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Caledonia Correctional Institution

County: Halifax 
Inmate capacity: 1038
Inmate gender: Male
Custody level: Minimum/Medium
Staff size: 405
Year opened: 1892

 Mailing Address:
 Box 137
 Tillery, N.C.  27887
 Street address:
  2787 Caledonia Drive
  Tillery, N.C.   27882
  Phone:  (252) 826-5621
  Fax:  (252) 826-5434
Facility #3305
 Courier # 07-45-01


Caledonia Correctional Institution is located in Halifax County on approximately 7,500 acres that was purchased by the state in 1899. It has been operated since 1892 as a state prison farm.

With the intent of putting inmates to work, the General Assembly leased the Caledonia farm in 1890. Nine years later, the property was purchased for $61,000. Roanoke River flooding damaged the farm in 1901 and 1902. In 1919, the prison farm was auctioned in parcels for a total of $497,000. The auction raised little cash since most of the land was purchased on credit.

Flooding problems continued to plague the area and practically the entire farm was repossessed by the state within five years of the auction. About 600 inmates were returned to the prison and housed in temporary wooden shacks. They worked to ditch and clear the land for farming. In 1925 construction began on a brick dormitory. Inmates moved into the building in 1927. Heat and hot water were provided the inmates in 1929.

Caledonia's main building originally housed men and women. Eight dormitories downstairs housed men and two dormitories upstairs housed women. Today the dorms house medium custody adult male inmates.

In 1976, 144 additional cells were built. These cells currently house medium custody adult male inmates. Another 142 cells built in 1980 are used today to house medium custody inmates. The prison also has buildings for vocational classes and recreation.

Halifax Community College works with the prison to provide vocational classes like cook school, block masonry, plumbing. Inmates may participate in classes for adult education and preparation for the GED tests. Inmates may also take part in self-help programs on substance abuse, stress, Narcotics Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous, DART aftercare, minimum custody readiness and self-improvement.

About 5,500 acres of farmland are under cultivation at Caledonia. Correction Enterprises manages the farm which contains cattle, chickens and row crops such as corn, wheat, cotton and soybeans. In addition, the inmates farm 300 acres of vegetables like tomatoes, sweet corn, collard greens, sweet potatoes, squash, cucumbers and melons. During the off-season, fresh vegetables are grown in green houses.

Inmates also work in the prison's cannery. The cannery processes and cans crops grown on the farm for distribution to prison kitchens across the state. It is 12,770 square feet and has the capability of canning about 500,000 gallons of commodities per year. Inmates may also work as janitors or kitchen help.

In August 2014, Tillery Correctional Center merged with Caledonia Correctional Institution and is now known as Caledonia Minimum.  This prison was originally built to provide minimum security beds for inmates working at the Caledonia state prison farm when Halifax Correctional Center was a medium security unit. (Halifax was later changed back to a minimum security prison and eventually closed in 1996.)

In 1987, the General Assembly provided for creation of the prison with a 208-bed dormitory as part of the $28.5 million Emergency Prison Facilities Development program. Another 208-bed dormitory was added by lawmakers as part of the $55 million prison construction program in 1989.

The prison sits on a 20-acre site about a quarter mile from the Caledonia Correctional Institution. Caledonia Minimum houses inmates in two buildings, each with four dorms, connected by a central multipurpose area. There are six additional buildings including an administrative building, program support building, dining hall, vocational building and multipurpose building.

Inmates work on farm crews at the Caledonia prison farm. They may also be assigned to maintenance or janitorial duties at Caledonia Medium and Caledonia Minimum. Inmates may work on labor contracts and manual labor jobs for local governments. Other inmates work in the prison as food service help.



Visitation is conducted in three separate sessions, two on Saturday afternoon and one on Sunday afternoon by appointment only and are limited to three approved visitors per session.

The three sessions are as follows:

Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Saturday 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Sunday 1:30 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.

To schedule a visit at Caledonia Medium, call (252) 826-4967 and at Caledonia Minimum call (252) 826-0051. Visitation calls are taken Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

There is no visiting on holidays, unless the holiday falls on a regular visiting day. ** Note: this is on a first come first serve basis.**

Special visits: All requested weekday special visits are for immediate family members only. Appointments for special visits may be requested by calling the facility a minimum of 24 hours prior to the date of the desired visit. To arrange a special visit please call the facility you wish to visit at the above numbers. Visits will only be granted between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Other visits: All attorneys, clergyman, etc., are required to call the facility a minimum of 24 hours in advance of a requested visit. Appointments maybe requested by calling the facility at (252) 826-5621 and ask for ext. 601. Visits will only be granted between the hours of 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.



Take I-95 north to Halifax County and exit onto N.C. 481. Take N.C. 481 for about 18 miles through Enfield to Tillery. At Tillery, take county road 1141 to Caledonia Correctional Institution (Minimum) on left.  Another quarter mile down the road is Caledonia Correctional Institution (Medium).

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