FCI Three Rivers | Three Rivers Federal Prison

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

FCI Three Rivers Contact Information

Facility Address & Contact Information

Federal Correctional Institution Three Rivers
U.S. Highway 72 West
Three Rivers, TX 78071

Phone: 361-786-3576
Fax: 361-786-5051
Email: [email protected]

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Inmate Correspondence Address

FCI Three Rivers

Inmate Name and Registration Number
FCI Three Rivers
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 4200
Three Rivers, TX 78071

FCI Three Rivers Prison Camp

Inmate Name and Registration Number
FCI Three Rivers
Satellite Prison Camp
P.O. Box 4200
Three Rivers
, TX 78071

How to Send Money

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

Federal Correctional Institution Three Rivers Inmate Information

Inmate Gender

Male Inmates

Prison Security Level

Facility Location

FCI Three Rivers is located about 80 miles south of San Antonio and 73 miles northwest of Corpus Christi, off I-37 on Highway 72; 8 miles west of the town of Three Rivers, across from Choke Canyon Lake.

BOP Region

South Central Region

BOP Institution Code

TRV for FCI Three Rivers

Medical Care Level

Level 1. See our page on Medical Care Levels and Procedures for more information.

Mental Health Care Level

Level 1.

Judicial District

Southern District of Texas

Population Number

FCI Three Rivers houses approximately 1,010 inmates. The camp houses around 220 inmates.

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FCI Three Rivers Prison Services Information


Federal Correctional Institution Three Rivers is a medium-security federal prison in Three Rivers, Texas, which houses male inmates. It was opened in 1990. Federal Correctional Institution Three Rivers Camp, which also houses male inmates, is located adjacent to the main institution.

Media reports indicate that one guard has been indicted for impersonating a police officer while he was off-duty, while another guard was indicted for smuggling contraband into the institution. News reports also indicate that there was a gang war in 2008, where one inmate was killed and another 22 injured.

Inmate Housing

Inmates are housed in two-person cells. Inmates at the camp are housed in dormitories.

Health Services

Within 14 days of arrival, inmates are given a complete physical examination. Sick call, dental care, emergency medical services, eyeglasses, chronic care, medications, physical examinations, HIV testing, and immunizations are all provided at FCI Three Rivers and the satellite camp. Emergency medical care is available 24 hours a day.

Psychology Services

Services provided by the psychology staff include crisis intervention, individual and group therapy, and psycho-educational programs (e.g., Anger Management, Stress Management, and Communication Skills). Notices of upcoming offerings are posted on bulletin boards in inmate housing units.

Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP)

FCI Three Rivers and the camp do not house a Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP), but both do refer to facilities that do provide the program. Both facilities offer drug treatment programs, relapse prevention groups, a Drug Abuse Education Program, and the Non-Residential Drug Abuse Treatment Program (NR-DAP).

FCI Three Rivers Educational, Library, and Recreation Offerings

Education Services

FCI Three Rivers offers literacy, GED, and English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) programs. Graduation ceremonies are conducted once a year for students completing GED, ESL, and vocational training classes. A bonus of $25.00 is awarded for completion of GED, ESL, or VT programs. Certificates from the institution are also awarded for completion of ACE, Parenting, GED, and ESL classes. In addition, a Student of the Month is chosen each month from classes in the Literacy program for significant progress as well as dedication and hard work. The Student of the Month is rewarded with a day off from school and work cleared through the Supervisor of Education and Unit Manager. Upon completion of each 240 hours of satisfactory progress, students are awarded a day off from school. Other incentives are awarded based on progress through the Literacy Program. A parenting program and Adult Continuing Education (ACE) courses are also offered. An employment resource center is also available to assist inmates within 24 months of release prepare for post-incarceration. High school diplomas and post-secondary degrees are available through paid correspondence programs.

Advanced Occupational Education

FCI Three Rivers and the camp offer advanced occupational education in Building Trades, HVAC, Microsoft Applications, and Welding. The camp offers General Automotive, HVAC, Microsoft Applications, and Wastewater Instruction.

Vocational Training

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


FCI Three Rivers and the camp offer apprenticeships in Electrical Apprentice, HVAC, and Plumbing.

Library Services

Leisure and law libraries are available at both facilities. The leisure library has books available for checkout and DVDs available for viewing. Fiction and nonfiction books, newspapers, and magazines are available for inmate reading. Inmates are provided access to legal materials and an opportunity to prepare legal documents through the use of the TRULINCS Electronic Law Library. A copy machine is available to reproduce materials needed for research. Electric typewriters are also available for inmate use.


The FCI Three Rivers UNICOR facility handles fleet management and vehicular components. The camp does not have a UNICOR facility.


The commissary spending limitation is $360.00 per month on a designated sho ping day. The shopping day is based on the meal rotation roster generated by the Institution Duty Officer utilizing the weekly sanitation scores. Over-the-counter medications, copy cards, and postage stamps do not count against the spending limit. Foods, snacks, beverages, clothing, shoes, and electronics are also available for purchase.

Recreation Services

FCI Three Rivers recreation activities include hobby craft (e.g., arts, leathercraft, painting, beadwork), leisure, and fitness programs (e.g., walk/run club, abdominal fitness workout, yoga), intramural sports, and a band/music program. Activities including basketball, soccer, softball, flag football, handball/racquetball, bocce ball, horseshoes, and volleyball, are also offered.

Visitation Information for FCI Three Rivers

On Sunday and Saturday visitation is held between 8:15 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. On federal holidays visitation is held between 8:15 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. See our page on prisoner visitation rules for more information.

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FCI Three Rivers in the News

In May 2017, David Cavazos, a guard at Federal Correctional Institution Three Rivers, was federally indicted for receiving a bribe to smuggle K2 into the prison.

In March 2017, FCI Three Rivers guard Justin Coates was arrested after he was seen pulling over another vehicle while he was armed and in uniform. He was charged with impersonating a police officer.

In November 2016, journalist Barrett Brown, who was prosecuted over stolen credit cards and fraudulent charges that he alleged he had nothing to do with, was released from FCI Three Rivers owing nearly $900,000 in restitution.

In March 2008, a gang war erupted between the Mexican Mafia and the Paisas at FCI Three Rivers resulting in one prisoner, Servando Rodriguez, dead and 22 others injured.

More Information About Federal Correctional Institution Three Rivers

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