NCDPS - Central Prison

State Prison

Last Updated: March 05, 2023
1300 Western Blvd, Raleigh, NC 27606

Central Prison is for State Prison offenders sentenced up to twelve months.

All prisons and jails have Security or Custody levels depending on the inmate’s classification, sentence, and criminal history. Please review the rules and regulations for State - maximum facility.

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NCDPS - Central Prison basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 919-733-0800

The inmates housed at Central Prison located at 1300 Western Blvd in Raleigh, NC are placed according to their custody level (determined by a number of factors including the past criminal history and the length of their sentence). There are ample educational and vocational training programs for all inmates, especially ones that show a willingness to learn new things that will prepare them for a better life when they are released. The mission is to promote and prepare the offender to leave in better shape than when they arrived, giving them the best chance to never come back and thus lower the state's recidivism rate.

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 safe keepers.

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

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

Local calls will be a flat rate of $1.25
All long distance calls will be a flat rate of $3.40

Inmate Locator

NCDPS - Central Prison is a facility in the North Carolina Department of Corrections. The DOC publishes the names of their current inmates and identifies which of their locations the inmate is being held. Your search should start with the first DOC locator to see if your loved one is there. Begin with the first three letters of the offender's first and last name, it does not have to be spelled exactly.

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Covid Visitation Information


The Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice will resume limited visitation at all state prisons effective Oct. 1, 2020 with significant restrictions due to the pandemic. Visitation was suspended in all state prisons on March 16, 2020, with the exception of legal and pastoral visits, to help prevent the potential spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The health and safety of employees and offenders in our care are the top priorities of the Department of Public Safety. For information on coronavirus and how to protect yourself, please go the NC Department of Health and Human Services website.

Visitation Information

NCDPS - Central Prison - 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

On visiting days, visitors check in at the Visitor's Center at the entrance to the prison and must present a valid, authorized 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, visitors 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 - 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday - Both Units
Family Visits Only: 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 - 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. The email address is

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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