Federal Correctional Institution - Three Rivers

Federal Correctional Institution - Three Rivers, or FCI Three Rivers, is a medium-security federal facility with an adjacent minimum-security satellite camp located in Three Rivers, Texas. Currently, the FCI houses a total of 1,032 inmates and there are 292 inmates at the camp. 

Inmates at the FCI are housed in two-person cells, and the camp houses inmates in dormitories.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

The following information is for visit with inmates who are in general population. Visits with inmates who are in special housing units or in special custody status will have their own rules. Please contact the institution for more information.

Visiting hours at FCI Three Rivers are as follows: Saturday, Sunday, and all Federal holidays from 8:15 A.M. until 3:00 P.M.

The maximum number of persons allowed to visit an inmate at one time is six, including 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.

Visitors are not authorized to bring any item into the institution to give to an inmate. Personal items not allowed in the institution 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 are not allowed to take any unapproved items into the Visiting Room. No food items, chewing gum, or medication are permitted in the Visiting Room, with the exception of nitroglycerine tablets and inhalers.

Baby bottles (3) filled with formula or milk, can be brought into the visiting area after having passed a security check with the metal detector, x-ray machine and a visual inspection of the contents.

Diaper bags will be permitted only for visitors with small infants and it must be clear plastic. Mothers who breastfeed must have a small blanket or other type of covering to ensure the breast is not exposed during nursing.

Items that are brought into the institution may be placed in one clear plastic bag, not to exceed one gallon in size.

Visitors will dress appropriately and avoid clothing styles that are sexually suggestive or could easily be confused with inmate clothing (i.e.: khaki, orange and camouflage).

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 Institution Duty Officer prior to denial of the visit.

Visitors are expected to use good judgment and taste in their dress, persons who come dressed immodestly and/or provocatively dressed may be denied the privilege of Visiting.

Dresses, skirts, or Bermuda type shorts may not be worn more than two (2) inches above the knees at any time. No portion of the breast may be exposed. The wearing of t-shirts or other form fitting clothes by females visitors are prohibited.

Prohibited clothing items include, but are not limited to: see-through; fish net; form-fitting (lycra or Spandex) low-cut backless; sleeveless; and strapless blouses or dresses; athletic shorts; sweat pants; halter tops; swimwear; clothing which exposes the midriff portion of the body, and other revealing clothing items.

The wearing of any type of club, gang, or other organization symbols is strictly prohibited. Tight, provocative dress is not acceptable at any time in the Visiting Room. The wearing of prohibited clothing items under coats or jackets is also prohibited.

Open-toe shoes are not permitted.

Prohibited clothing colors include camouflage, orange, or Khaki.

During inclement weather, a light jacket or coat may be worn.

Physical Address


Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/ZHFse6Uf3SA2

General Phone Number & Email Address

Phone: 361-786-3576
Email: TRV/[email protected]

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

For inmates at the FCI:
P.O. BOX 4200

For inmates at the camp:
P.O. BOX 4200

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 Three Rivers.
  • 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

  • Individual and group therapy
  • Anger management
  • Stress management
  • Drug treatment programs
  • Relapse prevention groups
  • Non-Residential Drug Abuse Program (NR-DAP)
  • Literacy
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • GED
  • High School Diploma (via paid correspondence)
  • Post-Secondary Programs (via paid correspondence)
  • Employment resource center
  • Advanced occupational education at the FCI in Building Trades, HVAC, Microsoft Applications, and Welding. The camp offers General Automotive, HVAC, Microsoft Applications, and Wastewater Instruction.
  • Apprenticeships in Electrical, HVAC, and Plumbing
  • UNICOR facility that handles fleet management and vehicular components
  • Fitness programs (walk/run club, yoga, abdominal fitness)
  • Intramural sports
  • Band/Music program

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Careers at Federal Correctional Institution - Three Rivers

If you are interested in pursuing a career with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, you can find available positions at FCI Three Rivers 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 Three Rivers report that overall it is a good experience and the the salary and benefits are average.