Piedmont Correctional Institution

Address: 1245 Camp Road, Salisbury, NC 28147
Phone:
704-639-7540
County:
Rowan
Offender
capacity: 952
Facility type:
Male, Medium and Minimum Custodies

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

Take I-85 to Salisbury and exit onto Webb Road (Exit 70). Take Webb Road west to NC 29, where you will see a stoplight. Go through the stoplight until you come to a stop sign. Go straight and the prison is approximately one-half mile 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
Piedmont Correctional Institution
1245 Camp Road
Salisbury, NC 28147

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

Overview

The 11-story Piedmont Correctional Institution opened in 1980 as a medium security prison for adult males, but was converted to close security because of the state's need for additional high security space. In 1995, Piedmont reverted to housing medium custody adult male offenders.

Administrative offices are in a building that sits at the base of the six-story offender residential tower. Each floor has two levels and is divided into two wings. In each wing are three cellblocks, each designed to hold 16 offenders. There are 48 cells used for administrative and disciplinary segregation.

Piedmont is a point of entry into the prison system for male felons ages 22 and older from western North Carolina who are sentenced to less than 10 years in prison. Upon arrival, offenders undergo a series of diagnostic evaluations that will determine future prison assignments. Many offenders are at Piedmont with short stays because they are being processed into the prison system or receive medical or dental services.

The prison has a 14-bed infirmary and outpatient medical facility with capabilities for x-ray, EKG, lab, IV therapy and minor surgical operations. A three-chair dental clinic is staffed on a full-time basis.

Offenders may participate in the New Direction substance abuse treatment program. New Direction provides intensive inpatient treatment in a fast-moving 28-day treatment cycle with lectures, films, educational and therapy groups, as well as individual counseling. Offenders work with professional staff and peer counselors. New Direction relies heavily on the principles of Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous with group meetings available in the evenings.

Correction Enterprises operates a reupholstery plant at Piedmont. Other offenders may work as maintenance or kitchen help.

The institution provides vocational classes in woodworking, auto mechanics and auto body repair. A literacy computer lab, adult education classes and a course to prepare for the GED are available.