FCI El Reno | El Reno Federal Prison

Federal Correctional Institution El Reno is a medium-security federal prison located in El Reno, Oklahoma. The prison is also known as FCI El Reno and El Reno federal prison. FCI El Reno Prison Camp is adjacent to the primary institution. Both prisons house male inmates.

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FCI El Reno Contact Information

Facility Address & Contact Information

Federal Correctional Institution El Reno
4205 Highway 66 West
El Reno, OK

Phone: 405-262-4875
Fax: 405-319-7626
Email: [email protected]

BOP Website: Bureau of Prisons Page
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Inmate Correspondence Address

FCI El Reno

Inmate Name and Registration Number
FCI El Reno
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 1500
El Reno, OK

FCI El Reno Prison Camp

Inmate Name and Registration Number
FCI El Reno Camp
Satellite Prison Camp
P.O. Box 1500
El Reno, OK

How to Send Money

Inmates may not receive funds directly. See our page on sending money to federal prisoners. This page discusses sending money to inmates, including through the National Lockbox in Des Moines, Iowa.

Federal Correctional Institution El Reno Inmate Information

Inmate Gender

Male Inmates

Prison Security Level

Facility Location

The El Reno, Oklahoma, federal prison is 30 miles west of Oklahoma City.

BOP Region

South Central Region

BOP Institution Code

ERE for FCI El Reno Oklahoma federal prison

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

Western District of Oklahoma

Population Number

FCI El Reno, Oklahoma, prison houses approximately 785 federal inmates. The camp houses around 180 minimum-security prisoners.

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FCI El Reno Prison Services Information


Federal Correctional Institution El Reno is a medium-security federal prison in El Reno, Oklahoma. It opened in 1933 and houses male inmates. The facility was previously known as a federal reformatory.

Federal Correctional Institution El Reno Camp also houses male inmates. This federal prison camp opened in 1980 and is located adjacent to the central institution.

El Reno federal prison is in the Fort Reno Military Reserve. Until the 1970s, it housed younger prisoners aged 18 to 26. The prison then opened to all age groups. It is under the purview of the United States Department of Justice.

President Barack Obama visited El Reno prison in July 2015, making him the first sitting U.S. president ever to visit a federal prison.

Media reports indicate that at least one guard has sexually assaulted an inmate at the prison.

Inmate Housing Units

Inmates live in two- and three-person cells. Inmates at El Reno Prison camp live in dormitories divided into two- and four-person cubicles.

Health Services

The FCI El Reno Oklahoma federal prison’s Health Services Department offers the following medical services to inmates:

  • Sick Call
  • Dental Care
  • Emergency Treatment
  • Chronic Care
  • Preventive Health Care Services
  • Emergency Services
  • Diagnosis and Treatment of Chronic Infectious Diseases
  • Mental Health Care
  • Substance Abuse Treatment
  • Medications

Emergency health care is available 24 hours a day. To be evaluated for routine care needs, inmates must attend sick calls held between 6:00 and 6:30 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Pill and insulin lines are conducted during breakfast and dinner.

Psychology Services

Psychologists are responsible for providing a full range of professional psychological services. Psychologists also aid staff members through program design, consultation, and training. Services for inmates include evaluations and therapy.

Common psychology treatment groups include anger management, HIV/AIDS awareness, and criminal thinking.

Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP)

FCI El Reno has the Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP). The camp does not have the Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP). Both facilities offer the Drug Abuse Program, Drug Abuse Education Course, and Non-Residential Drug Abuse Program (NR-DAP).

FCI El Reno Educational, Library, and Recreation Offerings

Education Services

El Reno prison provides literacy, GED, and English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) programs. Other prison education offerings include parenting and Adult Continuing Education (ACE) classes. High school diplomas and post-secondary degrees are available through paid correspondence programs.

Advanced Occupational Education

FCI El Reno Oklahoma prison offers advanced occupational education in Culinary Arts, Electric, Plumbing, Purchasing Agent, and Welding.

The El Reno prison camp offers Diesel Repair and Horticulture.

Vocational Training

No vocational training is available at El Reno federal prison aside from the advanced occupational education programs.


FCI El Reno offers apprenticeships in:

  • Dental Assistant
  • Drafting
  • Machinist
  • Millwright
  • Painter
  • Quality Control
  • Tool and Die Maker
  • Welding

The El Reno prison camp offers an apprenticeship in Dental Assistant.

Library Services

El Reno federal prison offers a legal and leisure library for inmates. The legal library primarily consists of the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) TRULINCS Electronic Law Library computers. Typewriters and a copy machine are also available.

The leisure library permits inmates to check out fiction and nonfiction books, newspapers, and magazines. There are also several educational DVDs that inmates can check out.


The prison’s UNICOR facility handles metal fabrication and welding. The El Reno prison camp does not house a UNICOR facility.


Inmates at El Reno, Oklahoma prison, are permitted to spend up to $360.00 per month in commissary purchases on their designated shopping days. This is further restricted to $180 every two weeks.

Items such as food, drinks, clothing, and electronics can be purchased. Inmates are allowed to shop twice a week. Sales are conducted Monday through Thursday at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.

Recreation Services

Recreation Services at FCI El Reno Oklahoma prison include areas for both indoor and outdoor activities, which include:

  • Field Games
  • Court Games
  • Tabletop Games
  • Individual Events
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Team Sports
  • Space for Music Enthusiasts
  • Pool Tables
  • Television

Numerous sports leagues are available, including:

  • Basketball
  • Flag Football
  • Soccer
  • Frisbee

Inmates also have access to other activities, such as:

  • Yoga
  • Track
  • Weights
  • Ellipticals
  • Treadmills
  • Stationary Bikes

The administration imposes one-way moves to and from the Recreation Department in the afternoons and evenings.

Visitation Information for FCI El Reno

Family and friends may visit inmates from 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Sundays, Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Federal holiday visiting hours are between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. See our page on prisoner visitation rules for more information.

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FCI El Reno Prison Culture Information

Prison Politics at Federal Correctional Institution El Reno

While some FCI El Reno, Oklahoma, federal prison inmates feel this is a very political yard, others think it is only somewhat political. There is a general car requirement.

Level of Violence

There is a moderate level of violence at this facility. Inmates report periodic fights and some stabbings. This is especially prevalent among Hispanic inmates.

Vulnerable Populations

Sex offenders and informants can’t stay. LGBT inmates can remain, but they are somewhat ostracized and must contend with an unfriendly and unsupportive environment.

Good at FCI El Reno

“Huge lockers.” “Huge weight pile, great UNICOR apprenticeship in welding.” “For the most part, this place is pretty calm.”

Bad at FCI El Reno

“Very petty cops.” “Few leisure resources, lots of in-car political bickering.” “The officers like to harass people for nothing, and they will make up rules as they go. The cops also retaliate for filing grievances.”

Other Inmate Comments

“It sucks shit. Do Not Go There!” “If you are from northern Texas or Oklahoma and have clean paperwork, this is a good yard.”

“It’s a better FCI in the area.” “If you’re just doing your time and don’t use drugs, this place is ok. Don’t get caught with anything, or they will give you a street charge.”

FCI El Reno in the News

In January 2018, former Arkansas State Senator Jake Files reported to Federal Correctional Institution El Reno, Oklahoma, federal prison to begin his 18-month sentence for fraud and money laundering.

In January 2017, Amanda Hock, a guard at FCI El Reno, was sentenced to probation and community service for sexual conduct with a male prisoner in December 2015.

In July 2015, President Barack Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to visit a federal prison when he met with prisoners and law enforcement officials at FCI El Reno, Oklahoma prison.

More Information About Federal Correctional Institution El Reno

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