FPC Yankton | Yankton Federal Prison Camp

Federal Prison Camp Yankton is a minimum-security federal prison located in Yankton, South Dakota. It is also known as FPC Yankton and Yankton SD Prison. The facility houses male inmates.

FPC Yankton Contact Information

Facility Address & Contact Information

Federal Prison Camp Yankton
1016 Douglas Avenue
Yankton, SD 57078

Phone: 605-665-3262
Fax: 605-668-1113
Email: [email protected]

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Inmate Correspondence Address

FPC Yankton

Inmate Name and Registration Number
FPC Yankton
Federal Prison Camp
P.O. Box 700
, SD 57078

How to Send Money

Do not send money to an inmate directly. See our page on sending money to federal prisoners.

Federal Prison Camp Yankton Inmate Information

Inmate Gender

Male Inmates

Prison Security Level

Minimum-Security Federal Prison

Facility Location

Located in southeastern South Dakota, 60 miles northwest of Sioux City, IA, and 85 miles southwest of Sioux Falls, SD; off U.S. Highway 81.

BOP Region

North Central Region

BOP Institution Code

YAN for FPC Yankton

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

District of South Dakota

Population Number

Yankton, SD Prison Camp houses approximately 305 inmates.

FPC Yankton Prison Services Information

FPC Yankton | Yankton Federal Prison Camp


Federal Prison Camp Yankton is a minimum-security federal prison in Yankton, South Dakota, which houses male inmates. It was opened in 1988.

FPC Yankton opened on the shuttered campus of Yankton College, which operated from 1881 to 1984. The facility houses inmates who do not have a history of escape, violence, sexual offenses, or major medical or psychiatric problems.

As of 2011, prisoners can participate in a certified apprenticeship program or work towards an associate’s degree in business, accounting, or horticulture. In 2017, the prison partnered with the Heartland Humane Society to offer the Federal Inmate Dog Obedience (FIDO) training program.

Notable inmates include former Mormon Bishop Shawn Merriman (serving 12 years for mail fraud), and film director John McTiernan (served 328 days for perjury).

In 2017, Insider Monkey named FPC Yankton one of the ten easiest federal prisons to do time. In 2012, CNBC named the facility one of the 12 best federal prisons in which to do time. In 2009, Forbes magazine rated FPC Yankton as one of the ten cushiest federal prisons in America. And in 2005, The Kansas City Star named FPC Yankton one of the five best federal prisons for white-collar offenders.

Inmate Housing

Inmates are housed in dormitories consisting of four to twelve-person cubicles.

Health Services

Health services at FPC Yankton include medical and dental sick calls, emergency services, medication, routine dental care, chronic care, eyeglasses, and eye exams. In order to be examined by a healthcare professional, inmates must submit a triage form and wait to be placed on a call-out. Emergency medical care can be obtained by approaching any staff member and requesting assistance.

Psychology Services

The Psychology Services Department offers basic mental health care to inmates.

This care includes:

  • Screening
  • Assessment
  • Individual/Group Counseling
  • Psycho-Educational Classes
  • Self-Help/Supportive services

Care can be sought either at the open house or by submitting an Inmate Request to Staff.

Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP)

FPC Yankton offers the Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP). It also offers drug abuse programs, CHOICES (a drug awareness program), a Drug Abuse Education course, and the Non-Residential Drug Abuse Program (NR-DAP).

FPC Yankton Educational, Library, and Recreation Offerings

Education Services

FPC Yankton provides literacy, GED, and English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) programs. An incentive award system has been established which recognizes achievement at intervals within the literacy program with special recognition upon achievement of functional literacy. Incentives include consumable items, such as popcorn and sodas, for satisfactory progress toward literacy goals or for periodic classroom achievements (e.g., hardest worker, best test score, perfect attendance), $25.00 award for successful completion of the GED or ESL program, and public recognition, with name and picture placed on a plaque within the Education Department. High school diplomas and post-secondary degrees are available through paid correspondence programs.

Advanced Occupational Education

FPC Yankton offers advanced occupational education in Accounting, Business and Financial Administration, Science, and AWS Certified Welding.

Vocational Training

FPC Yankton does not offer any vocational training aside from its advanced occupational education and apprenticeship programs.


FPC Yankton offers apprenticeships in Baker, Boiler Operator/Mechanic, Building Maintenance, Carpentry, Cook, Dental Assistant, Electrician Maintenance, Human Services Direct Support Professional, HVAC, Industrial Housekeeper, Landscape Management Technician, Landscape Technician, Painting, Plumbing, Refrigeration Mechanic, and Tape Recorder Repairer.

Library Services

The leisure library offers inmates magazines, newspapers, and fiction and nonfiction books. The law library is located in the Education Department and contains a variety of legal reference materials for use in preparing legal papers. Reference materials include the United States Code Annotated, Federal Reporter, Supreme Court Reporter, Bureau of Prisons Program Statements, institution supplements, indexes, and other legal materials. Inmates also have access to a copy machine, typewriters, and the TRULINCS Electronics Law Library.


Yankton, SD Prison camp does not house a UNICOR facility.


The monthly spending limit is $360.00 with the exception of postage stamps, copy cards, phone credits, and over-the-counter medications. Food, snacks, candy, ice cream, sodas, drink mixes, clothing, shoes, and electronics can be purchased from the commissary. Inmates are assigned a particular day of the week to shop.

Recreation Services

Programs at FPC Yankton include indoor and outdoor activities and range from individualized arts and crafts programs to intramural team sports such as softball, basketball, and volleyball. Physical fitness and weight reduction programs are also available. Musical instruments are available in the recreation area for the inmate population. The musical instruments are to remain in the music room. Hobbycraft programs include activities such as painting, leather, art, and beadwork.

Visitation Information for FPC Yankton

On Sunday and Saturday visitation is held between 8:15 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. On Friday visitation is held between 4:30 and 9:15 p.m. On federal holidays visitation is held between 8:15 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. See our page on prisoner visitation rules for more information on how to visit an inmate.

FPC Yankton | Yankton Federal Prison

FPC Yankton in the News

In January 2017, Yankton’s Heartland Humane Society created the Federal Inmate Dog Obedience (FIDO) program, allowing prisoners at Federal Prison Camp Yankton to train dogs that are available for adoption.

In August 2016, Richard Hudgins became warden of Yankton, SD prison camp, replacing Gregory Kizziah who was the warden since May 2015.

More Information About Federal Prison Camp Yankton

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