Prison Overcrowding: North Carolina

Below is a summary of information including: the most recent statistics from North Carolina’s Department of Corrections, an overview of the state’s prison overcrowding dilemma, as well as helpful references and points of contact for those interested in resolving the problem.

Facts and Figures

DPS Costs

  • Annual budget: $1.4 billion
  • Annual cost per inmate: $27,572

DPS Staff and Population

  • Total department active personnel: 26,502
  • Total number of facilities: 70
  • Prison  Inmates: 37,788
  • Average sentence served: 25.42


  • Probationers: 99,264
  • Parolees: 6,162
  • Annual Cost of Community Corrections Supervision per offender
    • Offender Supervision: $1,325
    • Community Work Service Program: $408
    • Criminal Justice Partnership:$5,482
    • Electronic House Arrest/ Sex Offenders (GPS): $3,588

Organization of state divisions, view here.

Overcrowding Quick Facts

  • North Carolina enacted House Bill 945 to study prison overcrowding and the feasibility of a post-conviction bond 

Points of Contact 

Helpful Links 

North Carolina Department of Corrections

Research Bulletin April 2013

Annual Report 2012

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact:

Cara Sullivan

Task Force Director
Commerce, Insurance, and Economic Development
& Justice Performance Project  

See also:

North Dakota Prison Overcrowding