Greene Correctional Institution

County: Greene
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 39, Maury, NC 28554
Street Address: 2699 Hwy. 903, Maury, NC 28554
Phone: 252-747-3676

Inmate capacity: 616
Inmate gender: Male
Custody level: Minimum
Year opened: 1939

Greene Correctional Institution near Maury, is a minimum custody facility for adult males with a segregation unit housing 40 inmates.

Greene's primary mission is to provide inmate labor for Department of Transportation road squads in Greene, Lenoir, Pitt and Beaufort counties. Offenders work on long-term labor contacts with local city, county and state governmental agencies, as well as work release jobs with private businesses. Offenders work on the Inmate Construction Program and at Chase Enterprise Laundry. Others perform janitorial and maintenance duties at Eastern and Maury correctional institutions, the Eastern Regional Office and Eastern Region Maintenance staff with prison maintenance.

Greene is also a medical support facility, with 96 beds identified for chronic care inmate housing needs.

Offenders are assigned to work in food service, keeping the institution clean and/or performing maintenance to equipment, facilities and grounds.

Additionally, Greene Correctional Institution offers various rehabilitative programs that include Yokefellow Ministry, Narcotics Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous, Think Smart, Community Volunteer, Tri-County Transition Program, Strive Transition Program, Home Leaves, Community Volunteer Leaves, Work Release, Independent Studies, Napoleon Hill, Character Education, Cognitive Behavior Intervention, library and recreation. Currently there are approximately 100 active community volunteers who offer their services in our various Rehabilitative/Religious services.

Lenoir Community College works with the facility to offer full-time and part-time classes for adult basic education and preparation for the General Education Development tests for as many as 30 inmates. Lenoir Community College also sponsors part-time General Education Development, Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning, Electrical Wiring, Computers Application with CRC and Keytrain and English as a Second Language.


Greene was one of 51 county prisons the state assumed responsibility for with the passage of the Conner Bill in 1931. It was one of 61 field unit prisons renovated or built during the late 1930's to house inmates who worked building roads.

The prison opened in 1939 with a farm of approximately 70 acres worked by inmates. The farming operation ended in 1971, and the next year the fields were planted with pine trees. In the early 1980s, a portion of that property was cleared for construction of Eastern Correctional Institution, a close security prison that opened in 1983.

From 1972 until the early 1980's, Greene was the Eastern Area Reception Center, where new admissions from the courts in eastern North Carolina were processed into prison.

Prison overcrowding resulted in triple bunking during the 1970's and 1980's. In 1977, a modular dormitory was added to help alleviate overcrowding. Average population during this period ranged from 150 to 175. As a result of the Small v. Martin settlement agreement, triple bunking was eliminated, and the population at that time was limited to 104 inmates.

Original dormitories at the prison are still being used today. The General Assembly provided $4.5 million to add 400 beds as part of a $103 million prison construction program authorized in July 1991 and reauthorized in July 1992. Lawmakers added another 50 beds as part of the $87.5 million prison construction program authorized in July 1993.

The first 200-bed dormitory opened in February 1994. Inmates moved into the 50-bed dormitory in July 1994. The second 200-bed dorm opened in November 1994, increasing the standard operating capacity to 512 inmates. Construction on a 40-man segregation facility began in 1996 and became operational in July 1997. In November 1999, the Division of Prisons reduced Greene's maximum operating capacity from 638 to 544 inmates, plus a 40-man segregation facility. In September 2001, the Division increased Greene's operating capacity from 544 to 602 inmates, plus the 40 man segregation facility.


Visitation is handled by appointment only. Regular visits may be scheduled for the following times:

Friday: 9 - 11 a.m.; 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday: 9 - 11 a.m. 12 - 2 p.m. 3 - 5 p.m.

To make an appointment, call (252) 747-5780 Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and ask to schedule a visiting appointment.


Take US 70 East to Goldsboro and take US 13 North to Snow Hill. Follow US 13 & Hwy 903 North approximately 3 miles north of Snow Hill toward Greenville. Follow Hwy 903 North and Greene Correctional Institution is located at 2699 Highway 903 North approximately ½ mile south of Maury. The Institution is adjacent to Eastern Correctional Institution and across the highway from the DOT Maintenance Yard.