Dan River Prison Work Farm

Dan River Prison Work Farm is a minimum-custody prison for adult male inmates that is located in Blanch, North Carolina. This facility can house approximately 640 inmates, and it is managed by the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.

Dan River Prison Work Farm is located on a 187.5-acre site in the west-central area of Caswell County, near Yanceyville. The prison was officially dedicated on March 25, 1996. 

The modern architecture of this facility differs markedly from traditional prisons and was designed to be built and maintained at less cost. The facility has an administration building, a central complex building consisting of food service, staff offices, visiting area, clothes house and central control office, and segregation building. 

The dormitory building is 60,000 square feet that contains 10 offender housing areas, 10 day rooms, two canteens, 10 shower and lavatory areas, medical and program departments, barber shop, library, classroom, chaplain's office and two control rooms.

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Visiting Hours and Rules


To prevent the potential spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), prison visitation was suspended as of Monday, March 16, 2020. Visitation will resume when conditions are deemed safe.

Regular Visiting Hours

Visitation takes place in alphabetical order three times a day on Saturdays and Sundays. Inmates in segregation are allowed visitors on an appointment basis Monday through Friday.

Visiting Application

Before you visit your inmate, you must complete an application and have it approved by the North Carolina Department of Public Safety. Ask your inmate to send you a blank application for each adult and minor who wishes to visit. Once you complete your application, you must return it to the Dan River Prison Work Farm.

Click here for more detailed information about visiting an inmate.

Dress Code

When you arrive for your visit, you will be required to present a current photo ID (all minors are required to present a copy of their birth certificate). All visitors are subjected to a "routine" search of their personal and possessions prior to the visit.

Items not allowed in the visiting room include all bags and purses, cell phones, cameras, other electronic recording devices, and glass or metal objects.

You are allowed to bring small denomination bills and change to purchase food and drinks from the vending machines.  

All visitors must follow the dress code or they will not be allowed to visit. All visitors must wear shirts and closed-toed shoes (no flip-flops or stilettos).

  • Halter tops, bare midriffs, strapless tops, tube tops, bodysuits, underwear-type T-shirts, tank tops, or sleeveless shirts or dresses that are inappropriately revealing (a sleeveless shirt or dress is considered inappropriately revealing when the female breast or lingerie can be seen), fishnet shirts, or any type of shirt or pants made with see-through fabric are NOT allowed to be worn by any visitor (male or female).
  • Visitors may wear Bermuda-length shorts provided they are not more than three inches above the kneecap.
  • Females may wear dresses or skirts, but they may not be more than three inches above the kneecap. Slits in skirts and dresses may not be more than three inches above the kneecap. Dresses and skirts for pre-teens may be shorter than three inches above the kneecap.
  • Any shirt or other articles of clothing with a picture or language that may be considered profane or offensive by current public standards or Adult Correction standards, or considered STG (gang) related will not be allowed.
  • Wave caps, doo rags, and bandanas are not allowed.
  • Slacks and pants are to be worn at or above the waist.
  • Spandex clothing is prohibited.

Physical Address

Dan River Prison Work Farm
981 Murray Road
Blanch, NC 27212

Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/Z5iHSmNpcdR6vbDk7

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Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name, OPUS Number
Dan River Prison Work Farm
981 Murray Road
Blanch, NC 27212

Always make sure that the inmate’s full name and OPUS number appears on the envelope when sending inmate mail. For information about sending packages to an inmate, click here.

How to Call an Inmate

Inmates at the Dan River Prison Work Farm do have access to phones, but they can’t receive incoming calls. For complete details on how to call an inmate in North Carolina, please click here.

How to Send Money

You can send money to your inmate at Dan River Prison Work Farm through JPay and MoneyGram. All North Carolina state prisons require that you be on the inmate’s approved visitor list to send funds.

The fastest option is to send money with your credit or debit card online by using JPay.com or the JPay mobile app from the Apple App Store (for iPhones) or Google Play (for Android phones).

You can also send money by phone using your credit or debit card. Call (800) 574-5729 to speak with a live JPay call center agent 24/7.

Money Orders
Money orders must be made payable to JPay and sent with a deposit slip to: 
P.O. Box 173070
Hialeah, FL 33017

Money order deposit slip available in English here.
Hoja de Depósito para Giros Bancarios disponible en Español aquí.

To make a cash deposit, visit any MoneyGram agent location (including all Walmarts and CVS Pharmacies), and use code 1224. Visit JPay.com to get a list of nearby MoneyGram locations.

Programs For Inmates

Dan River houses felon and misdemeanant minimum custody adult male offenders. Work assignments include food service, maintenance, janitorial, and other institutional jobs. Other assignments include maintenance work at Caswell Correctional Center and the offender construction program.

A joint venture with the N.C. Wildlife Commission and Dan River have offenders working restoring forest land, parks, and lakes all across North Carolina.

In cooperation with Piedmont Community College, the facility operates the Roxboro Satellite Training Center, which uses the building that once housed Person Correctional Center. The Training Center's programs include carpentry, masonry, information systems technology, horticulture, basic electricity, and human resource development for 130 offenders.

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Careers at Dan River Prison Work Farm

The North Carolina Department of Public Safety is currently hiring. If you would like to work at the Dan River Prison Work Farm, you can find out more information by clicking here.