FCI - McDowell Satellite Prison Camp is a minimum security federal facility located in 101 Federal Dr, Welch, WV. Most minimum security federal prisons are based on a work camp model in which almost every inmate has a job which provides services and labor to adjacent military bases or other federal prisons, along with populated neighboring communities. These inmates are mostly white-collar, drug or immigration offenders meeting strict criteria with sentences under 10-years and are non-violent with a clear disciplinary history to qualify for camp designation.
Federal Prison Camps (FPCs), minimum-security or FCI satellite camps house approximately 15% of the federal prison population. Like FCI-McDowell-Campwhich has multi-person rooms and dormitory-style living quarters, grounds with unsecured perimeters, generally unrestricted or open movement within those perimeters, and low inmate-to-staff ratios. Inmates housed at minimum-security federal prisons can expect relatively relaxed monitoring of mail, Corrlinks email, telephone calls, and visits, as well as fairly unsupervised and unmonitored recreational and leisure activities. As a rule, sex offenders, inmates with a history of escape and those who otherwise pose a serious risk to the public are not permitted at minimum-security federal prisons.
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This FCI - McDowell Satellite Prison Camp is a secure facility overseen by the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). The BOP is a division of the US Justice Department whose main function is to protect public safety by ensuring that federal offenders serve their sentences of imprisonment in facilities that are safe, humane, cost-efficient, and appropriately secure, and provide reentry programming to ensure their successful return to the community.
The prisons or institutions located throughout the US are operated at five different security levels in order to confine offenders in an appropriate manner. Security levels are based on such features as the presence of external patrols, towers, security barriers, or detection devices; the type of housing within the institution; internal security features; and the staff-to-inmate ratio.
Facilities are designated as either minimum, low, medium, high, or administrative; and facilities with different security levels that are in close proximity to each other are known as prison complexes.
Inmates are designated/re-designated to institutions based on several factors
After arriving each inmate is interviewed and screened by staff from the case management, medical, and mental health units. Later, an inmate is assigned to the Admission and Orientation (A & O) Program, where he or she receives a formal orientation to the programs, services, policies, and procedures of that facility. This program provides an introduction to all aspects of the institution.
For security, safety, and sanitation reasons, the Bureau limits the amount of property (jewelry, photographs, books, magazines, etc.) inmates may have and the types of publications inmates can receive. The institution issues clothing, hygiene items, and bedding; and provides laundry services. Inmates may purchase other personal care items, shoes, some recreational clothing, and some food items through the commissary. Civilian clothing (i.e., clothing not issued to the inmate by the Bureau or purchased by the inmate from the commissary) ordinarily is not authorized for retention by the inmate.
Inmates may only possess those items they are authorized to retain upon admission to the institution, items issued by authorized staff, items purchased by the inmate from the commissary, or items purchased or received through approved channels (to include that approved for receipt by an authorized staff member or authorized by institution guidelines). All other items are considered contraband and will be seized and disposed of (destroyed, mailed out of the institution at the inmate's expense, etc.) in accordance with Bureau regulations. Contraband that threatens the security of the institution may result in disciplinary action and/or criminal prosecution for the inmate.