Prison Profile: Federal Correctional Institution Petersburg Medium

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By Christopher Zoukis

Official Address

Federal Correctional Institution Petersburg Medium

1060 River Road

Hopewell, VA 23860

Phone: 804-504-7200

Fax: 804-504-7204

Email: PEM/EXECASSISTANT@BOP.GOV

Inmate Correspondence Address

Inmate Name and Registration Number

FCI Petersburg Medium

P.O. Box 1000

Petersburg, VA 23804

(Funds can only be sent to the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ National Lockbox Address listed below, not directly to the inmate at FCI Petersburg Medium.)

Sex: Male

Security Level: Medium Security Federal Prison

Location: FCI Petersburg Medium is located 25 miles southeast of Richmond.

BOP Region: Mid-Atlantic Region (MXR)

BOP Institution Code: PEM for FCI Petersburg Medium, PEX for Petersburg Federal Correctional Complex

Medical Care Level: FCI Petersburg Medium is a Level 2 medical care facility.

Judicial District: Eastern Virginia

Population: FCI Petersburg Medium houses approximately 1,795 federal inmates.

Background: FCI Petersburg Medium was opened in 2002.  FCI Petersburg Medium is a Sex Offender Management Program (SOMP) prison.  As such, around 40 percent of the compound is incarcerated for sexual offenses.  Because of this, FCI Petersburg Medium tends to be an easier prison.  It is part of the Petersburg Federal Correctional Complex (FCC).

Housing Configuration:  Inmates at FCI Petersburg Medium are housed in either four-man, three-man, or two man cells.  This is depending upon seniority and initial housing assignment.

Admission and Orientation: During the first 28 days of arrival at FCI Petersburg Medium each inmate will attend an Admission and Orientation program.  During this program, staff from various departments will inform inmates of policies and procedures concerning specific programs and services at FCI Petersburg Medium.

Health Services: Inmates desiring medical attention are required to complete a Triage Form (also known as a “Sick Call”).  This medical form is available from any housing unit officer and, once completed, is to be deposited into the Triage Form box located outside of medical.  These forms are collected between 7:00 AM and 7:30 AM Monday through Friday.  Once the Triage Forms are collected, they are routed to the inmate’s assigned Mid-Level Practitioner and the MLP places the inmate on call-out to be evaluated.  Inmates are seen by their MLP for triage on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.  Wednesdays are reserved for Admission and Orientation examinations.

While inmates at FCI Petersburg Medium can purchase over-the-counter medications from the commissary, if they are indigent, they can complete an Indigent OTC form, turn it in on Wednesday morning at the 7:00 AM pill line, and collect OTC medications at the Wednesday 11:30 AM pill line.  Other pill line/insulin line times for FCI Petersburg Medium are 6:30-7:00 AM (insulin line), 7:00-7:30 AM (pill line), 11:30-12:30 PM (pill line), announcement after the 4:00 count (insulin line), and 7:30-8:00 PM (pill line).  On weekends and holidays pill line times remain constant, but the morning insulin line time changes to 7:30 AM.

Medical emergencies will be determined by the medical staff, but are not limited to “loss of life or limb” situations.  Inmates who become ill during the work day, weekends, or after normal Sick Call hours should report to their unit officer or their work supervisor.  Staff will notify medical personnel about the inmate’s condition.  Medical personnel will then make a call as to if the inmate should be personally evaluated or if the inmate will be directed to submit a paper Triage Form for later consideration.

Dental Services: FCI Petersburg Medium allows inmates to sign up for dental sick call by submitting either an electronic request to staff or by submitted a paper cop-out to the Dental Department.  If the dental issue is of an emergency nature, the inmate can go to the 6:30-6:45 emergency dental sick call signup.  This sick call is held on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday for the first 10 inmates and is only for dental emergencies.  For non-emergency dental care (including when an inmate goes to the emergency dental sick call signup and the concern is deemed to not be an emergency) the inmate will be placed on the call-out list for their appointment.  Inmates at FCI Petersburg Medium usually wait somewhere between 5 and 12 months to be seen by dental personnel once they submit their request.

Psychology Services: FCI Petersburg Medium’s Psychology Department offers a number of self-improvement courses and programs.  These include anger management, stress management, Smart Recovery, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Young Men’s group, and the Drug Education Class (40 hour).  The Psychology Department also offers the Non-Residential Drug Abuse Program (NR-RDAP) and the Non-Residential Sex Offender Treatment Program (NR-SOTP).

Residential Drug Abuse Program: FCI Petersburg Medium houses a Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP).    This RDAP location houses 143 beds.  The RDAP program consists of nine months of intensive treatment, for inmates who meet the diagnostic criteria for substance abuse or dependence.  The program follows a modified therapeutic community model which seeks cooperation and self-disclosure from “community members.”  Selection of participants is based on projected release date.  Inmates interested in participating are interviewed about 36 months from their projected release date.  Inmates who complete the RDAP program are eligible for a maximum Residential Reentry Center (halfway house) time recommendation, and, if their crime doesn’t preclude them from qualifying, up to 1 year off their sentence.

Education Services: FCI Petersburg Medium offers GED classes, English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) courses, Adult Continuing Education (ACE) courses, parenting courses, and college correspondence courses (which the inmate pays for on their own).

Advanced Occupational Education: FCI Petersburg Medium does not offer any advanced occupational education programs.

Vocational Training: FCI Petersburg Medium offers Basic Carpentry, Cabinet Making, Computer Aided Design, Masonry, and Machine Shop vocational training.  All programs are accredited by the State Board of Vocational Education of Virginia, require students to possess a GED or high school diploma, and award a certificate from the State Board of Vocational Education of Virginia upon program completion.

Apprenticeship: FCI Petersburg Medium offers Carpentry, HVAC, and Electrical Maintenance apprenticeship programs.  All apprenticeship programs are accredited by the U.S. Department of Labor and Bureau of Apprenticeship, last 48 months, require students to possess a GED or high school diploma prior to enrollment, and issue a certificate from the U.S. Department of Labor upon program completion.

Library Services: FCI Petersburg Medium has a general library including a variety of magazines, newspapers, reference materials, and fiction and non-fiction books.  The Education Department also allows inmates to watch approved DVD’s (these to include education and Hollywood titles).

Law Library Services: FCI Petersburg Medium houses a number of Electronic Law Library computers, 10 typewriters (which inmates must furnish supplies for), and a copier in the Education Department.

Religious Services: Amongst offering a number of religious services and programs, the FCI Petersburg Medium chapel also houses the Life Connections/Thresholds programs.  This is a 9 month program which essentially includes seminars on a plethora of different faiths and some of their life skills teachings.

UNICOR: FCI Petersburg Medium houses a UNICOR facility which receives, sorts, and repackages at least 48 types of clothes hangers for private vendors (e.g., Target, Dicks Sporting Goods, etc.).  All UNICOR facilities in Petersburg, VA employ a total of 442 incarcerated UNICOR workers.

Commissary: Inmates at FCI Petersburg Medium can shop in the institution’s commissary once a week (the day depends on their inmate number) and are allowed to spend $320 per month (a BOP-wide limit).  This does not count against the purchase of over-the-counter medications, stamps, copy cards, or other spending limit-exempt items.

Controlled Movement: FCI Petersburg Medium regulates movement throughout the institution by a procedure called controlled movement.  Controlled movements will begin generally 5 minutes before the hour and end at 5 minutes after the hour.  They are announced over the institution’s public address system.  During these ten minutes periods of controlled movement, inmates may move from one area of the prison to another.

Recreation Services: FCI Petersburg Medium houses outdoor and indoor recreation areas.  The outdoor area (the “yard”) houses various sports fields (i.e., softball, soccer, and football), several basketball and handball courts, a tennis court and a volleyball court, bocce and horseshoe areas, and a track.  Inmates play individual, organized, and non-organized sports on these fields.  Every year there are soccer, volleyball, softball, basketball, flag football, street hockey, and ultimate Frisbee leagues.

The indoor recreation area houses various elliptical machines, rowing machines, and treadmills.  It also houses several tables for playing cards, a leather craft area, a painting room, and a pool table area.  Inmates can check out sports equipment from the equipment issue room.  This sports equipment includes jump ropes, medicine balls, Frisbees, basketballs, footballs, soccer balls, and more.

Visitation Information: FCI Petersburg Medium allows visits on Thursday, Friday, and Monday from the hours of 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM.  Visitation is also allowed on Saturday, Sunday, and federal holidays from the hours of 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  Due to the number of inmates at FCI Petersburg Medium, inmate are only allowed to visit on one day per weekend.  The exact visiting day (Saturday or Sunday) will be determined by the fifth digit of their register number and whether it is an odd or even number.  Inmates are issued calendars which show them which days they are allowed receive visits.

Each inmate receives 10 visitation points each month.  Points are charged as follows: weekday visits are one point each; weekends and holidays are three points each.  No more than 6 points can be used on weekends in any given month.  Unused points are cancelled at the end of the month.  Any part of a day shall count as a whole day/point.  The number of approved visitors permitted to visit an inmate at any one time will be limited to six.  Children under two years of age, who do not require a seat, will not be counted against the six visitor rule.

Only approved visitors are allowed to visit inmates at FCI Petersburg Medium.  Generally speaking, immediate family (which is stated in the inmate’s Pre-Sentence Investigation report) is automatically approved.  Others who desire to visit must submit a visitation application to the inmate’s unit team.  Outside of immediate family, a total of 10 additional visitors can be placed on an inmate’s visitation list.

Inmates housed in the FCI Petersburg Medium Special Housing Unit are allowed to visit on the same days as those in general population.

All visitors must present photo identification when visiting.  Proper identification includes a valid state driver’s license or state identification card.

For a more in-depth look at FCI Petersburg Medium’s visitation regulations, please see Institutional Supplement PEX-5267.08a (Visitation Regulations).

Directions to Prison: From Interstate 95 North, take Exit 54 towards Temple Avenue.  Turn right on Temple Avenue and follow it for approximately 3.2 miles.  Turn left on River Road and after following it for approximately 4.2 miles, then turn left onto Magnolia Road.  FCI Petersburg Medium will be found on this road.

From 295 North, take Exit 9B (Fort Lee) which will place you on Oaklawn Boulevard.  Continue for three lights, then exit to the right immediately after Burger King.  This will place you on VA 144/Temple Avenue.  At the first light turn right on River Road and after following it for approximately 4.2 miles, turn left onto Magnolia Road.  FCI Petersburg Medium will be found on this road.

National Lockbox Address

Federal Bureau of Prisons

Inmate Name and Registration Number

P.O. Box 474701

Des Moines, IA 50947-0001

*Information compiled from multiple Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) documents, Freedom of Information Act requests, and personal interviews with federal inmates.*

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