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Tillery Correctional Center opened as a minimum security prison for adult males in 1988. The prison was originally built to provide minimum security beds for inmates working at the Caledonia state prison farm when Halifax Correctional Center was a medium security unit. (Halifax was later changed back to a minimum security prison and eventually closed in 1996.)
In 1987, the General Assembly provided for creation of the prison with a 208-bed dormitory as part of the $28.5 million Emergency Prison Facilities Development program. Another 208-bed dormitory was added by lawmakers as part of the $55 million prison construction program in 1989.
The prison sits on a 20-acre site about a quarter mile from the Caledonia Correctional Institution. Tillery houses inmates in two buildings, each with four dorms, connected by a central multipurpose area. There are six additional buildings including an administrative building, program support building, dining hall, vocational building and multipurpose building.
Inmates work on farm crews at Caledonia and Odom prison farms. They may also be assigned to maintenance or janitorial duties at Caledonia, Odom or Tillery. Inmates may work on a community work squad where a correctional officer supervises them in short term, manual labor jobs for local governments. Other inmates work in the prison as kitchen or maintenance help.
Halifax Community College helps the prison provide vocational classes in plumbing, auto mechanics and electrical wiring. Classes for adult education and GED tests are also offered.
Visitation is conducted in three separate sessions. Two on Saturday afternoon and one on Sunday afternoon. By appointment only, call 252-826-4165 ext. 330 Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The three sessions are as follows:
Saturday 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Saturday 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.
There is no visiting on holidays, unless the holiday falls on a regular visiting day. ** Note: this is on a first come first serve basis**
Special visits: All requested weekday special visits are for immediate family members only. Appointments for special visits may be requested by calling the facility a minimum of 24 hours prior to the date of the desired visit. To arrange a special visit you can call the facility at 252-826-4165 and ask for ext. 330. Visits will only be granted between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Other visits: All attorneys, clergyman, etc., are required to call the facility a minimum of 24 hours in advance of a requested visit. Appointments maybe requested by calling the facility at 252-826-4165 and ask for ext. 330. Visits will only be granted between the hours of 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
During inclement weather, visiting will be held in the center dining hall. No food items provided by visitors will be allowed in the dining hall. No smoking will be allowed when visiting inside the dining hall.
During outside visiting, picnic lunches with the exception of beverages, will be allowed. Beverages may be purchased from the facilities vending machines.
DIRECTIONS: Take I-95 north to Halifax County and exit onto N.C. 481. Take N.C. 481 for about 18 miles through Enfield to Tillery. At Tillery, take county road 1141 to Tillery Correctional Center. Another quarter mile down the road is Caledonia Correctional Institution.
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