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United States Penitentiary (USP) - Yazoo City

Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP)

Last Updated: February 21, 2021
Address
2225 Haley Barbour Pkwy, Yazoo City, MS 39194
Beds
1130
County
Yazoo
federal high
Phone
662-716-1241
Phone Carrier
Fax
662-716-1255
Email
YAZ/PublicInformation@bop.gov
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 5000, Yazoo City, MS 39194
Money Transfer
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United States Penitentiary (USP) - Yazoo City'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-Yazoo City is a federal prison located at 2225 Haley Barbour Pkwy in Yazoo City, MS. 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 662-716-1241.

The United States Penitentiary, Yazoo City (USP Yazoo City) is a United States federal prison for high-security inmates in Mississippi. It is part of the Yazoo City Federal Correctional Complex (FCC) and operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a division of the US Department of Justice.

The complex consists of three facilities:

  • Federal Correctional Institution, Yazoo City Low (FCI Yazoo City Low): a low-security facility.
  • Federal Correctional Institution, Yazoo City Medium (FCI Yazoo City Medium): a medium-security facility.
  • United States Penitentiary, Yazoo City (USP Yazoo City): a high-security facility.

USP Yazoo City is located 36 miles north of Jackson, Mississippi, the state capital.

Notable inmates include Cesar Meza-Garcia the leading figure in the Tijuana Cartel; extradited from Mexico in 2013 to face charges that he oversaw the cartel's efforts to import methamphetamine into the United States; Meza-Garcia is the first person to be extradited to the US under Mexico's new president, Enrique Peña Nieto currently serving a 22-year sentence. Michael Golden a member of the white supremacist group Aryan Alliance; pleaded guilty to arson in connection with the 2008 firebombing of the Islamic Center of Central Missouri in Columbia, Missouri now serving a 14-year sentence.

Housing: Inmates are housed in one and two-person cells. In addition to the housing units, other campus buildings include food service, medical, warehouses/sanitation, administrative, recreation, education, personal services, industrial/vocational, central utilities plant, and vehicle maintenance.

Health Services: USP Yazoo City provides primary health care for acute and chronic conditions including diagnosis, treatment, education, and counseling for inmates. Physical examinations, dental services, pharmacy services, immunizations, and special care items (e.g., eyeglasses) are available. Staff includes physicians, mid-level practitioners, nurses, dentists, a pharmacist, and administrative support staff. Most radiological procedures are done onsite with the support of a consultant radiologist. Consultants from the specialties of optometry, surgery, dermatology, psychiatry, ophthalmology, internal medicine, and a dietician evaluate patients at the institution on a regularly scheduled basis. Any additional care needs as determined by the Clinical Director will be provided in the local community or by a Federal Medical Center. Inmates must present their ID card to receive any health services. Emergency medical services are available 24 hours a day.

Psychology Services: Psychology services include intake screening, crisis intervention and individual and group counseling. Typical groups include anger management, stress management, and others.

Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP): USP Yazoo City does not house a Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP) however inmates can be referred to an institution that does provide RDAP. A Drug Education Course, the Non-Residential Drug Abuse Programs (NR-DAP), Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), and Narcotics Anonymous are available.

Education Services: USP Yazoo City provides literacy, GED, and English as a Second Language (ESL) programs. Adult Continuing Education (ACE) classes and a parenting program are also offered. Special interest courses such as Spanish, Real Estate, assorted business courses, and Release Preparation are also available. Examples include. High school diplomas and post-secondary programs are available through paid correspondence programs.

Vocational Training: USP Yazoo City does not offer any vocational training aside from its Apprenticeship programs.

Apprenticeship: USP Yazoo City offers apprenticeships in Custodial Maintenance, Teacher’s Aide, Teacher’s Assistant, and Welding.

Library Services: Leisure and law library services are available for inmates. Inmates are allowed to checkout newspapers, magazines, and books from the leisure library. In the law library inmates can use the TRULINCS Electronic Law Library, typewriters, and a copy machine.

UNICOR: USP Yazoo City UNICOR facility produces clothing and textiles.

Commissary: Inmates receive a total validation of $360.00 per month to spend. Inmates are allowed to shop once a week on their designated shopping day. Shopping days rotate quarterly and the schedule is posted at the commissary. Inmates can purchase a wide variety of items from the commissary.

Recreation Services: USP Yazoo City offers indoor and outdoor activities. Leisure and social activities include board games, acrylic painting, bocce ball, horseshoes, band performances, water color painting, art and leather craft, and games tables for playing cards, dominoes, chess, checkers, backgammon, and Scrabble. Also available are pool tables, ping-pong tables, bumper pool, and television viewing. The recreation yard has a covered patio, walking/jogging track, stair steppers, one softball field, basketball courts, two bocce ball courts, two horseshoe pits, and outside pool tables. Intramural programs are offered in basketball, softball, soccer, and volleyball. Fitness and instructional programs include aerobics, racquetball/handball, music, calisthenics classes, stationary bikes, walking/cycling club, exercise mats, stair steppers, and abdominal benches.

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) - Yazoo City 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 662-716-1241 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) - Yazoo City - Visitation

  • Sunday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Saturday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Holiday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

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