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Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) - Petersburg Low

Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP)

Last Updated: July 14, 2021
Address
1100 River Rd, Hopewell, VA 23860
Beds
1202
County
Prince George
Phone
804-733-7881
Fax
804-863-1510
Email
pet/execassistant@bop.gov
Mailing Address
PO Box 1000, Petersburg, VA 23804

FCI-Petersburg Low is for Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) offenders sentenced up to twelve months.

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 Global Tel Link (GTL) - ConnectNetwork, 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) - Petersburg Low'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-Petersburg Low is a federal prison located at 1100 River Rd in Hopewell, VA. 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 804-733-7881.

The Federal Correctional Institution, Petersburg Low (FCI Petersburg Low) is a United States federal prison for low-security male inmates. It is part of the Petersburg Federal Correctional Complex (FCC) in Virginia and operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a division of the United States Department of Justice. An adjacent satellite prison camp houses minimum-security male offenders. FCI Petersburg consists of two facilities:

  • Federal Correctional Institution, Petersburg Low: a low-security facility
  • Federal Correctional Institution, Petersburg Medium: a medium-security facility

FCC Petersburg is located in Prince George County, 25 miles southeast of Richmond, Virginia, the state capital. It lies just west of the independent city of Hopewell, VA.

Background: FCI Petersburg Low was opened in 1932. The satellite camp was opened in 1978 and houses inmates in a minimum-security environment who are to be released primarily in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States. Both institutions are part of the Petersburg Federal Correctional Complex (FCC).

Notable inmates include former Tennessee police officer Richard Chandler was sentenced to serve a 25-year sentence for child pornography charges. Roger Loughry, Sr. currently serving a 30-year sentence for advertising and distributing child pornography.

Housing: Inmates are housed in dormitories or two-person cells within six housing units. Most of the six housing units do not have air conditioning.

Health Services: Sick call, medications, medical emergencies, dental sick call, routine dental care, eyeglasses, hearing aids, physical examinations, and mandatory HIV testing are provided at the prison. Inmates must submit a triage form in order to be seen by their primary health care provider.

Psychology Services: FCI Petersburg Low offers counseling and a variety of treatment groups including stress management, anger management, and additional groups. Treatment offerings change quarterly based upon inmate population need. The Religious Services Department also offers the Life Connections Program for inmates who desire to grow as a responsible person.

Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP): FCI Petersburg Low houses a Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP). It also offers the Non-Residential Drug Abuse Program (NR-DAP), a Drug Education class, Smart Recovery, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), and Narcotics Anonymous (NA).

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

Vocational Training: FCI Petersburg Low offers vocational training in Carpentry, Machinist, and Masonry.

Apprenticeship: FCI Petersburg Low offers apprenticeships in Binder, Cook, HVAC, Landscape, Machinist, Maintenance Electrician, and Plumbing. No apprenticeships are available at the camp.

Library Services: A general library includes a variety of magazines, newspapers, reference materials, and fiction and nonfiction books necessary for meeting inmates educational, cultural, and leisure needs. An Inter-Library Loan Program is available. Inmates are able to prepare legal documents and have reasonable access to legal materials via the TRULINCS Electronic Law Library. Additionally, the law library contains required legal publications, general legal reference materials, and a selection of Bureau of Prisons policies. Typewriters and a copy machine are also available for inmate use.

UNICOR: FCI Petersburg Low UNICOR houses a printing plant.

Commissary: Inmates may use funds in their account to purchase items at the institution commissary, place funds on their inmate phone account, purchase TRU-Units for their TRULINCS account, and send funds in another manner. Inmates must have their commissary card in their possession at all times for identification purposes. Inmates can purchase a variety of items in the commissary, including beverages, food, snacks, clothing, and electronics.

Recreation: Recreation facilities at FCI Petersburg Low include a gymnasium, outdoor weightlifting pavilion, athletic fields, a handball & racquetball court, a tennis court, a bocce ball court, and a walking track area. The recreation program offers both structured and leisure time activities as well as organized intramural leagues throughout the calendar year to include soccer, volleyball, softball, basketball, and flag football. All intramural teams are organized by housing units. Additional programs include an Institutional Movie Program, an Inmate Photo Program, a Band & Music Program, activities on recognized federal holidays, and various other programs. The hobby craft programs include drawing, painting, leathercraft kits, crochet, and cross stitch.

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) - Petersburg Low 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 804-733-7881 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) - Petersburg Low - Visiting Hours

  • Monday 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Thursday 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Friday 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Saturday 8:00am - 3:00pm
  • Sunday 8:00am - 3:00pm
  • Holidays 8:00am - 3:00pm

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