Alexander Correctional Institution

Mailing and Street Address: 633 Old Landfill Road, Taylorsville, NC 28681
(828) 632-1331
County: Alexander
Offender capacity: 1,180
Facility type: Male, Close Custody


To prevent the potential spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), prison visitation was suspended as of Monday, March 16, 2020, with the exception of legal and pastoral visits. Those visitors are subject to medical screening prior to entrance.

The health and safety of employees and offenders in our care are the top priorities of the Department of Public Safety. THIS IS NOT A STATEWIDE LOCKDOWN OF PRISONS. We apologize for the inconvenience this may have on offender families and friends. Visitation will resume when conditions are deemed safe.

For information on coronavirus and how to protect yourself, please go the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services website

For information on what other moves Prisons is making to combat coronavirus, click here


Visitation is by appointment only. Attorney, non-contact, infirmary, clergy and media visits will occur Monday – Thursday (8:30 a.m.- 10:30 a.m., 1 – 3 p.m.).

Monday – Thursday visits must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance of the proposed visit and no more than 7 days from the visit.

Non-contact visits will last for 1 hour.

Attorney/media representatives must fax a letter on their appropriate letterhead stating the inmate that he/she would like to visit and the requested date and time of the visit. When approval is granted, the attorney/media representative will be notified of the time and the approximate duration of the visit.

Friday and Saturday visits will be contact visits for inmates housed on the Blue, Green and Red units, and will be consistent with the rotating schedule already in place.

January – March 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.  Blue Unit 
July – September    Upper Red Unit
    Green Unit – B Wing 
  1:30– 3:30 p.m.  Lower Red Unit 
    Green Unit – B,C,D,E,F Wings
April – June 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. Lower Red Unit 
October – December   Green Unit – B,C,D,E,F Wings
  1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Blue Unit 
    Upper Red Unit 
    Green Unit – A Wing

Approved visitors must contact the Visitation Appointment Officer by 5 p.m. (Wednesday) each week to schedule a Friday visit, and by 5 p.m. (Thursday) to schedule a Saturday visit. Visitors may only schedule a Friday or Saturday visit during the week of the proposed visit.

To schedule a visit, you may contact the Visitation Appointment Officer at (828) 632-1379. If the person is not in, you may leave a message on the answering machine with your name, name of the inmate and OPUS Number of the inmate which you are requesting to visit, the day/time of the requested visit and the telephone number you can be reached at. The Visitation Appointment Officer will inform you if the visit has been approved.

A valid photo identification card must be presented by anyone 16 years or older arriving at the institution to visit with an inmate.


Alexander CI is located on Old Landfill Road off of Macedonia Church Road in Taylorsville.

From Interstate 40 in Statesville, take the Taylorsville Exit. At the stop sign, take a right onto US 64 West. Go approximately 17 miles to Taylorsville. Once in Taylorsville, take a right on to the exit before the bridge and proceed up the ramp. Take a left at the stoplight (NC 16 South). Go approximately one mile and turn left onto Macedonia Church Road. Take the next right onto Old Landfill Road. Go approximately one-half mile and the prison will be located on the right.

Sending Mail to Offenders

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, and state and federal court officials must be opened in the presence of the offender before it is checked for illegal or unauthorized items. 

Letters to an offender 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

Example: John Smith #1234567
Alexander Correctional Institution
633 Old Landfill Road
Taylorsville, NC 28681

For information regarding sending money to offenders, ordering packages for offenders and the offender telephone system, please click here


Alexander Correctional Institution is a single-cell, close-custody prison facility located in Taylorsville.

The prison employs correctional officers, registered nurses, nurse extenders, mental health providers, dental, maintenance and administrative staff. The prison has 128 segregation cells, eight medical infirmary beds and a 252-bed minimum-security unit.

The prison operates under the management concept. Unit management is a method for managing offenders that emphasizes decentralization and delegates decision-making authority to a unit team. Offenders are assigned to one of the four units based on their work, program or control assignment.

Blue Unit houses offenders with chronic health issues, new admissions into the institution, offenders being released from segregation or control status, and offenders assigned to unit-specific jobs. Green Unit houses offenders assigned to the Correction Enterprises furniture plant, institutional job and program assignments. Red Unit houses offenders assigned to the residential mental health program, specific and segregation janitorial jobs, and outpatient mental health status. The segregation unit houses offenders assigned to administrative and disciplinary segregation, as well as those on intensive and maximum control.

In 2007, a Correction Enterprises plant that produces wood products items and upholstered furniture began operation in the vocational space within the prison. Staff from Catawba Valley Community College conducts an instruction program that works with CE staff to train offenders in the manufacturing process. Instructors from CVCC also provide instruction for the offender population for basic education, GED prep, computer application, commercial cleaning and horticulture technology.