New Hanover Correctional Center

Mailing and Street Address: 330 Division Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401
Phone: 910-251-2666 
County: New Hanover
Offender capacity: 402
Facility type: Male, Minimum Custody


Regular population offenders visit Saturday of each month. The population is divided in half by alphabet and visits on Saturday 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. and the other half from 2 - 4 p.m. for a maximum of two hours. The maximum number of visitors per visit is three (including adults and children).

The morning and afternoon visitation session will rotate each month. Inmates assigned to the segregation unit visit by appointment, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., approved by the superintendent or designee. Visitors requesting a visit with a segregated offender must contact 910-251-2666, ext. 251.


Take Interstate 40 East to Wilmington. Take Exit 414 (Castle Hayne, Airport, Battleship exit). Approach stop sign at bottom of exit ramp and turn left. Proceed to stop light in Castle Hayne and turn left onto US 117/133. After passing a Hardee's and a fire department, the road will fork and remain to the right on Hwy.133. Proceed approximately 6.5 miles and turn left on 23rd Street. Cross over railroad tracks, turn right onto Division Drive. New Hanover Correctional is located on the left.


New Hanover Correctional is a designated re-entry facility that serves as a minimum security prison for adult males. 

New Hanover CC operates one of the largest work release facilities in the state with more than 140 offenders leaving the prison daily to work at various businesses in the community. Offenders may be assigned to a variety of jobs such as N.C. Department of Transportation road squads, municipal labor contracts, ILM Airport in Wilmington, and the USS Battleship North Carolina. Offenders may also be assigned to on-site jobs in housekeeping, maintenance or the kitchen.
Cape Fear Community College provides both full-time and part-time educational, vocational, and self enrichment courses at the prison. The following classes are offered: High School Equivalency, Computer Information Systems, Horticulture Technology, Electrical Wiring, Human Resource Development, Computer Applications, Cognitive Behavior Intervention, F.A.T.H.E.R., Anger Management, Network Cable/Copper Wiring, and Network Fiber Optics. HISTORY

North Carolina's first permanent county prison was constructed in 1915 in New Hanover County. A two-story concrete building was erected in 1915 to house 200 county prisoners. Equipped with electricity, modern plumbing and central heating, the facility was thought to have begun a new age in prison construction and design. Offenders slept on cots in two large rooms, one for each race, separated by a guard room. The prison was remodeled in 1928 and expanded to house 250 offenders.

New Hanover was one of 51 county prisons that 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 1930s to house offenders who worked building roads.

Two modular dormitories added in 1978 have since been closed. In the 1987 Emergency Prison Facilities Development program, lawmakers provided for a 50-bed dormitory for New Hanover. Another 250 beds were included in the $55 million prison construction program authorized in 1989. Offenders moved into the first 50-bed dorm in 1988 and the other dorms in 1992.

Prison engineers supervised offenders in remodeling the prison's original building to provide classrooms and office space that opened in l994. An 18-bed dormitory provides administrative and disciplinary segregation space for minimum custody offenders needing to be segregated.