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Neuse Correctional Institution

County:  Wayne
Inmate capacity: 788
Inmate gender:  Male
Custody level:  Minimum
Staff size:  279
Occupancy:  August, 1994

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 2087
Goldsboro, N.C.   27533-2087
Phone: (919) 731-2023
Fax:  (919) 731-2033
Facility # 3060
Courier # 01-11-13



The 828-bed Neuse Correctional Institution, a minimum-security prison in Goldsboro, received its first inmates August 27, 1994.

Neuse was built to replace Triangle Correctional Center in Raleigh as the eastern North Carolina processing center for adult male misdemeanants.

The original 500-bed, $10.6 million construction project was funded in July 1991 as part of a $103 million prison construction program authorized in July 1992. Lawmakers added another 100-bed dormitory as part of the $87.5 million prison construction program authorized in July 1993.

Neuse Correctional Institution serves as the point of entry into the prison system for adult male misdemeanant offenders from all counties. An amended mission is to process felons with sentences less than 24 months. The prison has been designed to provide 590 beds for inmates going through the diagnostic process.

Newly admitted inmates will be delivered to Neuse by the Division of Prisons bus system or local law enforcement. Then inmates will enter a receiving area to be searched, fingerprinted, photographed and logged into prison. Personal property will be collected, prison clothing issued and a bed assigned in the prison's dormitories.

Newly admitted inmates go through medical, dental and mental health screenings. Then, over the next ten days, a 33-person diagnostic processing staff will interview each offender to prepare reports on their criminal history and social background, as well as administer psychological tests and identify special needs. Based on these findings, correction staff recommends assignment of inmates to prisons, jobs and programs. Neuse will also serve as the dental clinic for minimum custody male inmates from eastern North Carolina.

Approximately 198 beds are set aside for inmates who will be assigned work in support of the day-to-day operation of the prison.

The prison has a 40-bed single cell segregation building for housing misdemeanant safekeepers, misdemeanants with pending serious felony charges or inmates in disciplinary segregation.

Neuse Correctional Institution has a campus style layout consisting of ten buildings inside the perimeter fence. It has two large housing units, one housing regular population and processing inmates. Many of the regular population inmates are assigned to various work and program activities. The other large unit is a reception unit. The last housing unit consists of four separate housing units. There is a 40-bed single cell segregation building for housing misdemeanant safe-keepers, misdemeanants with pending serious felony charges, or inmates in a disciplinary segregation status. 


Visitation is by appointment only and limited to two hours. Inmates at Neuse Correctional Institution for processing will not be permitted a visit for the first 14 days they are here.

Calls for visitation should be made between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday for processing inmates and Wednesday and Thursday for regular population inmates (except for state holidays) by calling (919) 581-1035.

Visitation Schedule
Thursdays, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. for C/D Housing Units and Processing Inmates.

Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. for B Housing Unit and Regular Population Inmates.

Segregation Inmates may visit Monday through Friday by appointment only for one hour from 8a.m. – 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Visitors should call (919) 731-2023 and ask for extension 1279 to make a visit.

Special Visits are available during the week, subject to certain restrictions, by calling (919) 731-2023, ext. 1271.


Incentive Wage Positions
GED Class
Computer Class/Employment Readiness (Full & Part-time)
Service Club
Substance Abuse Programs -- Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous 

Self Help/Life Enrichment


  • Napoleon Hill Character Education 
  • Thinking for a Change (CBI) 
  • Parenting
  • F.A.T.H.E.R 
  • Community Volunteer Passes 

Home Leave Passes 

Inmate Labor Contracts - Cherry Agricultural Farm Work Release

Religious Life

  • Prison Fellowship
  • YokeFellow
  • Formal Worship
  • Pastoral Counseling
  • Bible Studies
  • Money Smart

Think Smart
Transition Program


From Raleigh, take U.S. 70 to Goldsboro and turn right onto O'Berry Center Road. Drive until it ends and take a left onto Old Smithfield Road which will take you to a stoplight. Take a right at the light and drive by the Cherry complex and across the railroad tracks. Neuse Correctional Institution will be on your right.


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