Craven Correctional Institution

County: Craven
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 839, Vanceboro, NC 28586
Street Address: 600 Alligator Road, Vanceboro, NC 28586
Phone: (252) 244-3337
Fax: (252) 244-3727

Inmate capacity:
Inmate gender: Male
Custody level: Medium
Year opened: 1996

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.


Visitation is by appointment only. Upon arrival at Craven CI for processing, inmates 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.


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.