N.C. Correctional Institution for Women

Facility Mailing Address: 4287 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-4287
Street Address: 1034 Bragg Street, Raleigh, NC 27610
Phone: 919-733-4340
County: Wake
capacity: 1,776
Facility type: Female, Close, Medium and Minimum Custodies


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


Weekly Visitation Schedule    Time
Saturday-Sunday                     8-10 a.m.; noon-2 p.m. (every other weekend)
Monday                                   9-11 a.m.; 2:15-4:15 p.m.
Tuesday                                   8-11 a.m.; 2:15-4:15 p.m. (Safekeeping and Control Status visits for only the first hour)
Wednesday-Friday                   9-11 a.m.; 2:15-4:15 p.m.

  • By appointment only duing scheduled times.
  • Limited to 3 adults OR 3 adults and five children
  • Scheduled on first-come, first-serve basis. Appointments must be scheduled in advance; call 919-508-1501 or 919-508-1502 Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. There are no visits on holidays.
  • Visitors must be approved on offender's list.

Visitation procedures: Visitors must check in at prison gatehouse and present a valid photo ID (that will be checked before entry is permitted). People ages 16 and older are subjected to a "pat/frisk" search, along with an electronic device search by correctional officers prior to entering the facility. All searches are conducted by the least intrusive means. Depending on the control status of the offender, the visit will be held in a contact or non-contact setting.

Special visits: Subject to time limits and possibly other restrictions imposed by medical staff based on the offender's condition.

Legal visits: Scheduled separately and subject to different policies than family visits. Legal, law enforcement, consular officials, local and state Family Services and Juvenile Court officials must register with the facility prior to visiting with an offender. These visits will not be counted in the maximum 18 approved visitors.

Sending Mail to Offenders 

Starting Feb. 3, 2020, a pilot program will begin that changes the way mail is sent to offenders. ALL mail to offenders at this facility must either be sent to a new address or electronically texted to a third-party vendor for vetting and scanning to the facility. To help prevent contraband that threatens the security and health of staff and offenders, mail will no longer be accepted at NCCIW during the pilot, but will be returned to sender.

All mail will now be screened by the third-party vendor, then scanned to the prison for prompt distribution to the offender. Find more information here regarding the third-party scanning system. Note: Authentic legal mail must still be sent to the offender at the facility address.

Regular mail to offenders must be addressed this way: 
Offender Name – Offender OPUS Number
North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women
P.O. Box 247
Phoenix, MD 21131

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions regarding TextBehind.


In Raleigh, take New Bern Avenue to Tarboro Street to Martin Luther King Boulevard and turn right. The unit will be to the left. Turn onto Coleman Street and make an immediate left into the prison's parking lot.

From I-40, take Exit 300 (Rock Quarry Road). Take Rock Quarry Road to the intersection with Martin Luther King Boulevard and turn left. The unit will be to the left. Turn onto Coleman Street and make an immediate left into the prison's parking lot.


The North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women in Raleigh is the state's primary correctional facility for women. It houses the largest offender population in the state and serves as the support facility for the state's other female prisons. The campus-style facility sits on 30 acres of a 190-acre tract of state land in southeast Raleigh. NCCIW houses offenders of all custody levels and control statuses, including death row, maximum, close, medium, minimum, safekeepers and youth. It provides the primary medical, mental, and alcohol and chemical dependency treatment for female offenders.

The facility operates a diagnostic center that serves as the point of entry into the prison system for women. Upon arrival, offenders undergo a series of diagnostic evaluations that will determine future prison assignments.

Some of the programs available to NCCIW offenders include:

  • Correction Enterprises license tag plant
  • Dental lab
  • N.C. Travel and Tourism Information Call Center
  • High School Equivalency Testing
  • Office technology
  • Cosmetology
  • Horticulture
  • Job Start
  • Job for Life (Reentry)
  • Mothers and Their Children (MATCH)
  • Alcohol/Chemical Dependency Program
  • MotherREAD

Offenders may attend worship services in the Chapel of the Nameless Woman and participate in Bible studies or other religious programs offered by prison chaplains, Prison Fellowship and other religious volunteers and organizations.