Federal Correctional Institution Yazoo City Low is a low-security federal prison located in Yazoo City, Mississippi. It is also known as FCI Yazoo City Low and FCI Yazoo City Low Federal Correctional Institution. The facility houses male inmates. FCI Yazoo City Camp is located adjacent to the main institution. Male inmates are also housed at the camp.
Table of contents
- FCI Yazoo City Low Contact Information
- Federal Correctional Institution Yazoo City Low Inmate Information
- FCI Yazoo City Low Prison Services Information
- FCI Yazoo City Low Educational, Library, and Recreation Offerings
- Visitation Information for FCI Yazoo City Low
- FCI Yazoo City Low Prison Culture Information
- FCI Yazoo City Low in the News
- More Information About Federal Correctional Institution Yazoo City Low
FCI Yazoo City Low Contact Information
Facility Address & Contact Information
Federal Correctional Institution Yazoo City Low
2225 Haley Barbour Parkway
Yazoo City, MS 39194
Email: [email protected]
Inmate Correspondence Address
FCI Yazoo City Low
Inmate Name and Registration Number
FCI Yazoo City Low
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 5000
Yazoo City, MS 39194
FCI Yazoo City Prison Camp
Inmate Name and Registration Number
FCI Yazoo City Camp
Satellite Prison Camp
P.O. Box 5000
Yazoo City, MS 39194
How to Send Money
Funds cannot be sent directly to inmates. See our page on sending money to federal prisoners.
Federal Correctional Institution Yazoo City Low Inmate Information
Prison Security Level
FCI Yazoo City Low is located 36 miles north of Jackson, Mississippi, off Highway 49.
BOP Institution Code
YAZ for FCI Yazoo City Low, YAX for Yazoo City Federal Correctional Complex
Medical Care Level
Level 1. See our page on Medical Care Levels and Procedures for more information.
Mental Health Care Level
FCI Yazoo City Low houses approximately 1,450 inmates. The camp houses around 140 inmates.
FCI Yazoo City Low Prison Services Information
Federal Correctional Institution Yazoo City Low is a low-security federal prison in Yazoo City, Mississippi, which houses male inmates. It opened in 1996 and is part of the Yazoo City Federal Correctional Complex. Federal Correctional Institution Yazoo City Camp, which also houses male inmates, was opened in 2001 and is located adjacent to the main institution.
Notable inmates include Karey Lee Woolsey (who served 13 years for attempting to distribute more than 7,000 pounds of marijuana and released an album while incarcerated at FCI Yazoo City Low which reached a top 10 ranking on Billboard charts).
Media reports indicate that one inmate has been indicted for operating a drug trafficking scheme and another inmate was indicted for operating a tax fraud scheme. Two guards were treated for heat-related medical emergencies after the institution went without power for ten days. Additionally, at least one guard has been indicted for accepting a bribe.
Inmates are housed in one of 12 housing units which are separated into dormitories consisting of two-person cubicles, along with a six-person room in each housing unit. Camp prisoners are housed in dormitories.
FCI Yazoo City Low provides primary health care for acute and chronic conditions including diagnosis, treatment, education, and counseling for inmates. Physical examinations, dental services, pharmacy services, immunizations, and special care items (e.g., eyeglasses) are provided. Inmates are assigned to a primary care provider who will treat them for the duration of their stay. Emergency medical care is available 24 hours a day by approaching any staff member and requesting assistance. Sick call is conducted between 6:00 and 6:30 a.m. Insulin and pill lines are held at 6:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 5:00 p.m.
Psychology services include intake screening, crisis intervention, and individual and group counseling. Group therapy tends to include anger management, HIV/ AIDS Awareness, criminal thinking, and other similar programs. A self-help library is also available. Notices of upcoming treatment groups are posted in inmate housing units. Suicidal inmates can approach any staff member and request to be seen by a psychologist. Emergency care is available 24 hours a day. The open house is on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m.
Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP)
FCI Yazoo City Low offers the Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP). The camp does not have the Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP). A Drug Education Class and Non-Residential Drug Abuse Treatment Programs (NR-DAP) are also offered.
FCI Yazoo City Low Educational, Library, and Recreation Offerings
FCI Yazoo City Low provides literacy, GED, and English-as-a Second Language (ESL) programs. An incentive award of $25.00 will be given to inmates upon completion of the GED, ESL, or apprenticeship programs. Adult Continuing Education (ACE) classes and other special interest courses are taught by inmates. Current ACE classes include Spanish, Buying a Home, Buying an Automobile, Music Theory, American History, Marketing, and Investing. A Release Preparation and parenting classes are also available. High school diplomas and post-secondary degrees are available through paid correspondence programs.
Advanced Occupational Education
FCI Yazoo City Low does not offer any advanced occupational education programs.
At FCI Yazoo City Low vocational training is available in Microsoft Office, Cabinetry, Restaurant Management, Drafting, AutoCAD, and Heating and Air Conditioning. The camp does not offer any vocational training.
FCI Yazoo City Low offers apprenticeships in Cabinet Making (8,000 hours), HVAC (6,000 hours), Teacher’s Assistant (4,000 hours), and Custodial Maintenance (2,000 hours). The camp does not offer any apprenticeships.
Leisure and law library services are available for inmates. In the leisure library, inmates can check out newspapers, magazines, and fiction and nonfiction books. DVD movies and an interlibrary loan program are also available. In the law library, inmates can use a copy machine, typewriters, and the TRULINCS Electronic Law Library. The law library is located in the Education Department.
The FCI Yazoo City Low UNICOR facility produces clothing and textiles.
Inmates are allowed to spend $360.00 per month. This is further restricted to $90 per week. This is further restricted to $90 per week. Inmates are allowed to shop once a week on their designated shopping day. Shopping days rotate quarterly, and the schedule is posted at the commissary. Items such as food, beverages, clothing, and electronics can be purchased. Sales are conducted Monday through Wednesday from breakfast to 2:00 p.m. UNICOR inmates are allowed to shop first each morning.
FCI Yazoo City Low offers both indoor and outdoor activities. Inmates can play board and card games, paint, draw, and engage in other art and crafts projects. Inmates can also exercise, play sports, walk or run on the track, and participate in a number of structured and unstructured activities. Inside, inmates have access to leathercraft, paint shop, pool tables, ping pong, foosball, tables, yoga, treadmills, stationary bikes, and TVs. Outside, inmates have access to softball, football, soccer, handball, horseshoes, bocce ball, basketball, volleyball, and a track. Past classes have included Abs 1 and 2, Spin Class, Biggest Loser, and more. Hours of operation are 6:00 to 8:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m. to 3:20 p.m., and 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Visitation Information for FCI Yazoo City Low
On Sunday and Saturday visitation is held between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. On Friday visitation is held between 5:00 and 8:30 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.
FCI Yazoo City Low Prison Culture Information
Prison Politics at Federal Correctional Institution Yazoo City Low
While some said that this is a moderately political yard, others felt that politics are limited. Inmates are not required to be in a car. According to one inmate, “All inmates are free to use the Rec yard, work in UNICOR, and even use the TV room (depend- ing on housing unit).” Another explained that the extent of politics is where people sit in the chow hall.
Level of Violence
There is a low to moderate level of violence, with two or so fights per month. According to one respondent, “Violence is only evident amongst those who incur debts without repayment or who ‘disrespect’ another inmate. Depending on who you hang out with, I would consider this a pretty safe yard.”
Sex offenders, informants, and LGBT inmates can stay, though they will be somewhat ostracized. While all can walk, one inmate explained that “if they go about trying to hide their charges (or are vocal about them) or hang with certain crowds and then get found out, then problems such as checking in could arise.” Another inmate noted that “sex offenders and gays are generally left alone but are almost always excluded from organized sports.”
Good at FCI Yazoo City Low
“Lazy cops.” “COs are pretty lazy so don’t expect a lot of locker searches and such.” “It doesn’t snow much here.” “Not sure there’s anything good here other than the officers generally leave the inmates alone and limited politics.”
Bad at FCI Yazoo City Low
“Poor and lazy medical care.” “The guard laziness can cut against you if you need something done. Writing someone up is largely the only way to get anything done.” “Five-minute inbound moves and five-minute outbound moves.” “Food quality and quantity are well below expectations.” “Education and rec tend to open at the officer’s whim on evenings and weekends.” “Religious services tend to be more closed than open.” “Lots of fog counts.” “Showers are sometimes closed during the daytime.” “Inmates are expected to be in khakis throughout the day, even in the housing units.” “The only consistent thing about this place is its inconsistency. Nothing seems to be done the same way. Even varies by shift!” “Since the officers leave the inmates alone, there are lots and lots of drugs, cell phones, gambling, hustling, etc.” “There is no maintenance and upkeep, so the place is falling apart.” “The air conditioning goes out every summer.”
Other Inmate Comments
“It’s a good spot to do time. Cops fuck with you. Lots of Hispanics.” “Generally, this is a crappy place unless you’re into spice and want a cell phone. We’ve had an OD death and a murder (over a cell phone charger) in the last 18 months, plus dozens of hospitalizations due to spice.”
FCI Yazoo City Low in the News
In June 2018, Keith Mullen, a prisoner at Federal Correctional Institution Yazoo City Low, pleaded guilty after helping to arrange the purchase and delivery of 30 kilograms of methamphetamine with outside co-conspirators Allen Smith, Vincent Taylor McGee, and Jose Pacheco.
In August 2016, Henry Lamont Jones, a prisoner at FCI Yazoo City Low, was indicted along with an outside co-conspirator, Toni Chinwah, for running a tax fraud scheme.
In June 2014, two employees at the low-security Federal Correctional Institution Yazoo City were treated for heat-related medical emergencies after the facility lost power for ten days, from the 15th to the 25th.
In February 2013, Robert Kale Johnson, a guard at FCI Yazoo City Low, was sentenced to 15 months in prison for accepting a $5,000 bribe.
More Information About Federal Correctional Institution Yazoo City Low
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Published Jun 3, 2018 by Christopher Zoukis, JD, MBA | Last Updated by Christopher Zoukis, JD, MBA on May 18, 2022 at 6:04 pm