Caledonia Correctional Institution

Street Address: 2787 Caledonia Drive, Tillery, NC 27882
Mailing Address: Box 137, Tillery, NC 27887
Phone:
 252-826-5621
County: Halifax 
Offender capacity: 1038
Facility type: Male, Minimum/Medium Custody

Visitation

Visitation is by appointment only during one of three sessions. There is a limit of three approved visitors per session, which includes adults and/or children.

All visitors ages 16 and older must present valid authorized photo identification. Visitors below the age of 16 must present a valid birth certificate. All visitors will be subjected to a pat/frisk search before entry to the facility.

Caledonia Minimum visitation sessions are Fridays 1:30-3:30 p.m., Saturdays 8:30-10:30 a.m. and 1:30-3:30 p.m., and Sundays 1:30-3:30 p.m. Caledonia Medium visitation sessions are Saturdays: 8:30–10:30 a.m. or 1:30–3:30 p.m., and Sundays 1:30–3:30 p.m.

Visits are scheduled on a first-come, first-serve basis. To schedule visits, call Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 7:30 a.m.–4 p.m. To visit inmates in minimum custody, call 252-826-0051; for medium custody, call 252-826-4967. There is no visitation on holidays, unless the holiday falls on a regular visiting day. 

Special visits: Only offenders in restrictive housing or validated SRG members will receive weekday special visits and are for immediate family members only. All other special visit requests will be considered for a modified weekend visit. To request a special visit, call the facility you wish to visit at least 24 hours prior to the date of the desired visit at the above phone numbers. Weekday special visits will be limited to 10-11 a.m. or 1-2 p.m.

Other visits: All attorneys, clergy, etc., are required to call the facility at least 24 hours prior to a requested visit. To request an appointment, call 252-826-5621, ext. 601. Visits will only be granted between 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Directions

Take I-95 to Halifax County. Take Exit 168 (Halifax). Turn east onto N.C. 903 and travel to Halifax. At the stop light/railroad crossing, turn right/south onto Hwy. 301. Travel approximately 2 miles and turn left onto N.C. 561 East and follow posted signs to Caledonia Correctional Institution. The Minimum Custody facility is on the right. The Medium Custody facility is past the minimum on the left.

Overview

Caledonia Correctional Institution is located in Halifax County on approximately 7,500 acres that was purchased by the state in 1899. It has been operated since 1892 as a state prison farm.

About 5,500 acres of farmland are under cultivation at Caledonia. Correction Enterprises manages the farm, which contains a poultry-laying operation and row crop/vegetable operation that plants corn, wheat and soybeans. In addition, the offenders farm 300 acres of sweet corn, collard greens, sweet potatoes, squash, cucumbers and melons.

Offenders also work in the prison's cannery. The cannery processes and cans crops grown on the farm for distribution to prison kitchens across the state. The operation is 12,770 square feet and has the capability of canning about 500,000 gallons of commodities per year.

Offenders work on crews at the prison farm. They may also be assigned to maintenance or janitorial duties at Caledonia. Offenders may work on labor contracts and manual labor jobs for local governments. Other offenders work in the prison in food service, barbers, grass cutters and recreation clerks.

Halifax Community College works with the prison to provide vocational classes like cooking, block masonry, small engine repair, electrical wiring, commercial cleaning and plumbing. Offenders may participate in classes for adult education and preparation for the GED. Offenders may also take part in self-help programs on substance abuse, stress, Narcotics Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous, DART aftercare, minimum custody readiness and self-improvement. 

History

With the intent of putting offenders to work, the General Assembly leased the Caledonia farm in 1890. Nine years later, the property was purchased for $61,000. Roanoke River flooding damaged the farm in 1901 and 1902. In 1919, the prison farm was auctioned in parcels that raised $497,000. However, the auction did not raise more cash because most of the land was purchased on credit.

Flooding problems continued to plague the area and most of the farm was repossessed by the state within five years of the auction. About 600 offenders were returned to the prison and housed in temporary wooden shacks. They cleared the land for farming. In 1925, construction began on a brick dormitory that was completed two years later.

Caledonia's main building originally housed men and women. Eight downstairs dormitories housed men and two upstairs dormitories housed women. In 1976, 144 additional cells were built that currently house medium custody adult males. Another 142 cells built in 1980 are used to house medium custody inmates.

In 1987, the General Assembly provided for creation of the prison with a 208-bed dormitory as part of a $28.5 million Emergency Prison Facilities Development program. Another 208-bed dormitory was added by lawmakers as part of a $55 million prison construction program in 1989.

Caledonia Minimum sits on a 20-acre site about a quarter-mile from Caledonia CI. It houses minimum custody inmates in two buildings, each with four dorms, connected by a central multipurpose area. There are six additional buildings, including an administrative building, program support building, dining hall, vocational building and multipurpose building.

In August 2014, Tillery Correctional Center merged with Caledonia CI and is now known as Caledonia Minimum. This prison was originally built to provide minimum security beds for offenders working at the state prison farm when Halifax Correctional Center was a medium security unit. (Halifax was later changed back to a minimum-security prison and eventually closed in 1996).