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Pasquotank Correctional Institution

County: Pasquotank
Inmate capacity: 896
Inmate gender: Male
Custody level: Close
Staff size: 410
Occupancy:  March, 1996

Mailing and Street Address
527 Commerce Drive 
Elizabeth City, NC 27906
Phone: (252) 331-4881 
Fax: (252) 331-4866
Facility # 3740 
Courier # 10-31-05


Pasquotank Correctional Institution is a high security prison for adult males located in Elizabeth City. Pasquotank houses close and minimum custody adult felon males. It is comprised of a close custody building and a minimum custody unit. 

Inmates are sent to Pasquotank based on classification reassignment, demotions in custody, administrative transfer from other close security prisons, segregation housing needs and mental health program needs.

The prison is comprised of four buildings which, in addition to inmate housing, include a visiting area, recreation area, dining hall, warehouse, vocational and academic classrooms, medical and mental health offices, and administrative offices.

Inmates work in kitchen, janitorial and maintenance duties. Minimum security inmates work in community work squads, Department of Transportation squads and for Pasquotank County recycling. There is also an education program that prepares inmates for the GED test, as well as vocational programs.

A perimeter security fence with a built-in electronic intrusion detection system alerts armed correction officers at the prison gatehouse and in roving patrols to escape attempts.


Pasquotank 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. The prison has an annual operating budget of $30 million.

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


Minimum Custody -- Saturday: 12:30 – 3:30 p.m., inmate's last initial A-M.; Sunday: 12:30 – 3:30 p.m., inmate'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. and 1:15 – 3:15 p.m.

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


Take U.S. 64 to Williamston and then U.S. 17 to Elizabeth City. Take U.S. 17/158 north for about 6 miles. The prison is on your left.