Federal Correctional Institution - Pekin

Federal Correctional Institution - Pekin, or FCI Pekin, is a medium-security institution with an adjacent minimum-security satellite camp. There is a total of 1,190 male offenders incarcerated at this facility located in central Illinois - 944 inmates at the FCI and 246 inmates at the camp.Inmates at the FCI are housed in four different housing units made up of two, three, eight, and ten-person cells. Inmates at the camp are housed in two-person cubicles inside of a dormitory. 

Notable inmates include former Chicago Police officer Joseph Miedzianowski, who is currently serving a life sentence for conspiracy and racketeering. Also, Iowa machinist John Tomkins, who is serving a 37-year sentence at FCI Pekin after being convicted of mailing threatening letters and two pipe bombs.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

The visiting hours for the FCI are on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and on Mondays from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Visiting on all Federal holidays, even if the holiday falls on a Monday, will be from 8:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Visits for the camp are Friday evenings from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., and Saturdays, Sundays, and Federal Holidays from 8:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m

A maximum number of seven (7) visitors, excluding infants and children under the age of three (3), may visit an inmate at one time

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:

  • clear change purse or billfold
  • Money, not more than $20.00
  • Comb/hair brush
  • Baby bottles
  • A reasonable amount of diapers and a small blanket
  • Baby food (reasonable amount) must be vacuum sealed in the original container
  • Baby clothes (one set)
  • Medication: Life maintenance nitroglycerin is the only medication authorized in the FCI visiting room. This medication may be maintained by the visitor.Diabetic medication and syringes are not considered life maintenance medications and must be stored securely in the visitor's vehicle.
  • Jewelry worn (no jewelry will be carried in)
  • A sweater, light jacket or coat
  • Feminine hygiene items
  • One set of car keys. (Electronic locking devices will be at the Officers discretion)

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

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.

The following clothing is NOT allowed:

  • Miniskirts (and mini dresses) to include any skirt or dress above the middle of the knee. Slits in dresses may not rise above the middle of the knee.
  • Shorts worn above the middle of the knee.
  • Halter tops or halter dresses
  • Blouses and/or other apparel which is revealing in nature (i.e., no transparent,excessively tight fitting (spandex), cut-off tops, sleeveless, mid-drifts, etc).
  • Strapless dresses/tops
  • Tank tops - male or female
  • Military clothing (i.e., field jackets, camouflage, green fatigues). No khaki or light brown clothing of any type will be allowed in the visiting room.
  • No hats or headbands
Shirts of any kind that display profane, sexually explicit or illegal gang material.Also, shirts which display symbols or writing inappropriate for a correctional environment

Physical Address

2600 S. SECOND ST.
PEKIN, IL  61554

Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/5tNTujDmjmT2

General Phone Number & Email Address

Phone: 309-346-8588
Email: PEK/[email protected]

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

For inmates at the FCI:
P.O. BOX 5000
PEKIN, IL 61555

For inmates at the Camp:
P.O. BOX 5000
PEKIN, IL 61555

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 Pekin.
  • 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

  • Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP)
  • Drug Abuse Education Course
  • Non-Residential Drug Abuse Program (NR-DAP)
  • Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Adult continuing education (ACE) classes in Spanish, Real Estate, Public Speaking, and Drawing
  • Parenting
  • Literacy
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • GED
  • College Program for an Associates Degree in Business
  • High School Diploma (via paid correspondence)
  • Post-Secondary Programs (via paid correspondence)
  • FCI Pekin offers advanced occupational education in Certified Production Technician and Computer Applications. The camp offers training in Computer Applications.
  • FCI Pekin offers apprenticeships in Institutional Cook, Maintenance Electrician, Quality Control Technician, and Sheet Metal Worker. The camp does not offer any apprenticeship programs
  • UNICOR facility produces industrial products and handles fleet management and vehicular components. The camp does not house a UNICOR facility.

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Careers at Federal Correctional Institution - Pekin

If you are interested in pursuing a career with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, you can find available positions at FCI Pekin 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 Pekin report that it was a great work environment and they learned a lot. The work/life balance is good, and the salary and benefits are considered average.