Federal Correctional Institution - Greenville

Federal Correctional Institution - Greenville, or FCI Greenville is a medium-security federal correctional institution for male offenders with an adjacent minimum-security satellite camp for female offenders. It is located in Illinois, approximately 45 miles east of St. Louis, Missouri.

FCI Greenville opened in 1994, and inmates in the satellite camp provide support services for the FCI. There are 973 male inmates at the FCI and 322 female inmates at the camp.

Inmates at the FCI are housed in one-person, two-person, and three-person cells within the four housing units. Inmates in the camp are housed in dormitories of two-person cubicles.

Notable inmates include former LAPD officer David Mack (released in 2010 after serving 12 years for armed robbery), Animal Liberation Front member Walter Bond (serving a 12-year sentence for arson), and Derrick Shareef (serving a 35-year sentence for attempted use of weapons of mass destruction).

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Visiting Hours and Rules

FCI Greenville visiting hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays, and Federal holidays.

The camp visiting hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays, and Federal Holidays, and 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Mondays.

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 or she 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

No more than four adults and five children will be allowed to visit at one time.

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 also must walk through 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.

All visitors will be properly dressed when coming to visit at the FCI and FPC. Visitors will be expected to wear clothing which is in good taste. The Information Receptionist will ensure all visitors are dressed appropriately.

Visitors are prohibited from wearing sleeveless shirts, low cut, or see-through clothing, tube or tank tops, shorts/skirts jogging suits, backless clothing, open-toed shoes, or any other apparel of a suggestive or revealing nature, short shorts, miniskirts (anything more than two (2) inches above the knee is unacceptable), and skin-tight clothing.

No hats, large or hard headbands, large bows, large clips, non-prescription sunglasses or excessively large jewelry that has a sharp edge and or point are allowed in the Visiting Room.

FCI inmates are responsible for advising their visitors of the dress requirements in the Visiting Room, including not wearing orange, Camouflage, or khaki.

Visitors will not be allowed to enter the institution wearing light brown Hush Puppy shoes that are the same type as the inmates.

The Operations Lieutenant or Duty Officer will be consulted prior to denying a visitor entry into the institution because of his or her attire. Excessive provocative attire is a reason to deny and/or preclude visiting.

It is requested that visitors not bring excessive items with them to visit an inmate; e.g., suitcases, large oversized bags or purses, packages, etc. These items must remain in the hotel room or automobile.

One small clear coin purse is allowed with proper I.D. and sufficient money for the vending machines. Twenty-five dollars per adult visitor is allowed in change of one dollar bills and five dollar bills.

Inmates are not allowed to receive food from outside sources. Visitors are not allowed to bring in food items. There are vending machines in the visiting room from which food snacks can be purchased.

Individuals with medical problems which require them to carry medication into the visiting room must inform the visiting room staff of their condition and receive permission to carry the medication into the visiting room.

Only medications needed to preserve life such as nitroglycerin, asthma inhalers or epileptic medication will be allowed into the visiting room. All other medications, to include injectable medications; will not be authorized for entry into the institution.

Physical Address

100 U.S. HWY 40

Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/X5JKD5HtMim

General Phone Number & Email Address

Phone: 618-664-6200
Email: GRE/[email protected]

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

For inmates at the FCI:
P.O. BOX 5000

For inmates at the Camp:
P.O. BOX 6000

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.The process for sending money is the same for FCI Greenville and the Fort Dix Satellite Camp.

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 a FCI Greenville.
  • 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, electronics, 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 Course
  • Non-Residential Drug Abuse Program (NR-DAP)
  • GED
  • English as a Second Language
  • Parenting
  • Pre-Release
  • High School Diploma (via paid correspondence)
  • Post-Secondary Programs (via paid correspondence)
  • Advanced Occupational Education in Microsoft Office at the FCI. The camp offers Horticulture, Microsoft Office, and Sewing
  • Vocational Training in Cabinet Making
  • Apprenticeships in Electrician, Landscape Management, Machinist Wood, Sewing, Teacher’s Aide, HVAC, and Quality Assurance. The camp offers Animal Trainer, HVAC, Landscape Management, Teacher’s Aide, Welding, and Prisoners Assisting with Support Personal Care and Service Dogs (PAWS).
  • UNICOR facility that produces clothing and textiles
  • Intramural Sports (softball, basketball, volleyball)
  • Individual arts and crafts
  • Physical fitness and weight reduction
  • Photo program
  • Music program

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Careers at Federal Correctional Institution - Greenville

If you are interested in pursuing a career with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, you can find available positions at FCI Greenville 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 Greenville are extremely positive, saying that it was a good work environment, and the staff was like family. The work/life balance is average, and the salary and benefits were competitive.