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The Mecklenburg County Jail - North 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 - North 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 - North 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 - North 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 - Central. 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 - North 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 - North Inmate Search

MCJ - Jail North

North Carolina Mecklenburg 614
5235 Spector Drive
Charlotte, NC 28269
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-North in North Carolina

When you're loved one or someone you care about has been arrested and you've located them in the Mecklenburg County Jail - North (MCJN) facility it's only natural that you would want to find out how to begin your visitation with them.

The staff and support team members at want you to be able to visit your inmate and be successful in doing so. That is why there are rules to protect all inmates, staff, and the visitors themselves. These rules may seem strict at first, but please remember it is the job of the staff at MCJN, the leadership, and the overall jail system to assure everyone's safety. That is why the rules were created and will be enforced.

Here are some basic rules for visitation at MCJN:

  • Inmates can refuse visitation
  • No inmate visitation for the first 48 hours after incarceration
  • One 30 minute visit each week
  • Visitors can include 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
  • Proper identification is required. These can be any of the following:
    • Valid driver's license
    • Special ID from DMV
    • Military ID
    • Passport
  • Visitors are checked for outstanding warrants
  • Any visitor who is threatening, unruly, disorderly, or seems to be under the influence will not be allowed, may be removed, may be arrested and prosecuted.
  • Dress code for visitors. You should obtain a full list from the facility to assure you meet dress code compliance. However, you if dress appropriately considering where you are visiting, you can avoid most issues with dress code. Here are few dress basics.
    •  Shoes at all times
    • No short shorts, short dresses, skirts, skorts, or miniskirts
    • No revealing clothing that shows cleavage/breasts or stomach
    • No inappropriate language, abusive or provocative lettering, gang related symbols, etc.

Next we'll take a look at the MCJN visitation schedule. This may seem complex at first, but the staff are happy to help you through it until you are able to understand it more thoroughly. If you need help just ask.

You must first do an inmate inquiry by clicking here and click on Mecklenburg Inmate Search in the top left corner. Put in their name and find the inmate's record.

At the bottom of their mug shot, beside the word housing you should see a number. This number includes the faculty abbreviation MCJN plus some letters and numbers. Like this MCJN-HF-00-23. You simply match up the first two letters (in the example HF) to the list below. Our HF example would have visitation allowed on Wednesday.








MCJ – North Visitation

NHM (1-3p)
NHA (work crew only)







Inmates with asterisks *, **, or *** have special considerations. You should speak to the jail directly to assure you understand these specific requirements.

Clergy and Attorneys have specific visitation. You can see the 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 – 10 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-North in North Carolina

When your loved one, family member, or friend has been arrested and incarcerated it's natural to want to know exactly where they are. We understand and want to help you get that information as soon as possible.

[Article_Ad_2]With our Inmate Search tool you can locate an inmate throughout Mecklenburg County, North Carolina Prison system, and the Federal Prison system as long as you have the necessary information to begin. County searches including Inmate List, Inmate Search, and Recent Arrests only require a last name or first name to begin. North Carolina Prison Locator is the same. Federal Prison Inmate Search requires first and last name to begin.

Click here to begin: Mecklenburg County Jail-North

In the top left hand corner you can see the links for those mentioned above along with the VINELINK for victim's assistance and notifications.

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

If you are not familiar with VINELINK program, this is a national program which allows crime victims to inquire and receive updates on the custody status of an offender 24 hours a day. This link also provides many other informational resources to victims of crimes.

If your inmate has been incarcerated at Mecklenburg County Jail – North (MCJN) they will appear in either the Inmate List, Inmate Search, or Recent Arrests links when you search for them by name. The only exception to this will be if they have not made it through processing yet. The booking process can take anywhere from 5 – 36 hours depending on the situation, safety, and health of the inmate. Please be patient as the facility does its job to assure that appropriate care is taken throughout your inmates processing.

 MCJN understands your plight and wants to help you find the person you are seeking, if at all possible. We strive to get through the booking and process procedures in as timely a fashion as possible. Please be assured their data will appear in the search tools just as soon as we can get through the necessary steps to accomplish that.

Once you've found your inmate within the MCJN facility, you may want to go through some of the other links on our site to gain a good understanding of what their stay in MCJN will mean to you and them.

There are rules related to mail, telephone, email, and visitation. Please acclimate yourself to the rules and regulations for each so you can help make the inmates stay at MCJN better for your both.

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

There are a variety of ways to contact an inmate at the Mecklenburg County Jail – North (MCJN). Besides visitation which is covered separately than here, you can contact an MCJN inmate via phone, mail, and email message. Many jail facilities do not have the email functionality for inmate contact, but MCJN is happy to bring this opportunity to you and your inmate.

Understandably as with all things when one is incarcerated, there are rules and guidelines which must be followed. Below we help to outline some of these guidelines to hopefully you're your contact with your inmate simpler and more enjoyable.


Phone Contact

Inmates can make collect phone calls or International calls via a Global Tel-Link (GTL) calling card from the inmate commissary. These calls can be made directly from their living area. Collect calls do have certain restrictions.

  • 15 minutes time limit (gives 14 minute warning)
  • GTL limits amount to one number per day and month
    • $50 per day limit
    • $150 per month limit
  • Local phone company may also impose limits
  • You can block or unblock calls through GTL and/or your local phone company

GTL customer service is available Mon-Friday 8a-12a and Saturday and Sunday 9a-8p EST. You can reach them at 1-866-230-7761 or 1-877-650-4249.

Mail Contact

Mail restrictions are strict and must be adhered to completely. You are encouraged to stay in contact with your inmate, but it must be according to all rules and guidelines or the mail will be either not accepted, returned, or placed in the inmates property bags. Each inmate is allowed two property bags. If these become full, they inmate has 7 days to have some of the property picked up or it will be discarded.

Here are examples of things that are not accepted:

  • Certified or registered mail
  • Mail without inmate's first and last name and PID number on them
  • Mail without return address
  • Hard cover books
  • Books, magazines, or newspapers that don't come from publisher or bookstore with an invoice
  • No excess printed pages from internet, photocopies material, or clippings from newspapers or magazines
  • No packages in cardboard or bubble envelopes, boxes, etc.
  • Excess books are not held in Property. They must be sent out of the facility.

Book and Publications Special Rules

  • Inmates can have up to 5 books and 5 magazines in their cell at time. Bibles, religious and law books do not count toward this number.
  • Publications are inspected for inappropriate content. If one violates policy it will be returned or put in Property. There are banned publications (obtain a list from the mailroom).

Correspondence Restrictions

  • No money, checks, money orders
  • Nothing in correspondence except letters – no paperclips, staples, magnets, clue, metal of any kind, Polaroids, etc.
  • No instructions for breaking out, explosives, riotous material, perfume, lipstick, glue or sticky substances on paper
  • No gang symbols, sexually illicit material, drawings, or pictures
  • No hate material of any kind
  • Nothing obscene, profane, violet, nudity, erotic, or tantalizing

Email Message System

Inmates can receive electronic messages from you following the same guidelines as the mail restrictions above. These messages are almost real time and are monitored. This can save money on postage. The inmate can usually reply back within 24 hours Monday through Friday.

You have to sign us with the EMS system at http://www.inmatemail.com. You need the facility name, the inmate's number, and a credit card or check card.

There is a limit of 30 outbound messages per month. Messages can be up to 5,000 characters or 45 lines. No pictures or attachments are allowed.

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