Forsyth Correctional Center

Mailing and Street Address: 307 Craft Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27105
Phone: (336) 896-7041
County: Forsyth
Offender Capacity
: 248
Facility Type: Male, Minimum 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

 

For visitation procedures, please click here.

Directions

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).

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
Maury Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 506
Maury, N.C. 28554

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

Overview

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. Offenders 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 offenders 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 offenders 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 offenders who worked building roads.

Offenders primarily worked on state road construction crews until 1968, when the prison became an advancement center designated to provide pre-release training. Offenders 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.