Orange Correctional Center

Mailing address: PO Box 1149, Hillsborough, NC 27278
Street address: 2110 Clarence Walters Road, Hillsborough, NC 27278
Phone: 919-732-9301 
County: Orange
Offender capacity:
Facility type: Male, Minimum Custody


The Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice will resume limited visitation at all state’s prisons effective Oct. 1, 2020 with significant restrictions due to the pandemic. Visitation was suspended in all state prisons on March 16, 2020, with the exception of legal and pastoral visits, to help prevent the potential spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The health and safety of employees and offenders in our care are the top priorities of the Department of Public Safety. For information on coronavirus and how to protect yourself, please go the NC Department of Health and Human Services website.

To learn what else Prisons is doing to combat coronavirus, click here.

For more information on visitation, click here.


Take I-40 to Hillsborough, exit 261. Travel toward town about one-half mile and the prison will be on your right by the Department of Transportation. From I-85, take exit 164 and turn towards McDonalds. The unit is one-quarter mile down Old N.C. 86 on the left.


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

IMPORTANT: The return address (at the top left of the envelope) must contain both the full first name and the full last name of the sender. Do not use initials. TextBehind will return mail that does not provide the sender's full first and last names.

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.


Orange Correctional Center in Hillsborough is a minimum security prison for adult males. The prison originally housed medium custody offenders and was converted to a minimum security unit in 1966.

Piedmont Community College works with the prison to provide vocational classes in food service technology and light construction. Classes for adult education and preparation for the GED test are available. Individual tutoring is available through the Orange County Literacy Council volunteers who come regularly to the facility.

Inmates may be assigned to Department of Transportation road crews, Community Work Program or work under contract for local government agencies. Offenders may also be assigned to unit jobs such as maintenance, kitchen, yard, clothes house or library. Offenders may participate in work release, leaving the prison for the part of the day to work for a business in the community. Study release is available at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Offenders are strongly encouraged to participate in substance abuse treatment programs.

The Alamance/Orange Prison Ministry funds a full-time chaplain at the facility and is raising funds to build a Religious Services Center. This group, along with other community organizations, is working closely with the Center in developing a transition program targeted toward offenders who have shown themselves to be serious about changing their lives and are working to do so.

Orange CC was one of 51 county prisons the state assumed responsibility for with the passage of the Conner Bill in 1931. It was one of 61 field unit prisons renovated or built during the late 1930s to house offenders who worked building roads. 

Orange CC was one of the 49 prisons in the Small vs. Martin federal lawsuit brought by offenders in 1985. The class action lawsuit resulted in a settlement agreement that required elimination of triple bunking and limited the number of offenders that could be imprisoned there.

The General Assembly provided two 50-bed dormitories for Orange in the $28.5 million Emergency Prison Facilities Development program authorized in 1987. The dormitory and a multipurpose building were ready when additional offenders arrived in July 1988.

The prison's original dormitory is still in use. A segregation building was converted into a chaplain's office and a library building was renovated for medical and office space. A 40-man segregation facility was completed in December 2008 and opened in December 2009.