Federal Correctional Institution - McKean

Federal Correctional Institution - McKean, or FCI McKean, is a medium-security federal prison for male offenders located in Pennsylvania. It also has an adjacent minimum-security satellite camp. There are currently 1,092 total inmates at the facility, with 871 at the FCI and 221 at the camp.

Inmates at FCI McKean are housed in two-person cells, and those at the camp are housed in dormitories that have two-person cubicles.

In 2013, Locksley Milwood - who was serving a sentence for being part of a drug smuggling ring - escaped from the satellite camp. But, he was found by police a few hours later, and he was later sentenced to two additional months in prison.

Notable current inmates include Chaka Fattah, a Philadelphia politician who is serving ten years for racketeering. Former inmates include actor Wesley Snipes, who served two years for failure to file federal tax returns and Denny McLain, a former Major League Baseball player and two-time Cy Young Award winner who served six years for money laundering and mail fraud.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Visiting hours at FCI McKean are on Fridays from 8:00 am to noon, and on Saturdays, Sundays, and federal holidays from 8:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

At the camp, visiting hours are on Saturdays, Sundays, and federal holidays between 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

The maximum number of visitors an inmate may have at one time is six, including children. Anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

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 and 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.

Items authorized to be taken into the Visiting Room by an Approved Visitor:

  • Clear plastic purse not exceeding 3" by 5" in diameter 
  • Medication - Necessary life supportive medication (e.g. nitroglycerine tablets and asthma inhalers) 
  • Identification ID Card, Driver's License • Jewelry being worn by the visitor 
  • Female hygiene items - sanitary napkins or tampons. 
  • Religious headgear 
  • Money - A total of $40.00 per adult in change or paper currency ($1.00 or $5.00 bills only)
  • Jacket or coat (once in the visiting room the jacket or coat must be hung on the coat rack, unless otherwise approved by the Visiting Room staff)

Note: Money may not be exchanged between a visitor and an inmate; the visitor may purchase items from the vending machines for the inmate. However, all items must be consumed in the Visiting Room.

Visitors are not allowed to bring any item into the institution to give to an inmate. Lockers are not available 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, watches, or smart devices of any type are not authorized inside the institution.

All visitors will be dressed appropriately and avoid suggestive, provocative and revealing clothing styles. The Institution Duty Officer or Operations Lieutenant may deny a visit based on inappropriate or provocative clothing.

All footwear and clothing must be appropriate for a correctional setting, and the dress code is as follows:

  • No pants with holes, spandex, or tight fitting (e.g., yoga pants, leggings, and jeggings) 
  • No midriff tops, strapless garments, garments which expose private parts of the body or see-through clothing 
  • No military clothing (i.e., field jackets, camouflage, khaki, green fatigues or BTUs) 
  • No shorts are considered appropriate apparel and will not be authorized
  • No low-cut blouses 
  • No tank top, tube top, strapless/sleeveless top shirts, or muscle shirts - All shirts and blouses must cover the shoulders (both male/female) 
  • No profane, sexually explicit, or inappropriate slogans on clothing 
  • No flip-flop style/open toe shoes without a strap around the heel (for safety reasons, a strap around the heel must be present). All visitors will wear shoes, to include children 
  • No watches, Fitbits, or otherwise considered "smart" accessories will be permitted 
  • No scarves or gloves 
  • No sunglasses 
  • No grey colored sweat pants or shirts 
  • No ball caps, hats, bandanas, sweat bands, do-rags, or any other type of headgear is authorized with the exception of approved religious headgear identified as the following: kufis, yarmulkes, turbans, crowns, and headbands, as well as scarves, head wraps or anything covering the natural hair for orthodox Muslim and Jewish women

Visitors will not have to remove their religious headwear and it will not be searched other than through a metal detector. If there is reasonable suspicion that contraband is present, then the policy governing searches of non-inmates will be enacted and adhered to.

Skirts and dresses will be permitted; however, they must not be form fitting and must cover the knees.

Visitors will not be permitted to wear pants, coats, and/or shirt that resemble the khaki-colored inmate uniform. Any visitor wearing clothes similarly-colored (brown, light brown, beige, khaki, or tan) will not be allowed to enter the visiting room.

Visitors who appear to be under the influence of alcoholic beverages, drugs or narcotics, or who display inappropriate behavior will not be permitted to visit or remain on the institution's grounds.

Physical Address

6975 ROUTE 59
LEWIS RUN, PA  16738

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

General Phone Number & Email Address

Phone: 814-362-8900
Email: MCK/[email protected]

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

P.O. BOX 8000

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 McKean.
  • 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.

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

​Programs For ​Inmates

  • Drug Abuse Education Course
  • Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP) at the camp only
  • Non-Residential Drug Abuse Program (NR-DAP)
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Literacy
  • GED
  • High School Diploma (via paid correspondence)
  • Post-Secondary Programs (via paid correspondence)
  • FCI McKean has advanced occupational education classes in Culinary Arts and NCCER Carpentry, and the camp also offers Teacher’s Aide
  • FCI McKean offers apprenticeships in Career Technician, Cook, Electrician, Housekeeping, and Teacher’s Aide
  • Wellness programs that include fitness/nutrition
  • Art activities

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Careers at Federal Correctional Institution - McKean

If you are interested in pursuing a career with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, you can find available positions at FCI McKean 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 McKean say that it is a fast-paced work environment and everyone works hard. The work-life balance is average, and the salary and benefits are considered to be the biggest perk of being employed with the Bureau of Prisons.