Mountain View Correctional Institution

Mailing and Street Address: 545 Amity Park Road, Spruce Pine, NC 28777
Phone: 828-766-2555 
County: Avery/Mitchell
Offender capacity:
Faclity type: Male, Medium 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


General Population Offenders: The visitation schedule is based on the first letter of the offender's last name. Visitor groups will rotate every four months. It is the responsibility of the visitor to ensure they are present at the correct time. Groups, times, and months are as follows:

January through April -- A-G Saturday 1-3PM, H-M Sunday 8-10, N-Z Sunday 1-3

May through August -- A-G: Sunday, 1 - 3 p.m.; H-M: Saturday, 1 - 3 p.m.; N-Z: Sunday, 8 - 10 a.m.

September through December -- A-G: Sunday, 8 - 10 a.m.; H-M: Sunday, 1 - 3 p.m.; N-Z: Saturday, 1 - 3 p.m.

Special Visits for Regular Population Offenders: Offenders who are housed in the regular population may request special visits. Approval or disapproval for all special visits will be based on the security needs of this facility.

Special visits may be requested for attorneys, clergy and immediate family. Special visits must be arranged at a minimum of 24 hours in advance and no more than eight days in advance. They occur Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Special visits for family purposes are expected to occur during regular visitation; therefore, special visits are only authorized every 90 days. Requests for a special visit must be approved through the administrative secretary. Visitation will not occur on holidays unless approved by the prison superintendent.

Segregation Offenders: Offenders who are assigned to segregation status or pose other identified security concerns will receive visits by appointment only in the non-contact visitation area. These visits must be approved by the segregation supervisor and have a maximum duration of one hour and will occur between 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Offenders housed in segregation will receive no more than one visit per week.


From Raleigh and points east, take Interstate 40 West to Marion (Exit 86). At Marion, take Hwy. 226 North toward Spruce Pine. Follow 226 North into Spruce Pine and turn right onto Hwy. 19E. Go four miles then turn right onto Amity Park Road. Mountain View Correctional Institution is on the left.

From Asheville and points west, take I-40 East to the Marion/Spruce Pine exit (Exit 86). Go North on 226/221 through Marion. When the road splits, follow 226 North to Spruce Pine. At the intersection of 226N and 19E, turn right at the stoplight. You will go approximately four miles. Mayland Community College is on the left and approximately ½ mile past the exit you will turn right on to Amity Park Road. Mountain View Correctional Institution is on the left.

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
Mountain View Correctional Institution
545 Amity Park Road
Spruce Pine, NC 28777


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


Mountain View Correctional Institution opened in December 1998 as a private prison owned and operated by Corrections Corporation of America. On October 1, 2000, the former Department of Correction assumed operating control of the prison, and the state later purchased the facility from CCA.

Mountain View Correctional Institution has been designated to accommodate adjudicated adult offenders in a single-cell setting, a segregation unit and an Intensive Control unit.