NCDPS - Forsyth Correctional Center

State Prison

Last Updated: December 20, 2020
307 Craft Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27105

NCDPS - Forsyth Correctional Center is for State Prison offenders sentenced up to twelve months.

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NCDPS - Forsyth 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: 336-896-7041

The inmates housed at NCDPS - Forsyth Correctional Center located at 307 Craft Drive in Winston-Salem, 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.

NCDPS - Forsyth Correctional Institution - Inmate Rule Book

NCDPS - Forsyth Correctional Institution - Offender Family Services

NCDPS - Forsyth Correctional Institution - Visitation

NCDPS - Forsyth 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

Forsyth Correctional Center in Winston Salem is a minimum security prison for adult males.

Forsyth was one of 51 county prisons for which the state assumed responsibility with the passage of the Conner bill in 1931. It was one of 61 field unit prisons renovated or built during the late 1930's to house inmates who worked building roads.

Inmates at the prison primarily worked on state road construction crews, until 1968 when the prison became an advancement center, a prison designated to provide pre-release training for inmates. Inmates from the prison were first assigned to work release at this time. A modular dormitory erected in 1978 was expected to last 5-10 years. It remained in operation until 1998 when it was replaced by a new modular unit.

Lawmakers provided a 100 bed dormitory addition at Forsyth as part of the $28.5 million emergency Prison Facilities Development program authorized in 1987.

One-fourth of the prison's inmates are assigned to work release jobs. Twenty work on community work squads and another 51 inmates work on 11 Department of Transportation road squads. Inmates take education courses through study release opportunities. Various on-unit jobs as janitors, maintenance workers and kitchen help are also available.

Surry Community College works with inmates from Forsyth Correctional center to provide vocational training, as well as educational courses at Dobson Educational Center in Dobson, North Carolina. Forsyth has 51 inmates assigned there. Various on-unit programs include Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, the department's Drug Alcohol Recovery Treatment (DART) program, DART 24, DART pre-release, Think Smart, Character Education and Project Re-Entry.

A chapel, dedicated in 1987, was built with funds donated by 100 churches in the community. Area churches also provide three full-time chaplains who work with inmates and lead Sunday religious services that are open to inmates and their families. The prison has religious programming which includes two Bible study classes, Yokefellow, Gideons, and Muslim Services.

Forsyth Correctional Center is located in Winston-Salem North Carolina. It is a minimum custody prison that houses 248 adult male inmates. Some offenders at this facility may be eligible for work release, which allows the inmate to work a job in the surrounding community during the day, and return to the facility at the end of their shift. Work release allows inmates to prepare for their release financially and by slowly acclimating the inmate to life outside of prison. Only about a quarter of the inmates at Forsyth Correctional Center qualify for work release. Other offenders can work on road crews, and jobs within the institution doing jobs in custodial maintenance and in the kitchen preparing inmate meals. Forsyth Correctional Center offers inmates a drug and alcohol recovery treatment program known as DART and support groups like Narcotics and Alcoholics Anonymous. Additional vocational and educational courses are taught at this facility through cooperation with Surry Community College.

Inmate Locator

NCDPS - Forsyth 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.

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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

Visiting hours for NCDPS - Forsyth Correctional Center. For Directions call 336-896-7041

Sunday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Monday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Federal Holidays 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

No cellphones, you will be searched before visiting. NO personal belongings. Persons under probation, parole, or other community corrections supervision must obtain the permission of both their individual supervising officer and the superintendent prior to a visit. Such visitation is not normally approved.

If the visitor is under the age of 18 and is a family member of the inmate, they must be accompanied by an adult family member or guardian to include a member of the inmate's extended family. If the visitor is under the age of 18 and is not a family member of the inmate, the minor visitor must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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