Eastern Correctional Institution

Mailing Address: Box 215, Maury, NC 28554
Street Address: 2821 N.C. Highway 903, Maury, NC 28554
Phone: 252-747-8101
County: Greene
Facility type:
Male, Close 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

Eastern Correctional Institution is one-half mile south of Maury on NC 903 between Greenville and Snow Hill. From Goldsboro, take Highway 13 North until you enter Snow Hill. Take Highway 13/258 North until you reach the intersection with Highway 903, where you take a right to reach the facility.

From Raleigh -- Take US 64 East then US 264 East at Knightdale towards Greenville. Take the first Farmville exit (Exit 60). Go about 4 miles and turn right on US 258. Take US 258 for 7 miles until you get to a crossroad called LIZZIE. Turn left (Hwy. 123). Go 3 miles to the stop sign. This is Hwy 903. Turn right. The prison is a half-mile on the right. Approximate driving time is 80-85 minutes.

SENDING MAIL TO OFFENDERS

Until Oct. 18, letters to an offender must be addressed to the prison where they are currently assigned. Addresses 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
Avery-Mitchell Correctional Institution
600 Amity Park Road
Spruce Pine, NC 28777

Beginning Oct. 18, the N.C. Department of Public Safety has changed the way offenders receive mail. To help keep contraband out of prisons, all mail to offenders must be sent through a private company, TextBehind.

You must address mail to offenders in this way, or it will be returned:

Offender Name and OPUS Number
Prison Name
P.O. Box 247
Phoenix, MD 21131

Examples:

John Doe #1234567                      Jane Doe #7654321
Polk Correctional Institution          N.C. Correctional Institution for Women
P.O. Box 247                                P.O. Box 247
Phoenix, MD 21131                        Phoenix, MD 21131

The state’s prisons for women have been using TextBehind since February 2020.

Here’s how it works:

  • Offender mail is addressed and delivered to TextBehind.
  • TextBehind will make digital copies of the contents.
  • TextBehind will forward the digital files to the prison.
  • The prison will print acceptable pages and deliver them to the offender.

You may also download the TextBehind app to send mail by a smartphone or computer, avoiding paper mail sent via the U.S. Postal Service.

Offenders will continue to receive all acceptable contents of the mail you send — letters, photos, cards, artwork, etc. For more information about TextBehind, including a short video, click here.

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions.

TextBehind will not accept packages or legal mail. For more information on sending packages or legal mail, see the FAQs. You can also contact the prison where the offender is currently assigned.

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, or state and federal court officials must be opened in the presence of the offender before it is checked for illegal or unauthorized items.

For information regarding sending money to offenders, ordering packages for offenders or about the offender telephone system, please click the links

Overview

Eastern Correctional Institution opened in January 1983 as a male facility. The facility was converted to house females in 2014. However, the state prison system underwent a remissioning project at three facilities across the state and Eastern CI was converted back to a male close custody facility in the winter of 2019.

Eastern is adjacent to Greene Correctional Institution and is built on land that at one time was farmed by the minimum security prison offenders. Eastern and its sister institution, Southern Correctional Institution in Troy, opened at the same time, are of the same design and were part of the initial expansion of the prison system in the 1980s and 1990s to house the growing offender population. 

The two-story prison sits on 38 acres surrounded by double fences. The institution has five housing units, each designed to hold 96 offenders in single cells. Each regular population housing unit is divided into three wings with 24 cells. The restricted housing unit has two wings each with 24 cells totaling 48 single cells with sinks and toilets.