Woodson Wilderness Challenge, NC Inmate Search and Prison Information

Updated on: May 1, 2020
Woodson Wilderness Challenge

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The Woodson Wilderness Challenge is a closed custody state facility that is home to adult male inmates.

The Woodson Wilderness Challenge can comfortably house up to 48 adult male inmates.

In the year of 2013, the Woodson Wilderness Challenge made the news for having a few inmate deaths, along with major problems with security management, and even healthcare services in the facility.

However, over the next 6 years, these problems have been fixed, which now has made the Woodson Wilderness Challenge a more secure and safer place for inmates and staff members.

Vocational programs are offered at the Woodson Wilderness Challenge along with academic programs that help inmates receive their GED

Woodson Wilderness Challenge - General Information

  • Facility Name

    Woodson Wilderness Challenge

  • Facility Type

    State Prison

  • Address

    741 Old US 70 Highway, Swannanoa, NC, 28778

  • Phone

    828-686-9595

  • Capacity

    48

  • City

    Swannanoa

  • Postal Code

    28778

  • State

    North Carolina

  • Country

    Buncombe County

  • Facility Name

    Woodson Wilderness Challenge

  • Facility Type

    State Prison

  • Address

    741 Old US 70 Highway, Swannanoa, NC, 28778

  • Phone

    828-686-9595

  • Capacity

    48

  • Country

    Buncombe County

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When it comes to an inmate roster the North Carolina Department of Corrections is the agency that is responsible for keeping records of all inmates who are in custody of an North Carolina state prison.

Just like every other Department of Corrections, North Carolina has its records available online for you to search through on your mobile device or computer.

You can search the records by the following information:

  • Inmate’s Full Name

  • County of Commitment

  • Residential County

  • Zip Code

  • Status

  • Next Parole Board Hearing Date

  • Inmate ID Number

Send a Mail/Package

Inmates can receive written letters, books, magazines, and newspapers while they are in the Woodson Wilderness Challenge.

When you send a letter, please refrain from having any of the following:

  • Cologne/Perfume Stains

  • Drawings

  • Usage of Crayons

  • Sexual Content

  • Glitter

  • Staples

  • Stickers

If you plan on sending inmate books, magazines, and newspapers you will need to make sure they come from the publisher. You cannot send these items directly from your house. If you do, they will be returned to you.

Also, all books must be new and paperback. Hardcover books are not permitted.

All letters and packages should have your return address and be mailed out to the following address:

Inmate Name, ID Number

Woodson Wilderness Challenge

741 Old US 70 Highway, Swannanoa, NC, 28778

Sending Money

Even though an inmate is in the Woodson Wilderness Challenge, you may not think they need money for certain things. Well, you are wrong. Inmates need money to purchase snacks, beverages, entertainment items, personal hygiene products from the commissary while also ensuring they have money in their phone account to make calls back home.

The Woodson Wilderness Challenge partners with JPay. JPay is a service that allows family and friends of inmates to put money on the inmate's books from going in person, online, or over the phone.

Phone Calls

Woodson Wilderness Challenge allows inmates to make outgoing calls in one of two ways.

The first way is the inmate can call you collect. This is where the receiver will be responsible for any fees that occur with this call.

The second way is for the inmate to use the telephone service that the Woodson Wilderness Challenge partners with. This is where inmates will need money in their account to be able to make calls out.

However, all calls will be recorded and monitored and have a 15-minute limit.

Visitation Rules

If you would like to visit an inmate here at the Woodson Wilderness Challenge, you will need to make an appointment. There will be no walk-in visits permitted.

To schedule your visit at the Woodson Wilderness Challenge, you can call 828-686-9595. You can also request an appointment by email as well. Here are the steps on how you can do that.

Visiting days will be Wednesdays through Sundays. The visiting days will be broken into two sessions.

The morning session is between 8:30 am to 11:30 am. The last visitors processed during the morning session will be at 9:45 am.

The afternoon session is between 12 pm to 3 pm.

If you do not live in the general area of the Woodson Wilderness Challenge, you can do a no-contact visit, which is a video visitation.

The video visitation is through JPay. If you send inmates money, you will have already had an account through JPay, and you will use this account to video chat the inmate.

However, with video visitation, you will have to pay to see the inmate. This visitation method is not free to use.

VISITATION HOURS

  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday
    9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
  • Sunday
    9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Directions

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