Federal Correctional Institution Danbury | FCI Danbury

Federal Correctional Institution Danbury | FCI DanburyFacilities: FCI Danbury with an adjacent low-security satellite prison and a minimum-security satellite prison camp.
Facility Address & Contact Information
Federal Correctional Institution Danbury
Route 37
Danbury, CT 06811
Phone: 203-743-6471
Fax: 203-312-5110
Email: DAN/[email protected]
BOP Website: https://www.bop.gov/locations/institutions/dan/

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Correctional_Institution,_Danbury
Inmate Correspondence Address
For FCI Danbury
Inmate Name and Registration Number
FCI Danbury
Federal Correctional Institution
Route 37
Danbury, CT 06811
For Satellite Low
Inmate Name and Registration Number
FCI Danbury
Satellite Low
Route 37
Danbury, CT 06811
For Satellite Prison Camp
Inmate Name and Registration Number
FCI Danbury
Satellite Prison Camp
Route 37
Danbury, CT 06811
NOTE: Funds cannot be sent directly to federal inmates. See our page on sending money to federal prisoners for more information.
Sex: Main: Male; Satellite Low: Female; Camp: Female

Security Level: Main: Low; Satellite Low: Low; Camp: Minimum

Location: FCI Danbury is located in southwestern Connecticut, 70 miles from New York City, three miles north of Danbury, on State Route 37.

BOP Region: Northeast Region (NER)
BOP Institution Code: DAN for FCI Danbury
Medical Care Level: Level 2. See our page on Medical Care Levels and Procedures for more information.
Judicial District: District of Connecticut
Population (as of Sept. 14, 2020): Main: 655; Satellite Low: 125; Camp: 57  
Background: FCI Danbury was opened in 1940 and was intended for both male and female prisoners. From 1993-2013 it was exclusively for female prisoners. It has transitioned back to an exclusively male prison, with female offenders now housed at the satellite camp. FCI Danbury-Satellite Prison Camp was opened in 1982. Notable inmates include leading real estate investor Leona Helmsley (served 21 months in 1993-1994 for tax evasion), leader of the Unification Church Sun Myung Moon (served 11 months for tax evasion), Piper Kerman (served 13 months for money laundering), Grammy-award winning singer Lauryn Hill (served 3 months for intentionally failing to file tax returns), and Bravo television star Teresa Giudice (served 12 months for bankruptcy and mail fraud). Piper Kerman authored the book Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison about her time at FCI Danbury, which is the basis for the hit Netflix series Orange Is the New Black.
Housing: Inmates are housed in dormitories or cubicle housing. Inmates at the camp are housed in dormitories.
Health Services: Routine medical and dental care are offered within the Health Services Department at FCI Danbury. Health services include health promotion and disease prevention, annual immunizations/screening, treatment for on-the-job injuries, sick call, dental call, physical examinations, preventive health care, emergency medical treatment, and medications. Inmates are assigned to a specific health care provider who treats them for the duration of their stay.
Psychology Services: The Psychology Services Department offers basic mental health care to inmates. This care may include screening, assessment, and treatment of mental health or drug abuse 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. Typical groups include anger management, Smart Recovery, and others. Inmates are notified of upcoming groups and other Psychology Department offerings through posted notices. The Resolve Program for inmates who are dealing with mental illness as a result of trauma, and the Skills Program, for inmates with intellectual disabilities and social deficiencies, is also available.
Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP): FCI Danbury and the satellite low prison offer a Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP). The camp does not house a Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP). A Drug Abuse Education Course and the Non-Residential Drug Abuse Program (NR-DAP), Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) are offered. Other non-residential groups are also available.
Education Services: FCI Danbury provides literacy, GED, and English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) programs. Incentive awards are utilized to recognize inmates making satisfactory progress and successfully completing the literacy program. Inmates may also receive incentives for progressing to various levels in the GED or ESL Programs. Graduation ceremonies recognize GED, ESL, and Occupational Education completions. Adult Continuing Education (ACE) classes and a parenting program are also offered. High school diplomas and post-secondary programs are available through paid correspondence programs.
Advanced Occupational Education: FCI Danbury does not offer any advanced occupational education programs.
Vocational Training: FCI Danbury offers vocational training in Culinary Arts and Horticulture. The camp offers Puppies Behind Bars.
Apprenticeship: FCI Danbury and the satellite facilities offer apprenticeships in Baker, Carpenter, Chaplain Service Support, Cook, Dental Assistant, Education and Training, Electrician, Horticulturist, Housekeeper (Commercial, Residential, or Industrial), Landscape Management Technician, Legal Secretary, Material Coordinator, Office Manager/Administrative Services, Painter, Plumber, Quality Control Inspector, Recreation Assistant, Teacher Aide, and Tool Machine Set-Up Operator. FCI Danbury offers apprenticeships in HVAC, Meat Cutter, Peer Specialist, and Stationary Engineer. The camp offers Animal Trainer, Baker, Career Development Technician, and Undercar Specialist.
Library Services: The leisure libraries at FCI Danbury and the adjacent facilities offer inmates a variety of reading materials, including periodicals, newspapers, fiction, nonfiction, and reference books. The institutions also participate in an interlibrary loan program with local, state, and college libraries and available bookmobile services. Inmates are provided access to legal materials and an opportunity to prepare legal documents through the use of the TRULINCS Electronic Law Library. A copying machine is available to reproduce materials needed for research. Typewriters are also available.
UNICOR: The FCI Danbury UNICOR facility produces electronics and plastics. The camp does not house a UNICOR facility.
Commissary: Inmates at FCI Danbury 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. Commissary and validation schedules are posted on the TRULINCS bulletin board. Funds are withdrawn after positive identification by commissary card or fingerprint identification. It is the inmate’s responsibility to know the amount of money available in his or her account. Inmates must have their commissary cards in their possession at all times for identification purposes.
Recreation Services: The FCI Danbury Recreation Department consists of indoor and outdoor areas, including leisure, wellness, sports, and music programs. Structured Sentry classes include a wide variety of hobby craft and music programs. Non-structured leisure activities include checking-out puzzles, dominos, cards, board games, and billiard equipment. Art activities include oils, pastels, crayons, pencils, inks, and charcoal. Sentry-based hobby craft classes include art, plastic canvas, origami, crochet, knitting, and others. Wellness programs are offered, such as circuit training, aerobics, over 50 fitness, nutrition, yoga, and others. An annual Health Fair is held to provide services and information to the inmate population. Indoor and outdoor intramural sports leagues are offered year-round. Basketball, softball, volleyball, soccer, and racquetball leagues are offered seasonally. Music programs such as music theory concepts and how to play an instrument are available.
Visitation Information: See our page on prisoner visitation rules for more information.
Directions to Prison:
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