FCI Manchester | Manchester Federal Prison

Federal Correctional Institution Manchester is a medium-security federal prison in Manchester, Kentucky. It is also known as FCI Manchester. FCI Manchester Camp is near the central institution. Both federal prisons incarcerate male inmates.

If your loved one is incarcerated at Manchester federal prison, the Zoukis Consulting Group can help. Our federal prison experts have extensive experience resolving in-prison matters and securing an early release from prison.

Book an initial consultation with us today to learn how we can help you or your loved one. We look forward to speaking with you!

FCI Manchester Contact Information

Facility Address & Contact Information

Federal Correctional Institution Manchester
805 Fox Hollow Road
Manchester, KY

Phone: 606-598-1900
Fax: 606-599-4115
Email: [email protected]

BOP Website: Bureau of Prisons Page
Wikipedia: Wikipedia Page

Inmate Correspondence Address

FCI Manchester

Inmate Name and Registration Number
FCI Manchester
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 4000
Manchester, KY

FCI Manchester Prison Camp

Inmate Name and Registration Number
FCI Manchester
Satellite Prison Camp
P.O. Box 4000
Manchester, KY

How to Send Money

Families and friends cannot send money to inmates at the facility’s address. See our page on sending money to federal prisoners. This page explains how to send funds to federal inmates, including the National Lockbox in Des Moines, Iowa.

Federal Correctional Institution Manchester Inmate Information

Inmate Gender

Male Inmates

Prison Security Level

Facility Location

FCI Manchester is located in eastern Kentucky, approximately 75 miles south of Lexington, the state’s second-largest city.

BOP Region

Mid-Atlantic Region

BOP Institution Code

MAN for FCI Manchester

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 Kentucky

Population Number

FCI Manchester KY prison houses approximately 1,000 federal inmates. The camp houses around 60 inmates.

FCI Manchester | Federal Correctional Institution Manchester

FCI Manchester Prison Services Information


Federal Correctional Institution Manchester is a medium-security federal prison in Manchester, Kentucky. This prison opened in 1992. Federal Correctional Institution Manchester Camp is next to the central institution. Both FCI Manchester and the camp house male offenders.

Very little information is available to the public regarding this facility. In February 2018, an agreement was reached between the prison and Eastern Kentucky University for criminal justice students to take classes at the prison with inmates. In May 2014, a Prison Rape Elimination Act audit summary reported that all inspected elements of the facility met or exceeded compliance requirements.

Notable inmates include former Missouri State Senator Jeff Smith (who served eight months for obstruction of justice) and computer hacker Jeremy Hammond (convicted of conspiracy).

Inmate Housing

Inmates live in two-person cells within the eight housing units. The camp houses inmates in dormitories that are divided into two-person cubicles. While the camp has four dormitories, two have been closed down.

Health Services

The FCI Manchester Kentucky federal prison’s Health Services Unit provides emergency and routine ambulatory health care services. The outpatient clinic offers diagnostic and support services health care providers use for urgent and ambulatory care services.

The Health Services Department contains:

  • Examination Rooms
  • Treatment Rooms
  • Medication Room
  • Dental Clinic
  • Radiology and Laboratory Areas
  • Waiting Areas
  • Storage Areas
  • Administrative Offices

There are two rooms at the main facility for suicide watch and custodial purposes. Medical and dental sick calls are also available. Sick call is held at 7:00 a.m., while pill and insulin lines are conducted at 7:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Psychology Services

Manchester federal prison’s Psychology Services department provides:

  • Screening, Assessment, and Treatment of Mental Health Problems
  • Individual and Group Counseling
  • Psycho-Educational Classes
  • Self-Help and Supportive Services
  • Referrals to Health Services for Medical Treatment of Mental Illness

The Psychology Services Department offers community mental health services. Many services are designed to help inmates manage mental health conditions, including:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Schizophrenia
  • Bipolar Disorder

Treatment groups are available and typically focus on managing emotions, stopping depressive thoughts, learning new communication skills, and wellness. Inmates identified as experiencing mental health needs can meet with a psychologist to discuss their needs and identify groups and services that would be helpful. The Psychology Services department also offers groups for all inmates who want to learn skills to help keep them out of prison and get along more effectively.

Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP)

FCI Manchester does not offer a Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP). However, there are group programs, including Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), a Drug Education class, and the Non-Residential Drug Abuse Program (NR-DAP).

FCI Manchester Educational, Library, and Recreation Offerings

Education Services

FCI Manchester federal prison provides literacy, GED, and English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) programs. You can learn more about prison education programs here.

Incentive awards recognize inmates progressing satisfactorily 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 Occupational Education completions.

Parenting and Adult Continuing Education (ACE) classes are also available. High school diplomas and post-secondary degrees are available through paid correspondence programs.

Advanced Occupational Education

The Manchester, KY prison offers advanced occupational education in Carpentry, Electrical, and Masonry Bricklayer. Both facilities provide Culinary Arts, and the camp offers Horticulture and Hydroponics.

Vocational Training

Except for the advanced occupational education and apprenticeship programs, no vocational training is offered at FCI Manchester Kentucky federal prison or the satellite camp.


The Manchester, Kentucky federal prison offers apprenticeships in:

  • Cabinetmaker
  • Carpentry
  • Drafting
  • Machine Operator I (Sewing)
  • Painter
  • Plumber

Both facilities offer Baker, Electrician, HVAC, and Landscape Management Technician. The camp provides Baker, Boiler Room Operator, Combination Welder, and Cook.

Library Services

The leisure library offers inmates a variety of reading materials, including periodicals, newspapers, fiction, nonfiction, and reference books. FCI Manchester also participates in an interlibrary loan program.

Inmates can access legal materials and prepare legal documents. Legal research is performed on electronic law library computers. Typewriters and a copy machine are also available for legal work.


Federal Correctional Institution Manchester houses a UNICOR facility that makes clothing and textiles. The camp does not have a UNICOR facility.


Manchester, KY, prison inmates may use funds to purchase items at the institution commissary (e.g., food, clothing, snacks, shoes, etc.). Inmate trust account funds can also be used for inmate phone calls, purchasing TRU-Units for their TRULINCS account, or sending funds outside the institution using Form BP-199.

Inmates are permitted to spend up to $360.00 per month. When shopping on their designated day, inmates must go to the commissary building, submit their order form, and wait for their order to be filled.

Recreation Services

Leisure recreation activities at FCI Manchester KY prison include:

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

Art activities include paintings and sketches using traditional methods (e.g., oils, pastels, crayons, pencils, inks, and charcoal). Hobbycraft activities include leatherwork, models, crochet, drawing, card making, etc.

Wellness programs include screening, assessments, goal setting, fitness/nutrition plans, and counseling. Inside, inmates can access an art room, TVs, and a basketball court. Outside, inmates can access a track, basketball, soccer, softball, horseshoes, and a weight pile.

Visitation Information for FCI Manchester

Visitation is held between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, Friday, and Saturday. On federal holidays visiting hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. See our page on prisoner visitation rules for more information.

FCI Manchester | Manchester Federal Prison

FCI Manchester Prison Culture Information

Prison Politics at Federal Correctional Institution Manchester

Manchester federal prison is a somewhat political yard. Inmates are required to be part of a car.

Level of Violence

Violence is minimal at the Manchester, KY prison.

Vulnerable Populations

Sex offenders may not be allowed to walk the yard.

Good at FCI Manchester KY Prison

“Quantity and quality of food; good dessert (e.g., ice cream, popsicles, etc.).”

Bad at FCI Manchester Kentucky Federal Prison

“Politics, stormy weather, and lots of fog counts.”

Other Inmate Comments

“Sex offenders wouldn’t do well here.”

Prison Politics at Manchester Prison Camp

Due to being a Camp, there are virtually no politics. One respondent said the facility is “not political at all.”

Level of Violence

There is a very low level of violence. One inmate explained, “There is no violence; it is very safe.” Another respondent agreed, stating, “There is just a bunch of talk but no action.”

Vulnerable Populations

While informants and LGBT inmates can walk the yard, sex offenders are precluded from Camp placement by Bureau of Prisons policy.

Good at Manchester Prison Camp

“The wildlife. There are skunks, foxes, cats, dogs, raccoons, deer, and turkeys.” “The COs are fairly friendly and not aggressive.”

Other Inmate Comments

“It’s a good facility, though a bit boring.” “Very green and outdoors.” “We call it a ‘daddy daycare.’“

FCI Manchester in the News

In February 2018, a new program was announced that allows criminal justice students from Eastern Kentucky University and prisoners at Federal Correctional Institution Manchester to take a college course together in a prison environment.

More Information About Federal Correctional Institution Manchester

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

Your FCI Manchester Federal Prison Experts

The Zoukis Consulting Group can help if you or a loved one is incarcerated at FCI Manchester. Our team of federal prison experts can assist with in-prison matters and help secure an early release from federal prison.

Book an initial consultation today to learn how we can help you or your loved one. We look forward to speaking with you soon!