Warren Correctional Institution

Mailing Address: Box 728, Norlina, NC 27563
Street Address: 379 Collins Road, Manson, NC 27553
Phone: 252-456-3400 
County: Warren
Offender capacity: 809
Facility type: Male, Medium and Minimum Custodies



To prevent the potential spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), prison visitation was suspended as of Monday, March 16, 2020. 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


Visitors must call the Institution Visitation Section at 252-456-2820 to set up an appointment. Appointments can be made Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Visits must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance, but no more than 14 days in advance.

Visiting days will be at the following days/times: Friday 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.; Saturday: 9 - 11 a.m., 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Visitors should arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the scheduled visit. Three visitors will be allowed per visit, this includes children.

Minimum and Medium Custody/Regular Population: The visiting sessions will be from 9 - 11 a.m. and 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. The duration of the visits will be a maximum of two hours. Offenders will be allowed one visit per week.

Non-Contact Visiting/Regular Population: The duration of the visit will be two hours. Offenders will be allowed one visit per week.

Non-Contact Visiting: The duration of the visit will be one hour. Offenders will be limited to two visits per month.

PCON: Visiting will be on Wednesdays from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. The duration of the visit will be two hours. Offenders will be allowed one visit per week. 


Take US 1 North past Henderson to Interstate 85 North; take exit 223 (Manson Road). Turn right off the ramp and travel approximately one mile. Turn left at the intersection, then turn right almost immediately onto Collins Road. The prison is located about one mile on the right.

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
Warren Correctional Institution
Box 728
Norlina, NC 27563

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


Warren Correctional Institution is a multi-custody prison housing male offenders in close, medium and minimum custody. The largest inmate population consists of medium custody offenders. 

The opening of Warren Correctional Institution in 1997 permitted the consolidation of five smaller prisons in surrounding counties.

On August 18, 1997, the prison received its first medium custody C. The 168 single-cell building opened May 18, 1998. In August of 1999 the two modular dormitories opened, housing approximately 88 minimum custody offenders. Another 168 single-cell building was completed in August of 2004.

The janitorial products plant for Correction Enterprises, which produces soap and industrial cleaning products, was relocated to Warren from Harnett Correctional Institution. The plant was constructed by offenders participating in the Inmate Construction Program, working under the supervision of engineers from the Central Engineering section.