Greene Correctional Institution

Greene Correctional Institution is a minimum-security reentry facility for male inmates that is located in Maury, North Carolina. It is managed by the North Carolina Department of Public Safety and can house approximately 616 inmates, with a 40-bed segregation housing unit. It is also a medical support facility, with 96 beds identified for chronic care offender housing needs.

Greene CI was one of 51 county prisons the state assumed responsibility for 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 offenders who worked building roads.

The prison opened in 1939 with a farm of approximately 70 acres worked by offenders. The farming operation ended in 1971, and the next year the fields were planted with pine trees. In the early 1980s, a portion of that property was cleared for construction of Eastern Correctional Institution, a close security prison that opened in 1983.

From 1972 until the early 1980's, Greene was the Eastern Area Reception Center, where new admissions from the courts in eastern North Carolina were processed into prison.

Prison overcrowding resulted in triple bunking during the 1970's and 1980's. In 1977, a modular dormitory was added to help alleviate overcrowding. Average population during this period ranged from 150 to 175. As a result of the Small v. Martin settlement agreement, triple bunking was eliminated, and the population at that time was limited to 104 inmates.

Original dormitories at the prison are still being used today. The General Assembly provided $4.5 million to add 400 beds as part of a $103 million prison construction program authorized in July 1991 and reauthorized in July 1992. Lawmakers added another 50 beds as part of the $87.5 million prison construction program authorized in July 1993.

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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 is handled by appointment only. Regular visits may be scheduled for the following times:

Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m and 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., or 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

To make an appointment, call (252) 747-5780 anytime between 9:00 a.m and 5:00 p.m. Monday and Friday and ask to schedule a visiting appointment.

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 Greene Correctional Institution.

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

Dress Code

You must follow the visitors dress code 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

Greene Correctional Institution
2699 Hwy. 903
Maury, NC 28554

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Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name, OPUS Number
Greene Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 39
Maury, NC 28554

The Greene Correctional Institution encourages family and friends to write to their incarcerated loved ones. 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 Greene 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 Greene 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 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 to get a list of nearby MoneyGram locations.

Programs For Inmates

Greene's primary mission is to provide offender labor for Department of Transportation road squads in Greene, Lenoir, Pitt, and Beaufort counties. Offenders work on long-term labor contacts with local city, county and state governmental agencies, as well as work release jobs with private businesses. 

Offenders work on the Inmate Construction Program and at Chase Enterprise Laundry. Others perform janitorial and maintenance duties at Eastern and Maury correctional institutions, the Eastern Regional Office and Eastern Region Maintenance staff with prison maintenance.

Some inmates are assigned to work in food service, keeping the institution clean and/or performing maintenance to equipment, facilities and grounds.

Additionally, Greene CI offers various rehabilitative programs that include Yokefellow Ministry, Narcotics Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous, Think Smart, Community Volunteer, Tri-County Transition Program, Strive Transition Program, Home Leaves, Community Volunteer Leaves, Work Release, Independent Studies, Napoleon Hill, Character Education, Cognitive Behavior Intervention, library and recreation. Currently there are approximately 100 active community volunteers who offer their services in the various Rehabilitative/Religious services.

Lenoir Community College works with the facility to offer full-time and part-time classes for adult basic education and preparation for the General Education Development tests for as many as 30 offenders. Lenoir Community College also sponsors part-time General Education Development, Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning, Electrical Wiring, Computers Application with CRC, and Keytrain and English as a Second Language.

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Careers at Greene Correctional Institution

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