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USP - Canaan Satellite Prison Camp

Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP)

Last Updated: June 06, 2020
3057 Easton Turnpike, Waymart, PA 18472
federal minimum
Mailing Address
PO Box 200, Waymart, PA 18472
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USP - Canaan Satellite Prison Camp'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-Canaan-Camp is a federal prison located at 3057 Easton Turnpike in Waymart, PA. This federal minimum 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 570-488-8000.

The United States Penitentiary Satellite Prison Camp, Canaan (USP Canaan Camp) is a minimum-security United States federal prison for male inmates, located on the grounds of a maximum-security prison also for male inmates. It is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a division of the US Department of Justice.

USP Canaan Camp is located in northeastern Pennsylvania, 20 miles east of Scranton and 134 miles north of Philadelphia.

Inmates are counted 5 to 6 times a day, at 12:01 a.m., 3:00 a.m., 5:00 a.m., 4:00 p.m. (stand up count), 10:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. (on weekends and holidays). Initial work movements start at 4:30 a.m. and inmates must be up at 7:30 a.m. All inmates must be back inside their cells at 10:00 p.m.

Prisoners have access to a text-based e-mail program known as Corrlinks. Inmates are allowed only 13,000 characters per e-mail, and they cannot send, receive or view attachments. Inmates are not allowed to retain more than two newspapers, 10 magazines, and 25 letters in their cells. Inmates are allowed to place phone calls to up to 30 approved numbers. Phone calls are restricted to 15 minutes per call and five hours per month.

Notable inmates include John Rigas and Timothy Rigas the father and son executives from Adelphia Communications Corp were convicted in 2004 of bank fraud other charges for stealing millions of dollars from the company and concealing its debt from investors to keep its stock price high.

Housing: Inmates at the camp are housed in dormitories.

Health Services: Health services include preventative care, diagnosis or treatment for chronic conditions, emergency services, mental health care, substance abuse treatment, annual immunizations/screenings, physical examinations, and dental care. Inmates must submit a triage form in order to be evaluated for routine healthcare needs. Emergency care is available 24 hours a day.

Psychology Services: Priority psychology services include intake screenings, treatment of major mental disorders, crisis intervention, and suicide prevention. Other self-help, support, and lifestyle change programs are offered as resources and need dictate. Typical groups including anger management are offered.

Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP): USP Canaan houses a Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP). It also offers a Drug Education class, the Non-Residential Drug Abuse Program (NR-DAP), Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), and Narcotics Anonymous (NA). Also offered is The Challenge Program assisting inmates in successfully reintegrating into the community through the elimination of drug abuse and elimination/management of mental illness.

Education Services: USP Canaan Camp provides literacy, GED, and English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) programs. Adult Continuing Education (ACE) classes and a parenting program are also available. High school diplomas and post-secondary programs are available through paid correspondence programs.

Advanced Occupational Education: USP Canaan Camp offers advanced occupational education in Culinary Arts.

Vocational Training: USP Canaan offers vocational training in Horticulture.

Apprenticeship: USP Canaan Camp offers an apprenticeship in Electrical.

Library Services: USP Canaan Camp’s Education Department provides a wide variety of reading material, including newspapers, magazines, and a broad selection of leisure reading books in westerns, fiction, nonfiction, biographies, references, science, history, and other areas. The TRULINCS Electronic Law Library is located in four stations throughout the institution, one in each pod, and one in SHU. Printers are located in the main law library, Commissary, and SHU.

Commissary: The Commissary provides a bank-type account for inmate money and for the procurement of items not issued regularly as part of the institution administration. Funds deposited by family, friends, or other sources are stored in the commissary account. Monies received for an inmate will be placed in the inmate’s Trust Fund Account. This money may be used for purchasing approved sale items in the institution commissary, sent home for family support, or other approved purposes. The commissary shopping schedule is based on each housing unit, and the shopping days are rotated monthly.

Recreation Services: Leisure activities and recreation programs at USP Canaan Camp are supervised by the Recreation Department. Programs include indoor and outdoor activities and range from individualized arts and crafts programs to intramural team sports, such as softball, basketball, and soccer. Physical fitness and weight reduction programs are also important activities for inmates and contribute to good mental health, healthy interpersonal relations, and stress reduction. Various leisure classes and hobby craft programs are also available for interested participants.

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

USP - Canaan Satellite Prison Camp 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 570-488-8000 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

USP - Canaan Satellite Prison Camp - Minimum - Visiting Hours

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

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