United States Penitentiary (USP) - Lee is a high-security federal prison run by the BOP. This maximum security facility is located at Lee Co Industrial Pk Hickory Flats Rd, Pennington Gap, VAV has securable single- and multi-person cells, the perimeters are with multiple reinforced fences or walls, guard towers and/or other shooting platforms for armed guards, strictly controlled movement within the compound, and the highest inmate-to-staff ratio. The level of monitoring and video surveillance is 24/7 and heavily watched.
Gangs are a dominant presence and racial and gang violence is rampant this level. Killings are not unheard of, as physical encounters often involve some type of prison-made weapon (such as a shiv or shank). Other incidents of disciplinary misconduct are frequent, too. Inmates ineligible for placement at lower security prisons are housed at high-security federal prisons and have no problem acting out.
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This United States Penitentiary (USP) - Lee is a secure facility overseen by the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). The BOP is a division of the US Justice Department whose main function is to protect public safety by ensuring that federal offenders serve their sentences of imprisonment in facilities that are safe, humane, cost-efficient, and appropriately secure, and provide reentry programming to ensure their successful return to the community.
The prisons or institutions located throughout the US are operated at five different security levels in order to confine offenders in an appropriate manner. Security levels are based on such features as the presence of external patrols, towers, security barriers, or detection devices; the type of housing within the institution; internal security features; and the staff-to-inmate ratio.
Facilities are designated as either minimum, low, medium, high, or administrative; and facilities with different security levels that are in close proximity to each other are known as prison complexes.
Inmates are designated/re-designated to institutions based on several factors
After arriving each inmate is interviewed and screened by staff from the case management, medical, and mental health units. Later, an inmate is assigned to the Admission and Orientation (A & O) Program, where he or she receives a formal orientation to the programs, services, policies, and procedures of that facility. This program provides an introduction to all aspects of the institution.
For security, safety, and sanitation reasons, the Bureau limits the amount of property (jewelry, photographs, books, magazines, etc.) inmates may have and the types of publications inmates can receive. The institution issues clothing, hygiene items, and bedding; and provides laundry services. Inmates may purchase other personal care items, shoes, some recreational clothing, and some food items through the commissary. Civilian clothing (i.e., clothing not issued to the inmate by the Bureau or purchased by the inmate from the commissary) ordinarily is not authorized for retention by the inmate.
Inmates may only possess those items they are authorized to retain upon admission to the institution, items issued by authorized staff, items purchased by the inmate from the commissary, or items purchased or received through approved channels (to include that approved for receipt by an authorized staff member or authorized by institution guidelines). All other items are considered contraband and will be seized and disposed of (destroyed, mailed out of the institution at the inmate's expense, etc.) in accordance with Bureau regulations. Contraband that threatens the security of the institution may result in disciplinary action and/or criminal prosecution for the inmate.