NCDPS - Craven Correctional Institution

State Prison

Last Updated: February 13, 2024
600 Alligator Rd, Vanceboro, NC 28586
Mailing Address
PO Box 839, Vanceboro, NC 28586

Craven CI is for State Prison offenders sentenced anywhere from one year to life by the State Court in the county where the charges were filed

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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You can support your loved ones at Craven CI on InmateAid, if you have any immediate questions contact the facility directly at 252-244-3337.

Located at 600 Alligator Rd in Vanceboro, NC, Craven CI carefully assigns inmates based on their custody level, considering factors like criminal history. Craven CI offers diverse educational and vocational programs aimed at equipping offenders for successful reintegration into society and reducing recidivism. Through these initiatives, inmates gain skills and confidence, fostering personal growth and resilience.

Craven Correctional Institution serves as a vital processing center for the state's prison system. As one of the largest facilities of its kind, it serves as the initial entry point for convicted felons from North Carolina jails. During their three-to-four-week stay at the medium-security prison, new admissions undergo comprehensive testing, evaluation, and interviews to ascertain their suitability for various prisons, jobs, and programs. With over 400 inmates processed monthly, Craven Correctional Institution plays a crucial role in the state's correctional system.

Housing 796 adult males, Craven Correctional Institution operates primarily as a medium custody correctional facility. Despite its size, the majority of inmates spend only a short period here. Functioning primarily as a reception and diagnostic center, the institution is responsible for the initial intake and processing of offenders. Through rigorous assessment, testing, and interviews, inmates' treatment needs and security requirements are determined, alongside their future placements, program assignments, and job roles. Following this classification period, inmates are typically transferred to more permanent locations tailored to their individual needs.

Due to its focus on intake and processing, coupled with the short duration of inmates' stay, Craven Correctional Institution offers limited programming opportunities. However, its pivotal role in the initial assessment and assignment process ensures that inmates receive appropriate placements and support services tailored to their circumstances. As such, the institution remains instrumental in facilitating the smooth transition of offenders into the broader prison system, ensuring that they are directed toward the most suitable environments for rehabilitation and reintegration.

Inmate Locator

Craven CI maintains a database of current inmates and their locations within the system. To locate an inmate, begin by using the DOC locator tool, which requires entering the first three letters of the inmate's first and last name, allowing for variations in spelling.

If unable to locate the desired information through free resources, users may opt to use the Arrest Record Search, which requires payment. While this option incurs a small fee, it provides access to the most up-to-date data available.

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Visitation Information

Visits to NCDPS offenders are by appointment only. Call the prison where the offender is housed to schedule an appointment. Visitors should call the prison the day before a scheduled visit to confirm the facility's visitation status. Also, video visitation now is available at most but not all prisons, so family and friends may be able to do a virtual visit if they prefer. Call the prison for additional information on video visitation at the facility.
Visitation by family and friends is encouraged and can make a positive difference during an offender's time in prison. Prison staff understand the importance of offenders maintaining contact with their family and friends. However, offenders can not be assigned to specific facilities within the prison system for the convenience of visitation.

For more information regarding prisons and visitation, please read the Handbook for Family and Friends of Offenders.
The increased safety and security measures are implemented to address, and ultimately eliminate, the introduction of contraband into state prisons. Any refusal to comply with all search procedures will result in the denial of entrance into the facility. Cell phones are considered contraband and are prohibited from all prison facilities. Appropriate attire is required.

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