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Columbus Correctional Institution

County: Columbus
Inmate capacity: 698
Inmate gender: Male
Custody level: Medium
Staff size: 241
Occupancy: 1930s

Mailing Address
Box 8 
Brunswick, N.C.  28424
Street Address
1255 Prison Camp Road 
Whiteville, N.C.  28472
Phone: (910) 642-3285 
Fax: (910) 642-8456
Facility # 4355 
Courier # 04-27-02


Columbus Correctional Institution, near Brunswick, is a medium security prison for adult males.

The prison's original dormitory built in the late 1930s is still in use. In the 1970's, inmates under the supervision of correction engineers built a recreation building and a 28-cell unit to house inmates placed in administrative or disciplinary segregation.

The General Assembly provided for dormitories with 312 beds for Columbus as part of the $75 million prison construction program authorized in 1990. Another 208-bed dormitory was provided as part of the $62.1 million prison construction program authorized in April 1994. The prison employs approximately 241 people including Correctional Officers, Registered Nurses, Dental, Maintenance and Administrative staff.

Southeastern Community College works with the prison to provide vocational classes in computer repair, human resources/development, brick masonry, heating and air conditioning and plumbing. Classes for adult education and preparation for the GED tests are available. Inmates may take a course on substance abuse.

Inmates work in a number of jobs. They may work on Department of Transportation road crews or as maintenance or kitchen help at the prison.

Correction Enterprises has a sewing/tailoring plant under construction that would provide additional job assignments for inmates.


Visitation is by appointment only for all Inmates. All visitors must submit a completed application, with picture identification to visit the inmate they desire to visit.

Important Notes:

*Registration begins 30 minutes prior to visiting period. Visitors must be registered no later than 15 minutes prior to the visiting appointment time or the appointment will be terminated. The visitor will need to call to reschedule a visit for another day and time.

*No more than 3 visitors per visit (this includes children).

Regular Population Inmate's visitation including special visits is by appointment Sunday through Thursday, weekly. Appointments must be made at least three days in advance and no more than 14 days. The visitor must call, Monday through Thursday between the hours of 9a.m. to 10:30 a.m. or noon to 4:30 p.m. to schedule an appointment. Each inmate will be allowed only one visit per week. A maximum of three visitors (adults and children) will be permitted to visit an inmate per weekly visitation session.

Sunday Monday – Thursday 
8 a.m. to 9 a.m.   8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. 
9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m. to 2 p.m.
12 p.m. to 1 p.m.  2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.  
3 p.m. to 4 p.m.  

*Visitation on Sundays will be for one hour blocks and Monday – Thursday sessions are two hour blocks. Visitation will not occur on holidays

A valid photo identification card must be presented by anyone (16 yrs. or older) arriving at the institution to visit with an inmate. All visitors are required to conform to the standards of dress as described in the Visitation Rules listed in the “For Offender's Families” section of this website.

Special Visits: Extended Visits are available by appointment and with staff approval to those visitors who live over 500 miles from Columbus Correctional Institution, and may be scheduled no more than once every six (6) months. These visits are limited to immediate family.

Legal Visits
Legal visits will be by appointment only Monday through Thursday. The legal visitor must call, Monday through Thursday between the hours of 9 to 10:30 a.m. or noon to 4:30 p.m. to schedule an appointment. In addition, the legal visitor must provided a letterhead document 24 hours before the scheduled visit, indicating the name of the attorney/agency, the inmate requesting to visit, and the date of time of the visit.

Segregated Inmates / Non –Contact Visits
Inmates who are in segregation or have been restricted to non contact visitation can visit Monday through Thursday also by appointment only. The visitor must call at least 48 hours in advance to schedule an appointment. Only two adults, or one adult and one child will be allowed to visit during a one hour visiting session. Schedule - is daily from 9 to 10 a.m., 1 to 2:00 p.m., and 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Contact Information
To make an appointment to visit, all visitors should call (910) 640-1879. This is a direct line to the visitation office. If the line is busy please call back later during the scheduled visiting hours. Appointments will not be accepted by calling the main telephone number of 910-642-3285. Messages will not be accepted on the telephone answering machine.

Inmate Mail
Mail to inmates should be sent by U.S. Postal service to P. O. Box 8, Brunswick, N.C.  28424. Letters to inmates should be addressed so that the full name and OPUS number of the inmate appears on the envelope. The person sending mail to an inmate should be identified in the return address space on the envelope. Money enclosed in outside personal mail to an inmate should be sent by money order, cashiers check or certified check. Cash will not be accepted. Cash that is enclosed in incoming personal mail shall be returned to the sender with a form letter describing mail procedures.


From HWY 74/76 take U.S. 701 by-pass south towards Whiteville, travel approx. 3.2 miles and turn left onto N.C. 130 east. Travel 1.6 miles to Brunswick. In Brunswick, turn right on State Road 1170 (Poplar Street). Go 1.5 miles down Poplar Street and the prison is on the left.

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