Morrison Correctional Institution

Mailing Address: Box 169, Hoffman, NC  28347
Street Address: 1573 McDonald Church Road, Hoffman, NC  28347
Phone: 910-281-3161 
County: Richmond
Offender capacity:
801
Facility type: Male, Medium Custody

LIMITED VISITATION RESUMES OCT. 1, 2020

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.

Directions

US 1 to Hoffman. Turn at the Hoffman BP gas station onto Caddell Road. At the fork in the road, stay to the left (McDonald Chruch Road). Go approximately 3 miles and the facility is located on the left.

SENDING MAIL TO OFFENDERS

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

Example: 
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

Examples:

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.

Overview

Morrison Correctional Institution houses male offenders in medium and minimum custody.   

The prison is located on a 175-acre tract in Hoffman, near Rockingham. Medium custody offenders are housed in Aggrey, Bost, and Johnson dormitories. Minimum custody offenders are housed in Edwards, Jenkins, Auman and Newsome dormitories. The facility also has an administration building, two schools, a gym, two clothes houses and two dining halls, as well as a 20-cell unit for medium custody offenders and a 12-cell unit for minimum custody offenders.

Offenders attend school, with instruction provided by DPS teachers and Richmond Community College instructors. The prison provides vocational classes in brick masonry, electric service, industrial maintenance, upholstery and cooking. Classes for adult education, preparation for high school equivalency tests and college courses are available, as well as life skills and substance abuse.

Morrison's history began in 1923 when lawmakers authorized the State Training School for Negro Boys at Hoffman. Construction work started in 1924 and the facility opened in 1925 with eight youth. In 1939, the name was changed to Morrison Training School in honor of Governor Cameron Morrison. The name was changed again in 1969 to Cameron Morrison School. 

The training school closed and the facility reopened as a prison in 1977. Morrison and Sandhills Youth Center were organized as the Sandhills Youth Complex. In 1978, three of Morrison's dormitories were converted to house 100 female offenders. The Sandhills Youth Complex was then composed of Sandhills Youth Center, Cameron Morrison Youth Center and Cameron Morrison Youth Center for Females.

In 1983, the Sandhills Youth Complex was dissolved, and the female offenders were moved to Fountain Correctional Center for Women in 1984. Minimum custody males then moved into the Auman and Edwards dorms. Three wings in Newsome dormitory were left vacant because of poor physical conditions (Newsome dorm and an administrative building were renovated in 1989 to house the state's first boot camp program). In October 1988, Cameron Morrison Youth Center's name was changed to Morrison Youth Institution.

Lawmakers provided funding for the building of a 208-bed dormitory and a 20-cell segregation unit as part of the $87.5 million prison construction program authorized in 1993. Ground was broken May 4, 1994 for a chapel funded with money raised by prison volunteers.

From 1988 to 2002, Morrison Youth Institution served as a medium security prison for young male felons ages 18-21. In January 2002, Morrison was converted to a medium security facility for adult males and renamed Morrison Correctional Institution to help meet the state's growing need for adult male prison bed space. The youth offenders transferred to other youth prison facilities. In July 2002, the Impact East boot camp for probationers was closed and was reopened in June 2003 to house minimum security youthful offenders.