What is Polk Correctional?

News this week of a kidnapping related to the prosecution of a gang member by a Wake County Assistant District Attorney has brought home the fact that the court system sometimes deals with some dangerous people.

Kelvin Melton, a reputed leader of a criminal gang, received a life sentence in 2012 after being convicted of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

Because Melton had prior convictions, apparently for manslaughter, in at least one other state, he qualified as a violent habitual felon and was sentenced to life.

Polk Correctional in North Carolina is a facility that was opened in 1997 to replace a facility on Blue Ridge Road in Raleigh. The facility is named after William Polk, a decorated colonel in the Revolutionary War and the original facility was built on the grounds of Camp Polk, an Army tank base during World War I.

Polk is a close facility that houses mainly offenders between the ages of 18 and 25.

Polk is also home to North Carolina’s original Supermax (High Security Maximum Control Unit – HCON) which was opened in 1998 which, according to the Department of Public Safety’s website, “is intended for the state’s most violent and assaultive offenders.”

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Damon Chetson

Damon Chetson is a Board Certified Specialist in State and Federal Criminal Law. He represents people charged with serious and minor offenses in Raleigh, Wake County, and the Eastern District of North Carolina. Call (919) 352-9411.