NCDPS - Craggy Correctional Center

State Prison

Last Updated: February 05, 2020
2992 Riverside Dr, Asheville, NC 28804

Craggy CC is for State Prison offenders sentenced up to twelve months.

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NCDPS - Craggy Correctional Center basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 828-645-5315

The inmates housed at Craggy CC located at 2992 Riverside Dr in Asheville, 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.

Craggy Correctional Center is located near Asheville. It is a medium security prison for adult males. In March 2014 it consolidated with Buncombe Correctional Center to house a population of adult males in medium and minimum custody. After the closing of Buncombe Correctional Center, Craggy Correctional Center also started to house minimum custody offenders. Inmates are housed in one of three dormitories and seven support buildings and are secured by the first state's first prison with an electronic detection system that alerts to perimeter breaches or escapes.

Craggy was to install an electronic intrusion system security fence to alert staff to attempted perimeter breaches.

Inmates may participate in the A New Direction Program, formerly known as the Drug Alcohol Recovery Treatment (DART) program. AND is an intensive inpatient treatment in a fast-moving, 28-day treatment cycle with lectures, films, educational and therapy groups, as well as individual counseling. Inmates work with professional staff and peer counselors. AND relies heavily on the principles of Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous with group meetings available in the evenings.

Asheville/Buncombe Technical Community College works with the prison to provide vocational classes in Food Service Technology and Facility Maintenance. Classes for adult education and preparation for the GED testing are also available.

Still operating at the old prison site is a Correction Enterprises laundry. Eight Correction Enterprises employees supervise 56 minimum-custody inmates working in the laundry. Other inmate medium-custody assignments include Department of Transportation road crews, facility maintenance, janitorial, grounds keeping and food service positions at the prison.

The state opted to close the old prison and build a new one as part of the Epps v Martin settlement agreement.

NCDPS - Craggy Correctional Center - Inmate Rule Book
NCDPS - Craggy Correctional Center - Offender Family Services
NCDPS - Craggy Correctional Center - Inmate Programs

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 - Craggy Correctional Center 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 and we will assist you in locating your inmate.

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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 - Craggy Correctional Center - Visitation

Sunday: 8:30-10:30 a.m.; 12:30-2:30 p.m.; and 3-5 p.m.

The visitation time schedules rotate based the inmates' last name. Inmates are provided a visitation schedule that shows the day and time their visit takes place. They are responsible for advising their visitors of the day and times for their scheduled visits. If visitors are not sure of the day or time for their visit, they are encouraged to call before coming. Special visits and non-contact visiting is by appointment only.

Visitors must call (828) 645-5315, ext: 225 in order to schedule special visits.

Directions - Take I-40 toward Asheville, then take I-240 from either direction east or west. Take the Weaverville exit off of I-240 onto I-26 west /U.S. 19/23 north. Follow I-26 west /U.S. 19/23 north to the Woodfin/Merrimon Ave. exit. At the bottom of the ramp, make a right turn, followed by an immediate left turn at the traffic signal. Go 1.3 miles and take a left onto the Old Marshall Highway. Go approximately 1.6 miles to the first stop sign. Go straight at the stop sign, crossing Highway 251, which will be the Buncombe/Craggy Access Road. The first facility in approximately a half-mile is the minimum custody unit, and the medium custody facility is approximately a half-mile beyond.

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