Hoke Correctional Institution

Hoke Correctional Institution is a minimum-security prison for male inmates that is located in Raeford, North Carolina. This facility can house 502 inmates, and it is managed by the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.

Effective October 14, 2019, offenders have been temporarily relocated to other minimum-custody facilities due to regional staffing shortages.

The prison currently has three major administrative and housing buildings. The South Unit is a housing area for transient inmates along with some regular population inmates. The North Unit is a dormitory housing the institution's workforce and Department of Transportation highway work squads. The Central Unit houses regular population inmates and has 24 cells for placing inmates in administrative or disciplinary segregation, and 24 cells for protective custody.

Established in 1954, the facility was part of the McCain Sanitarium built at the site in the 1920's. In the 1970's, the prison was converted to a minimum security unit. It was later returned as a medium-security prison. During the 1970's, inmates under the supervision of correction engineers erected a recreation building. In 1980, a housing unit with 144 single cells was added.

The General Assembly provided for a 104-bed dormitory as part of the $28.5 million Emergency Prison Facilities Development program authorized in 1987. This addition was completed in 1989.

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Visiting Hours and Rules


To prevent the potential spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), prison visitation was suspended as of Monday, March 16, 2020, with the exception of legal and pastoral visits. Those visitors are subject to medical screening prior to entrance. Visitation will resume when conditions are deemed safe.

Regular Visiting Hours

Hoke Correctional Institution is a visitation-by-appointment facility. Visitors may schedule appointments by calling 910-944-7612, ext. 431 or 344, Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appointments must be made at least two days in advance and not more that two weeks in advance.

Special visits for law enforcement agents, social services personnel, and lawyers are made by submitting a formal written request via mail or fax.

Inmates assigned to segregation will be allowed one visit in a 30-day period, unless visitation privileges have been taken through disciplinary action. Visitation hours are subject to changes at the facility's discretion.

Hoke Correctional Institution Visitation Hours are as follows:

                           General Population                Protective Custody            Segregation                      Non-Contact 

Tuesday            12 – 1:30 p.m.                          2 – 3:30 p.m.                     8:30 – 9:30 a.m. 

Wednesday       2 – 3:30 p.m.                                                                                                                   12 - 1:30 p.m. 

Thursday          2 – 3:30 p.m.                                                                          8:30 – 9:30 a.m.  

Friday                                                                   8:30 – 10 a.m.                    10:30 – 11:30 a.m. 

Saturday          8:30 – 10 a.m.
                          12 – 1:30 p.m.
                          2 – 3:30 p.m.

Visiting Application

You must complete an application and have it approved before visiting an inmate. Your inmate must send you a blank application for each adult and minor who wishes to visit. After the applications are completed, you must return them to Hoke Correctional Institution.

Click here for more detailed information about visiting an inmate at Hoke Correctional Institution.

Dress Code

All visitors must follow the dress code or they will be denied entrance into the facility. Before you are allowed to visit, you must pass through a metal detector search.

  • Shirts and shoes are mandatory.
  • Halter tops, bare midriffs, strapless tops, tube tops, bodysuits, underwear-type T-shirts, tank tops, sleeveless shirts or dresses that are inappropriately revealing (a sleeveless shirt or dress is considered inappropriately revealing when the female breast or lingerie can be seen), fishnet shirts, or any type of shirt or pants made with see-through fabric are NOT allowed to be worn by any visitor (male or female).
  • Visitors may wear Bermuda-length shorts provided they are not more than three inches above the kneecap.
  • Females may wear dresses or skirts. Dresses or skirts may not be more than three inches above the kneecap. Slits in skirts and dresses may not be more than three inches above the kneecap. Dresses and skirts for pre-teens may be shorter than three inches above the kneecap.
  • Any shirt or other articles of clothing with a picture or language that may be considered profane or offensive by current public standards or Adult Correction standards, or considered STG (gang) related will not be allowed.
  • Wave caps, doo rags, and bandanas are not allowed.
  • Slacks and pants are to be worn at or above the waist.
  • Spandex clothing is prohibited.

Physical Address

Hoke Correctional Institution
243 Old Hwy 211
Raeford, NC 28376

Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/A4aDD9L8Cfmvn9eZA

General Phone Number


Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name, OPUS Number
Hoke Correctional Institution
243 Old Hwy 211
Raeford, NC 28376

Inmate correspondence should be addressed so that the full name and OPUS number of the inmate appears on the envelope. The person sending mail should be identified in the return address. 

For information about sending packages to an inmate, click here.

How to Call an Inmate

Inmates at the Hoke Correctional Institution can’t receive incoming calls, but they do have access to phones during daytime hours to make outgoing calls. For complete details on how to call an inmate in North Carolina, please click here.

How to Send Money

The North Carolina Department of Public Safety has partnered with JPay to offer several options for sending money to inmates at Hoke Correctional Institution. 

Send money online with your credit or debit card at JPay.com. It's the quickest and easiest way to get your loved one the funds they need.

JPay Mobile App
Download the JPay mobile app from the Apple App Store (for iPhones) or Google Play (for Android phones) and send money wherever you happen to be!

Toll-Free Phone
You can send money by phone using your credit or debit card. Call (800) 574-5729 to speak with a live JPay call center agent 24/7.

Money Orders
Money orders must be made payable to JPay and sent with a deposit slip to: 
P.O. Box 173070
Hialeah, FL 33017

Money order deposit slip available in English here.
Hoja de Depósito para Giros Bancarios disponible en Español aquí.

To make a cash deposit, visit any MoneyGram agent location (including all Walmarts and CVS Pharmacies), and use code 1224. Visit JPay.com to get a list of nearby MoneyGram locations.

All North Carolina state prisons require that you be on the inmate’s approved visitor list to send funds using JPay.

Programs For Inmates

Educational Programs

Inmates may receive educational training through Academic/Vocational Education, Study Release,Think Smart, or Domestic Violence Education programs.

Work Programs

Inmates work in a wide variety of jobs inside and outside prison facilities.

Chaplaincy Services

Prison chaplains supervise religious activities, facilitate the work of religious services volunteers, and address religious issues of all faiths.

Transitional Services

Includes information on Community Leave, the Community Volunteer Program, the Home Leave Program, the Mutual Agreement Parole Program (MAPP), the Transitional Aftercare Network and Work Release.

Prison Life Programs

Includes prison orientation, counseling and treatment, religious programs, the Napoleon Hill Project, Sex Offender Accountability and Responsibility (SOAR), Domestic Violence Education Program (DVEP), STOP and Change Direction Domestic Violence Education, and Treatment Program, parenting programs.

Offender Family Services

When a family member or friend has been sentenced to prison or supervision, this often presents a very difficult and confusing time for all who are involved. Offender Family Services can help families understand and navigate the system.

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Careers at Hoke Correctional Institution

If you are interested in a career with the North Carolina Department of Public Safety and would like to work at the Hoke Correctional Institution, you can find out more information by clicking here.