Gaston Correctional Center

Mailing and Street Address: 520 Justice Court, Dallas, NC 28034
Phone: 704-922-3861
County: Gaston
Offender capacity:
242
Facility type: Male, Minimum Custody. Reentry Facility.

VISITATION TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED

To prevent the potential spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), prison visitation was suspended as of Monday, March 16, 2020, with the exception of legal and pastoral visits. Those visitors are subject to medical screening prior to entrance.

The health and safety of employees and offenders in our care are the top priorities of the Department of Public Safety. THIS IS NOT A STATEWIDE LOCKDOWN OF PRISONS. We apologize for the inconvenience this may have on offender families and friends. Visitation will resume when conditions are deemed safe.

For information on coronavirus and how to protect yourself, please go the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services website http://www.ncdhhs.gov/coronavirus.

For information on what other moves Prisons is making to combat coronavirus, click here

 

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 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.

Visitation Rules:

• No cell phones or pagers;

• No handbags;

• No glass or metal objects;

• No weapons; and

• No cameras or recording devices;

Directions

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.

Sending Mail to Offenders

All Prison facilities encourage family and friends to write to offenders. For security reasons, all incoming mail is checked to see if it contains any illegal or unauthorized items. Outgoing mail from offenders may also be checked. Personal letters will not be read unless the officer-in-charge or designee has reason to believe the letter contains threats of harm or criminal activity, escape plans, or plans to violate prison rules. If the officer-in-charge decides to delay or not deliver the letter to the offender, the offender will be told in writing the reason for this action.

Incoming mail from lawyers, any legal aid service assisting offenders, and state and federal court officials must be opened in the presence of the offender before it is checked for illegal or unauthorized items. 

Letters to an offender must include the offender’s prison ID number, which is often referred to as the OPUS number. The letter should be addressed in this format:

Offender Name and OPUS Number
Prison Name
Prison Street Address or Post Office Box number
City, State and zip code of the prison location

Example: John Smith #1234567
Maury Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 506
Maury, N.C. 28554

For information regarding sending money to offenders, ordering packages for offenders and the offender telephone system, please click here
 

 

Overview

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

It 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.

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.