FCI Texarkana | Texarkana Federal Prison

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

FCI Texarkana Contact Information

Facility Address & Contact Information

Federal Correctional Institution Texarkana
4001 Leopard Drive
Texarkana, TX 75501

Phone: 903-838-4587
Fax: 903-223-4424
Email: [email protected]

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Inmate Correspondence Address

FCI Texarkana

Inmate Name and Registration Number
FCI Texarkana
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 7000
Texarkana, TX 75505

FCI Texarkana Prison Camp

Inmate Name and Registration Number
FCI Texarkana
Camp
Satellite Prison Camp
P.O. Box 9300
Texarkana
, TX 75505

How to Send Money

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

Federal Correctional Institution Texarkana Inmate Information

Inmate Gender

Male Inmates

Prison Security Level

Facility Location

FCI Texarkana is located in northeast Texas near the Arkansas border, 175 miles east of Dallas, 70 miles north of Shreveport, LA; off Route 59 South on Leopard Drive.

BOP Region

South Central Region

BOP Institution Code

TEX for FCI Texarkana

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

Eastern District of Texas

Population Number

FCI Texarkana houses approximately 1,000 inmates. The camp houses around 150 inmates.

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FCI Texarkana Prison Services Information

Background

Federal Correctional Institution Texarkana is a low-security federal prison in Texarkana, Texas, which houses male inmates. It opened in 1940. Federal Correctional Institution Texarkana Camp, which also houses male inmates, is located adjacent to the main institution.

Notable inmates include Keith Judd (sentenced to 17 years for extortion). While incarcerated, Judd filed papers to run for president in the 2012 general election. He won 41 percent of the primary vote in West Virginia against incumbent Barack Obama.

Media reports indicate that at least nine guards have been indicted for sexually assaulting inmates and at least one guard has been convicted of smuggling contraband into the prison. Additionally, six inmates have been indicted for possessing contraband, four prisoners have been indicted for drug possession, and one inmate has been indicted for attempting to smuggle contraband into the institution.

In 2005, The Kansas City Star named FCI Texarkana Camp one of the five best federal prisons for white-collar offenders.

Inmate Housing

Inmates are housed in several configurations ranging from two-, four-, and ten-person cells to dormitories with up to 40 inmates. In the camp, inmates are housed in dormitories.

Health Services

FCI Texarkana provides preventive health care, emergency medical care, chronic care, medications, physical examinations, annual TB testing, dental care, and eyeglasses. Emergency medical care is available 24 hours a day, while on-site medical care is available 16 hours a day. Inmates must submit a triage form to be evaluated for routine care needs. Sick call is held in the mornings at 6:30 a.m. Pill line is conducted during each meal, and an insulin line is held before breakfast and dinner.

Psychology Services

All inmates are screened by a psychologist upon arrival to FCI Texarkana. Psychology staff offers brief individual counseling and comprehensive individual and group therapy programs. These programs address the full range of clinical disorders, provide self-help options, assess and treat behavioral and emotional problems, and facilitate overall adjustment. The Psychology Department also provides drug abuse treatment for those who have substance use disorders, helps to determine the need for psychotropic medication, consults with other staff about the mental health needs of inmates, and coordinates services with other departments as appropriate. Crisis intervention is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including holidays.

Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP)

FCI Texarkana does not have the Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP). The camp does have the Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP). Both facilities offer a Drug Abuse Education program and the Non-Residential Drug Abuse Program (NR-DAP).

FCI Texarkana Educational, Library, and Recreation Offerings

Education Services

Inmates at FCI Texarkana are offered literacy, GED, and English-as-a- Second Language (ESL) programs. Adult Continuing Education (ACE), a parenting program (Inside Out Dad), Language Lab, and a Resume Writing Workshop are also available. Current ACE classes include Start Your Own Business, Spanish (beginner, intermediate, and advanced), Civil War, and Our Universe. Information on course offerings and enrollment are posted on bulletin boards in the units, in the Education Department, and on TRULINCS. High school diplomas and post-secondary degrees are available through paid correspondence programs. Rosetta Stone programs are available in Spanish, German, French, Japanese, and Italian. Hours of operation are 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday, excluding Friday night, meals, and institutional recalls.

Advanced Occupational Education

FCI Texarkana offers advanced occupational education in Business Computer Applications, Introduction to Culinary Arts, Culinary Arts, Graphic Design, HVAC, Upholstery, and Welding. The camp offers advanced occupational education programs in Automotive/Diesel Mechanics, Building Trades, Business Computer Applications, HVAC, and Introduction to Culinary Arts.

Vocational Training

FCI Texarkana does not offer any vocational training programs aside from advanced occupational education programs.

Apprenticeship

FCI Texarkana offers apprenticeships in Dental Assistant, Dental Technician, Electrical Apprenticeship, and HVAC. The camp offers Dental Assistant Apprenticeship, Dental Technician, Electrical Apprenticeship, and HVAC.

Library Services

The leisure library offers a wide variety of books including vocational and technical books, general reference (i.e., encyclopedias, dictionaries, etc.), college and high school texts, as well as fiction and nonfiction. Several magazines and daily newspapers are provided. An interlibrary loan program is also available. The law library utilizes the Lexis Nexis Electronic Law Library system. Inmates may research legal information through the available computer stations. Typewriters and a copy machine are available for inmate use.

UNICOR

The FCI Texarkana UNICOR facility handles recycling activities and services and produces industrial products.

Commissary

Inmates are permitted to spend up to $360.00 per month on a variety of products. This is further restricted to $100 per week. The main commissary is located between the Hospital and the Dining Hall. The camp commissary is located behind the housing area in the Hospital and Commissary building. All monies sent or earned are deposited into the inmate’s commissary account. Commissary hours and prices are posted on the bulletin board. UNICOR inmates are allowed to shop at 6:30 a.m. All other inmates can shop on any of the hourly activities moves.

Recreation Services

The Recreation Departments in both facilities provide a number of exercise programs based on cardiovascular exercise, which are 10 weeks in length and is available for all age groups. The classes vary in exercises and topics of instruction include health, nutrition, exercise, stretching, and personal training. A variety of sports programs are also available for the inmate population. Intramural leagues include volleyball, basketball, softball, Frisbee, soccer, horseshoes, bocce ball, micro-soccer, indoor volleyball, and indoor basketball. The gymnasium offers basketball, handball/racquetball, volleyball, and aerobic equipment (e.g., treadmills, stationary bikes, ellipticals) during the winter months. The outside recreation area offers a jogging/walking track, two outdoor exercise areas, two basketball courts, and two multi-purpose courts. Bocce ball courts, horseshoe pits, and an area for handball and racquetball are also available. A small recreation yard contains two handball courts and a covered weightlifting area. A large recreation yard has a softball field, soccer field, running track, six handball courts, two horseshoe pits, a bocce pit, two shuffleboard decks, a basketball court, and a weightlifting area. The Modular Unit (not available at the camp) offers a place for table and board games, music, billiard tables, ping pong table, TVs, and art and hobby crafts. An Activity Center provides an area for playing card games and various table games. The hobby craft program offers inmates the opportunity to participate in leathercraft, stick art, beads, and art (painting, drawing, and airbrushing). The prison’s music program has two band rooms. Hours of operation are 6:30 a.m. to 8:15 p.m., excluding counts and meals.

Visitation Information for FCI Texarkana

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

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FCI Texarkana Prison Culture Information

Prison Politics at Federal Correctional Institution Texarkana

There is a low to moderate level of prison politics at this facility. According to inmates, this can be seen in the structure of seating in the chow hall and TV rooms. One inmate explained, “While there is a degree of politics, it’s mostly for show.” Another respondent agreed, stating, “To the most part, the racial politics are pretty relaxed. The chow hall and some of the TV rooms are segregated, and groups of different races, in general, segregate out. However, there is very little actual racial violence.” According to another respondent, “Just about every race interacts with all the other races here.” One inmate clarified, “Politics tend to be oriented more so along sex offender/non-sex offender grounds.”

Level of Violence

There is a low level of violence at this prison. According to one respondent, “When there is violence, there are never any weapons involved, and it’s often one-on-one and short-lived.” Another inmate explained, “There is almost no violence here; it is very safe.” Another respondent explained violence as follows: “Violence here isn’t really that much of an issue. There’re a few fights every now and then, but it’s usually nothing more than a few bumps and bruises. The overall safety here is much better than at a lot of other places as long as you’re respectful and don’t run up debts that you can’t pay.”

Vulnerable Populations

Sex offenders, informants, and LGBT inmates are allowed to walk the yard. One inmate stated, “Sex offenders seem to be the majority of the compound.” Another inmate explained, “Some units won’t allow sex offenders to watch TV in the TV rooms, but it’s kind of overlooked in some ways depending on the person.” He also explained, “The staff doesn’t really do anything to address the politics unless it’s an issue that they are forced to deal with.” Another respondent stated, “Informants are somewhat allowed. If a person isn’t in a gang or affiliated with one, and is respectful, they usually don’t get messed with. If a person is claiming they aren’t an informant and is later found out, that can cause problems.” Another inmate stated, “There’s actually a former SIS lieutenant on the yard that doesn’t seem to have any issues.” Another respondent explained, “Overall, it’s just a matter of circumstance and affiliation.” Yet another inmate stated, “I’m a sex offender and haven’t had any real problems in the 3+ years I’ve been here.”

Good at FCI Texarkana

“The best VT programs, good food, weights, and the TV rooms have five to eight TVs which are mostly newer.” “The population is pretty low.” “The staff is fairly professional.” “Commissary.” “The food is generally good.” “The food here is better than most places, and the portions tend to be a bit more than typical.” “The general consensus here is that this place is a good deal more laid back than most.” “Most of the guards are just here to collect an easy check and don’t really mess with people as long as they aren’t being complete idiots.” “The Chapel is really good.”

Bad at FCI Texarkana

“Pretty crowded, there is a bad K2 problem, no air conditioning in some housing units, and medical care is hit or miss on which MLP you are assigned to.” “They just took the microwaves and our ice coolers.” “There are frequent episodes of mass punishment due to the drug problems. The BOP lacks innovation and common sense when dealing with such issues.” “There’s a lot of petty activity here and some of the guards are on a personal quest to see just how far they can push the disrespect because they know the guys here are trying to point down to camp or home.” “The worst aspects are the politics and guards’ attitudes.”

Other Inmate Comments

“We have a new warden. So far it seems to be an improvement, and the prison seems better managed.” “The BOP, in general, seems to be on a downward spiral. As the budgets and staffing levels drop, overcrowding increases and program accessibility decreases. The same is true here as of elsewhere.” “It’s a pretty relaxed place overall. Just a bit petty at times.” “Overall, this isn’t too bad of a place to be. There is plenty to do to keep the time going by and the politics are manageable.”

FCI Texarkana in the News

 In July 2018, Kevin Tyler, a prisoner accused of attempting to smuggle contraband into Federal Correctional Institution Texarkana, asked the court to allow him access to over 1,000 pages of discovery necessary for his defense which prosecutors were trying to prevent in the name of prison security.

In March 2018, it was reported that FCI Texarkana had 41 staff positions eliminated, leaving 241 positions with 1,200 prisoners.

Also in March 2018, Jack Elton Willie, Kevin Tyler, and Jeffery Lee Anderson were indicted for sending suboxone strips to Chester Brown, a prisoner at FCI Texarkana.

In January 2018, Chester Brown, Eric Wayne Grimes, and Charles Webb, prisoners at FCI Texarkana, were separately indicted for the possession of contraband drugs.

In July 2017, Jasmer West, a prisoner at FCI Texarkana, was indicted for the possession of synthetic marijuana, or K2.

In November 2016, the Dallas News found that at least eight federal prison guards, including FCI Texarkana guard Jose Angel Rivas, committed sexual misconduct with prisoners since 2014, but some were allowed to plea to non-sexual crimes in order to stay off the state’s sex offender registry.

In March 2016, Jose Angel Rivas, a guard at FCI Texarkana, was indicted for illegal sexual contact with and providing contraband to a male prisoner from May 2013 to February 2015.

In November 2015, six prisoners at FCI Texarkana — Michael Chad Thompson, Ernest Allen McClain, Robert Abrego, Jesus Dozal, Scott McGarry, and Eliezer Hernandez — were separately indicted for possessing contraband such as cell phones, a knife, laptops, and marijuana.

In November 2014, Shelonda Chares, a case manager at FCI Texarkana, was charged with engaging in a sexual act with a prisoner.

More Information About Federal Correctional Institution Texarkana

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