Western Correctional Center for Women

Facility Mailing and Street Address: 55 Lake Eden Road, Black Mountain, NC 28711

Phone: 828-259-6000

County: Buncombe

Offender Capacity: 366

Facility Type: Female - Minimum Custody

Western Correctional Center for Women houses female offenders in minimum custody.

Offenders can participate in a variety of educational and vocational programs including Adult Basic Education/ GED, computer skills, Focus On Freedom, horticulture, hospitality and veterinary care.

April Shoup

April Shoup

Warden april.shoup@dac.nc.gov

Programs and Activities

College education

  • Study release / Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
  • Inside Out Program - Warren Wilson College

Religious Programs

  • Group studies
  • Worship services

Work programs

  • Food services
  • Janitorial services
  • Barbers
  • Clerks
  • Canteen operators
  • Laundry / Clothes house


  • Adult Basic Education / GED
  • Computer skills
  • Focus on Freedom
  • Horticulture
  • Hospitality (START)
  • Money Smart
  • Pathways to Employment
  • Veterinary Tech/ Pet Care
  • Working Smart
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Western Correctional Center for Women (formerly Swannanoa Correctional Center for Women) opened on July 7, 2008. Women previously housed at Black Mountain Correctional Center for Women were transferred to the former Swannanoa Valley Juvenile Detention Center campus on that date.

Western CCW offender live in four renovated four dormitories: Greenwood, Frye, Sloop and Gilliat. Renovations on the vocation building provided offenders with an educational classroom and an operating greenhouse. Renovations to the Buchanan building accommodated the increasing offender population and offer more educational classrooms and a medical wing.

On Oct. 4, 2021, the facility's name was changed to Western Correctional Center for Women.