FCI Beckley | Federal Correctional Institution Beckley

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Federal Correctional Institution Beckley (FCI Beckley) is a medium-security level federal prison located in Beaver, West Virginia. It is overseen by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Office. FCI Beckley is a Medical Care Level 2 prison. It houses 1,469 male inmates. The facility is also known as the Beckley federal prison, Beckley WV federal prison, and the Beckley Correctional Center.
Facilities: FCI Beckley and an adjacent minimum security satellite prison camp.
Facility Address & Contact Information
Federal Correctional Institution Beckley
1600 Industrial Road
Beaver, WV 25813
Phone: 304-252-9758
Fax: 304-256-4956
Email: BEC/[email protected]
BOP Website: http://www.bop.gov/locations/institutions/bec
Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Correctional_Institution%2C_Beckley
Inmate Correspondence Address
For FCI Beckley
Inmate Name and Registration Number
FCI Beckley
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 350
Beaver, WV 25813
For Satellite Prison Camp
Inmate Name and Registration Number
FCI Beckley
Satellite Prison Camp
P.O. Box 350
Beaver, WV 25813
NOTE: Funds cannot be sent directly to federal inmates. See our page on sending money to federal prisoners.
Sex: Male
Security Level: Main: Medium; Camp: Minimum
Location: FCI Beckley is located in Raleigh County, West Virginia, approximately 51 miles southeast of Charleston.
BOP Region: Mid-Atlantic Region (MXR)
BOP Institution Code: BEC for FCI Beckley
Medical Care Level: Level 2. See our page on Medical Care Levels and Procedures for more information.
Judicial District: Southern District West Virginia
Population (as of Sept. 14, 2020): Main: 1,416; Camp: 63
Background: First established in 1974 as the Beckley Work Release Center, the facility was reorganized in 1997 and renamed the Beckley Correctional Center (BCC). In March 2011, the center expanded into the Jackie Withrow hospital to incorporate a Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Unit (RSAT) on the grounds of the hospital. Notable inmates include the founder of Berkeley Nutraceuticals Steven Warshak (served 9 years for fraud and money laundering), James Kopp (serving a life sentence for murder), and Eric DeWayne Boyd (serving an 18-year sentence for assisting in a carjacking in order to elude authorities).
Housing: Federal Correctional Institution Beckley is comprised of two-person cells. The camp consists of open-bay dorms with two-person cubicles.
Health Services: Medical and dental sick call, medications, medical and dental open house, routine dental care, physical examinations, eyeglasses/contact lenses, and emergency medical and dental care are available at Beckley WV federal prison.
Psychology Services: FCI Beckley offers the BRAVE (Bureau Rehabilitation and Values Enhancement) Program, which is a self-improvement program for young offenders serving lengthy terms of incarceration. Other programming groups for anger management and stress management are also available.
Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP): Beckley Correctional Center houses a Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP). Additional services include a Drug and Substance Abuse Education program and a Non-Residential Drug Abuse Treatment Program (NR-DAP). The camp does not offer RDAP.
Education Services: Beckley WV federal prison offers GED classes and English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) classes. Adult Continuing Education (ACE) courses and a parenting program is also available. High school diplomas and postsecondary programs are available through paid correspondence programs.
Advanced Occupational Education: FCI Beckley offers advanced occupational education in Business Retail Management, Customer Service, Appliance Repair & Refrigeration, Blueprint Reading, Carpentry, HVAC, Masonry, and Residential Wiring. The camp offers Appliance Repair & Refrigeration, HVAC, and Welding. The advanced occupational college classes are offered through New River Community and Technical College.
Vocational Training: Federal Correctional Institution Beckley and the camp do not offer any vocational training programs aside from their advanced occupational education programs.
Apprenticeship: FCI Beckley and the camp do not offer any apprenticeship programs.
Library Services: The Recreation Department offers a video library, where inmates may check out videos to watch during scheduled times. Videos are educational in nature and include a variety of topics related to health, wellness, leisure, athletics, and sports. Inmates may also check out various periodicals, magazines, literature, and other wellness and leisure reading materials. The Beckley Correctional Center law library is located in the Education Department and contains a variety of legal reference materials for use in preparing legal papers. Reference materials include the United States Code Annotated, Federal Reporter, Supreme Court Reporter, Bureau of Prisons program statements, institutional supplements, indexes, and other legal materials.
UNICOR: The FCI Beckley UNICOR facility produces ergonomic chairs and office furniture. The FCI Beckley camp does not have a UNICOR facility.  
Commissary: Inmates are permitted to spend up to $360.00 each month for purchases. Funds from an individual account may be withdrawn by the use of a commissary card for personal spending in the institution Commissary. Funds may also be withdrawn from the account for family support, or other approved purposes. Accumulated institution earnings and funds sent from outside are given to the inmate upon release or may be mailed home.
Recreation Services: Recreation programs at Beckley WV federal prison include indoor and outdoor activities. Musical instruments and classes are available for inmates. The Recreation Department offers a variety of organized, league sports, usually including softball, flag football, basketball, soccer, and volleyball. A variety of health and wellness classes, usually including NFPT, yoga, calisthenics, aerobics, and pre-release wellness are also offered. The FCI Beckley Recreation Department offers a variety of hobby craft activities, including drawing, painting, leather, and ceramics. Weekend movies, weekend pictures, musical lessons, group bands, and holiday tournaments and competitions are also available.
Visitation Information: See our page on prisoner visitation rules for more information.
Directions to Prison:
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For a comprehensive look at life in federal prison, pick up a copy of Christopher Zoukis’ Federal Prison Handbook: The Definitive Guide to Surviving the Federal Bureau of Prisons. For more detailed information about Federal Correctional Institution Beckley, please buy a copy of the Directory of Federal Prisons: The Unofficial Guide to Bureau of Prisons Institutions by Christopher Zoukis.