Craven Correctional Institution

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 839, Vanceboro, NC 28586
Street Address: 600 Alligator Road, Vanceboro, NC 28586
Phone: 252-244-3337
County: Craven
Offender capacity:
 850
Facility type: Male, Medium Custody

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

 

Visitation is by appointment only. Upon arrival at Craven CI for processing, offenders will not be able to receive visits for 14 days. Regular visiting hours are Saturdays from 9 - 11 a.m. and 2 - 4 p.m., and Sundays from 9 - 11 a.m.

Regular visitation appointments can be made by telephone Tuesday-Friday, between 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 12:30 - 4 p.m. on a first-come, first-serve basis by calling 252-244-8061.  No calls will be accepted on Mondays.

Special visits are available during the week, subject to certain restrictions. Requests for special visits must be submitted in writing, explaining the need for exception to regular visiting.

Directions

Take U.S. 17 north towards Vanceboro. Take the U.S. 17 Bypass around Vanceboro for about 1.5 miles. Then turn right onto State Road 1637 (Alligator Road) for about a mile to the prison.

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
Craven Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 839
Vanceboro, NC 28586

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

Overview

Craven Correctional Institution is one of the state's largest prison processing centers. Convicted felons from North Carolina jails enter the system by first going through processing at the medium security prison. During the three-to-four week period that they are at Craven, new admissions are tested, evaluated, and interviewed to determine assignments to prisons, jobs, and programs. More than 400 inmates process though Craven Correctional Institution each month.

The $24.3 million prison was dedicated in 1996.