Federal Prisons | Federal Bureau of Prisons

The Federal Bureau of Prisons incarcerates 154,859 federal prisoners across 37 states. These inmates are held in 127 stand-alone federal prisons, 68 satellite prison camps, and 12 private prisons.

In fiscal year 2019, 76,656 criminal defendants were sentenced in federal courts. This constitutes a 10.2 percent increase in federal criminal sentencing over fiscal year 2018. This is the single largest percentage increase in federal criminal sentencing in the past 15 years.

The majority of federal prisoners are housed in low-security federal prisons (36.6%) and medium-security federal prisons (31.6%). Minimum-security prisons, or Federal Prison Camps, house 16 percent of federal inmates, while high-security federal prisons house 12.4 percent of federal inmates.


Federal Prisons Directory

Below is a list of every Federal Bureau of Prisons facility. Click on the respective link to view our online profile for each facility. You can also quickly find contact information in our BOP Contact Directory and Halfway House Contact Directory.

Buy a copy of Christopher Zoukis's Directory of Federal Prisons: The Unofficial Guide to Bureau of Prisons Institutions (Middle Street Publishing, 2020) for an updated and more comprehensive profiling of every federal prison. This guide contains extensive information about every federal prison, including interviews with inmates currently serving time at many federal prisons. And for detailed information about life in federal prison, pick up a copy of Christopher Zoukis’ Federal Prison Handbook: The Definitive Guide to Surviving the Federal Bureau of Prisons (Middle Street Publishing, 2017).

Federal Bureau of Prisons Locations and Profiles

Private Prisons

Private Prisons

U.S. private prisons (or contract prisons) are operated by private corporations throughout the U.S.A. and operate within the Federal Prison system. The majority of the populations are sentenced criminal aliens who are generally deported at the end of their sentence. Private prison (contract prison) institutions must obtain accreditation through the American Correctional Association (ACA) and have BOP staff on-site at all times to ensure the safety and security of the prisoners and the community. They are required to follow all local, state, and federal laws, and adhere to BOP prison policies.

In the Federal Bureau of Prisons, there are 10 Private Prisons: