Sampson Correctional Institution

Mailing Address: Box 1109, Clinton, NC 28328
Street Address: 700 Northwest Blvd, US 421 North, Clinton, NC 28328
Phone: 910-592-2151 
County: Sampson
Offender capacity:
Facility type: Male, Medium and Minimum Custodies


The Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice will resume limited visitation at all state’s prisons effective Oct. 1, 2020 with significant restrictions due to the pandemic. Visitation was suspended in all state prisons on March 16, 2020, with the exception of legal and pastoral visits, to help prevent the potential spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The health and safety of employees and offenders in our care are the top priorities of the Department of Public Safety. For information on coronavirus and how to protect yourself, please go the NC Department of Health and Human Services website.

To learn what else Prisons is doing to combat coronavirus, click here.

For more information on visitation, click here.


From Raleigh, Take I-40 East to U.S. 701 South and travel toward Clinton. Turn right on the U.S. 701 Bypass South around Clinton and exit onto North Boulevard (Dunn exit). Take a right on North Boulevard. Immediately after you pass the minimum security facility on your left, you will come to a stop light. Make left at stop light onto U.S. 421 South, and the medium facility is approximately ¼ mile on the left.

Sending Mail to Offenders

All Prison facilities encourage family and friends to write to offenders. For security reasons, all incoming mail is checked to see if it contains any illegal or unauthorized items. Outgoing mail from offenders may also be checked. Personal letters will not be read unless the officer-in-charge or designee has reason to believe the letter contains threats of harm or criminal activity, escape plans, or plans to violate prison rules. If the officer-in-charge decides to delay or not deliver the letter to the offender, the offender will be told in writing the reason for this action.

Incoming mail from lawyers, any legal aid service assisting offenders, and state and federal court officials must be opened in the presence of the offender before it is checked for illegal or unauthorized items. 

Letters to an offender must include the offender’s prison ID number, which is often referred to as the OPUS number. The letter should be addressed in this format:

Offender Name and OPUS Number
Prison Name
Prison Street Address or Post Office Box number
City, State and zip code of the prison location

Example: John Smith #1234567
Sampson Correctional Institution
Box 1109
Clinton, NC 28328

For information regarding sending money to offenders, ordering packages for offenders and the offender telephone system, please click here


Offenders at Sampson work in the largest of seven Correction Enterprise laundries. Offenders may also be assigned to work on a Department of Transportation road crew or as maintenance or kitchen help at the prison. The minimum custody offenders work for the N.C. Justice Academy, Sampson County Parks and Recreation, Agriculture Research Station, Department of Transportation and the town of Faison.

Sampson Community College works with the prison to provide vocational classes in Horticulture, CE Computer Application and Laundry Washroom Technology. Classes are also offered to help offenders prepare for GED tests.

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

Minimum-custody offenders are housed in the older dormitories of the original prison compound, and medium-custody offenders are in the new dormitories in a more secure compound.