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United States Penitentiary - Thomson

Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP)

Last Updated: April 27, 2021
Address
1100 1 Mile Rd, Thomson, IL 61285
Beds
2100
County
Carroll
federal medium
Phone
815-259-1000
Phone Carrier
Fax
815-259-0186
Email
TOM/ExecAssistant@bop.gov
Mailing Address
PO Box 1002, Thomson, IL 61285
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United States Penitentiary - Thomson'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 USP-Thomson is a federal prison located at 1100 1 Mile Rd in Thomson, IL. 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 815-259-1000.

United States Penitentiary, Thomson (USP Thomson), formerly Thomson Correctional Center, is a maximum security prison located in Thomson, Illinois. It has an area of about 146 acres and comprises 15 buildings. The facility is enclosed by a 15-foot, a 7000-volt electric fence surrounded by an additional 12-foot exterior fence covered with razor wire. Thomson has eight cell houses with a rated capacity of 2,100 beds—1,900 high-security SMU beds and 200 minimum-security beds at the onsite camp—and according to BOP officials, the potential to use some of its high-security rated capacity to house up to 400 ADX inmates. However, from its completion in 2001 to 2006, it sat empty. As of 2017, AUSP Thomson is being used to house low-security deportable aliens until the facility can be brought fully online.

In October 2012, the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) purchased Thomson Correctional Center (TCC) from the State of Illinois for $165 million. Plans to transfer inmates from Guantanamo Bay to the facility had already been blocked by Congress.

In August 2014, Donald Hudson was named the first warden of the prison. As of 2016, Thompson Correctional Center currently holds less than 100 inmates and employs around 250 correctional officers. Both numbers are expected to rise in coming years as planned activation of the facility ongoing.

Housing: Inmates are housed in two-person cells.

Health Services: New inmates receive a complete physical examination within 14 days of arrival at the institution. The Health Services Unit at AUSP Thomson functions as an ambulatory outpatient clinic. The medical staff consists of physicians, dentists, mid-level practitioners, and medical and administrative ancillary support staff. Medical and dental sick call, emergency medical treatment, preventive health care services, chronic care, medications, and eyeglasses are provided to inmates. Inmates may request a screening for infectious diseases. Inmates must be in the proper uniform and must show their assigned commissary ID card in order to be seen.

Psychology Services: New inmates and inmates who have previously identified mental health or drug abuse programming needs are scheduled for an interview with AUSP Thomson Psychology services staff. A psychologist may make recommendations to support the inmate’s successful adjustment to prison and prepare them for their eventual release. Residential mental health programs designed to help inmates with severe emotional, cognitive, and behavioral problems are also available. These programs are for inmates who are having difficulty functioning in a mainline institution due to a psychological disorder. They are designed to improve the day to day functioning of inmates with the goal of helping them return to a mainline institution or preventing the need for hospitalization. Referrals can be made to other institutions with such treatment programs.

Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP): AUSP Thomson does not house a Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP), but a referral can be made to an institution that does offer the program. A drug abuse program, Drug Abuse Education course, and the Non-Residential Drug Abuse Program (NR-DAP) are available.

Education Services: AUSP Thomson provides literacy, GED, and English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) programs. Incentive awards are provided to recognize inmates making satisfactory progress and successfully completing the literacy (i.e., GED and ESL) program. Inmates may also receive incentives for progressing to various levels in the GED or ESL programs. Graduation ceremonies recognize GED, ESL, and Occupational Education completions. A parenting program and Adult Continuing Education (ACE) classes are also available. High school diplomas and post-secondary programs are available through paid correspondence programs.

Library Services: Inmates are afforded access to legal materials and an opportunity to prepare legal documents through the use of the TRULINCS Electronic Law Library. Leisure libraries offer inmates a variety of reading materials, including periodicals, newspapers, fiction, nonfiction, and reference books. Typewriters and a copy machine are also available.

Commissary: Inmates are permitted to shop once per week on a designated day. The commissary spending limit is $360.00 per month. Inmates can purchase food, sodas, ice cream, snacks, radios, MP3 players, clothing, shoes, and more.

Recreation Services: Leisure activities at AUSP Thomson and the camp include organized and informal games, sports, physical fitness, table games, hobby crafts, music programs, intramural activities, and social and cultural organizations. Wellness programs include screening, assessments, goal setting, classes, fitness/nutrition prescriptions, and counseling. An inmate photo program is also available. Recreation includes movies, physical fitness, and electric instruments.

Inmate Locator

United States Penitentiary - Thomson 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 815-259-1000 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

USP-Thomson - Visitation

Federal facility visiting hours

Sunday 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Monday 5:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday 5:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Federal Holidays 8:00 am - 2:30 pm

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