Pamlico Correctional Institution

Mailing and Street Address: 601 North Third Street, Bayboro, NC 28515
Phone: 252-745-3074 
County: Pamlico
Offender capacity: 550
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 is by appointment only. Visits are scheduled by calling 252-745-5538, Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. – noon, and then from 1 – 4 p.m. Visitors (adults and children) must be on the offender's approved visitation list before a visit will be scheduled. Normally, the number of approved visitors is limited to three. Visits must be scheduled within seven days of the visitation date requested. Visitors must check in at the gatehouse before 9:15 a.m.  

The visitation schedule for regular population offenders: Saturday: 8 – 10 a.m. and 1 – 3 p.m.; Sunday: 8 – 10 a.m.

Visitation for restrictive housing offenders: Wednesday: 8:30 -  9:30 a.m.

Visitation for protective custody offenders: Thursday: 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

There may be times when a special visit may be warranted due to the distance to be traveled by family members and/or friends. Special visits may be requested by calling the visitation phone number.


From Raleigh, take US 70 East to New Bern. As you start across the Neuse River bridge, take the US 17 North exit for Bridgeton/Bayboro. After crossing the bridge, take the NC 55 exit to Bayboro. In Bayboro, turn left on 3rd Street at the traffic light next to the courthouse. Go one mile and Pamlico CI is on the left.

From Greenville, take NC 43 South to Vanceboro. Once through Vanceboro, take US 17 South to Bridgeton, then take the NC 55 exit to Bayboro. In Bayboro, turn left on 3rd Street at the traffic light next to the courthouse. Go one mile and Pamlico CI is on the left.

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
Pamlico Correctional Institution
601 North Third Street
Bayboro, NC 28515

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


Pamlico Correctional Institution is a medium custody facility for adult males located in Bayboro, approximately 18 miles east of New Bern. There are two housing units for the regular population. The restrictive housing unit has 24 cells, as does the protective custody unit.

Pamlico prepares offenders for transition and re-entry by providing educational and personal growth opportunities. Pamlico Community College provides a variety of courses. Vocational classes include Dental Technology, Electrical Wiring, Masonry, Carpentry, Re-upholstery, Plumbing, Horticulture, Industrial Cleaning, and Information Systems. Adult Basic Education and GED classes prepare offenders for the General Education Diploma. Rehabilitation and treatment programs include Cognitive Behavior Intervention, Napoleon Hill, Anger Management, Thinking for a Change, Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. Pamlico Correctional Institution has a New Leash on Life program in partnership with the Carteret County Humane Society, Pamlico Pals for Paws, and other community supporters.

Pamlico CI opened in 1998 as a private prison owned and operated by Corrections Corporation of America. In October 2000, the state assumed operational management and later purchased the facility from CCA.