FCI Talladega | Talladega Federal Prison

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

FCI Talladega Contact Information

Facility Address & Contact Information

Federal Correctional Institution Talladega
565 East Renfroe Road
Talladega, AL 35160

Phone: 256-315-4100
Fax: 256-315-4495
Email: [email protected]

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Inmate Correspondence Address

FCI Talladega

Inmate Name and Registration Number
FCI Talladega
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 1000
, AL 35160

FCI Talladega Prison Camp

Inmate Name and Registration Number
FCI Talladega
Satellite Prison Camp
P.O. Box 2000
Talladega, AL 35160

How to Send Money

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

Federal Correctional Institution Talladega Inmate Information

Inmate Gender

Male Inmates

Prison Security Level

Facility Location

FCI Talladega is located in northeast Alabama, 50 miles east of Birmingham, 100 miles west of Atlanta, Georgia; off the 275 bypass on Renfroe Road.

BOP Region

Southeast Region

BOP Institution Code

TDG for FCI Talladega

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 Alabama

Population Number

FCI Talladega houses approximately 890 inmates. The camp houses around 130 inmates.

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FCI Talladega Prison Services Information


Federal Correctional Institution Talladega is a medium-security federal prison in Talladega, Alabama, which houses male inmates. It was opened in 1979. Federal Correctional Institution Talladega Camp, which also houses male inmates, was opened in 1989 and is located adjacent to the main institution.

In 1991, approximately 120 Cuban detainees rioted and took seven Bureau of Prisons employees and three INS employees hostage.

Media reports indicate that at least two guards have been indicted for smuggling drugs into the prison.

Inmate Housing

Inmates are housed in five different housing units in two- or three-person cells. Inmates at the camp are housed in dormitories, which are divided into two-person cells.

Health Services

Intake screening, routine medical and dental care, emergency medical care, physical examinations, and medications are available to the inmate population. 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. The insulin line is held before breakfast and dinner. Pill line is conducted three times a day.

Psychology Services

Psychological services include crisis counseling, suicide prevention, and individual and group counseling. Available groups include anger management, HIV/ AIDS Awareness, and criminal thinking. Inmates can request program placement through the submission of an Inmate Request to Staff.

Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP)

FCI Talladega does not have the Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP). The camp does have the Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP). Both facilities offer the Drug Education class, the Non-Residential Drug Abuse Program (NR-DAP), and Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).

FCI Talladega Educational, Library, and Recreation Offerings

Education Services

FCI Talladega provides literacy, GED, and English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) programs. Adult Continuing Education (ACE) classes taught by fellow inmates on a wide variety of topics and parenting programs are also available. High school diplomas and post-secondary degrees are available through paid correspondence programs.

Advanced Occupational Education

FCI Talladega offers Electrical 1 & 2, Forklift, HVAC 2, Job Readiness, Mason 1, 2, & 3, NCEER Core, Office Technology, ServSafe, and Welding.

Vocational Training

FCI Talladega does not offer any vocational training aside from its advanced occupational education programs. The camp offers vocational training in ServSafe, Carpentry 1 & 2, and Forklift.


FCI Talladega offers apprenticeships in the following occupations: Baker, Barber, Carpentry, Cook, Dental Assistant, Electrician, HVAC, Landscape Tech, Masonry, Painter, Plumber, Quality Assurance, Sheet Metal, Teacher’s Aide, and Welding.

Library Services

Leisure and law libraries are available to inmates in the general population. The leisure library offers newspapers, fiction and nonfiction books, and magazines. The law library has the TRULINCS Electronic Law Library, a copy machine, and electric typewriters.


The FCI Talladega UNICOR facility produces military uniforms.


Inmates are permitted to spend up to $360.00 per month on a wide variety of items. Such items include ice cream, radios, MP3 players, food, clothing, and more. Inmates are allowed to shop once a week on their designated shopping day.

Recreation Services

FCI Talladega and the camp offer indoor and outdoor recreational activities, including a hobby craft program (e.g., art, leather, and wood), leisure and fitness programs, intramural sports, TVs, and a music program. The Recreation Department is open seven days a week from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., excluding counts and meals.

Visitation Information for FCI Talladega

On Sunday, Friday, and Saturday visitation is held between 8:30 a.m. and 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 Talladega Prison Culture Information

Prison Politics at Federal Correctional Institution Talladega

This is not a political yard.

Level of Violence

There is very little violence at this facility.

Vulnerable Populations

Sex offenders, informants, and LGBT inmates can walk this yard.

Good at FCI Talladega

“Lazy COs that don’t do anything.” “They have programs to help you get ahead in the free world.”

Bad at FCI Talladega

“Lazy administrators that don’t do anything.” “They have snitches and sex offenders trying to run the yard.”

Other Inmate Comments

“Good place to retire.”

FCI Talladega in the News

In April 2016, Attorney General Loretta Lynch visited Federal Correctional Institution Talladega as part of the Obama Administration’s “Reentry Week.”

In December 2015, Bureau of Prisons Director Charles Samuels Jr., who was at one time a guard at FCI Talladega, announced his plans to retire in January 2016.

In July 2015, Marlon McNealy, who was serving a life sentence at FCI Talladega for non-violent drug offenses, was granted clemency by President Obama after spending 23 years in prison.

In March 2013, Belinda Keith, a training officer at FCI Talladega, was sentenced to two years of probation after pleading guilty to smuggling tobacco into the prison.

In January 2006, Ronald Hammonds, a guard at FCI Talladega, was arrested on charges of smuggling marijuana into the facility for prisoners.

In August 1991, approximately 121 Cuban detainees rioted after their concerns were ignored by staff, taking seven Bureau of Prisons employees and three INS employees hostage for ten days because they did not want to be returned to Cuba. Approximately 200 specially trained agents converged on the cell building and used explosives to break open doors after hearing several loud explosions inside the section of the prison where the hostages were being held. All hostages were rescued, and 121 detainees were taken into custody.

More Information About Federal Correctional Institution Talladega

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