Wilkes Correctional Center

County: Wilkes
Mailing/Street Address: 404 Statesville Road, North Wilkesboro, NC 28659
Phone: 336-667-4533

Inmate capacity: 262
Inmate gender: Male
Custody level: Minimum
Year opened: 1938

Wilkes Correctional Center, near North Wilkesboro, is a minimum security prison for adult males.

Wilkes Community College works with the prison to provide classes in computers and life skills training. Classes for adult education and preparation for the GED tests are available. Offenders may also take a course on substance abuse and drug abuse education programs. Offenders work in a number of jobs. They may be assigned to community work squads, Department of Transportation road crews or as maintenance or kitchen help at the prison. Offenders nearing parole may participate in work release, leaving the prison for part of the day to work for a business in the community.

HISTORY

Wilkes was one of 51 county prisons for which the state assumed responsibility with the passage of the Conner Bill in 1931. It was one of 61 field unit prisons renovated or built during the late 1930's to house offenders who worked building roads. The prison's original dormitory is still in use. A modular dormitory added in 1977 has since been closed. The General Assembly provided three 50 bed dormitories for Wilkes as part of the $87.5 million prison construction program authorized in 1993.

VISITATION

For visitation procedures, please go to www.ncdps.gov/Adult-Corrections/Prisons/Visitation.

DIRECTIONS

From Raleigh: I-40 West to Winston-Salem. Take exit 188 (US 421 Yadkinville) to Wilkes County. Take exit 282 (NC 115 North Wilkesboro) Turn right at top of the exit. Go about 2.5 miles and the facility is located on the left.

From WNC: Take I- 40 East to NC 16 North (Newton-Taylorsville exit) Stay on NC 16N through Taylorsville and exit onto US 421 South in Wilkes County. Go to the second exit (282, NC 115 N. Wilkesboro-Statesville).Turn left onto NC 115 North. Go about 2.5 miles and the facility is located on the left.

From the South: Take I- 77 North to exit 73. Follow US 421 North to Wilkes County. Take exit 282 (NC 115 North Wilkesboro) Turn right at top of the exit. Go about 2.5 miles and the facility is located on the left.