a reasonable driving distance or for family emergencies. Prior approval must be granted.

Visiting Application

Inmates are encouraged to stay in close contact with members of their families and friends through visitation. However, Adult Correction policy and procedures regarding visitation are strictly adhered to. 

You must complete an application and have it approved before visiting your inmate. The inmate is required to send you a blank application for each adult and minor who wishes to visit. After you complete your application, you must return it to the Gaston Correctional Center.

Click here for more detailed information about visiting an inmate at a North Carolina correctional facility.

Dress Code

All visitors must successfully satisfy the metal detection, and pat and frisk procedures. Proper identification for adults and children must be provided. All identification cards must be current. 

Bags and purses are not allowed in the visiting room. No cell phones, cameras, or other electronic recording devices, and no glass or metal objects are allowed. You can bring in small denomination bills and change to purchase food and drinks from the vending machines.  

You must follow the visitors dress code or you will not be allowed to visit with your inmate. All visitors are required to wear shirts and closed-toed shoes (no flip-flops or stilettos).

  • Halter tops, bare midriffs, strapless tops, tube tops, bodysuits, underwear-type T-shirts, tank tops, or 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, but they 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

Gaston Correctional Center
520 Justice Court
Dallas, NC 28034

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Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name, OPUS Number
Gaston Correctional Center
520 Justice Court
Dallas, NC 28034

When you address inmate mail, make sure that the full name and OPUS number of the inmate appears on the envelope. For information about sending packages to an inmate, click here.

How to Call an Inmate

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

How to Send Money

You can send money to your inmate at Gaston Correctional Center through JPay and MoneyGram. All North Carolina state prisons require that you be on the inmate’s approved visitor list to send funds.

The fastest way to send money with your credit or debit card is online using Or, download the JPay mobile app from the Apple App Store (for iPhones) or Google Play (for Android phones).

You can also 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 to get a list of nearby MoneyGram locations.

Programs For Inmates

Gaston Correctional Center offers offenders programs such as Character Education, Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, DART Aftercare, Think Smart, Bible Study, religious services and community leave. 

Work opportunities include Department of Transportation and community work crews, municipality crews, work release, and facility assignments such as kitchen, maintenance, and janitorial.

The facility works in conjunction with Gaston Community College to offer Adult Basic Education and GED classes. The Human Resource Development Program teaches offenders skills such as resume writing and job interview skills. Study release is also available.

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Careers at Gaston Correctional Center

The North Carolina Department of Public Safety is currently hiring. If you would like to work at the Gaston Correctional Center, you can find out more information by clicking here.