Wayne County
Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP)

USP - Canaan Satellite Prison Camp is a minimum security federal facility located in Waymart, PA. This federal prison is at the lowest level of security for any penal facility, also known as a prison camp. The inmates do not live in locked cells; they are in dormitory-style housing with rows of bunk beds like an army barracks. Inmates have a personal locker to store all their belongings in like the facility-issued clothing, clothing and food bou ght at commissary, books and photos. Since the inmates are classed at the lowest risk custody level, the facility has no perimeter fencing and a very low staff-to-inmate ratio. Inmates are aided in their rehabilitation with many different kinds of work programs on and off the prison property (in local institutions like Army or Naval bases). The camp is considered the best situation to be in if you have to be incarcerated. Inmates must have less than 10 years on their sentence, be non-violent with a clear disciplinary history to qualify for camp designation. The crimes committed by inmates in a camp are usually white collar and low level drug traffickers, with limited risk to the general public. Long term inmates at higher security institutions within the system are incentivized to "work their way down" in the custody level ladder to be eligible for the camp. This prison is a secure facility within the purview of 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. Convicted federal offenders are sent to prison as punishment and are therefore property of the Bureau of Prisons (BOP). They must follow very strict rules of conduct and order or they are held to additional punishment like loss of privileges or even isolation. Prison is like a small city inside a city. There is a mayor (the warden), police (correctional staff, called COs), housing (cells or dormitories), medical care (infirmary), library (law, education and lending), a cafeteria (chow hall), a lock-up (disciplinary segregation unit, the SHU, the "hole"), laws (administrative rules), judges (disciplinary hearings officers, called DHOs), a market (the commissary), civic organizations (clubs), worship (chapel), a park (the recreation yard), and the inmates all required to work and hold a job like an orderly which clean the common areas, kitchen help, commissary work, landscaping which keeps the surroundings cut and clean, education department jobs, recreation department jobs and the chapel area ll places where inmates work..     There is no privacy in prison - inmates dress, shower, and use the bathroom in the company of other inmates.  Inmates are required to make their bunks and keep their personal possessions neat.  All inmates wear identical clothing and must carry their identification card with them at all times.  Most possessions allowed must be purchased from the commissary. Meal times are 6-7 am for breakfast, 11 am for lunch and 4:30 for dinner, there is no butting in line and there are no seconds. Inmates are subject to searches of their person and/or cell at any time.  All movements of inmates from one area to another are monitored and supervised.  All phone calls (except legal calls) are recorded and monitored and must be made collect or with a TRU-links pre-paid account. There is also an email system called CORRlinks which allows for delayed emailing to approved recipients for a fee.

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PO Box 200
Waymart, PA 18472


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Western Union

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