NCDPS - Rutherford Correctional Center

State Prison

Last Updated: July 14, 2020
549 Ledbetter Rd, Spindale, NC 28160
Mailing Address
Box 127, Spindale, NC 28160

Rutherford CC is for State Prison offenders sentenced up to twelve months.

All prisons and jails have Security or Custody levels depending on the inmate’s classification, sentence, and criminal history. Please review the rules and regulations for State - minimum facility.

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If you are unsure of your inmate's location, you can search and locate your inmate by typing in their last name, first name or first initial, and/or the offender ID number to get their accurate information immediately Registered Offenders

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NCDPS - Rutherford Correctional Center basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 828-286-4121

The inmates housed at Rutherford CC located at 549 Ledbetter Rd in Spindale, NC are placed according to their custody level (determined by a number of factors including the past criminal history and the length of their sentence). There are ample educational and vocational training programs for all inmates, especially ones that show a willingness to learn new things that will prepare them for a better life when they are released. The mission is to promote and prepare the offender to leave in better shape than when they arrived, giving them the best chance to never come back and thus lower the state's recidivism rate.

Rutherford Correctional Center, near Spindale, is a minimum security prison for adult males. It has provided inmates to work on North Carolina highways since 1932. Following recent expansions, the prison has provided additional inmate highway labor in Cleveland, Polk and Rutherford counties. Additionally, Rutherford provides inmates to the community through the community work program. In an effort to enhance skills within the public, there are selected inmates assigned to private industry through the work release program.

The prison provides substance abuse treatment through DART aftercare, Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous.

HISTORY - Rutherford was one of 51 county prisons established in 1931 and dedicated on August 18, 1932, under the direction of Rutherford's first superintendent and previous sheriff of Rutherford County, W.C. Hardin. The original facility, still in use today, consisted of an administrative office, kitchen, and dormitory that cost $25,000.

The General Assembly provided for two 50-bed dormitories at Rutherford as part of the $28.5 million Emergency Prison Facilities Development program authorized in 1987. Both dormitories opened in September 1988. Lawmakers approved a 50-bed dormitory in the $87.5 million prison construction program authorized in 1993.

NCDPS - Rutherford Correctional Center - Inmate Rule Book
NCDPS - Rutherford Correctional Center - Offender Family Services
NCDPS - Rutherford Correctional Center - Inmate Programs

Local calls will be a flat rate of $1.25
All long distance calls will be a flat rate of $3.40

Inmate Locator

NCDPS - Rutherford Correctional Center is a facility in the North Carolina Department of Corrections. The DOC publishes the names of their current inmates and identifies which of their locations the inmate is being held. Your search should start with the first DOC locator to see if your loved one is there. Begin with the first three letters of the offender's first and last name, it does not have to be spelled exactly.

The second box is the InmateAid Inmate Search. This database of inmates is user-generated content for the purpose of accessing and utilizing any or all of the InmateAid services. If you need our assistance creating your own inmate profile to keep in touch, email us at and we will assist you in locating your inmate.

As a last resort, you might have to pay for that information if we do not have it. The Arrest Record Search will cost you a small amount, but their data is the freshest available and for that reason, they charge to access it.

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Covid Visitation Information


The Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice will resume limited visitation at all state prisons effective Oct. 1, 2020 with significant restrictions due to the pandemic. Visitation was suspended in all state prisons on March 16, 2020, with the exception of legal and pastoral visits, to help prevent the potential spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The health and safety of employees and offenders in our care are the top priorities of the Department of Public Safety. For information on coronavirus and how to protect yourself, please go the NC Department of Health and Human Services website.

Visitation Information

NCDPS - Rutherford Correctional Center - Visitation

Routine visits are conducted on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 - 3 p.m. Visitation will rotate every three months alphabetically to allow the entire inmate population the opportunity to visit. The following is the yearly schedule for visitation:

Quarterly Period: Inmates last name begins with: January 1 - March 31 Saturday A-L, Sunday M-Z April 1 - June 30 Saturday M-Z, Sunday A-L July 1 - September 30 Saturday A-L, Sunday M-Z October 1 - December 31 Saturday M-Z, Sunday A-L

To request a special visit, call (828) 286-4121.

DIRECTIONS - Take I-40 to U.S. 64 South (Rutherfordton) exit. After approximately 30 miles, turn left at light onto Hudlow Road. Travel approximately two miles, go through the caution light, turn right onto Ball Park Road, then left onto Ledbetter Road. The prison is approximately one mile on the right.

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