Pender Correctional Institution

County: Pender
Mailing Address: Box 1058, Burgaw, NC 28425
Street Address: 906 Penderlea Highway, Burgaw, NC 28425
Phone: (910) 259-8735 

Inmate capacity: 768
Inmate gender: Male
Custody level: Medium
Year opened: 1935 (old prison) March 1993 (new prison)

Pender Correctional Institution has six dormitories, education buildings, recreation building, medical building, dining hall, operations center, administration building, programs building, gatehouse and chapel.

Correction Enterprises converted the old dormitory and old recreation building on the original Pender Correctional Center to a sewing plant that manufactures uniforms for offenders, ferry workers and correctional officers. Many offenders are assigned to work on facility food service, facility maintenance, janitor services or assist staff.

Cape Fear Community College works with the prison to provide vocational classes in light construction and diesel mechanics. Classes for adult education and preparation for the GED are available.

Offenders who have development disabilities are assigned to the horticultural therapy program that trains them for landscaping and gardening jobs. Offenders may also be assigned to the Drug Alcohol Chemical Dependency Program (ACDP/Pender-AND90) unit. ACDP is a 12-week term of intensive treatment for alcohol and drug addiction in a residential facility at prisons. Other self-development, treatment and education programs are offered during evening hours and on weekends.

Pender Correctional Institution was one of the first prisons to have teleconferencing capability used for management meetings, staff training and inmate education.


Ground was broken on November 30, 1990 to build the 756-bed medium security prison for adult males, adjacent to the 112-bed medium security Pender Correctional Center. The old medium security prison was established as a one-dormitory unit in 1935 as one of 61 field unit prisons renovated or built during the late 1930's to house offenders who worked building roads.

In the 1978, offenders built a 28-cell unit for placing offenders in administrative and disciplinary segregation. A recreation building was constructed by offenders in 1986.

In 1990, lawmakers provided $18 million for a new 756-bed medium security prison at Pender as part of the $75 million prison construction program authorized in July 1990. The first offenders moved into the new medium security housing area in March 1993. 


A completed application must be approved by the facility staff before a visit can occur.

The visiting sessions are conducted Sunday through Thursday by appointment only. Appointments may only be scheduled Monday through Thursday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. by calling 910-259-8740. Calls for appointments must be made at least 24 hours in advance of the requested visitation session and can be made up to two weeks in advance of the requested visitation session.

The visiting sessions will be as follows:

Sundays (5 one-hour sessions)
8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
10 to 11 a.m.
12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
2 to 3 p.m.
3:15 to 4:15 p.m.

Monday through Thursdays (3 two-hour sessions)
8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
2:15 to 4:15 p.m.

Visitors should arrive 15 minutes prior to their scheduled visitation time.


From I-40, take exit 398 for Jacksonville/Burgaw and turn toward Burgaw on NC 53. After about 1.5 miles, you will pass through a stop light and then reach a stop sign about a half-mile beyond that. Turn right onto Timberly Lane and then left onto Wallace Street. Stay on Wallace Street for about a mile until you reach the stop sign at the intersection with Penderlea Highway. Turn right onto Penderlea Road and the unit will be on the right.