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Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) - McDowell

Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP)

Last Updated: April 13, 2022
101 Federal Dr, Welch, WV 24801
Mailing Address
PO Box 1009, Welch, WV 24801

FCI-McDowell 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 medium facility.

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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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Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) - McDowell'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-McDowell is a federal prison located at 101 Federal Dr in Welch, WV. This federal medium 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 304-436-7300.

The Federal Correctional Institution, McDowell (FCI McDowell) is a medium-security federal prison for male offenders in southeastern West Virginia. It is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a division of the United States Department of Justice. It also has an adjacent satellite prison camp which houses minimum-security male offenders.

These housing units are divided into two wings that are two-story. These 3 housing units are composed of two-person cells. In addition to general housing units, the FCI also has a Special Housing Unit.

It is located within the city limits of Welch, although it lies in a detached rural area about four miles north of the city center.

Background: One of the newest federal correctional institutions, FCI McDowell opened in 2011. The facility was completed in 2010 at an approximate cost of $223 million. The first inmates to arrive were assigned to the minimum-security prison camp and were immediately put to work in maintenance jobs. McDowell County residents had voted nearly unanimously to allow the construction of the prison at its location because of the assertion that it would create many job opportunities for the economically challenged county.

Notable inmates include former Trenton, New Jersey Mayor Tony F. Mack who is serving a 58-month sentence for bribery, mail fraud, wire fraud, and extortion.

Housing: Inmates at the camp are housed in dormitories.

Health Services: Dental call, sick call, routine dental care, physical examinations, emergency services, eyeglasses/contact lenses, diagnosis and treatment of chronic infectious diseases, preventive health care services, and medications are provided to inmates.

Psychology Services: The FCI McDowell Psychology Department provides a variety of services. Individual counseling is available for inmates experiencing family, interpersonal, adjustment, or other personal concerns. Educational and therapeutic groups are offered as well. Group topics are determined based on population needs, interests, and staff availability. The materials include topics that assist and motivate the user in their self-improvement efforts. Inmates are placed on a call-out to come to Psychology to review the material and complete a corresponding assignment. A certificate of completion is awarded for successful completion. This program is only offered at the FCI. The self-help library program includes books and audio and video materials. A psychiatrist, who is a medical doctor, is available for regular consultation for those needing medications or medication monitoring. There are many alternatives for inmates who have personal problems and desire to correct them. These options include self-image groups and other voluntary groups conducted by correctional counselors.

Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP): FCI McDowell does not house a Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP), but referrals can be made to institutions which do provide RDAP. The facility does provide a Drug Education Class and the Non-Residential Drug Abuse Program (NR-DAP).

Education Services: FCI McDowell provides literacy, English-as-a-Second Language (ESL), and parenting programs. Adult Continuing Education (ACE) classes are also available. High school diplomas and post-secondary programs are available through paid correspondence programs.

Vocational Training: FCI McDowell offers vocational training in Carpentry, Masonry, and Residential Wiring.

Apprenticeship: FCI McDowell offers an apprenticeship in Dental Assistant. Both facilities offer apprenticeships in Cook, Electrical, HVAC, Plumber, and Teacher Assistant.

Library Services: The law library is located in the Education Department and contains a variety of legal reference materials for use in preparing legal papers. Reference materials include the United States Code Annotated, Federal Reporter, Supreme Court Reporter, Bureau of Prisons program statements, institutional supplements, indexes, and other legal materials. Inmates can also check out fiction and nonfiction books, newspapers, and magazines.

Commissary: The total value of an inmate’s accumulated commissary items (including special purchases) is limited to the monthly spending limit of $360.00. Inmates are allowed to purchase items such as candy, snacks, food, drinks, clothing, and shoes once per week.

Recreation Services: Leisure activities and recreation programs at FCI McDowell include indoor and outdoor activities and range from individualized arts and crafts programs to intramural team sports. Physical fitness and weight reduction programs are also available.

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) - McDowell 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 304-436-7300 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) - McDowell Medium - 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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