FCI Talladega | Talladega Federal Prison

Federal Correctional Institution Talladega is a medium-security federal prison in Talladega, Alabama. It is also known as FCI Talladega. FCI Talladega Camp is next to the main institution. Both federal prisons house male inmates.

FCI Talladega Contact Information

Facility Address & Contact Information

Federal Correctional Institution Talladega
565 East Renfroe Road
Talladega, AL 35160

Phone: 256-315-4100
Fax: 256-315-4495
Email: [email protected]

BOP Website: Bureau of Prisons Page
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Inmate Correspondence Address

FCI Talladega

Inmate Name and Registration Number
FCI Talladega
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 1000
, AL 35160

FCI Talladega Prison Camp

Inmate Name and Registration Number
FCI Talladega
Satellite Prison Camp
P.O. Box 2000
Talladega, AL 35160

How to Send Money to Inmates

Several options are available for sending funds to the Talladega, Alabama, federal prison inmates. Two options are to use Western Union or Money Gram. These companies offer money transfer services that can be used to send money to an inmate’s account.

Another option is to use the National Lockbox in Des Moines, Iowa. This service allows people to send money orders or cashier’s checks to an inmate’s account. There is also a fee for this service.

Overall, there are various options available for sending funds to federal inmates. Each option has benefits and drawbacks, so choosing the best method for your needs is essential.

To discover more, go to our Money Transfer to Federal Prisons page.

Federal Correctional Institution Talladega Inmate Information

Inmate Gender

Male Inmates

Prison Security Level

Facility Location

FCI Talladega is in northeast Alabama, 50 miles east of Birmingham, 100 miles west of Atlanta, Georgia, off the 275 bypass on Renfroe Road.

BOP Region

Southeast Region

BOP Institution Code

TDG for FCI Talladega

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 Alabama

Population Number

FCI Talladega houses approximately 890 inmates. The camp houses around 130 inmates.

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FCI Talladega Prison Services Information


Federal Correctional Institution Talladega is a medium-security federal prison in Talladega, Alabama. It opened in 1979. Federal Correctional Institution Talladega Camp opened in 1989 adjacent to the main institution. Both federal prisons house male federal inmates.

In 1991, approximately 120 Cuban detainees rioted and took seven Bureau of Prisons employees and three INS employees hostage.

Media reports indicate that at least two guards have been indicted for smuggling drugs into the prison.

Inmate Housing

Inmates live in five different housing units in two- or three-person cells. Inmates at FCI Talladega Camp live in dormitories divided into two-person cells.

Health Services

Talledega federal prison inmates have access to several medical and dental care services, including:

  • Intake Screening
  • Routine Medical and Dental Care
  • Emergency Medical Care
  • Physical Examinations
  • Medications

Inmates must submit a sick call form for evaluation of routine care needs. Emergency medical care is available 24 hours a day. The insulin line is held before breakfast and dinner. The pill line is conducted three times a day.

Psychology Services

Psychological services include crisis counseling, suicide prevention, and individual and group counseling. Available groups include anger management, HIV/ AIDS Awareness, and criminal thinking. Inmates can request program placement by submitting an Inmate Request to Staff.

Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP)

FCI Talladega does not have the Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP). The camp does have the Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP). Both facilities offer the Drug Education class, the Non-Residential Drug Abuse Program (NR-DAP), and Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).

FCI Talladega Educational, Library, and Recreation Offerings

Education Services

FCI Talladega provides literacy, GED, and English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) programs. Adult Continuing Education (ACE) classes taught by fellow inmates on various topics and parenting programs are also available. High school diplomas and post-secondary degrees are available through paid correspondence programs.

Learn more about prison education programs in federal prisons here.

Advanced Occupational Education

Talladega Federal Prison offers several advanced occupational education programs, including:

  • Electrical 1 & 2
  • Forklift
  • HVAC 2
  • Job Readiness
  • Mason 1, 2 & 3
  • NCEER Core
  • Office Technology
  • ServSafe
  • Welding

Vocational Training

FCI Talladega offers no vocational training besides its advanced occupational education programs. The camp provides vocational training in ServSafe, Carpentry 1 & 2, and Forklift.


The Talladega, Alabama prison offers apprenticeships in the following occupations:

  • Baker
  • Barber
  • Carpentry
  • Cook
  • Dental Assistant
  • Electrician
  • HVAC
  • Landscape Tech
  • Masonry
  • Painter
  • Plumber
  • Quality Assurance
  • Sheet Metal
  • Teacher’s Aide
  • Welding

Library Services

Leisure and law libraries are available to inmates in the general population. The leisure library offers newspapers, fiction and nonfiction books, and magazines. The law library has the TRULINCS Electronic Law Library, a copy machine, and electric typewriters.


The FCI Talladega UNICOR facility produces military uniforms.


Inmates can spend up to $360.00 per month on various items. Such items include ice cream, radios, MP3 players, food, clothing, and more. Inmates can shop in the prison commissary once a week on their designated shopping day.

Recreation Services

FCI Talladega and the camp offer indoor and outdoor recreational activities. The hobby craft program enables inmates to work with art, leather, and wood. The facility also offers other recreation options to inmates, including:

  • Leisure and Fitness Programs
  • Intramural Sports
  • TVs
  • Music Program

The Recreation Department is open seven days a week from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., excluding counts and meals.

Visitation Information for FCI Talladega

Families and friends may visit an inmate during authorized visiting hours. Visitation is held between 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, Friday, and Saturday. On federal holidays visitation is held between 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. See our page on prisoner visitation rules for more information.

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FCI Talladega Prison Culture Information

Prison Politics at Federal Correctional Institution Talladega

Talladega federal prison is not a political yard.

Level of Violence

There is very little violence at this facility.

Vulnerable Populations

Sex offenders, informants, and LGBT inmates can walk at the Talladega, Alabama, federal prison.

Good at FCI Talladega Prison

“Lazy COs that don’t do anything.” “They have programs to help you get ahead in the free world.”

Bad at FCI Talladega Federal Prison

“Lazy administrators that don’t do anything.” “They have snitches and sex offenders trying to run the yard.”

Other Inmate Comments

“Good place to retire.”

FCI Talladega in the News

In April 2016, Attorney General Loretta Lynch visited Federal Correctional Institution Talladega as part of the Obama Administration’s “Reentry Week.”

In December 2015, Bureau of Prisons Director Charles Samuels Jr., who was at one time a guard at FCI Talladega, announced his plans to retire in January 2016.

In July 2015, Marlon McNealy, who was serving a life sentence at the Talladega, Alabama federal prison for non-violent drug offenses, was granted clemency by President Obama after spending 23 years in prison.

In March 2013, Belinda Keith, a training officer at FCI Talladega, was sentenced to two years of probation after pleading guilty to smuggling tobacco into the prison.

In January 2006, Ronald Hammonds, a guard at Talladega federal prison, was arrested on charges of smuggling marijuana into the facility for prisoners.

In August 1991, approximately 121 Cuban detainees rioted after their concerns were ignored by staff, taking seven Bureau of Prisons employees and three INS employees hostage for ten days because they did not want to be returned to Cuba. Approximately 200 specially trained agents converged on the cell building. They used explosives to break open doors after hearing several loud explosions inside the prison section where the hostages were being held. All hostages were rescued, and 121 detainees were taken into custody.

More Information About Federal Correctional Institution Talladega

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