Greene Correctional Institution

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 39, Maury, NC 28554
Street Address: 2699 Hwy. 903, Maury, NC 28554
Phone: 252-747-3676
County: Greene
Offender capacity:
616
Facility type: Male, Minimum Custody. Reentry Facility.
 

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 US 70 East to Goldsboro and take US 13 North to Snow Hill. Follow US 13 & Hwy 903 North approximately 3 miles north of Snow Hill toward Greenville. Follow Hwy 903 North and Greene Correctional Institution is located at 2699 Highway 903 North approximately ½ mile south of Maury. The Institution is adjacent to Eastern Correctional Institution and across the highway from the DOT Maintenance Yard.

SENDING MAIL TO OFFENDERS

Until Oct. 18, letters to an offender must be addressed to the prison where they are currently assigned. Addresses 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
Avery-Mitchell Correctional Institution
600 Amity Park Road
Spruce Pine, NC 28777

Beginning Oct. 18, 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

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

Greene Correctional Institution, near Maury, is a designated reentry facility, where a variety of programs and services are offered to assist offenders nearing their release dates to better transition back to their communities.

The prison also offers various rehabilitative programs that include Religious Services, Narcotics Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous, Think Smart, Community Volunteer, , Strive Transition Program, Home Leaves, Community Volunteer Leaves, Work Release, Independent Studies, Cognitive Behavior Intervention, Father accountability and  library and recreation along with the Offender Service Club. There are approximately 100 active community volunteers who offer their services in the facility's various Rehabilitative/Religious services.

Lenoir Community College works with the facility to offer full-time and part-time classes for adult basic education and preparation for the General Education Development tests. Lenoir Community College also sponsors part-time General Education Development, Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning, Electrical Wiring, Computers Application with CRC and Keytrain .The facility also provides offender labor for Department of Transportation road squads in Greene, Lenoir, Pitt and Beaufort counties. Offenders work on long-term labor contacts with local city, county and state governmental agencies, as well as work release jobs with private businesses. Offenders work on the Inmate Construction Program.  Greene offers the ADCP long term treatment with a capacity of 64.

Greene Correctional is also a medical support facility, with 96 beds identified for chronic care offender housing needs.

History

Greene CI was one of 51 county prisons the state assumed responsibility for 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.

The prison opened in 1939 with a farm of approximately 70 acres worked by offenders. The farming operation ended in 1971, and the next year the fields were planted with pine trees. In the early 1980s, a portion of that property was cleared for construction of Eastern Correctional Institution, a close security prison that opened in 1983.

From 1972 until the early 1980's, Greene was the Eastern Area Reception Center, where new admissions from the courts in eastern North Carolina were processed into prison.

Prison overcrowding resulted in triple bunking during the 1970's and 1980's. In 1977, a modular dormitory was added to help alleviate overcrowding. Average population during this period ranged from 150 to 175. As a result of the Small v. Martin settlement agreement, triple bunking was eliminated, and the population at that time was limited to 104 inmates.

Original dormitories at the prison are still being used today. The General Assembly provided $4.5 million to add 400 beds as part of a $103 million prison construction program authorized in July 1991 and reauthorized in July 1992. Lawmakers added another 50 beds as part of the $87.5 million prison construction program authorized in July 1993.