Pender Correctional Institution

Mailing Address: Box 1058, Burgaw, NC 28425
Street Address: 906 Penderlea Highway, Burgaw, NC 28425
Phone: (910) 259-8735 
County: Pender
Offender capacity: 768
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


A completed application must be approved by the facility staff before a visit can occur.

The visiting sessions are conducted Sunday through Thursday by appointment only. Appointments may only be scheduled Monday through Thursday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. by calling 910-259-8740. Calls for appointments must be made at least 24 hours in advance of the requested visitation session and can be made up to two weeks in advance of the requested visitation session.

The visiting sessions will be as follows:

Sundays -- 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.; 10 to 11 a.m.; 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.; 2 to 3 p.m.; 3:15 to 4:15 p.m.

Monday - Thursday -- 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.; 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; 2:15 to 4:15 p.m.

Visitors should arrive 15 minutes prior to their scheduled visitation time.


From I-40, take exit 398 for Jacksonville/Burgaw and turn toward Burgaw on NC 53. After about 1.5 miles, you will pass through a stop light and then reach a stop sign about a half-mile beyond that. Turn right onto Timberly Lane and then left onto Wallace Street. Stay on Wallace Street for about a mile until you reach the stop sign at the intersection with Penderlea Highway. Turn right onto Penderlea Road and the unit will be on the right.

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
Pender Correctional Institution
Box 1058
Burgaw, NC 28425

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


Pender Correctional Institution has six dormitories, education buildings, recreation building, medical building, dining hall, operations center, administration building, programs building, gatehouse and chapel.

Correction Enterprises converted the old dormitory and old recreation building on the original Pender Correctional Center to a sewing plant that manufactures uniforms for offenders, ferry workers and correctional officers. Many offenders are assigned to work on facility food service, facility maintenance, janitor services or assist staff.

Cape Fear Community College works with the prison to provide vocational classes in light construction and diesel mechanics. Classes for adult education and preparation for the GED are available.

Offenders who have development disabilities are assigned to the horticultural therapy program that trains them for landscaping and gardening jobs. Offenders may also be assigned to the Drug Alcohol Chemical Dependency Program (ACDP/Pender-AND90) unit. ACDP is a 12-week term of intensive treatment for alcohol and drug addiction in a residential facility at prisons. Other self-development, treatment and education programs are offered during evening hours and on weekends.

Pender Correctional Institution was one of the first prisons to have teleconferencing capability used for management meetings, staff training and inmate education.

Ground was broken on November 30, 1990 to build the 756-bed medium security prison for adult males, adjacent to the 112-bed medium security Pender Correctional Center. The old medium security prison was established as a one-dormitory unit in 1935 as one of 61 field unit prisons renovated or built during the late 1930's to house offenders who worked building roads.