Greene Correctional Institution

Correctional Institution

2699 Hwy 903
Maury NC 28554
Phone: 252-747-3676
Fax: 252-747-4432
Custody level: Minimum
Occupancy: 1939


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Greene Correctional Institution near Maury, is a minimum custody facility for adult males with an expanded operating capacity of 602 inmates plus a segregation unit housing 40 inmates.

Greene 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.

The prison opened in 1939 with a farm of approximately 70 acres worked by inmates. The farming operation ended in 1971 and the next year the fields were planted with pine trees. In the early 1980s, a portion of that property was cleared for construction of Eastern Correctional Institution, a close security prison which opened in 1983.

From 1972 until the early 1980’s, Greene was the Eastern Area Reception Center, where new admissions from the courts in Eastern N.C. were processed into prison.

Prison overcrowding resulted in triple bunking during the 1970’s and 1980’s. In 1977, a modular dormitory was added to help alleviate overcrowding. Average population during this period ranged from 150 to 175. As a result of the Small v. Martin settlement agreement, triple bunking was eliminated and the population at that time was limited to 104 inmates.

Original dormitories at the prison are still being used today. The General Assembly provided $4.5 million to add 400 beds at Greene as part of the $103 million prison construction program authorized in July 1991 and reauthorized in July 1992. Lawmakers added another 50 beds as part of the $87.5 million prison construction program authorized in July 1993.

The first 200-bed dormitory opened in February 1994. Inmates moved into the 50-bed dormitory in July 1994. The second 200-bed dorm opened in November 1994 increasing the standard operating capacity to 512 inmates. Construction on a 40-man segregation facility began in 1996 and was completed and became operational in July 1997. In November 1999, the Division of Prisons reduced Greene’s maximum operating capacity from 638 to 544 inmates plus a 40-man segregation facility. In September 2001, the Division of Prisons increased Greene’s operating capacity from 544 to 602 inmates plus a 40 man segregation facility.
Greene Correctional Institution currently operates as a minimum custody facility for adult males housing an expanded maximum operating capacity of 616 inmates plus a segregation unit housing 40 inmates. Greene’s primary mission is to provide inmate labor for the following quotas: Up to 91 inmates from Greene work on Department of Transportation road squads in Greene, Lenoir, and Pitt Counties. Additionally; 61 inmates work on long term labor contacts with local city, county, and state governmental agencies. Up to 5 positions are available for inmate assignment to work release jobs with private businesses. Up to 25 inmates work on the Inmate Construction Program and 80 inmates work at Chase Enterprise Laundry. Up to 18 inmates perform janitorial and maintenance duties at Eastern Correctional Institution and Maury Correctional Institution. Another 5 inmates provide janitorial services at the Eastern Regional Office and 19 inmates are assigned to assist Eastern Region Maintenance staff with prison maintenance. An additional 19 Orderly positions have been recently added to support chronic care patients.

Greene CI is also a medical support facility with 96 beds identified for chronic care inmate housing needs.

Up to 167 inmates are assigned to work in food service, keeping the institution clean, and/or performing maintenance to equipment, facilities and grounds.

Additionally; Greene Correctional Institution offers various Rehabilitative Programs to the Inmate population to include: Yokefellow Ministry, Narcotics Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous, Think Smart, Community Volunteer, Tri-County Transition Program, Strive Transition Program, Home Leaves, Community Volunteer Leaves, Work Release, Independent Studies, Napoleon Hill, Character Education, Library, and Recreation. Currently there are approximately 100 active Community Volunteers that offer their services in our various Rehabilitative/Religious Services. Lenoir Community College works with the facility to offer full time classes for adult basic education and preparation for the General Education Development tests for up to 30 inmates. Lenoir Community College also sponsors part time General Education Development, Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning, Electrical Wiring, Human Resources Development, Introduction to Micro Computers and English as a Second Language.