Arizona houses four stand-alone federal prisons and two federal prison camps. The Western Regional Office oversees each of these Arizona federal prisons. In total, 3,325 inmates are housed inside federal prisons in Arizona. On this page, you can learn more about each facility, how to search for Arizona inmates, and more.
Table of contents
- Arizona Federal Prisons by Security Level
- Federal Prisons in Arizona
- List of Arizona Federal Prisons
- Wikipedia Pages About Each Facility
- Arizona Inmate Search
Arizona Federal Prisons by Security Level
High-Security Federal Prisons in Arizona
- USP Tucson (Tucson, AZ)
Medium-Security Federal Prisons in Arizona
- FCI Phoenix (Phoenix, AZ)
- FCI Tucson (Tucson, AZ)
Low-Security Federal Prisons in Arizona
- FCI Safford (Safford, AZ)
Minimum-Security Federal Prisons in Arizona
- FCI Phoenix Camp (Phoenix, AZ)
- USP Tucson Camp (Tucson, AZ)
Federal Prisons in Arizona
Federal Correctional Institution Phoenix is a medium-security level federal prison located in Phoenix, Arizona. FCI Phoenix is a Medical Care Level 2 prison, which houses 842 male inmates. You can find the facility’s contact information on this page, including email address, phone number, and inmate mailing address.
FCI Phoenix Camp
Federal Correctional Institution Phoenix Camp is a minimum-security level federal prison located in Phoenix, Arizona. FCI Phoenix Camp is a Medical Care Level 2 correctional facility that houses 204 female inmates.
Federal Correctional Institution Safford is a low-security level federal prison located in Safford, Arizona. FCI Safford is a Medical Care Level 1 prison, which houses 780 male offenders. This page also includes information about how family and friends can visit FCI Safford inmates, including visitation hours and visiting room regulations.
United States Penitentiary Tucson is a high-security level federal prison located in Tucson, Arizona. USP Tucson is a Medical Care Level 2/3 prison. The facility houses 1,329 male inmates.
USP Tucson Camp
Federal Correctional Institution Tucson Camp is a minimum-security level federal prison located in Tucson, Arizona. USP Tucson Camp is a Medical Care Level 2/3 prison. The facility houses 102 male offenders.
Federal Correctional Institution Tucson is a medium-security level federal prison located in Tucson, Arizona. The Western Regional Office oversees the facility. FCI Tucson is a Medical Care Level 2 prison that houses 266 male prisoners.
List of Arizona Federal Prisons
Located in Phoenix, about 25 miles north of the downtown area, Federal Correctional Institution Phoenix is a medium-security institution for male inmates. A minimum-security satellite prison camp for females is located adjacent to the primary institution.
FCI Phoenix opened in 1985 in response to the overcrowding of Arizona federal prisons and similar facilities nationwide. Its four housing units now hold well over 1,500 inmates in two and three-person cells.
All prisoners are entitled to physical and mental health services. They can also participate in numerous programs, including:
- Substance Abuse Prevention
- Anger Management
- GED Classes
- College Correspondence Courses
- Recreation Classes
- Library Offerings
In addition to apprenticeship programs, inmates can participate in vocational training in the following areas:
The goal of these federal prisons in Arizona programs is to provide motivated inmates with education and training. Therefore, these programs enable inmates to support themselves and their families upon their eventual release from custody.
Phoenix Prison Camp
Phoenix prison camp is adjacent to the medium-security prison. Its female inmates live in dormitory-style housing. These inmates must maintain prison employment throughout their incarceration.
Inmates at Phoenix camp have access to educational, recreational, and vocational opportunities, including:
- English-as-a-Second Language
Residential and non-residential drug programs, parenting classes, adult continuing education, and vocational training are also available.
Additionally, apprenticeships are offered in these areas:
- Electronics tester
- Electronics Utility Worker
- Front-End Mechanic
- Landscape Tech
- Quality Control
Federal Correctional Institution Safford is a low-security federal prison for male inmates. The facility is in Graham county, near the southeastern Arizona town of Safford. It is approximately 130 miles northeast of Tucson.
Inmates at FCI Safford must work at their assigned work assignment. Many inmates have UNICOR jobs producing textile products purchased by other federal agencies.
Inmates who have not earned a high school diploma must attend GED classes. College and vocational courses are also available. Notable inmates include Nixon adviser John Ehrlichman and former Oklahoma governor David Hall.
United States Penitentiary Tucson is the only high-security federal prison in Arizona. It houses male inmates ineligible for placement in lower-security facilities. A minimum-security satellite camp for male inmates is located adjacent to USP Tucson.
The prison features single and multi-person cells with guarded perimeters. Prison staff enforces strict controls over inmate movements. The institution has a higher inmate-to-staff ratio than lower-security prisons.
Part of the Sex Offender Management Program (SOMP), USP Tucson houses a higher-than-average number of male inmates convicted of sex crimes. While this enables prison staff to better monitor those convicted of sexual offenses, it also makes the prison safer for this population. Inmates at this facility have access to the Non-Residential Drug Treatment program and the Non-Residential Sex Offender Treatment Program.
Literacy classes, English-as-a-Second-Language, GED, and college correspondence classes are available to inmates. Prisoners can also engage in occupational education and vocational training. Intramural sports, fitness classes, arts and crafts classes, and wellness classes are also available to the inmate population.
Federal Correctional Institution Tucson is a medium-security prison for male inmates. The institution also has a detention center for both male and female offenders. All institutions are part of the Tucson Federal Correctional Complex.
Opened in March 1982, FCI Tucson is ten miles southeast of downtown Tucson. Male inmates are held in two-person cells.
Detainees at the detention center are primarily there while awaiting federal trial in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. These are detainees who have not been found guilty or pleaded guilty but are under indictment by the U.S. Department of Justice. Additionally, a small segment of inmates housed at the detention center is awaiting transfer or release.
FCI Tucson’s detention facility holds male and female inmates in all security categories awaiting trial. The facility features strict security measures, including restrictions on inmate movement and guarded perimeters.
Tucson Prison Camp
Tucson prison camp is a minimum-security satellite facility adjacent to the high-security USP Tucson. The prison is in Pima County, Arizona. Inmates are housed in dormitory-style accommodations.
Inmates at the prison camp are assigned jobs that support the operations of the Arizona federal prisons complex. They can enroll in a variety of educational, vocational, and self-enrichment courses, including:
- College Correspondence Courses
- Substance Abuse Management
- Health Classes
- Wellness Programs
Basic and advanced vocational education is also available in business management, ServSafe, and basic and advanced baking.
If you would like to send money to an inmate, please visit our inmate money page.
Wikipedia Pages About Each Facility
The below Wikipedia pages profile each federal prison in Arizona. You can learn about the background, historical, and other information on these pages, including a list of current and past notable inmates. Please note these pages link to information about federal prisons, not Arizona Department of Corrections information.
For more comprehensive and regularly updated profiles of each facility, please click on the above links. These will take you to our prison profiles. The information on the above pages is regularly updated and verified by our federal prison consultants.
- Safford FCI, AZ (Safford, AZ)
- Tucson USP, AZ (Tucson, AZ)
- Tucson FCI, AZ (Tucson, AZ)
- Phoenix FCI, AZ (Phoenix, AZ)
Arizona Inmate Search
If you are looking for an Arizona inmate search tool, please visit our inmate locator page. On this page, you will find links to the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ inmate locator webpage and other Arizona inmate lookup information. These tools also provide access to inmate data and county jails.
These Arizona federal inmate search tools permit users to search for inmates in both federal and state custody. They allow you to search by inmate name and prison number.
Our page on this explains how Arizona inmate search and lookup tools operate. This way, you can find your loved one regardless if they are in the State of Arizona, whether Arizona state prison or federal custody. This page also includes information on locating Arizona inmates in prisons and jails.
Published Oct 1, 2020 by Christopher Zoukis, JD, MBA | Last Updated by Christopher Zoukis, JD, MBA on Jan 14, 2022 at 2:15 am