FCI Tallahassee | Tallahassee Federal Prison

Federal Correctional Institution Tallahassee is a low-security federal prison located in Tallahassee, Florida. It is also known as FCI Tallahassee and Tallahassee Correctional Facility. The facility houses female inmates.

FCI Tallahassee Contact Information

Facility Address & Contact Information

Federal Correctional Institution Tallahassee
501 Capital Circle NE
Tallahassee, FL 32301

Phone: 850-878-2173
Fax: 850-671-6105
Email: [email protected]

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Inmate Correspondence Address

FCI Tallahassee

Inmate Name and Registration Number
FCI Tallahassee
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 5000
Tallahassee
, FL 32314

How to Send Money

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

Federal Correctional Institution Tallahassee Inmate Information

Inmate Gender

Male Inmates

Prison Security Level

Low-Security Federal Prison

Facility Location

FCI Tallahassee is located 3 miles east of downtown Tallahassee, on Highway 319 at its intersection with Park Avenue and Conner Boulevard.

BOP Region

Southeast Region

BOP Institution Code

TAL for FCI Tallahassee

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 Florida

Population Number

FCI Tallahassee houses approximately 755 inmates.

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FCI Tallahassee Prison Services Information

Background

Federal Correctional Institution Tallahassee is a low-security federal prison in Tallahassee, Florida, which houses male inmates. It was opened in 1938.

FCI Tallahassee also has an adjacent detention center that houses both male and female administrative-security level detainees and inmates.

Notable inmates include terrorist Colleen LaRose (serving ten years for conspiracy to provide material support to terrorism and conspiracy to kill in a foreign country), and Earth Liberation Front member Chelsea Gerlach (served six years for arson).

Media reports indicate that at least eight prison guards have been indicted for sexually assaulting female prisoners at the facility.

Inmate Housing

Inmates are housed in two-person cells (RDAP) and dormitories, which are divided into two- and three-person cubicles. Detention center inmates are housed in cells.

Health Services

FCI Tallahassee provides emergency medical services, physical exams, periodic health exams, female health care, TB and HIV testing, medications, dental services, and eyeglasses. The detention center provides sick call, medication refills, emergency medical services, physical exams, TB and HIV testing, and dental services. Emergency medical care is available 24 hours a day. Sick call is available at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.

Psychology Services

All inmates at FCI Tallahassee are screened by Psychology Services staff during the institution’s Admission and Orientation Program. Each housing unit also has a unit counselor and psychologist on staff to provide guidance, counseling, and other mental health services to unit inmates. In the detention center, psychology services are available in the form of short-term supportive counseling for those who are identified by themselves, or by staff, as having difficulty handling their current circumstances. Requests can also be made to speak to a psychologist. Voluntary groups such as self-image, anger management, Trauma in Life, Seeking Safety, and Thinking for a Change are also available. The STAGES Program is available for inmates with serious mental illness and personality disorders.

Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP)

FCI Tallahassee offers the Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP). The Drug Abuse Program, the Non-Residential Drug Abuse Program (NR-DAP), and Alcoholic Anonymous (AA) are also available.

FCI Tallahassee Educational, Library, and Recreation Offerings

Education Services

FCI Tallahassee offers literacy, GED, and English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) programs. Adult Continuing Education (ACE), marketable skills training, and parenting courses are also available. Due to the short-term nature of the Detention Center, educational opportunities are limited. High school diplomas and post-secondary degrees are available through paid correspondence programs.

Advanced Occupational Education

Advanced occupational education programs at FCI Tallahassee include Business Education I & II, Building Trades I & II, Cosmetology, Horticulture, and a Custodial Maintenance Technician Program.

Vocational Training

FCI Tallahassee offers Building Trades, Business Education, and Horticulture vocational training programs.

Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship programs at FCI Tallahassee are available to inmates in Construction, Electrician, Baker, Cook, Horticulturist, Housekeeper, Landscape Management Tech, Landscape Technician, Material Coordinator, Metal Fabricator, Office Apprenticeship, Painter, Plumber, Quality Control Inspector, Refrigeration Apprenticeship, Stationary Engineer, Teacher Aide 1, and Wood Machinist.

Library Services

A leisure and law library are available to inmates in the main prison. In the detention center, reading materials are available in the housing units. The leisure library offers fiction and nonfiction books, newspapers, and magazines. The law libraries offer typewriters, copy machines, and the TRULINCS Electronic Law Library.

UNICOR

The FCI Tallahassee UNICOR facility handles services.

Commissary

Inmates are permitted to spend $360.00 per month for regular purchases. Postage stamps and over-the-counter medication are exempt from the spending limit. Inmates may shop once a week on their designated shopping day. Shopping is conducted Monday through Thursday. Inmate funds are retained by the institution in a trust fund from which the inmate may withdraw money for personal spending in the institution Commissary, family support, or other approved purposes. Accumulated institutional earnings and money sent from outside are given to the inmate upon release or may be mailed home.

Recreation Services

Recreational programs at FCI Tallahassee and the detention center include both indoor and outdoor activities. Indoors, inmates can participate in various artwork and hobby craft programs, talent shows, movies, and lectures on health and exercise. Outdoors, inmates can engage in individual and group exercises, sports, and other leisure activities. Popular activities include yoga, Pilates, weights, softball, flag football, and Frisbee. There is also a track. Hours of operation are 6:00 to 10:30 a.m., 12:00 to 3:30 p.m., and 5:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Visitation Information for FCI Tallahassee

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 Tallahassee Prison Culture Information

Prison Politics at Federal Correctional Institution Tallahassee

There is a low level of politics at this facility. According to one inmate, “Due to the yard being for women, there really isn’t any politics.” Another respondent explained, “Everyone works out together and helps each other.”

Level of Violence

While most inmates felt that there is little to no violence at this prison, others felt that there was a low to moderate level of violence. As explained by one respondent, “There is no violence. I have never felt unsafe.” Another inmate stated, “Due to the inmate population’s age being so young, I would peg it as a 5 to 7 out of 10 for safety. It’s not 100 percent safe, but the staff manages it very well.”

Vulnerable Populations

Sex offenders, informants, and LGBT inmates can walk the yard. According to one respondent, “Sex offenders can walk the yard. I also have a transgender cellie. Neither group seems to have problems.” Another inmate stated, “Everybody can walk, even women who killed their children or other people’s children. Nobody cares. And nobody cares about informants either.” Another respondent explained, “Everyone and anyone is allowed to walk the yard.”

Good at FCI Tallahassee

“There is nothing good.” “They offer a variety of programming to those who really want it.” “This is a good place to program.”

Bad at FCI Tallahassee

“We have to wear pants even when it is 100 degrees outside.” “We need more good staff members that are consistent and caring about their job.” “Medical care is pretty deplorable.”

Other Inmate Comments

“The warden is not inmate friendly and that shows everywhere. Sadly, I am a repeat offender and was actually released from this facility in 2010. At the time, there were many more programs available, and medical was way better than it is now.”

FCI Tallahassee in the News

In April 2014, Angel Santiago, a guard at Federal Correctional Institution Tallahassee, pleaded guilty to engaging in a sexual act with a prisoner.

In June 2006, Ralph Hill, a guard at FCI Tallahassee, opened fire on FBI agents who came to arrest him and five other guards — Alfred Barnes, Gregory Dixon, Vincent Johnson, Alan Moore, and E. Lavon Spence — in a sex-for-contraband scheme. Hill was killed along with Inspector General Agent William Sentner.

In June 1998, William Hock, a guard at FCI Tallahassee, was convicted of having sex with female prisoners.

More Information About Federal Correctional Institution Tallahassee

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