Tabor Correctional Institution – North Carolina

Know somebody locked up in Tabor Correctional Institution?  Tabor Correctional Institution is a correctional institution in the North Carolina state prison system, which is part of the North Carolina Division of Prisons.  This site will tell you about everything you might need to know about Tabor Correctional Institution,such as:  Learn how to locate an inmate.  How to visit Tabor Correctional Institution inmates.  The prisons’s phone number and address.  How to send mail and money to an inmate at Tabor Correctional Institution.  And more…

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General Prison Information

Official Name: Tabor Correctional Institution
Year Opened: 2008
Type: Male
State: North Carolina
County: Columbus
DOC: North Carolina Division of Prisons
Security Level: Medium/Close
Warden Name: George Kenworthy

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Contact Information

Below is the street address and mailing address for Tabor Correctional Institution. Use the mailing address if you are mailing a package or letter to an inmate there, and make sure to use the physical address if you want to know the physical location of the facility.

Mailing Address

You should also read the Inmate Mail and Package Procedures heading on this page before you mail something to an inmate to learn how to properly address the letter or package, and follow the correct procedure for sending a package or letter. If you do not use the appropriate protocol, the package or letter might get sent back.

Tabor Correctional Institution
PO Box 730 
Tabor City NC, 28463

Street Address / Prison Location


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

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 910-653-6413
Fax Number: 910-653-6837

Map and Directions

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Use the street address if you plan to visit an inmate. Make sure to also read the Inmate Visitation Schedule and Inmate Visitation Procedures information on this page if you are going to visit a prisoner.

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


From Raleigh: Take I-40 East to I-95 South. Take I-95 South to exit 2 in Lumberton. At the top of the ramp, take a left on to 130 East. Follow 130 East to 904. Go through Fairbluff, continue on 904 until you see the prison on the left.
From I-95 take 74 West to Whiteville, 701 South to Tabor City to 904 West to facility.

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Phone Number

State prison inmates don’t have telephones, so you won’t be able to call prisoners, but, there are times when it might be helpful to know the phone number to the prison.

Tabor Correctional Institution prisoners can sometimes make calls with:

  • Calling Cards
  • Collect Calls
  • Dedicated Phone Line
  • Prison Calling Plan

Fax Number

Tabor Correctional Institution prisoners don’t have fax machines, so you won’t get to send a fax to the inmate, but there are times when it may be useful to know the fax machine number to Tabor Correctional Institution.


Email Address

This is the general email for the prison. You won’t be able to reach individuals at this email address. If you need to send an email to an inmate, go to the Inmate Email section on this page.

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Inmate and Staff Statistics

Total Inmates: 1500
Total Staff: 515

Inmate Email

To email a letter to a prisoner you must use an specific process to ensure that the email message is received by your inmate.

Inmate Internet Access

State prisoners are not allowed to access the internet.

Inmate Mail and Package Procedures

There are important rules that you have to follow when mailing a letter or package to a inmate. If you do not then the letters and packages might not be received.

before you send a letter or package, be sure to read the information below:

Mail Monitoring

Correctional facility officials open and read all received general postal correspondence. Incoming general correspondence is read as frequently as is necessary to keep security or monitor a particular problem regarding a certain inmate.

How to Address a Letter to an Inmate

This is the proper format for how you have to address a letter to a state prisoner at Tabor Correctional Institution:

Tabor Correctional Institution
PO Box 730 
Tabor City NC, 28463

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Inmate Money

Every state correctional institution has a Commissary which serves to provide prisoners a bank type account for prisoner funds and for purchasing things not issued regularly by the Bureau of Prisons.

How to Send an Inmate Money

Anyone may deposit money to inmate’s accounts by sending it by the U.S. Postal Service and Western Union.

Via U.S. Postal Service: Inmates’ families and friends can to send prisoners money in postal mail and have to send those funds to the following address and do so in accordance with the directions written below:

The funds have to be in a money order made out to the inmate’s full committed name and complete eight-digit register number. You should use a postal money order, since all non-postal money orders processed through the National Lockbox will be held for a 15-day hold, in which the prisoner will not get the funds. The Bureau of Prisons will return funds that do not have appropriate inmate information if the envelope has a return address. Cash and checks can’t be accepted so don’t send any cash or checks.

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Inmate Locator

State prison inmates are from time to time transported to different prisons throughout the North Carolina prison system, so you may have to look up where an inmate is located using the inmate locator. Follow the link below to locate an state prisoner.
Inmate Search

To find other North Carolina state prisons: North Carolina State Prisons

North Carolina Division of Prisons Inmate Search

Inmate Visitation

Before you visit an inmate at Tabor Correctional Institution, you must know this information:

  • Visitation Schedule
  • Visitation Rules
  • Visitation Application

Inmate Visitation Schedule

Regular Population Visitation
Wednesday – Saturday
9:00am to 10:30am
12:30pm to 1:30pm
2:30pm to 4:00pm
Non Contact Visitation (Tuesday Only)
9:00am to 10:00am
1:00pm to 2:00pm
2:30pm to 3:30pm

Inmate Visitor Procedures

Each North Carolina state prison has its own procedures for visitation and these policies get changed regularly. The information listed below may be changed by the time you are reading this, so you should also read Tabor Correctional Institution’s official website to find the most recent rules for visitation.

Visitation Sign-In and Check-In

The entrance officer will make sure every visitor signs the prisoner visitors log when entering the prison and upon departure.

Identification Required

Picture ID of visitors is required. The best forms of ID are Driver’s License and Social Security Card; but, a state issued picture ID is acceptable.

For everything listed below, go to the main correctional facility site because this information changes frequently:

  • Visitation Rules
  • Visitation Dress Code
  • Things You Can and Cannot Take to Visitation
  • Special Rules For Childred, Special Visits, Pastoral or Attorney Visits

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Prison Records

Information about Tabor Correctional Institution records will be posted ASAP.

Such as:

  • Inmate records
  • Health records.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.

Death Row

Section about Tabor Correctional Institution death row will be posted ASAP.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


Information about North Carolina parole to be added later.

For example:

  • Parole hearings.
  • Review boards.
  • Who qualifies for parole.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


More information about release procedures for Tabor Correctional Institution to be added later.

Inmate Programs

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Prison Life

Section about prison life to be added later.

  • Activities.
  • Daily schedule and routine.
  • Recreational facilities available.
  • What’s allowed, and what’s not allowed.
  • What the food is like.
  • What to expect.
  • Jobs and work release available.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


Tabor Correctional Institution news coming soon.


A section with photos of Tabor Correctional Institution will be posted ASAP.

For example, photos of:

  • Cells at Tabor Correctional Institution
  • The yard.
  • What inmates wear at Tabor Correctional Institution.

If you have any photos of Tabor Correctional Institution that you would like to share, please contact us using the ‘Contact’ link at the bottom of the page.

Prison Jobs & Hiring

Looking for a job at a correctional facility? Do you have any prior experience? Have you worked at a prison facility previously?

If so, check out: Tabor Correctional Institution Jobs

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The official website: Tabor Correctional Institution Website

Victim Resources

Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

Victim’s Rights

The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

  • Victims have the right to protection from the accused.
  • Victims have the right to notification.
  • Victims have the right to attend proceedings.
  • Victims have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
  • Victims have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
  • Victims have the right to restitution.
  • Victims have the right to a speedy trial.
  • Victims have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

The definition of victim includes:

  • Spouses and children of all victims.
  • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
  • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
  • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

Victim Notification

The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

Click here to tell your story

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Family Resources

Information about family resources will be posted ASAP.


A history section coming.

Such as:

  • Famous Tabor Correctional Institution inmates.
  • Escapes and prison breaks.
  • Executions.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


Information About Other North Carolina State Prisons: North Carolina State Prisons

Tabor Correctional Institution Links

The official website: Tabor Correctional Institution Website
Tabor Correctional Institution Jobs

North Carolina Division of Prisons Links

North Carolina Division of Prisons Main Website
North Carolina Division of Prisons Prison Directory
North Carolina Division of Prisons Prison Map
North Carolina Division of Prisons Prison Jobs
North Carolina Division of Prisons Prison Inmate Search
North Carolina Division of Prisons Most Wanted

North Carolina Division of Prisons Visitation Policies
Sending Money to a North Carolina State Prison Inmate

Sending Mail to North Carolina State Prison Inmates
Sending Packages to North Carolina State Prison Inmates
North Carolina State Prison Inmate Phone Calls

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Tell Your Story – Write a Review of Tabor Correctional Institution

Have you ever spent any time in Tabor Correctional Institution? Do you know someone that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited an inmate at Tabor Correctional Institution?

If you have, then we would like you to tell us about it. Write about what you experienced so others can learn what to expect.

Things you might want to include in your comment:

  • Facility conditions
  • Facility facility and layout
  • Guards and prison staff
  • Commissary and food
  • Visitation
  • Inmates
  • Safety
  • Gang activity
  • Programs and activities

If you are currently incarcerated at Tabor Correctional Institution, leave your address if you want people to be able to mail you.

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  1. Nataisha C. says:

    My brother requested to be placed in Harnett County Correctional facility, which offers inmates the opportunity to attained a college degree while incarcerated. From my understanding with a degree in Criminal Justice and my experience working within the Criminal Justice system, our purpose is to rehabilitate offenders. His charged and his plea was based on him stating that it was in his “best interest” to proceed. Acknowledging that this Correctional Facility as well as the State has the ultimate authority, please allow him the chance to be rehabilitated through attaining a education. We fall because we lack the knowledge of ways to pick ourselves up, but we change when we are shown the way. If I didn’t believe in him or the Criminal Justice system then I probably would not voice my opinion. But when one falls who has a chance to be picked up by another we cannot allow his purpose to be swallowed by individuals who have already drowned. Please review this comment in consideration of the foundation and purpose the Criminal Justice system was created for.
    Thank you for your time.

  2. Donna B. says:

    As a mother of a son who got 10 years for primarily for drug addiction, never resisted,always cooperated, it hurts my heart for all these kids. They need help,not to be put away, where the drugs,gangs,mind games are prevalent. It’s a waste of taxpayers $ and it secures jobs for the shady government. These closed minded,small town police departments who prey on easy targets, profiling,and making things a lot worse than they really are.They get grants for highest # of citations,arrests,etc. Courts,lawyers,and police departments don’t realize what they do to these people, me included. fines , fees,classes are expensive.they don’t care about how you have to take time off work for court dates that are continued. Focus on criminals, not on kids ,who can’t have fun anymore, cause nosey neighbors have to report every little non hurtful thing, where they can’t get jobs cause of their background. Schools only cater to kids who are average or above, but kids who do innocent silliness, or boys that have a hard time sitting still are condemned and humiliated. So lets realize prisons are for criminals,not for kids who haven’t even developed yet.

  3. Megan Parker says:

    My fiance has been at Tabor Correctional institute for awhile now ─║otjer than when he was transferred for a fee months to do his drug program) he got 4.5 years for drug charges and possessing a gun by felon (which wasn’t even his! His so called “friend” was wanted by the police and saw them coming and threw his gun to my fiance and like an idiot he didn’t throw it back at the guy, he says he honestly doendt know why he didn’t but the police were on him in like 7 seconds so it woulsnt have made a difference).
    The other charges were all him though and he fully takes responsibility for them.
    He is serving his time and has been gone since March 2016 and his projected release date is April 2020 and it couldn’t come any faster!
    We have 2 young children together (one of which was only 3 months old when he was arrested).

    All in all they have been pretty fair with him at this prison. He’s worked in the kitchen for awhile and just recently got moved to the minimum custody building which isn’t attached to the main building. He will hopefully soon get to start working a new job and keep working his “levels” down I til he’s eligible to work outside of the prison at a REAL job and be able to save money and send money home to help me support our family.
    This prison is about 4 hours away from home and we wish he could be closer so we could visit more (we’ve only saw him twice simce he left county jail in March 2017 and out children have only saw him once since then. He’s only got to touch them that one time since he was arrested in 2016)

    This prison is in the middle of nowhere! We drive for 72 miles with nothing out the window but fields, woods, abandoned grown up houses, and random houses here and there (no exaggeration)!
    Visitation was okay but I wish he could at least held our kids other than the hugs at the beginning and end of the prison! Other than that it’s okay from what I know of….. for a prison at least!

  4. Shannon Mathis says:

    My husband was sent there to be placed in minimum custody. It is run as closed custody. The rules and regulations for inmates does not follow policies as we have found. Most officers are awesome but others are crooked and do not follow the rules as they tend to overlook certain situations that occur, give favors, and/or pick on certain inmates. There are both medium and minimum inmates in the minimum unit which puts others at risk. It definitely is a drive for me but it’s closer than Hyde. Also, filing grievances only makes the inmate a target. The several officers I have spoken to have been so helpful and seem to always do the right thing and are very supportive. There is one in particular who is very family oriented and accomodating. She truly is a blessing!

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