FCI Seagoville | Seagoville TX Federal Prison

Federal Correctional Institution Seagoville is a low-security federal prison located in Seagoville, Texas. It is also known as FCI Seagoville and Seagoville TX federal prison. FCI Seagoville Camp is located adjacent to the main institution. Both federal prisons house male inmates.

FCI Seagoville Contact Information

Facility Address & Contact Information

Federal Correctional Institution Seagoville
2113 North Highway 175
Seagoville, TX 75159

Phone: 972-287-2911
Fax: 972-287-5466
Email: [email protected]

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Inmate Correspondence Address

FCI Seagoville

Inmate Name and Registration Number
FCI Seagoville
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 9000
Seagoville, TX 75159

FCI Seagoville Prison Camp

Inmate Name and Registration Number
FCI Seagoville
Camp
Satellite Prison Camp
P.O. Box 9000
Seagoville, TX 75159

How to Send Money to Inmates

Several options are available for sending funds to federal inmates at Seagoville, TX prison. Note that federal prisoners may not receive funds directly. Instead, money must be sent through Western Union, Money Gram, or the National Lockbox in Des Moines, Iowa.

One option is to use Western Union or Money Gram. These services allow you to send money directly to an inmate’s account. Another option is to use the National Lockbox in Des Moines, Iowa. This service will enable you to send a money order or cashier’s check directly to the inmate’s account.

Learn more about sending funds to federal inmates here.

Federal Correctional Institution Seagoville Inmate Information

Inmate Gender

Male Inmates

Prison Security Level

Facility Location

FCI Seagoville is located 11 miles southeast of Dallas, off Highway 175 (Hawn Freeway).

BOP Region

South Central Region

BOP Institution Code

SEA for FCI Seagoville

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

Northern District of Texas

Population Number

FCI Seagoville houses approximately 1,460 inmates. The camp houses around 95 inmates.

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FCI Seagoville Prison Services Information

Background

Federal Correctional Institution Seagoville is a low-security federal prison in Seagoville, Texas, which houses male inmates. It opened in 1938. Federal Correctional Institution Seagoville Camp, which also houses male inmates, is located adjacent to the main institution.

FCI Seagoville initially housed female inmates. During World War II, the prison housed Japanese, German, and Italian families who were considered national security risks. In 1945, it converted to the male federal prison it is today. The facility is a Sex Offender Management Program (SOMP) institution, which means that around 40 percent of the inmate population is incarcerated for a current or past sexual offense.

Media reports indicate that at least two guards have been indicted for smuggling contraband into the institution. Additionally, one inmate has escaped, and one inmate has been indicted for attacking a fellow prisoner he believed to be gay.

Inmate Housing

Inmates are housed in two-, three-, five-, and twelve-person rooms. B, D, and E housing units have air conditioning, while the others do not. There is a total of seven housing units. Inmates at the detention center are housed in two-person cells and those at the camp are housed in dormitories.

Health Services

Inmates at FCI Seagoville have access to sick call, dental care, dental emergency care, emergency medical care, eyeglasses, medications, chronic care, and physical examinations. The Health Services waiting room offers educational videos on various health-related concerns. Emergency medical care is available 24 hours a day. Sick call is held between 6:30 and 7:00 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Insulin and pill line are conducted at 6:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on weekdays and 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on weekends.

Psychology Services

Psychological services are available to the inmate population in both facilities in both English and Spanish. Individual consultation, counseling, and crisis intervention are readily available for all inmates. A Non-Residential Sex Offender Treatment Program (SOTP-NR) is also available to prisoners at FCI Seagoville. Other groups include anger management, mindfulness, basic cognitive skills, stress management, grief management, and emotional self-regulation.

Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP)

FCI Seagoville has the Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP). The camp does not offer RDAP. Both institutions also offer the Drug Education Program and the Non-Residential Drug Abuse Program (NR-DAP).

FCI Seagoville Educational, Library, and Recreation Offerings

Education Services

FCI Seagoville offers literacy, GED, and English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) programs to inmates. A certificate is given to students who achieve the eighth-grade functional literacy level. Students who achieve the state standards for GED receive a State of Texas diploma and a cash award up to $25 if funds are available. A parenting program and Adult Continuing Education (ACE) classes are also available. Current ACE classes include drafting technology, African American history, creative writing, introduction to the law library, real estate, American civil war, everyday math, science, criminal justice, financial self-defense, and more. Institution Release Preparation Program sessions consisting of six core classes are also offered to inmates. High school diplomas and post-secondary degrees are available through paid correspondence programs. Cedar Valley College offers limited college classes. Hours of operation are 7:30 to 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 2:50 p.m., and 5:00 to 7:50 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7:00 to 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m. to 2:50 p.m., and 5:00 to 7:50 p.m. on Saturday.

Advanced Occupational Education

Seagoville Federal Prison offers advanced occupational education in Auto Mechanic, Automotive Technician, Computer Graphics and Design, Construction Tech, Core Construction, HVAC, Landscape Design, and Turfgrass. No advanced occupational education programs are available at the camp.

Vocational Training

Neither FCI Seagoville nor the camp offers any vocational training programs aside from the advanced occupational education programs.

Apprenticeship

Seagoville, TX prisondoes not offer any apprenticeship programs.

Library Services

Both leisure and law libraries are available to inmates at FCI Seagoville. Typewriters and a copy machine are available in the law library and are to be utilized for legal work only. Typewriter ribbons are available from the commissary. Legal research is conducted through the TRULINCS Electronic Law Library computers. In the leisure library, inmates have access to books and magazines. Current magazine subscriptions and newspapers are maintained for English and Spanish-speaking inmates. The leisure library also provides a variety of educational, entertainment, and self-help videos and books on tape for inmates interested in personal enrichment. An interlibrary loan program is also available.

UNICOR

The Seagoville, TX prison UNICOR facility produces clothing and textiles.

Commissary

Inmates can spend up to $360.00 per month. This amount is increased during the Christmas holiday season. Popular items include food, beverages, and clothing. Shoes, electronics, ice cream, and over-the-counter medications are also available for purchase. Special Purchase Orders for sports equipment, hobby craft items, etc., are limited each month. Commissary shopping hours are based on the fourth and fifth digits of an inmate’s registration number. The commissary is open Monday through Thursday, between 6:30 and 8:20 a.m., and 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. UNICOR inmates are allowed to shop on Wednesdays.

Recreation Services

Both indoor and outdoor facilities are available at FCI Seagoville depend- ing on weather conditions. Television viewing rooms are located in each of the housing units for inmate use. Seven televisions are also available in the Recreation Department. There are a variety of organized sports including softball, flag football, soccer, Frisbee, volleyball, pickleball, handball, racquetball, and basketball. Varsity sports teams are chosen from the inmate population to compete in contests against outside teams. A hobby shop (e.g., painting, beading, art, leather, crochet, etc.), weightlifting/fitness area (with dumbbells, barbells, flat and decline benches, leg press, and shoulder rack), wellness program, track, and music room are also available for inmates. Hours of operation are 6:00 to 10:20 a.m., 11:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., and 5:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Visitation Information for FCI Seagoville

On Sunday and Saturday visiting hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. On federal holidays visitation is held between 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. See our page on prisoner visitation rules for more information.

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FCI Seagoville Prison Culture Information

Prison Politics at Federal Correctional Institution Seagoville

There is a low level of politics at this prison. According to respondents, some parts of the yard and other areas (e.g., some TV rooms and tables) are claimed by different races or cars, but not too much of this occurs. According to one inmate, “the facility is extremely safe for all charges/groups.” Another inmate stated, “Everyone talks to each other, but when it comes to watching TVs or eating in the chow hall, it is segregated by race and type of crime.” Another inmate expressed, “We have some politics just to keep the peace, but it’s a SOMP/PC Low.”

Level of Violence

There is very little violence at this facility. One inmate explained that “it is a safe institution.” Another rated it a 9 out of 10 for safety. Another respondent agreed, stating that there was a “low level of violence.” One respondent colored this discussion by stating, “Safety is moderate only because we are vastly understaffed.” Another inmate stated, “Violence is rare and serious injuries are almost unheard of. Fistfights happen, but most violence stops at pushing and shoving.”

Vulnerable Populations

Sex offenders, informants, and LGBT inmates are allowed to walk the yard. One respondent referred to the yard as a “drop-out yard” where everyone can walk. Another expressed that it is a “sex offender and protective custody yard.” He also stated that “transgender inmates are allowed to walk.” Another inmate explained, “This is a SOMP yard, so it’s 65-70% sex offender right now. Almost everyone else is either an informant or got run out of somewhere else for some reason.”

Good at FCI Seagoville TX Prison

“This prison is very nice looking. The outdoor areas look like a park with lots of grass, trees, flower beds, and hedges. The buildings are all red brick and architecturally pleasing. There is even a gazebo which the inmates can use when the compound is open to free movement, which doesn’t happen very often.” “Very little theft or violence, just morons.” “Beautiful campus, trees, shrubs, college-like campus.” “Gazeboes and picnic tables on the compound.” “There are a lot of trees and vegetation because of the VT Landscape department.” “Possibly the most laid-back prison in the BOP.” “Foodservice is decent and is getting better.” “The prison resembles a college campus with scores of mature live oak trees along with dozens of flower beds and hedges.”

Bad at FCI Seagoville Federal Prison

“The only bad thing about this prison is the COs who still want to use their authority to mistreat prisoners.” “Not the best staff as far as individual problems are concerned.” “Inmate-to-inmate respect level is very low compared to other places.” “Not a place for wheelchairs and walkers due to being too bumpy and narrow.” “Staff are terrible as a whole.” “It used to be an open compound until someone shut that down.” “There are a lot of bad things about this compound.” “Huge drug problem here. K2 has inmates dropping like flies. It is so bad now that if an inmate is high, they don’t even lock them up if they can walk and talk because there is no room in the SHU for them.”

Other Inmate Comments

“Easy time.” “Anyone can walk here no problem. Just don’t expect it to be very ‘prison-like.’ It’s more like a college campus (in layout), full of middle school maturity-level grown men.” “Other than the heat, it’s a great spot to do time.” “If you have a choice in where to go, then don’t come here.” “This is not a bad spot, but it’s not Club Fed either.”

FCI Seagoville in the News

In April 2020, FCI Seagoville was ravaged by the COVID-19 pandemic. During this period, both inmates and staff members tested positive for COVID-19.

In June 2018, William Laurence Stanley escaped from Federal Correctional Seagoville and was recaptured the next day.

In May 2018, U.S. Senator John Cornyn and Bureau of Prisons Director Mark Inch took a tour of FCI Seagoville in the lead-up to a federal criminal justice reform bill.

In April 2017, award-winning journalist Barrett Brown, who was released from Seagoville, TX prisonto serve the remainder of his sentence on home confinement, was unexpectedly returned to FCI Seagoville because the Bureau of Prisons was unhappy that he was speaking to the media. Brown’s attorney explained to the Bureau that BOP policy only requires prior authorization for interviews conducted in-person at Bureau institutions, not interviews conducted via telephone, email, or postal mail.

In March 2013, John Hall, a prisoner at Seagoville TX federal prison and Aryan Brotherhood gang member, was sentenced to an additional 71 months in prison after beating and kicking another prisoner in December 2011 because he believed the victim was gay.

In February 2012, Michael Hopper, a guard at FCI Seagoville, was sentenced to two years in prison for smuggling alcohol, tobacco, and nutritional supplements into the prison.

In 2009, Barry Kent Haatvedt, a guard at Seagoville, TX federal prison, received three-and-a-half years in prison for bribery after being paid approximately $10,000 to smuggle tobacco into the prison.

More Information About Federal Correctional Institution Seagoville

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