Navigating The Visitation Process In NC Prisons: What To Wear

Yes, there is a dress code for prison visitation!

The North Carolina Department of Public Safety sets the dress code for all prison facilities in the State of North Carolina. Dress code requirements apply to ALL visitors and are strictly enforced.


TIP: You will be turned away if you are not following dress code, so if you are questioning whether your outfit is "appropriate", bring a change of clothes.

The dress code:

  • Shirts and shoes are mandatory.

  • Halter tops, bare midriffs, strapless tops, tube tops, body suits,"underwear-type"T-shirts, tank tops, sleeveless shirts or dresses that are inappropriately revealing (a sleeveless shirt or dress is considered inappropriately revealing when the female breast or lingerie can be seen), fishnet shirts, or any type of shirt or pants made with see-though fabric are NOT allowed to be worn by any visitor (male or female).

  • Visitors may wear Bermuda-length shorts provided they are not more than three inches above the kneecap.

  • Females may wear dresses or skirts. Dresses or skirts may not be more than three inches above the kneecap. Slits in skirts and dresses may not be more than three inches above the kneecap. Dresses and skirts for pre-teens may be shorter than three inches above the kneecap.

  • Any shirt or other articles of clothing with a picture or language that may be considered profane or offensive by "current public standards"or Adult Correction standards, or considered STG (gang) related will not be allowed.

  • Wave caps, doo rags and bandanas are not allowed.

  • Slacks and pants are to be worn at or above the waist.

  • Spandex clothing is prohibited.

  • All visitors must pass through, and clear, a metal detector search.