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.”