Catawba Correctional Center

Mailing and Street Address: 1347 Prison Camp Road, Newton, NC 28658
Phone: 828-466-5521
County: Catawba
Offender capacity:
246
Facility type: Male, Minimum Custody
 

LIMITED VISITATION RESUMES OCT. 1, 2020

The Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice will resume limited visitation at all state’s prisons effective Oct. 1, 2020 with significant restrictions due to the pandemic. Visitation was suspended in all state prisons on March 16, 2020, with the exception of legal and pastoral visits, to help prevent the potential spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The health and safety of employees and offenders in our care are the top priorities of the Department of Public Safety. For information on coronavirus and how to protect yourself, please go the NC Department of Health and Human Services website.

To learn what else Prisons is doing to combat coronavirus, click here.

For more information on visitation, click here.

Directions

Catawba Correctional Center is located south of Newton on US 321 Business. From Interstate 40, US 321 Business can be accessed easily from either exit 128 or exit 133. After turning south onto US 321 Business in Conover, go approximately seven miles to Prison Camp Road and turn left. The prison is about a quarter-mile 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
Catawba Correctional Center
1347 Prison Camp Road
Newton, NC 28658

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

Overview

Established in 1932, Catawba Correctional Center is a minimum security prison for adult males.

Offenders are provided transitional programs such as Male Nurturing, Chaplaincy Re-entry Program, DACDP Intermediate Treatment, GED tutoring and testing. These programs aid the offenders upon their release. Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous support groups are also represented. Approximately 50 inmates participate in the work release program. which allows them to be employed by private-sector employers to begin their readjustment to the community and earn a wage that can be used to support their children and families, as well as to pay restitution.

Offenders may be assigned to a wide range of jobs that include kitchen, janitorial, unit maintenance, or Department of Transportation crews. Offenders are also able to participate in a vocational program offered by Catawba Valley Community College.

Catawba was one of 61 field unit prisons renovated or built during the 1930's to house offenders who worked building roads. The prison's original housing unit with two dormitories was renovated in the mid 1980's.