Albemarle Correctional Institution

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 460, Badin, NC 28009
Street Address: 44150 Airport Road, New London, NC 28127
Phone: 704-422-3036
Offender capacity: 624
Facilty type: Male, Medium Custody

Visitation Information

The Coronavirus pandemic has impacted visitation at all prison facilities. Review the latest restrictions before planning a visit. 

Learn how to protect yourself from the coronavirus. Visit the NCDHHS COVID-19 website.
To learn what else Prisons is doing to combat coronavirus, click here. 

Directions

From Albemarle: NC 27/24 East to NC 740. Left on Airport Road. Facility is on the left.

From Charlotte/Concord: NC 49 North to NC 52 South. Left on NC 740. Right on Airport Road. Facility is on the left.

From Salisbury: Highway 52 South to Highway 740. Left on Highway 740. Right on Airport Road. Facility is on the left.

From Asheboro: NC 49 South to Highway 52 South. Left on Highway 52. Left on Highway 740. Right on Airport Road. Facility is on the left.

SENDING MAIL TO OFFENDERS

Until Oct. 18, letters to an offender must be addressed to the prison where they are currently assigned. Addresses 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
Avery-Mitchell Correctional Institution
600 Amity Park Road
Spruce Pine, NC 28777

Beginning Oct. 18, the N.C. Department of Public Safety has changed the way offenders receive mail. To help keep contraband out of prisons, all mail to offenders must be sent through a private company, TextBehind.

You must address mail to offenders in this way, or it will be returned:

Offender Name and OPUS Number
Prison Name
P.O. Box 247
Phoenix, MD 21131

Examples:

John Doe #1234567                      Jane Doe #7654321
Polk Correctional Institution          N.C. Correctional Institution for Women
P.O. Box 247                                P.O. Box 247
Phoenix, MD 21131                        Phoenix, MD 21131

The state’s prisons for women have been using TextBehind since February 2020.

Here’s how it works:

  • Offender mail is addressed and delivered to TextBehind.
  • TextBehind will make digital copies of the contents.
  • TextBehind will forward the digital files to the prison.
  • The prison will print acceptable pages and deliver them to the offender.

You may also download the TextBehind app to send mail by a smartphone or computer, avoiding paper mail sent via the U.S. Postal Service.

Offenders will continue to receive all acceptable contents of the mail you send — letters, photos, cards, artwork, etc. For more information about TextBehind, including a short video, click here.

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions.

TextBehind will not accept packages or legal mail. For more information on sending packages or legal mail, see the FAQs. You can also contact the prison where the offender is currently assigned.

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, or state and federal court officials must be opened in the presence of the offender before it is checked for illegal or unauthorized items.

For information regarding sending money to offenders, ordering packages for offenders or about the offender telephone system, please click the links.

Overview

Albemarle Correctional Institution is located on 100 acres of land near Albemarle in Stanly County. Offenders are housed in three units and there is a segregation area with cells for 40 men.

Albemarle CI offers educational opportunities such as GED instruction, courses in computer applications and electronics technology taught by instructors from Stanly Community College. Some offenders from Albemarle are assigned to work picking up trash and clearing debris, while hundreds of others work inside the prison cleaning dorms, maintaining grounds, and preparing and cooking food.