North Carolina Department
Polk Youth Institution
The new Polk--Quick Facts
- It cost $43 million to build.
- The prison includes the administration
building, four dormitories and three single-cell housing units.
- There are 166 acres at the site
and 43 fenced acres make up the prison compound.
- The prison will have 538 employees.
- Polk will house 948 to 1,076
inmates. The prison has a standard operating capacity of 900. Its three
housing units have 88,856 square feet. There will be a total of 1,076 beds
including all housing and segregation areas.
- Inmates will be ages 18-21.
- The prison will serve as a diagnostic
processing center, will assign 324 inmates to work and programs, will provide
education programs and will provide Drug Alcohol Recovery Treatment.
The old Polk--Quick Facts
- The state obtained the land
in 1920 to establish a prison farm.
- In 1963, many of the present
buildings were erected and education programs were established.
- There are 20 acres at the site
and 14 fenced acres make up the prison compound.
- The prison has 330 employees.
- The prison has more than 20 different
buildings including eight modular units. Inmates are housed in the Main building
(2 dorms), 100 building (2 dorms), 300 building (10 dorms)
and segregation building (18 cells).
- The prison houses 381 male youth
- Polk was the last North Carolina
prison to end the practice of triple bunking. (March 1994)
- Polk was the first North Carolina
prison to implement the cashless canteen system and remove the use of cash
by inmates. (May 1991)
Correction managers looking forward
to new facility
Correction officers ready for move to new prison
Polk quick facts
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Polk built with new construction techniques
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