Columbus Correctional Institution

County: Columbus
Address: 1255 Prison Camp Road, Whiteville, NC 28472
Phone: (910) 642-3285
Fax: (910) 642-8456

Inmate capacity:
Inmate gender: Male
Custody level: Medium
Occupancy: 1930s

Columbus Correctional Institution, near Brunswick, is a medium security prison for adult males. The prison employs correctional officers, registered nurses, dental, maintenance and administrative staff.

Southeastern Community College works with the prison to provide vocational classes in computer repair, human resources/development, brick masonry, heating/air conditioning and plumbing. Classes for adult education and preparation for the GED are available. Inmates may take a course on substance abuse.

Inmates work in a number of jobs. They may work on Department of Transportation road crews, maintenance or kitchen help at the prison. Correction Enterprises has a sewing/tailoring plant under construction that would provide additional job assignments for inmates.


The prison's original dormitory, built in the late 1930s, is still in use. In the 1970's, inmates under the supervision of correction engineers built a recreation building and a 28-cell unit to house inmates placed in administrative or disciplinary segregation.

The General Assembly provided dormitories with 312 beds as part of a $75 million prison construction program in 1990. Another 208-bed dormitory was provided as part of a $62.1 million prison construction program in April 1994.


Visitation is by appointment only for all inmates. All visitors must submit a completed application, with picture identification to visit an inmate.

Registration begins 30 minutes prior to a visiting period. Visitors must be registered no later than 15 minutes prior to the visiting appointment time or the appointment will be terminated. The visitor will need to call to reschedule a visit for another day and time. And, there cannot be any more than 3 visitors per visit (including children).

A valid photo identification card must be presented by anyone 16 years and older to visit with an inmate. All visitors are required to conform to the standards of dress as described in the Visitation Rules listed in the “For Offender's Families” section of this website.

Regular Population inmate's visitation, including special visits, is by appointment Sunday through Thursday. Appointments must be made at least three days in advance and no more than 14 days ahead of the visit. The visitor must call Monday through Thursday between 9 - 10:30 a.m. or noon - 4:30 p.m. to schedule an appointment. Each inmate will be allowed only one visit per week. A maximum of three visitors (adults and children) will be permitted to visit an inmate per weekly visitation session.

Visitation on Sundays will be for one-hour blocks: 8-9 a.m.; 9:30-10:30 a.m.; noon-1 p.m.; 1:30-2:30 p.m.; 3-4 p.m. Monday – Thursday sessions are two-hour blocks: 8:30-10:30 a.m.; noon-2 p.m.; 2:30-4:30 p.m. Visitation will not occur on holidays

Special Visits: Extended visits are available by appointment with staff approval to those visitors who live more than 500 miles from Columbus Correctional Institution, and may be scheduled no more than once every six months. These visits are limited to immediate family.

Legal Visits: Legal visits will be by appointment only Monday through Thursday. The legal visitor must call Monday through Thursday between 9-10:30 a.m. or noon-4:30 p.m. to schedule an appointment. In addition, the legal visitor must provide a document on company letterhead 24 hours before the scheduled visit, indicating the name of the attorney/agency, the inmate requesting to visit, and the date and time of the visit.

Segregated Inmates/Non-Contact Visits: Inmates who are in segregation or have been restricted to non-contact visitation can visit Monday through Thursday by appointment only. The visitor must call at least 48 hours in advance to schedule an appointment. Only two adults, or one adult and one child, will be allowed to visit during a one-hour visiting session. The schedule is daily from 9-10 a.m., 1-2 p.m., and 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Contact Information: To make an appointment, all visitors should call the Visitation Office at (910) 640-1879. If the line is busy, please call back later during the scheduled visiting hours. Appointments will not be accepted by calling the main prison telephone number, and messages will not be accepted.

Inmate Mail: Inmate mail should be sent to P. O. Box 8, Brunswick, N.C. 28424. Letters to inmates should be addressed so that the full name and OPUS number of the inmate appear on the envelope. The person sending mail should be identified in the return address. Money enclosed in personal mail to an inmate should be sent by money order, cashier's check or certified check. Cash is not accepted. Cash that is enclosed in incoming personal mail will be returned to the sender with a form letter describing mail procedures.


From Highway 74/76, take U.S. 701 Bypass south towards Whiteville. Travel about 3.2 miles and turn left onto N.C. 130 east. Travel 1.6 miles to Brunswick. In Brunswick, turn right on State Road 1170 (Poplar Street). Go 1.5 miles down Poplar Street and the prison is on the left.