Columbus Correctional Institution Address: 1255 Prison Camp Road, Whiteville, NC 28472Phone: 910-642-3285 (tel:910-642-3285)Visitation Direct Line: 910-640-1879County: ColumbusOffender capacity: 698 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. The N.C. Department of Public Safety has changed the way offenders receive mail. To help keep contraband out of prisons, all mail to offenders must be sent through a private company, TextBehind. You must address mail to offenders in this way, or it will be returned: Offender Name and OPUS Number Prison Name P.O. Box 247 Phoenix, MD 21131 Examples: John Doe #1234567 Jane Doe #7654321 Polk Correctional Institution N.C. Correctional Institution for Women P.O. Box 247 P.O. Box 247 Phoenix, MD 21131 Phoenix, MD 21131 IMPORTANT: The return address (at the top left of the envelope) must contain both the full first name and the full last name of the sender. Do not use initials. TextBehind will return mail that does not provide the sender's full first and last names. The state’s prisons for women have been using TextBehind since February 2020. Here’s how it works: Offender mail is addressed and delivered to TextBehind. TextBehind will make digital copies of the contents. TextBehind will forward the digital files to the prison. The prison will print acceptable pages and deliver them to the offender. You may also download the TextBehind app to send mail by a smartphone or computer, avoiding paper mail sent via the U.S. Postal Service. Offenders will continue to receive all acceptable contents of the mail you send — letters, photos, cards, artwork, etc. For more information about TextBehind, including a short video, click here. Click here for Frequently Asked Questions. TextBehind will not accept packages or legal mail. For more information on sending packages or legal mail, see the FAQs. You can also contact the prison where the offender is currently assigned. 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, or state and federal court officials must be opened in the presence of the offender before it is checked for illegal or unauthorized items. For information regarding sending money to offenders, ordering packages for offenders or about the offender telephone system, please click the links. Overview Southeastern Community College works with the prison to provide vocational programming in Commercial Cleaning. 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 Maintenance, Food Service, Housekeeing, Groundskeeping or doing laundry. 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.