Carteret Correctional Center

Correctional Institution

1084 Orange Street
Newport NC 28570
Phone: 252-223-5100
Fax: 252-223-3069
Custody level: Minimum
Occupancy: 1938


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Established in 1938, Carteret Correctional Center, near Newport, is a minimum security prison for adult males.

Carteret was established in 1938 with portable housing units for sleeping quarters. The prison’s original dormitory was built in 1948. While the prisons operated under the State Highway and Public Works Commission from the 1930’s to the 1950’s, Carteret served as a medium security prison. Inmates worked part of the prison’s 88.12 acres as a farm and raised hogs to provide their food until 1961.

Inmates are still housed in a building containing two dormitories that was part of the original prison. An administration building was constructed in 1966. A modular dormitory erected in 1977 was expected to last 5-10 years. It remained in operation until 1997.

In 1987, lawmakers provided two 50-bed dormitories and a multipurpose building for Carteret as part of the $28.5 million Emergency Prison Facilities Development program. Two more 50-bed dormitories were provided as part of the $87.5 million prison construction program authorized in 1993.

Carteret Community College works with the prison to provide vocational classes in horticulture and for the developmentally disabled. Classes for adult education and preparation for the GED tests are also offered.

Inmates work in a number of jobs. They may be assigned to the community work program, Department of Transportation road crews, Highway Litter Crew or work under contract for local government agencies. Inmates may also be assigned to maintenance or kitchen duties. Inmates nearing parole may participate in work release, leaving the prison for the part of the day to work for a business in the community.

Inmates may participate in study release or substance abuse treatment programs or the Horticulture Program.

Visitation – The facility has visitations on Saturday only beginning at 8:00 am until 11:00 am and again at 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm. Visitation is floating and maximum duration is 2 hrs.

A-L 1st visitation and M-Z 2nd visitation, this schedule alternates each month.

Special visits:

These are arranged on a once a month basis.

Must be immediate family member
Must travel over 4 hours one-way
Must be special circumstances such as death of immediate family member which the family wants to inform the inmate in person.
There is medical documentation that the family member can not travel long distances.

Visitation for clergy and attorneys, will require 24 hour notice. The attorney must request in writing on their letter head. These are 1-hour visits and for operational purposes from 11am until 12pm, or from 2pm until 3pm, Monday through Friday.

Take U.S. 70 to Newport. Then left at Business 70, left on Main Street and right onto Orange Street. Travel for a mile and the prison is on the left at 1084 Orange Street.