Avery-Mitchell Correctional Institution

Mailing and Street Address: 600 Amity Park Road, Spruce Pine, NC 28777
(828) 765-0229
Counties: Avery and Mitchell
Offender capacity:
Facility type: 
Male, Medium Custody


Visitation for offenders 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.

Restricted Housing: Offenders may have visitors by appointment only, provided his visiting privileges have not been suspended. Offenders will be restricted to non-contact visits.

Security Threat Group (STG) Inmates: Visits to offenders 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.

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
Maury Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 506
Maury, N.C. 28554

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


Avery-Mitchell Correctional Institution is a medium security facility housing male offenders. 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 offenders 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. 

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