Columbus Correctional Institution

Address: 1255 Prison Camp Road, Whiteville, NC 28472
Phone: 910-642-3285
County: Columbus
Offender capacity: 584
Facility type:
Male, Medium Custody

LIMITED VISITATION RESUMES OCT. 1, 2020

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.

Directions

From Highway 74/76, take U.S. 701 Bypass south towards Whiteville. Travel about 3.2 miles and turn left onto N.C. 130 east. Travel 1.6 miles to Brunswick. In Brunswick, turn right on State Road 1170 (Poplar Street). Go 1.5 miles down Poplar Street and the prison is 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
Columbus Correctional Institution
1255 Prison Camp Road
Whiteville, NC 28472

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

Overview

Southeastern Community College works with the prison to provide vocational classes in computer repair, human resources/development, brick masonry, heating/air conditioning and plumbing. Classes for adult education and preparation for the GED are available. Offenders may take a course on substance abuse.

Offenders work in a number of jobs. They may work on Department of Transportation road crews, maintenance or kitchen help at the prison. Correction Enterprises has a sewing/tailoring plant that provides additional job training. 

The prison's original dormitory, built in the late 1930s, is still in use. In the 1970's, offenders under the supervision of correction engineers built a recreation building and a 28-cell unit to house offenders placed in administrative or disciplinary segregation.

The General Assembly provided dormitories with 312 beds as part of a $75 million prison construction program in 1990. Another 208-bed dormitory was provided as part of a $62.1 million prison construction program in April 1994.