FCI Petersburg Low | Federal Correctional Institution Petersburg Low

Federal Correctional Institution Petersburg Low | FCI Petersburg Low

Part of FCC Petersburg facilities including FCI Petersburg Medium and FCI Petersburg Low, with an adjacent minimum security satellite prison camp.

Facilities: FCI Petersburg Low and an adjacent minimum security satellite prison camp.
Facility Address & Contact Information
Federal Correctional Institution Petersburg Low
1100 River Road
Hopewell, VA 23860
Phone: 804-733-7881
Fax: 804-863-1510
Email: PET/[email protected]
BOP Website: https://www.bop.gov/locations/institutions/pet/
Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Correctional_Institution%2C_Petersburg
Inmate Correspondence Address
For FCI Petersburg Low
Inmate Name and Registration Number
FCI Petersburg Low
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 1000
Petersburg, VA 23804
For Satellite Prison Camp
Inmate Name and Registration Number
FCI Petersburg Low
Satellite Prison Camp
P.O. Box 1000
Petersburg, VA 23804
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: Low; Camp: Minimum
Location: FCI Petersburg Low is located 25 miles southeast of Richmond, Virginia.
BOP Region: Mid-Atlantic Region (MXR)
BOP Institution Code: PET for FCI Petersburg Low, PEX for Petersburg Federal Correctional Complex
Medical Care Level: Level 2. See our page on Medical Care Levels and Procedures for more information.
Judicial District: Eastern District of Virginia
Population (as of Sept. 14, 2020): Main: 681; Camp: 196
Background: FCI Petersburg Low was opened in 1932. The satellite camp was opened in 1978 and houses inmates in a minimum-security environment who are to be released primarily in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States. Both institutions are part of the Petersburg Federal Correctional Complex (FCC). Notable inmates include former Tennessee police officer Richard Chandler (serving a 25-year sentence for child pornography charges) and Roger Loughry, Sr. (serving a 30-year sentence for advertising and distributing child pornography).
Housing: Inmates are housed in dormitories or two-person cells within six housing units. Most of the six housing units do not have air conditioning.
Health Services: Sick call, medications, medical emergencies, dental sick call, routine dental care, eyeglasses, hearing aids, physical examinations, and mandatory HIV testing are provided at the prison. Inmates must submit a triage form in order to be seen by their primary health care provider.
Psychology Services: FCI Petersburg Low offers counseling and a variety of treatment groups including stress management, anger management, and additional groups. Treatment offerings change quarterly based upon inmate population need. The Religious Services Department also offers the Life Connections Program for inmates who desire to grow as a responsible person.
Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP): FCI Petersburg Low houses a Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP). It also offers the Non-Residential Drug Abuse Program (NR-DAP), a Drug Education class, Smart Recovery, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), and Narcotics Anonymous (NA).
Education Services: FCI Petersburg Low and the camp provides GED, English-as-a-Second Language (ESL), Adult Continuing Education (ACE), and parenting programs. High school diplomas and post-secondary programs are available through paid correspondence programs.
Advanced Occupational Education: FCI Petersburg Low and the camp do not offer advanced occupational education programs.
Vocational Training: FCI Petersburg Low offers vocational training in Carpentry, Machinist, and Masonry. No vocational training is available at the camp.
Apprenticeship: FCI Petersburg Low offers apprenticeships in Binder, Cook, HVAC, Landscape, Machinist, Maintenance Electrician, and Plumbing. No apprenticeships are available at the camp.
Library Services: A general library includes a variety of magazines, newspapers, reference materials, and fiction and nonfiction books necessary for meeting inmates’ educational, cultural, and leisure needs. An Inter-Library Loan Program is available. Inmates are able to prepare legal documents and have reasonable access to legal materials via the TRULINCS Electronic Law Library (LexisNexis). Additionally, the law library contains required legal publications, general legal reference materials, and a selection of Bureau of Prisons policies. Typewriters and a copy machine are also available for inmate use.
UNICOR: FCI Petersburg Low UNICOR houses a printing plant.
Commissary: Inmates 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, and send funds in another manner. Inmates must have their commissary cards in their possession at all times for identification purposes. Inmates can purchase a variety of items in the commissary, including beverages, food, snacks, clothing, and electronics.
Recreation: Recreation facilities at FCI Petersburg Low include a gymnasium, outdoor weightlifting pavilion, athletic fields, a handball & racquetball court, a tennis court, a bocce ball court, and a walking track area. The recreation program offers both structured and leisure time activities as well as organized intramural leagues throughout the calendar year to include soccer, volleyball, softball, basketball, and flag football. All intramural teams are organized by housing units. Additional programs include an Institutional Movie Program, an Inmate Photo Program, a Band & Music Program, activities on recognized federal holidays, and various other programs. The hobby craft programs include drawing, painting, leathercraft kits, crochet, and cross-stitch.
Visitation Information: See our page on prisoner visitation rules for more information.
Directions to Prison:
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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 Petersburg Low, please buy a copy of the Directory of Federal Prisons: The Unofficial Guide to Bureau of Prisons Institutions by Christopher Zoukis.