Hoke Correctional Institution (OPERATIONS SUSPENDED)


Effective October 14, 2019, offenders have been relocated to other minimum custody facilities due to regional staffing shortages.

Mailing and Street Address: 243 Old Hwy 211, Raeford, NC 28376
Phone: 910-944-7612
County: Hoke
Offender capacity:
Facility type: Male, Minimum Custody


From Raleigh – Take U.S. 1 South to Southern Pines/Aberdeen. From Aberdeen, take U.S. 15-501 approximately 0.8 of a mile. Turn left onto Hwy. 211 East. Travel approximately 9 miles to McCain. The prison is on the left.

From Fayetteville – Take U.S. 401 South to Raeford. From Raeford, take Hwy. 211 West. Travel approximately 10 miles. The prison is on the right.

From Rockingham – Take U.S. 1 to Aberdeen. From Aberdeen, take U.S. 15-501 approximately 0.8 of a mile and turn left onto Hwy. 211 East. Travel approximately 9 miles and the prison is on the left.


Until Oct. 18, letters to an offender must be addressed to the prison where they are currently assigned. Addresses must include the offender’s prison ID number, which is often referred to as the OPUS number.

The letter should be addressed in this format:

Offender Name and OPUS Number
Prison Name
Prison Street Address or Post Office Box number
City, State and zip code of the prison location

John Smith #1234567
Avery-Mitchell Correctional Institution
600 Amity Park Road
Spruce Pine, NC 28777

Beginning Oct. 18, the N.C. Department of Public Safety has changed the way offenders receive mail. To help keep contraband out of prisons, all mail to offenders must be sent through a private company, TextBehind.

You must address mail to offenders in this way, or it will be returned:

Offender Name and OPUS Number
Prison Name
P.O. Box 247
Phoenix, MD 21131


John Doe #1234567                      Jane Doe #7654321
Polk Correctional Institution          N.C. Correctional Institution for Women
P.O. Box 247                                P.O. Box 247
Phoenix, MD 21131                        Phoenix, MD 21131

The state’s prisons for women have been using TextBehind since February 2020.

Here’s how it works:

  • Offender mail is addressed and delivered to TextBehind.
  • TextBehind will make digital copies of the contents.
  • TextBehind will forward the digital files to the prison.
  • The prison will print acceptable pages and deliver them to the offender.

You may also download the TextBehind app to send mail by a smartphone or computer, avoiding paper mail sent via the U.S. Postal Service.

Offenders will continue to receive all acceptable contents of the mail you send — letters, photos, cards, artwork, etc. For more information about TextBehind, including a short video, click here.

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions.

TextBehind will not accept packages or legal mail. For more information on sending packages or legal mail, see the FAQs. You can also contact the prison where the offender is currently assigned.

All Prison facilities encourage family and friends to write to offenders. For security reasons, all incoming mail is checked to see if it contains any illegal or unauthorized items. Outgoing mail from offenders may also be checked.

Personal letters will not be read unless the officer-in-charge or designee has reason to believe the letter contains threats of harm or criminal activity, escape plans or plans to violate prison rules. If the officer-in-charge decides to delay or not deliver the letter to the offender, the offender will be told in writing the reason for this action.

Incoming mail from lawyers, any legal aid service assisting offenders, or state and federal court officials must be opened in the presence of the offender before it is checked for illegal or unauthorized items.

For information regarding sending money to offenders, ordering packages for offenders or about the offender telephone system, please click the links.


Hoke Correctional Institution is located west of Raeford.

The prison currently has three major administrative and housing buildings. The South Unit is a housing area for transient inmates along with some regular population inmates. The North Unit is a dormitory housing the institution's workforce and Department of Transportation highway work squads. Central Unit houses regular population inmates and has 24 cells for placing inmates in administrative or disciplinary segregation, and 24 cells for protective custody.

Established in 1954, the facility was part of the McCain Sanitarium built at the site in the 1920's. In the 1970's, the prison was converted to a minimum security unit. It was later returned as a medium security prison. During the 1970's, inmates under the supervision of correction engineers erected a recreation building. In 1980, a housing unit with 144 single cells was added.

The General Assembly provided for a 104-bed dormitory as part of the $28.5 million Emergency Prison Facilities Development program authorized in 1987. This addition was completed in 1989.