Pasquotank Correctional Institution

Pasquotank Correctional Institution is a close-custody facility for male inmates that is located in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. It is managed by the North Carolina Department of Public Safety and can house approximately 900 offenders.

Pasquotank Correctional Institution houses both close and minimum custody adult male felons in a separate close custody building and a minimum custody unit. 

The prison consists of four buildings which include a visiting area, recreation area, dining hall, warehouse, vocational and academic classrooms, medical and mental health offices, and administrative offices.

Pasquotank CI was dedicated March 27, 1996. The $33.7 million construction project was funded in July, 1991 as part of a $103 million prison construction program. Adjacent to the institution is a 256-bed minimum security prison funded in the $87.5 million prison construction program approved by the General Assembly in July 1993. 

Pasquotank was built using the same design as Foothills and Marion correctional institutions in western North Carolina.

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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

Appointments must be scheduled 72 hours prior to the visit by calling 252-331-4765. Offenders may have up to three adult visitors. All visitors must be on the offender's approved visitor's list.

Minimum Custody – Saturday: 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. (offender's last initial A-M.); Sunday: 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. (offender's last initial N-Z).

Close Custody (visitation by appointment only) – Sunday: 8:15 – 9:15 a.m., 9:30 – 10:30 p.m., 1:15 - 2:15 p.m., 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.; Monday–Thursday: 8:15 – 10:15 a.m., 1:15 – 3:15 p.m.

Visiting Application

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 Pasquotank Correctional Institution.

Click here for more detailed information about visiting an inmate at Pasquotank Correctional Institution.

Dress Code

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).

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. You can bring in small denomination bills and change to purchase food and drinks from the vending machines.  

  • 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

Pasquotank Correctional Institution
527 Commerce Drive
Elizabeth City, NC 27906

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Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name, OPUS Number
Pasquotank Correctional Institution
527 Commerce Drive
Elizabeth City, NC 27906

Remember to address all inmate mail so 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 Pasquotank Correctional Institution 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 Pasquotank CI through JPay and MoneyGram. All North Carolina state prisons require that you be on the inmate’s approved visitor list to send funds.

The quickest way to send money with your credit or debit card is going online and 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

Offenders work in kitchen, janitorial, and maintenance duties. There is also an education program that prepares offenders for the GED test, as well as vocational programs.

Through work release, minimum custody inmates can work with road cleanup crews and with county recycling.  

Mental health services, recreation, medical and dental services, and substance abuse treatment are also available to inmates.

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Careers at Pasquotank Correctional Institution

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