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



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

For information on what other moves Prisons is making to combat coronavirus, click here


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.

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


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.