NCDPS - Gaston Correctional Center

State Prison

Last Updated: January 09, 2023
520 Justice Court, Dallas, NC 28034

Gaston CC is for State Prison offenders sentenced up to twelve months.

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NCDPS - Gaston Correctional Center basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 704-922-3861

The inmates housed at Gaston CC located at 520 Justice Court in Dallas, NC are placed according to their custody level (determined by a number of factors including the past criminal history and the length of their sentence). There are ample educational and vocational training programs for all inmates, especially ones that show a willingness to learn new things that will prepare them for a better life when they are released. The mission is to promote and prepare the offender to leave in better shape than when they arrived, giving them the best chance to never come back and thus lower the state's recidivism rate.

c is a minimum-security prison for male offenders ages 18 and older located in Dallas, North Carolina. Gaston has the capacity to house 242 adult male inmates. While incarcerated inmates can receive an adult basic education and earn a GED. Additionally, offenders can participate in various programs made available through the Chaplains office including biblical studies, and worship services. Inmates can also attend group substance abuse treatment through Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous.

Gaston Correctional Center offers work release to offenders who are nearing completion of their sentence. Work release allows the inmate to report to a job in the surrounding community during the day and return to the institution at the end of their shift. This enables the inmate to acclimate to life beyond incarceration and prepare financially for their release. Additional work opportunities are available within the correctional center including working in the kitchen, in maintenance, and doing custodial work.

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.

​Programs/Work Assignments

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.

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

NCDPS - Gaston Correctional Center - Inmate Rule Book
NCDPS - Gaston Correctional Center - Offender Family Services
NCDPS - Gaston Correctional Center - Inmate Programs

Local calls will be a flat rate of $1.25
All long distance calls will be a flat rate of $3.40

Inmate Locator

NCDPS - Gaston Correctional Center is a facility in the North Carolina Department of Corrections. The DOC publishes the names of their current inmates and identifies which of their locations the inmate is being held. Your search should start with the first DOC locator to see if your loved one is there. Begin with the first three letters of the offender's first and last name, it does not have to be spelled exactly.

The second box is the InmateAid Inmate Search. This database of inmates is user-generated content for the purpose of accessing and utilizing any or all of the InmateAid services. If you need our assistance creating your own inmate profile to keep in touch, email us at and we will assist you in locating your inmate.

As a last resort, you might have to pay for that information if we do not have it. The Arrest Record Search will cost you a small amount, but their data is the freshest available and for that reason, they charge to access it.

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Covid Visitation Information


The Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice will resume limited visitation at all state prisons effective Oct. 1, 2020 with significant restrictions due to the pandemic. Visitation was suspended in all state prisons on March 16, 2020, with the exception of legal and pastoral visits, to help prevent the potential spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The health and safety of employees and offenders in our care are the top priorities of the Department of Public Safety. For information on coronavirus and how to protect yourself, please go the NC Department of Health and Human Services website.

Visitation Information

NCDPS - Gaston Correctional Center - Visitation

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;

Statewide rules are also posted on the internet at


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