Eastern Correctional Institution

Eastern Correctional Institution is a close-custody prison for male inmates that is located in Maury, North Carolina. It is managed by the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.

Eastern Correctional Institution opened in January 1983 as a male facility. The facility was converted to house females in 2014. However, the state prison system underwent a remissioning project at three facilities across the state, and Eastern CI was converted back to a male close custody facility in the winter of 2019.

Eastern is adjacent to Greene Correctional Institution and is built on land that at one time was farmed by the minimum security prison offenders. Eastern and its sister institution, Southern Correctional Institution in Troy, opened at the same time, are of the same design and were part of the initial expansion of the prison system in the 1980s and 1990s to house the growing offender population. 

The two-story prison sits on 38 acres surrounded by double fences. The institution has five housing units, each designed to hold 96 offenders in single cells. Each regular population housing unit is divided into three wings with 24 cells. The restricted housing unit has two wings each with 24 cells totaling 48 single cells with sinks and toilets.

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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 at ECI follows standard policy. Most inmate visits are conducted through appointments based on the approved visiting list. However, inmates sometimes lose their visitation privileges for a limited period of time due to rule violations.

Certain groups of inmates, such as administrative segregation, disciplinary segregation, etc., also visit by appointment only. The inmate is responsible for communicating his visiting status to his prospective visitors. To schedule a visit, or check on an inmate's visiting status, visitors may call (252) 747-3506 between Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 - 4:30 p.m.

Visiting Application

The first step in the visiting process is to complete an application and have it approved. Your inmate must send you a blank application for each adult and minor who wishes to visit. After you complete your application, you must return it to the Eastern Correctional Institution.

Click here for more detailed information about visiting an inmate at Eastern Correctional Institution.

Dress Code

Please follow the visitors dress code at ECI or you will not be allowed to visit with your inmate. All visitors are required to 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

Eastern Correctional Institution
2821 N.C. Highway 903
Maury, NC 28554

Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/s8btPkRPQCyrLKTAA

General Phone Number


Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name, OPUS Number
Eastern Correctional Institution
Box 215
Maury, NC 28554

All Prison facilities encourage family and friends to write to offenders. For security reasons, all incoming mail is checked to see if it contains any illegal or unauthorized items.

All inmate mail should be addressed so that the full name and OPUS number of the inmate appears on the envelope. For information about sending packages to an inmate, click here.

How to Call an Inmate

You can’t call an inmate at the Eastern Correctional Institution, but the inmates do usually have access to phones during daytime hours. 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 Eastern CI through JPay and MoneyGram. All North Carolina state prisons require that you be on the inmate’s approved visitor list to send funds.

The quickest way to send money with your credit or debit card is going online and using JPay.com. Or, download 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

Educational Services

The goal of Educational Services is to provide a system of education offerings for inmates that range from basic reading, writing, and computation skills to advanced vocational skills, which also includes training in the areas of social development and life skills. The outcome goal is to provide inmates with the resources for making a worthwhile life.

The array of education services provided is intended to meet the wide variety of needs of inmates, including those skills required to be successful as jobholders and as contributing members of their communities.

Prison Life Programs

Includes prison orientation, counseling and treatment, religious programs, the Napoleon Hill Project, Sex Offender Accountability and Responsibility (SOAR), Domestic Violence Education Program (DVEP), STOP and Change Direction Domestic Violence Eduaction and Treatment Program, parenting programs

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Careers at Eastern Correctional Institution

If you are interested in a career with the North Carolina Department of Public Safety and would like to work at the Eastern Correctional Institution, you can find out more information by clicking here.