Franklin Correctional Center

Mailing Address: Box 155, Bunn, NC 27508
Street Address: 5918 NC Highway 39 South, Bunn, NC 27508
Phone: (919) 496-6119
County: Franklin
Offender capacity:
452
Facility type: Male, Medium 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

 

Visitation for the regular population is on an alphabetical rotation schedule on Saturdays and Sundays, from 9:30 - 1:30 a.m. and 2 - 4 p.m. 

No visits are scheduled on Christmas.

Segregation/non-contact/attorney visits are by appointment only Monday through Friday.

Appointments may be made by contacting Program staff at 919-496-6119.

Directions

From Raleigh Area: Take US 401 North to NC 98. Turn right on NC 98 and head to downtown Bunn; Turn right on NC 39 South, and the prison is approximately 1 mile on the right.

From the southeast: Take Interstate 95 north to the Selma exit. Take US 70 West to NC 301 North out of Selma. Turn left onto NC 39 north. Drive for 30 minutes and the prison is on the left.

 

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

Franklin Correctional Center opened in 1939 as one of 61 prisons renovated or built when the State Highway Department assumed management of state prisons and put offenders to work building highways. Through the years, Franklin housed minimum custody adult males, medium security youth and served as a processing center for adult males.

The prison's original dormitory still houses offenders. In the 1970's, offenders built a recreation building and a unit with 28 single cells for putting offenders in administrative and disciplinary segregation. In 1988, lawmakers provided a 104-bed dormitory as part of a $17.4 million prison construction program. Another 104-bed dormitory was added as part of a $55 million prison construction program authorized in 1989. Then, another 104-bed dormitory was provided as part of an $87.5 million prison construction program in 1993.

In 1987, Correction Enterprises opened a plant to make highway and interstate signs at Franklin. It is the largest facility of its kind in the U.S. 

Classes in adult education and preparation for the GED tests are also available.