Federal Correctional Institution - Texarkana

Federal Correctional Institution - Texarkana, or FCI Texarkana, is a low-security federal facility with an adjacent minimum-security satellite camp located on the most northeastern portion of Texas that borders its neighbour state of Arkansas. 

This federal institution opened for business in the year 1940 and only accepted men that have been sentenced to serve time in prison. There is no history of any females being detained at this location.

Currently, there is a total of 1,276 offenders incarcerated at this correctional facility. 996 inmates at the FCI, and the other 280 inmates living at the Camp.

All FCI Texarkana inmates are assigned to a two or four-person cubicle/room in dormitories that accommodate up to 40 inmates at a single time. The satellite camp also houses inmates in dormitories similar to the FCI.

Notable past inmates include heisman trophy winner Billy Cannon, who was convicted and found guilty of counterfeiting. He allegedly printed $50 million worth of phony $100 bills back in 1983. He was released from FCI Texarkana in 1992.

Former Mayor of New Orleans, Ray Nagin, is currently incarcerated at FCI Texarkana after being convicted of conspiracy to commit bribery, money laundering, and honest services wire fraud in 2014. He is scheduled to be released in 2023.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Visiting hours at FCI Texarkana are as follows: Saturday, Sunday, and all Federal holidays from 8:00 A.M. until 3:00 P.M.

The number of persons allowed, and seats used, while visiting one (1) inmate will be limited to four (4) adult visitors, and four (4) minor 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, military ID, 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.

Allowable items to be taken to the Visiting Room will be limited to:

  • 1 Clear Change Purse (small)
  • Cash totaling no more than $20.00, with no bill being more than $5.00
  • Feminine Hygiene Items (sealed)
  • 1 Handkerchief
  • 1 Comb or Hairbrush
  • Car and House Keys without pictures on the key holder/chain

Visitors with infants

  • 3 Diapers
  • 3 Bottles of Milk
  • 2 Sealed Baby Food Jars
  • 1 Baby Blanket
  • 1 Diaper Bag (clear plastic)

Care items for the infant children will be limited to only Premixed formula, and other liquids or foods must be in sealed, original containers.

  • Required medications will be supervised by the Visiting Room Officers at their station and accessed by the adult when necessary.

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 inmate visitor's personal vehicle.

Cell phones, pagers, cameras, or devices of any type are not authorized inside the institution.

Visitors will dress appropriately and avoid clothing styles that are sexually suggestive or could easily be confused with inmate clothing (i.e., khaki). A visit may be terminated in order to maintain good taste and consideration for others. Questionable attire will be referred to the Operations Lieutenant and/or IDO prior to denial of the visit.

The following attire will NOT be permitted:

  • Skirts, dresses, culottes: 3 or more inches above the knee in the standing position or splits in the material to include wrap around clothes
  • Capri pants could be worn but must be no shorter than the calf area
  • Khaki clothing (pants, shirt, blouse, etc.)
  • Shorts (only children 12 and below may wear shorts)
  • Halter, tube, tank or crop tops
  • Any shirt/blouse exposing the midriff
  • Brassiere-less
  • Spandex attire
  • See-through clothing to include plain white t-shirts
  • Form fitting clothing
  • Sweat pants or jogging suits
  • Clothing displaying obscene gestures, language or disruptive symbols
  • Hats, Any type/form/resemblance of/to a baseball cap, cowboy hat, sombrero, head wrap, or headband.

No bare feet (including babies), open toe shoes, flip flops, slip on shoes with no backs, or sandals, are allowed in the institution.

Children under the age of six will be allowed to wear shorts, open toe shoes, sandals, or flip flops. 

Physical Address


Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/FsPVMqYLTNJ2

General Phone Number & Email Address

Phone: 903-838-4587
Email: TEX/[email protected]

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

For inmates at the FCI:
P.O. BOX 7000

For inmates at the Camp:
P.O. BOX 9300

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 Texarkana.
  • 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 camp only)
  • Parenting
  • Literacy
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • GED
  • Language Labs and Resume writing workshops
  • High School Diploma (via paid correspondence)
  • Post-Secondary Programs (via paid correspondence)
  • Advanced occupational education in Business Computer Applications, Introduction to Culinary Arts, Culinary Arts, Graphic Design, HVAC, Upholstery, and Welding. The camp offers advanced occupational education programs in Automotive/Diesel Mechanics, Building Trades, Business Computer Applications, HVAC, and Introduction to Culinary Arts.
  • Apprenticeships in Dental Assistant, Dental Technician, Electrical Apprenticeship, and HVAC. The camp offers Dental Assistant Apprenticeship, Dental Technician, Electrical Apprenticeship, and HVAC
  • UNICOR facility that handles recycling activities and services and produces industrial products.
  • Exercise programs
  • Classes in health, nutrition, exercise, stretching, and personal training
  • Intramural sports leagues
  • Music program with two band rooms
  • Hobbycraft programs in leather craft, stick art, beads, painting, drawing, and airbrushing

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Careers at Federal Correctional Institution - Texarkana

If you are interested in pursuing a career with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, you can find available positions at FCI Texarkana 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 Texarkana report that it was a stressful work environment, but they were paid more than other careers in the area. The work/life balance is doable, and the salary and benefits are considered the top reason to seek employment with the Federal Bureau of Prisons in this area.