Central Prison

Address: 1300 Western Boulevard, Raleigh, NC 27606
Phone: 919-733-0800
County: Wake
Offender capacity: 1104
Facility type: Male - Close, Medium and Minimum Custody

jamel james

Jamel James

Warden jamel.james@dac.nc.gov

Programs and Activities

Special Populations

  • Restrictive Housing
  • Safekeepers
  • Death Row
  • Inpatient medical
  • Inpatient mental health


  • 316 bed inpatient hospital
  • 144 bed mental heath care facility
  • Outpatient medical clinics
  • Dental care
  • Substance abuse treatment

Work programs

  • Laundry
  • Food services
  • Janitorial services
  • Barbers
  • Clerks
  • Canteen operators

Religious activities

  • Group studies
  • Worship services
Tab/Accordion Items

Central Prison serves as the admission point into prison for adult male felons sentenced to 20 years or more, and is the main medical and mental health treatment center for male offenders. It also houses special control populations, including death row and safekeepers.

North Carolina's first state penitentiary opened at this site in 1884.