FCI Bennettsville | Bennettsville Federal Prison

FCI Bennettsville is a medium-security federal prison located in Bennettsville, South Carolina. It is also known as Federal Correctional Institution Bennettsville and Bennettsville federal prison. Federal Correctional Institution Bennettsville Camp is adjacent to the central institution. Both South Carolina federal prisons house male inmates.

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FCI Bennettsville Contact Information

Facility Address & Contact Information

Federal Correctional Institution Bennettsville
696 Muckerman Road
Bennettsville, SC 29512

Phone: 843-454-8200
Fax: 843-454-8219
Email: [email protected]

BOP Website: Bureau of Prisons Page
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Inmate Correspondence Address

FCI Bennettsville

Inmate Name and Registration Number
FCI Bennettsville
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 52020
Bennettsville, SC 29512

FCI Bennettsville Prison Camp

Inmate Name and Registration Number
FCI Bennettsville
Satellite Prison Camp
P.O. Box 52020
Bennettsville, SC 29512

How to Send Money

Funds may not be sent directly to inmates. See our page on sending money to federal prisoners. Money can be sent via Western Union, Money Gram, and the National Lockbox in Des Moines, Iowa.

Federal Correctional Institution Bennettsville Inmate Information

Inmate Gender

Male Inmates

Prison Security Level

Facility Location

FCI Bennettsville is in Marlboro County off Highway 9, 86 miles from Myrtle Beach.

BOP Region

Southeast Region

BOP Institution Code

BEN for FCI Bennettsville

Medical Care Level

Level 1. See our page on Medical Care Levels and Procedures for more information.

Mental Health Care Level

Level 1.

Judicial District

District of South Carolina

Population Number

FCI Bennettsville houses approximately 1,500 inmates. The camp houses around 80 inmates.

Criminal defendants convicted of federal crimes are housed at FCI Bennettsville. This requires defendants to be convicted of a crime against the United States. The U.S. Attorney’s Office, a U.S. Department of Justice division, prosecutes these defendants.

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FCI Bennettsville Prison Services Information

Background

Federal Correctional Institution Bennettsville is a medium-security federal prison in Bennettsville, South Carolina. Federal Correctional Institution Bennettsville Camp is adjacent to the main institution. Both facilities house male inmates.

Federal Correctional Institution Bennettsville Camp is near the primary institution. It houses a warehouse, facility maintenance, and a mechanics garage.

Media reports indicate that at least one inmate has been murdered at the institution, and at least one guard has been charged with smuggling contraband into the institution.

Inmate Housing

Inmates live in two- and three-person cells. There is a total of 12 inmate housing units. The camp contains dormitory housing for up to 150 inmates.

Health Services

FCI Bennettsville Federal Correctional Institution inmates receive an initial medical screening. A specific health care provider is assigned to each inmate who treats them for the duration of their stay. Health services for all inmates include:

  • Medical and Dental Sick Calls
  • Medications
  • Eyeglasses
  • Routine Physical Examinations

FCI Bennettsville and camp inmates can complete an Inmate Request to Staff Member form (cop-out) for routine appointments. Emergency care is available 24 hours a day.

Psychology Services

The Bennettsville SC federal prison provides intake screening, crisis intervention, and individual and group counseling for all inmates. The intake interview gathers information to assess the inmate’s current psychological functioning. Regular group counseling services include anger management and criminal thinking. A self-help library is also available to the inmate population.

Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP)

FCI Bennettsville does not offer the Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP). Inmates may request transfer to other institutions that provide RDAP. A Drug Education Class, the Non-Residential Drug Abuse Program (NR-DAP), Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) are available.

FCI Bennettsville Educational, Library, and Recreation Offerings

Education Services

Bennettsville SC prison offers literacy, GED instruction in English and Spanish, and the English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) program. Classes are separated into pre-GED, Advanced GED, GED, and Special Learning Needs levels.

Adult Continuing Education (ACE) classes and a parenting program are also available. Inmates can also complete high school diplomas and earn post-secondary degrees through paid correspondence courses. Inmates may type on AlphaSmart word processing units.

Learn more about federal prison Education Departments here.

Advanced Occupational Education

FCI Bennettsville offers a Welding advanced occupational education program. Microsoft 2010 is also provided at the prison. The Federal Correctional Institution Bennettsville Camp does not provide advanced occupational education programs.

Vocational Training

Federal Correctional Institution Bennettsville offers vocational training programs approved by the Automotive Service Excellence, National Construction Center for Education and Research (NCCER), Green Clean Institute, and the National Restaurant Association.

Course offerings include:

  • Automotive Service
  • Electrical Technology
  • Green Technology (NCCER)
  • HVAC
  • Mechanical Maintenance and Systems
  • Construction and Extraction
  • NCCER Core (English and Spanish)
  • Welding

The Federal Correctional Institution Bennettsville Camp offers Welding.

Apprenticeship

FCI Bennettsville Federal Correctional Institution does not currently offer any apprenticeship programs.

Library Services

The main library at Bennettsville federal prison is in the Education Department, and the auxiliary library is in the Recreation Leisure Center. The library at the camp is in the camp education area. Prisoners may check out fiction and nonfiction books, newspapers, and magazines. The law libraries primarily consist of the TRULINCS Electronic Law Library.

UNICOR

The FCI Bennettsville UNICOR facility handles fleet management and vehicular components. The satellite camp does not house a UNICOR facility.

Commissary

Inmates can spend up to $90 per week for regular and special purchases on their assigned shopping days. On their designated shopping day, inmates submit their completed order form and wait to fill their order. Stamps and phone time are not included in this spending limitation.

Commissary deposits made through outside sources must include the inmate’s committed name and number. Deposits can consist of money brought at arrival, sent from external sources, or earned from work assignments. Requests for Withdrawal of Inmate’s Personal Funds are processed within one (1) week of receipt by the Financial Management Department.

Inmates are responsible for keeping track of balances and knowing the amount of money available in their commissary accounts. Prisoners may check their balances via the Inmate Telephone System or the TRULINCS computer system.

Recreation Services

Federal Correctional Institution Bennettsville offers an outdoor recreation yard and an indoor recreation-leisure center. Exercise activities include:

  • Basketball
  • Flag Football
  • Softball
  • Soccer
  • Racquetball
  • Handball
  • Walking and Running Track
  • Bocce Ball
  • Horseshoe Pits
  • Workout Equipment (i.e., stationary bikes, treadmills, etc.)

Other leisure and social activities include:

  • Ceramics
  • Art
  • Crochet
  • Board Games
  • Ping Pong
  • Playing Cards
  • Dominoes
  • Chess
  • Checkers
  • Scrabble

The music program is available and consists of established inmate bands, self-taught practice sessions, and instructional books. The musical equipment includes:

  • Drums
  • Congas
  • Electric Guitars
  • Amplifiers
  • Speakers
  • Brass Instruments
  • Microphones
  • Cords

Visitation Information for FCI Bennettsville

Family and friends can visit FCI Bennettsville inmates during visiting hours. Visitation is held between 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Sundays and Saturdays. On Friday, visitation is held between 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. On federal holidays visitation is held between 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. See our page on prisoner visitation rules for more information.

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FCI Bennettsville Prison Culture Information

Prison Politics at Federal Correctional Institution Bennettsville

Some federal inmates report this is not a political yard with no car requirement. Others disagreed, stating that this is primarily a political yard with a car requirement.

Level of Violence

Some FCI Bennettsville Federal Correctional Institution inmates reported a moderate level of violence. Others said a significant level of violence. Both groups agreed that there were a healthy number of fights.

Vulnerable Populations

Sex offenders and informants can’t stay, but LGBT inmates can walk the yard.

Good at FCI Bennettsville

“Commissary selection.” “The Education Department has a robust career Education Resource Center. They seem to care about their students.”

Bad at FCI Bennettsville

“Lots of lockdowns due to fights.” “Bad medical care and disrespectful cops.”

Other Inmate Comments

“Not that bad of a spot, considering it’s a medium-security prison.” “Sex offenders should not go. They won’t last.”

“If you want to be and live with members of your own race in a real way, go. Very racially oriented.”

FCI Bennettsville in the News

In August 2015, Toni Sawyer, Nia LaShay Mitchell, and Leonard Javon Cooper were suspected of smuggling contraband into Federal Correctional Institution Bennettsville. They were charged with trespassing and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

Also, in August 2015, Bennettsville prison inmate Larry Carter was found unresponsive. After an apparent assault by another prisoner, he was pronounced dead.

In February 2015, Charlotte McLaughlin, a guard at FCI Bennettsville, was sentenced to 13 months for smuggling tobacco and cell phones. She had allegedly smuggled contraband into the prison in 2012 and 2013.

In 2012, Dawud Abdullah Khalid, an inmate at FCI Bennettsville Federal Correctional Institution, escaped from the prison. He was recaptured and sentenced to an additional five years.

More Information About Federal Correctional Institution Bennettsville

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 FCI Bennettsville federal prison, please buy a copy of the Directory of Federal Prisons: The Unofficial Guide to Bureau of Prisons Institutions by Christopher Zoukis.

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