Marion Correctional Institution

Correctional Institution

Marion NC 28752
Phone: 828-659-7810
Fax: 828-652-0115
Custody level: Close/Minimum
Occupancy: 1995



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Marion Correctional Institution is a close custody institution for adult males. The Prison was established as a result of the $200 million prison construction bond referendum approved by North Carolina voters in 1990.

The prison was funded in two stages. The first 520 cells were funded in July 1991 and reauthorized in July 1992 as part of a $30 million construction project in the $103 million prison construction program. During the 1994 special session, the General Assembly provided $5,358,900 for construction of a 192 cell housing unit addition.

In 1991, the McDowell County Commissioners purchased 125 acres formerly known as the Carl Holland farm in the Rocky Pass community and donated the property to the Department of Correction for construction of the prison.

Grading of the site began in March 1992 and construction was completed in January 1995. Inmate housing assignments began in June 1995. Marion was originally designed as a 660-bed medium security adult male prison, but was redesigned as a close and medium security prison with a capacity for 930 inmates because the state needed more high security prison cells.
Visitation will be by appointment only.Appointments can be made Monday-Friday from 9 – 11 a.m. and 1 – 3 p.m., excluding state observed holidays. Appointments can be made up to 10 days in advance, but no less than 48 hours prior to the schedule visitation time. The following schedule will be utilized:

Tuesday-Non-contact Visits for Security Threat Group Members and Administrative Non-contact (1 hour only)

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Wednesday-Non-contact Visits for Inmate housed in Segregation (1 hour only)
8:30 – 9:30 a.m
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Saturday-Regular Population Inmates
8:30 – 10:30 a.m. Inmates housed on upper D-unit, E-unit, and F-unit
1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Inmates housed on lower D-unit and H-unit

Visits will not occur on holidays. In the event the scheduled visitation day falls on a holiday, an alternate day will be selected to visit. Adequate notice will be given to inmates and posted throughout the visitation area.

Note: Inmates housed at the Minimum Custody Unit will visit on Sunday from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. No appointment is necessary to visit at the Minimum Custody Unit

Visitors should arrive at the Gatehouse at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled visitation time, bring proper ID, and will be subjected to a “routine” search of their personal and possessions prior to the visit.

DIRECTIONS: Take Interstate 40 west to N.C. 226 (exit 86 Marion/Shelby) and drive south about one mile. Turn right onto the Old Glenwood road, the prison access road is one quarter mile on the left.