Facilities: FCI Ashland with an adjacent minimum security satellite prison camp.
Facility Address & Contact Information
Federal Correctional Institution Ashland
State Route 716
Ashland, KY 41105
BOP Website: http://www.bop.gov/locations/institutions/ash
Inmate Correspondence Address
For FCI Ashland
Inmate Name and Registration Number
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 6001
Ashland, KY 41105
For Satellite Prison Camp
Satellite Prison Camp
P.O. Box 6000
Ashland, KY 41105
NOTE: Funds cannot be sent directly to federal inmates. See our page on sending money to federal prisoners for more information.
security level: Main: Low; Camp: Minimum
Location: FCI Ashland is located 5 miles southwest of the city of Ashland in northeastern Kentucky.
BOP Region: Mid-Atlantic Region (MXR)
BOP Institution Code: ASH for FCI Ashland
Medical Care Level: Level 2. See our page on Medical Care Levels and Procedures for more information.
Judicial District: Eastern District of Kentucky
Population (as of Feb. 1, 2017): Main: 1,044; Camp: 226
Background: FCI Ashland was opened in 1940. It is designed for adult males with sentence limitations and serves as a phasing down program for inmates who are nearing the end of their sentences in one of the regional penitentiaries. In 2006, Forbes magazine ranked FCI Ashland’s satellite camp as one of the best places to go to prison in the United States. The camp holds a “wellness” program including aerobic exercise and stress reduction programs. Notable inmates include former Pennsylvania President Judge Mark Ciavarella (serving 28 years for racketeering, fraud, money laundering, extortion, bribery, and tax evasion), David Kernell (served 10 months for unauthorized access to a computer and obstruction of justice), and Azamat Tazhayakov (served 3 years after lying to federal investigators regarding the Boston Marathon bombing).
Housing: FCI Ashland has two-person cells, two-person dorms, and two-person cubicles. There is also one unit of one-person rooms. The camp at FCI Ashland has dormitory-style housing, which consists of two-person cubicles.
Health Services: At FCI Ashland, inmates must complete an admission physical, including but not limited to a hands-on physical exam, urinalysis, serology (Test for Syphilis), PPD skin test (Tuberculosis), Tetanus Toxoid, dental examination, an EKG (for inmates age 50 and older), hearing and vision screening, and testing for HIV. Emergency medical care, medical and dental sick call, and medications are provided.
Psychology Services: FCI Ashland offers assessment and treatment of mental health problems, individual and group counseling, as well as psycho-educational classes, supportive services, and self-help and chronic care clinics for inmates with mental illnesses.
Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP): FCI Ashland houses the Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP). A Drug Abuse Education Course, the Non-Residential Drug Abuse Program (NR-DAP), Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) are also available. Some inmates are required to participate in the Drug Abuse Education Course, while others can opt-in to the program if so desired.
Education Services: FCI Ashland offers GED (in English and Spanish languages) and the English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) program. Classes are separated into Advanced GED, GED, pre-GED, and Special Learning Needs levels. Incentive awards are provided to recognize inmates making satisfactory progress and successfully completing the literacy (i.e., GED and ESL) program. Inmates may also receive incentives ($25.00) for completing the GED or ESL programs. Graduation ceremonies recognize GED, ESL, and Occupational Education completions. Adult Continuing Education (ACE) courses and a parenting program are also available. High school diplomas and post-secondary programs are available through paid correspondence programs.
Advanced Occupational Education: FCI Ashland offers advanced occupational education in Autobody and Car Care. The FCI Ashland camp offers a Gardener Program and Welding.
Vocational Training: FCI Ashland and the camp do not currently offer any vocational training programs aside from its advanced occupational education and apprenticeship programs.
Apprenticeship: FCI Ashland offers apprenticeships in Baking, Cooking, Dental Assistant, Maintenance Electrician, and Welding. The camp offers apprenticeships in Baking and Cooking.
Library Services: The FCI Ashland leisure library offers inmates a variety of reading materials which include periodicals, newspapers, fiction, nonfiction, and reference books. Both institutions also participate in an interlibrary loan program with local, state, and college libraries and available bookmobile services. The TRULINCS Electronic Law Library offers inmates access to legal materials, case law, and Bureau program statements. Resources are available for inmates to prepare legal materials. A copying machine is available to reproduce materials needed for research.
UNICOR: FCI Ashland’s UNICOR factory manufactures office furniture. In addition to FCI Ashland’s furniture factory products, there are three support sections: Quality Assurance, Business Office, and Warehouse. The FCI Ashland camp does not house a UNICOR factory.
Commissary: Inmates can spend up to $360.00 each month. Commissary and validation schedules are posted on the inmate bulletin boards. An account is established for the inmate’s committed name and register number. An Inmate Identification Card is issued to each inmate. This card must be presented when shopping. Inmates can purchase include food items, drink mixes, sodas, clothing, and other items.
Recreation: FCI Ashland’s recreation includes physical fitness and leisure programs. Leisure activities include organized and informal games, sports, physical fitness, table games, hobby crafts, music programs, intramural activities, social and cultural organizations, and movies. Art activities include paintings and sketches rendered in any of the usual media (e.g., oils, pastels, crayons, pencils, inks, and charcoal). Hobbycraft activities include ceramics, leatherwork, models, clay, mosaics, crochet, knitting, sculptures, and woodworking. In the camp, the Recreation building also contains three pool tables, cable television, and exercise equipment and each housing unit is equipped with cable television and card tables for playing board games.
Visitation Information: See our page on prisoner visitation rules for more information.
Directions to Prison:
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