Central Prison

County: Wake
Inmate capacity: 1104
Inmate gender: Male
Custody level: Close
Staff size: 1319
Year opened: 1884
Mailing and Street Address:
1300 Western Blvd.
Raleigh, N.C.   27606
Phone:  (919) 733-0800
Fax:  (919) 715-2645
 
Facility #3100
Courier # 53-71-00

Central Prison in Raleigh has been in continuous service since 1884. It serves as the admission point into prison for adult male felons sentenced to 20 years or more, and is the main medical and mental health center for male inmates.  It also houses special populations including death row and safekeepers. 

While security requires that certain inmates remain in their cells, there are more than 260 inmate job assignments to include working in the kitchen, laundry or canteen. Inmates also work as barbers, janitors and clerks.

Inmates can attend substance abuse group therapy meetings and attend Bible studies or worship services.

Visitation

Visitation is by appointment and in a non-contact setting. A maximum of two adults may visit at a time, or two adults and one child, or one adult and two children. Approved persons on an inmate's visitation list may schedule visits in advance by telephone, in person, or by mail. The telephone number is (919) 743-4170.

Mailing address:

Central Prison Visiting Office
4285 Mail Service Center
Raleigh N.C. 27699 - 4285

Visits should be scheduled at least one week in advance.

On visiting days, visitors check in at the Visitor's Center at the entrance to the prison and must present a valid, authorized form of photo identification when they check in with the officer at the desk. All visitors are required to conform to the standards of dress as described in the Visitation Rules listed in the “For Offender's Families” section of this website.

After they have been properly identified as having an appointment they will be issued a numbered, laminated pass to wear into the main building. Their identification and this pass will be checked before they are allowed access to the actual Visitation Center by elevator.

In this spacious, 23-booth facility, inmates are separated from their visitors by a plexiglass window in individual booths, allowing visits to be conducted in privacy. The officer on duty will assign each visitor to a booth upon arrival and will collect the laminated passes when the visit is over.


Units 1,2,3 & 5 Visitation Schedule:

Sunday - Unit 5 (Regular Population)
Family Visits Only: 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Monday, Tuesday & Thursday (All Units)
Legal Visits Only - 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Wednesday - Units 1 & 2 (Control Segregation)
Family Visits Only: 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Friday - Unit 3 (Death Row)
Family Visits Only: 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Saturday - Unit 2 (Processing/Safekeeping)
Family Visits: 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.



Units 4 (Hospital) & Unit 6 (Mental Health) Visitation Schedule:

Sunday - Both Units

Family Visits Only: 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m & 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Monday, Tuesday & Thursday (Both Units)
Legal Visits Only - 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Wednesday - Both Units (Control/Segregation)
Family Visits Only: 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Friday - Both Units
Family Visits Only: 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Saturday - Both Units
Family Visits Only: 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.



Visits for inmates housed at Central Prison Hospital or outside medical facilities will require scheduling through the Visitor's Center as with any visit. These visits are subject to time limitations and possibly other restrictions imposed by medical staff based on the inmate's condition.

Legal Visits are scheduled separately and are subject to different policies than family visits. Attorneys for inmates may mail or fax their required credentials prior to scheduling a visit. The primary fax number is (919) 743-2438.

Email address is CentralPrisonVisiting@doc.nc.gov.
 

DIRECTIONS -- Take I-40 to I-440 to the southwest part of Raleigh. From I-440, take the Western Boulevard exit into Raleigh. The prison is at 1300 Western Boulevard.


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