Federal Correctional Institution - Oxford

Federal Correctional Institution - Oxford, or FCI Oxford, is a medium-security institution with an adjacent minimum-security satellite camp. A total of 915 male inmates are incarcerated at the facility located in central Wisconsin - 783 inmates at the FCI and 132 inmates at the Camp.

Inmates at the FCI are housed in four different units and assigned to two-person cells. Inmates at the camp are housed in dormitories with four-person cubicles.

One notable incident at the FCI occured on June 21, 2011, when Timothy Washington, an inmate at FCI Oxford, stabbed another inmate 16 times with a shank. The victim of the assault survived. Washington pleaded guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon in February 2012 and was sentenced to an additional 33 months in prison.

The most notable former inmate was Dan Rostenkowski, the former Illinois congressman who served 17 months for mail fraud in connection with the Jack Abramoff Indian lobbying scandal. He was pardoned by President Bill Clinton in 2000.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Visiting hours at FCI Oxford are from from 8:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., on Saturdays, Sundays, and all Federal Holidays.

Visits for the camp are on Fridays from 4:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. and Saturdays, Sundays and Federal Holidays from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

The maximum number of visitors an inmate may have 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, 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.

These items ARE permitted in the Visiting Room:

  • Money ($20 limit)
  • Jewelry (normally worn)
  • 2 baby bottles (dry formula in clear container only, no liquids)
  • Baby food in sealed clear plastic containers
  • Diapers and baby wipes
  • Children's clothes/blanket (no larger than 40"x40")
  • Sweaters (must remain on for entire visit)
  • Heart medication/Inhaler

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.

The following items ARE NOT permitted in the Visiting Room:

  • Sleeveless shirts ·
  • Halter, tank or tube tops
  • Shirts/blouses with plunging necklines
  • Transparent/see-through clothing
  • Spandex/form fitting clothing
  • Clothing with holes
  • Hats, caps or shirts with hoods
  • Khaki colored clothing
  • Camouflage clothing
  • Shorts of any kind
  • Coats, jackets, gloves or scarves (any type of outdoor apparel)
  • Flip flops or shower shoes
  • Food of any kind
  • No photos, papers, newspaper clippings, etc.
  • No open-toed or open-heel shoes

Dresses should be no higher than the bottom of 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.

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

At the discretion of the Operations Lieutenant or IDO, 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

OXFORD, WI  53952

Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/5hCTaWAmGvG2

General Phone Number & Email Address

Phone: 608-584-5511
Email: OXF/[email protected]

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

For inmates at the FCI:
P.O. BOX 1000
OXFORD, WI 53952

For inmates at the Camp:
P.O. BOX 1085
OXFORD, WI 53952

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 Oxford.
  • 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

  • Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP)
  • Drug Abuse Education Course
  • 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)
  • Vocational training in Certified Production Technician and Culinary Arts.
  • Apprenticeships at the FCI include Carpentry, Culinary Arts, and Dental Assistant. The camp offers Maintenance Repair, Painter, Stationary Engineer, Wastewater Treatment, and Welding. Both facilities offer apprenticeships as a Bricklayer, Electrician, HVAC, Painter, Pipefitter, and Plumbing.
  • UNICOR facility produces electronics and plastics
  • ACE Wellness classes

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Careers at Federal Correctional Institution - Oxford

If you are interested in pursuing a career with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, you can find available positions at FCI Oxford 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 Oxford report that it was an average work environment and space is limited for advancement. The hours are long, and the salary and benefits are considered average.