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Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) - Miami

Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP)

Last Updated: August 18, 2021
15801 SW 137th Ave, Miami, FL 33177
Mailing Address
PO Box 779800, Miami, FL 33177

FCI-Miami 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 low 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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Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) - Miami'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-Miami is a federal prison located at 15801 SW 137th Ave in Miami, FL. 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 305-259-2100.

FCI Miami was opened in 1976. The camp was opened in 1992 and provides support services for FCI Miami. The prison originally housed refugees from Cuba, many of which had criminal records that migrated to the shores during the Mariel Boatlift. The most notable inmate Manuel Noriega, the dictator from Panama and had the Federal Bureau of Prisons ID number 38699-079. He served 17 years of a 40-year sentence which ended in September 2007. Noriega was considered a prisoner of war, despite his conviction for acts committed prior to his capture by the US. This status meant that he had his own prison cell, furnished with electronics and exercise equipment. His cell had been nicknamed "the presidential suite". Lou Pearlman, a music producer/manager who made Backstreet Boys and N’SYNC famous, was sentenced to 25 years for orchestrating a Ponzi scheme which caused investors to lose $200 million. There was also a famous helicopter escape attempt to free Benjamin "Barry" Kramer the notorious drug smuggler. The helicopter crashed as Kramer's newly gained weight caused would allow him to liftoff for the rescue attempt. The FCI now has anti-helicopter wires across the entire property.

Housing: Inmates are housed in two-person cells. Inmates at the camp are housed in dormitories, which are divided into two-person cubicles.

Health Services: FCI Miami provides sick call, physical examinations, prescription medication, dental and eye care, and HIV, TB, and Hepatitis testing. While emergency care is available 24 hours a day, inmates must submit a sick call request in order to be evaluated for routine care needs.

Psychology Services: FCI Miami provides psychological evaluations, provide crisis consultation, make referrals to Health Services, and offer individual and group counseling services in English and Spanish. Psychology Services staff post notices of upcoming treatment offerings in inmate housing units. Inmates must submit a request to staff or visit the open house in order to request program placement.

Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP): FCI Miami and the camp house a Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP). Drug abuse programming, including a Drug Abuse Education Course and the Non-Residential Drug Abuse Treatment program (NR-DAP) are also available.

Education Services: FCI Miami provides literacy, GED, GED prep, and English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) programs. An incentive award of $5 is given to an inmate who completes the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE), while $25 is awarded to those who pass the GED or ESL examinations. Also offered are courses on parenting, janitorial, Pre-Release Preparation, college, and other correspondence courses. High school diplomas and post-secondary programs are available through paid correspondence programs.

Advanced Occupational Education: FCI Miami offers advanced occupational education in Custodial Maintenance and HVAC-1.

Vocational Training: FCI Miami offers vocational training in Drafting in the main building.

Apprenticeship: FCI Miami and the camp offer apprenticeships in Electrical and HVAC. The main building also offers a plumbing apprenticeship.

Library Services: FCI Miami provides a leisure library and a media lab. Inmates can check out newspapers, magazines, and books. Inmates are provided access to legal materials and an opportunity to prepare legal documents through the use of the TRULINCS Electronic Law Library. A copying machine is available to reproduce materials needed for research. Electric typewriters are also available for inmate use.

UNICOR: Only the FCI Miami Camp has UNICOR facility produces clothing and textiles.

Commissary: Inmates who have funds posted in their commissary account are permitted to spend up to $360.00 monthly for a variety of commissary items. Stamps and over-the-counter (OTC) medical items are not counted against the monthly spending limit. Each inmate must have an identification card to shop. Inmates must carry their I.D. card at all times. Inmates may check their account balance using the TRULINCS computers located in the housing units. PIN numbers can be obtained in the Business Office, Inmate’s Account Section, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 A.M. to noon. Account balances can also be obtained via the inmate telephone system.

Recreation Services: FCI Miami provides a recreation yard, as well as structured and unstructured recreational activities. The yard allows for recreational and group exercises and sports. Inmates are also allowed to participate in a wide variety of art and hobby craft activities.

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) - Miami 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 305-259-2100 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) - Miami Low - Visiting Hours

  • Saturday 8:00am - 3:00pm
  • Sunday 8:00am - 3:00pm
  • Holidays 8:00am - 3:00pm

Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) - Miami Low - Directions to the Prison

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