Mailing Address: P.O. Box 839, Vanceboro, NC 28586
Street Address: 600 Alligator Road, Vanceboro, NC 28586
Offender capacity: 850
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.
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
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
P.O. Box 247
Phoenix, MD 21131
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.
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 through Craven Correctional Institution each month.
The $24.3 million prison was dedicated in 1996.