Sampson Correctional Institution

County: Sampson
Mailing Address: Box 1109, Clinton, NC 28328
Street Address: 700 Northwest Blvd, US 421 North, Clinton, NC 28328
Phone: 910-592-2151 

Inmate capacity: 452
Inmate gender: Male
Custody level: Medium/Minimum
Occupancy: 1930s

Sampson Correctional Institution near Clinton is a medium/minimum security prison for adult males.

Offenders at Sampson work in the largest of seven Correction Enterprise laundries. Offenders may also be assigned to work on a Department of Transportation road crew or as maintenance or kitchen help at the prison. The minimum custody offenders work for the N.C. Justice Academy, Transportation, Forestry Service, National Guard, Agriculture Research Station and local government.

Sampson Community College works with the prison to provide vocational classes in horticulture, air conditioning and refrigeration. Classes are also offered to help offenders prepare for GED tests.


Sampson was one of 51 county prisons for which the state assumed responsibility with the passage of the Conner Bill in 1931 and was one of 61 field unit prisons renovated or built during the late 1930s to house offenders who worked building roads.

Minimum-custody offenders are housed in the older dormitories of the original prison compound, and medium-custody offenders are in the new dormitories in a more secure compound.

Lawmakers provided for a 104-bed dormitory as part of the $17.4 million prison construction program authorized in 1988. As part of the $55 million prison construction program in 1989, lawmakers provided for dormitories to house 208 offenders.

Construction was completed on two new dormitories, a multipurpose building, dining hall and chapel/recreation building in 1990. Another dormitory opened in 1991.

With the old dormitory rated to hold 44 inmates, the new construction provided the prison capacity to 464 offenders. The prison had another 10 single cells for placing offenders in administrative or disciplinary segregation.


Visitation is held on weekends. Offenders visit by first letter of last name. The visitation schedule rotates every 90 days.

H - M Saturdays 9 - 11:30 a.m.
A - G Saturdays 1 - 3:30 p.m.
N - Z Sundays 1 - 3:20 p.m.

Be advised that rotation of the schedule will occur on the following dates:

January 1
April 1
July 1
October 1

For special visit information, call 910-592-2151.


From Raleigh, Take I-40 East to U.S. 701 South and travel toward Clinton. Turn right on the U.S. 701 Bypass South around Clinton and exit onto North Boulevard (Dunn exit). Take a right on North Boulevard. Immediately after you pass the minimum security on your lef t, you will come to a stop light. Make left at stop light onto U.S. 421 South, and the medium facility is approximately ¼ mile on the left.