Orange Correctional Center

Mailing address: PO Box 1149, Hillsborough, NC 27278
Street address: 2110 Clarence Walters Road, Hillsborough, NC 27278
Phone: 919-732-9301 
County: Orange
Offender capacity:
200
Facility type: Male, Minimum Custody
 

VISITATION TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED

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 http://www.ncdhhs.gov/coronavirus.

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

 

Visitation is every Sunday from 9 - 11 a.m. and 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Visitation times alternate every three months based on the offender's last name. Example: A-J will begin at 9 a.m. and K-Z will begin at 2:30 p.m. for three months and then A-J will begin at 2:30 p.m. and K-Z will begin at 9 a.m. the next three months.

Special visits at other times are limited and only approved at the discretion of the superintendent or his designee.

Directions

Take I-40 to Hillsborough, exit 261. Travel toward town about one-half mile and the prison will be on your right by the Department of Transportation. From I-85, take exit 164 and turn towards McDonalds. The unit is one-quarter mile down Old N.C. 86 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
Orange Correctional Center
PO Box 1149
Hillsborough, NC 27278

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

Overview

Orange Correctional Center in Hillsborough is a minimum security prison for adult males. The prison originally housed medium custody offenders and was converted to a minimum security unit in 1966.

Piedmont Community College works with the prison to provide vocational classes in food service technology and light construction. Classes for adult education and preparation for the GED test are available. Individual tutoring is available through the Orange County Literacy Council volunteers who come regularly to the facility.

Inmates may be assigned to Department of Transportation road crews, Community Work Program or work under contract for local government agencies. Offenders may also be assigned to unit jobs such as maintenance, kitchen, yard, clothes house or library. Offenders may participate in work release, leaving the prison for the part of the day to work for a business in the community. Study release is available at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Offenders are strongly encouraged to participate in substance abuse treatment programs.

The Alamance/Orange Prison Ministry funds a full-time chaplain at the facility and is raising funds to build a Religious Services Center. This group, along with other community organizations, is working closely with the Center in developing a transition program targeted toward offenders who have shown themselves to be serious about changing their lives and are working to do so.

Orange CC was one of 51 county prisons the state assumed responsibility for with the passage of the Conner Bill in 1931. It was one of 61 field unit prisons renovated or built during the late 1930s to house offenders who worked building roads. 

Orange CC was one of the 49 prisons in the Small vs. Martin federal lawsuit brought by offenders in 1985. The class action lawsuit resulted in a settlement agreement that required elimination of triple bunking and limited the number of offenders that could be imprisoned there.

The General Assembly provided two 50-bed dormitories for Orange in the $28.5 million Emergency Prison Facilities Development program authorized in 1987. The dormitory and a multipurpose building were ready when additional offenders arrived in July 1988.

The prison's original dormitory is still in use. A segregation building was converted into a chaplain's office and a library building was renovated for medical and office space. A 40-man segregation facility was completed in December 2008 and opened in December 2009.