Nash Correctional Institution

Nash Correctional Institution is a medium-custody prison for adult male inmates that is located in Nashville, North Carolina. This facility is managed by the North Carolina Department of Public Safety and can house approximately 654 inmates in single cells and dayroom beds.

The Nash campus consists of 15 buildings, including medical facilities, vocational and recreational buildings, a gatehouse, dining hall, a chapel, a 20-cell segregation unit, and four 128-cell housing units.

The first prison at this site opened in 1938, a close-custody facility known as Nash Prison Unit. In the early 1960s, Nash went through a series of changes, including conversion to a misdemeanor facility, a medium-custody prison, and finally to a minimum custody unit. In 1970, it was renamed Nash Advancement Center and then renamed Nash Correctional Center in 1988. Nash Correctional Center became part of the newly built Nash Correctional Institution in 1992.

The old Nash Correctional Center facility is used for training and storage.

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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 hours are as follows: Tuesday & Thursday from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m., Wednesday & Friday from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.- 2:30 p.m. and Saturday 8 - 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m.- 12 p.m. and 1- 2:30 p.m.

Visitation is by appointment only and is scheduled Tuesday-Saturday. Visitors must be on the offender’s approved visitation list. The visitation will be limited to 20 slots per visiting session. Visitors must call at least 72 hours in advance and no more than 14 days prior to the visit. These slots will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Visits will be limited to three approved visitors per session. This will include children and infants. Visitors who live more than 350 miles from the facility may qualify for an additional visiting session once every 30 days.

Special visits will not be scheduled for Saturdays. Visits will not occur on Sunday, Monday, or state holidays. Visitors are expected to follow the established dress code. Failure to follow policy can result in forfeiting the privilege to visit that day.

To schedule a visit, call 252-462-4050 and speak to the designated staff to set an appointment during the following times: Tuesday & Thursday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Wednesday & Friday from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 – 4 p.m.

Offenders in the general population that are under Security Risk Group Level 3 and offenders assigned to Restricted Housing Unit will have non-contact visits Tuesday through Friday. These visits will be for one hour only.

Visiting Application

You must complete an application and have it approved by the North Carolina Department of Public Safety before you can visit your inmate. Ask your inmate to send you a blank application for each adult and minor who wishes to visit. After you fill out your application, return it to the Nash Correctional Institution for approval.

Click here for more detailed information about visiting an inmate.

Dress Code

You will be required to present a current photo ID (all minors are required to present a copy of their birth certificate) before you enter the visiting room. All visitors are subjected to a "routine" search of their personal and possessions prior to the visit.

Visitors are not allowed to bring bags and purses, cell phones, cameras, other electronic recording devices, and glass or metal objects into the visiting room. You can bring $1 and $5 bills and change to purchase food and drinks from the vending machines.  

All visitors must follow the dress code or they will not be allowed to visit. All visitors must 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

Nash Correctional Institution
2869 US 64 Alt.
Nashville NC 27856

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Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name, OPUS Number
Nash Correctional Institution
PO Box 600
Nashville, NC 27856

The inmate’s full name and OPUS number must be on the envelope when you send inmate mail. For information about sending packages to an inmate, click here.

How to Call an Inmate

You can’t call an inmate at the Nash Correctional Institution, but they do have access to phones. 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 Nash Correctional Institution 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 option is to send money with your credit or debit card online by using or 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

Offenders at Nash Correctional Institution work in two Correction Enterprises industrial plants. Offenders are assigned to the Nash print plant that does much of the document and publication printing for state government agencies. They also work in an optical plant that manufactures eyeglasses for offenders and Medicaid patients. Offenders also work in a variety of service jobs around the prison.

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Careers at Nash Correctional Institution

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