FCI Ashland is a low-security federal prison in Ashland, Kentucky, that houses male inmates. This page provides Federal Correctional Institution Ashland’s physical address, inmate correspondence address, security level, inmate housing structure, and more. You can also read Ashland Kentucky federal prison’s Inmate Admission & Orientation Handbook, inmate commissary list, and other documents below.
Facilities: FCI Ashland with an adjacent minimum security satellite prison camp.
FCI Ashland Address & Contact Information
Federal Correctional Institution Ashland
State Route 716
Ashland, KY 41105
BOP Website: http://www.bop.gov/locations/institutions/ash
FCI Ashland Inmate Correspondence Address
For FCI Ashland
Inmate Name and Registration Number
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 6001
Ashland, KY 41105
For Satellite Prison Camp
Satellite Prison Camp
P.O. Box 6000
Ashland, KY 41105
NOTE: Funds cannot be sent directly to Ashland Kentucky prison inmates. See our page on sending money to federal prisoners for more information.
FCI Ashland Information
Security Level: Main: Low Security; Camp: Minimum Security
Location: FCI Ashland is located 5 miles southwest of the city of Ashland in northeastern Kentucky.
BOP Region: Mid-Atlantic Region (MXR)
BOP Institution Code: ASH for FCI Ashland
Judicial District: Eastern District of Kentucky
Medical Care Level: Level 2. See our page on Medical Care Levels and Procedures for more information.
Mental Health Care Level: Level 2
Judicial District: Eastern District of Kentucky
Population (as of Sept. 14, 2020): Main: 948; Camp: 130
Background: Federal Correctional Institution Ashland is a low-security federal prison in Ashland, Kentucky, which houses male inmates. It was opened in 1940. Federal Correctional Institution Ashland Camp, which also houses male inmates, was opened in 1991 and is adjacent to the main institution.
Originally designed for bootleggers and revenue violators, FCI Ashland now houses adult males and serves as a phasing down program for inmates who are nearing the end of their sentences in one of the regional penitentiaries.
Notable inmates include former Luzerne County (PA) Judge Mark A. Ciavarella, Jr. (serving 28 years for racketeering, fraud, money laundering, extortion, bribery, and tax evasion in the infamous cash-for-kids scandal); David Kernell (unauthorized access to a computer and obstruction of justice); Azamat Tazhayakov (lying to federal investi- gators regarding the Boston Marathon bombing); and Spencer Reinhard, Eric Borsuk, and Warren Lipka whose book heist was memorialized in the movie American Animals.
Media reports indicate that at least one guard has been charged with smuggling contra- band into the institution and at least one inmate has been charged with stabbing a fellow inmate.
In 2009, Forbes magazine ranked FCI Ashland Camp one of the ten cushiest federal prisons in America.
Housing: FCI Ashland has two-person cells, two-person dorms, and two- to six-person rooms. There is also one unit of one-person rooms. There is a total of 12 housing units, five of which house dorms. The camp at FCI Ashland has dormitory-style housing, which consists of two-person cubicles.
Health Services: At FCI Ashland, inmates will complete an admission physical, including but not limited to a hands-on physical exam, urinalysis, serology, PPD skin test (Tuberculosis), Tetanus Toxoid, dental examination, an EKG (for inmates age 50 and older), hearing and vision screening, and testing for HIV. Emergency medical care, medical and dental sick call, and medications are provided. Health Services hours of operation are 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. In order to submit a triage form, inmates must place their form in the box outside of the department at 7:30 a.m. Pill and insulin line are held at 7:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Emergency medical care is available 24 hours a day.
Psychology Services: FCI Ashland offers assessment and treatment of mental health problems, individual and group counseling, as well as psycho-educational classes, supportive services, and self-help and chronic care clinics for inmates with mental illnesses. Current classes offerings include Anger Management, Criminal Thinking, Basic Cognitive Skills, Smart Recovery, Emotional Regulation, and Suicide Watch Companion.
Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP): FCI Ashland does not house the Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP). A Drug Abuse Education Course, the Non-Residential Drug Abuse Program (NR-DAP), Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) are available. Some inmates are required to participate in the Drug Abuse Education Course, while others can opt-in to the program if so desired.
Education Services: FCI Ashland’s Education Department is open from 6:45 to 10:30 a.m., 11:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and 4:30 to 8:30 p.m., Monday through Friday with the exception of the Friday evening closure. The Department is also open on Sundays from 6:05 to 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Department offers GED (in English and Spanish languages) and the English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) program. Classes are separated into pre-GED, Advanced GED, and Special Learning Needs levels. Incentive awards are provided to recognize inmates making satisfactory progress toward completing the literacy (i.e., GED and ESL) program. Inmates may also receive incentives ($25.00) for completing the GED or ESL programs. Graduation ceremonies recognize GED, ESL, and Occupational Education completions. Adult Continuing Education (ACE) courses and a parenting program are also available. Current ACE offerings include Baseball, Jazz, Rock & Roll, Japanese, Arabic, Spanish, Math Refresher, Grammar Refresher, and Math for Welders. High school diplomas and post-secondary programs are available through paid correspondence programs.
Advanced Occupational Education: FCI Ashland offers advanced occupational education in Autobody and Car Care. The FCI Ashland camp offers a Gardener Program and Welding.
Vocational Training: No vocational training programs are offered aside from advanced occupational education and apprenticeship programs.
Apprenticeship: FCI Ashland offers apprenticeships in Baking, Cooking, Dental Assistant, Maintenance Electrician, and Welding. The camp offers apprenticeships in Baking and Cooking.
Library Services: The FCI Ashland leisure library offers inmates a variety of reading materials which include periodicals, newspapers, fiction, nonfiction, and reference books. Also available is a DVD viewing room where inmates can watch educational movies. Both institutions participate in an interlibrary loan program with local, state, and college libraries and available bookmobile services. The TRULINCS Electronic Law Library offers inmates access to legal materials, case law, and Bureau program statements. Resources, including typewriters, are available for inmates to prepare legal materials, at the inmate’s expense. A copying machine is available to reproduce materials needed for research.
UNICOR: FCI Ashland’s UNICOR factory manufactures office furniture. In addition to FCI Ashland’s furniture factory products, there are three support sections: Quality Assurance, Business Office, and Warehouse. The FCI Ashland camp does not house a UNICOR factory.
Commissary: Inmates can spend up to $360.00 each month. Commissary and validation
schedules are posted on the inmate bulletin boards. Inmates are allowed to shop Monday through Thursday on their housing unit’s assigned day, which rotates quarterly. Hours of operation are 10:15 to 11:45 a.m. and 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. UNICOR inmates shop from 3:00 to 3:30 p.m. An account is established for the inmate’s committed name and register number and an Inmate Identification Card is issued to each inmate. This card must be presented when shopping. Inmates can purchase include food items, drink mixes, sodas, clothing, and other items.
Recreation: FCI Ashland’s recreation offerings include physical fitness and leisure programs. The yard is open from 6:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and 4:30 to 8:00 p.m. Leisure activities include organized and informal games, sports, physical fitness, table games, hobbycrafts, music programs, intramural activities, social and cultural organizations, and movies. Art activities include paintings and sketches rendered using traditional methods (e.g., oils, pastels, crayons, pencils, inks, and charcoal). Softball, basketball, flag football, soccer, tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, bocce ball, cornhole, horseshoes, and handball are available on the yard, as is a weight pile and a track. Indoors, inmates can participate in yoga, spin classes, over 40 cardio, chess, and guitar. The gym has pool tables, board games, basketball, handball, cardio equipment, and TVs. Hobbycraft activities include ceramics, leatherwork, models, clay, mosaics, crochet, knitting, sculptures, airbrushing, and woodworking. The Recreation Department also has a library which has a broad selection of books. It is available to inmates from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. In the camp, recreation offerings include three pool tables, cable television, and exercise equipment. Each housing unit is equipped with cable television and card tables for playing board games.
Visitation Information: 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.
Directions to Ashland Kentucky Prison
Ashland Kentucky Federal Prison Admission & Orientation Handbook
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FCI Ashland Camp A&O Handbook
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FCI Ashland Commissary List
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Ashland Kentucky Federal Prison Visitation Regulations
Below are the Ashland Kentucky federal prison visitation regulations. Please also see our page on prisoner visitation rules for more information about visiting federal inmates.
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Federal Correctional Institution Ashland PREA Report
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FCI Ashland Spanish Documents
FCI Ashland Spanish Admission & Orientation Handbook
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Ashland Kentucky Prison Spanish Visitation Regulations
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More Information About FCI Ashland
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 Federal Correctional Institution Ashland, please buy a copy of the Directory of Federal Prisons: The Unofficial Guide to Bureau of Prisons Institutions by Christopher Zoukis.