444 County Home Road
Yanceyville NC 27379
Custody level: Medium
Caswell Correctional Center, near Yanceyville, is a medium security prison for adult males.
Caswell was one of 51 county prisons for which the state assumed responsibility with the passage of the Conner bill in 1931. It was one of 61 field unit prisons renovated or built during the late 1930s to house inmates who worked building roads. Like many of the era’s prisons, Caswell also had a farm worked by the inmates to supply the prison kitchen. The prison farm operated into the 1960s.
Caswell initially housed misdemeanants until 1968 when medium and minimum custody inmates were housed there together. In 1974, Caswell was converted into a medium security prison housing 118 inmates. With the addition of triple-bunking, three beds stacked on top of each other, the population rose to 168.
A new dining hall was built at the prison in the 1950s. In the 1970s, inmates supervised by correction engineers built a recreation building and a segregation unit with 24 single cells.
In January 1989, a 104 bed inmate dormitory and support buildings including a programs building with classroom space and a recreation building opened. This addition was funded by the legislature as part of the $28.5 million Emergency Prison Facilities Development program in 1987.
Lawmakers provided two 104-inmate dormitories, an administration building, operations center and dining hall as part of the $75 million prison construction program approved in July 1990. After a gatehouse and motion detection system was installed, security towers at the prison were removed. With the completion of these additions in January 1993, staff increased to 154 and the inmate population increased to maximum of 484.
Inmates may also be assigned to work on one of seven Department of Transportation road squads clearing road right of way under the supervision of armed correction officers. They may also work in the prison, typically as kitchen help or keeping the prison clean and in repair. For two years in the late 1990s, inmate construction crews totaling up to 88 prisoners were housed at Caswell as they built the 600-man housing unit at the nearby Dan River Prison Work Farm.
Piedmont Community College works with the prison to provide vocational courses including welding, HVAC technology, horticulture and industrial maintenance technology. Inmates with less than a high school education may participate in GED preparatory classes or remedial education. Inmates are also given an opportunity to participate in Bible study and worship services.
In 1997, Piedmont Community College began to provide instruction in electrical and pneumatic tool repair. Inmates who complete this program are put to work in a small tool repair program, repairing tools for the Department of Transportation and other public agencies.
The current statewide visitation policy limits the number of visitors to three (3) per visit. Currently at Caswell visitation is held on both Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. and from 1p.m to 3 p.m. The day and time of the visit is determined by the first letter of the inmate’s last name which rotates every 60 days. Visits for inmates housed in segregation and special or administrative non-contact visits are held by appointment only. Appointments for inmates housed in segregation are for one (1) hour, Monday thru Friday, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and must be made at least forty-eight (48) hours in advance. Appointments for special visits are made Monday thru Friday and must be made at least twenty four (24) hours in advance. Appointments for administrative non-contact visits are Thursday or Friday from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m.. from Noon until 2 p.m. or from 2:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. These appointments must be made no later that Tuesday preceding the Friday of the visit. There will be no special or administrative non-contact appointments scheduled on a holiday.
DIRECTIONS – Interstate 40 to exit 261. North on NC86 to Yanceyville, to right on Country Home Road (NC1572) to facility.