Published in Inmate Telephone News

Terrell McCullum did not commit a Federal crime by carrying a shotgun and a rifle out of his ex-girlfriend’s house.

Published in Prison Legal News


Published: Friday, April 6, 2012 at 8:14 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, April 6, 2012 at 8:14 a.m.

As North Carolina's criminal justice system undergoes a transformation whose depth rivals any since 1994, probation officers are adjusting to a laundry list of newly endowed powers, including the ability to confine lawbreakers in jail for up to three days without a court hearing.

Published in Prison Legal News
Thursday, 15 March 2012 17:03

Prison breaks ground on long-awaited chapel


PENDER COUNTY, NC -- Nearly 800 inmates call the Pender Correctional Institution home. Although it's just a temporary stop for most, prison leaders and the community have come together to build what they hope will make a lasting impression.

Published in Prisoner Support

10:42 AM, Dec 30, 2011

NORTH CAROLINA -- More criminals convicted of misdemeanors will be housed in county jails rather than in state prisons to save money and reduce repeat offenses.

Published in Current Events

December 19, 2011 9:40 AM

Photo composition showing a judge's gavel with a jail cellblock as backdrop.

America's youth are in trouble - literally.

Parents and non-parents alike might be shocked to learn a new study estimates that roughly 1 in 3 U.S. youths will be arrested for a non-traffic offense by age 23 - a "substantively higher" proportion than predicted in the 1960s.

Published in Current Events

By Brian Fresko

Published: Friday, May 20, 2011 at 8:31 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, May 20, 2011 at 8:31 a.m.
North Carolina Prisons Inmates are exposed to on hand top education during rehabilitation proccess.
Matt Born
Thomas Crossland washes purple carrots during a basic horticulture class at the New Hanover Correctional Facility Thursday.

North Carolina - Some people never understand lettuce blossoms until they come to prison.

Behind the wire fences and locked gates at the New Hanover County Correctional Center, a minimum-security facility inmates and staff call "the camp," there lies a koi pond flanked on both sides by elevated soil beds filled with an array of organically grown produce – carrots, tomatoes, cabbage, cucumbers and even medicinal herbs. Toward the rear of the garden, a greenhouse contains even more plants surrounded by benches and lined with rows of germinating seeds.

On Thursday, Garrett Toelle, inmate No. 1179312, spotted a pea pod dangling off a plant and picked it. He split it open and handed it to a reporter, saying it would taste better than any pea found in the grocery store.

Published in Prisoner Support
Thursday, 05 May 2011 13:33

Prison Call Center Answers Tourism Calls

April 29, 2011
By Linda Dobel
TMCnet Contributor


Callers to 1-800-VISIT-NC are typically hoping to learn what the state of North Carolina has to offer as a vacation destination. When Teresa Culpepper answers one of those 100 or so calls per day with, “Thank you for calling North Carolina Tourism. How may I help you?” most callers will not realize that she and the other women in the 1-800-VISIT-NC call center are serving 15 years to life in the maximum security women’s prison in Raleigh, North Carolina.

These women who are the voice of 1-800-VISIT-NC may know more about the state of North Carolina’s attractions than most others, but they may never get to visit them,’s WFMY News 2 reported today.

Published in Current Events