Foothills Correctional Institution – North Carolina

Know someone in prison at Foothills Correctional Institution? Foothills Correctional Institution is a state correctional institution in the North Carolina state prison system, which is part of the North Carolina Division of Prisons. This guide gives you all about anything one might want to know about Foothills Correctional Institution,like: Find out who’s in prison at this facility? Visiting an inmate here. The address and phone number at Foothills Correctional Institution Mailing or sending money to an inmate at Foothills Correctional Institution. And much, much more.

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General Prison Information

Official Name: Foothills Correctional Institution
Year Opened: 1994
Type: Male
State: North Carolina
County: Burke
DOC: North Carolina Division of Prisons
Security Level: Close/Minimum
Warden Name: Lander Corpening

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Contact Information

In this section is the mailing address and street address for Foothills Correctional Institution. Use the mailing address if you are mailing a letter or package to an inmate there, and use the physical address if you want to know the location of Foothills Correctional Institution.

Mailing Address

Be sure to also read the Inmate Mail and Package Procedures information on this page if you are going to send something to someone in prison so that you correctly write the address, and use the correct steps for mailing a package or letter. If you do not use the correct directions, the package or letter could not get to the inmate.

Foothills Correctional Institution
5150 Western Ave
Morganton NC, 28655

Street Address / Prison location


Foothills Correctional Institution
5150 Western Ave
Morganton NC, 28655

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number:

Map and Directions

Use the street address if you are going to visit a prisoner. You should read the Inmate Visitation Schedule and Inmate Visitation Procedures headings further down on this page if you are going to go to visit someone in prison at Foothills Correctional Institution.

Foothills Correctional Institution
5150 Western Ave
Morganton NC, 28655


Take I-40 to exit 103. Go to the light and turn west towards Rutherfordton onto U.S. 64. Drive about a mile and take a left onto Salem Road. Drive another mile and take a left onto Burkemont Road. Drive another mile and turn left onto Western Avenue. As you round the curve, you will see the entrance to the prison.

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Phone Number

Prisoners don’t have telephones, so you won’t be able to call your inmate, however, there are some times when it may be useful to know the telephone number to Foothills Correctional Institution.

Inmates may be able to call out using various methods:

  • Calling Cards
  • Collect Calls
  • Dedicated Phone Line
  • Prison Calling Plan

Fax Number

Inmates don’t have faxes, so you won’t be able to fax a letter to inmates, but there are cases when it is helpful to have the fax number to Foothills Correctional Institution.

Email Address

This is the general email for the facility. You cannot contact inmates using this email address. If you need to email a prisoner, check out the Inmate Email information on this page.

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Inmate and Staff Statistics

Total Inmates: 942
Total Staff: 452

Inmate Email

To send a letter via email to a prisoner at Foothills Correctional Institution you must follow an specific procedure to ensure that the letter is received by the prisoner.

Inmate Internet Access

Prison inmates are not permitted to access the Internet.

Inmate Mail and Package Procedures

There are special protocols that are necessary to follow when mailing a package or letter to a state prisoner. If you do not then letter or package might be returned to you.

before you send a letter or package, make sure to read the information below:

Mail Monitoring

Prison officials open and inspect all received general mail and packages. Received general packages and mail may be read as frequently as necessary to ensure safety and security or watch any problems having to do with an inmate.

How to Address a Letter to an Inmate

This is the format for how you should address a letter or package to a state prison inmate at Foothills Correctional Institution:

Foothills Correctional Institution
5150 Western Ave
Morganton NC, 28655

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Inmate Money

Every state correctional institution has a Commissary that was created to provide inmates a bank-like account for prisoner money and for purchasing things not issued regularly by the correctional facility.

How to Send an Inmate Money

Anyone can deposit funds to inmate’s Commissary accounts with Western Union and the U.S. Postal Service.

Via U.S. Postal Service: Inmates’ families and friends can to send inmates funds by way of postal mail and have to send it to the following address and do so in accordance with the rules provided below:

The money have to be in a money order made out to the inmate’s full committed name and complete eight-digit register number. You are advised to use a U.S. Postal Service money order, since all non-postal money orders processed through the National Lockbox will be subject to a 15-day hold period, and in this time the inmate will not have access to the funds. The Bureau of Prisons will return to the sender any funds that don’t have appropriate inmate info if the envelope it was sent it has a return address. Checks and cash will not be deposited to the prisoner’s account so do not send any cash or checks.

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Inmate Locator

Prisoners are frequently changed to various prisons around the state, so you may have to locate the location of an inmate using the inmate locator. Follow the link below to look up an state prison inmate.
Inmate Search

To find other North Carolina state prisons: North Carolina State Prisons

Inmate Visitation

Before you visit Foothills Correctional Institution, be sure that you know this info:

  • Visitation Schedule
  • Visitation Rules
  • Visitation Application

Inmate Visitation Schedule

Visitation schedules for Regular population inmates are as follows:
Tuesday thru Friday:
8:30am to 10:30am
1:30pm to 3:30pm
8:00am to 9:00am
9:30am to 10:30am
1:00pm to 2:00pm
2:30pm to 3:30pm

Inmate Visitor Procedures

Each correctional facility in North Carolina has its own policies for prisoner visitation and they are changed frequently. The information below could be changed by the time you are reading this, so you should also read Foothills Correctional Institution’s official website to find the most up to date visitation procedures.

Visitation Sign-In and Check-In

The entrance guard will ensure all visitors sign the inmate visitors log upon entering the prison and upon exiting.

Identification Required

Positive picture ID of all visitors is required. Acceptable forms of identification are Driver’s License and Social Security Card; however, a state picture ID is OK.

For all of the things listed below, read the official prison facility website as this info is changed often:

  • Visitation Rules
  • Visitation Dress Code
  • Things You Can and Cannot Take to Visitation
  • Special Rules For Childred, Special Visits, Pastoral or Attorney Visits

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Prison Records

More information about Foothills Correctional Institution records will be posted ASAP.

Such as:

  • Inmate records
  • Health records.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.

Death Row

Information about Foothills Correctional Institution death row coming.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


Details about North Carolina parole process will be posted ASAP.

For example:

  • Parole hearings.
  • Review boards.
  • Who qualifies for parole.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


Details about getting released from Foothills Correctional Institution coming.

Inmate Programs

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Prison Life

Section about life at Foothills Correctional Institution to be added later.

  • Activities.
  • Daily schedule and routine.
  • Recreational facilities available.
  • What’s allowed, and what’s not allowed.
  • What the food is like.
  • What to expect.
  • Jobs and work release available.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


A news section to be added later.


A photo section coming.

For example, photos of:

  • Cells at Foothills Correctional Institution
  • The yard.
  • What inmates wear at Foothills Correctional Institution.

If you have any photos of Foothills Correctional Institution that you would like to share, please contact us using the ‘Contact’ link at the bottom of the page.

Prison Jobs & Hiring

Are you trying to find a prison job? Do you have any prior experience? Have you worked at a prison facility in the past?

If so, click here:

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The official website:

Victim Resources

Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

Victim’s Rights

The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

  • You have the right to protection from the accused.
  • You have the right to notification.
  • You have the right to attend proceedings.
  • You have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
  • You have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
  • You have the right to restitution.
  • You have the right to a speedy trial.
  • You have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

The definition of victim includes:

  • Spouses and children of all victims.
  • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
  • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
  • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

Victim Notification

The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

Click here to post a comment

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Family Resources

Section about family resources coming.


A section with the history of Foothills Correctional Institution coming soon.

Such as:

  • Famous Foothills Correctional Institution inmates.
  • Escapes and prison breaks.
  • Executions.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


Information About Other North Carolina State Prisons: North Carolina State Prisons

Foothills Correctional Institution Links

The official website:

North Carolina Division of Prisons Links

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Tell Your Story – Write a Review of Foothills Correctional Institution

Have you ever been a prisoner at Foothills Correctional Institution? Do you know someone that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited someone at Foothills Correctional Institution?

If you have, then please write your review about it. Write about your prison experience because others will know what to expect.

What to put in your comment:

  • Prison conditions
  • Facility facility and layout
  • Guards and prison staff
  • Commissary and food
  • Visitation
  • Inmates
  • Inmate safety
  • Prison gangs
  • Programs and activities

If you are currently an inmate at this prison, leave your mailing address if you would like people to be able to send you a letter.

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  1. Kisha says:

    I have a juvenile located at this facility. I had some concerns that was addressed immediately. I give special recognition to Captain McGee, The other captain that works with him with the STG program and the main man Williamson. These three individuals took over an hour listening, correcting, and explaining to me all of my concerns. As a parent I know these inmates have a variety of situations within the department. I know my child as well as others my run into a few situatins over time. In the mist of any trails we may experience I feel these three has my child best interest at heart. I can’t speak for for every staff member, but I will say I do trust that these individuals whom happen to be in charge and high ranked Really cared enough to listen to me vent and correct me where I was wrong. I can’t say we will never disagree, I won’t say situations may not arise,but I will say I feel they will see to it that our kids are safe while in their custody. As well as take the time to listen to me as well. I had alot of doubt in this facility due to the history. I must say I think DOC may just have the right individuals in charge of this camp. At least on the juvenile end……

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