Odom Correctional Institution

County: Northampton
Street and Mailing Address: PO Box 36, Jackson, NC 27845-0036
Phone: 252-534-5611 

Inmate capacity: 352
Inmate gender: Male
Custody level: Minimum
Year opened: 1961
 

In 1958, the state paid $67,500 for 2,200 acres of farm land in Northampton County across the Roanoke River from Caledonia Prison farm. The parcel of land, known locally as Odom Farm, had been owned by the Odom family for years before its sale to the state and the establishment of Odom Correctional Institution at the site in 1961.

Odom Correctional Institution was built to replace the old Northampton Prison north of Jackson. Construction was completed in 1961 on the 300-bed prison to provide offenders with meaningful work in a healthy farm setting. Midway through construction, the department's needs changed and modifications were made to provide for the housing of close custody male felons. Today, Odom houses minimum custody felon and misdemeanor offenders.

The state first used the tract as a farm worked by offenders who were bused daily from the old Northampton prison and from Caledonia Correctional Institution. The farm is still in use today, but is farmed privately - without offender labor.

The prison's main building consists of an east and west wing. The east wing was built in 1980 and has 144 cells, of which 24 are designated for administrative/disciplinary segregation. The west wing has dormitory housing built in 1961. Support buildings house recreation and vocational areas.

Offenders may work a variety of jobs around the prison such as janitorial, maintenance and food service. 

Roanoke-Chowan Community College works with the prison to provide vocational classes in building construction, HVAC and plumbing. Classes also are offered in computer language. There are two GED classes and one ABE class.

VISITATION 

To make a visitation appointment, please call 252-574-2066 Tuesday - Friday between 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

DIRECTIONS

Take I-95 to Roanoke Rapids and then travel east on U.S. 158 to Jackson. At Jackson, turn right onto State Road 1108 (Bryantown Road) and travel 4 miles to Boone's Crossroads. Then turn right onto SR 1131 and the facility is located a half-mile down the road.