Johnston Correctional Institution

Mailing Address: 2465 US 70 West, Smithfield, NC 27577
Street Address: 510 Turnage Road, Smithfield, NC 27577
Phone: 919-934-8386 
County: Johnston
Offender Capacity
: 640
Facility Type: Male, Minimum Custody


Visitors must schedule visits by telephone by calling 919-934-0549 Tuesday through Friday from 9-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. Appointment requests for Saturday and Tuesday will not be made after 2 p.m. of the preceding Wednesday. Visits must be scheduled no later than three days in advance and not more than two weeks in advance. Appointments for visits will not be accepted by phone on Saturday. No visits will be scheduled on holidays.

For visitors already approved on the offender’s visitation list, a Visitation Appointment Request form may be completed during visitation to request a future visit. The form must be completed legibly in its entirety and must be submitted to the visitation officer within the first 15 minutes of an ongoing visit. The visitor will be notified before leaving whether the request is approved or rejected.

Visiting Schedule for Offenders in Regular Population:

Tuesday through Friday: 1st Session - 8:30–10:30 a.m.; 2nd Session - 1:30–3:30 p.m.
Saturday: 1st Session - 8:30–10 a.m.; 2nd Session - 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.; 3rd Session - 2–3:30 p.m.

NOTE: Tuesday through Friday will consist of  two-hour visits per session, and Saturday will consist of 90 minute visits per session. All visits will be by appointment only. Special visits will be granted to visitors traveling 200 miles or more. These visits will have to be arranged by visitation staff.  


From Goldsboro: Take US 70 West to Selma for approximately 23 miles. Cross over the Neuse River Bridge and the prison is located on the left. Take a left on Turnage Road and take a left to access the unit.

From I-95 Southbound: Take US 70 to Exit 97. Turn right at the stoplight onto US 70 West. Go approximately 5 miles and the prison is located on the left. Turn left into the median on Turnage Road and take the first left to access the prison.

From I-95 Northbound: Take the US 70 to Exit 97. Turn left at the stoplight onto US 70 West. Go approximately 5 miles and the prison is located on the left. Turn left into the median to cross US 70 East onto Turnage Road and take the first left to access the prison.

From Raleigh: Take Interstate 40 East. Merge onto US 70 East via Exit 309 toward Clayton/Smithfield/Goldsboro. Go approximately 18.2 miles and the prison is located on the right. Take a right on Turnage Road and a left to access the prison.


Johnston Correctional Institution, near Smithfield, is an adult male minimum security prison in dormitory-style housing. Johnston Community College works with the prison to provide vocational classes in masonry, horticulture, electrical wiring and food service technology. JCC also provides academic classes in Adult Basic Education and High School Equivalency Diploma (ABE/GED). HSE testing is available. Human Resource Development and college correspondence courses are also available. 

Offenders may also take part in self-help programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. Substance abuse treatment is provided through the NCDPS alcohol and chemical dependency programs (ACDP) and other substance abuse programs including “Big Book Study” and “Twelve-Step Program.” Cognitive behavior programs include “Thinking for a Change.”  Offenders may also participate in the Men's Service Club and various religious services.

Johnston Correctional Center was established in 1938 when the State Highway Department operated the prison system. In 1966, Johnston Correctional Center converted to a Youth Center for minimum security males under the age of 21. In 1979, Johnston Correctional Center became a medium security prison for adult males.

Offenders work in the prison as maintenance workers, food services workers, janitors, canteen operators, clothes house operators, barbers, library clerks, teacher's aides and chaplain clerk. Offenders provide the labor force for Correction Enterprises' Chase Laundry in Goldsboro and various inmate construction programs.