Federal Correctional Institution - Fairton

Opened in 1990, Federal Correctional Institution - Fairton is a medium-security federal correctional institution with an adjacent minimum-security satellite camp and a detention center (FDC). Located in Fairton, New Jersey, this facility houses a total of 1,091 male offenders - 982 at the FCI and FDC and 109 at the camp.

FCI and FDC Fairton inmates are housed in two-person cells. The Satellite camp offers a more open living arrangement with dormitory-style housing.

In August 2010, Brian Walters, Chief Pharmacist at FCI Fairton, pleaded guilty to stealing over $7,000 in drugs and supplies from the prison pharmacy. After a thorough investigation, authorities found the former FCI Fairton employee guilty. He was sentenced to three years probation, fined $1,000.00, and owes $7,041.44 in restitution.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

FCI and FDC Fairton visiting hours are 8:15 am to 3:15 pm on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays, and Federal Holidays.

FCI Fairton Satellite Camp visiting hours are 8:15 am to 3:15 pm on Saturdays, Sundays, and Federal Holidays.

A maximum of four (4) individuals may visit any one inmate during the approved visiting hours. All children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an approved 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 and will receive a black light stamp. 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 will be allowed one clear change purse no larger than 10 inches in length or width, billfolds with money for vending machines, infant necessities (10 diapers, 3 bottles w/formula, 4 jars of food, 1 spoon) and only life saving medication which will be placed at the Visiting Officer's desk for distribution. Any other questionable items must have the Operation's Lieutenant and the Institution Duty Officer's approval.

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.

Visitors will not be allowed to bring into the institution cameras, photos, documents of any sort, recording equipment, cellular phones, electronic car locking devices, large purses, strollers, baby carriers, toys, or extra clothing.

Any visitor in possession of an unauthorized item will have the option to secure the item in a locker located in the Front Lobby or secure the item in their vehicle.

Any visitor arriving at the FCI with a cane, walker, crutches or wheelchair, will have that item replaced at the Front Entrance with an institution cane, walker, crutches or wheelchair. These must be exchanged with the Front Lobby Officer prior to the visitor leaving the institution. Only those personal wheelchairs with life support equipment attached to them will be allowed into the visiting room.

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

The Front Lobby Officer and the Camp Visiting Officer will ensure all visitors are dressed appropriately. Visitors are expected to wear clothing which is neither provocative nor revealing.

The following attire is prohibited:

  • Transparent clothing
  • bathing suits
  • swimming wear
  • sleeveless garments
  • halter or tube tops
  • low cut blouses/dresses (revealing the chest area)
  • revealing front/backless clothing
  • shorts (must be no higher than 3 inches above the knee)
  • large metal belt buckles
  • sweat pants/sweat shirts
  • shirts or pants with holes on the garment
  • khaki clothing (orange, tan, beige, or green military type clothing) similar to inmate attire
  • spandex pants, skirts, tights, or leotards
  • hooded shirts of any kind
  • hats or head covering (other than those worn for religious purposes)
  • shower shoes, flip flops, and beach shoes

If any of these items are worn by a visitor, the visitor will be instructed to leave the institution grounds and return only when the appropriate clothing is worn.

If a visitor's apparel is in question, the Operation's Lieutenant and the Institution Duty Officer will be notified and they will make the final decision.

Physical Address

FAIRTON, NJ  08320

Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/GPghAcW9xzC2

General Phone Number & Email Address

Phone: 856-453-1177
Email: FAI/[email protected]

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

For inmates at the FCI:
P.O. BOX 420

For inmates at the Camp:
P.O. BOX 420

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 Fairton, FDC Fairton, and the Fairton 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 Fairton.
  • 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.

The monthly spend limit at FCI Fairton is $360 per inmate.

​Programs For ​Inmates

  • Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP) (FCI only)
  • Drug Abuse Education Course
  • Non-Residential Drug Abuse Program (NR-DAP)
  • Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Narcotics Anonymous
  • Thinking Skills
  • Parenting and Recovery
  • Nicotine Anonymous
  • Anger and Recovery
  • Living Free
  • GED
  • English as a second language
  • Pre-Release and Career Counseling
  • High School Diploma (via paid correspondence)
  • Post-Secondary Programs (via paid correspondence)
  • Occupational education in Aquaculture and Horticulture (FCI Fairton only)
  • Apprenticeships in Electrician, Gardener, HVAC, Landscape Management Technician, Landscape Technician, Plumber, Quality Assurer, and Building Maintenance Apprenticeship. (FCI Fairton Only)
  • The camp offers an apprenticeship in Dog Trainer for Hearing Impaired
  • UNICOR facility that produces electronics and plastics
  • Wellness Programs including physical fitness and weight reduction
  • Individualized arts and crafts
  • Intramural team sports

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Careers at Federal Correctional Institution - Fairton

If you are interested in pursuing a career with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, you can find available positions at FCI Fairton 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 Fairton report that it was a decent place to work and it was a great opportunity for those who want to learn. The work/life balance is average, and the salary is higher than other occupations in that area, making it an appealing place to have a career.