Sanford Correctional Center

Mailing Address: Box 2490, Sanford, NC 27330
Street Address: 417 Advancement Center Road, Sanford, NC 27330
Phone: 919-776-4325 
County: Lee
Offender capacity: 298
Facility type: Male, Minimum Custody

VISITATION TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED

To prevent the potential spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), prison visitation was suspended as of Monday, March 16, 2020. 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 http://www.ncdhhs.gov/coronavirus.

For information on what other moves Prisons is making to combat coronavirus, click here

 

Visitation is on a monthly rotation by the first letter of the offender's last name and is from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. and 2 - 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The schedule via alphabet is broken up A-D, E-K, L-Q, R-Z. Please call the facility for specific times at 919-776-4325.

Special visits may be approved by the Superintendent or designee.

Directions

Take U.S. 1 South to the Colon Road exit and turn left. Stay on Colon Road, which will become 7th Street. The unit is located on the right near the intersection of 7th Street and Bragg Street.

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
Sanford Correctional Center
Box 2490
Sanford, NC 27330

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

Overview

Sanford Correctional Center is a minimum security prison for adult males.  The majority of offenders are assigned to jobs, and many leave the prison to work off-site daily.

Offenders are assigned to one of the following jobs: Department of Transportation squads in Lee, Harnett and Moore counties, Correction Enterprises Sign Recycling plant at the old Moore Correctional Center, labor contracts with local governments, and work release jobs in Lee County. Sanford Correctional Center provides the offender work force for the Office of Staff Development and Training located in Apex. All other offenders work on jobs at the prison in the kitchen, or as janitors or groundskeepers. Sanford Correctional Center offers a Masonry Program through Central Carolina Community College.

Night programs include Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Yokefellow Bible study and religious services. Central Carolina Community College provide classes for adult education and preparation for GED tests.

Sanford was one of 61 field unit prisons renovated or built during the late 1930s to house offenders who worked building roads. It was later used as a training center for officers and, in the 1970s, was converted back to a prison field unit.

The General Assembly provided two 50-bed dormitories for Sanford as part of the $28.5 million Emergency Prison Facilities Development program authorized in 1987. Lawmakers provided two additional 50-bed dormitories as part of the $87.5 million prison construction program authorized in 1993.

The prison's original dormitory is still in use. Two dormitories opened in 1987 and two more in 1993. The four new dormitories each house 63 offenders; the older unit houses 46.