Carteret Correctional Center

County: Carteret
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 220, Newport, NC 28570
Street Address: 1084 Orange Street, Newport, NC 28570
Phone: (252) 223-5100
Fax: (252) 223-3069

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

Carteret Correctional Center, near Newport, is a minimum security prison for adult males.

Carteret was established in 1938 with portable housing units for sleeping quarters. The prison's original dormitory was built in 1948. While the prisons operated under the State Highway and Public Works Commission from the 1930's to the 1950's, Carteret served as a medium security prison. Inmates worked part of the prison's 88.12 acres as a farm and raised hogs to provide food until 1961.

Inmates are still housed in a building containing two dormitories that was part of the original prison. An administration building was constructed in 1966. A modular dormitory erected in 1977 was expected to last 5-10 years. It remained in operation until 1997.

In 1987, lawmakers provided two 50-bed dormitories and a multipurpose building as part of a $28.5 million Emergency Prison Facilities Development program. Two more 50-bed dormitories were provided as part of a $87.5 million prison construction program authorized in 1993.

Carteret Community College works with the prison to provide vocational classes in horticulture and for the developmentally disabled. Classes for adult education and preparation for the GED are also offered.

Inmates work in a number of jobs. They may be assigned to the community work program, Department of Transportation road crews, or work under contract for local government agencies. Inmates may also be assigned for maintenance or kitchen duties. Inmates nearing parole may participate in work release, leaving the prison for the part of the day to work for a business in the community.

Inmates may participate in study release or substance abuse treatment programs or the Horticulture Program


The facility has visitations only on Saturday from 8 – 11 a.m. and from 1 – 4 p.m. The maximum duration is two hours.

First visitation is for people whose last names fall between A-L. The second visitation period is for people whose last names fall between M-Z.  

This schedule alternates each month.

Special visits: These are arranged on a once-a-month basis. Visitors must be an immediate family member and travel more than 4 hours one-way. The special circumstances include death of immediate family member (where the family wants to inform the inmate in person), or regarding medical documentation that the family member can not travel long distances.

Visitation for clergy and attorneys requires 24-hour notice. The attorney must request in writing on his/her company letterhead. These are 1-hour visits and take place Monday – Friday from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., or 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.