Forsyth Correctional Center Mailing and Street Address: 307 Craft Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27105Phone: (336) 896-7041County: Forsyth Offender Capacity: 248Facility Type: Male, Minimum 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. 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 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 Prison Name P.O. Box 247 Phoenix, MD 21131 Examples: 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. For information regarding sending money to offenders, ordering packages for offenders or about the offender telephone system, please click the links. 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.