Orange Correctional Center

Orange Correctional Center is a minimum-custody prison for adult male inmates that is located in Hillsborough, North Carolina. This facility is managed by the North Carolina Department of Public Safety and can house approximately 200 inmates.

Orange CC was one of 51 county prisons the state assumed responsibility for with the passage of the Conner Bill in 1931. It was one of 61 field unit prisons renovated or built during the late 1930s to house offenders who worked building roads. 

This facility was one of the 49 prisons in the Small vs. Martin federal lawsuit brought by offenders in 1985. The class action lawsuit resulted in a settlement agreement that required elimination of triple bunking and limited the number of offenders that could be imprisoned there.

The General Assembly provided two 50-bed dormitories for Orange in the $28.5 million Emergency Prison Facilities Development program authorized in 1987. The dormitory and a multipurpose building were ready when additional offenders arrived in July 1988.

The prison's original dormitory is still in use. A segregation building was converted into a chaplain's office and a library building was renovated for medical and office space. A 40-man segregation facility was completed in December 2008 and opened in December 2009.

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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. Visitation will resume when conditions are deemed safe.

Regular Visiting Hours

Visitation at Orange Correctional Center is every Sunday from 9 - 11 a.m. and 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Visitation times alternate every three months based on the offender's last name. Example: A-J will begin at 9 a.m. and K-Z will begin at 2:30 p.m. for three months; A-J will begin at 2:30 p.m. and K-Z will begin at 9 a.m. the next three months.

Special visits at other times are limited and only approved at the discretion of the superintendent or his designee.

Visiting Application

Before you visit your inmate, you must complete an application and have it approved by the North Carolina Department of Public Safety. Ask your inmate to send you a blank application for each adult and minor who wishes to visit. After you fill out your application, return it to the Orange Correctional Center for approval.

Click here for more detailed information about visiting an inmate at Orange Correctional Center.

Dress Code

All visitors are required to present a current photo ID (all minors are required to present a copy of their birth certificate) before entering the visiting room. All visitors are subjected to a "routine" search of their personal and possessions prior to the visit.

Bags and purses, cell phones, cameras, other electronic recording devices, and glass or metal objects are not allowed in the visiting room. You can bring $1 and $5 bills and change to purchase food and drinks from the vending machines.  

All visitors must follow the dress code or they will not be allowed to visit. All visitors must wear shirts and closed-toed shoes (no flip-flops or stilettos).

  • Halter tops, bare midriffs, strapless tops, tube tops, bodysuits, underwear-type T-shirts, tank tops, or 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, but they 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

Orange Correctional Center
2110 Clarence Walters Road
Hillsborough, NC 27278

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Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name, OPUS Number
Orange Correctional Center
PO Box 1149
Hillsborough, NC 27278

Orange Correctional Center encourages family and friends to write to offenders. The inmate’s full name and OPUS number must be on the envelope when you send inmate mail. For information about sending packages to an inmate, click here.

How to Call an Inmate

You can’t call an inmate at the Orange Correctional Center, but they do have access to phones. For complete details on how to call an inmate in North Carolina, please click here.

How to Send Money

You can send money to your inmate at Orange Correctional Center through JPay and MoneyGram. All North Carolina state prisons require that you be on the inmate’s approved visitor list to send funds.

The fastest option is to send money with your credit or debit card online by using or the JPay mobile app from the Apple App Store (for iPhones) or Google Play (for Android phones).

You can also 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 to get a list of nearby MoneyGram locations.

Programs For Inmates

Piedmont Community College works with the prison to provide vocational classes in food service technology and light construction. Classes for adult education and preparation for the GED test are available. Individual tutoring is available through the Orange County Literacy Council volunteers who come regularly to the facility.

Inmates may be assigned to Department of Transportation road crews, Community Work Program or work under contract for local government agencies. Offenders may also be assigned to unit jobs such as maintenance, kitchen, yard, clothes, house, or library. Offenders may participate in work release, leaving the prison for the part of the day to work for a business in the community. Study release is available at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Offenders are strongly encouraged to participate in substance abuse treatment programs.

The Alamance/Orange Prison Ministry funds a full-time chaplain at the facility and is raising funds to build a Religious Services Center. This group, along with other community organizations, is working closely with the Center in developing a transition program targeted toward offenders who have shown themselves to be serious about changing their lives and are working to do so.

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Careers at Orange Correctional Center

The North Carolina Department of Public Safety is currently hiring. If you would like to work at the Orange Correctional Center, you can find out more information by clicking here.