FCI Three Rivers | Three Rivers Federal Prison

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

FCI Three Rivers Contact Information

Facility Address & Contact Information

Federal Correctional Institution Three Rivers
U.S. Highway 72 West
Three Rivers, TX 78071

Phone: 361-786-3576
Fax: 361-786-5051
Email: [email protected]

BOP Website: Bureau of Prisons Page
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Inmate Correspondence Address

FCI Three Rivers Federal Prison

Inmate Name and Registration Number
FCI Three Rivers
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 4200
Three Rivers, TX 78071

FCI Three Rivers Prison Camp

Inmate Name and Registration Number
FCI Three Rivers
Satellite Prison Camp
P.O. Box 4200
Three Rivers
, TX 78071

How to Send Money to FCI Three Rivers Prison

If you have a friend or loved one incarcerated in Federal Correctional Institution Three Rivers, there are several ways to send them money.

One option is to use Western Union or Money Gram. Both companies have offices in most communities, and they offer convenient online transfer options as well.

Another option is to send the funds through the National Lockbox system. The lockbox processing center is in Des Moines, Iowa. All payments must be sent via money order or cashier’s check.

The method you choose to send money to an inmate will likely depend on your personal preference and budget. However, all three options are reliable and ensure that your loved one has access to the funds they need.

Learn more about sending cash to Three Rivers, Texas prison here.

Federal Correctional Institution Three Rivers Inmate Information

Inmate Gender

Male Inmates

Prison Security Level

Facility Location

FCI Three Rivers is located about 80 miles south of San Antonio and 73 miles northwest of Corpus Christi, off I-37 on Highway 72, 8 miles west of the town of Three Rivers, across from Choke Canyon Lake.

BOP Region

South Central Region

BOP Institution Code

TRV for FCI Three Rivers

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

Southern District of Texas

Population Number

FCI Three Rivers houses approximately 1,010 inmates. The camp houses around 220 inmates.

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FCI Three Rivers Prison Services Information


Federal Correctional Institution Three Rivers is a medium-security federal prison in Three Rivers, Texas. It opened in 1990. FCI Three Rivers Camp is adjacent to the main institution. Both federal prisons house male inmates.

Media reports indicate that one guard has been indicted for impersonating a police officer while he was off-duty, while another guard was indicted for smuggling contraband into the institution. News reports also indicate a gang war in 2008, where one inmate was killed and another 22 injured.

Inmate Housing

FCI Three Rivers inmates live in two-person cells. Inmates at the camp live in dormitories.

Health Services

Within 14 days of arrival, Three Rivers federal prison inmates are given a complete physical examination. Various healthcare services are available to inmates, including:

  • Sick Call
  • Dental Care
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Eyeglasses
  • Chronic Care
  • Medications
  • Physical Examinations
  • HIV Testing
  • Immunizations

These medical services are available at FCI Three Rivers and the satellite camp. Emergency medical care is available 24 hours a day.

Psychology Services

Inmates at the Three Rivers, Texas, prison have access to various mental health programs. Services provided by the psychology staff include:

  • Crisis Intervention
  • Individual and Group Therapy
  • Psycho-Educational Programs (e.g., Anger Management, Stress Management, and Communication Skills)

Notices of upcoming offerings are posted on bulletin boards in inmate housing units.

Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP)

FCI Three Rivers and the camp do not house a Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP), but both refer to facilities that provide the program. Both facilities offer various treatment programs, including:

  • Drug Treatment Programs
  • Relapse Prevention Groups
  • Drug Abuse Education Program
  • Non-Residential Drug Abuse Treatment Program (NR-DAP)

FCI Three Rivers Educational, Library, and Recreation Offerings

Education Services

FCI Three Rivers offers literacy, GED, and English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) programs.

Graduation ceremonies are conducted once a year for students completing GED, ESL, and vocational training classes. A $25.00 bonus is awarded for completion of GED, ESL, or VT programs. Certificates from the institution are also issued for completing ACE, Parenting, GED, and ESL classes.

Additionally, a Student of the Month is chosen from classes in the Literacy program for significant progress, dedication, and hard work. The Student of the Month is rewarded with a day off from school and work cleared through the Supervisor of Education and Unit Manager. Upon completing every 240 hours of satisfactory progress, students are awarded a day off from school.

Other incentives are awarded based on progress through the Three Rivers, Texas, prison Literacy Program. A parenting program and Adult Continuing Education (ACE) courses are also offered. An employment resource center is also available to assist inmates within 24 months of release in preparing for release. High school diplomas and post-secondary degrees are available through paid correspondence programs.

Learn more about federal prison education programs here.

Advanced Occupational Education

Federal Correctional Institution Three Rivers and the camp offer advanced occupational education in Building Trades, HVAC, Microsoft Applications, and Welding. The camp provides General Automotive, HVAC, Microsoft Applications, and Wastewater Instruction.

Vocational Training

FCI Three Rivers does not offer any vocational training programs besides advanced occupational education programs.


The Three Rivers, Texas prison and the camp offer apprenticeships in Electrical Apprentice, HVAC, and Plumbing.

Library Services

Leisure and law libraries are available at both Three Rivers, Texas prisons. The leisure library has books available for checkout and DVDs available for viewing. Fiction and nonfiction books, newspapers, and magazines are available for inmate reading.

Inmates using this facility have access to legal materials and an opportunity to prepare legal documents through the TRULINCS Electronic Law Library. A copy machine is available to reproduce materials needed for research. Electric typewriters are also available for inmate use.


The FCI Three Rivers UNICOR facility handles fleet management and vehicular components. The camp does not have a UNICOR facility.


The Three Rivers federal prison commissary spending limitation is $360.00 per month on a designated shopping day. The shopping day is based on the meal rotation roster generated by the Institution Duty Officer utilizing the weekly sanitation scores. Over-the-counter medications, copy cards, and postage stamps do not count against the spending limit. Foods, snacks, beverages, clothing, shoes, and electronics are also available for purchase.

Recreation Services

FCI Three Rivers offers inmates many recreational activities. The hobby craft program provides:

  • Arts
  • Leathercraft
  • Painting
  • Beadwork

Leisure and fitness programs include:

  • Walk and Run Club
  • Abdominal Fitness Workout
  • Yoga
  • Intramural Sports
  • Band and Music Program

Other sports activities at the Three Rivers, Texas, prison include:

  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Flag Football
  • Handball
  • Racquetball
  • Bocce Ball
  • Horseshoes
  • Volleyball

Visitation Information for FCI Three Rivers

Federal Correctional Institution Three Rivers inmates may receive visits depending on the visiting schedule. On Sundays and Saturdays, visiting hours are between 8:15 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. On federal holidays families and friends may visit an inmate between 8:15 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. See our page on prisoner visitation rules for more information.

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FCI Three Rivers Federal Prison in the News

In May 2017, David Cavazos, a guard at Federal Correctional Institution Three Rivers, was federally indicted for receiving a bribe to smuggle K2 into the prison.

In March 2017, FCI Three Rivers guard Justin Coates was arrested after he was seen pulling over another vehicle while he was armed and in uniform. He was charged with impersonating a police officer.

In November 2016, journalist Barrett Brown, who was prosecuted over stolen credit cards and fraudulent charges that he alleged he had nothing to do with, was released from Three Rivers prison, owing nearly $900,000 in restitution.

In March 2008, a gang war erupted between the Mexican Mafia and the Paisas at FCI Three Rivers resulting in one prisoner, Servando Rodriguez, dead and 22 others injured.

More Information About Federal Correctional Institution Three Rivers

If you’re looking for a comprehensive overview of life in federal prison, Christopher Zoukis’ Federal Prison Handbook: The Definitive Guide to Surviving the Federal Bureau of Prisons is an essential read. The Handbook covers many topics, including:

  • What to expect upon arrival at a federal prison facility
  • The particulars of daily life
  • The ins and outs of the prison system

Christopher Zoukis’ Directory of Federal Prisons: The Unofficial Guide to Bureau of Prisons Institutions is invaluable for more specific information about FCI Three Rivers federal prison. Containing detailed profiles of all federal prisons across the country it’s an essential tool for understanding the unique challenges and opportunities that each facility presents. No matter what your interest in or experience with the federal prison system may be, these books offer a wealth of information that will be helpful.