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Marion Correctional Institution
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.
||Marion Correctional Institution (MCI) currently operates as a combination close/minimum custody facility with a housing capacity of 814 inmates. Five-hundred ninety six (596) beds are for regular population and one-hundred sixteen (116) are segregation beds. This facility houses adult male felons and is operated under the Unit Management concept. The minimum security unit (MSU) houses 102 inmates.|
There are approximately 377 staff members who work at MCI. Staff is well trained in all areas of corrections and can apply to attend additional, career enhancing training. The computer training center for the Western Region is on-site at Marion Correctional Institution.
Inmates are assigned to Marion Correctional Institution based on classification, reassignment, demotion in custody, administrative transfer from another close custody prison or segregation housing needs and program needs.
McDowell Technical Community College works with the prison to provide academic and vocational classes. Courses include adult education and preparation for the GED tests, industrial sewing, cabinet making and horticulture. Inmates may also participate in the Outreach Program through UNC-Chapel Hill and earn college credits.
In an effort to assist inmates in bettering themselves, Cognitive Behavior Intervention classes are offered. Inmates may participate in courses such as Character Education, Reasoning and Rehabilitation, and Thinking for a Change. These courses offer inmates a different way of thinking their way through problems and offer them alternative thought processes to moral dilemmas faced by us all everyday.
Minimum Custody inmates housed at MMSU can participate in the Father Accountability Program. This program let’s them see how important the role of the father is to their children and in their family. It is hoped that inmates completing this course will return to their families a better and more responsible father and that they can play a role in stemming the tide of criminal behavior in families.
Besides program opportunities offered to inmates, they are offered job training. Inmates can be assigned to a variety of work programs that include positions in a Correctional Enterprises sewing plant. This plant manufactures clothing for the division of Prisons as well as other state agencies. Prisoners work in two shifts of 60 each. Other opportunities include maintenance positions, recreational positions, kitchen work, janitorial, etc.
Prisoners housed at MMSU are afforded the opportunity to work on-site or back in the community, where they provide needed services to the communities surrounding our prisons. A Litter Squad goes throughout the area keeping the roadsides and landscape clean and green while inmate Road Squad work to maintain safe roads. Labor Contracts are provided for governmental agencies to secure inmate labor to enhance services for the public.
MMSU continues to offer the New Leash on Life Program. This rescues dogs from the animal shelter that otherwise, would be euphemized and puts them through an extensive 8 week obedience training program provided by trained inmates at MMSU. Once they have “graduated”, they are adopted into caring families.
For the first time ever, MMSU began to offer inmates the opportunity to participate in the Work Release Program in 2011. This allows inmates who meet specific criteria, the opportunity to work a public job making at least Minimum Wage. This allows inmates to develop job skills prior to their release while paying any court mandated fines and providing monies for their families. We currently have 8 inmates participating in Work Release and will explore the possibility of increasing this number as we become more comfortable in this area.
Another money saving measure that was undertaken in 2004 was to have Marion Correctional Institution annexed into the city limits of Marion. This has resulted in substantially lower water and sewer costs and allowed these monies to be spent in other area.
During 2008, Marion Correctional Institution was among 10
In an effort to assist the Hispanic inmate population, Marion Correctional
Institution offers English as a Second Language classes. This enables these
inmates to better function in our system, and hopefully, upon their release back
Many of the programs that are offered are done so with the assistance of Community Volunteers. These programs include structured recreational activities, Prison Fellowship, Yokefellows, substance abuse counseling, anger management, religions programs/activities, and self-improvement programs. Our volunteers undergo training prior to being allowed to work with our inmate population and through their dedicated efforts we are able to offer the additional programs. Together with our staff chaplains, worship services for all faith groups are offered as well as supportive counseling.
An important aspect to be addressed while incarcerated is visits with family and friends.
will be by appointment only. Appointments may be scheduled by calling
828-659-8559. 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: (1
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.
Visits for Inmate housed in Segregation
(1 hour only)
8:30 - 9:30 a.m
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
(1 hour only)
Visits for Close Observation inmates
(1 hour only)
(1 hour only)
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.
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