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NCDPS - Columbus Correctional Institution

State Prison

Last Updated: January 23, 2020
Address
1255 Prison Camp Rd, Brunswick, NC 28424
Beds
670
County
Columbus
Security Level
State - medium
Phone
910-642-3285
Fax
910-642-8456
Email
cpvisit@doc.state.nc.us
Facility Type
Adult
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NCDPS - Columbus Correctional Institution basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 910-642-3285

The inmates housed at Columbus CI located at 1255 Prison Camp Rd in Brunswick, 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.

Columbus Correctional Institution, near Brunswick, is a medium security prison for adult males. During the 1970s inmates under the supervision of correction's engineers built a recreation area including a 28-cell unit to house inmates who been placed under administrative and/or disciplinary segregation, also known as the SHU or "the hole".

Southeastern Community College works with the prison to provide vocational classes in computer repair, human resources/development, brick masonry, heating/air conditioning, and plumbing. Inmates can receive vocational training in HVAC, plumbing, masonry, computer repair, and human resources. Additional education courses allow inmates to earn a GED while incarcerated. Substance abuse counseling and treatment is offered through various programs for inmates. Classes for adult education and preparation for the GED are available. Inmates may take a course on substance abuse.

Inmates work in a number of jobs. They may work on Department of Transportation road crews, maintenance or kitchen help at the prison. Correction Enterprises has a sewing and tailoring plant under construction that would provide additional job assignments for inmates.

The prison employs correctional officers, registered nurses, dental, maintenance, and administrative staff.

History - The prison's original dormitory, built in the late 1930s, is still in use. In the 1970s, inmates under the supervision of correction engineers built a recreation building and a 28-cell unit to house inmates placed in administrative or disciplinary segregation.

The General Assembly provided for dormitories with 312 beds for Columbus as part of the $75 million prison construction program authorized in 1990. Another 208-bed dormitory was provided as part of the $62.1 million prison construction program authorized in April 1994. The prison employs approximately 241 people including Correctional Officers, Registered Nurses, Dental, Maintenance and Administrative staff.

Southeastern Community College works with the prison to provide vocational classes in computer repair, human resources/development, brick masonry, heating and air conditioning and plumbing. Classes for adult education and preparation for the GED tests are available. Inmates may take a course on substance abuse.

Inmates work in a number of jobs. They may work on Department of Transportation road crews or as maintenance or kitchen help at the prison.

Correction Enterprises has a sewing/tailoring plant under construction that would provide additional job assignments for inmates.

The General Assembly provided dormitories with 312 beds as part of a $75 million prison construction program in 1990. Another 208-bed dormitory was provided as part of a $62.1 million prison construction program in April 1994.

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 - Columbus Correctional Institution 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.

The second box is the InmateAid Inmate Search. This database of inmates is user-generated content for the purpose of accessing and utilizing any or all of the InmateAid services. If you need our assistance creating your own inmate profile to keep in touch, email us at aid@inmateaid.com and we will assist you in locating your inmate.

As a last resort, you might have to pay for that information if we do not have it. The Arrest Record Search will cost you a small amount, but their data is the freshest available and for that reason, they charge to access it.

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Visitation Information

NCDPS - Columbus Correctional Institution - Visitation

Visitation is by appointment only for all inmates. All visitors must submit a completed application, with picture identification to visit an inmate.

Registration begins 30 minutes prior to a visiting period. Visitors must be registered no later than 15 minutes prior to the visiting appointment time or the appointment will be terminated. The visitor will need to call to reschedule a visit for another day and time. And, there cannot be any more than 3 visitors per visit (including children).

A valid photo identification card must be presented by anyone 16 years and older to visit with an inmate. 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.

Regular Population inmate's visitation, including special visits, is by appointment Sunday through Thursday. Appointments must be made at least three days in advance and no more than 14 days ahead of the visit. The visitor must call Monday through Thursday between 9 - 10:30 a.m. or noon - 4:30 p.m. to schedule an appointment. Each inmate will be allowed only one visit per week. A maximum of three visitors (adults and children) will be permitted to visit an inmate per weekly visitation session.

Visitation on Sundays will be for one-hour blocks: 8-9 a.m.; 9:30-10:30 a.m.; noon-1 p.m.; 1:30-2:30 p.m.; 3-4 p.m. Monday – Thursday sessions are two-hour blocks: 8:30-10:30 a.m.; noon-2 p.m.; 2:30-4:30 p.m. Visitation will not occur on holidays

Special Visits: Extended visits are available by appointment with staff approval to those visitors who live more than 500 miles from Columbus Correctional Institution, and may be scheduled no more than once every six months. These visits are limited to immediate family.

Legal Visits: Legal visits will be by appointment only Monday through Thursday. The legal visitor must call Monday through Thursday between 9-10:30 a.m. or noon-4:30 p.m. to schedule an appointment. In addition, the legal visitor must provide a document on company letterhead 24 hours before the scheduled visit, indicating the name of the attorney/agency, the inmate requesting to visit, and the date and time of the visit.

Segregated Inmates/Non-Contact Visits: Inmates who are in segregation or have been restricted to non-contact visitation can visit Monday through Thursday by appointment only. The visitor must call at least 48 hours in advance to schedule an appointment. Only two adults, or one adult and one child, will be allowed to visit during a one-hour visiting session. The schedule is daily from 9-10 a.m., 1-2 p.m., and 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Contact Information: To make an appointment, all visitors should call the Visitation Office at (910) 640-1879. If the line is busy, please call back later during the scheduled visiting hours. Appointments will not be accepted by calling the main prison telephone number, and messages will not be accepted.

Inmate Mail: Inmate mail should be sent to P. O. Box 8, Brunswick, N.C. 28424. Letters to inmates should be addressed so that the full name and OPUS number of the inmate appear on the envelope. The person sending mail should be identified in the return address. Money enclosed in personal mail to an inmate should be sent by money order, cashier's check or certified check. Cash is not accepted. Cash that is enclosed in incoming personal mail will be returned to the sender with a form letter describing mail procedures.

Directions-From Highway 74/76, take U.S. 701 Bypass south towards Whiteville. Travel about 3.2 miles and turn left onto N.C. 130 east. Travel 1.6 miles to Brunswick. In Brunswick, turn right on State Road 1170 (Poplar Street). Go 1.5 miles down Poplar Street and the prison is on the left.

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How To Send Things

There are strict procedures for everything related to "sending things to an inmate" in a State - medium facility. This includes sending money for commissary packages, sending mail like letters with photos, magazine subscriptions, buying phone time, postcards and greeting cards, and even distance learning courses (get your degree, you've got a lot of extra time). You also need to know about visitation, what are the hours and rules.

All of the information you could ever need to know is below, patiently scroll the page and get as much information about NCDPS - Columbus Correctional Institution that you'd ever want to know. If there is anything that you were looking for, but don't see, please email us at aid@inmateaid.com.

How To Send Money:

How to Send an Inmate Money in North Carolina

These are general guidelines for sending money to an inmate's commissary account. Inmates need money to access several privileges like weekly shopping at the commissary, making phone calls, using the email service where offered, using the electronic tablets where offered and paying their co-pay when needing the medical or dental services.

What is a Commissary?

A commissary is a store within the correctional institution. Commissary day is usually held once a week and can only be enjoyed if the inmate has funds in their commissary account. An inmate's commissary account is like a bank account within the prison. If the inmate has a job, their paycheck is deposited into this account, too.

The Commissary sells various products that the inmates may purchase if they have money on their books. The commissary sells clothing, shoes, snacks and food, as well as hygienic products like soap, shampoo, and shavers. The commissary might also sell entertainment-related products like books, magazines, televisions, radios, playing cards, headphones, MP3 players, electronic tablets like an iPad (no internet access), songs and educational programming.

How you send money to an inmate?

Sending money to an inmate varies from state to state, depending if it is county, state or federal, their ways of accepting money for inmates’ changes by the money transfer company they’ve contracted with.

Federal Prisons and some state-level prisons have centralized banking systems which means that you do not need to know where they are specifically, just that they are in the state systems of for instance the California, Texas, Florida DOC or the FBOP to name a few.

Some facilities will allow you to deposit cash through the lobby window stand-alone kiosk in the lobby or visitation room. Most facilities will also accept a postal money order mailed to the institution’s inmate mailing address made payable to the full inmate’s name.

Electronic banking allows friends and family members to send the funds online, and correctional departments are starting to favor this method because it is less work for staff and more accurate/easier to keep track of, as well as being more convenient.

Regardless of the method of sending funds, there are several key things you will need to know:
• Inmate’s full committed name
• Inmate’s ID number
• Inmate’s location – or a system like the federal BOP

Before sending any funds you should find out what online transfer companies the institution your inmate is incarcerated in uses. You can find this information on our site by navigating to the facilities page click on the Money Transfer button under the address and phone number. Pay close attention to the rules of the facility. Sometimes they will require money senders are on the inmate's visitation list. Some correctional facilities have a deposit limit, like $200-300 at a time, but in federal, there is no limit.

Some of the money transfer firms are MoneyGram, JPay, OffenderConnect, Access Corrections, JailATM, CommissaryDeposit

Who else can access the money you send?

An inmate with fines or restitution will be subject to commissary/trust account garnishment. If the inmate has these financial obligations, they will be extracted from the inmate’s bank account. It may be a percentage or the entire amount depending on the situation. We recommend inmates who are going into their bid contact the counselor and make an arrangement beforehand. If you go in knowing they are taking 20-25% of all deposits is better than have them take it all and you find out in the commissary line when the account is zero.

Why is my inmate asking for more than I normally send?

This is generally a signal that the inmate is doing something they shouldn’t and need money to get them out of or through a situation. It could be gambling, it could be extortion it could be other things you don’t need to know on this forum (for now). Set boundaries with your inmate. Tell them that “this is the amount I can send each month” and that is it. There are no extras beyond the boundary. Also, NEVER send money to the account of another inmate on your inmate’s instruction. This is a sign that something is not right. If the corrections people discover this, and they do more times than not, it will result in some severe disciplinary action to the inmate, and certainly the loss of all privileges.

Who can I call if I suspect something?

We recommend speaking with the counselor or case manager of the facility and use a generic reference in the event that your suspicions are wrong. You needn’t put them in a more difficult position if they are.

How do I send money using MoneyGram?

Inmate Care Packages:

How to Buy Inmate Commissary Care Packages Online

Show your loved one how much you care – order a package today! The facilities usually have a weekly limit of about $100 per inmate, plus processing and tax. The orders do NOT count towards the inmates weekly commissary allowances Deposits can be made online for inmates 24/7 using a credit/debit card

There are also a few services that allow you how to order inmate commissary online. These trusted providers are approved and share revenue with the prisons from the sales to the inmates.

Here is a list of other similar programs prison commissary: Keefe Group, Access Securpak, iCareGifts, Union Supply Direct, Walkenhorst's, CareACell

Inmate Commissary:

What is Inmate Commissary?

Prison commissary (also sometimes referred to as inmate canteen) is a store for inmates housed within a correctional facility. While the very most basics may be provided for by a given correctional department, there are also other important goods/services that Florida prisoners and inmates must buy. For instance, supplies such as supplementary food, female hygiene products, books, writing utensils and a plethora of other things are examples of things that can be purchased as part of an inmate commissary packages for goods.

What is an Inmate trust account?

When you add money to an inmate account, the prison funds are stored on an inmate trust fund. This prison account basically acts as a personal bank account of an inmate. They will use this account to make Inmate Calls, pay for postage to Send Photos from Inmates, send emails from inmates, purchase Items from Commissary, receive wages from jobs, and more.

How To Send Mail:

This is how to send your inmate at NCDPS - Columbus Correctional Institution letters, photos, postcards, greeting cards and magazines

Incoming and outgoing inmate mail is subject to inspection for the presence of contraband that might threaten the safety, security or well-being of the jail/facility, its staff, and residents. Inmates may receive only metered, unstamped, plain white postcards no larger than 4" x 6" as mail. Writing must be in pencil or blue or black ink. Any other mail will be returned to the sender. If no return address is available, unauthorized mail will be stored in the inmate's locker until the inmate's release.

Inmate mail cannot contain any of the following: Create an immediate threat to jail order by describing the manufacture of weapons, bombs, incendiary devices, or tools for escape that realistically are a danger to jail security; Advocate violence, racial supremacy or ethnic purity; No current inmate-to-inmate mail will be allowed and will be destroyed.

The easiest workaround is to look over the mailing services of InmateAid. We have an automated system for sending your loved one that special message or picture. We send thousands of pieces of mail per month with NO issues with the prisons or jails. The envelopes display the InmateAid logo, the mail room knows for certain that the contents will not be compromising. This trust was established in 2012.

How To Send Greeting Cards and Postcards:

Greeting cards are great for the holidays and birthdays. The ones from the store often have more than just the message because the policies surrounding appropriate content (no nudity or sexually suggestive material no matter how funny), and they cannot have glitter, stickers or anything else that makes the card different from a normal plain old card. Instead of going to the Hallmark store in the mall and looking around for hours - go to our easy to search Greeting Cards service.

It takes literally 45 seconds and it's very affordable for what you're getting (and what they are getting, too!). Select from 100s of birthday, anniversary and every holiday you can think of, and VERY easy to send from your phone on InmateAid:

Don't forget Christmas, Thanksgiving, Mother's Day, Father's Day, New Year's, Ramadan, Hanukkah, Passover, Easter, Kwanzaa or Valentine's Day!

In less than a minute and only $0.99, this act of kindness will be worth a million to your inmate. If you have a picture or two and don't want to write a long letter. Type out a little love in the message box and send your latest selfie... only 99 cents!

Don't wait until the moment has passed, it's easy and convenient to let them know you're thinking of them at every moment.

How To Send magazines and Books:

Send magazines to NCDPS - Columbus Correctional Institution at 1255 Prison Camp Rd, Brunswick, NC

Send the best magazines and books to your Inmate in jail or prison, it's the gift that keeps on giving all year round, There is nothing more exciting to an inmate (besides their release date) than getting their favorite magazine every month at mail call.

Magazines and books must come directly from the publisher. You are not allowed to send single magazines in an envelope. They need to come directly from the publisher with your inmate's name affixed to the address label. Magazine subscriptions are easy to set up, it takes literally 2 minutes.

You know when you go into the grocery and browse the new magazines on display? You see hundreds. Inside they place a little card that if you fill it out and send it in with your inmate's name, ID number and facility address - you drop it in the mail and in 8-12 weeks your inmate gets an issue every month for a whole year. Thankfully, there is an easier way, just CLICK here and browse yourself. Select a title or two and add your inmate's name to the order. It's fast, it's reliable and it's at a discounted rate for your convenience.

How To Save Money on Inmate Calls

The prison phone companies have a monopoly at the facility they have a contract with. Profits are shared so there is no incentive for their representatives to show you how to save money. They post their rates and in almost every case, there are at least two pricing tiers. Depending on where you are and where your inmate is, the type of phone number you use will make all the difference.

In federal prison, the answer is simply that a new local number will change your inmate's call rate from $.21 per minute to only $.06 per minute. Fed gives you only 300 minutes per month, the local line service is only $5.00, no hidden fees or bundling of other unwanted service charges

For the other facilities that are not federal, it used to be that a local number was the answer. Now, its market intelligence and InmateAid has made it their business to know what the best deal is in every scenario. And we can tell you that in 30% of the cases, we cannot save you a penny - and neither can anyone else. But we will give you a refund if we can't save you money.

For more specific information on inmate calls, you will want to navigate to the facility your inmate is incarcerated in through our site by going to Prison Directory and following the links to the Discount Telephone Service - get an honest estimate before you buy.

Ask The Inmate

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