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Federal Prison Camp (FPC) - Alderson

Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP)

Last Updated: December 25, 2021
Glen Ray Rd Box A, Alderson, WV 24910

FPC-Alderson 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.

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Federal Prison Camp (FPC) - Alderson'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 FPC-Alderson is a federal prison located at Glen Ray Rd Box A in Alderson, WV. This federal minimum 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 304-445-3300.

The Federal Prison Camp, Alderson (FPC Alderson) is a minimum-security United States federal prison for female inmates in West Virginia. It is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a division of the United States Department of Justice.

FPC Alderson is located in two West Virginia counties, near the town of Alderson. A portion of the prison is located in unincorporated Monroe County, while the other portion of the prison, including the dormitories, lies in unincorporated Summers County. Four other area towns, Hinton, Lewisburg, Ronceverte, and White Sulphur Springs, are within commuting distance of FPC Alderson.

FPC Alderson is a 159-acre facility and is the largest employer in the Alderson, West Virginia area The prison is about a five-hour driving distance from Washington, DC.

While there is no barbed wire on the fence surrounding the camp, the prisoners have schedules and each one must work. Inmates get holidays off except those who work in the powerhouse and kitchen. From its beginning, Alderson's staff members have maintained a focus on vocational training and personal growth experiences, with craft-shop activities an integral part of vocational training. Free time is spent walking around the sidewalk that is set between the two dorms as this is within bounds for the inmates. Since 2004 inmates are no longer free to roam the entire campus and are restricted in areas of the prison. They also play recreational activities such as volleyball.

Most of the inmates at FPC Alderson have been convicted of a non-violent or white-collar crime. Many are in the drug program and have come from other prisons to attend the program at Alderson. They sleep in bunk beds in two large dormitories. The dormitories hold 500 plus inmates a piece. Each inmate sleeps in a 5-by-9-foot cinderblock cube inside of this open dormitory.

The prison was nicknamed "Camp Cupcake" by members of the news media when Martha Stewart was sentenced to a five-month term there. Local residents have also referred to it as "the college campus." By 2004, according to Alexandra Marks of The Independent, the operating model for Alderson followed "a punitive rather than a rehabilitative model".

John Benish, the former co-manager of the Alderson Hospitality House, a hospitality establishment where families of Alderson inmates stay, said that FPC Alderson is "built like a college campus. There is a lot of property, a lot of greenery and there is no barbed wire around." The Alderson facility includes two dormitories with 500 inmates each. Inmates live in two-person cubicles instead of traditional barred prison cells.

Housing: FPC Alderson is set up as a dormitory with two-person rooms.

Notable inmates other than Martha Stewart the American business magnate, television host, author, and magazine publisher who was convicted in 2004 of obstruction of justice and lying to federal prosecutors investigating insider trading served a 5-month sentence include Esther Reed a former US Secret Service Most-Wanted Fugitive; pleaded guilty to fraud and identity theft for falsely assuming several identities, including that of missing person Brooke Henson, in order to steal money and gain entrance to Ivy League universities; Reed was featured on the television program America's Most Wanted. Monica Conyers a former Detroit City Council member from 2005 to 2009 and wife of former-Congressman John Conyers; pleaded guilty to bribery in 2009 for accepting $60,000 from a waste management company in return for her helping the company win a $1.2 billion contract with the city. Stacey Pomrenke Former Bristol Virginia Utilities (BVU) Chief Financial Officer (CFO) convicted on one count of conspiracy to commit tax fraud, three counts of making false statements to the IRS, one count of program fraud, two counts of extortion, one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and six counts of wire fraud. Margaret Waley was convicted in 1935 of kidnapping and conspiracy for her role as an accomplice in the kidnapping of George Weyerhaeuser, she served 14 years. Martha Woods an Army wife convicted of killing her infant adopted son Paul, allegedly to gain attention and sympathy (Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy). In her trial, she was linked to six other mysterious child deaths, including three of her own natural-born children, a niece, a nephew, and a neighbor boy - died in prison in 2002. Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme follower of cult leader and serial killer Charles Manson; attempted to assassinate U.S. President Gerald Ford.

Health Services: Upon arrival at FPC Alderson, inmates are provided with an intake screening complete with TB testing. Each inmate is assigned to a medical provider and associated support staff, according to the inmate’s register number. Clinic appointments, call-outs, emergency services, dental examinations, eyeglasses, and contact lenses, physical examinations and medications are provided to inmates.

Psychology Services: FPC Alderson provides individual counseling, group counseling, and intake evaluations. The Resolve Program offers workshops and processing groups for survivors of physical and sexual abuse and is available to interested inmates. FCP Alderson also offers a number of groups and courses including individual crisis counseling, Psychology of Achievement, Positive Mental Attitude, Pre-Release Syndrome, Anger Management, Dissolving Stress, Domestic Violence, Progressive Meditation, Problem Solving, Self-Relaxation, Stress Relief, and Self-Image.

Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP): FPC Alderson houses a Residential Drug Abuse Program. In addition, FPC Alderson offers specific groups and courses that include a Non-Residential Drug Abuse Program (NR-DAP), Drug Education Class, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), and Gamblers Anonymous (GA).

Education Services: FPC Alderson offers GED classes and English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) courses. High school diplomas and post-secondary programs are available through paid correspondence programs.

Advanced Occupational Education: FPC Alderson offers Advanced Occupational Education in Cosmetology, Customer Service Representative, Horticulture, Library Clerk, Medical Office Clerk, and Receptionist.

Apprenticeship: FPC Alderson offers apprenticeships in Air Conditioning/Refrigeration, Cooking, Electrician, Plumbing, Powerhouse, Teacher’s Assistant, and Welding.

Library Services: The FPC Alderson law library provides typewriters for legal use and a copying machine is available at a cost. The leisure library collection includes fiction, nonfiction, basic legal reference materials, literary works in Spanish, current magazines, major newspapers, medical reference materials, and audio/video cassettes.

UNICOR: FPC Alderson houses UNICOR factories which include data services, warehousing, distribution and fulfilment, assistance and help desk, and custom printing.

Commissary: An account is established for the inmate’s committed name and registration number. An Inmate Identification Card is issued to each inmate. This card must be presented when shopping at the FPC Alderson Commissary Sales Unit. At the commissary, inmates can purchase food items, drink mixes, sodas, clothing, and other items. Inmates can spend up to $360.00 each month.

Recreation: Recreation programs range from individualized arts and crafts programs to intramural team sports (basketball, softball, and volleyball). Activities include but are not limited to arts and crafts classes, aerobics, step aerobics, country line aerobics, pilates, sweating to the oldies, fusion, low impact spinning, volleyball (indoor/outdoor), pool, basketball, ping pong, jogging, brisk walking, softball, roller skating, table games, bingo, bocce ball, game shows, progressive relaxation and talent shows. Tournaments are held periodically at FPC Alderson with prizes awarded to winners. The yarn project is a volunteer project where inmates crochet hats, sweaters, scarves, mittens, and lap afghans for local needy children and women’s resource centers.

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 Prison Camp (FPC) - Alderson 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 304-445-3300 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 Prison Camp (FPC) - Alderson Minimum - Visiting Hours

  • Monday 8:15am - 3:15pm
  • Friday 11:30am - 6:30pm
  • Saturday 8:15am - 3:15pm
  • Sunday 8:15am - 3:15pm
  • Holidays 8:15am - 3:15pm

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