Southern Correctional Institution 

Mailing/Street Address: 272 Glen Road, Troy, NC 27371
Phone: 910-572-3784
County: Montgomery
Offender capacity: 664
Facility type: Male, Close Custody


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.


Take I-85 to US 220 to NC 24/27 to Troy. At Troy, take NC 134 north to Glen Road. The male minimum custody unit and the female medium/close custody units are located approximately 1 mile from NC 134.

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
Southern Correctional Institution
272 Glen Road
Troy, NC 27371

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


Southern Correctional Institution houses male offenders in close custody.

The two-story prison sits on a 13.7-acre site. There are two separate buildings connected by a long corridor. The administrative building includes a gym, dining hall, vocational area and medical area. The other building is composed of a school area, various staff offices and five housing units. Each housing unit is divided into three wings that have a dayroom and 32 individual cells divided into two tiers.

Offenders have traditionally performed similar duties in the kitchen, maintenance, janitorial assignments, laundry area, and the warehouse. Some have participated in a special program called the Blanket Recovery Project, which converts donated material into blankets and other items donated to disaster relief efforts, housing authority, State Highway Patrol, public schools, and other non-profit organizations for assisting people in need.

Montgomery Community College provides educational opportunities in the areas of vocational classes in food service, preparation for attaining GED certificates and an opportunity to take college-level classes in Business Administration and Computer Technology.

Southern CI opened in 1983 and was built with a similar design and opened several months following Eastern Correctional Institution in Greene County. These two facilities were the first prisons in the North Carolina system to operate under the unit management concept.

Southern originally served as a processing center for male adult offenders receiving felony sentences of 20 years or less, primarily from eastern North Carolina. From 1985 through 1994, the facility housed close custody youth offenders in one of the five housing units. The housing of youth offenders was discontinued in 1994 with the opening of Foothills Youth Institution. The processing center function of the facility was discontinued in 1996 with the opening of Craven Correctional Institution.

In February 1996, the Montgomery Correctional Center, a minimum security prison operating in Troy since the 1930s, was merged with Southern Correctional Institution to form one facility. This enabled the prison system to reduce administrative costs and provide minimum custody offenders to help perform maintenance and landscaping work at the medium/close custody portion of the institution.

In October, 2004, another major change occurred when the medium/close custody facility was converted into a female facility. This conversion took place due to overcrowding taking place at the North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women in Raleigh. However, the state prison system underwent a remissioning project at three facilities across the state and Southern CI was converted back to a male close custody facility in the spring of 2019.