Buncombe Correctional Center – North Carolina

Do you know somebody locked up in Buncombe Correctional Center? Buncombe Correctional Center is a prison in the state prison system in North Carolina. This guide will tell you info about anything you might need to know about Buncombe Correctional Center,like the following: How to locate an inmate. Visitation policies and procedures. The prison’s address and phone number. How to send mail and money to an inmate. And much much more…

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General Prison Information

Official Name: Buncombe Correctional Center
Year Opened: 1989
Type: Male
State: North Carolina
County: Buncombe
DOC: North Carolina Division of Prisons
Security Level: Minimum
Warden Name: Richard Terry

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Contact Information

Below you have the street address and mailing address for Buncombe Correctional Center. Use the mailing address if you are going to mail a package or letter to a prisoner at Buncombe Correctional Center, and use the physical address if you need to know the location of Buncombe Correctional Center.

Mailing Address

Be sure to also read the Inmate Mail and Package Procedures section further down on this page if you are going to send a letter or package to someone in prison to make sure that you correctly address the letter or package, and use the appropriate procedure for mailing a package or letter. If you don’t follow the appropriate steps, it might not get delivered.

Buncombe Correctional Center
PO Box 18089
Asheville NC, 28814

Street Address / Prison location


Buncombe Correctional Center
Hwy 251 North
Asheville NC, 28814

Phone Number and Fax Number


Map and Directions

Use this address if you are going to visit a prisoner. Make sure to read over the Inmate Visitation Procedures and Inmate Visitation Schedule headings below if you are going to try to visit a prisoner.

Buncombe Correctional Center
Hwy 251 North
Asheville NC, 28814


Take I-40 toward Asheville when nearing Asheville from west or east take I-240 to I-26 west & 19/23 north. Take the Newbridge exit and at bottom of the ramp take a right and then an immediate left onto Weaverville Highway. Go 1.3 miles and take a left onto Old Marshall Highway. Follow for 1.6 miles to Stop Sign at Riverside Drive. Straight through, approx .4 miles and Buncombe Correctional Center will be on your right. Craggy Correctional Center is .5 mile beyond Buncombe Correctional Center.

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Phone Number

Buncombe Correctional Center inmates don’t have phones in their cells, so you won’t be able to call an inmate, but, there are cases when it might be useful to have the phone number to the prison.

Prisoners are able to call out using:

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

Fax Number

Buncombe Correctional Center prisoners don’t have fax machines, so you won’t get to send a fax to the inmate, but there are cases when it is necessary to know the fax machine number to the prison.

Email Address

This email address is the general email for the prison. You cannot email inmates using this email. If you want to find out how to email a prisoner, read the Inmate Email information below.

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Inmate and Staff Statistics

Total Inmates: 182
Total Staff: 52

Inmate Email

To send a letter via email to a prisoner you must use an exact procedure to ensure that the letter gets to your inmate.

Inmate Internet Access

Prisoners are not allowed to access the web.

Inmate Mail and Package Procedures

There are special procedures that you have to follow when sending a package or letter to a inmate. If you do not then letter or package might be returned to you.

Before you send anything, you should read the links below:

Mail Monitoring

Correctional facility officials will open and read all received general mail and packages. Incoming general mail is read as frequently as is necessary to maintain security and safety or watch any problems confronting any inmates.

How to Address a Letter to an Inmate

Here is the proper format for how you need to address a letter to an inmate at Buncombe Correctional Center:

Buncombe Correctional Center
PO Box 18089
Asheville NC, 28814

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Inmate Money

Every state prison has a Commissary which was created to provide a bank type account for inmate funds and for purchasing things not issued by the facility.

How to Send an Inmate Money

Friends, family, or other people may send money to these accounts using Western Union and the U.S. Postal Service.

Via U.S. Postal Service: An inmate’s family and friends are able to send prisoners money in the postal service and will have to send those funds to the following address and do so in accordance with the directions provided below:

The deposit must be in the form of a money order made out to the prisoner’s full committed name and complete eight-digit register number. You are advised to use a postal money order, since all non-postal money orders that are processed through the National Lockbox will be placed on a 15-day holding period, in which the prisoner will not get the funds. The Bureau of Prisons will send back any funds that do not have valid prisoner info but only if the envelope you sent it in has an adequate return address. Cash and checks won’t be deposited to the prisoner’s account so don’t send any cash or checks.

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Inmate Locator

State prisoners are frequently transported to various prison facilities throughout the North Carolina prison system, so sometimes you might need to locate where an inmate is located using the inmate locator. Follow the link below to find an Buncombe Correctional Center prisoner.
Inmate Search

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

Inmate Visitation

Before you visit Buncombe Correctional Center, be sure that you be aware of this info:

  • Visitation Schedule
  • Visitation Rules
  • Visitation Application

Inmate Visitation Schedule

Visitation is held on Saturday’s at different times based on the inmates’ last name. Effective Oct. 1, 2004, no visitor will be allowed access unless they have an approved visitation application on file. For specific times for visitation please call the unit and speak with the Officer in Charge. A copy of the visitation schedule and rotation is available at the facility.

Inmate Visitor Procedures

Every correctional facility in North Carolina has their own policies for prison visits and these rules change often. The information discussed here might be different when you are reading this, so be sure to also read Buncombe Correctional Center’s site to find the most recent visitation rules.

Visitation Sign-In and Check-In

The entrance guard will ensure all visitors sign the prisoner visitors log when they enter the facility and also when they leave.

Identification Required

Picture ID of visitors will be required. Appropriate forms of id are Driver’s License and Social Security Card; but, a state photo ID is acceptable.

For everything listed below, go to the actual Buncombe Correctional Center website because this info is changed often:

  • 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 Buncombe Correctional Center prison 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

Details about Buncombe Correctional Center death row to be added later.

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


More information about North Carolina parole process will be posted ASAP.

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.


Details about release procedures to be added later.

Inmate Programs

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Prison Life

Info about what life is like at Buncombe Correctional Center will be posted ASAP.

  • 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.


Buncombe Correctional Center news to be added later.


Buncombe Correctional Center photos to be added later.

For example, photos of:

  • Cells at Buncombe Correctional Center
  • The yard.
  • What inmates wear at Buncombe Correctional Center.

If you have any photos of Buncombe Correctional Center 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 prison? Do you have experience? Have you worked at a correctional facility before?

If so, go to:

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The official 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 leave a comment

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Family Resources

Section about Buncombe Correctional Center inmate family resources to be added later.


A section with the history of Buncombe Correctional Center coming soon.

Such as:

  • Famous Buncombe Correctional Center 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

Buncombe Correctional Center Links

The official website:

North Carolina Division of Prisons Links

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Tell Your Story – Write a Review of Buncombe Correctional Center

Have you ever been an inmate in Buncombe Correctional Center? Do you know someone that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner at Buncombe Correctional Center?

If your answer is yes, then please write a review about it. Tell us about your experience so others will know what to expect.

Things you can put in what you write:

  • Prison conditions
  • Prison layout and facility
  • Prison staff and Guards
  • Commissary and food
  • Visitation
  • Inmates
  • Prisoner safety
  • Prison gangs
  • Inmate activities and programs

If you are currently an inmate at Buncombe Correctional Center, leave your address if you want to receive letters from people.

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