Odom Correctional Institution (OPERATIONS SUSPENDED)

OPERATIONS AT THIS FACILITY ARE CURRENTLY SUSPENDED

Effective October 14, 2019, offenders have been relocated to other minimum custody facilities due to regional staffing shortages.
 

Street and Mailing Address: PO Box 36, Jackson, NC 27845-0036
Phone: 252-534-5611 
County: Northampton
Offender capacity:
352
Facility type: Male, Minimum Custody

Directions

Take I-95 to Roanoke Rapids and then travel east on U.S. 158 to Jackson. At Jackson, turn right onto State Road 1108 (Bryantown Road) and travel 4 miles to Boone's Crossroads. Then turn right onto SR 1131 and the facility is located a half-mile down the road.

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
 

In 1958, the state paid $67,500 for 2,200 acres of farm land in Northampton County across the Roanoke River from Caledonia Prison farm. The parcel of land, known locally as Odom Farm, had been owned by the Odom family for years before its sale to the state and the establishment of Odom Correctional Institution at the site in 1961.

Odom Correctional Institution was built to replace the old Northampton Prison north of Jackson. Construction was completed in 1961 on the 300-bed prison to provide offenders with meaningful work in a healthy farm setting. Midway through construction, the department's needs changed and modifications were made to provide for the housing of close custody male felons. Today, Odom houses minimum custody felon and misdemeanor offenders.

The state first used the tract as a farm worked by offenders who were bused daily from the old Northampton prison and from Caledonia Correctional Institution. The farm is still in use today, but is farmed privately - without offender labor.

The prison's main building consists of an east and west wing. The east wing was built in 1980 and has 144 cells, of which 24 are designated for administrative/disciplinary segregation. The west wing has dormitory housing built in 1961. Support buildings house recreation and vocational areas.

Offenders may work a variety of jobs around the prison such as janitorial, maintenance and food service. 

Roanoke-Chowan Community College works with the prison to provide vocational classes in building construction, HVAC and plumbing. Classes also are offered in computer language. There are two GED classes and one ABE class.