Federal Prison Camp - Pensacola

Federal Prison Camp - Pensacola, or FPC Pensacola, is a minimum-security federal prison camp located in Pensacola, Florida. This facility currently has a total population of 583 male inmates.

FPC Pensacola is located on Saufley Field, an outlying field of Naval Air Station Pensacola.

Inmates at FPC Pensacola are housed in open dorms that are divided into cubicles big enough for two inmates or eight-person rooms.

In 2009, FPC Pensacola was ranked number two on Forbes Magazine’s list of “cushiest prisons” in the United States.

Notable inmates include Mark Whitacre, an FBI informant who assisted in the ADM price-fixing investigation. He served 8 years after pleading guilty in 1997 to embezzling $9 million from the company. Steven Soderbergh’s 2009 film The Informant was based on Mark Whitacre and his crimes.

Also, former NBA referee Tim Donaghy served 11 months at FPC Pensacola for wire fraud conspiracy and illegally transmitting betting information after he accepted thousands of dollars from a professional gambler in exchange for inside information on NBA games.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Visiting hours at FPC Pensacola are on Fridays from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturdays, Sundays, and federal holidays from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The maximum number of visitors an inmate may have at one time is five, not including children.

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:

  • One clear plastic makeup type bag not to exceed 5 inches by 8 inches for carrying, valid photo ID, vehicle keys, feminine hygiene items, money (no denominations larger than $10.00), and life-sustaining medication which will remain with the visiting room officer.
  • Clear baby bottles
  • Baby food [factory sealed - enough for visit]
  • One small spoon
  • Child hygiene care
  • One set of baby clothes
  • One baby blanket
  • One small collapsible stroller
  • One clear bag no larger than sixteen inches by sixteen inches to carry infant care items

Visitors are not authorized to bring any item into the institution to give to an inmate. Lockers are available to visitors for the storage of personal items not allowed in the institution. Or, items must be returned to the visitor's personal vehicle.

Visitors may not bring such items as: pictures, documents, personal papers, toys, infant carriers, car seats, suitcases, attache cases, large oversized handbags, packages, newspapers, coolers, or any electronic device (i.e., cellular phone, tape recorder, cameras, radio, MP3, IPOD, television, or other such electronic device).

Visitors are not permitted to bring any type of food item into the visiting room, except for infant care. The inmate will be permitted to eat items from the vending machines with his visitor, but may not retain any leftover items.

All visitors will be dressed appropriately for a correctional setting. The Visiting Room Officers will ensure all visitors are dressed appropriately for entrance into the Visiting Room.

Excessively provocative, immodest or revealing attire is reason to deny visiting. For example, halter tops, tube tops, sleeveless shirts, tank tops, clothing revealing the midriff area of the anatomy, radically low-cut shirts/blouses, revealing (front), backless clothing, see-through, low-cut blouses, miniskirts, tank tops, military fatigues, muscle shirts, short shorts, hot pants, spandex, revealing dresses/skirts, hats, caps and form fitting clothes are not considered appropriate apparel.

All clothing must be free from obscene, inappropriate, or offensive messages. Shorts and dresses must be knee length or longer.

Visitors wearing clothing considered to be too revealing, provocative, indiscreet or closely resembling an inmate s uniform will not be allowed into the Visiting Room until a change to appropriate clothing is made.

Visitors over the age of 12 years old will not be allowed into the institution in skirts, shorts, or dresses exceeding above the top of the kneecap in length.

All visitors are required to wear closed-toe footwear and undergarments, to include bras for female visitors.

Physical Address


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General Phone Number & Email Address

Phone: 850-457-1911
Email: PEN/[email protected]

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

P.O. BOX 3949

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 FPC Pensacola.
  • 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.

​Programs For ​Inmates

  • Drug Abuse Education Program
  • Non-Residential Drug Abuse Program (NR-DAP)
  • Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP)
  • Drug Abuse Treatment Program
  • Literacy
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • GED
  • High School Diploma (via paid correspondence)
  • Post-Secondary Programs (via paid correspondence)
  • Parenting
  • Vocational training programs in Computer Applications, Microsoft Office 2003, and A+ Computer Technician.
  • Apprenticeships in Cooking, Baker, Carpenter, Electrician, Greenskeeper II, Horticulturist, HVAC Technician, Landscape Technician, Marine Outboard Mechanic, Plumber, Small Engine Mechanic, and Welder
  • Intramural sports
  • Weight training and fitness
  • Presidential Sports Award Program

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Careers at Federal Prison Camp - Pensacola

If you are interested in pursuing a career with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, you can find available positions at FPC Pensacola 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 FPC Pensacola report that it was a stress-free work environment. They also say that the Federal Bureau of Prisons took good care of the staff by offering a good work/life balance, and the salary and benefits are considered above average.