Nash Correctional Institution

Mailing Address: PO Box 600, Nashville, NC 27856
Street Address: 2869 US 64 Alt., Nashville NC 27856
Phone: 252-459-4455 
County: Nash
Offender capacity: 654
Facility type: Male, Medium 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


Visitation hours are as follows: Tuesday & Thursday from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m., Wednesday & Friday from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.- 2:30 p.m. and Saturday 8 - 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m.- 12 p.m. and 1- 2:30 p.m.

Visitation is by appointment only and is scheduled Tuesday-Saturday. Visitors must be on the offender’s approved visitation list. The visitation will be limited to 20 slots per visiting session. Visitors must call at least 72 hours in advance and no more than 14 days prior to the visit. These slots will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Visits will be limited to 3 approved visitors per session. This will include children and infants. Visitors who live more than 350 miles from the facility may qualify for an additional visiting session once every 30 days.

Special visits will not be scheduled for Saturdays. Visits will not occur on Sunday, Monday or state holidays. Visitors are expected to follow the established dress code. Failure to follow policy can result in forfeiting the privilege to visit that day.

To schedule a visit, call 252-462-4050 and speak to the designated staff to set an appointment during the following times: Tuesday & Thursday from 11 a.m. -- 4 p.m. Wednesday & Friday from 11 a.m. -- 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 -- 4 p.m.

Offenders in general population that are under Security Risk Group Level 3 and offenders assigned to Restricted Housing Unit will have non-contact visits Tuesday through Friday. These visits will be for One Hour Only.


Take U.S. 64 to the Nashville/Momeyer exit for U.S. 64-Alternate West. Directional road signs are posted on U.S. 64 prior to exiting and at the top of the exit ramps. Nash is located approximately 1.5 miles down U.S. 64-A.

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
Nash Correctional Institution
PO Box 600
Nashville, NC 27856

For information regarding sending money to offenders, ordering packages for offenders and the offender telephone system, please click here


Nash Correctional Institution houses adult male offenders in medium security environments. Housing is in single cells and dayroom beds.

Offenders work in two Correction Enterprises industrial plants. Offenders are assigned to the Nash print plant that does much of the document and publication printing for state government agencies. Offenders also work in an optical plant that manufactures eyeglasses for offenders and Medicaid patients. Offenders also work in a variety of service jobs around the prison.

The Nash campus consists of 15 buildings, including medical facilities, vocational and recreational buildings, a gatehouse, dining hall, a chapel, a 20-cell segregation unit, and four 128-cell housing units.

The first prison at this site opened in 1938, a close custody facility known as Nash Prison Unit. In the early 1960s, Nash went through a series of changes, including conversion to a misdemeanor facility, a medium custody prison, and finally to a minimum custody unit. In 1970, it was renamed Nash Advancement Center and then renamed Nash Correctional Center in 1988. Nash Correctional Center became part of the newly built Nash Correctional Institution in 1992.

The old Nash Correctional Center facility is used for training and storage.