Avery-Mitchell Correctional Institution

Counties: Avery and Mitchell
Mailing and Street Address: 600 Amity Park Road, Spruce Pine, NC 28777
(828) 765-0229
Fax: (828) 765-0946

Inmate capacity: 816
Inmate gender: Male
Custody level: Medium
Occupancy: November 1999

Avery-Mitchell Correctional Institution is a medium security facility housing male inmates. It sits on a 100-acre tract of land beside the Avery and Mitchell County line. The prison is designed with three dormitory-style units, supported by a central administration building and 40 segregation cells.

In 1992, a legislative study committee recommended building more efficient, larger prisons that would allow for the consolidation of small, older units. The General Assembly authorized construction of Avery-Mitchell Correctional Institution in 1995.

Watauga and Yancey correctional centers closed in late 1998 and early 1999. The prison's employees were assigned to work at Avery-Mitchell Correctional Institution and nearby prisons. Avery Correctional Center continued to operate to house inmates working construction and cleanup until September 1999.

The prison's three dormitories are named Avery, Watauga and Yancey for the three facilities that were consolidated. The prison cost $26.7 million to build. 

Inmate assignments include Department of Transportation, as well as the prison's kitchen, clothes house, maintenance and janitorial positions. Inmates participate in the educational and vocational training offered through Mayland Community College.


Visitation for inmates at Avery-Mitchell Correctional Institution is determined by their housing assignments as follows:

Regular Population

Saturday: 8:30 - 10:30 a.m,. Avery Unit; 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., Watauga Unit

Sunday: 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., Yancey Unit

Note: AMCI staff will begin registering visitors at 8 a.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

Segregation: Segregated inmates may visit by appointment only, provided his visiting privileges have not been suspended. Inmates in segregation will be restricted to non-contact visits.

Security Threat Group (STG) Inmates: Visits to inmates who are a validated STG member Level 3 or higher must be done by appointment only and will be restricted to non-contact visits.

Non-Contact Visits: All non-contact visits are by appointment only.

Special Visits: Monday – Friday 9 -10 a.m., 10 - 11 a.m., 1 -2 p.m., 2 - 3 p.m.

AMCI: Special Affairs staff must approve all special visits. If you would like to make an appointment for a special visit, please call (828) 765-0229, ext. 506.


Travel Interstate 40 West to Exit 86. Turn right off exit ramp onto 226 North. Continue north on 221/226 approximately 13 miles. Turn left on 226 North toward Spruce Pine. Travel 226 North to 19E North. Travel 19E North approximately 4 miles. Turn right on Amity Park Road. Facility is at the end of the road.