Facilities: FCI Morgantown with a detention center.
Facility Address & Contact Information
Federal Correctional Institution Morgantown
446 Greenbag Road, Route 857
Morgantown, WV 26501
BOP Website: https://www.bop.gov/locations/institutions/mrg/
Inmate Correspondence Address
Inmate Name and Registration Number
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 1000
Morgantown, WV 26507
NOTE: Funds cannot be sent directly to federal inmates. See our page on sending money to federal prisoners for more information.
Security Level: Minimum
Location: On the southern edge of Morgantown, in north-central West Virginia.
BOP Region: Mid-Atlantic Region (MXR)
BOP Institution Code: MRG for FCI Morgantown
Medical Care Level: Level 2. See our page on Medical Care Levels and Procedures for more information.
Judicial District: Northern District of West Virginia
Population (as of Sept. 14, 2020): 465
Background: FCI Morgantown was opened in 1969. This facility also houses a detention center. One of the facility’s most noted inmates was reality TV celebrity Richard Hatch who was the first $1 million winner on the American show “Survivor,” convicted of tax evasion. Other notable inmates include former Arizona Congressman Rick Renzi (released in 2017 after serving 2 years for extortion, bribery, insurance fraud, money laundering, and racketeering), former mayor of Charlotte, NC, Patrick Cannon (released in 2017 after serving 22 months for services fraud), and former Ohio Congressman Bob Ney (released in 2008 after serving 11 months for services fraud).
Housing: Inmates are housed in dormitories, cubicles, and rooms within the seven housing units.
Health Services: FCI Morgantown’s Health Services Unit offers a variety of healthcare services including initial evaluation, treatment of chronic conditions, and emergency medical care.
Psychology Services: During the admission and orientation program inmates will have a chance to be interviewed individually by a member of the psychology staff. Psychology Services provide crisis intervention and brief counseling.
Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP): FCI Morgantown houses a Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP). It also offers a Drug Education Class and a Non-Residential Drug Abuse Program (NR-DAP).
Education Services: FCI Morgantown provides GED and English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) programs. Adult Continuing Education (ACE) courses are also available, with classes including Microsoft Office, and a Job Search Class introducing inmates to various employment skills. This program covers a variety of topics including career explorations, resume writing, portfolio development, job market search, networking, and interview techniques. A Mock Job Fair is also held once a year in the spring. Local employers and transitional services come into the institution and perform “mock” interviews. It is an all-day event and inmates prepare for the event by attending a 10 week Job Search Class. High school diplomas and post-secondary programs are available through paid correspondence programs.
Advanced Occupational Education: FCI Morgantown does not offer any advanced occupational education programs.
Vocational Training: No vocational training is offered at FCI Morgantown.
Apprenticeship: FCI Morgantown offers an apprenticeship in Welding.
Library Services: A leisure library and an electronic law library are available for inmates. Fiction and nonfiction books, newspapers, and magazines can be checked out. Inmates also have access to the TRULINCS Electronic Law Library.
UNICOR: FCI Morgantown houses a UNICOR facility that offers call center/help desk services.
Commissary: Inmates are permitted to shop only once per week on their designated day. Inmates are permitted to spend up to $360.00 each month for regular purchases and special purchase items. Stamps, over-the-counter medications, TRULINCS credits, and phone calls are not counted against this spending limit.
Recreation Services: FCI Morgantown’s Recreation Department includes an auditorium, multi-purpose room, gymnasium, and a range of indoor/outdoor sports and activities. While some recreational activities are organized, others are available on a leisure-time basis. Recreation programs include indoor/outdoor sports and activities, hobby craft programs, health/fitness promotion, and disease prevention programs. Leisure time may be spent watching television, playing table games, or participating in sports. Hobbycraft activities are offered daily. The hobby shop includes crafts such as drawing, painting, leathercraft, crochet, and beading.
Visitation Information: See our page on prisoner visitation rules for more information.
Direction to Prison:
For a comprehensive look at life in federal prison, pick up a copy of Christopher Zoukis’ Federal Prison Handbook: The Definitive Guide to Surviving the Federal Bureau of Prisons. For more detailed information about FCI Morgantown, please buy a copy of the Directory of Federal Prisons: The Unofficial Guide to Bureau of Prisons Institutions by Christopher Zoukis.