FCI Big Spring | Big Spring Federal Prison

Federal Correctional Institution Big Spring is a low-security federal prison in Big Spring, Texas. It is also known as CI Big Spring. FCI Big Spring Camp is located adjacent to the primary institution. Both institutions house male inmates.

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FCI Big Spring Contact Information

Facility Address & Contact Information

Federal Correctional Institution Big Spring
1900 Simler Avenue
Big Spring, TX 79720

Phone: 432-466-2300
Fax: 432-466-2576
Email: [email protected]

BOP Website: Bureau of Prisons Page
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Inmate Correspondence Address

FCI Big Spring

Inmate Name and Registration Number
FCI Big Spring
Federal Correctional Institution
1900 Simler Avenue
Big Spring, TX 79720

FCI Big Spring Prison Camp

Inmate Name and Registration Number
FCI Big Spring
Satellite Prison Camp
1900 Simler Avenue
Big Spring, TX 79720

How to Send Money

Funds cannot be sent directly to inmates. See our page on sending money to federal prisoners.

Federal Correctional Institution Big Spring Inmate Information

Inmate Gender

Male Inmates

Prison Security Level

Facility Location

FCI Big Spring Texas prison is located midway between Dallas and El Paso, on the southwest edge of Big Spring, at the intersection of I-20 and U.S. Highway 80.

BOP Region

South Central Region

BOP Institution Code

BIG for Big Spring

Medical Care Level

Level 2. See our page on Medical Care Levels and Procedures for more information.

Mental Health Care Level

Level 2.

Judicial District

Northern District of Texas

Population Number

FCI Big Spring federal prison houses approximately 930 inmates. The camp houses around 115 inmates.

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FCI Big Spring Texas Prison Services Information

Background

Federal Correctional Institution Big Spring is a low-security federal prison in Big Spring, Texas. It is also known as Big Spring FCI. The prison houses male inmates. It opened in 1972.

Federal Correctional Institution Big Spring Camp, which also houses male inmates, opened in 1992. It is located adjacent to the central institution.

FCI Big Spring initially opened as a Federal Prison Camp. Its buildings were previously used as the Webb Air Force Base before being converted into a prison. In 1990, it was converted into a low-security federal prison.

The prison is near CI Big Spring Flightline, a private prison owned and operated by the GEO Group. The United States Department of Justice governs this contract.

Media reports indicate that there has been one work stoppage and one racially motivated brawl at FCI Big Spring in the past several years. News reports also state that one guard was indicted for accepting bribes to smuggle contraband while another male guard was indicted for raping a male prisoner.

Inmate Housing

Inmates live in two-person cells. There is a total of twelve housing units. Inmates in the camp are housed in dormitories.

Health Services

Sick call, dental sick call, emergency medical treatment, medications, physical examinations, and immunizations are provided at FCI Big Spring and the satellite camp. Emergency medical care is available 24 hours a day by approaching any staff member. Routine care is available by submitting a sick call form to Health Services.

Psychology Services

All inmates are screened through a brief interview by Psychology Services staff within 14 days of arrival at FCI Big Spring federal prison. A psychologist provides counseling and other mental health services to inmates experiencing behavioral, emotional, and adjustment problems.

Mental health services include:

  • Crisis Intervention
  • Individual and Group Counseling
  • Pre-Release Counseling
  • Evaluation
  • Testing

A variety of special topic groups are available to inmates, including:

  • Relationships
  • Living Free Values Development
  • Commitment to Change: Overcoming Errors in Thinking Group
  • Dealing with Anger
  • Stress Management
  • Breaking Barriers
  • Framework for Recovery
  • Victim Impact

Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP)

FCI Big Spring and the camp do not house a Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP). Various substance abuse services, such as a Living Sober group, are offered. A Drug Education Class is also provided. The drug treatment specialist offers individual and group counseling through the Non-Residential Drug Abuse Program (NR-DAP).

FCI Big Spring Educational, Library, and Recreation Offerings

Education Services

FCI Big Spring Texas prison provides literacy, GED, and English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) programs. Inmates who obtain a GED while at the institution will receive $25.00 and a graduation photograph.

Parenting and Adult Continuing Education (ACE) classes are also available. High school diplomas and post-secondary degrees are available through paid correspondence programs.

Learn more about prison education programs for inmates here.

Advanced Occupational Education

Big Spring Texas prison offers numerous advanced occupational education programs, including:

  • Building Trades
  • Commercial Maintenance
  • Computer Skills/Desktop Publishing
  • Electrical Trades
  • Food Service Management
  • Green Insulation Technology
  • HVAC
  • High-Reliability Soldering
  • Masonry Trades
  • Plumbing Trades
  • Wind Energy Technician

Vocational Training

FCI Big Spring does not offer any vocational training. The camp provides vocational training in Horticulture.

Apprenticeship

Big Spring federal prison does not currently offer any apprenticeship training.

Library Services

In the leisure library, inmates can check out hardcover books, paperback books, magazines, and newspapers.

The law library is at the east end of the Education Building. The law library contains the collection of legal reference materials required by the federal prison system. Most of these legal materials are on the TRULINCS Electronic Law Library Computers. Typewriters are available through a checkout procedure.

A Debitec copy machine is also available for inmate use. Inmate law library clerks are available to assist in locating legal materials. Legal reference material is available to prepare legal documents in the law library.

UNICOR

The FCI Big Spring UNICOR facility produces electronics and plastics.

Commissary

Inmates can spend $360.00 monthly on their assigned shopping days in the prison commissary. This limit does not include:

  • Telephone Credits
  • Nicotine Replacement Therapy Patches
  • Over-the-Counter Medications
  • Copy Cards
  • Postage

Inmates can also purchase other commissary items, including:

  • Food
  • Snacks
  • Candy
  • Ice Cream
  • Drinks
  • Clothing
  • Shoes

Recreation Services

Indoors, the FCI Big Spring Texas prison Recreation Department offers inmates many recreational opportunities. These include:

  • Gym
  • Weight Room
  • Track Area

The Recreation Center provides prisoners:

  • Pool Tables
  • Ping Pong Table
  • TV Viewing Areas
  • Free Weights
  • Cardio Area
  • Music Rooms

The Issue Room grants inmates access to:

  • Pool Balls
  • Guitars
  • Board Games
  • Gym
  • Hobby Craft Area

Outdoor facilities include various sports activities, including:

  • Softball/Soccer Field
  • Ten Handball/Racquetball Courts
  • Quarter-Mile Running Track
  • Sand Volleyball Court
  • Horseshoe Pits
  • Weight Pavilion
  • Bocce Ball Courts
  • Intramural Sports Leagues

Visitation Information for FCI Big Spring Federal Prison

Visiting hours are from 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays. On federal holidays family and friends may visit an inmate between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. See our page on prisoner visitation rules for more information.

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FCI Big Spring Prison Culture Information

Prison Politics at Federal Correctional Institution Big Spring

There is a low level of violence at the FCI Big Spring federal prison.

Level of Violence

Inmates report a low level of violence at the FCI Big Spring, Texas prison.

Vulnerable Populations

LGBT inmates, sex offenders, and informants are safe to remain in the prison.

FCI Big Spring Texas Prison in the News

In June 2018, prisoners at Federal Correctional Institution Big Spring refused to work, resulting in a lockdown lasting more than a week.

In 2014, Matthew Castaneda, a guard at FCI Big Spring, was sentenced to six months in prison for making false statements about his role in accepting bribes to smuggle cell phones and other contraband into the facility.

In August 2013, a fight broke out at FCI Big Spring, resulting in conflicting accounts of the situation: prisoners claimed it was a racially motivated gang fight with hostages, while the Bureau of Prisons said everything was locked down and under control.

In September 1997, Darren Humphries, a guard at FCI Big Spring, was previously indicted for raping a male prisoner.

More Information About Federal Correctional Institution Big Spring

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

Your FCI Big Spring Texas Federal Prison Experts

Contact the Zoukis Consulting Group if your loved one is incarcerated at the Big Spring, Texas federal prison. We can answer your questions, help resolve any issues, and determine whether your loved one qualifies for early release.

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