FCI Williamsburg | Williamsburg Federal Prison

Federal Correctional Institution Williamsburg is a medium-security federal prison in Salters, South Carolina. It is also known as FCI Williamsburg Prison. The facility houses male inmates. FCI Williamsburg Camp is located adjacent to the main institution. Male inmates are also housed at the camp.

FCI Williamsburg Contact Information

Facility Address and Contact Information

Federal Correctional Institution Williamsburg
8301 Highway 521
, SC 29590

Phone: 843-387-9400
Fax: 843-387-6961
Email: [email protected]

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Inmate Correspondence Address

FCI Williamsburg

Inmate Name and Registration Number
FCI Williamsburg
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 340
Salters, SC 29590

FCI Williamsburg Prison Camp

Inmate Name and Registration Number
FCI Williamsburg
Satellite Prison Camp
P.O. Box 340
Salters, SC 29590

How to Send Money

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

Federal Correctional Institution Williamsburg Inmate Information

Inmate Gender

Male Inmates

Prison Security Level

Facility Location

FCI Williamsburg is located in Williamsburg County, off Highway 521.

BOP Region

Southeast Region

BOP Institution Code

WIL for FCI Williamsburg

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

District of South Carolina

Population Number

FCI Williamsburg houses approximately 1,550 inmates. The camp houses around 90 inmates.

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FCI Williamsburg Prison Services Information


Federal Correctional Institution Williamsburg is a medium-security federal prison in Salters, South Carolina, which houses male inmates. Federal Correctional Institution Williamsburg Camp, which also houses male inmates, is adjacent to the main institution.

FCI Williamsburg is located in the town of Salters, 90 miles southeast of Columbia, the state capital.

Media reports indicate that at least three inmates have escaped from the camp.

Inmate Housing

Inmates are housed in two- and three-person cells. In the camp, they are housed in dormitories.

Health Services

Federal Correctional Institution Williamsburg SC and the satellite camp provide sick calls, clinical and dental care, physical exams, chronic care, emergency medical care, and pharmacy services. Eyeglasses and hearing aids are available when clinically indicated. Emergency medical care is available 24 hours a day. Sick call is held Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 7:00 a.m. Both medical and dental concerns are addressed at this time.

Psychology Services

FCI Williamsburg offers intake exams, psycho-educational classes such as Anger and Stress Management, and a focus on sexual abuse/assault prevention and intervention. Additional programs include Smoking Sensation, People in Prison Entering Sobriety, self-image groups, and other voluntary groups. A self-help library and relaxation CDs are also available.

Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP)

Williamsburg federal prison does not have the Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP). A Drug Education class, the Non-Residential Drug Abuse Program (NR-DP), Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) are available.

FCI Williamsburg Educational, Library, and Recreation Offerings

Education Services

FCI Williamsburg offers GED and English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) programs. Social education, life skills, parenting, Adult Continuing Education (ACE), and career counseling/release preparation programs are also available. High school diplomas and post-secondary degrees are available through paid correspondence programs.

Advanced Occupational Education

Williamsburg Prison advanced occupational education programs include Culinary Arts, NCCER Core, Residential Carpentry, and ServSafe.

Vocational Training

There is no vocational training at FCI Williamsburg aside from the advanced occupational education and apprenticeship programs.


FCI Williamsburg Prison offers apprenticeships in Custodial Maintenance, HVAC, and Plumbing.

Library Services

The leisure library offers reference books, magazines, newspapers, music CDs, and DVD movies for checkout only. Fiction and nonfiction books can be checked out for two weeks at a time. The South Carolina State Library System offers an Interlibrary Loan program. A law library is available, where inmates may use the TRULINCS Electronic Law Library, typewriters, and a copy machine.


FCI Williamsburg does not house a UNICOR facility.


Inmates can spend a maximum of $360.00 per month on items such as food, beverages, radios, MP3 players, clothing, and more. All inmates must have their Inmate Account card for all Trust Fund Sales Unit transactions. Copy cards, postage stamps, and over-the-counter medications do not count against this spending limit. Sales hours are posted by memorandum for FCI Williamsburg and the camp in the housing units. Sales are conducted Monday through Wednesday.

Recreation Services

Indoor and outdoor recreational activities are available for inmates at FCI Williamsburg, including:

  • Intramural Sports
  • Community-Based Sports (at the discretion of the Executive Staff)
  • Informal Sports
  • Physical Fitness and Wellness
  • Special Events
  • Hobby Craft
  • Music
  • Movies
  • Other Leisure Time Activities

Specific interests and additional recreational activities are considered when demand appears sufficient to make other programs feasible. A gymnasium, softball fields, jogging track, soccer field, handball, bocce ball, basketball, and volleyball courts are available. A leisure recreation area for board games, a wellness resource library, and sports television viewing are also available.

Inside, inmates have access to the following:

  • Pool Tables
  • Ping Pong
  • Stationary Bikes
  • Stair Steppers
  • Basketball
  • Leather Room
  • Art Room
  • Band Room
  • Tables
  • Library
  • Ice Machine

Outside, inmates have access to the following:

  • TVs
  • Ellipticals
  • Stair Steppers
  • Treadmills
  • Stationary Bikes
  • Rowing Machines
  • Softball
  • Soccer
  • Football
  • Shuffleboard
  • Handball
  • Volleyball
  • Horseshoes
  • Tennis
  • Two Tracks

Visitation Information for FCI Williamsburg

On 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 Williamsburg Prison Culture Information

Prison Politics at Federal Correctional Institution Williamsburg

This is not a political yard. No car requirement. One respondent said, “There are no real political problems here; everyone generally gets along.”

Level of Violence

There is a minimal level of violence. One inmate said, “There is very little fighting. Not much violence to speak of at all.” Another inmate agreed, stating, “Ain’t no violence here.”

Vulnerable Populations

Sex offenders, informants, and LGBT inmates can walk the yard. One respondent said, “All of these groups are here on the yard.”

Good at FCI Williamsburg

“Quality and quantity of food, respectful staff, no politics, and clean.” “Laid back staff.” “This is a laid-back spot.”

Bad at FCI Williamsburg

“Not much.” “There are no jobs available for someone with no funds coming in from the outside.” “Lousy jobs and lousy medical.” “The Captain and Warden are very special sorts.”

Other Inmate Comments

“If you’re going to do time, go to FCI Williamsburg. I loved it as much as one can love a prison.” “I wouldn’t change a thing; it’s almost as if you were in college.” “A laid back and safe environment to serve your time.”

FCI Williamsburg in the News

In July 2021, former Williamsburg federal prison medical contractor Tanganita Dawkins was indicted for bribery and the introduction of contraband. He allegedly smuggled cell phones and tobacco to an inmate at the facility.

In February 2016, inmate Enrique Lombrana-Perez was charged with assaulting a prison guard. After refusing to change cells, he struck an FCI Williamsburg guard in the face.

FCI Williamsburg Camp in the News

In May 2017, three prisoners at Federal Correctional Institution Williamsburg Camp were discovered missing at 6:30 p.m. before they returned at 8:00 p.m.

In January 2013, former Pennsylvania State Senator Robert J. Mellow reported to FCI Williamsburg Camp to begin his 16-month sentence for utilizing senate staff to perform campaign work.

More Information About Federal Correctional Institution Williamsburg

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