Federal Correctional Institution - Talladega

Federal Correctional Institution - Talladega, or FCI Talladega, is a medium-security federal correctional institution with an adjacent minimum-security satellite camp.  This facility is located in Talladega, Alabama, and houses a total of 1,073 male inmates - 813 at the FCI and 260 at the camp.

Inmates at the FCI are housed in one or two-person cells, and prisoners at the camp live in dormitories.

In 1991, there was an inmate rebellion that involved 121 Cuban inmates who had been incarcerated since the 1980 Mariel boatlift. These offenders took over the facility to try to stop their deportation to Cuba.

After a ten-day standoff, US Attorney General William P. Barr, FBI Director Williams S. Sessions, and Bureau of Prisons director J. Michael Quinlan authorized the FBI Hostage Rescue Team to storm FCI Talladega.

In just three minutes, a team of 200 specially-trained agents were able to enter Cell Block Alpha using explosives, detonate stun grenades, free the hostages, and take all 121 inmates into custody.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Visiting hours at FCI Talladega are on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Federal Holidays from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm.

Visiting hours at the camp are on Fridays from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm, and Saturdays, Sundays, and Federal Holidays from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm.

A maximum of six adults are allowed to visit at one time, and there is no limit on children. However, all children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Getting on the Approved Visit List

Authorized visitors who can visit an inmate include family, friends, and associates. You can't visit an inmate unless he puts you on the visiting list.

Everyone must fill out a visitor form, and they must have a relationship with the inmate prior to incarceration. If a potential visitor does not have a prior relationship with the inmate, their request will be reviewed by the warden.

Once the inmate requests to add someone to their visit list, a correctional counselor will provide them with a visiting form, and the inmate is responsible for mailing these out and letting the potential visitor know that they need to fill out the form and return it to the institution staff.

The unit team will do a background check and determine if a visitor application is approved. They make their decision based on constructive and security factors. The process takes about a week, and the unit staff will notify the inmate when the requested visitor is approved or refused.

It is the inmate’s responsibility to notify the visitor of the decision, and the process is the same for both adult and minor visitors.

Basic Visit Procedures and Rules

If you are 16 years of age or older, you must bring a valid photo ID with you to the visit, like a state or federal ID card, driver's license, or current passport. Birth certificates are not valid forms of ID.

All visitors are subject to a visual and pat search by an officer. You will also be scanned by a metal detector.

Any item you bring into the facility will be opened and searched by a staff member, and anyone who refuses a search of themselves or their property will not be allowed to visit with the inmate.

Visitors may bring the following items into the institution:

  • $20 in paper currency ($1 or $5) for vending machines
  • A small clear change purse
  • Life saving medication (kept at officers station)

Visitors with infants may carry in one small transparent diaper bag to carry the below approved items:

  • Two plastic baby bottles with milk or formula
  • Three extra diapers per child
  • Two unopened clear jars of baby food

Visitors are not authorized to bring items into the institution to give to an inmate. Lockers are available to visitors for the storage of personal items not allowed.

Cell phones, pagers, cameras, or devices of any type are not authorized inside the institution.

Visitors should dress within the bounds of good taste and should not wear clothing which would offend others who may be present in the visiting room.

Visitors will not be barefoot, wear see-through clothing, halter tops, spandex pants or tops, sun dresses, or strapless dresses.

Skirts or dresses with slits must come to the top of the knee. Shorts may be worn by visitors in the visiting room, if they are knee length or do not come more than 1 inch above the knee.

Shirts must not be revealing or provocative. Children under 10 years of age may wear shorts providing they are within the framework of good taste

At the discretion of the Operations Lieutenant or IDO, any clothing resembling the style or color of inmate clothing (i.e., khaki, white, gray or camouflage in color clothing), may not be allowed to be worn into the institution.

Physical Address


Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/hcvwhjguKep

General Phone Number & Email Address

Phone: 256-315-4100
Email: TDG/[email protected]

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

For inmates at the FCI:
P.M.B 1000

For inmates at the camp:
P.O. BOX 2000

There is no limit on the amount of mail that inmates receive, but all correspondence must have the inmate’s complete name, registration number, facility name, and address.

You can only send cards or letters to these addresses. Paperback books, newspapers, and magazines must come directly from the publisher via a subscription or mail order.

Inmates cannot receive packages through the mail, with the exception of a package of release day clothing. You can't send the release day package until 30 days prior to the scheduled release date.

How to Call an Inmate

Federal inmates are not allowed to have cellphones and they can't receive inbound calls. They can make outbound calls during approved hours, and they must pay for them with the money that is on their personal account or call collect.

Inmates will use TRULINCS to call to both landline and cell phones. This is also how inmates are able to send and receive emails. Your number must be added to the contact list for approval.

All phone calls are limited to 15 minutes, and will be monitored and recorded.

How to Send Money

Sending money is one of most important things you can do for an inmate. The prison will issue each prisoner the minimum amount of clothing and hygiene items, and provide them with three meals a day. But, it is extremely difficult for prisoners to have any level of comfort when living with just the items that are prison-issued.

Inmates can receive outside funds while incarcerated at a BOP-managed facility, which are deposited into their commissary accounts.

Postal Service

For federal prisoners, you can send money through the United States Postal Service by MONEY ORDER to the following address:

Federal Bureau of Prisons
Inmate Name
Eight-Digit Register Number
Post Office Box 474701
Des Moines, Iowa 50947-0001

Send the funds to the address above. Replace the second line with the inmate's valid, full committed name. Replace the third line with the inmate's eight digit register number.

Never send money directly to the prison. If you are using the postal service, you must always send your money order to the bureau of prisons using the above address.


You can send an inmate funds electronically using MoneyGram's Express Payment Program.

To send funds using this method, please read and follow these steps carefully:

  • Wait until an inmate has physically arrived at FCI Talladega.
  • Gather the information you'll need. Which includes the inmate’s name and number.
  • Visit moneygram.com to complete your payment.

Information needed to complete MoneyGram payment:

  • Account Number: Inmate's eight-digit register number with no spaces or dashes, followed immediately by the inmate's last name (example: 12345678DOE).
  • Company Name: Federal Bureau of Prisons
  • City & State: Washington, DC
  • Receive Code is always: 7932
  • Beneficiary: Inmate's full committed name

Western Union

If you would like to see a sample Western Union form click here. On their website, they have a special form for sending money to inmates, and you go directly to it by clicking here.

You will need to know the inmate’s full name and number, and you can pay with a debit or credit card at westernunion.com.

Remember, any time you send money to an inmate you must always include their name and registration number on everything.

There are a few things that inmates can spend their money on. This includes phone calls, emails, and commissary.  The commissary is the prison store, where inmates can buy things like beverages, meals and snacks, OTC medications, stationary, personal hygiene items, clothing, or other miscellaneous products.

Please be aware that prisoners have their own economy inside the prison walls just like we do in the real world. Inmates that have a lot of money can do a lot of things both legal and illegal. Prisoners can potentially use the money in their account to buy things for other inmates in exchange for drugs and paraphernalia. This activity is illegal and can get an inmate in a lot of trouble.

Is important to keep track of how much money you are sending your incarcerated loved one, and watch out for any suspicious behavior.

The monthly spend limit at FCI Talladega is $360 per inmate.

​Programs For ​Inmates

  • Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP) at the camp only
  • Non-Residential Drug Abuse Program (NR-DAP)
  • Drug Education Class
  • Alcoholics Anonymous
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Literacy
  • GED
  • High School Diploma (via paid correspondence)
  • Post-secondary programs (via paid correspondence)
  • Adult Continuing Education (ACE) courses
  • Advanced occupational education in Electrical, Forklift, HVAC, Job Readiness, Mason, NCEER Core, Office Technology, ServSafe, and Welding
  • The camp offers vocational training in ServSafe, Carpentry, and Forklift
  • Apprenticeships in Baker, Barber, Carpentry, Cook, Dental Assistant, Electrician, HVAC, Landscape Tech, Masonry, Painter, Plumber, Quality Assurance, Sheet Metal, Teacher’s Aide, and Welding
  • UNICOR facility that produces furniture
  • Intramural sports
  • Fitness program
  • Music program

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Careers at Federal Correctional Institution - Talladega

If you are interested in pursuing a career with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, you can find available positions at FCI Talladega by visiting USAJobs.gov. The salaries at the facility begin around $40,000 and can go up into the six-figure range, depending on the position.

Reviews from employees at FCI Talladega say that it is a good place to work and you can learn a lot. The salary and benefits are considered to be the best part of the job.