Franklin Correctional Center

County: Franklin
Mailing Address: Box 155, Bunn, NC 27508
Street Address: 5918 NC Highway 39 South, Bunn, NC 27508
Phone: (919) 496-6119

Inmate capacity:
Inmate gender: Male
Custody level: Medium
Year opened: 1939

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 inmates 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 inmates. In the 1970's, inmates built a recreation building and a unit with 28 single cells for putting inmates 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.


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.


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.