NCDPS - Polk Correctional Institution

State Prison

Last Updated: May 11, 2022
1001 Veazey Rd, Butner, NC 27509
Mailing Address
PO Box 2500, Butner, NC 27509

Polk Correctional is for State Prison offenders sentenced up to twelve months.

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NCDPS - Polk 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: 919-575-3070

The inmates housed at Polk Correctional located at 1001 Veazey Rd in Butner, 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.

Polk CI houses inmates in both single cells and dormitories. When Polk opened in 1997, its main mission was to process newly-admitted youthful offenders between the ages of 19 and 21. The prison also houses inmates that participate in job assignments and other programs. It is a close-custody prison, but it is also approved to house inmates assigned to maximum control, intensive control, disciplinary segregation and safekeeping status.

Polk's high-security maximum control unit (HCON) opened in October 1998. This high-security concept in correctional design is intended for the state's most violent and assaultive offenders. The "Supermax" (HCON) unit in Butner was the first of its kind in North Carolina.

HISTORY - Polk Correctional Institution officially opened November 15, 1997, when inmates were transferred to the new facility. The new prison in Butner replaced an old unit on Blue Ridge Road in Raleigh. The original Polk facility acquired its name in 1920 from Col. William Polk, a decorated officer in the Revolutionary War. It was built on the grounds of Camp Polk, a U.S. Army tank base during World War I. Initially, inmates farmed the site.

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Inmate Locator

NCDPS - Polk 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 - Polk Correctional Institution - Visitation

Visitation schedules for inmates housed in Regular Population are conducted by appointment only:

  • Tuesday, Thursday: 1 - 3 p.m.; Saturday: 9 - 11 a.m.

Inmates housed in Administrative Segregation, Disciplinary Segregation, HCON, Protective Custody and Safekeepers visit by appointment only. These will be non-contact visits.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call (919) 575-3070, ext. 8903. The appointments are scheduled for one-hour periods as listed below:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m., 12:45 - 1:45 p.m ,1:45 - 2:45 p.m

It is the responsibility of the inmate to notify his visitors if he is placed in segregation.

Inmates are allowed to only one visitation period per week. A maximum of three visitors may visit. All visitors must arrive together and be on the approved visitation list. Any exception to the visitation schedule must be requested in writing and approved at least 24 hours in advance by the superintendent or his designee.

Tour groups are welcome upon approval.

From Raleigh (Crabtree Valley Mall): Take NC 50 North to Creedmoor. Go through Main Street until you see a Southern States on the left. Turn left at Southern States. Go through the stop light onto NC 56. Keep straight and go through four stop lights. At the fifth stop light, turn right onto Central Avenue (passing the Post Office, State Employees Credit Union, Butner Fire Department and Police Station) to Westbrook Road (at water tower). Turn left onto Westbrook and take an immediate right onto Veazey Road. Follow Veazey Road until you see the entrance to Polk Youth Institution on the left.

From Durham: Take I-85 north exit 189 (Butner). This will lead to Central Avenue. Continue straight on Central Avenue and follow the directions above.

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