364 Hwy 11 South & 903
Kenansville NC 28349
Custody level: Minimum
Duplin Correctional Center, near Kenansville, is a minimum security prison for adult males.
Duplin Correctional Center was built in the 1920s. A 1928 fire destroyed the prison. The prison was rebuilt and reopened in 1939 as a medium security prison.
Duplin 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 1930’s to house inmates who worked building roads.
In the early 1950s, Duplin became a minimum security prison for adult males who were put to work on Department of Transportation road crews.
In 1964, the prison housed adult males with physical handicaps. Then in the early 1970s, the prison began housing inmates sentenced as committed youthful offenders. In 1982, Duplin became a minimum security prison for adult males.
A 1930’s dormitory has been renovated for use as classrooms. A modular dormitory erected in 1978 has since been closed.
Lawmakers provided a 50 bed dormitory as part of the $28.5 million emergency Prison Facilities Development program authorized in 1987. The 50 bed dormitory opened in 1988.
Another 200 beds were provided as part of the $55 million prison construction program authorized in 1989. Four 50 bed dormitories, a dining hall and multipurpose building were completed in 1992. The old dining hall was renovated for use as offices and a chapel.
Inmates nearing the end of their imprisonment may participate in work release, leaving the prison for the part of the day to work for a business in the community. They may also work in maintenance or as kitchen help at the prison.
As early as 1966, James Sprunt Community College was providing a Saturday morning reading course at the prison. Opportunities now include adult basic education and vocational programs in electrical wiring, masonry, auto mechanics and food service.
Visitation for inmates is conducted on Saturday and Sunday with half of the inmates assigned to visit each day. The time period for visitation is from noon until 4 p.m. Each inmate is allowed a two hour visit . The maximum number of visitors per day is 3 (including adults and children). During the months of January, March, May, July, September, and November the following schedule exists: Inmates whose last name begins with the letters A thru L visits on Sundays. Inmates whose last names begins with the letters M thru Z visits on Saturdays. During the months of February, April, June, Agust, October, and December inmates whose last names begins with the letters A thru L visits on Saturday and inmates who last names begin with letters M thru Z visits on Sundays.
DIRECTIONS: Take I-40 east to exit 373. Then turn left onto N.C. 903 and travel four miles to N.C. 11 and turn left. The unit will be on the left.