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Piedmont Correctional Institution
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 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 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.
Regular Population inmates is by floor assignment as follows:
Saturday: 8 -
10 a.m. 5th Floor
Noon - 2 p.m. 4th Floor
2:30 - 4:30 p.m. 2nd Floor
6:30 - 8:30 p.m. 208, 3rd Floor, 6th Floor Processing
Segregation and Special Non-Contact visits occur Monday-Friday by appointment and in advance only. Out-of-State Weekday visits may be set up as above by contacting the visitation officer. (Ext. 350 or 258)
DIRECTIONS: 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.
Piedmont Correctional Institution gets new superintendent 6/10/2002
Inmates help build 'Field of Dreams' for flood victims 3/8/2001
Picklesimer to Piedmont, 6/97
New Dorms Open at Piedmont Correctional Institution, 8/95
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