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Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) - Lompoc

Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP)

Last Updated: December 17, 2020
3600 Guard Rd, Lompoc, CA 93436
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Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) - Lompoc'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 FCI-Lompoc is a federal prison located at 3600 Guard Rd in Lompoc, CA. 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 805-736-4154.

FCI Lompoc is located within the city of Lompoc, 175 miles northwest of Los Angeles, adjacent to Vandenberg Air Force Base.

The average offender at FCI Lompoc is serving between one and fifteen years for federal drug and or other non-violent offenses. It has four general housing units, two of which offer dormitory and room-type housing. The institution offers a full range of inmate employment, vocational training, education, counseling (both mental health and drug abuse), medical, dental, pre-release preparation, and other self-improvement opportunities.

The FCI Lompoc - Low has a Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP).

Notable inmate includes Charles G. Martin the former principal of One World Capital Group; pleaded guilty in 2011 to masterminding a Ponzi scheme which caused over 1,000 victims to lose $17 million; the story was featured on the CNBC series American Greed, Steven Martinez the former IRS Agent and tax-preparer; pleaded guilty to murder-for-hire, mail fraud, identity theft and money laundering in 2012 for defrauding clients of over $11 million and then plotting their murders to prevent them from testifying about the theft is now serving a 24-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2032 and Chi Mak the former engineer for the Boeing aerospace company; convicted in 2007 of conspiracy to commit economic espionage and other charges for stealing restricted information related to the US Space Shuttle program and Delta IV rocket for the Chinese government and Andrew Daulton Lee convicted of espionage in 1977 for selling classified information regarding US spy satellites. .

An infamous FCI Lompoc event was the escape of Christopher Boyce, who was serving a 40-year sentence for spying for the Soviet Union, in the evening hours of January 21, 1980. With the assistance of fellow inmates, Boyce hid in a drainage hole, used a makeshift ladder and small tin scissors to cut through a barbed wire perimeter. Boyce was on the run for 20 months until U.S. Marshals and FBI Agents captured him in the small town of Port Angeles, Washington on August 21, 1981, ending one of the most extensive and complex manhunts in the history of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Lee and Boyce were respectively portrayed by Timothy Hutton and Sean Penn in the 1985 film The Falcon and the Snowman.

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) - Lompoc 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 805-736-4154 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) - Lompoc Low - Visiting Hours

  • Saturday 8:30am – 3:00pm
  • Sunday 8:30am – 3:00pm
  • Holidays 8:30am – 3:00pm

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