Navigating The Visitation Process In NC Prisons: Visitation Schedules

Updated: Mar 23

How Often Can Visitation Sessions Occur?

Normally, offenders are allowed no more than one visiting session per week. The visiting session cannot last more than two hours. However, these rules do not apply to legal, law enforcement, or clergy visits.


Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, each offender is only allowed one visit per calendar month. *As of March 16th, 2022, North Carolina prisons are still following this protocol.


How Many People Can Attend A Visitation Session?

Generally, no more than three approved visitors may visit during the visiting session. However, facility wardens have the discretion to modify the number of approved visitors during the visitation session based on operational and space considerations.


Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, each offender is limited to two visitors per session. *As of March 16th, 2022, North Carolina prisons are still following this protocol.

What Does The Visitation Schedule Look Like?

Visitation days and hours vary with each prison facility. Generally, facilities offer both weekday and weekend options for visitation, but visitation sessions do not occur on holidays.


You will need to contact the prison facility to ask about their visitation days and hours. To give you an example of what visitation schedules look like, we have attached a current visitation schedule for Central Prison in Raleigh, North Carolina.


Sample Schedule: Central Prison


Units 1, 2, 3 & 5 Visitation Schedule:

Sunday - Unit 5 (Regular Population) Family Visits Only: 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Monday, Tuesday & Thursday (All Units) Legal Visits Only: 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 - 4:45 p.m.

Wednesday - Units 1 & 2 (Control Segregation) Family Visits Only: 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Friday - Unit 3 (Death Row) Family Visits Only: 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Saturday - Unit 2 (Processing/Safekeeping) Family Visits Only: 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.


Units 4 (Hospital) & Unit 6 (Mental Health) Visitation Schedule:

Sunday - Both Units Family Visits Only: 8:30 - 10:30 a.m & 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Monday, Tuesday & Thursday (Both Units) Legal Visits Only: 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 - 4:45 p.m.

Wednesday - Both Units (Control/Segregation) Family Visits Only: 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Friday - Both Units Family Visits Only: 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Saturday - Both Units Family Visits Only: 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.