Craggy Correctional Center

Mailing Address: 2992 Riverside Drive, Asheville, NC 28804
Street Address: 22 Canoe Lane, Asheville, NC 28804
Phone: 828-645-5315
Minimum Unit Phone: 828-645-7630
County: Buncombe
Offender capacity: Medium Custody Facility, 416; Minimum Custody Facility, 182
Facility Type: Male, Medium and Minimum Custodies
 

VISITATION TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED

To prevent the potential spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), prison visitation was suspended as of Monday, March 16, 2020, with the exception of legal and pastoral visits. Those visitors are subject to medical screening prior to entrance.

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

 

Both facilities' visitation is done on a rotation based on the offender's last name. Offenders are provided a visitation schedule that shows the day/time their visits takes place. The offender is responsible for advising their visitors of the day/time of their visits. If visitors are not sure of the day/time, they are encouraged to call before coming to the facility. Special visits and non-contact visiting is by appointment only. Offenders are limited to a maximum of three adult visitors. Infants (ages 0-1 year) would not be consider in this total as long as they are held or sit on the lap of the visitor. Any child over the age of 2 would need to maintain a seat of their own. 

Minimum Custody visiting day/times: Saturday 8:30-10:30 a.m., 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Medium Custody visiting days/times: Saturday 8:30-10:30 a.m., 12:30-2:30 p.m., 3-5 p.m.

Directions

Take I-40 toward Asheville, then take I-240 from either direction east or west. Take the Weaverville exit off of I-240 onto I-26 west /U.S. 19/23 north. Follow I-26 west /U.S. 19/23 north to the Woodfin/Merrimon Ave. exit. At the bottom of the ramp, make a right turn, followed by an immediate left turn at the traffic signal. Go 1.3 miles and take a left onto the Old Marshall Highway. Go approximately 1.6 miles to the first stop sign. Go straight at the stop sign, crossing Highway 251, which will be the Buncombe/Craggy Access Road. The first facility in approximately a half-mile is the minimum custody unit, and the medium custody facility is approximately a half-mile beyond. 

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
Craggy Correctional Center
2992 Riverside Drive
Asheville, NC 28804

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

Overview

Craggy Correctional Center, located near Asheville, is a medium/minimum security prison for adult males. In March 2014, it consolidated with Buncombe Correctional Center to house adult males in medium and minimum custody.

The prison has three dormitories and seven support buildings. Craggy was the first state prison to install an electronic intrusion system security fence to alert staff of attempted perimeter breaches or escapes.

Inmates may participate in the A New Direction Program, formerly known as the Drug Alcohol Recovery Treatment (DART) program. AND is an intensive inpatient treatment in a fast-moving 28-day treatment cycle with lectures, films, educational and therapy groups, as well as individual counseling. Inmates work with professional staff and peer counselors. AND relies heavily on the principles of Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous with group meetings available in the evenings.

Asheville/Buncombe Technical Community College works with the prison to provide vocational classes in Food Service Technology and Facility Maintenance. Classes for adult education and preparation for the GED are also available.

Still operating at the old prison site is a Correction Enterprises laundry. Other inmate medium-custody assignments include Department of Transportation road crews, facility maintenance, janitorial, groundskeeping and food service positions.

The Old Craggy Prison was dedicated in May 1924 by the Buncombe County Commissioners, Craggy was one of 51 county prisons that the state assumed responsibility for with the passage of the Conner Bill in 1931. It was one of 61 prisons renovated or built during the late 1930s to house inmates who worked building roads.