Arizona houses four stand-alone federal prisons and two federal prison camps. Each of these Arizona federal prisons is overseen by the Western Regional Office. In total, 3,325 inmates are housed inside federal prisons in Arizona.
Arizona Federal Prisons by Security Level
High-Security Federal Prisons in Arizona
- USP Tucson (Tucson, AZ)
Medium-Security Federal Prisons in Arizona
- FCI Phoenix (Phoenix, AZ)
- FCI Tucson (Tucson, AZ)
Low-Security Federal Prisons in Arizona
- FCI Safford (Safford, AZ)
Minimum-Security Federal Prisons in Arizona
- FCI Phoenix Camp (Phoenix, AZ)
- USP Tucson Camp (Tucson, AZ)
Federal Prisons in Arizona
Federal Correctional Institution Phoenix (FCI Phoenix) is a medium-security level federal prison located in Phoenix, Arizona. It is overseen by the Western Regional Office. FCI Phoenix is a Medical Care Level 2 prison. It houses 842 male inmates.
Federal Correctional Institution Phoenix Camp (FCI Phoenix Camp) is a minimum-security level federal prison located in Phoenix, Arizona. It is overseen by the Western Regional Office. FCI Phoenix Camp is a Medical Care Level 2 prison. It houses 204 female inmates.
Federal Correctional Institution Safford (FCI Safford) is a low-security level federal prison located in Safford, Arizona. It is overseen by the Western Regional Office. FCI Safford is a Medical Care Level 1 prison. It houses 780 male inmates.
United States Penitentiary Tucson (USP Tucson) is a high-security level federal prison located in Tucson, Arizona. It is overseen by the Western Regional Office. USP Tucson is a Medical Care Level 2/3 prison. It houses 1,329 male inmates.
Federal Correctional Institution Tucson Camp (FCI Tucson Camp) is a minimum-security level federal prison located in Tucson, Arizona. It is overseen by the Western Regional Office. USP Tucson Camp is a Medical Care Level 2/3 prison. It houses 102 male inmates.
Federal Correctional Institution Tucson (FCI Tucson) is a medium-security level federal prison located in Tucson, Arizona. It is overseen by the Western Regional Office. FCI Tucson is a Medical Care Level 2 prison. It houses 266 male inmates.
List of Arizona Federal Prisons
- Phoenix FCI
Located in Phoenix about 25 miles north of the downtown area, Federal Correctional Institution, Phoenix is a medium-security institution for male inmates that contains a minimum-security satellite prison camp for females. It opened in 1985 in response to the overcrowding of Arizona federal prisons and similar facilities nationwide. Its four housing units now hold well over 1,500 inmates at any given time in two and three-person cells. All prisoners are entitled to physical and mental health services and can participate in programs such as substance abuse prevention, anger management, GED, post-secondary learning, recreation, and library offerings. In addition, inmates can receive vocational training in carpentry, plumbing, electrical and ServSafe. Apprenticeship programs are also available. The goal of these federal prisons in Arizona programs is to provide motivated inmates with education and training that will enable them to support themselves and their families upon their eventual release from custody.
- Phoenix Prison Camp
Federal Correctional Institution, Phoenix prison camp is adjacent to the medium-security prison. Its female inmates live in dormitory-style housing and have access to several educational, recreational, and vocational opportunities. These include literacy, GED, and English-as-a-Second-Language classes. Residential and nonresidential drug programs, parenting classes, adult continuing education, and vocational training are available. Apprenticeships are offered in cooking, electronics tester, electrical, electronics utility worker, HVAC, front end mechanic, plumbing, landscape tech, and quality control. Inmates must maintain prison employment throughout the direction of their incarceration.
- Safford FCI
Federal Correctional Institution, Safford is a low-security federal prison for male inmates located in Graham county near the southeastern Arizona town of Safford. It is approximately 130 miles northeast of Tucson. While incarcerated at FCI Safford, all inmates are expected to work. Many inmates have UNICOR jobs producing textile products purchased by other federal agencies. Any inmate who has not received a high school diploma must attend GED classes. College and vocational courses of study are available. Notable inmates include Nixon adviser John Ehrlichman and former Oklahoma governor David Hall.
- Tucson USP
United States Penitentiary, Tucson is the only high-security federal prison in Arizona. It houses male inmates ineligible for placement in lower-security facilities. The prison features single and multi-person cells, guarded perimeters, strict controls over inmates’ movements, and a high inmate-to-staff ratio than lower-security prisons. Adjacent to USP Tucson is a minimum-security satellite camp for male inmates. As part of the Sex Offender Management Program (SOMP), USP Tucson houses a higher-than-average number of male inmates convicted of sex crimes. This population is concentrated here to maximize their safety and to encourage them to participate in, and benefit from, the treatment programs at the facility. These include nonresidential drug and sex offender therapy. Literacy classes, English-as-a-Second-Language, GED, and post-secondary classes are available to inmates. Prisoners can also engage in occupational education and vocational training. Intramural sports, fitness classes, arts and crafts classes, and wellness classes are also available to the inmate population.
- Tucson FCI
Federal Correctional Institution, Tucson is part of Federal Correctional Complex, Tucson. It contains a medium-security prison for male inmates and a detention center for both male and female offenders. Located 10 miles southeast of downtown Tucson, the institution opened in March 1982. Male inmates are held in two-person cells. Detainees at the detention center are primarily there while awaiting federal trial in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. In addition, a small segment of inmates housed at the detention center is awaiting transfer or release. FCI Tucson’s detention facility holds male and female inmates in all security categories awaiting trial and features strict measures such as restrictions on inmate movement and guarded perimeters.
- Tucson Prison Camp
United States Penitentiary, Tucson prison camp is a minimum-security satellite facility adjacent to the high-security USP Tucson prison in Pima County. Inmates at the prison camp are assigned daily labor jobs that support the operations of the Arizona federal prisons complex. Inmates are housed in dormitory-style accommodations and can enroll in a variety of educational, vocational, and self-enrichment courses. These include ESL, GED, college correspondence courses, substance abuse management, recreation, health, and wellness. Basic and advanced vocational education is also available in business management, ServSafe, and basic and advanced baking.
Wikipedia Pages About Each Facility
The below Wikipedia pages profile each Arizona federal prison. On these pages, you can learn about the background, historical, and other information, including a list of current and past notable inmates. For more comprehensive and regularly updated profiles of each facility, please click on the above links. These will take you to our prison profiles. The information on the above pages is regularly updated and verified by our federal prison consultants.