Sanford Correctional Center

County: Lee
Mailing Address: Box 2490, Sanford, NC 27330
Street Address: 417 Advancement Center Road, Sanford, NC 27330
Phone: 919-776-4325 

Inmate capacity: 298
Inmate gender: Male
Custody level: Minimum
Occupancy: 1930s

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.


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.


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.