Tyrrell Prison Work Farm

Tyrrell Prison Work Farm is a minimum-security prison for male inmates that is located on 200 acres of land near Columbia, North Carolina. It is managed by the North Carolina Department of Public Safety and can house approximately 620 offenders.


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

The $9 million facility was the second prison work farm constructed in North Carolina. The first was the Dan River Prison Work Farm in Yanceyville. Both facilities, built by prison work crews, are designed to emphasize offender work.

The modern and unique architecture of this facility differs markedly from traditional prison structures and was designed to be built and maintained at less cost. The physical plant consists of an administration building, central complex buildings comprising food service, staff offices, visiting area, clothes house and central control office, segregation building, and produce warehouse. 

The dormitory is 60,000 square feet which contains 10 offender housing areas, 10 day rooms, two canteens, 10 shower and lavatory areas, medical and programs departments, barber shop, library, classroom, chaplain's office, and two control rooms.

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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

The visiting hours at Tyrrell Prison Work Farm are not shared with the public. To find out the visiting hours, please call the facility directly.

Visiting Application

You must complete an application and have it approved before visiting your inmate. The inmate is required to send you a blank application for each adult and minor who wishes to visit. After you complete your application, you must return it to the Tyrrell Prison Work Farm.

Click here for more detailed information about visiting an inmate at Tyrrell Prison Work Farm.

Dress Code

You must follow the visitors dress code or you will not be allowed to visit with your inmate. All visitors are required to wear shirts and closed-toed shoes (no flip-flops or stilettos).

All visitors must successfully satisfy the metal detection, and pat and frisk procedures. Proper identification for adults and children must be provided. All identification cards must be current. 

Bags and purses are not allowed in the visiting room. You can bring in small denomination bills and change to purchase food and drinks from the vending machines.  

  • 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 must be worn at or above the waist.
  • Spandex clothing is prohibited.

Physical Address

Tyrrell Prison Work Farm
Snell Road
Columbia, NC 27925

Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/jNaVdFCBM9andPUX6

General Phone Number


Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name, OPUS Number
Tyrrell Prison Work Farm
P.O. Box 840
Columbia, NC 27925

All inmate mail must be addressed so that the full name and OPUS number of the inmate appears on the envelope. You must also include your name and address in the top left corner. For information about sending packages to an inmate, click here.

How to Call an Inmate

Inmates at Tyrrell Prison Work Farm can’t receive incoming calls, but they usually have access to phones during daytime hours. 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 Tyrrell Prison Work Farm through JPay and MoneyGram. All North Carolina state prisons require that you be on the inmate’s approved visitor list to send funds.

The quickest way to send money with your credit or debit card is going online and using JPay.com. Or, download 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 JPay.com to get a list of nearby MoneyGram locations.

Programs For Inmates

The work farm houses more than 500 offenders who are part of the community work program in agricultural production at the prison's 103-acre farming operation or in other institutional jobs. The prison operates with staff representing custody, food service, medical, maintenance, programs, fiscal, and administrative.

In the Community Work Program, a correctional officer supervises a squad of up to 10 inmates in short-term manual labor projects for public agencies. The prison's farming operation provides produce grown in fields and greenhouses by the prison. Broccoli, cabbage, tomatoes, and peppers are grown in the fields, while the greenhouses provide a year-round supply of lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers.

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Careers at Tyrrell Prison Work Farm

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