FCI Memphis | Memphis Federal Prison

Federal Correctional Institution Memphis is a medium-security federal prison in Memphis, Tennessee. It is also known as FCI Memphis and the federal prison in Memphis, TN. FCI Memphis Detention Center and Memphis Prison Camp are next to the primary institution. All Memphis federal prisons house male inmates.

FCI Memphis Contact Information

Facility Address & Contact Information

Federal Correctional Institution Memphis
1101 John A. Denie Road
Memphis, TN 38134

Phone: 901-372-2269
Fax: 901-384-5462
Email: [email protected]

BOP Website: Bureau of Prisons Page
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Inmate Correspondence Address

FCI Memphis

Inmate Name and Registration Number
FCI Memphis
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 34550
, TN 38184

FCI Memphis Prison Camp

Inmate Name and Registration Number
FCI Memphis
Satellite Prison Camp
P.O. Box 2000
Millington, TN 38083

How to Send Money

The Federal Bureau of Prisons does not permit inmates to receive funds directly. Instead, money must be sent through an approved provider, such as Western Union, Money Gram, or the National Lockbox in Des Moines, Iowa.

Each provider has its process for sending money to a federal inmate, so it is essential to research the options before choosing a method. For example, Western Union offers a variety of ways to send money, including online, by phone, and in-person at a Western Union agent location.

On the other hand, the National Lockbox only accepts money orders and cashier’s checks. Once funds are received, they are deposited into the inmate’s trust fund account and can be used to purchase items from the commissary or pay for phone calls.

Federal Correctional Institution Memphis Inmate Information

Inmate Gender

Male Inmates

Prison Security Level

Facility Location

FCI Memphis is in the northeast section of Memphis, Tennessee.

BOP Region

Mid-Atlantic Region

BOP Institution Code

MEM for FCI Memphis

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 Tennessee

Population Number

FCI Memphis houses approximately 1,125 inmates. The camp houses around 90 inmates.

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FCI Memphis Prison Services Information


Federal Correctional Institution Memphis is a medium-security federal prison in Memphis, Tennessee. It opened in 1977. FCI Memphis Camp is next to the central institution. Both federal prisons incarcerate male federal inmates.

In addition to housing medium-security federal prisoners, FCI Memphis also contains a unit designated for housing pre-trial and pre-sentence federal detainees. In 2012, a joint investigation conducted by the FBI, the Bureau of Prisons, and the Department of Justice Inspector General exposed a drug distribution ring run by several inmates with the assistance of corrupt prison staff members.

Media reports indicate that at least 11 prisoners have been transported to local area hospitals following brawls at the prison. At least three prisoners have escaped the camp in several years.

In 2009, Forbes magazine named FCI Memphis one of America’s ten cushiest federal prisons.

Inmate Housing

Inmates live in two-person cells within the five housing units. There are dormitories of two-and four-person cubicles within the four housing units in the camp.

Health Services

The FCI Memphis Health Services Department offers a wide variety of services. It is staffed by physicians, mid-level practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, and administrative staff.

All inmates are assigned a primary care provider (PCP) and may not change PCPs. Emergency care is available 24 hours a day. Health services include:

  • Initial Screening
  • Sick Call
  • Periodic Health Examinations
  • Eyeglasses
  • Dental Services
  • Medications
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Diagnosis and Treatment of Chronic Infectious Diseases

Psychology Services

Every inmate at the federal prison in Memphis, TN, must complete a Psychology Services Inmate Questionnaire within 14 days of arrival. Inmates experiencing significant psychological symptoms such as depression or anxiety and those with substantial interpersonal difficulties are encouraged to seek services.

Available psychology services to inmates include individual counseling and crisis intervention, simple advice concerning personal issues, psychological testing (only by proper referral), and specialty groups such as anger management and stress management.

Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP)

FCI Memphis has the Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP). It also offers Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), a Drug Education class, and the Non-Residential Drug Abuse Program (NR-DAP). The camp screens inmates for the Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP) but does not have an RDAP facility.

FCI Memphis Educational, Library, and Recreation Offerings

Education Services

FCI Memphis federal prison offers inmates various prison education programs, including:

  • Literacy
  • Pre-GED
  • GED
  • Spanish GED
  • English-as-a-Second Language (ESL)
  • Parenting Programs

Career counseling, educational advisement, Adult Continuing Education (ACE) courses, and a Pre-Release Program are also available to inmates. High school diplomas and post-secondary degrees are available through paid correspondence programs.

Advanced Occupational Education

Both federal prisons in Memphis, TN, offer advanced occupational education in Logistics/Transportation Management and Quality Assurance and Supervision. Federal Correctional Institution Memphis also offers occupational education in Building Trades.

Vocational Training

Inmates at FCI Memphis do not have access to vocational training.


Both facilities offer apprenticeships in:

  • Career Development Technician
  • Carpenter (Maintenance)
  • Cook (Hotel and Restaurant)
  • Dental Assistant
  • Electrician
  • HVAC
  • Landscape Gardener
  • Teacher Aide

The main facility offers apprenticeships in the following areas:

  • Drafter (Architectural)
  • Electronics Tester
  • Machinist
  • Maintenance Electrician
  • Painter
  • Plumber
  • Purchasing Agent
  • Quality Control Technician

The camp offers Engraver, Golf Course Management, Printer-Slotter and Operator, and Welder (Combination) apprenticeships.

Library Services

A leisure and law library is available to FCI Memphis inmates. An Interlibrary Loan Program associated with the Memphis/Shelby County Library is also available.

In the leisure library, inmates can check out books, magazines, and newspapers. A DVD movie program is also available. In the law library, inmates can use the TRULINCS Electronic Law Library, a copy machine, and typewriters.


The federal prison in Memphis, TN, houses a UNICOR factory producing and servicing electronic cable assemblies and a printing operation.


Inmates may withdraw money for personal spending in the institution’s commissary, family support, or other approved purposes. Inmates can spend up to $360.00 monthly on shoes, food, drinks, clothing, electronics, and other items. Copy cards, postage stamps, and over-the-counter medications do not count against the spending limitation. Inmates may only shop once a week on their designated shopping day.

Recreation Services

The FCI Memphis Recreation Department offers intramural sports where inmates can participate in:

  • Softball
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Handball
  • Flag Football

The Wellness Program offers instruction on various health/fitness topics. Activities available include structured classes, exercise programs, and fitness clubs. Participants can receive certificates for program completion.

A variety of activities are available on the recreation yard, softball field, and in the gymnasium for “off-duty” inmates, including:

  • Bocce Ball
  • Volleyball
  • Handball
  • Racquetball
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Shuffleboard
  • Horseshoes
  • Stationary Bikes
  • Football

The jogging and walking track is approximately 1/3 mile long, and an activity room is available for ping pong. Recreation also offers a music room for individual practice and group use. The Hobbycraft Program provides tools, a workroom, and instruction in various crafts, including leather crafts, woodworking, painting, and beading. The recreation yard also has a weight pile.

Visitation Information for FCI Memphis

On Sunday, Monday, and Saturday, visiting hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 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 Memphis Prison Culture Information

Prison Politics at Federal Correctional Institution Memphis

There is some level of politics at the federal prison in Memphis, TN, but not much. The facility is somewhat racially divided but not genuinely political.

Level of Violence

There is a low level of violence at this facility.

Vulnerable Populations

Most respondents stated that sex offenders, informants, and LGBT inmates could stay, though they may be ostracized. One respondent, in particular, said that “sex offenders are not generally allowed and are typically run off.”

Good at FCI Memphis Prison

“The recreation offerings are really good. The art program is outstanding. There is also air conditioning in the buildings.”

Bad at FCI Memphis Federal Prison

“A large Hispanic population tries to run the yard.” “The drug problem is horrible.”

Other Inmate Comments

“It’s a good place.” “Nice yard.” “Food Services is ok, but not great.”

FCI Memphis in the News

In April 2018, a brawl in the recreation yard at Federal Correctional Institution Memphis resulted in eleven prisoners being transported to an outside medical facility for treatment.

Memphis Prison Camp

In March 2018, three prisoners at Federal Correctional Institution Memphis Camp escaped and were recaptured the next day, making it the third escape from the prison camp since 2013.

In November 2017, Travon Gardner, a prisoner at FCI Memphis Camp, walked away from the camp without authorization. He was subsequently taken back into custody.

More Information About Federal Correctional Institution Memphis

For a comprehensive look at United States federal prison life, 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 Memphis, please buy a copy of the Directory of Federal Prisons: The Unofficial Guide to Bureau of Prisons Institutions by Christopher Zoukis.