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United States Penitentiary (USP) - Lee

Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP)

Last Updated: July 19, 2021
Lee Co Industrial Pk Hickory Flats Rd, Pennington Gap, VA 24277
Mailing Address
PO Box 305, Jonesville, VA 24263

USP-Lee is for Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) offenders sentenced up to twelve months.

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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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United States Penitentiary (USP) - Lee'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-Lee is a federal prison located at Lee Co Industrial Pk Hickory Flats Rd in Pennington Gap, VA. 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 276-546-0150.

The United States Penitentiary, Lee (USP Lee) is a high-security United States federal prison for male inmates in Virginia. It is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a division of the United States Department of Justice. The facility also has an adjacent satellite prison camp which houses minimum-security male offenders.

USP Lee is located in the Lee County Industrial Park an unincorporated area in Lee County, Virginia. in the southwest part of the state. The prison is located off of U.S. Route 58 at the intersection of Route 638, near Pennington Gap and 8 miles east of Jonesville.

Background: United States Penitentiary Lee was completed in August 2001 and began receiving inmates in 2002. Native American artifacts such as arrowheads and pottery have been found on the prison grounds and are believed to date as far back as 10,000 years. On February 25, 2008, inmate Edward Porta apparently walked away from the minimum-security camp. Porta was convicted of defrauding the U.S. Department of Agriculture of more than $400,000. He was recaptured in May 2016. There have been numerous incidents of violence at USP Lee, including several homicides.

Notable inmates include former assassin for the now-defunct Medellin Drug Cartel Dandeny Munoz-Mosquera now serving a life sentence for blowing up a jetliner, hitman for Loz Zetas. Gerardo Castillo-Chavez currently serving a life sentence for racketeering, drug trafficking conspiracy, and weapons charges. Brian Patrick Regan, the former US Air Force intelligence analyst is serving a life sentence for attempted espionage. Somali pirate leader Mohammed Modin Hasan also serving a life sentence for an attack on an American warship.

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

Health Services: USP Lee inmates receive initial routine health screening shortly after being admitted. Health examinations, dental care, specific preventive health examinations (e.g., cancer screening), routine care, medications, vaccinations, and specialty care. Inmates can request to be seen by a provider for sick call. Appropriate medical care will be provided by institution health services staff. Emergency medical care is available 24 hours a day.

Psychology Services: USP Lee offers screening, assessment, and treatment of mental health problems, individual and group counseling, self-help and supportive services, and referral to Health Services for medical treatment of mental illness. Additional programs and groups are available for anger management and stress management, as well as crisis intervention. The facility also houses the Challenge Program for inmates who are prone to substance abuse, mental illness, and violence.

Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP): USP Lee does not have a Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP). It does offer Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), the Non-Residential Drug Abuse Treatment Program (NR-DAP) and a Drug Education Class.

Education Services: USP Lee offers GED instruction and an English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) program. Classes are separated into Advanced GED, GED, pre-GED, and Special Learning Needs levels. Parenting classes are also available. High school diplomas and post-secondary programs are available through paid correspondence programs.

Advanced Occupational Education: USP Lee offers advanced occupational education in Basic Home Construction and Residential HVAC. The camp offers Horticulture/Gardening.

Library Services: USP Lee inmates have access to the TRULINCS Electronic Law Library. A leisure library is also available where fiction and nonfiction books, newspapers, and magazines can be checked out by the inmate population.

UNICOR: The USP Lee UNICOR facility produces clothing and textiles.

Commissary: Each inmate is allowed to spend $180 bi-weekly. All items count against this limit, including Special Purchase Orders (SPO’s), with the exception of kosher meals, stamps, over-the-counter medications, and copy cards. Commonly purchased items include drink mixes, candy, food, snacks, and clothing.

Recreation Services: Recreation programs at USP Lee include indoor and outdoor activities, individualized arts and crafts programs, and intramural team sports such as softball, basketball, soccer, and volleyball. Physical fitness and weight reduction programs are also available for inmates. Hobby craft programs vary from institution to institution. They typically include activities such as painting, leather, art, and drawing.

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) - Lee 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 276-546-0150 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) - Lee High - Visiting Hours

  • Friday 5:00pm - 8:30pm
  • Saturday 8:00am - 3:00pm
  • Sunday 8:00am - 3:00pm
  • Holidays 8:00am - 3:00pm

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