Bertie Correctional Institution

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 129, Windsor, NC 27983
Street Address: 218 Cooper Hill Road, Windsor, NC 27983
Phone: 252-794-8600
County: Bertie
Offender capacity:
Facility type: Male, Close and Medium Custodies


The Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice will resume limited visitation at all state’s prisons effective Oct. 1, 2020 with significant restrictions due to the pandemic. Visitation was suspended in all state prisons on March 16, 2020, with the exception of legal and pastoral visits, to help prevent the potential spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The health and safety of employees and offenders in our care are the top priorities of the Department of Public Safety. For information on coronavirus and how to protect yourself, please go the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services website.

For information on what other moves Prisons is making to combat coronavirus, click here.

For more information on visitation, click here.


From Raleigh and points west: Take U.S. 64 to Williamston and then U.S. 17 North to Windsor. In Windsor, follow U.S. 17 past Bertie Memorial Hospital and turn right on NC 308. Proceed about 1.5 miles to prison entrance and turn right on Cooper Hill Road.

From Elizabeth City and points east: Take U.S. 17 South to Windsor and turn left onto NC 308. Proceed about 1.5 miles to prison entrance and turn right on Cooper Hill Road.

Sending Mail to Offenders

All Prison facilities encourage family and friends to write to offenders. For security reasons, all incoming mail is checked to see if it contains any illegal or unauthorized items. Outgoing mail from offenders may also be checked. Personal letters will not be read unless the officer-in-charge or designee has reason to believe the letter contains threats of harm or criminal activity, escape plans, or plans to violate prison rules. If the officer-in-charge decides to delay or not deliver the letter to the offender, the offender will be told in writing the reason for this action.

Incoming mail from lawyers, any legal aid service assisting offenders, and state and federal court officials must be opened in the presence of the offender before it is checked for illegal or unauthorized items. 

Letters to an offender must include the offender’s prison ID number, which is often referred to as the OPUS number. The letter should be addressed in this format:

Offender Name and OPUS Number
Prison Name
Prison Street Address or Post Office Box number
City, State and zip code of the prison location

Example: John Smith #1234567
Bertie Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 129
Windsor, NC 27983

For information regarding sending money to offenders, ordering packages for offenders and the offender telephone system, please click here


Bertie Correctional Institution is comprised of two facility units housing close and medium custody offenders. The close custody unit is a 1,000 single-cell unit. The medium custody unit is a 504-bed open dormitory. 

Bertie CI opened in August 2006. The facility employs correctional officers, registered nurses, physicians, dentists, mental health providers, maintenance, case managers, program and administrative staff. Community volunteers assist the facility with religious and transitional opportunities for offenders. Education and vocational classes are provided by Martin Community College and East Carolina University. Case managers provide programs such as the offender service club, AA, NA, CBI, in-cell studies, anger management, breaking the cycle, domestic violence, fatherhood parenting, etc. The facility reduced restrictive housing cells from 269 beds to 128 beds in 2016. 

The facility is operated under the unit management system and is separated into four units in the close custody unit, and is separated into two units in the medium custody unit. Close custody units are the Gray Unit, Red Unit, Blue Unit and Green Unit. The Gray Unit houses offenders assigned to restrictive housing. The Red, Blue and Green units house offenders assigned to regular and general population. The Blue Unit also houses offenders assigned to Regular Population Modified Housing. Medium custody regular population units are Tan 1 and Tan 2.