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

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

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

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

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.