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The Mecklenburg County Jail - Central in Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, like all jails is a maximum security facility. Because the inmates in this jail range from low level offenders to those being held for violent crimes like robbery, rape and murder, the security level is as high as is it is in any maximum security state prison. Some of the security features in this facility include security cameras, electronic detection and reinforced fencing topped with razor wire. Correctional officers in Mecklenburg County Jail - Central are armed with mace and trained to use physical force to protect themselves and other inmates from violence.

The men, women and juveniles being held in the Mecklenburg County Jail - Central are either awaiting trial or have been sentenced in the Mecklenburg County Court System already and been sentenced to a period of time of one year or less. When an inmate is sentenced to a year or more, they are admitted into the North Carolina Prison or Federal Prison System. Inmates in the Mecklenburg County Jail - Central are fed three meals a day totaling 2,500 calories, are allowed access to phones to contact friends and family members, are allowed at least one hour a day for exercise, have access to books, bathroom and shower facilities. The inmates are allowed mail to be delivered to them as well as newspapers and magazine from trusted outside publishers.

The other jail facility in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina is: Mecklenburg County Jail - North. In addition, Mecklenburg County houses the following juvenile facility: Gatling Youth Detention.

On this page you will find direct links to specific information that friends and family members of inmates will find useful: Mecklenburg County Inmate Search, Inmate Phone use, Visitation Rules and Schedules, Commissary Deposits and Information about the Mecklenburg County Jail - Central Inmate Mail Guidelines. In addition, you will find information on how to contact the facility, directions to the jail, Mecklenburg County recent arrests, Most Wanted, outstanding Arrest Warrants and much more.

Mecklenburg County Jail - Central Inmate Search

MCJ - Jail Central

North Carolina Mecklenburg 1904
801 East Fourth Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
Inmate's name as it appears on their wristband and PID
P.O. Box 34429
Charlotte, N.C. 28234-4429

Visiting an Inmate in the Mecklenburg County Jail-Central in North Carolina

We understand when you have love one who has been incarcerated at Mecklenburg County Jail – Central (MCJC) that you want to come see them. MCJC wants you to have the opportunity to visit with them as well. This can be a stressful time and we want to help make this a less stressful time for you when it comes to visitation.

There are specific rules and regulations that must be followed in order for inmates to receive visitors. There are certain times when inmate’s visitation would not be allowed. Those are:

  • No visitation within first 48 hours of incarceration
  • If the inmate refuses normal visits.
  • They are under disciplinary action which prohibits visitation.

Other than these circumstances, you can visit your inmate by following the rules, regulations, and timelines as they are set forth for the MCJC facility.

We have developed a minor cheat sheet on some of the visitation rules. Also included are the highlights of dress code rules. You do need to get a full and complete list directly from the jail to be sure you meet all requirements. When it comes down to it, if you think something might not be allowed, it probably isn’t. Clothes should be simple and appropriate for public viewing, visitors should not be encumbered by substances of any kind, and more samples are below. A lot of these are easily understandable, but they are all very important to assure safety of all inmates, visitors, and staff members.

MCJC Visitation Rules: (list is not complete) Obtain complete list for rules and dress code from MCJC directly.

  • All inmates can have one 30 minute visit each week unless one of the above 3 criteria are in place
  • Visitors can be either 2 adults OR 1 adult & 2 children
  • Children (under 16 years) must be with Parent or legal guardian
  • Adults must be at least 16 years of age and have proper ID
    • Valid driver’s license
    • ID like a special one from DMV or Military ID
    • Passport
  • Visitors names are checked for warrants
  • Visitors who appear to be intoxicated or under the influence of drugs will not be allowed, may be removed and/or arrested and prosecuted
  • If visitors become rude, unruly, disorderly, or threatening in any way they will also not be allowed, may be removed and/or arrested and prosecuted
  • Dress code basics for visitors.
    •  Always wear shoes
    • Garments (shorts, skirts, skorts, dresses) cannot be short short
    • Do not wear provocative, revealing clothing showing stomachs or cleavage
    • Clothing should be free of inappropriate, gang, provocative, aggravating, etc. lettering

In order to understand the MCJC visitation schedule you must follow a few steps. Once you get the hang of it though, you won’t have any problem at all. 

Step one is go to this link https://www.jailexchange.com/CountyJails/Central_Carolina/Mecklenburg/Mecklenburg_County_JailCentral.aspx and do an Inmate Search in the top left corner. Fill in the inmate’s name and pull up their information.

Under their mug shot, you should see the word housing and a number. After the MCJC there should be a number code.  MCJC-3630-00-23. You simply match up the numbers (in the example 3630) to the chart below. Our 3630 example would have visitation allowed on Friday.








MCJ – Central Visitation








The *, **, or *** beside the numbers are for special circumstances. Please speak to the jail directly about these if you inmate with asterisks to be sure you fully understand their schedule.
Clergy and Attorneys have broader visitation privileges so the inmates can be served appropriately. Here is a list of all visitation hours below.

Public Visitation

Attorney Visitation

Clergy Visitation


Designated by facility

Seven days a week

Monday thru Friday

8 am – 11 am

8 am – 11:30 am

8 am – 11 am

1 pm – 4 pm

1 pm – 4:30 pm

1 pm – 4 pm

8 pm – 11 pm

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

8 pm – 10 pm


8 pm – 11 pm


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How to use the Inmate Search for Mecklenburg County Jail-Central in North Carolina

You’ve just found out your that someone you know has been arrested and incarcerated. If you believe they are at Mecklenburg County Jail – Central (MCJC) or any Mecklenburg County jail, North Carolina Prison, or even Federal Prison, our search tool can help you to track down where your person of interest is incarcerated at.

[Article_Ad_2]You can go to the link for our MCJC home page at: https://www.jailexchange.com/CountyJails/Central_Carolina/Mecklenburg/Mecklenburg_County_JailCentral.aspx

This will take you to our front page where you have a lot of information at your fingertips. What you are interested in first of all to help you locate your loved one or friend is the Inmate Search tool in the top left hand corner. Included in that category you should see links for the following:

  • Mecklenburg County Jail Inmate List
  • Mecklenburg County Jail Inmate Search
  • VINELINK – Jail Inmate Search
  • Mecklenburg County Recent Arrests
  • Central Caroling Prisoner Locator
  • Federal Prison Inmate Search

Before you begin your search we want to be sure you are aware of one factor when it comes to locating an incarcerated individual. They must be fully through the booking process in order to show up in any search tools. The booking and processing stage can take anywhere from 5 – 36 hours depending on each person’s individual circumstances. So, please be patient as your inmate is being processed. You can feel assured the staff are working as quickly as they can to get your inmate through the necessary paperwork, health checks, and safety steps in order to complete all of their processing.

Once the inmate is through this step, they should appear in the search tools. You can begin by clicking on one of the search features: list, search, or recent arrests. Enter in as much information as you have for the inmate you are searching for. This will lessen the list you have to sort through. For instance, if you just entered the last name Jones or the first name Daniel, you might get a return of 50 or more inmates. Whereas, if you put in John Doe, you would get less. If you can add any other information, it would shorten your list even more. Finally, you can use the Inmate Inquiry part to sort and inquire by prisoner type as well. The sorting fields included are All, State, Federal, BOP, ICE, and 287G.

As you refine your search and locate your loved one at MCJC, this would be a great time to learn more about the facility. We have links on our home page at the link above that will help you learn more about the facility and the rules.

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Communicating with an Inmate Housed at the Mecklenburg County Jail-Central in North Carolina

At the Mecklenburg County Jail – Central (MCJC) inmates can be contacted in a variety of ways. Telephone, mail, and email message privileges are all allowed as long as an inmate is not under disciplinary action which would prevent these types of contact.

There are several rules that must be enforced with these types of contact in order to ensure the safety of all inmates, staff, and visitors when they are present in the MCJC facility. Please be sure you are aware of all the restrictions related to each type of contact and follow these rules exactly so that you are able to maintain contact with your inmate.

Mail Contact

Inmate’s mail should come in plain envelopes. There are no packages, cardboard or bubble envelopes, boxes, etc. allowed to be delivered. MCJC does not allow certified or registered mail. Books, magazines, and newspapers are allowed with restrictions. If at any time, excess property (extra or inappropriate magazines) is acquired the inmate must have someone pick it up within 7 days or is destroyed. Overages of books must be removed and not stored in property.

Other mail restrictions:

  • No sticky substances in or on, no food products, no metal or magnets
  • Inmate’s address and return address must be complete including inmate’s full name & PID number
  • No hard back books allowed
  • No sexually oriented or illicit pictures, magazines, books, etc.
  • No clippings from newspapers or magazines, photocopies, or over 10 printed pages from internet
  • Do not send too many books. Inmates can have 5 in their cell and 5 magazines. This doesn’t apply to Bibles and law and religious books.
  • There is a banned publications list that changes frequently. Please get a copy and do not send these or have these sent
  • Do not send money, credit cards, money cards, or checks
  • No hate material, gang related, profane, violet, obscene, erotica
  • No type of information that could encourage riot or misbehaviors


Electronic messages are through EMS system at http://www.inmatemail.com. You must set up an account with inmate’s number and facility and your credit card or check card. The inmate can usually respond back within 24 hours Monday through Friday.

Rules are pretty much the same as with mail. In addition messages are limited to 30 outbound per month. They cannot be more than 5,000 characters or 45 lines long.

Phone Contact

Inmates are able to make collect calls from their living areas up to $50 per day or $150 a month to one number. Global Tel-Link (GTL) limits beyond that. Your local phone service may impose blocks as well.

Collect calls are limited to 15 minutes. International calls are possible with a card purchased from the inmate commissary.

If you need GTL you can reach them at 1-866-230-7761 or 1-877-650-4249 Monday through Friday 8 am to 12 am and Saturday and Sunday 9 am to 8 pm EST.

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