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Piedmont Correctional InstitutionPiedmont Correctional Institution

County: Rowan
Inmate capacity: 952
Inmate gender: Male
Custody level: Medium / minimum
Staff size: 448
Year opened: 1980

Mailing and Street Address
1245 Camp Road 
Salisbury NC 28147
Phone: (704) 639-7540 
Fax: (704) 639-7610
Minimum security unit
Phone: 704-639-7540
Facility # 3500 
Courier # 05-35-01


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 inmates.

The 11-story prison is on a 52 acre site. Administrative offices are in a building that sits at the base of the six-story residential tower where inmates are housed. Each floor has two levels and is divided into two wings. In each wing are three cellblocks, each designed to hold 16 inmates. There are 48 cells used for administrative and disciplinary segregation.

Legislators provided for a dormitory addition at Piedmont as part of the $62.1 million prison construction program authorized in 1994. This construction was completed in 1995. In December 2009, the prison consolidated with the former Rowan Correctional Center, which added a minimum-security unit with 276 beds.

Piedmont Correctional Institution 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, inmates undergo a series of diagnostic evaluations that will determine future prison assignments. Many inmates 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.

Inmates 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. Inmates 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. Three Enterprises employees supervise inmates who work in the reupholstery plant. Other inmates 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.


Visitation  (By appointment only)   Visitation officer:  704-797-4485 or 704-797-4604
Appointments can be made Monday-Friday: (8:00am - 12:00pm) and (1:00pm - 3:00pm) except on State Hollidays.
**No Visits on State Observed Holidays

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday:  8:30am - 10:30am and 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Saturday:  8:00am - 9:00am, 1:00pm - 2:00pm, and 7:30pm - 8:30pm

STG and Control Status Inmates (non-contact)
Thursday:  9:00am - 10:00am and 2:00pm - 3:00pm 

All appointments for visitation must be made 7-14 days in advance. 

Appropriate Standards of Dress for Visitation:

(1) Shirts and shoes are mandatory.

(2) Halter tops, bare midriffs, strapless tops, tube tops, body suits, underwear-type tee-shirts, tank tops, sleeveless shirts or dresses that are inappropriately revealing (a sleeveless shirt or dress is considered inappropriately revealing when the female breast or lingerie can be seen), fish net shirts, or any type of shirt or pants made with see-though fabric are NOT allowed to be worn by any visitor (male or female).

(3) Visitors may wear Bermuda-length shorts provided they are not more than three (3") inches above the kneecap. Shorts for pre-teens may be shorter than three (3") inches above the kneecap.

(4) Females may wear dresses or skirts. Dresses or skirts may not be more than three (3") inches above the kneecap. Slits in skirts and dresses may not be more than three (3") inches above the kneecap. Dresses and skirts for pre-teens may be shorter than three (3") inches above the kneecap.

(5) Any shirt or other articles of clothing with a picture or language that may be considered profane or offensive by current public standards or DOC standards, or considered STG (gang) related will not be allowed.

(6) Wave caps, doo rags, hats and bandanas are not allowed.

(7) Slacks and pants are to be worn at or above the waist.

(8) Spandex clothing is prohibited.

(9) No shades (sunglasses)



Take I-85 to Salisbury and exit onto Webb Road (Exit 70). Take Webb Road west to N.C. 29 where you will see a stoplight. go straight through the stoplight until you come to a stop sign. Go straight at the stop sign and the prison is approximately one-half mile on the right.

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