FCI Herlong | Herlong Federal Prison

Federal Correctional Institution Herlong is a medium-security federal prison located in Herlong, California. The facility is also known as FCI Herlong and Herlong CA prison. FCI Herlong Camp is adjacent to the primary institution. Both federal prisons house male inmates.

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FCI Herlong Contact Information

Facility Address & Contact Information

Federal Correctional Institution Herlong
741-925 Access Road A-25
Herlong, CA 96113

Phone: 530-827-8000
Fax: 530-827-8024
Email Address: [email protected]

BOP Website: Bureau of Prisons Page
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Inmate Correspondence Address

FCI Herlong

Inmate Name and Registration Number
FCI Herlong
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 800
, CA 96113

FCI Herlong Prison Camp

Inmate Name and Registration Number
FCI Herlong
Satellite Prison Camp
P.O. Box 800
Herlong, CA 96113

How to Send Money

Funds cannot be sent directly to inmates. See our page on sending money to federal prisoners.

Federal Correctional Institution Herlong Inmate Information

Inmate Gender

Male Inmates

Prison Security Level

Facility Location

FCI Herlong is located in the Sierra highlands of northern California, 50 miles northwest of Reno, Nevada, and about 30 miles south of Susanville, California. The prison is in Lassen County.

BOP Region

Western Region

BOP Institution Code

HER for FCI Herlong

Medical Care Level

Level 1. See our page on Medical Care Levels and Procedures for more information.

Mental Health Care Level

Level 1.

Judicial District

Eastern District of California

Population Number

FCI Herlong houses approximately 1,320 inmates. The camp houses around 100 inmates.

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FCI Herlong Prison Services Information


Federal Correctional Institution Herlong is a medium-security federal prison in Herlong, California. It opened in 2007. Federal Correctional Institution Herlong Camp is next to the primary institution. Both prisons house male federal inmates.

Notable inmates include:

  • Earth Liberation Front member Tre Arrow: served five years for arson.
  • Co-founder of the environmental group Peaceful Uprising Tim DeChristopher: served two years for false representation.

Media reports indicate that at least one guard has been indicted for smuggling contraband into this United States federal prison.

Inmate Housing

Inmates live in two- and three-person cells. There are approximately 200 inmates in each housing unit. In the camp, inmates live in dormitories.

Health Services

FCI Herlong provides routine medical care for inmates. This care includes intake examinations, emergency care, and sick calls. Emergency care is available 24 hours a day.

Inmates must attend the sick calls on weekdays from 7:00 to 8:00 a.m. to be evaluated for non-emergency care. The pill and insulin lines are held at 6:30 a.m. and 4:50 p.m.

Psychology Services

Herlong prison offers crisis counseling, individual and group therapy, and medication treatment in conjunction with Health Services. The open house is held on Tuesday and Friday. Typical treatment groups include:

  • Anger Management
  • Stress Reduction
  • AIDS/HIV Awareness

Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP)

FCI Herlong offers the Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP). The Drug Education class, the Non-Residential Drug Abuse Program (NR-DAP), and Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) are also available.

FCI Herlong Educational, Library, and Recreation Offerings

Education Services

Herlong federal prison offers inmates a wide variety of prison education programs, including:

  • GED
  • English-as-a-Second Language (ESL)
  • Adult Continuing Education (ACE)
  • Parenting Classes

High school diplomas and college correspondence courses are also available, but inmates must pay for them.

Advanced Occupational Education

FCI Herlong does not offer any advanced occupational education programs.

Vocational Training

The Herlong CA prison camp has many vocational training programs which enable inmates to work outside the prison in the local community.


FCI Herlong CA prison does not offer any apprenticeship programs.

Library Services

Leisure and law libraries are available to Herlong federal prison inmates.

Inmates can check out fiction and nonfiction books, newspapers, and magazines in the leisure library. Inmates can also check out NEO word processors.

The law library primarily consists of the TRULINCS Electronic Law Library. Inmates also have access to typewriters and a copy machine.


The FCI Herlong UNICOR facility handles fleet management and vehicular components.


Inmates can spend up to $360.00 per month in the prison commissary. They can shop once a week on their designated shopping day. Shopping is conducted Monday through Friday from 6:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Copy cards, postage stamps, and over-the-counter medications do not count against this spending limit. Popular items include snacks, candy, drinks, food, ice cream, clothing, and electronics.

Recreation Services

FCI Herlong’s Recreation Department offers both indoor and outdoor activities.

Inside, inmates have access to an indoor gym with a basketball court and workout machines, including:

  • Treadmills
  • Ladder Climbers
  • Ellipticals

Workout courses, music classes, art and craft programs, and other activities are available for indoor recreation.

Outside, inmates can access a track, football/ soccer field, basketball courts, softball field, tables, and more. The hours of operation are 6:45 to 11:00 a.m., 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., and 4:45 to 8:45 p.m. on weekdays. On weekends, the morning hours are 6:45 to 9:30 a.m.

Visitation Information for FCI Herlong CA Prison

Family and friends can visit inmates during authorized visiting hours. Sunday 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.

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FCI Herlong Prison Culture Information

Prison Politics at Federal Correctional Institution Herlong

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

Level of Violence

There is a low level of violence at this prison. According to one respondent, “It’s safe.” Another respondent stated, “This spot is cool, safe, and low on violence.”

Vulnerable Populations

Sex offenders, informants, and LGBT inmates can walk the yard.

Good at FCI Herlong Federal Prison

“Education, programs, recreation, and the moves are all good.”

Bad at FCI Herlong Prison

“The yard is split for recreation. So, all the downstairs blocks rec together and the upstairs ones rec together.” “The lack of empathy is bad, and the administration’s attitude in dealing with grievances is also bad.”

Other Inmate Comments

“Herlong is ok.” “There are problems with mental health on this yard and the lack of treatment, but this is also the same at other spots.”

FCI Herlong CA Prison in the News

In September 2008, Michael Megill, a cook at the Federal Correctional Institution at Herlong, and his brother Jeremy were sentenced to a year in prison for smuggling tobacco products into the facility for the prisoners.

More Information About Federal Correctional Institution Herlong

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 Herlong, 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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