Federal Correctional Institution - La Tuna

Federal Correctional Institution - La Tuna, or FCI La Tuna is a low-security federal correctional institution with a minimum-security satellite camp (SPC) located about thirty miles away from the FCI, and an adjacent minimum-security camp known as Federal Satellite Low, La Tuna or FSL La Tuna. 

A total of 1,036 male offenders are housed between these institutions located in Anthony, Texas, which is on the Texas-New Mexico border, 12 miles north of El Paso, Texas. FCI La Tuna inmates are assigned to two-person cells, and both of the minimum security camps house their inmates in an open dormitory style, with four men to a cubicle.

One notable inmate is Benjamin Hoskins Paddock who escaped from custody in 1968, putting him on the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. He stayed on that list from 1968 - 1977.  He spent a total of nine years hiding from the law, which made him part of a small group of fugitives who have held a place on the FBI’s most wanted list for so long. In 2017, his son, Stephen Craig Paddock, was responsible for the Las Vegas shooting.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Visiting hours at FCI La Tuna are from 8:00 a.m. to  3:00 p.m on Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays, and federal holidays.

Visits for the SPC and FSL are scheduled from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays, and federal holidays.

The maximum number of visitors an inmate may have at one time is five adults and five children.

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:

  • A transparent change purse
  • $20.00 (bills no larger than five dollar bills) or one credit card for the vending machines
  • Visitors with infants may bring in diapers, clear plastic baby bottles, and sealed baby food

Visitors are not authorized to bring any item into the institution to give to an inmate. Lockers are not available to visitors 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, or 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 wearing transparent clothing, spandex, halter tops, sweat pants of any type, jogging suits, sleeveless tops/dresses, shorts of any type, miniskirts, blouses or other apparel of a suggestive nature (i.e., low-cut, v-neck or any garment that reveals the mid-section) will not be admitted into the institution.

Dresses should be no higher than three inches above the knee. No bare feet (including babies), open toe shoes, flip flops, slip on shoes with no backs, or sandals, are allowed in the institution.

At the discretion of the Operations Lieutenant, other clothing resembling the style or color of inmate clothing (i.e., khaki, white, gray or camouflage in color clothing), may not be allowed to be worn into the institution.

Physical Address

ANTHONY, TX  79821

Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/KPt4EsxUBAT2

General Phone Number & Email Address

Phone: 915-791-9000
Email: LAT/[email protected]

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Mailing Address
For inmates at the FCI:
P.O. BOX 3000

For inmates at the SPC:
P.O. BOX 8000

For inmates at the FSL:
P.O. BOX 6000

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 La Tuna.
  • 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) at the FCI only
  • Literacy
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • GED
  • High School Diploma (via paid correspondence)
  • Post-Secondary Programs (via paid correspondence)
  • Advanced occupational education at FCI La Tuna are HVAC, Microsoft Office, and Office Technology.
  • Advance Occupational education at the satellite low offers Microsoft Office and Office Technology.
  • FCI La Tuna offers vocational training in Auto
  • The Satellite Low offers vocational training in Office Technology
  • The Satellite Camp offers vocational training in Building Trades, Auto, and Welding
  • UNICOR facility that handles fleet management and vehicular components
  • Art and hobbycraft programs, including ceramics, leatherwork, models, clay, mosaics, crochet, knitting, sculptures, woodworking, and lapidary
  • Wellness programs that include screening, assessment, goal setting, fitness/nutrition, prescriptions, and counseling

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Careers at Federal Correctional Institution - La Tuna

If you are interested in pursuing a career with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, you can find available positions at FCI La Tuna 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 La Tuna report that it was a productive environment  that facilitated learning and career advancement. The work/life balance is average, and former employees felt they were compensated well for the work they did while employed with the Federal Bureau of Prisons.