Alabama houses 3 stand-alone federal prisons and 2 federal prison camps. Each of these Alabama federal prisons is overseen by the Southeast Regional Office. In total, 2,566 inmates are housed inside federal prisons in Alabama.
Alabama Federal Prisons by Security Level
Medium-Security Federal Prisons in Alabama
- FCI Talladega (Talladega, AL)
Low-Security Federal Prisons in Alabama
- FCI Aliceville (Aliceville, AL)
Minimum-Security Federal Prisons in Alabama
- FCI Aliceville Camp (Aliceville, AL)
- FPC Montgomery (Montgomery, AL)
- FCI Talladega Camp (Talladega, AL)
Federal Prisons in Alabama
Federal Correctional Institution Aliceville (FCI Aliceville) is a low-security level federal prison located in Aliceville, Alabama. It is overseen by the Southeast Regional Office. FCI Aliceville is a Medical Care Level 2 prison. It houses 1,129 female inmates.
Federal Correctional Institution Aliceville Camp (FCI Aliceville Camp) is a minimum-security level federal prison located in Aliceville, Alabama. It is overseen by the Southeast Regional Office. FCI Aliceville Camp is a Medical Care Level 2 prison. It houses 170 male inmates.
Federal Correctional Institution Montgomery (FCI Montgomery) is a minimum-security level federal prison located in Montgomery, Alabama. It is overseen by the Southeast Regional Office. FPC Montgomery is a Medical Care Level 2 prison. It houses 358 male inmates.
Federal Correctional Institution Talladega (FCI Talladega) is a medium-security level federal prison located in Talladega, Alabama. It is overseen by the Southeast Regional Office. FCI Talladega is a Medical Care Level 2 prison. It houses 768 male inmates.
Federal Correctional Institution Talladega Camp (FCI Talladega Camp) is a minimum-security level federal prison located in Talladega, Alabama. It is overseen by the Southeast Regional Office. FCI Talladega Camp is a Medical Care Level 2 prison. It houses 90 male inmates.
List of Alabama Federal Prisons
There are approximately 2,500 inmates housed in federal prisons in Alabama. To learn more about each of these facilities, please click on the below facility links. These will take you to each facility’s comprehensive profile with information about security level, gender of inmates, physical mailing address, inmate correspondence address, psychology and educational programs, recreational offerings, recent notable news, and more. We also include comments from current inmates at each facility about what they like and dislike.
Federal Correctional Institution Aliceville is one of the low-security Alabama federal prisons. It currently houses over 1,000 female inmates. It is located in Pickens County between the towns of Aliceville and Pickensville, about 55 miles west of Tuscaloosa. It was the first of the federal prisons in Alabama designated for women. In addition to the low-security prison facility, FCI Aliceville also contains a minimum-security satellite prison camp for female inmates.
As a Medical Care Level 2 institution, FCI Aliceville is equipped to meet the needs of inmates who are stable but require quarterly clinical evaluation for chronic conditions such as epilepsy and medication-controlled diabetes. While incarcerated at FCI Aliceville, inmates can take classes in English-as-a-Second Language, literacy, Adult Continuing Education, college correspondence courses, and parenting skills. In addition, the institution offers a release preparation program to help with the transition back to the outside world.
Federal Prison Camp Montgomery is located in Montgomery, Alabama, on the grounds of Maxwell Air Force Base. Its three housing units allow inmates to live in a dormitory setting in two-man cubicles instead of the traditional cell structure as is the case with other federal prisons in Alabama. The camp has housed notable inmates such as President Nixon’s attorney general John Mitchell, Nixon’s special counsel Charles Colson, and real estate developer Charles Kushner.
To qualify to live at this federal prison camp, an inmate must not have committed a violent crime and must have less than 10 years remaining on their sentence. Approximately one-third of inmates at FPC Montgomery are white-collar criminals.
This Medical Care Level 2 camp is designed to meet the needs of inmates in stable health but who have conditions such as epilepsy, emphysema, or medically-controlled diabetes that require a quarterly evaluation from a clinician. Programs and classes available to inmates include psychological/mental health support, GED and post-secondary courses, recreation and fitness, advanced occupational and vocational training, and both leisure and legal libraries. Of all Alabama federal prisons, FPC Montgomery offers the greatest number of enrichment opportunities that can help to improve the chances of successful reintegration back into the outside world.
Federal Correctional Institution Talladega is the only federal prison in Alabama with a medium-security designation. Located about 100 miles from Atlanta and 50 miles from Birmingham, Alabama, FCI Talladega consists of two distinct types of housing for male inmates: medium-security and a minimum-security satellite prison camp. Inmates at the medium-security portion live in one or two-person cells while those at the camp reside in a dormitory setting.
FCI Talladega remains famous for an inmate rebellion in 1991, in which 121 Cuban inmates, incarcerated since the Mariel boatlift of 1980, rioted to stop their deportation procedures from moving forward. After a ten-day standoff, an elite team of FBI hostage rescue specialists stormed the facility and took the rioters into custody with no serious injuries.
FCI Talladega offers several programs to inmates. Among others, these include substance abuse education, GED classes, English-as-a-Second Language, Adult Continuing Education courses, vocational training and apprenticeships, and sports and fitness opportunities. Family, friends, and associates can be authorized to visit inmates during the approved hours for the medium-security facility or prison camp. However, visitors can only do so with the inmate’s approval. The inmate must request that the person be added to their visitation list. At this point, the inmate will be issued a visitation application form to be completed by the prospective visitor. It is the prisoner’s responsibility to mail this application to the prospective visitor for completion and submission. The visitor’s background check and approval process usually take about one week to complete. If a visitor is approved, the inmate will be notified and can then inform the person.
Wikipedia Pages About Each Facility
Click on the below links to be taken to each Alabama federal prison’s Wikipedia page. Please note that while information on Wikipedia can be helpful in understanding each facility’s background, our prison profiles are more comprehensive and authoritative. At the Zoukis Consulting Group, we also verify all of the information in each of our prison profiles.
For the most comprehensive information about each facility, please see Christopher Zoukis’ Directory of Federal Prisons. And for information about prison life, culture, and policies, please see the Federal Prison Handbook by Christopher Zoukis.