Warren Correctional Institution

Warren Correctional Institution is a close/medium/minimum-custody prison for male inmates that is located in Raleigh, North Carolina. This facility is managed by the North Carolina Department of Public Safety and can house approximately 809 inmates. The largest inmate population at Warren Correctional Institution consists of medium custody offenders. 

The opening of the facility in 1997 permitted the consolidation of five smaller prisons in surrounding counties.

On August 18, 1997, the prison received its first medium custody C. The 168 single-cell building opened May 18, 1998. In August of 1999, the two modular dormitories opened, housing approximately 88 minimum custody offenders. Another 168, single-cell building was completed in August of 2004.

The janitorial products plant for Correction Enterprises, which produces soap and industrial cleaning products, was relocated to Warren from Harnett Correctional Institution. The plant was constructed by offenders participating in the Inmate Construction Program, working under the supervision of engineers from the Central Engineering section.

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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

Visitors must call the Institution Visitation Section at 252-456-2820 to set up an appointment. Appointments can be made Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday between 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Visits must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance, but no more than 14 days in advance.

Visiting days will be at the following days/times: Friday 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.; Saturday: 9 - 11 a.m., 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Visitors should arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the scheduled visit. Three visitors will be allowed per visit, this includes children.

Minimum and Medium Custody/Regular Population: The visiting sessions will be from 9 - 11 a.m. and 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. The duration of the visits will be a maximum of two hours. Offenders will be allowed one visit per week.

Non-Contact Visiting/Regular Population: The duration of the visit will be two hours. Offenders will be allowed one visit per week.

Non-Contact Visiting: The duration of the visit will be one hour. Offenders will be limited to two visits per month.

PCON: Visiting will be on Wednesdays from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. The duration of the visit will be two hours. Offenders will be allowed one visit per week. 

Visiting Application

You must complete an application and have it approved by the North Carolina Department of Public Safety before you can visit your inmate. It is the inmate’s responsibility 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 Warren Correctional Institution for approval.

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

Dress Code

Be prepared to show a current photo ID (all minors are required to present a copy of their birth certificate) before entering the visiting room, and you will also be subjected to a search.

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 bills, $5 bills, and change to purchase food and drinks from the vending machines.  

The dress code is strictly enforced. 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.
  • No wave caps, doo rags, and bandanas.
  • Slacks and pants are to be worn at or above the waist.
  • No spandex clothing.

Physical Address

Warren Correctional Institution
379 Collins Road
Manson, NC 27553

Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/Af31Tbu4S59nc7Cm6

General Phone Number


Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name, OPUS Number
Warren Correctional Institution
Box 728
Norlina, NC 27563

Warren Correctional Institution encourages family and friends to write to offenders. 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

Inmates at Warren Correctional Institution 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 Warren Correctional Institution 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.

Cash deposits can be made by visiting 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

Inmates can take vocational classes (depending on the custody level) and educational courses to earn a GED.  The facility also provides all inmates medical, dental, and mental health services.

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Careers at Warren Correctional Institution

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