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North Carolina Department of Correction

North Carolina Department of Correction
Common name North Carolina Department of Correction
Abbreviation NCDOC
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Logo of North Carolina Department of Correction
Agency overview
Formed 1925
Employees 20,548
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* State of North Carolina, USA
Size 53,865 square miles (139,510 km2)
Population 9,222,414 (2008 est.)[1]
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters Raleigh, North Carolina
Agency executive Alvin W. Keller, Secretary of Correction
Lockups 40,963.[1]
NC DOC Website
* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.

The North Carolina Department of Correction (NCDOC) is the agency responsible for corrections in the U.S. state of North Carolina.


  • History 1
  • Facilities 2
  • Operations 3
  • Death row 4
  • Fallen officers 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


In 1868, North Carolina adopted a new State Constitution that provided for building a state penitentiary. Inmates began building the state's first prison, Central Prison, in 1870 and moved into the completed castle-like structure in December 1884. In 1881, the state leased two tracts of land near Raleigh for inmates to farm. State law 379 enacted in 1885 provided for the allowance of good time as an incentive for inmate cooperation.


There are 70 state correctional institutions in North Carolina that house more than 42,000 offenders." [2]


Women entering the prison system as misdemeanants are processed at the Fountain Correctional Center for Women.[3]

Death row

The male death row is located at the Central Prison. The female death row is located at the North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women.[4] The execution chamber is located at Central Prison.[5]

Fallen officers

Since the establishment of the North Carolina Department of Correction, 11 officers have died in the line of duty.[6]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Annual Population Estimates 2000 to 2008". US Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-12-25. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Fountain Correctional Center for Women." North Carolina Department of Correction. Retrieved on March 3, 2011.
  4. ^ "Death Row and Death Watch." North Carolina Department of Correction. Retrieved on September 1, 2010.
  5. ^ "nmate who could be 1,000th execution waits for family." Chicago Tribune. December 2, 2005. Start Page 14. Retrieved on September 1, 2010. "... panes separating the viewing room from the stark execution chamber at Central Prison."
  6. ^ The Officer Down Memorial Page

External links

  • North Carolina DOC Website
  • North Carolina DOC Newsletter archive
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