Federal Correctional Institution Mendota | FCI Mendota

Federal Correctional Institution Mendota | FCI MendotaFacilities: FCI Mendota with an adjacent minimum security satellite prison camp.
Facility Address & Contact Information
Federal Correctional Institution Mendota
33500 West California Avenue
Mendota, CA 93640
Phone: 559-274-4000
Fax: 559-274-4223
Email: MEN/[email protected]
BOP Website: https://www.bop.gov/locations/institutions/men/
Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Correctional_Institution%2C_Mendota
Inmate Correspondence Address
For FCI Mendota
Inmate Name and Registration Number
FCI Mendota
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 9
Mendota, CA 93640
For Satellite Prison Camp
Inmate Name and Registration Number
FCI Mendota
Satellite Prison Camp
P.O. Box 9
Mendota, CA 93640
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: Four miles south of Mendota, California; 37 miles west of Fresno, California.
BOP Region: Western Region (WXR)
BOP Institution Code: MEN for FCI Mendota
Medical Care Level: Level 1. See our page on sending money to federal prisoners for more information.
Judicial District: Eastern District of California
Population (as of Sept. 23, 2020): Main: 712; Camp: 107
Background: FCI Mendota opened in January 2012 after years of funding delays. The final cost of construction was $235 million. Notable inmates include Frankie Maybee (serving an 11-year sentence for hate crimes).
Housing: Inmates are housed in two-person cells. At the camp, inmates are housed in dormitories.
Health Services: FCI Mendota provides sick call, medications, physical examinations, dental care, and emergency care. Inmates must submit a sick call form in order to be evaluated for routine care needs. Emergency medical care is available 24 hours a day.
Psychology Services: Crisis counseling, coping skills, suicide prevention, mental health counseling, and spiritual counseling are all available to FCI Mendota prisoners. Treatment options include self-image groups and other voluntary groups. Typical groups include anger management, criminal thinking, and HIV/AIDS Awareness.
Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP): Neither FCI Mendota nor the camp house an RDAP program. However, they do offer a Drug Education class, the Non-Residential Drug Abuse Program (NR-DAP), and Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).
Education Services: FCI Mendota provide GED and English-as-a-Second Language programs. All inmates undergo education testing and counseling. The Education Department offers non-credit courses in a variety of subjects. Some of the courses include parenting, language lab, and career resources. High school diplomas and post-secondary programs are available through paid correspondence programs.
Advanced Occupational Education: FCI Mendota does not offer any advanced occupational education programs.
Vocational Training: FCI Mendota offers vocational training in Building Trades, Automotive, Warehouse, Recycling, and Computer Literacy.
Apprenticeship: FCI Mendota does not offer any apprenticeship programs.
Library Services: An inmate leisure library and law library are available to prisoners. The leisure library houses a wide variety of books including general reference (i.e. encyclopedias, dictionaries, etc.), fiction, and nonfiction. Several magazines and daily newspapers are also provided. The TRULINCS Electronic Law Library is available for inmate legal use. Typewriters are available for legal material only. A copy machine is also available.
UNICOR: FCI Mendota and the camp do not house a UNICOR facility.
Commissary: A commissary is available for prisoners to supplement their regular meals. Food, snacks, candy, ice cream, clothing, shoes, and electronics are available for purchase. A monthly spending limit of $360.00 is imposed. Inmates may only shop once a week on their designated shopping day.
Recreation Services: The FCI Mendota Recreation Department provides indoor and outdoor recreation opportunities. The outdoor recreation yard has six handball/racquetball courts, two softball fields, five basketball courts, one soccer field, and one quarter-mile track. The gymnasium has structured exercise and wellness activities such as spinning, aerobics, stretching, yoga, physical agility, sports agility, calisthenics, and officiating classes. Sit-up benches and glute/hamstring stations are located on the patio in front of the leisure center. The indoor leisure center has checker/backgammon tables, board games, ping pong, table soccer, treadmills, stair climbers, stair steppers, hobby craft programs, and a music program. The music program consists of three band rooms with structured classes offered in basic guitar, advanced guitar, basic drums, advanced drums, music theory, advanced music theory, and accordion. The hobby craft programs consist of leather (kits only), ceramics, stick art, crochet, beading (seed), and pencil/pastel/chalk drawing.
Visitation Information: See our page on prisoner visitation rules for more information.
Directions to Prison:
A Google Maps image of FCI Mendota federal prison in California
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 Mendota, please buy a copy of the Directory of Federal Prisons: The Unofficial Guide to Bureau of Prisons Institutions by Christopher Zoukis.