Craven Correctional Institution

Correctional Institution

Street Address:
600 Alligator Road Vanceboro NC 28586
Phone: 252-244-3337
Fax: 252-244-3727
Custody level: Medium
Occupancy: 1996


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Craven Correctional Institution is one of the state’s largest prison processing centers. Convicted felons from North Carolina jails enter the system by first going through processing at the 796 bed, medium security prison. During the three-to-four week period that they are at Craven, new admissions are tested, evaluated, and interviewed to determine assignments to prisons, jobs, and programs. More than 400 inmates process though Craven Correctional Institution each month. The $24.3 million dollar prison was dedicated in 1996 and employs approximately 350 people.
Visitation is by appointment only.
Upon arrival at Craven Correctional Institution for processing, inmates will not be able to receive visits for 14 days.
Regular visiting hours are Saturdays 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Sundays from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Regular visitation appointments can be made by telephone between 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on a first come first serve basis Monday through Friday (except state holidays)

Special visits are available during the week, subject to certain restrictions. Requests for special visits must be submitted in writing, explaining the need for exception to regular visiting.

DIRECTIONS: Take U.S. 17 north towards Vanceboro. Take the U.S. 17 bypass around Vanceboro for about 1.5 miles. Then turn right onto SR 1637 (Alligator Road) for about a mile to the prison.