Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) - Petersburg Medium

Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP)

Last Updated: August 21, 2023
1060 River Rd, Hopewell, VA 23860
Prince George
Mailing Address
PO Box 1000, Petersburg, VA 23804

FCI-Petersburg Medium 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.

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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FCI-Petersburg Medium's comprehensive information is here to guide you through the federal prison process, ensuring you stay connected to your inmate while they are incarcerated.

The FCI-Petersburg Medium is a federal prison located at 1060 River Rd in Hopewell, VA. 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 804-504-7200.

The Federal Correctional Institution, Petersburg Medium (FCI Petersburg Med) is a United States federal prison for medium-security male inmates. It is part of the Petersburg Federal Correctional Complex (FCC) in Virginia and is 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 three facilities including the camp:

  • 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 Medium was opened in 2002. It is part of the Petersburg Federal Correctional Complex (FCC). The institution is a Sex Offender Management Program (SOMP) prison. As such, around 40 percent of the compound is incarcerated for sexual offenses. The facility has begun to house transgender male-to-female prisoners who have been moved there from other BOP facilities. This enables their protection and allows for enhanced management of this vulnerable population.

Notable inmates include Jewish Rabbi David A. Kaye (released in 2016 after serving 6 years for illicit sexual conduct) and former Mayor of Newark, NJ, Sharpe James (released in 2010 after serving 18 months for fraud).

Housing: Inmates are housed in two, three, and four-person cells.

Health Services: FCI Petersburg offers sick call, medications, medical emergencies, dental call, routine dental care, eyeglasses, hearing aids, and physical examinations to inmates. For routine health care, inmates must attend a sick call, which is held Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 8:30am. For emergency dental care, inmates must attend a dental sick call, which is held Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 6:30 am.

Psychology Services: All inmates are screened by a psychologist during the institution’s admission and orientation program. Crisis counseling, coping skills, suicide prevention, mental health counseling, and spiritual counseling are all available to inmates. FCI Petersburg Medium also offers the Non-Residential Sex Offender Treatment Program (SOTP-NR).

Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP): FCI Petersburg Medium houses a Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP). A Non-Residential Drug Abuse Program (NR-DAP) and a Drug Education Class are also offered.

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

Vocational Training: FCI Petersburg Medium offers vocational training in AutoCAD and Carpentry.

Apprenticeship: FCI Petersburg Medium offers apprenticeships in HVAC, Landscape, and Plumbing.

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 in conjunction with the Appomattox Regional Library. Inmates are able to prepare legal documents and have reasonable access to legal materials via TRULINCS the Electronic Law Library (LexisNexis). Additionally, the law library contains required legal publications, general legal reference materials, and a selection of Bureau of Prisons policies. Inmates have access to typewriters and a copy machine.

UNICOR: FCI Petersburg Medium houses a UNICOR facility that receives, sorts, and repackages clothes hangers for private vendors.

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, or send funds in another manner. It is the responsibility of the inmate to know the amount of money available in his account. Items such as ice cream, snacks, food, candy, clothing, shoes, and electronics in the commissary are available for purchase.

Recreation: FCI Petersburg Medium’s recreation facilities include a gymnasium, athletic fields, a handball & racquetball court, a volleyball court, soccer field, a tennis court, a bocce ball court, softball field, and a walking track area. The facility also offers organized intramural leagues throughout the calendar year including soccer, volleyball, softball, basketball, frisbee, and flag football. The hobby craft programs include drawing, painting, leather craft 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 adjust to institutional 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's 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 Medium is a facility in the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) that publishes the names of the 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.

If you are looking for someone who has been recently taken into custody, you may access the Arrest Record Search feature, there is a cost for this fresh information

Covid Visitation Information

Please call 804-504-7200 prior to your visit to get the latest updates, time changes or visitation cancellations

Visitation Information

Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) - Petersburg Medium - 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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