Roanoke River Correctional Institution (formerly Caledonia Correctional)

Street Address: 2787 Caledonia Drive, Tillery, NC 27882
Mailing Address: Box 137, Tillery, NC 27887
Phone: 252-826-5621
County: Halifax 
Offender capacity: 1038
Facility type: Male, Medium and Minimum Custodies


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.


Take I-95 to Halifax County. Take Exit 168 (Halifax). Turn east onto N.C. 903 and travel to Halifax. At the stop light/railroad crossing, turn right/south onto Hwy. 301. Travel approximately 2 miles and turn left onto N.C. 561 East and follow posted signs to Roanoke River Correctional Institution. The Minimum Custody facility is on the right. The Medium Custody facility is past the minimum on the left.


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


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

IMPORTANT: The return address (at the top left of the envelope) must contain both the full first name and the full last name of the sender. Do not use initials. TextBehind will return mail that does not provide the sender's full first and last names.

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.


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

About 5,500 acres of farmland are under cultivation at Roanoke River CI. Correction Enterprises manages the farm, which contains a poultry-laying operation and row crop/vegetable operation that plants corn, wheat and soybeans. In addition, the offenders farm 300 acres of sweet corn, collard greens, sweet potatoes, squash, cucumbers and melons.

Offenders 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. The operation is 12,770 square feet and has the capability of canning about 500,000 gallons of commodities per year.

Offenders work on crews at the prison farm. They may also be assigned to maintenance or janitorial duties at the prison. Offenders may work on labor contracts and manual labor jobs for local governments. Other offenders work in the prison in food service, barbers, grass cutters and recreation clerks.

Halifax Community College works with the prison to provide vocational classes like cooking, block masonry, small engine repair, electrical wiring, commercial cleaning and plumbing. Offenders may participate in classes for adult education and preparation for the GED. Offenders may also take part in self-help programs on substance abuse, stress, Narcotics Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous, DART aftercare, minimum custody readiness and self-improvement. 


With the intent of putting offenders 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 that raised $497,000. However, the auction did not raise more cash because most of the land was purchased on credit.

Flooding problems continued to plague the area, and most of the farm was repossessed by the state within five years of the auction. About 600 offenders were returned to the prison and housed in temporary wooden shacks. They cleared the land for farming. In 1925, construction began on a brick dormitory that was completed two years later.

Roanoke River CI's main building originally housed men and women. Eight downstairs dormitories housed men, and two upstairs dormitories housed women. In 1976, 144 additional cells were built that currently house medium custody adult males. Another 142 cells built in 1980 are used to house medium custody inmates.

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

Roanoke River Minimum sits on a 20-acre site about a quarter-mile from the main prison complex. It houses minimum custody 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.

In August 2014, Tillery Correctional Center merged with the former Caledonia CI and is now known as Roanoke River Minimum. This prison was originally built to provide minimum security beds for offenders working at the 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).

On Oct. 4, 4021, the facility's name was changed to Roanoke River Correctional Institution.