Federal Correctional Institution - Bastrop
Federal Correctional Institution - Bastrop is a low-security federal correctional institution for male inmates that is located in Bastrop, Texas, which is 30 minutes southeast of Austin. Operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, it also has an adjacent minimum security satellite camp.
There are five dormitories at FCI Bastrop, and the inmates live in two-man cells. The inmates at the camp are also housed in dormitories.
The prison was opened in 1979 and houses a population of 1,356 inmates - 1,188 at the FCI and 168 inmates at the camp.
One of the most notable inmates currently at the FCI is Sam Hurd, who is a former NFL player convicted of conspiracy to possess and sell a controlled substance in an attempt to form a marijuana and cocaine ring in Chicago.
Federal Correctional Institution - Bastrop
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Visiting Hours and Rules
All visiting at Bastrop FCI is currently suspended until further notice.
The visiting rules at Bastrop are the same for the FCI and the satellite camp.
Visiting hours at the FCI are on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and federal holidays from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and at the satellite camp on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Each inmate is allowed a maximum of five 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 up to $20 in change to the visiting room to use for vending machines. You can also bring a clear plastic purse, photo identification, necessary medication, and female hygiene items. Everything else must be left in your vehicle.
You can also bring in items that an infant needs during a visit, including diapers 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, 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 that reveal the mid drift. This includes spandex and leggings.
- 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 watches.
- No sleeveless shirts.
- No torn or ripped clothing.
- No khaki colored clothing that resembles what the inmate wears.
- No skirts or dresses that hit above the knee.
Inmate Mailing Address(es)
(For inmates at Bastrop FCI)
Inmate name and Register Number
Federal Correctional Institution
PO Box 1010
Bastrop, TX 78602
(For inmates at Bastrop Satellite Camp)
Inmate Name and Register Number
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 629
Bastrop, TX 78602
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 Bastrop FCI and the Bastrop Satellite Camp.
For federal prisoners, you can send money through the United States Postal Service by MONEY ORDER to the following address:
Federal Bureau of Prisons
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 Bastrop FCI.
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
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.
The monthly spend limit is $320.
Programs For Inmates
- English-as-a-Second Language (ESL)
- Adult Continuing Education (ACE)
- High school and post-secondary education programs are available via paid correspondence
- Advanced occupational training in Building Trades, Culinary Arts, Horticulture, and Oil and Gas Field Technician
- Apprenticeships in Baking, Carpentry, Cooking, Dental Assistant, Electrician, Electrician Maintenance, Heating and Cooling, Maintenance Repair, Painting, Plumbing, and Quality Control Technicians.
- The camp also offers apprenticeships in heating and cooling, stationary engineer, and welding.
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Careers at Federal Correctional Institution - Bastrop
If you are interested in pursuing a career with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, you can find available positions at Bastrop FCI by visiting USAJobs.gov. The expected salary at the facility begins around $40,000 and can go up into the six-figure range, depending on the position.
Reviews from employees at Bastrop report a good work/life balance and job security with some overtime required. Overall, this job provides a decent income and benefits. However, it can be stressful to work here because of the environment.