5853 US 701 North
Elizabethtown NC 28337
Custody level: Minimum
Occupancy: late 1930s
Bladen Correctional Center, near White Lake in Bladen County, is a minimum security prison for men.
Bladen was converted to a youth prison in 1995 after having served as a minimum security prison for adult males. It was one of 61 field unit prisons renovated or built during the late 1930’s to house inmates who worked building roads. In November 2001 it was converted back to a minimum security prison for adult males, to help meet the department’s growing need for adult bed space.
The prison’s original dormitory is still used. In 1978, a modular dormitory was added.
The General Assembly provided for a 100 bed dormitory at Bladen as part of the $87.5 million prison construction program authorized in 1993.
Bladen Community College works with the prison to provide vocational classes in carpentry. Classes for adult education and preparation for the GED tests are available. Inmates may also take a course on substance abuse.
Inmates work in a number of jobs. They may be assigned to Department of Transportation road crews or as maintenance or kitchen help at the prison. Inmates nearing parole may participate in work release, leaving the prison for part of the day to work for a business in the community and home leaves.
Visitation is on Sundays. Visitors with last names starting with letters A – L visit from noon – 2 p.m.. Visitors with last names starting with letters M – Z visit from 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. All visitors must be on approved visitation list
Special Visits for out-of-state visitors may be requested through the Facility Officer In Charge between the hours of 6 a.m. – 2 p.m. Monday-Friday.
DIRECTIONS: Take U.S. 701 north from Elizabethtown for about seven (7) miles. The prison will be on the left.