USP McCreary | United States Penitentiary McCreary

United States Penitentiary McCreary | USP McCreary

Facilities: USP McCreary with an adjacent minimum security satellite prison camp.
Facility Address & Contact Information
United States Penitentiary McCreary
330 Federal Way
Pine Knot, KY 42635
Phone: 606-354-7000
Fax: 606-354-7190
Email: MCR/
BOP Website:
Inmate Correspondence Address
For USP McCreary
Inmate Name and Registration Number
USP McCreary
U.S. Penitentiary
P.O. Box 3000
Pine Knot, KY 42635
For Satellite Prison Camp
Inmate Name and Registration Number
USP McCreary
Satellite Prison Camp
P.O. Box 3000
Pine Knot, KY 42635
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: High; Camp: Minimum
Location: USP McCreary is located approximately 88 miles north of Knoxville, Tennessee. 125 miles south of Lexington, Kentucky; and 208 miles south of Cincinnati, Ohio.
BOP Region: Mid-Atlantic Region (MXR)
BOP Institution Code: MCR for USP McCreary
Medical Care Level: Level 2. See our page on Medical Care Levels and Procedures for more information.
Judicial District: Eastern District of Kentucky
Population (as of Sept. 1, 2020): Main: 1,279; Camp: 104
Background: USP McCreary was opened in 2003. As is the case with many high-security facilities, little information about this prison is available to the public. However, the media has reported on numerous violent incidents at USP McCreary, including assaults on staff. Some staff members of the prison have been quoted by the media as being fearful for their lives due to the risks involved in their jobs at the facility. In October of 2013, a controversial story aired on a local television station concerning the prison staff working without pay due to the 2013 federal government shutdown, while the prison inmates still collected pay for their work. Notable inmates include gang leader Ronell Wilson (serving a life sentence for the murder of two New York City Police detectives), former hitman for the Bonanno crime family Thomas Pitera (serving a life sentence for murder, murder conspiracy, and racketeering), white supremacist Ricky Mungia (serving a life sentence for civil rights violations), and lawyer and financier Tim Durham (serving a 50-year sentence for conspiracy to commit mail and securities fraud).
Housing: Inmates are housed in one-person and two-person cells within the twelve housing units. In the camp, inmates are housed in dormitories.
Health Services: Medical and dental sick call, preventive health care services, emergency services, diagnosis and treatment of chronic infectious diseases, medications, dental care, eyeglasses, physical examination, and chronic care are available to inmates. Inmates must submit a triage form in order to receive routine care.
Psychology Services: USP McCreary and the camp have psychologists who are available to provide counseling and other mental health services. All inmates meet with a psychologist for an intake screening interview during their first 14 days at the institution. The Challenge Program is available to inmates interested in making positive lifestyle changes. Group therapy, personal counseling, and a self-help library are also available. Groups are regularly offered in stress management, anger management, and self-image, amongst others.
Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP): USP McCreary and the camp do not house a Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP). Inmates can be referred to other facilities that provide the program. Both facilities offer Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), the Non-Residential Drug Abuse Program (NR-DAP), and a Drug Education Class.
Education Services: USP McCreary offers GED, English-as-a-Second Language (ESL), Adult Continuing Education (ACE), and parenting programs to inmates. High school diplomas and post-secondary programs are available through paid correspondence programs.
Advanced Occupational Education: USP McCreary and the camp do not offer any advanced occupational education programs.
Vocational Training: The main facility offers vocational training in Office Clerk, Residential Wiring, and Web Page Designer. The camp offers Master Gardener.
Apprenticeship: USP McCreary offers apprenticeships in HVAC, Painter, Cook, and Electrical. The camp offers Auto Mechanic, Cook, Landscape Management, Landscape Technician, Powerhouse Mechanic, and Welding.
Library Services: A leisure library is available in the Education Department. Inmates may check out books, magazines, reference materials, and a number of newspapers. The law library is located in the Education Department and contains a variety of legal reference materials and the TRULINCS Electronic Law Library for use in preparing legal papers. Reference materials include the United States Code Annotated, Federal Reporter, Supreme Court Reporter, and Bureau of prisons program statements, institution supplements, indexes, and other legal materials.
UNICOR: USP McCreary’s UNICOR facility conducts Automated Data Processing (ADP), processing patents for the U.S. Patent Office.
Commissary: The total value of an inmate’s accumulated Commissary items must stay within the monthly spending limitation of $360.00. In addition, an inmate is authorized to have $29.40 in postage stamps (60) in his possession. At the commissary, inmates can purchase items such as snacks, food, drinks, clothing, electronics, and shoes.
Recreation Services: Recreation programs at USP McCreary include indoor and outdoor activities and range from individual arts and crafts programs to intramural team sports, such as softball, basketball, soccer, and volleyball.
Visitation Information: See our page on prisoner visitation rules for more information.
Directions to Prison:
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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 McCreary, please buy a copy of the Directory of Federal Prisons: The Unofficial Guide to Bureau of Prisons Institutions by Christopher Zoukis.