FCI Forrest City Medium | Forrest City Medium Prison

Federal Correctional Institution Forrest City Medium is a medium-security federal prison located in Forrest City, Arkansas. It is also known as FCI Forrest City Medium. The facility houses male inmates.

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FCI Forrest City Medium Contact Information

Facility Address & Contact Information

Federal Correctional Institution Forrest City Medium
1400 Dale Bumpers Road
Forrest City, AR

Phone: 870-494-4200
Fax: 870-494-4496
Email: [email protected]

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Inmate Correspondence Address

FCI Forrest City Medium Prison

Inmate Name and Registration Number
FCI Forrest City Medium
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 3000
Forrest City, AR

How to Send Money

Inmates may not receive funds directly. See our page on sending money to federal prisoners. Likewise, see our inmate roster page to locate a federal prisoner.

Federal Correctional Institution Forrest City Medium Inmate Information

Inmate Gender

Male Inmates

Prison Security Level

Medium-Security Federal Prison

Facility Location

Forrest City Medium is located in eastern Arkansas, between Little Rock (58 kilometers east) and Memphis (45 kilometers west), near I-40.

BOP Region

South Central Region

BOP Institution Code

FOM for FCI Forrest City Medium; FOX for Forrest City Federal Correctional Complex

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 Arkansas

Population Number

FCI Forrest City Medium houses approximately 1,540 inmates.

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FCI Forrest City Medium Prison Services Information


Federal Correctional Institution Forrest City Medium is a medium-security federal prison in Forrest City, Arkansas. Male inmates live at the facility. It is part of the Forrest City Federal Correctional Complex.

The prison offers a variety of programs and services to its inmates. These programs and services include:

  • Education
  • Vocational Training
  • Life Skills Courses
  • Recreation
  • Religious Services
  • Counseling

FCI Forrest City Medium also offers a variety of work opportunities for its inmates. These work opportunities include inmate maintenance, food service, and laundry.

Media reports indicate that one guard was indicted for sexually abusing a child in the parking lot of an elementary school. Another guard was indicted for smuggling contraband into the institution.

Inmate Housing

Inmates live in two-person cells.

Health Services

FCI Forrest City Medium offers various medical services, including:

  • Sick Call
  • Medical and Dental Emergency Care
  • Medications
  • Periodic Examinations
  • Optometry
  • Eyeglasses

All inmates receive a physical examination within their first 14 days of arriving at the facility. Routine health care is available through the submission of triage forms. Emergency medical care is available 24 hours a day by contacting any member of the prison’s staff.

Psychology Services

The psychology staff offers comprehensive individual and group therapy programs. These programs address a full range of clinical disorders, provide self-help options, and assess and treat behavioral and emotional problems. Regular groups include criminal thinking, anger management, and others.

Crisis intervention is available 24 hours, seven days a week by approaching any staff member and requesting Psychology Services to be contacted.

Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP)

FCI Forrest City Medium has the Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP). The facility also provides the Drug Abuse Education Course, the Non-Residential Drug Abuse Program (NR-DAP), Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), and Narcotics Anonymous (NA).

FCI Forrest City Medium Educational, Library, and Recreation Offerings

Education Services

FCI Forrest City Medium provides literacy, GED, and English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) programs. Instructors use the Adult Basic Learning Exam (ABLE), Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE), and Spanish Assessment of Basic Education (SABE) tests to determine each inmate’s academic abilities.

To request placement in any of these classes, Forrest City inmates can wait until staff assign them to a class or expedite the process by submitting a cop-out or speaking to an Education Department staff member at the noon meal.

Adult Continuing Education (ACE) and parenting classes are also available to the inmate population. High school diplomas and post-secondary degrees are available through paid correspondence programs.

You can learn more about prison education programs here.

Advanced Occupational Education

FCI Forrest City Medium offers advanced occupational education in Building Trades, Diesel Technology, and Office Technology.

Vocational Training

Forrest City Medium Prison does not offer any vocational training besides advanced occupational education programs.


Forrest City Medium Federal Correctional Institution does not offer any apprenticeships.

Library Services

The leisure library contains a broad selection of fiction and nonfiction books, magazines, and newspapers, which inmates can check out.

The law library contains various legal reference materials to prepare legal papers. Reference materials include:

  • United States Code Annotated
  • Federal Reporter
  • Supreme Court Reporter
  • Bureau of Prisons Program Statements
  • Institution Supplements
  • Code of Federal Regulations
  • Federal Case Law

Most of these materials are accessible through the law library computers, which offer a scaled-down, federal-only LexisNexis program. Typewriters are also available for inmate use. The law library is in the Education Department.


The prison’s UNICOR facility produces office furniture.


Inmates at FCI Forrest City Medium can shop once per week on their designated shopping day. A $360.00 monthly commissary spending limit is imposed.

Inmates can purchase a wide variety of items. Items include ice cream, sodas, food, candy, and various snacks. Clothing, shoes, and electronics can also be purchased.

Recreation Services

FCI Forrest City Medium offers a variety of indoor and outdoor activities. A leisure center provides:

  • Music Rooms
  • TVs
  • Patio Area
  • Billiard Table
  • Foosball
  • Ping-Pong
  • Table Games
  • Multi-Purpose Rooms
  • Hobby Craft Area
  • Fitness Area
  • Gym

The recreation yard offers a variety of outdoor activities, programs, and classes, including:

  • Step Aerobics
  • Exercise Classes
  • Spinning and Circuit Training

Intramural and individual sports are also available to the general population. Basketball, softball, and football leagues are popular.

Visitation Information for FCI Forrest City Medium

Visiting hours are from 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., Sundays and Saturdays. 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.

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FCI Forrest City Medium Prison Culture Information

Prison Politics

There is a low level of politics at this prison. Inmates are not required to be part of a car to stay.

Level of Violence

Inmates report a low level of violence at this facility. One inmate referred to the prison as being “safe.”

Vulnerable Populations

Sex offenders, informants, and LGBT inmates can remain.

According to one respondent, “Sex offenders seem to be everywhere.” He further explained, “The only place where sex offenders seem to have any problems are with the TVs. They should avoid TV rooms.” Another inmate stated that “all are allowed in the yard.”

Bad at FCI Forrest City Medium

“TVs can be problematic for sex offenders and other undesirables.” “Visits are highly controlled, and families are sometimes sent away after a long trip to the prison due to stupid reasons. Sometimes no reason is given. The cops are also slow at calling people to visitation.” “More programs are needed for the sex offender population.”

FCI Forrest City Medium in the News

In October 2011, Charles Witcher, a 24-year-old guard at Federal Correctional Institution Forrest City Medium, was arrested for statutory rape after having sexual contact with a 13-year-old girl in the parking lot of an elementary school.

In May 2005, Xavier Livingstone, a guard at Forrest City prison, was arrested while trying to smuggle contraband into the facility.

More Information About Federal Correctional Institution Forrest City Medium

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