FCI Fort Dix | Fort Dix Federal Prison

Federal Correctional Institution Fort Dix is a low-security federal prison located in Joint Base MDL, New Jersey. FCI Fort Dix Camp is adjacent to the primary institution. Both facilities house male inmates.

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FCI Fort Dix Contact Information

Facility Address & Contact Information

Federal Correctional Institution Fort Dix
5756 Hartford & Pointville Road
Joint Base MDL, NJ 08640

Phone: 609-723-1100
Fax: 609-724-7557
Email: [email protected]

BOP Website: Bureau of Prisons Page
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Inmate Correspondence Address

FCI Fort Dix

Inmate Name and Registration Number
FCI Fort Dix
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 2000
Joint Base MDL, NJ 08640

FCI Fort Dix Prison Camp

Inmate Name and Registration Number
FCI Fort Dix
Satellite Prison Camp
P.O. Box 2000
Joint Base MDL, NJ 08640

How to Send Money

Inmates may not receive funds directly. See our page on sending money to federal prisoners.

Federal Correctional Institution Fort Dix Inmate Information

Inmate Gender

Male Inmates

Prison Security Level

Facility Location

FCI Fort Dix is located in central New Jersey, approximately 45 minutes east of Philadelphia, off Route 68.

BOP Region

Northeast Region

BOP Institution Code

FTD for FCI Fort Dix

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

District of New Jersey

Population Number

FCI Fort Dix houses approximately 3,090 inmates. The camp houses around 225 inmates.

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FCI Fort Dix Prison Services Information

Background

Federal Correctional Institution Fort Dix is a low-security federal prison located in Joint Base MDL, New Jersey. The prison opened in 1992. Federal Correctional Institution Fort Dix Camp is next to the primary institution. Both federal prisons house male federal inmates.

FCI Fort Dix is the largest single federal prison in the United States by the number of inmates. It consists of two sides: East and West. The facility is a free-for-all where cell phones and drugs are rampant among the inmate population. In January 2018 alone, prison officials seized over a thousand cell phones and dozens of bottles of liquor, cartons of cigarettes, and over a pound of K2.

Media reports indicate that at least one guard and one inmate have been indicted for smuggling. One inmate was indicted in a murder-for-hire scheme. Another formerly elected official was assaulted while in the general population. In addition, eight inmates in prison on child pornography charges were indicted for using contraband cell phones to view and share child pornography.

Notable Inmates

Fort Dix, New Jersey prison has housed numerous notable inmates, including:

  • FBI-10-Most-Wanted fugitive Richard Goldberg: serving 20 years for the production of child pornography.
  • Drug trafficker George Jung: served 19 years.
  • Former mayor of Providence (RI) Buddy Cianci: served four years for racketeering.
  • Former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick: serving 28 years for bribery, racketeering, and corruption.
  • “Pharma Bro” Martin Shkreli: serving seven years for fraud and stock manipulation.
  • Jamaican kingpin Christopher “Dudas” Coke

Inmate Housing

Inmates live in two-, six, and 12-person rooms. The camp has dormitory-style housing.

Health Services

Inmates at FCI Fort Dix, New Jersey, prison have access to medical care while incarcerated. These health services include:

  • Sick Call
  • Dental Sick Call
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Medications
  • Eye Examinations
  • Eyeglasses
  • Physical Examinations
  • Preventive Health Care Services
  • Diagnosis and Treatment of Chronic Infectious Diseases

Inmates at FCI Fort Dix, New Jersey, prison can request medical care by attending a sick call at 6:30 a.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday.

Emergency care is available 24 hours a day. Inmates can obtain emergency care by approaching any staff member and asking for assistance.

Pill and insulin lines are in the morning, afternoon, and evening.

Psychology Services

The Fort Dix, New Jersey prison offers various psychology services to inmates, including:

  • Intake Screening
  • Individual Counseling
  • Group Counseling Services

Classes are also available at various times throughout the year, including:

  • Criminal Thinking Errors
  • Anger Management
  • Emotional Awareness
  • HIV/AIDS Awareness

Psychology Services notifies inmates of upcoming treatment programs. An open house is on Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m.

Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP)

FCI Fort Dix has the Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP). The camp does not have the Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP). Both facilities offer a Drug Abuse Education class, the Non-Residential Drug Abuse Program (NR-DAP), Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) groups.

FCI Fort Dix Educational, Library, and Recreation Offerings

Education Services

FCI Fort Dix and the satellite camp provide GED, English-as-a-Second Language (ESL), and parenting programs. Adult Continuing Education (ACE) classes are also available.

High school diplomas and post-secondary degrees are available through paid correspondence programs. Mercer Community College also provides in-person, non-credit classes several nights each week. Hours of operation are 7:30 to 10:30 a.m., 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., and 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Learn more about education in prison here.

Advanced Occupational Education

Fort Dix prison offers advanced occupational education in Commercial Driver’s License.

Vocational Training

FCI Fort Dix provides vocational training in:

  • Computers
  • Electrical (Advanced)
  • Electrical (Basic Level)
  • Horticulture
  • Hydroponic
  • Woodworking
  • House Framing

The camp also offers vocational training in Turf Science and Floor Covering and Installation.

Apprenticeship

Fort Dix federal prison offers apprenticeships in:

  • Alteration Tailor
  • Building Maintenance Repairer
  • Cook
  • HVAC
  • Industrial Housekeeping
  • Office Manager
  • Quality Control
  • Teacher’s Aide

The camp offers apprenticeships in Horticulturist and Landscaping.

Library Services

The Federal Correctional Institution Fort Dix leisure library and law library are open seven days a week.

Legal and reference books are for inmates’ reference only in the law library. Inmates use the TRULINCS Electronic Law Library Legal to perform legal research. Inmates also have access to a copy machine and electronic typewriters.

In the leisure library, inmates can check out magazines, newspapers, and fiction and nonfiction books.

UNICOR

The FCI Fort Dix UNICOR facility handles recycling activities, services, and the production of clothing and textiles. The camp does not house a UNICOR facility.

Commissary

Fort Dix prison inmates may spend up to $360.00 each month at the commissary on items, such as:

  • Food
  • Drinks
  • Clothing
  • Radios
  • MP3 Players
  • Shoes

Copy cards, postage stamps, and over-the-counter medications do not count against this spending limit. Inmates shop on a specific day of the week. This day depends on their inmate registration number. Inmates can shop in the prison commissary Monday through Thursday, from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m.

Recreation Services

FCI Fort Dix offers both indoor and outdoor recreation areas. Indoor areas include:

  • Gymnasium
  • Weightlifting Rooms
  • Stationary Bicycles
  • Exercise Area
  • TVs
  • Music Rooms
  • Table Games
  • Pool Tables

The outdoor recreation area consists of:

  • Softball Field
  • Soccer Field
  • Football Field
  • Handball Courts
  • Racquetball Courts
  • Horseshoe Pits
  • Volleyball Courts
  • Bocce Ball Lanes
  • Track

The hobby craft program includes art activities (e.g., pencil drawing, pastel work to acrylic, oil painting), music, and leathercraft. The music program offers instructional and practical lessons in piano and guitar and a music room.

The outside recreation yard is open year-round. Intramural sports programs include basketball, soccer, volleyball, and softball. Various classes are also available weekly, including spinning, HEAT, abs, and yoga. Hours of operation are 6:30 to 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and 5:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Visitation Information for FCI Fort Dix

Visiting hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Sundays, Fridays, and Saturdays. On Monday, visitation is between 8:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Visitation is from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on federal holidays. See our page on prisoner visitation rules for more information.

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FCI Fort Dix Prison Culture Information

Prison Politics at Federal Correctional Institution Fort Dix

There is a low to moderate level of politics at Fort Dix federal prison for the most part. This largely depends on inmate group affiliation and their criminal charges.

Level of Violence

There tends to be a low to moderate level of violence at this facility. According to respondents, this primarily consists of occasional fights. Vulnerable inmates are sometimes targeted.

One inmate said, “inmates largely bring violence on themselves by doing stupid stuff, not due to politics.” Another explained that “violence is mostly within gang issues. I don’t think this is the safest place to be, but it’s not like a USP or Medium.”

Vulnerable Populations

Fort Dix, New Jersey prison inmates had mixed beliefs about sex offenders, informants, and LGBT inmates. Some said that all could stay, though they are sometimes targeted. Others felt that informants could not remain.

More vulnerable sex offenders are sometimes bullied. One respondent explained, “Sex offenders are sometimes made to stay out of their own room all day until count time or recall, and many feel threatened with violence or extortion.”

Another expressed that “sex offenders are often excluded and shunned here and are often victimized.” According to one inmate, “This isn’t a great place for these people.”

Good at FCI Fort Dix Federal Prison

“Openness, do what you want to do, more privacy due to less cop presence.” “We can be outdoors most of the time.” “There are people who are not political, and the religious community looks out for each person.”

Bad at FCI Fort Dix Prison

“Lack of personal area privacy and security due to larger occupancy rooms.” “The people sometimes suck, that is, people who don’t have the same criminal background or type of charges.”

“The Education Department is really sorry.” “Half the time, education and rec are closed due to staff shortages.”

“Often staff turn a blind eye to the abuse of vulnerable populations.” “Staff here figure out ways to not work. They are abusive and lazy.” “The drug issues and the drinking are quite bad here, and the atmosphere created by the staff is very heavy-handed.”

Other Inmate Comments

“Good place to go as long as you keep to your own business.” “People say this is one of the worst-run places in the Northeast Region. Administratively, I’d say that’s true!”

“If you need a cell phone or some drugs, then this is the place to be. If you want to do your time and not be bothered with such nonsense, this is the worst prison in the Federal Bureau of Prisons. I would take anywhere, including a penitentiary, rather than this place.”

FCI Fort Dix in the News

On February 10, 2022, former inmate Johansel Moronta was sentenced to five months in federal prison for possessing and obtaining contraband while at the facility. He had used a drone to smuggle contraband into the facility. The Department of Justice’s Inspector General’s Office had investigated the case.

In June 2018, former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, sentenced to 28 years for bribery, racketeering, and corruption, was moved to Federal Correctional Institution Fort Dix.

In April 2018, Martin Shkreli was moved to the low-security FCI Fort Dix to serve his seven-year sentence for fraud and stock manipulation. He was the man who sparked outrage after boosting the price of the life-saving AIDS drug Daraprim by more than 5,000 percent.

In April 2018, Paul Anton Wright, a correctional officer at Fort Dix prison, was arrested and indicted for smuggling contraband into the facility. This included introducing suboxone and K2 into the federal prison. He had received bribes in exchange for these smuggling activities.

Also, in April 2018, Omar Adonis Guzman-Martinez, serving more than 16 years for drugs at FCI Fort Dix, was sentenced to an additional 30 years for using smuggled cell phones to arrange a 2016 slashing attack on his former girlfriend and the murder of her boyfriend — while he was still in prison.

In January 2018, a stash of contraband, including 1,046 cell phones, dozens of bottles of liquor, over a pound of K2, and 95 cartons of cigarettes, were found in a basement just outside the secure area of Fort Dix federal prison. Prisoners allegedly could sneak out of prison unnoticed, pick up contraband from this stash spot, and then sneak back into the prison undetected.

In September 2017, Angel Cordero, a prisoner at Fort Dix, New Jersey prison, was indicted along with Ohio resident Eduardo Rios Velasquez in a murder-for-hire conspiracy. He subsequently pleaded guilty.

In May 2017, eight federal prisoners, who were already serving time for child pornography at the Federal Correctional Institution Fort Dix, were charged with using cell phones, memory cards, and cloud storage accounts to possess, sell and distribute child pornography on federal property. On May 8, 2018, Smith was the first to be sentenced. He received a 13-year prison term.

Also, in May 2017, Jamaican drug kingpin Christopher “Dudas” Coke, whose loyalists fought security forces to prevent his arrest and extradition, resulting in over 70 people being killed, was sent to the low-security FCI Fort Dix.

Other FCI Fort Dix Federal Prison News

In December 2016, Phil Hamilton, the first elected Virginia legislator to be convicted of public corruption, was attacked while sleeping on Christmas Eve by another prisoner at Fort Dix prison with a lock in a sock. Following media and congressional attention, Hamilton was moved to FCI Schuylkill.

In 2016, more than 1,500 contraband cell phones were seized from inmates at the facility, up from 652 in 2015 and 217 in 2014.

In 2010, a joint FBI and Bureau of Prisons investigation found that Dimorio McDowell, an inmate at FCI Fort Dix, was operating a major identity theft ring from within the prison, along with eight co-conspirators. He was sentenced to an additional 14 years in prison and was moved to FCI Terre Haute.

From 1999 to 2003, noted writer and documentarian Seth Ferranti spent about three years out of his 25-year sentence for an LSD conspiracy at Fort Dix federal prison, which he considered “the best place to play soccer in the entire U.S. prison system.”

In 1999, prisoner George Davis filed a lawsuit accusing officials at the Fort Dix, New Jersey, prison of ignoring a medical condition that causes him to snore, putting him at risk of injury from other prisoners in his housing unit.

More Information About Federal Correctional Institution Fort Dix

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