Wake Correctional Center

County: Wake
Mailing/Street Address: 1000 Rock Quarry Road, Raleigh, NC 27610  
Phone: (919) 733-7988

Inmate capacity: 414
Inmate gender: Male
Custody level: Minimum
Year opened: 1966


Wake Correctional Center in Raleigh is a minimum security prison for adult males.

It is primarily a “work” unit in that 80 percent of the offenders leave the facility each day for incentive wage work assignments in various state agencies in the Wake County area, i.e. the Governor's Mansion, Lt. Governor's Office, N.C. State Fairgrounds, Employment Security Commission, Department of Administration, Division of Motor Vehicles, and Department of Transportation. Offenders also work at other adult correction facilities such as NCCIW, Central Prison, Johnston Correctional Center, Franklin Correctional Center and Correction Enterprises operations. There are also approximately 50 offenders nearing their release date that participate on the work release program, leaving the facility to work for businesses in the community. Incentive wage work assignments are also available at the prison in the food service, clothes house, janitorial, landscaping, maintenance, canteen and recreation areas.

Wake Technical Community College works with the prison to provide full-time vocational classes in Certified Communications, Heating/Air Conditioning and Electrical Wiring. Part-time classes in Blueprint Reading and Horticulture are also available. Educational classes in GED, college-level courses and college correspondence classes are available.

The Family Enrichment Program is offered through Vinebrook Family Services and provides an opportunity for the offenders and their families to work with counselors on a wide range of marriage and family issues.

Offenders may participate in worship services, Bible studies and various spiritual discussion groups on site. Wake Correctional Center has volunteer chaplains who minister to the inmates.


Wake was established in 1966 as the Community Correctional Center, a 104-bed pre-release facility designed to reintegrate long-term offenders back into the community during their last 90 days of imprisonment. In 1969, the prison became the Wake Advancement Center, a prison designated to provide pre-release training for offenders. A modular dormitory was added in 1977, but closed.

The prison was converted from an advancement center and expanded in 1988 to house an additional 200 offenders as part of the $28.5 million Emergency Prison Facilities Development program. Another 100 beds were added as part of the $87.5 million prison construction program authorized in 1993 and opened in November 1994.


Wake Correctional Center has visitation by appointment on Saturdays. Visitors can call the facility Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to schedule a visitation appointment during any one of the following sessions:

8:30 -10:30 a.m., 12:30 - 2:30 p.m., 3 - 5 p.m.


Take I-40 to the Rock Quarry Road exit. The unit is at 1000 Rock Quarry Road.