Catawba Correctional Center

County: Catawba
Mailing and Street Address: 1347 Prison Camp Road, Newton, NC 28658
Phone: (828) 466-5521
Fax: (828) 466-5523

Inmate capacity:
Inmate gender: Male
Custody level: Minimum
Year opened: 1932

Established in 1932, Catawba Correctional Center is a minimum security prison for adult males.

Inmates are provided transitional programs such as Male Nurturing, Chaplaincy Re-entry Program, DACDP Intermediate Treatment, GED tutoring and testing. These programs aid the inmates upon their release. Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous support groups are also represented. Approximately 50 inmates participate in the work release program. which allows them to be employed by private-sector employers to begin their readjustment to the community and earn a wage that can be used to support their children and families, as well as to pay restitution.

Inmates may be assigned to a wide range of jobs that include kitchen, janitorial, unit maintenance, or Department of Transportation crews. Inmates are also able to participate in a vocational program offered by Catawba Valley Community College.


Catawba was one of 61 field unit prisons renovated or built during the 1930's to house inmates who worked building roads.

The prison's original housing unit with two dormitories was renovated in the mid 1980's. Ceilings were lowered, centralized heating and air circulation units were installed, and lighting was improved. Two modular dormitories were added in 1978 and replaced with a new modular in 1998. Lawmakers provided an additional 128-bed dormitory as part of the $10 million South Piedmont Consent Decree. Construction began in 1985 and completed in 1987.


Visitation is on Sunday from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Any inquires concerning visits should be directed to the program director or the assistant superintendent.

Inmates are encouraged to maintain a close contact with members of their families and desirable friends through visitation privileges. However, Adult Correction policy and procedures regarding visitation will be strictly adhered to. It is the inmate's responsibility to send applications to people they wish to visit with them while in prison. The inmates will not be allowed more than 18 blank forms upon their entry into prison. Additional forms should be provided as inmates want to add to their list as vacancies occur. The number of approved visitors will never be more than 18.


Catawba Correctional Center is located south of Newton on US 321 Business. From Interstate 40, US 321 Business can be accessed easily from either exit 128 or exit 133. After turning south onto US 321 Business in Conover, go approximately seven miles to Prison Camp Road and turn left. The prison is about a quarter-mile on the left.