Marion Correctional Institution – North Carolina

Know somebody in prison at Marion Correctional Institution? Marion Correctional Institution is a prison in the North Carolina Division of Prisons. This site tells you all about everything you might need to know about Marion Correctional Institution,like the following: How to locate an inmate. How to visit Marion Correctional Institution inmates. The address and phone number. Mailing or sending money to an inmate. And much more…

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General Prison Information

Official Name: Marion Correctional Institution
Year Opened: 1995
Type: Male
State: North Carolina
County: McDowell
DOC: North Carolina Division of Prisons
Security Level: Close/Minimum
Warden Name: Sid Harkleroad

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Contact Information

Here is the mailing address and street address for Marion Correctional Institution. Use the mailing address if you are going to mail a letter or package to someone at Marion Correctional Institution, and be sure to use the street address if you want to know the actual location of the facility.

Mailing Address

Make sure to check the Inmate Mail and Package Procedures information on this page if you are going to send something to an inmate so that you correctly address the letter or package, and follow the correct protocol for mailing a letter or package. If you do not use the correct directions, the letter or package might not get delivered.

Marion Correctional Institution
Box 2405
Marion NC, 28752

Street Address / Prison location


Marion Correctional Institution
Box 2405
Marion NC, 28752

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number:

Map and Directions

Use the street address if you are going to visit a prisoner. Be sure to also read the Inmate Visitation Schedule and Inmate Visitation Procedures headings below if you are going to visit a prisoner.

Marion Correctional Institution
Box 2405
Marion NC, 28752


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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Phone Number

Marion Correctional Institution inmates don’t have phones in their cells, so you can’t call your inmate, but, there are some times when it may be helpful to have the telephone number to Marion Correctional Institution.

Marion Correctional Institution inmates can sometimes make calls using:

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

Fax Number

Inmates don’t have fax machines, so you can’t fax a letter to prisoners, but there are cases when it may be useful to have the fax machine number to the facility.

Email Address

The email address below is the primary email for Marion Correctional Institution. You cannot reach individuals at this email address. If you need to email an inmate, check out the Inmate Email section further down on this page.

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Inmate and Staff Statistics

Total Inmates: 806
Total Staff: 400

Inmate Email

To send a letter via email to an inmate you must follow an specific process to make sure that the email gets to your inmate.

Inmate Internet Access

Prison inmates don’t have access to the internet.

Inmate Mail and Package Procedures

There are special procedures that are necessary to follow when sending postal mail to a inmate. If you do not then the mail might not be received.

Before you send anything, you should read the links below:

Mail Monitoring

Prison staff open and inspect and read all incoming general correspondence. Received general packages and mail is read as frequently as is deemed necessary to maintain security and safety or monitor a problem regarding inmates.

How to Address a Letter to an Inmate

Here is the correct format for how you must address a letter or package to a state prison inmate at Marion Correctional Institution:

Marion Correctional Institution
Box 2405
Marion NC, 28752

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Inmate Money

Every state correctional institution has a Commissary which was created to provide prisoners an account for prisoner money and for purchasing things not issued regularly by the facility.

How to Send an Inmate Money

Family, friends, or other sources may deposit funds into these accounts by sending it by Western Union and the U.S. Postal Service.

Via U.S. Postal Service: An inmate’s family and friends can to send prisoners funds through the postal service and must send funds to the following address and follow the policies given below:

The money must be in a money order made out to the inmate’s full committed name and complete eight-digit register number. You should use a postal money order, since all non-postal money orders processed through the National Lockbox will be held for a 15-day holding period, and in this time the inmate will not have access to the money. The Bureau of Prisons will return to the sender funds that do not have valid prisoner information but only if the envelope it was sent it has a valid return address. Checks and cash will not be deposited to the prisoner’s account so don’t send any checks or cash.

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Inmate Locator

Prisoners are from time to time changed to various prisons in the state, so sometimes you might need to locate the current location of an inmate using the inmate locator. Follow the link below to locate an Marion Correctional Institution prisoner.
Inmate Search

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

Inmate Visitation

Before you visit an inmate at Marion Correctional Institution, be sure that you be aware of this info:

  • Visitation Schedule
  • Visitation Rules
  • Visitation Application

Inmate Visitation Schedule

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

Inmate Visitor Procedures

Each state prison has its own procedures for inmate visitation and they get changed regularly. The information below might be different by the time you are reading this, so make sure to also go to Marion Correctional Institution’s site to get the most recent rules for visitation.

Visitation Sign-In and Check-In

The front entrance officer will make sure every visitor signs the prisoner visitors log upon entering the visitation area and also when they leave.

Identification Required

Picture ID of all visitors is required. Appropriate forms of ID are Driver’s License and Social Security Card; however, a state issued photo id is OK.

For all of the things shown below, read the main correctional facility site as this information changes all the time:

  • 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

Section about Marion Correctional Institution prison records coming soon.

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 Marion Correctional Institution death row will be posted ASAP.

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


Info about North Carolina parole process coming.

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.


Information about release procedures to be added later.

Inmate Programs

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Prison Life

Info about prison life 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 Marion Correctional Institution news section to be added later.


A section with photos of Marion Correctional Institution coming.

For example, photos of:

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

If you have any photos of Marion 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 job at a correctional facility? Have experience? Have you worked at a correctional facility previously?

If so, go to:

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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:

  • The right to protection from the accused.
  • The right to notification.
  • The right to attend proceedings.
  • The right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
  • The right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
  • The right to restitution.
  • The right to a speedy trial.
  • 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.

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Family Resources

Section about family resources coming.


A history section coming.

Such as:

  • Famous Marion 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

Marion Correctional Institution Links

The official website:

North Carolina Division of Prisons Links

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Tell Your Story – Write a Review of Marion Correctional Institution

Have you ever been an inmate in Marion Correctional Institution? Do you have a friend or family member that spent time there? Have you ever visited someone there?

If yes, then we would like you to write a review about it. Tell us about your prison experience because other people can find out what to expect.

Things you can put in your review:

  • Facility conditions
  • Prison facility and layout
  • Guards and prison staff
  • Food and commissary
  • Visitation
  • Inmates
  • Safety
  • Prison gangs
  • Prisoner programs and activities

If you are currently an inmate at Marion Correctional Institution, leave your address if you want to receive letters from people.

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