NCDPS - Craven Correctional Institution

State Prison

Last Updated: January 03, 2023
600 Alligator Rd, Vanceboro, NC 28586
Mailing Address
PO Box 839, Vanceboro, NC 28586

Craven CI 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 - medium facility.

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If you are unsure of your inmate's location, you can search and locate your inmate by typing in their last name, first name or first initial, and/or the offender ID number to get their accurate information immediately Registered Offenders

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NCDPS - Craven 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: 252-244-3337

The inmates housed at Craven CI located at 600 Alligator Rd in Vanceboro, 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.

Craven Correctional Institution is one of the state's largest prison processing centers. Convicted felons from North Carolina jails enter the system by first going through processing at the medium security prison. During the three-to-four-week period that they are at Craven, new admissions are tested, evaluated, and interviewed to determine assignments to prisons, jobs, and programs. More than 400 inmates process though Craven Correctional Institution each month.

Craven Correctional Institution is located in Vanceboro North Carolina. It is a medium custody correctional facility that houses 796 adult males. The majority of inmates at this facility will be incarcerated here a short period of time. Craven Correctional Institution is primarily a reception and diagnostic facility responsible for the intake and initial processing of offenders. Offenders are assessed, tested, and interviewed to determine the proper treatment and their security needs. This process will also determine the prison, programs and work assignments the inmate will receive. After the classification period is over inmates are usually moved to a more permanent location. Due to Craven Correctional Institution serving as an intake and processing facility, and short duration most offenders are at this prison, programming is limited.

NCDPS - Craven Correctional Institution - Inmate Rule Book
NCDPS - Craven Correctional Institution - Offender Family Services
NCDPS - Craven Correctional Institution - 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 - Craven 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 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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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 - Craven Correctional Institution - Visitation

Visitation is by appointment only. Upon arrival at Craven CI for processing, inmates will not be able to receive visits for 14 days. Regular visiting hours are Saturdays from 9 - 11 a.m. and 2 - 4 p.m., and Sundays from 9 - 11 a.m.

Regular visitation appointments can be made by telephone between 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 12:30 - 4 p.m. on a first come, first served basis by calling (252) 244-8061.

Special visits are available during the week, subject to certain restrictions. Requests for special visits must be submitted in writing, explaining the need for an exception to regular visiting.

Directions - Take U.S. 17 north towards Vanceboro. Take the U.S. 17 Bypass around Vanceboro for about 1.5 miles. Then turn right onto State Road 1637 (Alligator Road) for about a mile to the prison.

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