FPC Alderson | Federal Prison Camp Alderson

FPC Alderson | Federal Prison Camp Alderson

FPC Alderson is a minimum-security federal prison in Alderson, West Virginia, that houses female inmates. This page provides Alderson Federal Prison Camp’s physical address, inmate correspondence address, security level, inmate housing structure, and more. You can also read FPC Alderson’s Inmate Admission & Orientation Handbook, inmate commissary list, and other documents below.

FPC Alderson Address & Contact Information

Federal Prison Camp Alderson
Glen Ray Road, Box A
Alderson, WV 24910

Phone: 304-445-3300
Fax: 304-445-3320
Email: ALD/ExecAssistant@bop.gov

BOP Website: http://www.bop.gov/locations/institutions/ald
Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Prison_Camp,_Alderson

Alderson Federal Prison Camp Inmate Correspondence Address

Inmate Name and Registration Number
FPC Alderson
Federal Prison Camp
Glen Ray Road, Box A
Alderson, WV 24910

NOTE: Family members cannot send funds directly to federal inmates. See our page on sending money to federal prisoners for more information.

FPC Alderson Information

Alderson Federal Prison
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Sex: Female

Security Level: Minimum

Location: FPC Alderson is located in the city of Alderson, West Virginia in the southeastern part of the state.

BOP Region: Mid-Atlantic Region (MXR)

BOP Institution Code: ALD for FPC Alderson

Medical Care Level: Level 2. See our page on Medical Care Levels and Procedures for more information.

Judicial District: Southern District of West Virginia

Population (as of Sept. 14, 2020): 562

Background: Alderson Federal Prison Camp, formerly known as the Federal Reformatory for Women, opened in 1927 as the first federal prison for women. Serving as a model for prison reform at the time, it is styled after a boarding school offering education with no armed guards. It originally consisted of cottages built in a horseshoe pattern.

Currently, FPC Alderson is a 159-acre facility and is the largest employer in the Alderson, West Virginia area. While there is no barbed wire on the fence surrounding the camp, the prisoners have schedules and each one must work. Most of the inmates at FPC Alderson have been convicted of non-violent or white-collar crimes. The facility was nicknamed “Camp Cupcake” by members of the news media after Martha Stewart was sentenced to a five-month term and housed there.

Federal Prison Camp Alderson is one of six federal and state prisons participating in the paws4peoplepaws4prisons™ service dog training program. This program allows for college-level classes and instruction in the raising and training of dogs to be placed with disabled active duty and veteran military service members, as well as adolescents with physiological, developmental, and other challenges. This program works as a re-entry program for Alderson Federal Prison Camp inmates who are in demand as dog trainers upon release.

Notable inmates include Lynette Fromme (released in 2009 after serving 34 years for the attempted murder of U.S. President Gerald Ford), former Michigan Supreme Court Justice Diane Hathaway (released in 2014 after serving 366 days for mortgage fraud), Esther Reed (released in 2011 after serving 3 years for fraud and identity theft), and Martha Stewart (release in 2005 after serving 5 months for obstruction of justice).

Housing: FPC Alderson employs a dormitory setting with two-person rooms.

Health Services: Inmates are provided an intake screening complete with TB testing upon arrival at Federal Prison Camp Alderson. Each inmate is assigned to a medical provider and associated support staff, according to the inmate’s register number. Inmates are provided clinic appointments, call-outs, emergency services, dental examinations, eyeglasses, contact lenses, physical examinations, and medications.

Psychology Services: FPC Alderson provides individual counseling, group counseling, and intake evaluations. The Resolve Program offers workshops and processing groups for survivors of physical and sexual abuse and is available to interested inmates. Alderson Federal Prison Camp also offers a number of groups and courses including individual crisis counseling, Psychology of Achievement, Positive Mental Attitude, Pre-Release Syndrome, Anger Management, Dissolving Stress, Domestic Violence, Progressive Meditation, Problem Solving, Self-Relaxation, Stress Relief, and Self-Image.

Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP): Alderson Federal Prison Camp houses a Residential Drug Abuse Program. In addition, FPC Alderson offers specific groups and courses that include a Non-Residential Drug Abuse Program (NR-DAP), Drug Education Class, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), and Gamblers Anonymous (GA).

Education Services: FPC Alderson offers GED classes and English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) courses. High school diplomas and post-secondary programs are available through paid correspondence programs.

Advanced Occupational Education: Federal Prison Camp Alderson offers Advanced Occupational Education in Cosmetology, Customer Service Representative, Horticulture, Library Clerk, Medical Office Clerk, and Receptionist.

Vocational Training: FPC Alderson does not offer any vocational training aside from its advanced occupational education and apprenticeship programs.

Alderson Federal Prison Camp
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Apprenticeship: Federal Prison Camp Alderson offers apprenticeships in Air Conditioning/Refrigeration, Cooking, Electrician, Plumbing, Powerhouse, Teacher’s Assistant, and Welding.

Library Services: The FPC Alderson law library provides typewriters for legal use and a copying machine is available at a cost. The leisure library collection includes fiction, nonfiction, basic legal reference materials, literary works in Spanish, current magazines, major newspapers, medical reference materials, and audio/video cassettes.

UNICOR: Prison Camp Alderson houses UNICOR factories which include data services, warehousing, distribution and fulfillment, assistance and help desk, and custom printing.

Commissary: An account is established for the inmate’s committed name and register number. An Inmate Identification Card is issued to each inmate. This card must be presented when shopping at the Alderson Federal Prison Camp Commissary Sales Unit. At the commissary, inmates can purchase food items, drink mixes, sodas, clothing, and other items. Inmates can spend up to $360.00 each month. A copy of the current FPC Alderson commissary form is contained below.

Recreation: Recreation programs range from individualized arts and crafts programs to intramural team sports (basketball, softball, and volleyball). Activities include but are not limited to arts and crafts classes, aerobics, step aerobics, country line aerobics, pilates, sweating to the oldies, fusion, low impact spinning, volleyball (indoor/outdoor), pool, basketball, ping pong, jogging, brisk walking, softball, roller skating, table games, bingo, bocce ball, game shows, progressive relaxation, and talent shows. Periodically, Alderson Federal Prison Camp’s Recreation Department sponsors tournaments with prizes awarded to winners. The yarn project is a volunteer project where inmates crochet hats, sweaters, scarves, mittens, and lap afghans for local needy children and women’s resource centers.

Directions to FPC Alderson


FPC Alderson Admission & Orientation Handbook

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FPC Alderson Commissary List

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FPC Alderson Visitation Regulations

Below are the Federal Prison Camp Alderson visitation regulations. Please also see our page on prisoner visitation rules for more information about visiting federal inmates.

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Institution’s PREA Report

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More Information About FPC Alderson

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 FPC Alderson, please buy a copy of the Directory of Federal Prisons: The Unofficial Guide to Bureau of Prisons Institutions by Christopher Zoukis.