North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women

North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women is a close/medium/minimum-custody prison for female inmates that is located in Raleigh, North Carolina. This facility houses approximately 1,776 inmates, and is managed by the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.

The North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women in Raleigh is the state's primary correctional facility for women. It houses the largest offender population in the state and serves as the support facility for the state's other female prisons. 

The campus-style facility sits on 30 acres of a 190-acre tract of state land in southeast Raleigh. NCCIW houses offenders of all custody levels and control statuses, including death row, maximum, close, medium, minimum, safekeepers, and youth. It provides the primary medical, mental, and alcohol and chemical dependency treatment for female offenders.

The facility operates a diagnostic center that serves as the point of entry into the prison system for women. Upon arrival, offenders undergo a series of diagnostic evaluations that will determine future prison assignments.

The facility which eventually became the North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women was originally established as a road camp for male inmates who were assigned to work on highway projects. According to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, women inmates were transferred to the facility’s current site in 1933, during renovation of women's living quarters at Central Prison.

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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
Saturday-Sunday                  8-10 a.m.; noon-2 p.m. (every other weekend)
Monday                                  9-11 a.m.; 2:15-4:15 p.m.
Tuesday                                 8-11 a.m.; 2:15-4:15 p.m.(Safekeeping/Control Status visits for first hour)
Wednesday-Friday               9-11 a.m.; 2:15-4:15 p.m.

  • By appointment only during scheduled times.
  • Limited to three adults OR three adults and five children.
  • Scheduled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Appointments must be scheduled in advance; call 919-508-1501 or 919-508-1502 Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. There are no visits on holidays.
  • Visitors must be approved on the offender's list.

Special visits: Subject to time limits and possibly other restrictions imposed by medical staff based on the offender's condition.

Legal visits: Scheduled separately and subject to different policies than family visits. Legal, law enforcement, consular officials, local and state Family Services, and Juvenile Court officials must register with the facility prior to visiting with an offender. These visits will not be counted in the maximum 18 approved visitors.

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. After you fill out your application, return it to the North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women for approval.

Click here for more detailed information about visiting an inmate at NCCIW.

Dress Code

Visitors must check in at the prison gatehouse and present a valid photo ID (that will be checked before entry is permitted). Everyone age 16 and older is subjected to a "pat/frisk" search, along with an electronic device search by correctional officers prior to entering the facility. All searches are conducted by the least intrusive means. Depending on the control status of the offender, the visit will be held in a contact or non-contact setting.

Bags and purses, cell phones, cameras, other electronic recording devices, and glass or metal objects are not allowed in the visiting room. You can bring $1 and $5 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

North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women
1034 Bragg Street
Raleigh, NC 27610

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Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name, OPUS Number
North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women
P.O. Box 247
Phoenix, MD 21131

This facility is part of a pilot program that changes the way mail is sent to offenders. ALL mail to offenders at this facility must either be sent to a new address or electronically texted to a third-party vendor for vetting and scanning to the facility. 

To help prevent contraband that threatens the security and health of staff and offenders, mail will no longer be accepted at NCCIW during the pilot, but will be returned to the sender.

All mail will now be screened by the third-party vendor, then scanned to the prison for prompt distribution to the offender. For more information, click here.

The inmate’s full name and OPUS number must be on the envelope when you send inmate mail. For information about sending packages to an inmate, click here.

How to Call an Inmate

You can’t call an inmate at the North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women, but they do have access to phones. 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 North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women 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 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 to get a list of nearby MoneyGram locations.

Programs For Inmates

Some of the programs available to NCCIW offenders include:

  • Correction Enterprises license tag plant
  • Dental lab
  • N.C. Travel and Tourism Information Call Center
  • High School Equivalency Testing
  • Office technology
  • Cosmetology
  • Horticulture
  • Job Start
  • Job for Life (Reentry)
  • Mothers and Their Children (MATCH)
  • Alcohol/Chemical Dependency Program
  • MotherREAD

Offenders may attend worship services in the Chapel of the Nameless Woman and participate in Bible studies or other religious programs offered by prison chaplains, Prison Fellowship, and other religious volunteers and organizations.

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Careers at North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women

The North Carolina Department of Public Safety is currently hiring. If you would like to work at the North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women, you can find out more information by clicking here.