Federal Correctional Institution - Berlin

Federal Correctional Institution - Berlin is a medium-security prison for male inmates that is located in Berlin, New Hampshire. It also has an adjacent satellite camp that houses minimum-security inmates. 

At full capacity, the facility can house 1,152 medium-security inmates and 128 minimum-security inmates.

The main prison has three housing units - A, B, and C. Each housing unit is a self-contained inmate living area that has housing sections and office space for staff. The camp inmates are housed in dormitories.

The inmates in the minimum security camp provide the labor force for the FCI. They work in facility maintenance and landscaping, as well as in the kitchen and laundry.

Berlin FCI opened in 2012, and is one of the newest prisons in the Federal Bureau of Prisons system.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Visiting hours at Berlin FCI (and the satellite camp) are on Saturdays, Sundays, and federal holidays from 8:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The visiting rules at Berlin FCI are the same for all security levels.

Each inmate is allowed a maximum of six total visitors at one time. All minors under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

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.

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.

You can bring money (no bills larger than $5) to the visiting room to use for vending machines. You can also bring a small change purse or a clear plastic bag, photo identification, and necessary medication. Everything else must be left in your vehicle.

You can also bring in items that an infant needs during a visit, including diapers, baby wipes, bottles, and sealed baby food.

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 must be dressed in an appropriate manner. Any visitor who arrives inappropriately dressed will be denied the privilege of visiting.

All visitors must be fully attired, including shoes. No open toed shoes and no strapless heels are authorized. All shoes must be strapped to the foot, and you can’t wear slippers, shower shoes, or flip-flops.

Clothing which is similar to and resembles the style or color of that is issued to inmates (for example, khaki colored clothing at the FCI or dark brown clothing at the SPC) is not allowed to be worn inside the Visiting Room.

Visitors are to refrain from wearing apparel which is revealing or suggestive, or any clothing that contains sexually suggestive/offensive writing or writing/logos that reference gangs.

Visitors can’t wear undergarments containing metal (i.e. underwire bra). Dresses or skirts must be no shorter than knee length, and may not have a slit above the knee.

The following clothing will not be permitted:

  • Shorts (unless on a child under the age of 12) 
  • Sweat suits or Athletic wear
  • Items revealing any part of the buttocks or crotch area
  • Sheer clothing
  • Tank tops
  • Halter tops
  • Midriff tops
  • Strapless tops or dresses
  • Spandex
  • Bib overalls
  • Khaki, dark brown, orange (any clothing)
  • Camouflage clothing
  • Medical Scrubs or clothing resembling staff uniforms
  • Hats, caps, scarfs
  • Hooded shirts, jackets or sweaters
  • Watches or other electronic wristbands
  • No form fitting clothing

Physical Address

BERLIN, NH  03570

Driving Directions:

General Phone Number & Email Address

BER/[email protected]

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

(For inmates at Berlin FCI and the camp)
P.O. BOX 9000
BERLIN, NH  03570

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 Berlin FCI and the Berlin 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:

  1. Wait until an inmate has physically arrived at a Beaumont FCC.

  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, 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.

The monthly inmate spend limit at Berlin FCI is $360.

​Programs For ​Inmates

  • Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP)
  • Drug Abuse Education Course
  • Non-Residential Drug Abuse Program (NR-DAP)
  • Treatment for inmates who have abused drugs and/or alcohol
  • GED in English and Spanish
  • High School Diploma (via paid correspondence)
  • Post-Secondary Programs (via paid correspondence)
  • Vocational training in Administrative Assistant, Carpentry, Culinary Arts, Electrical, Residential & Commercial Janitorial Maintenance. The camp also offers Weatherization
  • Music Programs
  • Art Activities (painting, sketching)
  • Craft Activities (ceramics, mosaics, crochet, knitting, and sculpture)
  • Wellness Programs

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Careers at Federal Correctional Institution - Berlin

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