Pamlico Correctional Institution

Mailing and Street Address: 601 North Third Street, Bayboro, NC 28515
Phone: 252-745-3074 
County: Pamlico
Offender capacity: 550
Facility type: Male, Medium 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

From Raleigh, take US 70 East to New Bern. As you start across the Neuse River bridge, take the US 17 North exit for Bridgeton/Bayboro. After crossing the bridge, take the NC 55 exit to Bayboro. In Bayboro, turn left on 3rd Street at the traffic light next to the courthouse. Go one mile and Pamlico CI is on the left.

From Greenville, take NC 43 South to Vanceboro. Once through Vanceboro, take US 17 South to Bridgeton, then take the NC 55 exit to Bayboro. In Bayboro, turn left on 3rd Street at the traffic light next to the courthouse. Go one mile and Pamlico CI is on the left.
 

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

Pamlico Correctional Institution is a medium custody facility for adult males located in Bayboro, approximately 18 miles east of New Bern. There are two housing units for the regular population. The restrictive housing unit has 24 cells, as does the protective custody unit.

Pamlico prepares offenders for transition and re-entry by providing educational and personal growth opportunities. Pamlico Community College provides a variety of courses. Vocational classes include Dental Technology, Electrical Wiring, Masonry, Carpentry, Re-upholstery, Plumbing, Horticulture, Industrial Cleaning, and Information Systems. Adult Basic Education and GED classes prepare offenders for the General Education Diploma. Rehabilitation and treatment programs include Cognitive Behavior Intervention, Napoleon Hill, Anger Management, Thinking for a Change, Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. Pamlico Correctional Institution has a New Leash on Life program in partnership with the Carteret County Humane Society, Pamlico Pals for Paws, and other community supporters.

Pamlico CI opened in 1998 as a private prison owned and operated by Corrections Corporation of America. In October 2000, the state assumed operational management and later purchased the facility from CCA.