FCI Oxford | Oxford Federal Prison

Federal Correctional Institution Oxford is a medium-security federal prison located in Oxford, Wisconsin. It is also known as FCI Oxford. The facility houses male inmates. FCI Oxford Camp is located adjacent to the main institution. Male inmates are also housed at the camp.

FCI Oxford Contact Information

Facility Address & Contact Information

Federal Correctional Institution Oxford
County Road G & Elk Avenue
Oxford, WI 53952

Phone: 608-584-5511
Fax: 608-584-6314
Email: [email protected]

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Inmate Correspondence Address

FCI Oxford

Inmate Name and Registration Number
FCI Oxford
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 1000
, WI 53952

FCI Oxford Prison Camp

Inmate Name and Registration Number
FCI Oxford
Satellite Prison Camp
P.O. Box 1085
, WI 53952

How to Send Money

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

Federal Correctional Institution Oxford Inmate Information

Inmate Gender

Male Inmates

Prison Security Level

Facility Location

Located in central Wisconsin, 60 miles north of Madison, off I-39 at the intersection of County Road G and Elk Avenue.

BOP Region

North Central Region

BOP Institution Code

OXF for FCI Oxford

Medical Care Level

Level 1. See our page on Medical Care Levels and Procedures for more information.

Mental Health Care Level

Level 1.

Judicial District

Western District of Wisconsin

Population Number

FCI Oxford houses approximately 1,000 inmates. The camp houses around 80 inmates.

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FCI Oxford Prison Services Information


Federal Correctional Institution Oxford is a medium-security federal prison in Oxford, Wisconsin, which houses male inmates. It was opened in 1973. Federal Correctional Institution Oxford Camp, which also houses male inmates, was opened in 1985 and is located adjacent to the main institution.

Notable inmates include former Illinois Congressman Dan Rostenkowski (served 17 months for mail fraud), Jesus Cortez Zambrano (serving a 27-year sentence for murder), and former Illinois Governor George Ryan (convicted of corruption).

Media reports indicate that two guards have been charged with sexually assaulting inmates; one of them was also charged with lying to federal investigators, while the other was also charged with smuggling contraband. Another guard was charged with filing fraudulent mileage claims for reimbursement. News reports also state that one guard has been killed by an inmate at the institution.

Inmate Housing

Inmates are housed in one- and two-person cells in four units. Inmates at the camp are housed in dormitories containing four-person cubicles.

Health Services

Medical and dental sick calls, emergency services, medications, physical examinations, health promotion and disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment of chronic infectious diseases, and eyeglasses are provided to inmates. While emergency care is available 24 hours a day, routine care must be requested through attending sick call, which is conducted at 7:15 a.m. Monday through Thursday.

Psychology Services

FCI Oxford has three psychologists who provide counseling and other mental health services to inmates. A psychiatrist also visits the institution on a regular basis. There are many alternatives for inmates who have personal problems and a desire to correct them. These options include self-image, PMA (Positive Mental Attitude), anger management, and other voluntary groups. Unit staff is available for informal counseling sessions, and they conduct formal group counseling activities in the inmate housing units.

Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP)

FCI Oxford houses the Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP). The camp does not house the Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP). Both facilities offer the Drug Abuse Education Course and a Non-Residential Drug Abuse Treatment Program (NR-DAP).

FCI Oxford Educational, Library, and Recreation Offerings

Education Services

FCI Oxford provides literacy, GED, and English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) programs. Various incentives are provided to inmates who pursue these educational objectives. Adult Continuing Education (ACE) and parenting classes are also available. High school diplomas and post-secondary degrees are available through paid correspondence programs.

Advanced Occupational Education

FCI Oxford does not offer any advanced occupational education programs.

Vocational Training

FCI Oxford offers vocational training in Certified Production Technician and Culinary Arts.


The main facility offers apprenticeships in Carpentry, Culinary Arts, and Dental Assistant. The camp offers Maintenance Repair, Painter, Stationary Engineer, Waste Water Treatment, and Welding. Both facilities offer apprenticeships as a Bricklayer, Electrician, HVAC, Painter, Pipefitter, and Plumbing.

Library Services

The TRULINCS Electronic Law Library is located in the Education Department. The legal library contains all materials required by BOP policy for the preparation and submission of federal questions of law, beginning with the Administrative Remedy process through the U.S. District Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Typewriters, a copy machine, legal forms, and supplies for use in preparing legal documents are available as well. The resource/leisure library offers a wide range of reading materials. Books are also available for research as needed for college classes. In addition to books, the library subscribes to a wide variety of magazines and newspapers.


There are no UNICOR facilities at FCI Oxford or the satellite camp.


Inmates are permitted to spend up to $360.00 per month ($180 biweekly) on regular purchases and $300.00 per quarter on special-purpose items (e.g., religious items, art materials, etc.). This limit does not include telephone credits, postage stamps, or over-the-counter medications. In the commissary, inmates are allowed to buy a variety of items, including electronics, food, clothing, drinks, and shoes.

Recreation Services

FCI Oxford offers both structured and leisure time recreational activities. The gymnasium offers basketball, handball, racquetball, volleyball, soccer, and ACE Wellness classes. Also available inside are weightlifting, a billiards room, and a table game area (Ping-Pong, darts, etc.). The outside recreation yard offers a softball field, a running track, tennis courts, bocce ball, horseshoes, and shuffleboard. The Hobbycraft Center is open to inmates interested in ceramics and leatherwork. Drawing and painting activities are available to inmates through the art program. Musical instruments are available in the recreation area.

Visitation Information for FCI Oxford

On Sunday and Saturday visitation is held between 8:15 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. On federal holidays visitation is held between 8:15 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. See our page on prisoner visitation rules for more information.

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FCI Oxford Prison Culture Information

Prison Politics at Federal Correctional Institution Oxford

This is a somewhat political yard. According to one respondent, “different cars and groups claim tables in the chow hall.” New arrivals typically have to show their racial group shot caller their paperwork.

Level of Violence

There is a moderate level of violence at this prison. According to one respondent, “There was an accused informant who got stabbed a little while ago.”

Vulnerable Populations

While sex offenders, informants, and LGBT inmates can walk the yard, they tend to have some problems. According to one inmate, “There are separate groups of sex offenders for each race. Each has its own table in the chow hall. We are all persona non grata, treated as non-people.” Another respondent agreed, stating, “sex offenders are often extorted, robbed, and assaulted by members of their own race.” Another inmate provided a personal example of how sex offenders are treated: “My paperwork was requested to be seen a few times when I came in. Instead of showing it, I opted to join the Native sex offender car. We are not allowed in the TV rooms.” As it concerns LGBT inmates, another inmate expressed that “gays and transgenders are inconspicuous if they exist here.”

Bad at FCI Oxford

“There is only air conditioning in the TV rooms and the cops’ offices.”

FCI Oxford in the News

In February 2017, Stacy L. Lenorud, an SIS official at Federal Correctional Institution Oxford, was sentenced to two years of probation after pleading guilty to engaging in sexual acts with a prisoner and smuggling in contraband for him. In a related case, FCI Oxford employee Amy Ziemann was indicted on charges of engaging in sexual acts with a prisoner and trying to persuade Lenorud to testify falsely before a grand jury.

In 2014, Christopher A. Seifer, an electronics technician at FCI Oxford, was sentenced to 15 months in prison for filing 1,380 false mileage claims amounting to more than $100,000.

In 2007, former Illinois Governor George Ryan served time at FCI Oxford for corruption. In January 1984, FCI Oxford guard Boyd Spikerman was killed by an inmate.

More Information About Federal Correctional Institution Oxford

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