United States Penitentiary Marion | USP Marion

United States Penitentiary Marion | USP MarionFacilities: USP Marion with an adjacent minimum security satellite prison camp.
Facility Address & Contact Information
United States Penitentiary Marion
4500 Prison Road
Marion, IL 62959
Phone: 618-964-1441
Fax: 618-964-2058
Email: MAR/[email protected]
BOP Website: https://www.bop.gov/locations/institutions/mar/
Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Penitentiary,_Marion
Inmate Correspondence Address
For USP Marion
Inmate Name and Registration Number
USP Marion
U.S. Penitentiary
P.O. Box 1000
Marion, IL 62959
For Satellite Prison Camp
Inmate Name and Registration Number
USP Marion
Satellite Prison Camp
P.O. Box 1000
Marion, IL 62959
NOTE: Funds cannot be sent directly to federal inmates. See our page on sending money to federal prisoners for more information.
Sex: Male
Security Level: Main: Medium; Camp: Minimum
Location: USP Marion is located 300 miles from Chicago, 120 miles from St. Louis, 9 miles south of Marion, off I-57 via Highway 148 North; east on Little Grassy Road.
BOP Region: North Central Region (NCR)
BOP Institution Code: MAR for USP Marion
Medical Care Level: Level 2. See our page on Medical Care Levels and Procedures for more information.
Judicial District: Southern District of Illinois
Population (as of Sept. 14, 2020): Main: 1,029; Camp: 141
Background: USP Marion was opened in 1963 as a replacement for Alcatraz. It used to be the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ control unit which housed high-profile offenders such as John Gotti. While still called USP Marion, it houses medium-security inmates and is a Sex Offender Management Program (SOMP) facility. The satellite camp opened in 1971. It is located adjacent to and provides support services for USP Marion. Notable inmates include leader of the Alaska Peacemakers Militia Francis Schaeffer Cox (serving a 25-year sentence for murder conspiracy), Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout (serving a 25-year sentence for conspiring to kill Americans and supplying anti-aircraft missiles), and MLB player Pete Rose (served 5 months at the camp for filing false tax returns).
Housing: Inmates are housed in one-, two-, and three-person cells. In the camp, prisoners are held in dormitories which are divided into two-person cubicles.
Health Services: Intake screening, medical and dental sick call, emergency services, medications, physical examinations, chronic care, eye care, and eyeglasses, immunizations as necessary, and pre-release examinations are available for prisoners. Prisoners are assigned a primary care provider who is their primary point of contact with Health Services. Inmates must submit a sick call form in order to be seen.
Psychology Services: Psychology Services at USP Marion provide counseling and a variety of programs to assist inmates who have mental health issues. Psychology Services assesses, treats, and monitors inmates with mental health problems, and provides crisis counseling, suicide prevention, sex offender management programming, and various groups such as a Non-Residential Sex Offender Treatment Program (SOTP-NR), anger management, communication skills, criminal thinking, rational behavior therapy, values clarification, and various other programs. Individual and group counseling are available for the mentally ill.
Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP): USP Marion houses a Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP). The camp does not house an RDAP facility. Other drug programs include a Non-Residential Drug Abuse Program (NR-DAP) and a Drug Education Program.
Education Services: USP Marion provides GED and English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) programs. Adult Continuing Education (ACE) and parenting classes are also available. High school diplomas and post-secondary programs are available through paid correspondence programs.
Advanced Occupational Education: USP Marion offers advanced occupational education in Building Trades, Certified Production Technician, and Information Processing.
Vocational Training: USP Marion and the satellite camp do not offer any vocational training programs.
Apprenticeship: USP Marion offers apprenticeships in Electrical, HVAC, Painting, and Residential and Commercial Plumbing. The camp offers Electrical, Waste Water Treatment, and Water Treatment apprenticeships.
Library Services: USP Marion has a leisure reading library containing a selection of educational books and leisure reading materials (e.g., magazines, newspapers, and both fiction and nonfiction books). Inmates are discouraged from removing most reading materials from the library due to living area sanitation conditions and to promote the availability of reading materials for everyone. The contents of the law library assist inmates in basic research and document preparation. The law library also houses law books that are from donated sources and are not required by policy to be replaced when lost or destroyed. A copy machine and typewriters are available for use at the law library. Paper supplies such as carbon paper and typing paper are supplied. Most legal research is conducted on the TRULINCS Electronic Law Library computers.
UNICOR: The USP Marion UNICOR facility is an Electronics Cable Factory. The cable factory produces various electronic work including cables, cable assemblies, etc. The camp does not house a UNICOR facility.
Commissary: Inmates are permitted to shop once a week on a designated day, which is determined by their registration number. A monthly spending limit of $360.00 is imposed. Food, snacks, drinks, clothing, shoes, and electronics can be purchased.
Recreation Services: Scheduled activities at USP Marion include sports, athletics, arts, crafts, music, and entertainment. Leisure activities include organized and informal games, sports, physical fitness, table games, hobby crafts, music program, intramural activities, cultural events, movies, and talent and stage shows. Hobby Craft includes leather kits, wood crafts with craft sticks or craft picks, painting, and other forms consistent with institution guidelines. In-cell Hobby Craft includes crocheting, knitting, drawing with pens and pencils, beadwork, and card making. No leather crafts or oil painting is authorized in housing units. Art activities, a wellness program, running events, and outdoor entertainment including concerts and inspirational and motivational speakers, as well as musical instruments, are available.
Visitation Information: See our page on prisoner visitation rules for more information.
Directions to Prison:
A Google Maps image of USP Marion federal prison in Illinois
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 USP Marion, please buy a copy of the Directory of Federal Prisons: The Unofficial Guide to Bureau of Prisons Institutions by Christopher Zoukis.