Federal Correctional Institution Berlin | FCI Berlin

Federal Correctional Institution Berlin | FCI BerlinFacilities: FCI Berlin with an adjacent minimum security satellite prison camp.
Facility Address and Contact Information
Federal Correctional Institution Berlin
1 Success Loop Road
Berlin, NH 03570
Phone: 604-342-4000
Fax: 603-342-4250
Email: BER/[email protected]
BOP Website: https://www.bop.gov/locations/institutions/ber/
Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Correctional_Institution%2C_Berlin
Inmate Correspondence Address
For FCI Berlin
Inmate Name and Registration Number
FCI Berlin
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 9000
Berlin, NH 03570
For Satellite Prison Camp
Inmate Name and Registration Number
FCI Berlin
Satellite Prison Camp
P.O. Box 9000
Berlin, NH 03570
NOTE: Funds cannot be sent directly to federal inmates. See our page on sending money to federal prisoners for more information.
Sex: Male
Security Level: Main: Medium; Camp: Minimum
Location: FCI Berlin is located in Coos County, in northern New Hampshire, 115 (185 km) north of Concord, New Hampshire, and 95 miles (153 km) Northwest of Portland, Maine. FCI Berlin is nestled on 707 acres just north of the White Mountains and east of the Androscoggin River. The expansive facility encompasses approximately 680,000 square feet of inside building area including the federal correctional institution, satellite prison camp, Garage, Warehouse, Powerhouse, Firing Range, and the Staff Training Center.
BOP Region: Northeast Region (NER)
BOP Institution Code: BER for FCI Berlin
Medical Care Level: Level 2. See our page on Medical Care Levels and Procedures for more information.
Judicial District: District of New Hampshire
Population (as of Sept. 14, 2020): Main: 566; Camp: 30
Background: FCI Berlin cost more than $270 million to build, and was completed in November 2010, but did not receive activation funds until almost a year later due to Congressional budget stalemates. It officially opened on October 21, 2012, as the Bureau of Prisons 118th facility, making it one of the newest prisons in the federal system. Notable inmates include Kent Hovind, who served 8 years for tax evasion and tax noncompliance (released from custody in August 2015).
Housing: Inmates are assigned a housing unit. A unit is a self-contained inmate living area that includes both housing sections and office space for unit staff. At the camp, inmates are housed in dormitories.
Health Services: Inmates are given a social screening by Unit Management staff, medical screening by Health Services, and mental health screening by Mental Health staff at the time of arrival. Services include chronic care, routine dental care, medical and dental emergency care for injuries and sudden illness, age-appropriate preventive care to promote optimal health and functional status, restorative care to promote achievable functional status, long-term care, and end-of-life care. Inmates are assigned to a specific Mid-Level Practitioner, who treats them for the duration of their stay.
Psychology Services: FCI Berlin inmates previously identified mental health or drug abuse programming needs, are scheduled for an interview with Psychology Services staff. The Psychology Services department offers screening, assessment, and treatment of mental health problems, individual and/or group counseling, psycho-educational classes, self-help, and supportive services, or referral to Health Services for medical treatment of mental illness. Referrals by Psychology Services for mental health programs are available at other institutions to help inmates with severe emotional, cognitive, and behavioral problems.
Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP): FCI Berlin houses a Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP). A Drug Abuse Education course and a Non-Residential Drug Abuse Program (NR-DAP) are offered, as well as treatment options for inmates who have abused alcohol and/or drugs.
Education Services: FCI Berlin and the camp offers GED instruction in English and Spanish languages and the English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) programs. Classes are separated into Advanced GED, GED, pre-GED, and Special Learning Needs levels. High school diplomas and post-secondary programs are available through paid correspondence programs.
Advanced Occupational Education: FCI Berlin does not offer advanced occupational educational training aside from its vocational training. 
Vocational Training: FCI Berlin offers vocational training in Administrative Assistant, Carpentry, Culinary Arts, Electrical Residential & Commercial, and Janitorial Maintenance. The camp offers Weatherization.
Apprenticeship: FCI Berlin does not offer any apprenticeship programs.
Library Services: The FCI Berlin leisure library offers inmates a variety of reading materials, including periodicals, newspapers, fiction, nonfiction, and reference books. The institution also participates in an interlibrary loan program with local, state, and college libraries and available bookmobile services. The TRULINCS Electronic Law Library provides inmates with access to legal materials and an opportunity to prepare legal documents. Inmates also have access to typewriters and a copy machine.
UNICOR: FCI Berlin does not house a UNICOR facility.
Commissary: Inmates may use funds in their account to purchase items at the institution commissary, place funds on their inmate phone account, purchase TRU-Units for their TRULINCS account, or send funds in another manner. Inmates must have their commissary cards in their possession at all times for identification purposes. The monthly spending limit is $360.00. Each inmate account is revalidated on a monthly basis. Inmates are permitted to purchase a wide variety of food and non-food items in the commissary.
Recreation Services: Leisure programs at FCI Berlin include organized and informal games, sports, physical fitness, table games, hobby crafts, music programs, intramural activities, social and cultural organizations, and movies. Art activities include paintings and sketches rendered in any of the usual media (e.g., oils, pastels, crayons, pencils, inks, and charcoal). Hobby craft activities include ceramics, mosaics, crochet, knitting, and sculptures. Wellness programs include screening, assessments, goal setting, fitness/nutrition prescriptions, counseling, and classes. Inmates may also check out musical instruments such as guitars.
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 FCI Berlin, please buy a copy of the Directory of Federal Prisons: The Unofficial Guide to Bureau of Prisons Institutions by Christopher Zoukis.