United States Penitentiary Pollock is a high-security federal prison located in Pollock, Louisiana. It is also known as USP Pollock and FCC Pollock. The facility houses male inmates. USP Pollock Camp is located adjacent to the main institution. Male inmates are also housed at the camp.
Table of contents
- USP Pollock Contact Information
- USP Pollack Inmate Information
- USP Pollock Prison Services Information
- USP Pollock Educational, Library, and Recreation Offerings
- Visitation Information for USP Pollock
- USP Pollock Prison Culture Information
- FCC Pollock in the News
USP Pollock Contact Information
Facility Address & Contact Information
United States Penitentiary Pollock
1000 Airbase Road
Pollock, LA 71467
Email: [email protected]
FCC Pollock Inmate Correspondence Address
Inmate Name and Registration Number
United States Penitentiary
P.O. Box 2099
Pollock, LA 71467
USP Pollock Camp
Inmate Name and Registration Number
USP Pollock Camp
Satellite Prison Camp
P.O. Box 2099
Pollock, LA 71467
How to Send Money
Funds cannot be sent directly to inmates. See our page on sending money to federal prisoners.
USP Pollack Inmate Information
FCC Pollock Security Levels
FCC Pollock is located in central Louisiana between Highways 165 and 167, approximately 12 miles north of Alexandria.
BOP Institution Code
POL for USP Pollock, POX for Pollock Federal Correctional Complex
Medical Care Level
Level 1. See our page on Medical Care Levels and Procedures for more information.
Mental Health Care Level
Western District of Louisiana
USP Pollock federal prison houses approximately 1,115 inmates. The camp houses around 140 inmates.
USP Pollock Prison Services Information
United States Penitentiary Pollock is a high-security federal prison in Pollock, Louisiana, which houses male inmates. It opened in 2000 and is part of the Pollock Federal Correctional Complex (FCC Pollock). United States Penitentiary Pollock Camp, which also houses male inmates, is located adjacent to the main institution.
In 2018, Louisiana Senators Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy and U.S. Representatives Ralph Abraham and Mike Johnson sent a letter to the Bureau’s Acting Director and Attorney General Jeff Sessions stating, in part, that “USP Pollock is one of the most dangerous facilities in the nation[.]”
Notable inmates include Richard Lee McNair (convicted of murder and robbery). McNair escaped in 2006 and was captured by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in New Brunswick, Canada, 18 months later.
Media reports indicate that two guards have been killed by inmates, two additional guards were stabbed by an inmate, five inmates have been murdered, one inmate has escaped, and one guard was indicted for attempting to smuggle drugs into the prison.
In 2018, Trendrr named USP Pollock federal prison one of the 11 most dangerous prisons in the United States. And in 2016, The Richest named the facility as one of the most dangerous prisons in America.
FCC Pollack Inmate Housing
Inmates are housed in two-, three-, and four-person cells. There are 11 housing units. Inmates at the camp are housed in dormitories.
Inmates are screened shortly after arriving at the institution. Health services include sick call, routine medical and dental calls, emergency medical treatment, and medications. Routine care is provided through submission of a sick call slip. Inmates must present their ID cards each time they report to Health Services. Emergency care is available 24 hours a day.
Inmates meet with a psychologist for a routine intake screening within 14 days of arrival. Psychologists are available for individual psychotherapy on an as-needed basis. Crisis intervention is also available.
USP Pollock also offers the Challenge Program, a unit-based, residential treatment program stressing the acquisition and implementation of pro-social values and a non-criminal lifestyle. Also offered are the following:
- Group Therapy
- Individual Counseling
- Personal Development Groups
- Correctional Counseling
- Crisis Intervention
- Pre-Release Counseling
Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP)
USP Pollock federal prison does not have the Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP). The Drug Education Class and the Non-Residential Drug Abuse Program (NR-DAP) are offered.
USP Pollock Educational, Library, and Recreation Offerings
USP Pollock provides literacy, GED, and English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) programs. Parenting and Adult Continuing Education (ACE) programs are also available. Examples of ACE courses are Conversational Spanish, Prison to Paycheck, National Geographic Classics, and United States and World History. High school diplomas and post-secondary degrees are available through paid correspondence programs.
Advanced Occupational Education
USP Pollock offers advanced occupational education in Building Trades and Culinary Arts. Both facilities also offer Business Management, Custodial Maintenance, and Microcomputer Applications.
USP Pollock does not offer any vocational training programs aside from its advanced occupational education programs.
USP Pollock does not offer any apprenticeship programs.
The leisure and law libraries offer a variety of services. Fiction and nonfiction books, magazines, and newspapers are available for inmate use. An Interlibrary Loan Program is also available.
The law library offers legal material as mandated by federal law. The TRULINCS Electronic Law Library contains many legal research resources, including federal cases from every district court and circuit court. Inmates also have access to typewriters and a copy machine.
USP Pollock does not house a UNICOR facility.
Maximum commissary spending is $360.00 per month. Commissary access time is based on housing unit assignment, and takes place once per week. Inmates must register their fingerprints with Commissary prior to shopping. All sales are conducted using fingerprint recognition. Commissary items are delivered to inmates in their housing units.
Recreation at USP Pollock federal prison offers both indoor and outdoor activities:
- Sports leagues
- Wellness Programs
- Music Programming
- Art Programs
Inside, inmates also have access to an art room, leather room, basketball, stationary bikes, treadmills, rowing machines, ellipticals, tables, ping pong, and a band room. Outside, inmates have access to a small track, softball, basketball, bocce ball, horseshoes, handball, volleyball, and soccer.
Visitation Information for USP Pollock
On Sunday, Monday, 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.
USP Pollock Prison Culture Information
Prison Politics at United States Penitentiary Pollock
There is a significant level of politics at this prison. According to one respondent, “While the yard is very political, it is good politics. Mostly independent whites and Texas Hispanic groups.”
Level of Violence
Inmates report a significant level of violence.
Sex offenders, informants, and LGBT inmates cannot walk the yard. According to one inmate, “If you have a bad rap such as a sex crime or are a snitch or a check-in from another spot, don’t come here. Life will be hard, and you can’t stay.”
Good at USP Pollock
“The inmate population is straight from a political perspective.” “The officers are respectful.”
Bad at USP Pollock
“Unit teams at times refuse to help people get the right amount of halfway house placement.” “Not everyone gets to use the rec facility due to different housing units being assigned to specific rec yards, which have limited and different equipment from the other yards.”
Other Inmate Comments
“If you have straight paperwork and don’t mind political time, this isn’t a bad spot. But if your paperwork isn’t clean, then this isn’t the place for you. You can’t stay, and you might even get beat off the yard.”
FCC Pollock in the News
USP Pollack Federal Prison
In July 2018, Charles White, who was already serving a life sentence at United States Penitentiary Pollock, was sentenced to an additional 20 years in prison for the stabbing and murder of guards Eric Farmer and Remington Steedley.
In June 2018, Louisiana Senators Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy and U.S. Representatives Ralph Abraham and Mike Johnson sent a letter to Bureau of Prisons Acting Director Hugh Hurwitz and Attorney General Jeff Sessions which stated, in part, “USP Pollock is one of the most dangerous facilities in the nation, and there have been many acts of violence involving inmates, including against staff.”
In February 2018, Lee Adams, a prisoner at USP Pollock, was sentenced to two additional years in prison for involuntarily killing another prisoner when he struck the man, causing him to fall backward and fracture his skull on the concrete floor.
In January 2017, Remington Steedley, a guard at USP Pollock, and counselor Eric Farmer were killed by prisoners Charles Lee White and Marco Damon Duncan, who were both serving life sentences, after Steedley and Farmer inspected Duncan’s cell.
In May 2012, Brandon Ray Willis, a guard at USP Pollock, was sentenced to 71 months in prison after trying to conspire with an undercover agent to smuggle heroin and methamphetamines into the facility.
In November 2007, William Bullock and Donald Till, prisoners at USP Pollock, were killed in a prison fight.
In April 2007, two USP Pollock prisoners were stabbed to death.
In 2006, Richard McNair escaped from USP Pollock by hiding in a pile of mailbags but was caught 18 months later in New Brunswick, Canada.
Pollock Prison Camp
In September 2017, Raphael Torres escaped from United States Penitentiary Pollock Camp and was recaptured in two hours.
In December 2016, Sadar Dakar Cade escaped from USP Pollock Camp.
In February 2013, Roland Castro escaped from the minimum-security prison camp at USP Pollock.
More Information About United States Penitentiary Pollock
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 Pollock, please buy a copy of the Directory of Federal Prisons: The Unofficial Guide to Bureau of Prisons Institutions by Christopher Zoukis.
Published Jun 3, 2018 | Last Updated May 5, 2022 at 10:01 pm