Prison Profile: Federal Correctional Institution Beckley

By Christopher Zoukis

Official Address

Federal Correctional Institution Beckley

1600 Industrial Park Road

Beaver, WV 25813

Phone: 304-252-9758

Fax: 304-256-4956

Email: BEC/[email protected]


FCI Inmate Correspondence Address

Inmate Name and Registration Number

FCI Beckley

P.O. Box 350

Beaver, WV 25813

(Funds can only be sent to the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ National Lockbox Address listed below, not directly to the inmate at FCI Beckley.)

Sex: Male

Security Level: Medium Security Federal Prison

Location: FCI Beckley is located in Raleigh County, West Virginia, approximately 51 miles southeast of Charleston, and 136 miles northwest of Roanoke, Virginia.

BOP Region: Mid-Atlantic Region (MXR)

BOP Institution Code: BEC for FCI Beckley

Medical Care Level: FCI Beckley is a Level 2 medical care facility.

Judicial District: Southern West Virginia

Population: FCI Beckley houses approximately 1,665 federal inmates.

Background: FCI Beckley was opened in 1995.

Housing Configuration: Inmates at FCI Beckley are primarily housed in two-man cells.

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California Is Facing More Woes in Prisons

Dianne Frazee-Walker

California’s prison system is one of the largest in the country. At the beginning of 2013 the state housed 199,000 inmates. The California prison population is facing a major crisis. The prison population is 50% over what the prison system is safely equipped to hold. Some California prisons are at 180% over capacity. A goal of reducing the overflow to137.5% was requested by federal courts in January with a 6-month deadline.

Presently, California prisons continue to be in a dismal predicament.  Image courtesy

For the last two-years Governor Jerry Brown has been rejecting the United States Supreme Court’s orders to release low risk inmates to lower the prison population. His reasoning for not reaching federal regulations is his concern for public safety.

The consequences of Brown’s unwillingness to conform are compounding the prison overpopulation problem.

The California prison overcrowding dilemma is causing a multitude of other issues.

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