Facility Address & Contact Information
Federal Prison Camp Alderson
Glen Ray Road, Box A
Alderson, WV 24910
Inmate Correspondence Address
Inmate Name and Registration Number
Federal Prison Camp
Glen Ray Road, Box A
Alderson, WV 24910
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security level: Minimum
Location: FPC Alderson is located in the city of Alderson, West Virginia in the southeastern part of the state.
BOP Region: Mid-Atlantic Region (MXR)
BOP Institution Code: ALD for FPC Alderson
Medical Care Level: Level 2. See our page on Medical Care Levels and Procedures for more information.
Judicial District: Southern District of West Virginia
Population (as of Feb. 1, 2017): 990
Background: Formerly known as the Federal Reformatory for Women, FPC Alderson was opened in 1927 as the first federal prison for women. Serving as a model for prison reform at the time, it was styled after a boarding school offering education with no armed guards. It originally consisted of cottages built in a horseshoe pattern. Currently, FPC Alderson is a 159-acre facility and is the largest employer in the Alderson, West Virginia area. While there is no barbed wire on the fence surrounding the camp, the prisoners have schedules and each one must work. Most of the inmates at FPC Alderson have been convicted of non-violent or white-collar crimes. News media members nicknamed the prison “Camp Cupcake” when Martha Stewart was sentenced to a five-month term there. Federal Prison Camp Alderson is one of six federal and state prisons participating in the paws4people™ paws4prisons™ service dog training program. This program allows for college-level classes and instruction in the raising and training of dogs to be placed with disabled active duty and veteran military service members, as well as adolescents with physiological, developmental, and other challenges. This program works as a re-entry program for FPC Alderson inmates who are in demand as dog trainers upon release. Notable inmates include Lynette Fromme (released in 2009 after serving 34 years for attempted murder of U.S. President Gerald Ford), former Michigan Supreme Court Justice Diane Hathaway (released in 2014 after serving 366 days for mortgage fraud), Esther Reed (released in 2011 after serving 3 years for fraud and identity theft), and Martha Stewart (release in 2005 after serving 5 months for obstruction of justice).
Housing: FPC Alderson is set up as a dormitory with two-person rooms.
Health Services: Upon arrival at Federal Prison Camp Alderson, inmates are provided an intake screening complete with TB testing. Each inmate is assigned to a medical provider and associated support staff, according to the inmate’s register number. Clinic appointments, call-outs, emergency services, dental examinations, eyeglasses, and contact lenses, physical examinations and medications are provided to inmates.
Psychology Services: FPC Alderson provides individual counseling, group counseling, and intake evaluations. The Resolve Program offers workshops and processing groups for survivors of physical and sexual abuse and is available to interested inmates. Federal Prison Camp Alderson also offers a number of groups and courses including individual crisis counseling, Psychology of Achievement, Positive Mental Attitude, Pre-Release Syndrome, Anger Management, Dissolving Stress, Domestic Violence, Progressive Meditation, Problem Solving, Self-Relaxation, Stress Relief, and Self-Image.
Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP): FPC Alderson houses a Residential Drug Abuse Program. In addition, FPC Alderson offers specific groups and courses that include a Non-Residential Drug Abuse Program (NR-DAP), Drug Education Class, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), and Gamblers Anonymous (GA).
Education Services: FPC Alderson offers GED classes and English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) courses. High school diplomas and post-secondary programs are available through paid correspondence programs.
Advanced Occupational Education: FPC Alderson offers Advanced Occupational Education in Cosmetology, Customer Service Representative, Horticulture, Library Clerk, Medical Office Clerk, and Receptionist.
Vocational Training: FPC Alderson does not offer any vocational training aside from its advanced occupational education and apprenticeship programs.
Apprenticeship: Federal Prison Camp Alderson offers apprenticeships in Air Conditioning/Refrigeration, Cooking, Electrician, Plumbing, Powerhouse, Teacher’s Assistant, and Welding.
Library Services: The FPC Alderson law library provides typewriters for legal use and a copying machine is available at a cost. The leisure library collection includes fiction, nonfiction, basic legal reference materials, literary works in Spanish, current magazines, major newspapers, medical reference materials, and audio/video cassettes.
UNICOR: FPC Alderson houses UNICOR factories which include data services, warehousing, distribution and fulfillment, assistance and help desk, and custom printing.
Commissary: 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 at the Federal Prison Camp Alderson Commissary Sales Unit. At the commissary, inmates can purchase food items, drink mixes, sodas, clothing, and other items. Inmates can spend up to $360.00 each month.
Recreation: Recreation programs range from individualized arts and crafts programs to intramural team sports (basketball, softball, and volleyball). Activities include but are not limited to arts and crafts classes, aerobics, step aerobics, country line aerobics, pilates, sweating to the oldies, fusion, low impact spinning, volleyball (indoor/outdoor), pool, basketball, ping pong, jogging, brisk walking, softball, roller skating, table games, bingo, bocce ball, game shows, progressive relaxation, and talent shows. Tournaments are held periodically at FPC Alderson with prizes awarded to winners. The yarn project is a volunteer project where inmates crochet hats, sweaters, scarves, mittens, and lap afghans for local needy children and women’s resource centers.
Visitation: See our page on prisoner visitation rules for more information.
Directions to Prison:
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