Federal Medical Center - Lexington

Federal Medical Center - Lexington, or FMC Lexington is an administrative security federal medical facility with an adjacent minimum-security satellite camp. FMC Lexington has a total of 1,454 male and female inmates - 1,223 Inmates at the FMC and 231 inmates at the camp.

FMC Lexington sits on over 1,000 acres in the state of Kentucky. The majority of its population require medical or mental health care. At FMC they have one, two, or four cells or dormitories. The Camp dormitories are made up of cubicles that sleep  two or three inmates.

Notable inmates that have been incarcerated at FMC Lexington include Narseal Batiste, leader of the Universal Divine Saviors religious cult, who was convicted of terrorism conspiracy in 2009. He and four others had conspired to bomb the Sears Towers located in Chicago, IL. He served a 13-year sentence and was released in 2018.

Also, white supremacist Daniel Cowart, pleaded guilty to planning the assassination of then presidential nominee, Barack Obama, and is serving a 14-year sentence. He is scheduled to be released in 2021.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Visiting hours at FMC Lexington are on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 2:25 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Visiting hours at the camp are on Fridays from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The maximum number of visitors an inmate may have at one time is five, including children. All visitors less than 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian, or responsible adult over the age of 18.

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, gallon-sized Ziploc plastic bag 
  • $20.00 (bills no larger than five dollar bills)
  • One additional clear, gallon sized Ziploc plastic bag may be permitted for storing baby supplies.
  • 4 Diapers
  • 2 Clear Baby Feeding Bottles
  • 4 Baby Food (jars that are sealed only)
  • Any medication the baby needs
  • Baby Wipes in a clear plastic baggie

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.

Cell phones, pagers, cameras, or electronic 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, including children, will not be permitted into the institution wearing any clothing which resembles inmate issued uniforms or officer’s uniforms (i.e., khaki colored clothing).

Hats, other than religious headgear, sweat suits/jogging suits, shorts, see-through blouses, miniskirts, strapless dresses/tops, sleeveless shirts/blouses, halter tops, spandex, or any other form fitting type of provocative clothing are not allowed.

Skirts, skorts, or dresses must fall below the knee while sitting. Hats, bandannas, and scarves will not be permitted inside the Visiting Room. Sunglasses will not be worn in the Visiting Room, unless the visitor provides proof of this being medically necessary.

Religious headgear maybe worn, but must be searched prior to entry. Open toed shoes and flip-flops will not be allowed in the visiting room.

Physical Address


Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/dTL6NCpuwxr

General Phone Number & Email Address

Phone: 859-255-6812
Email: LEX/[email protected]

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

For inmates at the FMC:
P.O. BOX 14500

For inmates at the Camp:
P.O. BOX 14525

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 FMC Lexington.
  • 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 Course
  • Non-Residential Drug Abuse Program (NR-DAP)
  • Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP)(FMC Only)
  • Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Narcotics Anonymous
  • Literacy
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • GED
  • High School Diploma and post-secondary education (via paid correspondence)
  • Advanced occupational education in Small Business Management
  • Vocational training in Carpentry, Culinary Arts VT, Greenhouse, Masonry, Residential Electrical, and Welding. The camp offers Computer Applications. Both facilities offer Horticulture.
  • Apprenticeships in Electromechanical Wire Harness Assembler, Building Maintenance Service and Repair, Carpentry, Construction Craft Laborer, Cook, Customer Service Representative, Electrician, Healthcare Sanitation, Heating & Air Conditioning Installer & Servicer, Horticulturist, Machinist, Maintenance Mechanic (any industry), Material Coordinator, Office Manager/Administrative Services, Painter, Pipefitter-Steamfitter, Plumber, Power Plant Operator, Quality Assurance Inspector, and Welder.
  • The camp offers apprenticeships in Automobile Mechanic, Building Maintenance Service and Repair, Cook, Material Coordinator, and Small-Engine Mechanic.
  • UNICOR facility houses an electronic cable factory, quality control department, business office, customer service center, and an accounts receivable operation.
  • Structured fitness classes

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Careers at Federal Medical Center - Lexington

If you are interested in pursuing a career with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, you can find available positions at FMC Lexington 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 FMC Lexington report that it was a great work environment even though it is understaffed. The work/life balance could be improved if they had a full staff, and the salary and benefits are above average.