Gaston Correctional Center

County: Gaston
Mailing and Street Address: 520 Justice Court, Dallas, NC 28034
Phone: 704-922-3861

Inmate capacity:
Inmate gender: Male
Custody level: Minimum
Year opened: 1930

Gaston Correctional Center is a minimum-security prison for male offenders ages 18 and older. 

It offers inmates 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 inmates skills such as resume writing and job interview skills. Study release is also available.


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


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

For inmates 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.

Inmates 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.

Visitation Rules:

• No cell phones or pagers;

• No handbags;

• No glass or metal objects;

• No weapons; and

• No cameras or recording devices;


Take I-85 to Exit #17 (Highway 321), turn left, and proceed north for approximately 2 miles. Take the Cherryville exit (Highway 279 West), proceed right, and turn left after the third stop light.