Scotland Correctional Institution

Mailing/Street Address: 22385 McGirts Bridge Road, Laurinburg, NC 28353    
Phone: 910-844-3078
County: Scotland
Offender capacity: 1,652
Facility type: Male, Minimum/Medium/Close Custodies


To prevent the potential spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), prison visitation was suspended as of Monday, March 16, 2020. 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


Visitation is by appointment only and can be made two weeks in advance but no less than 48 hours in advance. Appointment calls are accepted Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. No appointment calls will be accepted on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

Offenders are allowed one visit per week. No visits are scheduled on holidays.

Special visits must be approved by the Warden or Assistant Warden.

Call 910-844-3078 and ask for the visiting room to schedule an appointment.

Close Custody visits are Wednesday through Saturday only: 

Wednesday-Thursday: 9 - 10:30 a.m. or noon - 1:30 p.m.
Friday-Saturday: 9 - 10:30 a.m.

Non-Contact visits for Restricted Offenders (Modified Housing, Restricted Housing, SRG, etc.) are Monday and Tuesday from 9 - 10 a.m. or noon - 1 p.m. 

Medium Custody visits are Wednesday through Saturday only:

Wednesday-Thursday: 2:30 - 4 p.m.
Friday: Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Saturday: 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Minimum Custody visits are Saturday and Sunday only from  9 - 11 a.m. or  2:30 - 4:30 p.m.


From Raleigh - Take US 1 to Southern Pines. Take U.S. 15-501 south toward Laurinburg. Go approximately 25 miles. Turn left on Old Wire Road. Go to the stop sign and turn right. Go to the next crossroads, which is Airbase Road, and turn left. Go approximately 5 ½ miles to McGirts Bridge Road and turn right. The prison is on the right.

From Fayetteville - Take US 401 south toward Laurinburg and go through Wagram. Turn left on Airbase Road. Go approximately 5 ½ miles to McGirts Bridge Road. Turn right and the prison is on the right.

From Lumberton - Take US 74 toward Laurinburg/Maxton. Take US 401 towards Fayetteville. Go approximately 3 miles and turn right on Highland Road. Go approximately 2 miles and turn left on McGirts Bridge Road. Go approximately 5 miles. The prison is on the left before you get to stop sign.

From Rockingham - Take US 74 east to Laurinburg. Take US 401 north approximately 3 miles to Highland Road and turn right. Go approximately 2 miles to McGirts Bridge Road and turn left. Go approximately 5 miles. The prison 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
Scotland Correctional Institution
22385 McGirts Bridge Road
Laurinburg, NC 28353

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


Scotland Correctional Institution is a 1,756-bed, high-security prison facility located near the Laurinburg-Maxton Airport in Laurinburg.

SCI opened in September 2003 as a 1,000-bed close custody facility. A 504-bed medium security addition opened in March 2011, and a 252-bed minimum security unit opened in July 2011.

The prison employs correctional officers, administrative, food service, medical, dental and maintenance staff.

The prison has 128 MCON cells and 192 segregation cells.