Caldwell Correctional Center

County: Caldwell
Mailing and Street Address: 480 Pleasant Hill Road, Lenoir, NC 28645
Phone: (828) 726-2509
Fax: (828) 726-2516

Inmate capacity:
Inmate gender: Male
Custody level: Minimum
Year opened: 1938

Caldwell Correctional Center in Hudson is a minimum security prison for adult males built in 1938. A modular unit was installed at the prison that added space for another 46 inmates. 

The prison has a 40-bed single-cell segregation building for housing misdemeanants with serious felony charges pending and inmates in disciplinary segregation.

Caldwell Community College works with the prison to provide vocational and academic classes. Inmates may take part in meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and the department's Drug Alcohol Rehabilitation Treatment aftercare program.

Inmate work assignments at Caldwell include work release, community work squads, Department of Transportation road crews or unit assignments such as maintenance, janitors, groundskeepers or kitchen duties.


Caldwell was one of 61 field unit prisons renovated or built during the late 1930's to house inmates who worked building roads. Caldwell housed medium custody adult males in 1966 for one year and housed minimum custody male youth from 1977 to 1981. In the original prison, inmates were housed in a building that had two dormitories. A modular dormitory was added in 1978. Those housing units are still in use today.

Lawmakers provided two 50-bed dormitory additions as part of the $28.5 million Emergency Prison Facilities Development program authorized in 1987. In 1990, a modular unit was installed to house a dental office that provides care for Western region inmates. Another modular unit was added in 1997 for the prison's medical department.

In 1987, a 135-seat chapel was built. It was funded by donations from community churches and individuals.

In February 1994, the former Department of Correction signed its first agreement for housing state prisoners in a county jail with Burke County. From 1994 to 1998, the department leased space in out-of-state prisons and other county jails as new prisons were constructed. All out-of-state prisoners were returned by December 1997 and other lease agreements were cancelled as new prisons opened. The lease agreement with Burke continued until June 1998. Caldwell prison managers worked with Burke County officials who provided space for 88 state prisoners.


MAPP, Incentive Wage Positions, GED Classes, Substance Abuse Programs (AA, NA), Self-Help/Life, Character Education Enrichment, Reasoning and Rehabilitation, F.A.T.H.E.R. Accountability, Community Volunteer Program, Home Leave Program, Think Smart Program, Inmate Labor Contracts, Community Work Program, Litter Crew, Religious Life, Prison Fellowship, Chaplain Re-entry Life Planning, Formal Worship, Pastoral Counseling, Bible Studies.


Visitation for inmates housed in Regular Population is permitted Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. (2 hours) and 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. (2 hours) for a total of four visiting periods per week.

A total of three approved visitors will be permitted to visit an inmate at a designated day and visiting period each weekend.

Inmates are assigned to visiting period groups by the first letter of their last name. The four visiting period group assignments are A through D, E through L, M through R, and S through Z. Some visiting periods may be more advantageous than others for visitors. In order to permit all visitors an equal opportunity to visit, each visiting period group assignment will be rescheduled on a monthly basis. The visiting schedule is shown below:

                     JAN.                FEB.                 MAR.               APR.                MAY                JUNE              JULY               AUG.               SEPT.               OCT.                NOV.               DEC.

               8:30-10:30        8:30-10:30        8:30-10:30       8:30-10:30       8:30-10:30        8:30-10:30      8:30-10:30       8:30-10:30       8:30-10:30       8:30-10:30       8:30-10:30       8:30-10:30
                    A-0                    A-0                    A-0                  S-Z                   S-Z                    S-Z                 M-R                  M-R                M-R                  E-L                  E-L                  E-L

SAT        1:00-3:00          1:00-3:00         1:00-3:00          1:00-3:00         1:00-3:00          1:00-3:00        1:00-3:00         1:00-3:00         1:00-3:00         1:00-3:00         1:00-3:00          1:00-3:00
                    E-L                   E-L                   E-L                   A-D                  A-D                   A-D                 S-Z                    S-Z                  S-Z                   M-R                 M-R                 M-R


               8:30-10:30       8:30-10:30       8:30-10:30        8:30-10:30        8:30-10:30        8:30-10:30       8:30-10:30       8:30-10:30        8:30-10:30       8:30-10:30        8:30-10:30     8:30-10:30
SUN            M-R                 M-R                 M-R                  E-L                   E-L                    E-L                  A-D                  A-D                   A-D                  S-Z                    S-Z                 S-Z
               1:00-3:00         1:00-3:00         1:00-3:00          1:00-3:00          1:00-3:00          1:00-3:00          1:00-3:00        1:00-3:00         1:00-3:00          1:00-3:00          1:00-3:00       1:00-3:00
                    S-Z                   S-Z                   S-Z                    M-R                  M-R                 M-R                  E·L                   E-L                  E-L                   A-D                   A-D               A-D

When a Saturday visiting period should occur on the last day of the month and the Sunday visiting period is on the first day of the next month, both periods will be as scheduled for that month. Example: July 31 is the last day of the month and August 1 is the first day of the month. In that case, both visiting periods will occur as scheduled for July. No visiting privileges will be permitted on state-recognized holidays.

Special visits must be approved in advance by the Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent


From Lenoir, take U.S. 321 south to Mt. Hermon Road. Turn right on Mt. Hermon Road and go to the next stoplight, turn right onto 321A. Go two blocks, then turn left onto Pleasant Hill Road. The unit is about one mile down the road on the right.