Tabor Correctional Institution

Tabor Correctional Institution is a high-security prison for male inmates that is located in West Tabor City, North Carolina. The facility can house approximately 1,752 inmates and is managed by the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.

Tabor Correctional Institution is a multi-security prison that houses close, medium, and minimum custody offenders.

The original portion of the prison is a 1,000-cell close-custody facility. Later additions included a 504-bed medium-custody unit and a 252-bed minimum-custody unit. The facility employs custody, food service, medical, dental, administration, programs, maintenance, and psychological staff.

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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 by appointment only in accordance with the following schedule:

  • Regular Population: Wednesday - Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., noon to 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Non Contact: Tuesday 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Minimum Facility: Sunday 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., noon to 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Visitation appointments must be scheduled 48 hours in advance. To schedule an appointment, call 910-653-8070 to speak with the visitation officer.

Visiting Application

You must complete an application and have it approved before visiting an inmate. 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 Tabor Correctional Institution.

Inmates are allowed no more than one visiting session per week for a maximum of two hours. The maximum number of visitors per visiting session can’t exceed three approved visitors.

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

Dress Code

All visitors must follow the dress code or they will be denied entrance into the facility. Before you are allowed to visit, you must pass through a metal detector search.

  • 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.
  • Visitors must wear closed-toed shoes (no flip-flops or stilettos permitted).
  • Shirts and shoes are mandatory.

Physical Address

Tabor Correctional Institution
4600 Swamp Fox Highway
West Tabor City, NC 28463

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Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name, OPUS Number
Tabor Correctional Institution
4600 Swamp Fox Highway
West Tabor City, NC 28463

All inmate mail should be addressed exactly as printed above, 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 Tabor Correctional Institution, but they do 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 Tabor 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

Academic/Vocational Education

Education provides the basic knowledge, skills and attitudes to make inmates literate. Education programs also prepare inmates for meaningful and satisfying roles as working and contributing members of society.

Academic education prepares inmates: to read, write, and compute, to pass the GED Test, to acquire survival skills, and to provide social education.

Vocational education prepares inmates for employment with job skills training, increases productivity while working in prison jobs and in employment in the community upon release, and increases their sense of accomplishment and ability.

Academic and vocational education is mainly offered to medium custody inmates. However, inmates in close or minimum custody are afforded participation in education programs as appropriate.

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 Education and Treatment Program, parenting programs.

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Careers at Tabor Correctional Institution

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