Federal Medical Center Lexington is an administrative-security federal prison located in Lexington, Kentucky. It is also known as FMC Lexington, Lexington Correctional Center, and the federal prison in Lexington, KY. The facility houses female inmates. FMC Lexington Camp is located adjacent to the main institution. Male inmates are housed at the camp.
Table of contents
- FMC Lexington Contact Information
- Federal Medical Center Lexington Inmate Information
- FMC Lexington Prison Services Information
- FMC Lexington Educational, Library, and Recreation Offerings
- Visitation Information for FMC Lexington
- FMC Lexington Prison Culture Information
- Lexington Prison Camp Culture Information
- FMC Lexington in the News
- Lexington Prison Camp in the News
- More Information About Federal Medical Center Lexington
FMC Lexington Contact Information
Facility Address & Contact Information
Federal Medical Center Lexington
3301 Leestown Road
Lexington, KY 40511
Email: [email protected]
Inmate Correspondence Address
Inmate Name and Registration Number
Federal Medical Center
P.O. Box 14500
Lexington, KY 40512
FMC Lexington Prison Camp
Inmate Name and Registration Number
FMC Lexington Camp
Satellite Prison Camp
P.O. Box 14525
Lexington, KY 40512
How to Send Money
Funds cannot be sent directly to inmates. See our page on sending money to federal prisoners.
Federal Medical Center Lexington Inmate Information
- FMC: Female Inmates
- Camp: Male Inmates
Prison Security Level
FMC Lexington is located seven miles north of Lexington on U.S. Highway 421.
BOP Institution Code
LEX for FMC Lexington
Medical Care Level
Level 4. See our page on Medical Care Levels and Procedures for more information.
Mental Health Care Level
Eastern District of Kentucky
FMC Lexington houses approximately 1,030 inmates. The camp houses around 175 inmates.
FMC Lexington Prison Services Information
Federal Medical Center Lexington is an administrative-security federal prison located in Lexington, Kentucky, which houses male inmates. It was opened in 1974. Federal Medical Center Lexington Camp, which houses female inmates, is located adjacent to the main institution.
Opening in 1935, the site was initially named the United States Narcotic Farm, but was subsequently renamed the United States Public Health Service Hospital. In 1967, the facility changed its name once again to the National Institute of Mental Health, Clinical Research Center. Its original purpose was to treat people who were voluntarily admitted with drug abuse problems, using experimental methods — the first facility of its kind in the United States. In 1974, the institution became a federal prison but maintained its psychiatric hospital title until 1998, when the facility’s psychiatric function was transferred to a new Federal Medical Center in Devens, Massachusetts.
Notable inmates include the leader of the Universal Divine Saviors religious cult Narseal Batiste (convicted of terrorism conspiracy); white supremacist Daniel Cowart (convicted of plotting to assassinate then-Presidential nominee Barack Obama); former Democratic campaign treasurer Kinde Durkee (convicted of mail fraud); and Leona Helmsley (served 18 months for tax fraud).
Media reports indicate that one inmate was federally indicted for assaulting another inmate and at least two guards have been charged with accepting bribes and smuggling contraband into the facility. At the camp, at least two guards have been charged with sexually assaulting female prisoners.
Inmates are housed in one-, two-, four-, six-, ten-, and twelve-person rooms. The camp houses inmates in dormitories, which are divided into two-, four-, six-, eight-, and sixteen-person rooms.
Sick call, physical examinations, medications, and dental care are all provided to inmates at FMC Lexington. Additional services such as physical therapy, medical laboratory, radiology, nutritional services, and vaccinations are available. Sick call is held Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday between 6:30 and 7:00 a.m. Pill line and insulin line are held during breakfast and dinner, with self-carry medication pick-up during lunch.
Individual services such as crisis intervention, brief counseling, and individual psychotherapy are available at FMC Lexington. Groups are offered in stress management, anger management, sexual abuse issues, and values clarification. Programs such as the Suicide Prevention Program, Hospice Volunteer and Compassion Program, and HIV/AIDS Education are offered. Furthermore, several housing units have particular missions, for example, Forensic Studies or Behavioral Medicine. In addition, the camp offers behavioral medicine programs (weight loss/control, chronic pain management, and biofeedback). The camp also houses the Resolve Program for inmates who are dealing with mental illness as a result of trauma.
Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP)
FMC Lexington offers a Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP). A Non-Residential Drug Abuse Program (NR-DAP), Drug Education class, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) are also available. The camp does not offer RDAP.
FMC Lexington Educational, Library, and Recreation Offerings
FMC Lexington offers GED instruction and English-as-a-Second Language (ESL). Classes are separated into pre-GED, Advanced GED, GED, and Special Learning Needs levels. A Career Resource Center and a guidance counselor are available to assist inmates in exploring and learning more about potential careers. Parenting and Adult Continuing Education (ACE) programs are also available to inmates. Current ACE classes include Commercial Real Estate, Interviewing, Journaling, Small Business, and Spanish (1 & 2). High school diplomas and post-secondary degrees are available through paid correspondence programs. In addition to the above, the camp offers the following stand-alone classes: Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace, Money Smart, AARP Financial Planning, Parenting, Job Interviewing, Resume Writing, and Lean Sigma Six.
Advanced Occupational Education
Both facilities offer advanced occupational education in Small Business Management.
FMC Lexington and the satellite camp offer vocational training in Carpentry, Culinary Arts VT, Greenhouse, Masonry, Residential Electrical, and Welding. The camp offers Computer Applications. Both facilities offer Horticulture.
FMC Lexington offers apprenticeships in Electromechanical Wire Harness Assembler, Building Maintenance Service and Repair, Carpentry, Construction Craft Laborer, Cook, Customer Service Representative, Electrician, Healthcare Sanitation, Heating & Air Conditioning Installer & Servicer, Horticulturist, Machinist, Maintenance Mechanic (any industry), Material Coordinator, Office Manager/Administrative Services, Painter, Pipefitter- Steamfitter, Plumber, Power Plant Operator, Quality Assurance Inspector, and Welder. The camp offers apprenticeships in Automobile Mechanic, Building Maintenance Service and Repair, Cook, Material Coordinator, and Small-Engine Mechanic.
The FMC Lexington Education Department maintains a leisure and law library. The leisure library has numerous books, magazines, and newspapers available for circulation and reference. There are also NEO word processors, DVD movies, and an interlibrary loan program. The law library provides law books, policy statements, institution supplements, and other materials. Inmates also have access to typewriters in the law library, though there currently isn’t a copy machine.
The FMC Lexington UNICOR facility houses an electronic cable factory, quality control department, business office, customer service center, and an accounts receivable operation. The camp does not have a UNICOR facility.
Inmates may withdraw funds for family support, legitimate debt payment or to purchase personal items from the institution Commissary. Inmates have a monthly spending limitation of $360 for food, drinks, clothing, and other commissary items. This set dollar amount of purchases allowed is increased for November and December. A biweekly spending limit of $180 is also imposed. Inmates are assigned a specific shopping day when they are allowed to buy items in the commissary. Inmates who work at UNICOR and Facilities can shop on weekdays between 6:15 and 7:30 a.m. Other inmates can shop on their assigned day at 7:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 1:30 p.m. At the camp, inmates are allowed to shop on Tuesday and Thursday between 7:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Recreation at FMC Lexington includes structured fitness classes, such as circuit training, step aerobics, yoga, jump rope, and spinning. Equipment, exercise books, track, health education classes, and a health resource area are also available. The Recreation Department also offers intramural sports leagues. Outdoor leagues include basketball, soccer, flag football, softball, handball, volleyball, and bocce ball. Indoor leagues include basketball, volleyball, and billiards. Hobbycraft programs include a unit Art Program, ceramics, painting, crochet, leather works, and t-shirt design. Movies on DVD are rented weekly. Inside, inmates have access to handballs, tables, art rooms, TVs, foosball, ellipticals, weight machines, treadmills, and stationary bikes. Outside, inmates have access to weights, a track, pull-up bars, and tables. Hours of operation are 6:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., excluding counts and meals.
Visitation Information for FMC Lexington
On Sunday and Saturday visitation is held between 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. On Thursday and Friday visitation is held between 2:25 and 8:30 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.
FMC Lexington Prison Culture Information
Prison Politics at Federal Medical Center Lexington
This is not a political yard.
Level of Violence
There is virtually no violence at this facility. As explained by one inmate, “It is very safe here with hardly any violence.”
Sex offenders, informants, and LGBT inmates are ok to say. According to one respondent, “The yard is open to anyone.” Another inmate agreed, stating, “Sex offenders and gays can walk anywhere. There is also one trans person who doesn’t seem to have any problems.”
Good at FMC Lexington
“Staff really respectful, no politics, great medical, and good food.” “It is very laid back here as if it were a Camp.”
Bad at FMC Lexington
“Some buildings don’t have air conditioning.” “It is very unorganized, and nothing is consistent.” “Medical is shut down a lot.” “You can never get a straight answer from anyone.” “It’s a very old place with a lot of damage and outdated equipment.” “The food sucks.”
Other Inmate Comments
“Absolutely try to go. Great place!” “There are a lot of Mental Health Care Level 3 and 4 people here. This can both be interesting and problematic due to the psych issues.”
Lexington Prison Camp Culture Information
Prison Politics at Lexington Prison Camp
There are no politics at this facility.
Level of Violence
There is virtually no amount of violence at this prison.
While sex offenders are precluded from Camp placement, informants and LGBT inmates are allowed to walk the yard.
Good at Lexington Prison Camp
“The living arrangements are good, as is the consideration that is given to the elderly (e.g., the elevator). There is also a pilot program where we can video chat with family for $6 for 25 minutes.”
Bad at Lexington Prison Camp
“Lots of informants who don’t mind being vocal about it.” “This is not home.”
Other Inmate Comments
“This is the best camp that I’ve been to by far.”
FMC Lexington in the News
In July 2018, Kevin Labracio Frazier, a prisoner at the Federal Medical Center in Lexington, was sentenced to an additional nine years and seven months in prison after being convicted of repeatedly punching another prisoner in the head and face.
In December 2017, Eric Brown, the man accused of kidnapping and murdering Ashanti Billie, was temporarily housed at FMC Lexington.
In July 2017, James Carrington, a guard at FMC Lexington, pleaded guilty to accepting bribes from a woman named Stephanie Dukes in exchange for smuggling contraband such as cigarettes and cell phones to Dukes’ boyfriend, FMC Lexington prisoner Keith Griffith.
In October 2015, Michael Hardin, an employee at FMC Lexington, was federally indicted for accepting $22,000 in bribes and supplying contraband to prisoners.
Lexington Prison Camp in the News
In January 2015, writer and peace activist Kathy Kelly was sent to the women’s satellite prison camp at Federal Medical Center Lexington again. Kelly was sentenced to a year in federal prison in 1988 for planting corn on nuclear missile sites, and to three months in 2014 for trying to deliver a loaf of bread to an Air Force base commander with a request that drone flights over Afghanistan be stopped. Her writing, which is critical of the prison industrial complex, has been featured at Huffington Post, Progressive.org, and ConsortiumNews.com.
In March 2005, Reginald Wilson, a guard at FMC Lexington Camp, was sentenced to probation for sexually assaulting a female prisoner.
In January 2005, Gregory Goins, a guard at FMC Lexington Camp, was sentenced to nine years in prison for sexually abusing a prisoner and lying to a federal agent.
More Information About Federal Medical Center Lexington
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 FMC Lexington, please buy a copy of the Directory of Federal Prisons: The Unofficial Guide to Bureau of Prisons Institutions by Christopher Zoukis.
Published Apr 24, 2018 by Christopher Zoukis, JD, MBA | Last Updated by Christopher Zoukis, JD, MBA on May 5, 2022 at 10:00 pm