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Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) - La Tuna

Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP)

Last Updated: March 17, 2022
Address
8500 Doniphan Rd, Anthony, TX 79821
Beds
1122
County
El Paso
Phone
915-791-9000
Fax
915-564-2291
Email
lat/execassistant@bop.gov
Mailing Address
PO Box 3000, Anthony, TX 88021

FCI-La-Tuna 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.

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The FCI-La-Tuna is a federal prison located at 8500 Doniphan Rd in Anthony, TX. This federal low 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 915-791-9000.

The Federal Correctional Institution, La Tuna (FCI La Tuna) is a low-security United States federal prison for male inmates in Anthony, Texas. It is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a division of the United States Department of Justice. A satellite prison camp, located 30 miles from the facility, houses minimum-security inmates.

FCI La Tuna is located on the Texas-New Mexico border, 12 miles north of El Paso, TX.

Background: FCI La Tuna was opened in 1932. The prison was originally called the El Paso Detention Farm and is located on the Texas-New Mexico border. Former inmate Bob Jones, an El Paso businessman (sentenced to 10 years for corruption and fraud), was known for writing letters to his family that was intended to warn loved ones to steer clear of misdeeds and illegal behavior, as the consequences were unbearable. A series of Jones’ letters were published in the El Paso Times, and were known as the “Letters from La Tuna”. Jones died of kidney failure due to contracting E. Coli from the prison.

Notable inmates include Joseph Valachi In the 1963 Valachi hearings before the United States Senate, Valachi, an Italian-American Mafia lieutenant, disclosed previously unknown information about the Mafia including its structure, operations, rituals, and membership. This was the first concrete evidence to federal authorities and the general public that the Mafia existed. George Jung convicted of conspiracy and drug trafficking) had his life story depicted in the Johnny Depp film Blow in 2001. Jung was a member of the Medellin Cartel and a key player in the cocaine trade in the U.S. during the 1970s and 1980s. Jung was responsible for up to 89 percent of the cocaine smuggled into the US. He specialized in the smuggling of cocaine from Colombia on a large scale. His life story was portrayed in the 2001 film Blow, starring Johnny Depp. Anthony Curcio Former college football player and real estate investor; convicted in 2009 of masterminding an elaborate armored car heist, during which he wore a rip-away landscaper disguise, stashed an inner tube in a nearby creek, floated to a nearby getaway car and escaped with $400,000. Max Hardcore an American porn producer, director, and performer. Was convicted on obscenity charges and sentenced to 46 months in prison. Benjamin Hoskins Paddock In the 1963 Valachi hearings before the United States Senate, Valachi, an Italian-American Mafia lieutenant, disclosed previously unknown information about the Mafia including its structure, operations, rituals, and membership. This was the first concrete evidence to federal authorities and the general public that the Mafia existed.

Housing: Inmates are housed in two-person cells and open dorms with four-person cubicles.

Health Services: All inmates at FCI La Tuna are provided health care services including medical and dental sick call, emergency medical and dental treatment, medications, eye exams, and eyeglasses. Emergency medical care is available 24 hours a day.

Psychology Services: Psychology Services provides basic mental health care to inmates. This care may include screening, assessment, and treatment of mental health and drug abuse problems, individual and/or group counseling, psycho-educational classes, self-help, and supportive services, and referral to Health Services for medical treatment of mental illness. Individual programming recommendations can also be made.

Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP): FCI La Tuna houses a Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP). All La Tuna facilities provide a Drug Abuse Program, the Drug Education Class, and the Non-Residential Drug Abuse Program (NR-DAP).

Education Services: FCI La Tuna 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. Graduation ceremonies recognize GED, ESL, and Occupational Education completions. A parenting program is also available. High school diplomas and post-secondary programs are available through paid correspondence programs.

Advanced Occupational Education: FCI La Tuna offers advanced occupational education in HVAC, Microsoft Office, and Office Technology. The satellite low offers Microsoft Office and Office Technology.

Vocational Training: FCI La Tuna offers vocational training in Auto.

Library Services: The leisure libraries offer inmates reading materials including periodicals, newspapers, fiction, nonfiction, and reference books. An interlibrary loan program with local, state, and college libraries and available bookmobile services are also available. The TRULINCS Electronic Law Library allows inmates access to legal materials and an opportunity to prepare legal documents. Inmates also have access to typewriters and a copy machine.

UNICOR: The FCI La Tuna UNICOR facility handles fleet management and vehicular components.

Commissary: Inmates have a monthly spending limit of $360.00 and items must not exceed the available storage space in the inmate’s locker. Inmates may spend a maximum of $120.00 per week excluding stamps and phone OTC medicine. Inmates may not possess more than one watch, one radio, one photo/scrapbook, or one MP3 player.

Recreation Services: Indoor and outdoor activities at FCI La Tuna include organized and informal games, sports, physical fitness, table games, hobby crafts, music programs, intramural activities, social and cultural organizations, and movies. Art and hobby craft programs include ceramics, leatherwork, models, clay, mosaics, crochet, knitting, sculptures, woodworking, and lapidary. Wellness programs include screening, assessments, goal setting, fitness/nutrition prescriptions, and counseling. The recreation yard, located behind UNICOR, consists of three handball courts, a racquetball court, a basketball court, multipurpose court, soccer/softball field, a volleyball court, and a quarter-mile run/walk track.

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 adjustment to institution life.

Commissary List - 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 administration. Funds deposited by your family, friends, or other sources are stored in your commissary account that we maintain.

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

Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) - La Tuna 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 915-791-9000 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

Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) - La Tuna Low - Visiting Hours

  • Monday 8:00am – 3:00pm
  • Saturday 8:00am – 3:00pm
  • Sunday 8:00am – 3:00pm
  • Holidays 8:00am – 3:00pm

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