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United States Penitentiary (USP) - Hazelton

Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP)

Last Updated: March 14, 2021
1640 Sky View Dr, Bruceton Mills, WV 26525
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PO Box 2000, Bruceton Mills, WV 26525
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United States Penitentiary (USP) - Hazelton'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-Hazelton is a federal prison located at 1640 Sky View Dr in Bruceton Mills, WV. This federal high 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 304-379-5000.

The United States Penitentiary, Hazelton (USP Hazelton) is a high-security United States federal prison for male inmates in West Virginia. The high-security facility has earned the nickname "Misery Mountain" by the inmates who are incarcerated there. It is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a division of the US Department of Justice. The facility has a satellite prison camp for minimum-security male offenders.

The facility is located in Preston County, West Virginia, several miles east of Bruceton Mills, less than two miles west of the Maryland border.

The Federal Correctional Complex (FCC) Hazelton has two prisons, physically adjacent but distinct: USP Hazelton and the medium-security Federal Correctional Institution

USP Hazelton was built due to an increasing need for modern facilities to house the growing number of federal inmates. The high-security facility and the satellite minimum security prison camp are built on 996 acres. The 650,000-square-foot high-security facility contains six two-story buildings with 768 general housing cells and 120 "special housing cells" where especially dangerous prisoners are housed. In addition, there are several one and two-story buildings which house various prison programs, as well as a factory where prisoners work. It is surrounded by a triple security fence with a taut wire system, and six guard towers around the perimeter.

Notable inmates include Whitey Bulger the notorious long-time fugitive, crime figure, and leader of Boston's Winter Hill Gang; he was murdered by other inmates within hours of his arrival at USP Hazelton, October 30, 2018. Fotios (Freddy) Geas a Massachusetts mobster and hitman and the prime suspect in Bulger's death. Bulger was in a wheelchair and had been beaten to death by multiple inmates armed with a sock-wrapped padlock and a prison-made knife. His eyes had nearly been gouged out and his tongue almost cut off. Frank Salemme a Boston mobster who became a hitman and eventually the boss of the Patriarca crime family he testified before Congress in 2003, Salemme admitted to murdering numerous rival gang members in Charlestown, MA; now serving life in prison. Juan García Ábrego a Mexican former drug lord who was the former head of a criminal dynasty along the Mexico–United States border now called the Gulf Cartel, after a four-week trial, was found guilty and sentenced to 11 consecutive life sentences.

Housing: Inmates are housed in one-person and two-person cells.

Health Services: Urgent care, medications, preventive care, and diagnosis or treatment of chronic infectious diseases are provided at USP Hazelton. Emergency medical and dental care is available 24-hours a day. Routine care is available through the submission of triage forms at the Health Services Unit.

Psychology Services: All inmates are screened by Psychology Services staff upon arrival at USP Hazelton and the camp. Psychologists are available for individual and/or group psychotherapy. Inmates are notified of new classes and groups through postings on inmate bulletin boards. The Challenge Program, an intensive, residential program for inmates with drug abuse and/or mental health problems is also available.

Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP): USP Hazelton does not provide a Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP). They do offer Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), the Drug Education class, and the Non-Residential Drug Abuse Program (NR-DAP).

Education Services: USP Hazelton provides GED, and English-as-a-Second Language (ESL), parenting programs. Adult Continuing Education (ACE), career counseling/Pre-Release Program (RPP) courses and Microsoft Office 2010 are also offered. High school diplomas and post-secondary programs are available through paid correspondence programs.

Library Services: The law library is located in the USP Hazelton Education Department and contains a variety of legal reference materials for use in preparing legal papers. The Education Department maintains a leisure library. The library stocks reference books, such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, medical encyclopedias, college listings and synopsis. These reference books are available for use within the Resource Library. Magazines, newspapers, and both fiction and nonfiction books are also available.

UNICOR: USP Hazelton manufactures Army Combat Uniforms (ACU) Trousers, Diplomatic Bags, and GSA Tarps.

Commissary: Inmates may withdraw money for family support, to purchase publications or for other approved purposes. Inmates are permitted to spend up to $360.00 each month, which does not include stamps or funds transferred from commissary to their inmate telephone account. Soda, food, clothing, shoes, and other items are available for inmate purchase.

Recreation Services: USP Hazelton offers formal and informal recreation programs with a combination of competitive, recreational, and fitness type activities. The Institution HobbyCraft program is available in the Recreation Department and includes canvas painting, watercolor painting, crocheting, drawing, and paper art.

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

United States Penitentiary (USP) - Hazelton 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 304-379-5000 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

United States Penitentiary (USP) - Hazelton High - Visiting Hours

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

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