Carteret Correctional Center

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 220, Newport, NC 28570
Street Address: 1084 Orange Street, Newport, NC 28570
Phone: (252) 223-5100
County: Carteret
Offender capacity:
300
Facility type: Male, Minimum Custody. Reentry Facility
 

VISITATION TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED

To prevent the potential spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), prison visitation was suspended as of Monday, March 16, 2020, with the exception of legal and pastoral visits. Those visitors are subject to medical screening prior to entrance.

The health and safety of employees and offenders in our care are the top priorities of the Department of Public Safety. THIS IS NOT A STATEWIDE LOCKDOWN OF PRISONS. We apologize for the inconvenience this may have on offender families and friends. Visitation will resume when conditions are deemed safe.

For information on coronavirus and how to protect yourself, please go the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services website http://www.ncdhhs.gov/coronavirus.

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

 

The facility has visitations only on Saturday from 8 – 11 a.m. and from 1 – 4 p.m. The maximum duration is two hours.

First visitation is for people whose last names fall between A-L. The second visitation period is for people whose last names fall between M-Z.  

This schedule alternates each month.

Special visits: These are arranged on a once-a-month basis. Visitors must be an immediate family member and travel more than 4 hours one-way. The special circumstances include death of immediate family member (where the family wants to inform the offender in person), or regarding medical documentation that the family member can not travel long distances.

Visitation for clergy and attorneys requires 24-hour notice. The attorney must request in writing on his/her company letterhead. These are 1-hour visits and take place Monday – Friday from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., or 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Directions

US 70 East to Newport. Make a left on business 70, left on Main St. and right onto Orange St. Prison is approximately  1 mile on left.

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
Carteret Correctional Center
P.O. Box 220
Newport, NC 28570

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

Overview

Carteret Correctional Center, near Newport, is a minimum security prison for adult males.

Carteret was established in 1938 with portable housing units for sleeping quarters. The prison's original dormitory was built in 1948. While the prisons operated under the State Highway and Public Works Commission from the 1930's to the 1950's, Carteret served as a medium security prison. Offenders worked part of the prison's 88.12 acres as a farm and raised hogs to provide food until 1961.

Offenders are still housed in a building containing two dormitories that was part of the original prison. An administration building was constructed in 1966. A modular dormitory erected in 1977 was expected to last 5-10 years. It remained in operation until 1997.

In 1987, lawmakers provided two 50-bed dormitories and a multipurpose building as part of a $28.5 million Emergency Prison Facilities Development program. Two more 50-bed dormitories were provided as part of a $87.5 million prison construction program authorized in 1993.

Carteret Community College works with the prison to provide vocational classes in horticulture and for the developmentally disabled. Classes for adult education and preparation for the GED are also offered.

Offenders work in a number of jobs. They may be assigned to the community work program, Department of Transportation road crews, or work under contract for local government agencies. Offenders may also be assigned for maintenance or kitchen duties. Offenders nearing the end of their sentence may participate in work release, leaving the prison for the part of the day to work for a business in the community.

Offenders may participate in study release or substance abuse treatment programs or the Horticulture Program