Forsyth Correctional Center

County: Forsyth
Mailing and Street Address: 307 Craft Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27105
Phone: (336) 896-7041

: 248
Inmate gender: Male
Custody level: Minimum
Occupancy: 1930s

Forsyth Correctional Center in Winston-Salem is a minimum security prison for adult males.

The offenders are assigned to work release jobs, including community work squads and Department of Transportation road squads. Inmates take education courses through study release opportunities. Various on-unit jobs as janitors, maintenance workers and kitchen help are also available.

Surry Community College works with inmates to provide vocational training, as well as educational courses, at Dobson Educational Center. Various on-unit programs include Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, the department's Drug Alcohol Recovery Treatment (DART) program, DART 24, DART pre-release, Think Smart, Character Education and Project Re-Entry.

A chapel, dedicated in 1987, was built with funds donated by 100 churches in the community. Area churches also provide three full-time chaplains who work with inmates and lead Sunday religious services that are open to inmates and their families. The prison has religious programming that includes two Bible study classes, Yokefellow, Gideons, and Muslim services.


Forsyth was one of 51 county prisons the state assumed responsibility of with the passage of the Conner Bill in 1931. It was one of 61 field unit prisons renovated or built during the late 1930's to house inmates who worked building roads.

Inmates at the prison primarily worked on state road construction crews until 1968, when the prison became an advancement center designated to provide pre-release training. Inmates were first assigned to work release at that time. A modular dormitory erected in 1978 was expected to last 5-10 years. It remained operational until 1998, when it was replaced by a new modular unit.

Lawmakers provided a 100 bed dormitory addition at Forsyth as part of a $28.5 million emergency Prison Facilities Development program authorized in 1987.


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Take Business-40 to downtown Winston-Salem. Take Cherry Street North. The prison is located at Cherry Street and Craft Drive (next to the Department of Transportation).