NCDPS - Tyrrell Prison Work Farm

State Prison

Last Updated: August 07, 2021
620 Snell Rd, Columbia, NC 27925
Mailing Address
PO Box 840, Columbia, NC 27925

Tyrrell Prison Farm is for State Prison offenders sentenced up to twelve months.

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NCDPS - Tyrrell Prison Work Farm basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 252-796-1085

The inmates housed at Tyrrell Prison Farm located at 620 Snell Rd in Columbia, 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.

Tyrrell Prison Work Farm is a minimum-security prison for adult males located on 200 acres of land near Columbia.

The $9 million facility was the second prison work farm constructed in North Carolina. The first was the Dan River Prison Work Farm in Yanceyville. Both facilities, built by prison work crews, are designed to emphasize inmate work.

The work farm houses more than 500 inmates who are part of the community work program in agricultural production at the prison's 103-acre farming operation or in other institutional jobs. The prison operates with staff representing custody, food service, medical, maintenance, programs, fiscal and administrative and has an annual operating budget of approximately $8 million.

In the Community Work Program, a correctional officer supervises a squad of up to 10 inmates in short-term manual labor projects for public agencies. The prison's farming operation provides produce grown in fields and greenhouses by the prison. Broccoli, cabbage, tomatoes, and peppers are grown in the fields, while the greenhouses provide a year-round supply of lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumbers.

The modern and unique architecture of this facility differs markedly from traditional prison structures and was designed to be built and maintained at less cost. The physical plant consists of an administration building, central complex buildings comprised of food service, staff offices, visiting area, clothes house, and central control office, segregation building and produce warehouse. The dormitory is 60,000 square feet which contain 10 inmate housing areas, 10-day rooms, two canteens, 10 shower and lavatory areas, medical and programs departments, barber shop, library, classroom, chaplain's office, and two control rooms.

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NCDPS - Tyrrell Prison Work Farm 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 - Tyrrell Prison Work Farm - Visitation


TRAVEL ALERT: Staff and visitors traveling to Tyrrell PWF will be detoured for about six weeks starting Sept. 17, 2018, at 9 a.m. due to culvert work in the area. Travelers should travel through Columbia via. U.S. 64 East. Approximately 5 miles from the stoplight on U.S. 64 in Columbia, turn left onto Old U.S. 64. Continue approximately 2 miles and take a left onto Newfoundland Road. Continue on Newfoundland Road for approximately 3.75 miles to a stop sign. Take a left onto Road Street (State Road 1209) and go approximately 7.5 miles. Turn left onto Snell Road and Tyrrell PWF will be on the left about 0.6 miles.

From Winston-Salem/Greensboro: Follow Interstate 40 East to Raleigh. Take exit 301 toward Rocky Mount (I-440) and get off on exit 14 (I-495) toward Rocky Mount/Wilson. This Stay on U.S. 64 East to Williamston and continue to Columbia. When coming into Columbia, go through the stop light. Go one block and turn left at Road Street. Follow this road for 3 ½ miles to Snell Road. Turn right on Snell Road to Tyrrell Prison Work Farm.

From Manteo: Follow US 64 West to Columbia. Turn right on Road Street and follow above directions.

From Elizabeth City: Follow US 17 South to Highway 37. Turn left and follow to US 64 East. Turn left on Highway 64 East and follow to Columbia. Then follow above directions.

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