Rutherford Correctional Center

County: Rutherford
Mailing Address: Box 127, Spindale, NC 28160
Street Address: 549 Ledbetter Road, Spindale, NC 28160
Phone: 828-286-4121 

Inmate capacity: 236
Inmate gender: Male
Custody level: Minimum
Year opened: 1931

Rutherford Correctional Center, near Spindale, is a minimum security prison for adult males. It has provided offenders to work on North Carolina highways since 1932. Following recent expansions, the prison has provided additional offender highway labor in Cleveland, Polk and Rutherford counties. Additionally, Rutherford provides offenders to the community through the community work program. In an effort to enhance skills within the public, there are selected offenders assigned to private industry through the work release program.

The prison provides substance abuse treatment through DART aftercare, Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous.


Rutherford was one of 51 county prisons established in 1931 and dedicated on August 18, 1932 under the direction of Rutherford's first superintendent and previous sheriff of Rutherford County, W.C. Hardin. The original facility, still in use today, consisted of an administrative office, kitchen and dormitory that cost $25,000. 

The General Assembly provided for two 50-bed dormitories at Rutherford as part of the $28.5 million Emergency Prison Facilities Development program authorized in 1987. Both dormitories opened in September 1988. Lawmakers approved a 50-bed dormitory in the $87.5 million prison construction program authorized in 1993.


Routine visits are conducted on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 - 3 p.m. Visitation will rotate every three months alphabetically to allow the entire inmate population the opportunity to visit. The following is the yearly schedule for visitation:

Quarterly Period: Inmates last name begins with:
January 1 - March 31  Saturday A-L, Sunday M-Z
April 1 - June 30  Saturday M-Z, Sunday A-L
July 1 - September 30  Saturday A-L, Sunday M-Z
October 1 - December 31  Saturday M-Z, Sunday A-L

To request a special visit, call (828) 286-4121.


Take I-40 to U.S. 64 South (Rutherfordton) exit. After approximately 30 miles, turn left at light onto Hudlow Road. Travel approximately two miles, go through the caution light, turn right onto Ball Park Road, then left onto Ledbetter Road. The prison is approximately one mile on the right.