Federal Correctional Institution – Ashland

The Federal Correctional Institution, Ashland or FCI Ashland is a low-security federal prison for male inmates that is located in Boyd County, Kentucky. It is located about five miles outside of Ashland and about 125 miles east of Lexington.

In addition to the low-security main prison, there is also a satellite prison camp for minimum-security male offenders.

There are approximately 985 inmates housed at the main prison and 235 inmates at the satellite camp.

This prison opened in 1940, and it is currently being used to house inmates who are serving short-term sentences and are part of the “phasing down process” for prisoners who are close to completing their sentence.

In 2006, Forbes Magazine ranked the satellite camp at FCI Ashland as one of the best places to go to prison in the United States. It features a “wellness” program that includes aerobic exercise and stress reduction.

The main prison has two-person cells, two-person dorms, and two-person cubicles. There is also a unit that has one-person rooms. At the camp, the inmates live in dormitory style housing that have two-person cubicles.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Visiting hours are on Friday, Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays, and federal holidays from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Each inmate is allowed a maximum of five visitors during one visit. All minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Authorized visitors who can visit an inmate include family, friends, and associates. Relationships must be verifiable, and you can't visit unless the inmate puts you on the visiting list.

All potential visitors 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 determine if a visitor application is approved, and 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.

All visitors are subject to a visual and pat search by an officer. You will also be scanned by a metal detector and go through an electronic narcotics detection device. If you do not “clear” the detection device, you will not be allowed to visit the inmate.

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.

The only items you are allowed to bring into a visit are:

  • A clear plastic purse or bag (no wallets)
  • Prescription medicine that will be kept at the officers’ station
  • A clear plastic diaper bag
  • Sealed baby food
  • Plastic baby bottles
  • Baby formula/milk
  • Baby lotion and powder
  • Small Blanket
  • Change of clothes for a baby
  • Diapers
  • Baby Wipes

You can bring up to $20 in change (no bills larger than $5) to the visiting room to use for vending machines, but all other property must be left in your vehicle. You cannot bring any food items into the visit.

You must bring a valid photo ID with you to the visit, like a state or federal ID card, driver's license, current passport, or resident alien card. Birth certificates are not valid forms of ID.

The dress code for visits is as follows:

  • No shirts that are low cut or revealing, no tank tops, no tube tops, or halter tops.
  • No clothes that are see-through, extremely tight, or reveal the mid drift.
  • No sleeveless or strapless dresses, no swimsuits.
  • No bandanas, doo-rags, camouflage, military clothing, or clothing that resembles security uniforms.
  • No gang or obscene or distracting messages, shapes or designs.
  • No coats or jackets and sweatshirts, raincoats or other outer garments.
  • No hats except as religiously recognized.
  • No sunglasses or excessive jewelry.
  • No open-toed shoes, flip-flops, house shoes, or slippers.
  • No shorts.
  • No sleeveless shirts.
  • No khaki or orange-colored clothing resembling an inmate.
  • No skirts above the knee.

Physical Address

St. Route 716
Ashland, KY 41105

Driving Directions:

General Phone Number & Email Address

ASH/[email protected]

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

(For inmates at the FCI)
Inmate name and Register Number
FCI Ashland
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 6001
Ashland, KY 41105

(For inmates at the Camp)
Inmate Name and Register Number
FCI Ashland
Federal Correctional Institution Satellite Camp
P.O. Box 6000
Ashland, KY 41105

There is no limit on the amount of mail that inmates receive, but all correspondence must have the inmates 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 make 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:

  1. Wait until an inmate has physically arrived at a Aliceville FCI.

  2. Gather the information you'll need. Which includes the inmate’s name and number.

  3. Visit moneygram.com to complete your payment.

Information needed to complete MoneyGram payment:

  1. Account Number: Inmate's eight-digit register number with no spaces or dashes, followed immediately by the inmate's last name (example: 12345678DOE).

  2. Company Name: Federal Bureau of Prisons

  3. City & State: Washington, DC

  4. Receive Code is always: 7932

  5. 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, magazine subscriptions, 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 Classes
  • Non-Residential Drug Abuse Program (NR-DAP)
  • Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Narcotics Anonymous


  • GED and GED Prep classes (English and Spanish)
  • English-As-A-Second Language (ESL)
  • Adult Continuing Education (ACE) and parenting classes
  • High School Diplomas and post-secondary programs are also available through paid correspondence programs
  • Advanced Occupational Education in autobody and car care, gardening, and welding
  • Apprenticeship Training in baking, cooking, dental assistant, maintenance electrician, and welding.
  • Ashland FCI also offers both Law Library Services (electronically) and Leisure Library Services.

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Careers at Federal Correctional Institution – Ashland

If you are interested in pursuing a career with the Federal Bureau of Prisons at Ashland FCI, you can find available positions at USAJobs.gov. The expected salary for a correctional officer begins around $40,000.  

Reviews from employees at Ashland FCI report a good work/life balance, strong relationships with co-workers, and job security with some overtime required. Overall, this job provides a good income and benefits. However, it can be stressful because of the environment.