AUSP - Thomson Satellite Prison Camp

Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP)

Last Updated: August 21, 2023
1100 One Mile Rd, Thomson, IL 61285
Mailing Address
PO BOX 1002, THOMSON, IL 61285

AUSP-Thomson-Camp is for Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) offenders found guilty of a federal crime and sentenced to incarceration in accordance with the Department of Justice Sentencing Guidelines.

All prisons and jails have Security or Custody levels depending on the inmate’s classification, sentence, and criminal history. Please review the rules and regulations for federal minimum facility.

The phone carrier is Trulincs, to see their rates and best-calling plans for your inmate to call you.

If you are seeking to send your inmate money for commissary, one recommended for this facility is MoneyGram There is a fee for sending money, see their rates and limitations.

If you are unsure of your inmate's location, you can search and locate your inmate by typing in their last name, first name or first initial, and/or the offender ID number to get their accurate information immediately Registered Offenders

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AUSP - Thomson Satellite Prison Camp's comprehensive information to help guide you through the federal prison process, specifically on how to remain connected to your inmate while they are incarcerated.

The AUSP-Thomson-Camp is a federal prison located at 1100 One Mile Rd in Thomson, IL. This federal minimum security prison is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to hold inmates who have been convicted to and sentenced for a federal crime through the US Department of Justice (DOJ).

Locate all federal inmates here. If you would like to speak with a case manager or counselor, call 815-259-1000.

Administrative United States Penitentiary, Thomson (AUSP Thomson Satellite Camp), is a minimum-security prison adjacent to the high-security AUSP Thomson prison which sits on 146 acres. located in Thomson, Illinois. Inmates at the camp are housed in dormitories, there are 200 beds. Originally named Thomson Correctional Center, the facility was built in 2001. The former state prison was purchased by the Federal Bureau of Prisons in 2012.

Health Services: New inmates receive a complete physical examination within 14 days of arrival at the institution. The Health Services Unit at AUSP Thomson Camp functions as an ambulatory outpatient clinic. The medical staff consists of physicians, dentists, mid-level practitioners, and medical and administrative ancillary support staff. Medical and dental sick calls, emergency medical treatment, preventive health care services, chronic care, medications, and eyeglasses are provided to inmates. Inmates may request a screening for infectious diseases. Inmates must be in the proper uniform and must show their assigned commissary ID card in order to be seen.

Psychology Services: New inmates and inmates who have previously identified mental health or drug abuse programming needs are scheduled for an interview with AUSP Thomson Psychology Services staff. A psychologist may make recommendations to support the inmate’s successful adjustment to prison and prepare them for their eventual release. Residential mental health programs designed to help inmates with severe emotional, cognitive, and behavioral problems are also available. These programs are for inmates who are having difficulty functioning in a mainline institution due to a psychological disorder. They are designed to improve the day-to-day functioning of inmates with the goal of helping them return to a mainline institution or preventing the need for hospitalization. Referrals can be made to other institutions with such treatment programs.

Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP): AUSP Thomson does not house a Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP), but a referral can be made to an institution that does offer the program. A drug abuse program, Drug Abuse Education course, and the Non-Residential Drug Abuse Program (NR-DAP) are available.

Education Services: AUSP Thomson provides literacy, GED, and English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) programs. 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 for progressing to various levels in the GED or ESL programs. Graduation ceremonies recognize GED, ESL, and Occupational Education completions. A parenting program and Adult Continuing Education (ACE) classes are also available. High school diplomas and post-secondary programs are available through paid correspondence programs.

Library Services: Inmates are afforded access to legal materials and an opportunity to prepare legal documents through the use of the TRULINCS Electronic Law Library. Leisure libraries offer inmates a variety of reading materials, including periodicals, newspapers, fiction, nonfiction, and reference books. Typewriters and a copy machine are also available.Recreation Services: Leisure activities at AUSP Thomson Camp include organized and informal games, sports, physical fitness, table games, hobby crafts, music programs, intramural activities, and social and cultural organizations. Wellness programs include screening, assessments, goal setting, classes, fitness/nutrition prescriptions, and counseling. An inmate photo program is also available. Recreation includes movies, physical fitness, and electric instruments.

Admissions and Orientation (A&O) Handbook - This document provides you with general information about the institution, programs, rules, and regulations that you will encounter during your confinement. Familiarizing yourself with this information and knowing your responsibilities will help you to adjust to institutional life.

Commissary List - Inmates are permitted to shop once per week on a designated day. The commissary spending limit is $360.00 per month. Inmates can purchase food, sodas, ice cream, snacks, radios, MP3 players, clothing, shoes, and more. In 1930 the Department of Justice authorized and established a Commissary at each Federal institution. The Commissary provides a bank-type account for your money & for the procurement of articles not issued regularly as part of the institution's administration. Funds deposited by your family, friends, or other sources are stored in your commissary account that we maintain.

Inmate Legal Activities - This document outlines the procedures for access to legal reference materials and legal counsel and the opportunities that you will be afforded to prepare legal documents while incarcerated.

Inmate Locator

AUSP - Thomson Satellite Prison Camp is a facility in the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) publishes the names of their inmates currently in one of their locations nationwide. Your search should start with the first locator to see if your loved one is there. You will need the offender's first and last name and it must be spelled exactly. If you have a nine-digit BOP Inmate ID number (xxxxx-xxx)

If you cannot find your inmate in the federal search, the second box is the InmateAid Inmate Search. This database of inmates is all the inmates currently incarcerated in all prisons, jails and detention centers. You do not need to sign up to use this free inmate locator.

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Covid Visitation Information

We remind all visitors to carefully review our special visiting procedures during the COVID pandemic, and also remind all visitors to observe applicable state and local COVID travel restrictions in planning your visit to the institution.

Please call 815-259-1000 prior to your visit to get the latest updates, time changes or visitation cancellations.

All visitors will be temperature checked with results annotated at the screening site prior to entrance. All staff working the screening site will be in proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Visitors will be in-processed on a first come first serve basis, adhering to social-distancing requirements. If distancing requirements cannot be met, visitors may be asked to wait outside for systematic in-processing to adhere to social distancing guidelines. Inmates on quarantine or isolation status will not be permitted visits - it will be the visitor's responsibility to check with the institution prior to arrival to ensure the scheduled visit can still take place.

The visiting room is designed to maximize social distancing, with a minimum of six feet between persons. Inmates are permitted two visitors per visit. To ensure equal opportunities, the frequency of visits determines any termination. Appropriate face coverings are mandatory for all inmates and visitors, all visitors wearing a mask will be provided one by the institution, theirs will be secured in the lockers in the lobby. No physical contact, photographs, food, or drink is permitted. A hand hygiene station, including alcohol-based hand sanitizer, is available at all visiting entrances and exits. Orderlies are assigned to each visitation room and will continually sanitize all touch surfaces, restrooms, etc.

Visitation Information

AUSP - Thomson Satellite Prison Camp - Visiting Hours

  • Friday 5:00pm - 8:30pm
  • Saturday 8:00am - 3:00pm
  • Sunday 8:00am - 3:00pm
  • Holidays 8:00am - 3:00pm

Regular visits will be conducted in the camp visiting room. All inmates are responsible for notifying their approved visitors of the visiting regulations and forwarding the appropriate forms to their visitors.

Visiting Information

  • Visiting Overview
    How to visit an inmate. This covers the basic fundamentals that apply to all of our institutions. The BOP welcomes visitors to our institutions. We remind all visitors to carefully review our visiting regulations and to observe any applicable state and local travel advisories in planning their visit.

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