FCI Hazelton | Hazelton Federal Prison

Federal Correctional Institution Hazelton is a medium-security federal prison located in Bruceton Mills, West Virginia. It is also known as FCI Hazelton and Hazelton WV prison. The facility houses male inmates. Secure Female Facility Hazelton is next to the central institution and houses medium-security female inmates.

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FCI Hazelton Federal Prison Contact Information

Facility Address & Contact Information

Federal Correctional Institution Hazelton
1640 Sky View Drive
Bruceton Mills, WV 26525

Phone: 304-379-1500
Fax: 304-379-1531
Email: [email protected]

BOP Website: Bureau of Prisons Page
Wikipedia: Wikipedia Page

Inmate Correspondence Address

Family and friends can send mail to inmates at the FCI Hazelton federal prison. All inmate mail must be addressed as follows:

FCI Hazelton

Inmate Name and Registration Number
FCI Hazelton
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 5000
Bruceton Mills, WV 26525

SFF Hazelton

Inmate Name and Registration Number
SFF Hazelton
Secure Female Facility
P.O. Box 3000
Bruceton Mills, WV 26525

How to Send Money

Funds cannot be sent directly to federal inmates. See our page on sending money to federal prisoners. This page discusses how to send money to inmates, including through the National Lockbox in Des Moine, Iowa.

Federal Correctional Institution Hazelton Inmate Information

Inmate Gender

  • FCI: Male Inmates
  • SFF: Female Inmates

Prison Security Level

Facility Location

FCI Hazelton is in the mountains of Preston County, West Virginia, in the community of Bruceton Mills, approximately 35 minutes from Morgantown, 45 minutes from Uniontown, PA, and 45 minutes from Cumberland, MD.

BOP Region

Mid-Atlantic Region

BOP Institution Code

HAZ for USP Hazelton, HAX for Hazelton 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

Northern District of West Virginia

Population Number

FCI Hazelton houses approximately 1,550 inmates. The secure female facility houses around 450 inmates.

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FCI Hazelton Prison Services Information


Federal Correctional Institution Hazelton is a medium-security federal prison in Bruceton Mills, West Virginia. It is part of the Hazelton Federal Correctional Complex and houses male inmates. The complex also houses a separate Secure Female Facility for medium-security female inmates.

Media reports indicate that the local guards’ union has picketed at least once to protest staff shortages and other concerns.

Other FCC Hazelton institutions are the minimum-security SPC Hazelton and the high-security USP Hazelton, where Whitey Bulger was killed.

Inmate Housing

Inmates live in two- and three-person cells. In the housing units, there are six TVs, a typing room, and a law library room.

Inmates in the Special Housing Unit live in one- or two-person cells.

Health Services

Health services at FCI Hazelton and the Secure Female Facility include the following medical services:

  • Episodic visits for new or recurring medical or dental symptoms through a sick call system
  • Chronic care clinics
  • Routine dental care
  • Medical and dental emergency care for injuries and sudden illness
  • Age-appropriate preventive care to promote optimal health and functional status
  • Restorative care enables achievable functional status
  • Long-term care
  • End-of-life care

Dental and regular sick calls are held at the Hazelton WV prison several times weekly. Pill lines and insulin lines coincide with meals.

Psychology Services

Inmates at FCI Hazelton receive these mental health services:

  • Mental Health Screening
  • Assessment
  • Treatment
  • Individual and Group Counseling
  • Psycho-Educational Classes (e.g., anger management, stress reduction, etc.)
  • Self-Help and Supportive Services
  • Referral to Health Services for Medical Treatment of Mental Illness

The female facility also offers the Resolve Program, a non-residential program for female inmates with physical and sexual abuse histories.

Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP)

A Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP) is available in the FCI Hazelton Secure Female Facility. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), the Non-Residential Drug Abuse Treatment Program (NR-DAP), and the Drug Education Class are available at both facilities.

FCI Hazelton WV Prison Educational, Library, and Recreation Offerings

Education Services

FCI Hazelton and the Secure Female Facility provide GED and English as a Second Language (ESL) programs.

Incentive awards are provided to recognize inmates making satisfactory progress and completing the literacy (i.e., GED and ESL) program. Inmates may also receive incentives for progressing to various levels in the GED or ESL programs. Graduation ceremonies recognize GED, ESL, and Apprenticeship completions.

Federal Correctional Institution Hazelton and the female facility offer parenting, Adult Continuing Education (ACE), career counseling/Pre-Release Program (RPP) courses, and Microsoft Office 2010. 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

Neither Hazelton WV federal prison offers any advanced occupational education programs.

Vocational Training

No vocational training is available at FCI Hazelton or the female facility aside from the education services and apprenticeship programs.


The FCI Hazelton Secure Female Facility offers apprenticeships in Electrician, HVAC, Maintenance Repairer Industrial, Plumber, and Welder.

Library Services

The Hazelton federal prison law library is located in the Education Department and contains various legal reference materials. These are available on the ten law library computers to prepare legal papers. Electronic typewriters and a copy machine are also available.

The Education Department maintains a leisure library available to the general population. Reference books, such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, medical encyclopedias, college listings and synopses, and recent volumes of Books in Print are available. These reference books are only available for use within the Resource Library.

Magazines, fiction and nonfiction books, and newspapers are available. Inmates may also participate in an interlibrary loan program with a community library.


FCI Hazelton does not house a UNICOR facility.


Inmates can spend up to $360 each month on commissary items. Copy cards, postage stamps, and certain over-the-counter medications are spending limit exempt.

Shopping is permitted once a week on a designated day for each inmate. Schedules are posted in the housing units. Shoes, clothing, electronics, food, drinks, and more can be purchased in the commissary.

Recreation Services

Both Hazelton WV prison facilities offer numerous physical fitness and leisure programs. These inmate recreation offerings include:

  • Organized and Informal Games
  • Sports
  • Physical Fitness
  • Table Games
  • Hobby Crafts
  • Music Programs
  • Intramural Activities
  • Social and Cultural Organizations
  • Movies

Inmate art activities include:

  • Oils
  • Pastels
  • Crayons
  • Pencils
  • Inks
  • Charcoal

Hobby craft activities include:

  • Ceramics
  • Leatherwork
  • Models
  • Clay
  • Mosaics
  • Crochet
  • Knitting
  • Sculptures
  • Woodworking
  • Lapidary

Wellness programs are also available. Softball, soccer, football, handball, and basketball are popular league sports.

Visitation Information for FCI Hazelton Prison

Visiting hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 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 Hazelton Prison Culture Information

Prison Politics at Federal Correctional Institution Hazelton

Hazelton federal prison is a moderately political yard where most inmates belong to cars and check paperwork.

Level of Violence

The level of violence is high in the Hazelton WV prison. According to one respondent, “The officers here don’t attempt to locate shanks, drugs, or other contraband.”

The respondent continued, “The biggest group subjected to violence here are the ‘exposed’ sex offenders who must sit at two specific tables, with only 12 seats for approximately 210 exposed sex offenders.” Many sex offenders have been attacked. There is also a problem with gang violence.

Vulnerable Populations

Sex offenders, informants, and LGBT inmates are present, though many are driven off through violence. Generally speaking, this is not a very forgiving yard for such inmates, even if they can stay.

Good at FCI Hazelton Prison

“I honestly would have a hard time coming up with many good things about Hazelton.”

Bad at FCI Hazelton Federal Prison

“The list of bad is endless here. They allow sex offenders to be assaulted and battered. They lock us down constantly without any real apparent reason. If you begin to file grievances, the staff immediately start retaliating against you relentlessly.”

“If you check in because you feel you are in danger, the staff will throw you in a cell with someone they know you will have issues with and provoke a fight between you.” “They have a track record of locking us down for every holiday. Each time they claim that they are short on staff.”

Other Inmate Comments

“This is seriously the worst prison I have seen in the BOP. Of course, it could always be worse.”

FCI Hazelton in the News

In May 2018, Terence O’Brien, who was warden for six years at Federal Correctional Institution Hazelton before his retirement in 2016, was appointed to chair the West Virginia Parole Board.

In August 2015, the local chapter of the American Federation of Government Employees, which represents FCI Hazelton guards, picketed due to staff shortages and other employee concerns.

More Information About Federal Correctional Institution Hazelton

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

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