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North Carolina Inmate Records

North Carolina inmate records are the personal and administrative records of individuals held in prisons and jails in Florida. Some of these records are publicly available online while others are sealed and only available when requested by approved parties. Inmate records provide identifying details such as names, ages, genders, and booking photos of incarcerated offenders. These records also contain conviction information like inmates’ past and current locations, registration number, custody statuses, and jail transfer data. While North Carolina makes some inmates’ personal data available to the public, it restricts access to certain information such as health records.

Understanding the North Carolina Correctional System

The North Carolina Department of Public Safety (NCDPS) oversees the operations of correctional facilities in the state. It assumed this duty in 2012 when the North Carolina Department of Correction (NCDOC) merged with other state agencies. The NCDPS manages 57 state prisons including two women’s prison and two prison work farms.

The NCDPS has four prison regional (Eastern, Western, Central, and South Central) offices. Each of these manages the prisons, correctional institutions, correctional centers, and work farms in its geographical zone. Check the North Carolina prison directory to visit facility pages for their addresses, phone numbers, jail information, and visitation times.

The Rivers Correctional Institution is the only one privately-owned prison in North Carolina. It is a federal prison operated by the GEO Group under contract with the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Besides state-run prisons, North Carolina also has county and city jails. County jails are operated by sheriff’s offices while police departments run city jails. North Carolina local jails are usually on the premises of sheriff’s offices and police departments.

How to Send Money to an Inmate in North Carolina

State-run prisons do not accept funds sent to inmates directly. Rather, the NCDPS partners with JPay to offer several options for sending money to individuals incarcerated in its facilities. Note that only those listed on an inmate’s approved visitor list can deposit money into their accounts.

The NCDPS, via JPay, allows approved depositors to send money to inmates in North Carolina prisons through the following methods:

  • Walk-in cash deposits
  • Money orders mailed to JPay
  • Credit/debit card deposits online at
  • JPay Mobile App
  • Credit/debit card deposits over the phone

To make a cash deposit, visit any MoneyGram agent location and provide the following receive code: 1224. You can see a list of such locations on These include all Walmart stores and CVS Pharmacies.

When sending money by money order, mail it along with a deposit slip (Spanish version) to:

P.O. Box 173070
Hialeah, FL 33017

Make the money order payable to JPay. Funds sent by money order will be available to receiving inmates within 10 business days.

The quickest way to send money to inmates in North Carolina state prisons is by making credit/debit card deposits online via JPay website. Fund transfers via JPay mobile apps are also quick. Download the mobile app for iPhones from the Apple App Store or for Android phones from the Google Play Store. Lastly, you can also send money to an inmate in North Carolina by calling JPay’s fund transfer line at (800) 574-5729. This phone number is available 24/7.

North Carolina city and county jails have different options for accepting funds sent to inmates held in those facilities. Check the city or county website for payment methods approved by the local law enforcement agency. Usually, most North Carolina local jails allow friends and family members to deposit cash, money order, and check at a designated area in their lobbies or reception areas. Some also accept checks and money orders sent by mail.

How to Visit Inmates in North Carolina Prisons and Jails

To visit an offender in a North Carolina correctional facility run by NCDPS, you must be on their approved visitor list. Send a completed visitor application to the prison facility to apply to be on this list. Offenders are responsible for sending blank application forms to intending visitors. Each inmate is allowed a maximum of 18 visitors including adults and minors.

Minors must also complete visitor application forms. The NCDPS regards individuals under age 16 as minors. A minor must attach a copy of their birth certificate to the completed application while an adult must attach an approved photo ID. Approved minors must update their applications with photo IDs upon turning 16 to remain eligible for visitation. Send completed applications to the mailing address of the prison where the inmate is currently housed. Inmates are expected to notify prospective visitors about the status of their applications.

The NCDPS also requires legal, law enforcement, clergy, consular, local and state Family Services, and Juvenile Court officials to register before visiting inmates in its facilities. However, these individuals do not count towards the 18-person limit of an offender’s visitor list.

Offenders are not allowed more than one visit per week. Each visitation session must not exceed two hours. These limitations do not apply to clergy, legal, and law enforcement visits. Read the Handbook for Family and Friends of Inmates to learn about other regulations of prison visitation including dress code.

Each North Carolina city/county jail has its own set of visitation rules, regulations, and times. Check the jail section of the city/county website to find these information. Alternatively, call the city’s police department or county sheriff’s office to enquire about its jails’ visitation policies.

How to Find Inmates in North Carolina State Prisons

The NCDPS provides a handy offender search/inmate locator tool on its website for looking up individuals incarcerated in state-run prisons. With this search tool, you can also find state prison probationers and parolees as well as escapees, captures, and absconders. The NCDPS inherits historical inmate information from the NCDOC and can pull inmate records dating back to 1972.

Use the search tool to find an inmate by providing their name or inmate ID number. Other search parameters provided to narrow your search include gender, race, ethnic group, age range, and birth date. The tool is also useful for finding records of released inmates. The public can search for inmate releases by county, month, and year. The search tool pulls the records on inmates released over the last three years and lists their names, offender numbers, release dates, offense types, and release types.

How to Locate Inmates in North Carolina County and City Jails

There is no central repository of inmate records for North Carolina county and city jails. Each county/city maintains its records of inmates in its local jail. To find an inmate in a county/city jail in North Carolina, visit the county/city website and navigate to the sheriff’s office or police department section. Some municipalities provide inmate locator tools on their websites or publish regularly updated lists of inmates currently in custody.

If such list or search tool is unavailable, look up the contact information of the local jail or the law enforcement agency overseeing its operations. Call or visit the detention facility to enquire about obtaining this information.

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Old Brunswick County Jail building

The facility is a 2-story brick jail from 1904 and is one of the stops on the Walking Tour of Southport.

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