Alexander Correctional Institution

Mailing and Street Address: 633 Old Landfill Road, Taylorsville, NC 28681
Phone:
(828) 632-1331
County: Alexander
Offender capacity: 1,180
Facility type: Male, Close and Minimum Custodies

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

Alexander CI is located on Old Landfill Road off of Macedonia Church Road in Taylorsville.

From Interstate 40 in Statesville, take the Taylorsville Exit. At the stop sign, take a right onto US 64 West. Go approximately 17 miles to Taylorsville. Once in Taylorsville, take a right on to the exit before the bridge and proceed up the ramp. Take a left at the stoplight (NC 16 South). Go approximately one mile and turn left onto Macedonia Church Road. Take the next right onto Old Landfill Road. Go approximately one-half mile and the prison will be located on the right.

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

Alexander Correctional Institution is a single-cell, close-custody prison facility located in Taylorsville.

The prison employs correctional officers, registered nurses, nurse extenders, mental health providers, dental, maintenance and administrative staff. The prison has 128 segregation cells, eight medical infirmary beds and a 252-bed minimum-security unit.

The prison operates under the management concept. Unit management is a method for managing offenders that emphasizes decentralization and delegates decision-making authority to a unit team. Offenders are assigned to one of the four units based on their work, program or control assignment.

Blue Unit houses offenders with chronic health issues, new admissions into the institution, offenders being released from segregation or control status, and offenders assigned to unit-specific jobs. Green Unit houses offenders assigned to the Correction Enterprises furniture plant, institutional job and program assignments. Red Unit houses offenders assigned to the residential mental health program, specific and segregation janitorial jobs, and outpatient mental health status. The segregation unit houses offenders assigned to administrative and disciplinary segregation, as well as those on intensive and maximum control.

In 2007, a Correction Enterprises plant that produces wood products items and upholstered furniture began operation in the vocational space within the prison. Staff from Catawba Valley Community College conducts an instruction program that works with CE staff to train offenders in the manufacturing process. Instructors from CVCC also provide instruction for the offender population for basic education, GED prep, computer application, commercial cleaning and horticulture technology.