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Table of contents
- McRae Correctional Facility Contact Information
- McRae Correctional Institution Inmate Information
- CI McRae Prison Services Information
- McRae Correctional Facility Educational, Library, and Recreation Offerings
- Visitation Information for CI McRae
- More Information About McRae Correctional Facility
- Your McRae Correctional Institution Experts
McRae Correctional Facility Contact Information
Facility Address & Contact Information
Correctional Institution McRae
112 Jim Hammock Drive
McRae Helena, GA 31055
Email: [email protected]
Inmate Correspondence Address
Inmate Name and Registration Number
P.O. Drawer 55030
McRae Helena, GA 31055
How to Send Money
Inmates may not receive funds directly. Funds can be deposited via U.S. Mail. Money orders should contain the inmate’s name and registration number and send to the following address:
CoreCivic Inmate Trust
[Last Name, First Name, Inmate Registration Number]
Facility: McRae Correctional Facility
P.O. Box 16545
Atlanta, GA 30321-0545
Family and friends can also send funds via Western Union or call 1-800-634-3442.
Please note that personal checks and cash may not be sent to inmates. Additionally, do not enclose personal correspondence.
McRae Correctional Institution Inmate Information
Prison Security Level
McRae Correctional Facility is in McRae-Helena, Telfair County, Georgia.
BOP Institution Code
MCA for McRae Correctional Facility
Medical Care Level
Information is not available. See our page on Medical Care Levels and Procedures for more details.
Mental Health Care Level
Information is not available.
McRae Correctional Institution incarcerates approximately 1,500 federal inmates. The facility’s rated capacity is 2,275 inmates.
CI McRae Prison Services Information
McRae Correctional Facility is a private prison. CoreCivic owns and operates the facility. CoreCivic is formerly known as the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA).
The prison opened in 2002. It initially housed federal inmates under a ten-year contract with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. In 2012, the BOP entered into a new four-year contract allowing two-year extension options.
The inmate population primarily consists of low-security deportable aliens. While over 70 nationalities are represented, most McRae Correctional Institution inmates are from Mexico, Colombia, Cuba, and Central America.
The ACLU of Georgia reported 2014 that CI McRae “showed a record of violations of constitutional and Bureau of Prisons standards governing the medical treatment of prisoners.” According to the report, CoreCivic’s private facilities were beyond maximum capacity. Inmates at the facility raised concerns about all areas of prison service, including health care.
Inmates are housed in dormitory settings. There are eight housing units:
- Special Housing Unit
Dormitory-Style Housing Units
The Marshall, Lee, Houston, and Victor housing units contain six pods. They have a maximum capacity of 324 inmates each. The Victor Unit has been under construction since 2015 and does not currently house inmates.
Inmates in these housing units live in a dormitory setting. Tables, telephones, microwaves, and commissary kiosks are available in the day room. Restrooms and showers are located at the rear of each pod.
Cell Housing Units
The King, Jefferson, and Grant housing units house up to 256 inmates in two-person cells. Sinks and toilets are available in each cell. Each housing unit has five shower stalls with metal doors for privacy.
Special Housing Unit
The Special Housing Unit houses up to 198 inmates in three pods. Each cell has a sink and toilet. Inmates shower in special shower stalls in each pod. There are also 12 outside recreation cages.
CI McRae’s medical unit employs physicians, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and medical assistants. They provide routine check-ups, manage sick calls, and address everyday needs. Private correctional healthcare facilities typically include a dental clinic, as well.
McRae Correctional Facility has a team of qualified mental health professionals to assist inmates who experience mental health problems. The staff helps inmates with emotional conflict and mental illness.
Staff screen inmates upon arrival. They are referred to a psychologist, psychiatrist, or mental health specialist for follow-up evaluation and intervention if needed. Medication is provided when required, as well as group and individual counseling.
CoreCivic staff receives training in identifying mental health crises. When needed, they refer inmates to psychology staff whenever they suspect a prisoner is experiencing a problem. Staff monitors the offender population for signs of declining mental health and suicide risk. According to CoreCivic, staff works actively to assist troubled offenders in their times of need.
Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP)
Correctional Institution McRae offers the Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP).
McRae Correctional Facility Educational, Library, and Recreation Offerings
CI McRae offers GED instruction. CoreCivic has partnered with the National Institute for Adult Education to provide adult education in Spanish. These Spanish classes are furnished through the Instituto Nacional de Educación para Los Adultos (INEA), an entity of the Mexican government.
High school diplomas, college, and career credentials are available through paid correspondence programs.
Learn more about correctional education offerings on our prison education page.
Advanced Occupational Education
McRae Correctional Facility does not offer any advanced occupational education programs.
McRae Correctional Facility vocational training programs include:
- Building Trades
- Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)
- Computer Applications
- Culinary Arts
- Veterinary Technician
- Workforce Readiness
Correctional Institution McRae does not offer any apprenticeship programs to inmates.
The CI McRae library contains many magazines, newspapers, fiction and nonfiction books, reference materials, and more. The law library features legal resources and related tools commonly sought by inmates.
Correctional Institution McRae does not house a UNICOR facility.
Inmates and detainees at CI McRae have regular access to commissary services to support their health and wellness.
Residents can purchase beverages, light meals and snacks, over-the-counter medications, stationery, and clothing. Personal hygiene, religious, and other products are also available for sale.
CI McRae offers inmates various sports and activities such as basketball, board games, creative writing, knitting, and other activities. Learn more about inmate recreation here.
Visitation Information for CI McRae
Inmates at McRae Correctional Institution may visit on Saturdays, Sundays, and federal holidays. The visitation schedule rotates based on the inmate housing unit. CoreCivic policy permits inmates to receive at least two inmates monthly.
Please note inmates are only permitted three visitors at a time. These numbers include children aged six and under.
Families may visit inmates at CI McRae at the following times:
- 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (AM Visitation)
- 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (PM Visitation)
Visitors intending to visit for the AM visitation session must arrive at the facility before 10:00 a.m. Entrance to the institution for PM visits ends at 2:00 p.m.
McRae Correctional Facility does not permit the following in the visitation room:
- Shower shoes
- House Slippers
- Thong Sandles
- See-Through Clothing
- Tank Tops or Halter Tops
- Headgear or Hats (except for religious headgear)
- Military Clothing
- Short Dresses or Skirts (must be less than two inches above the knee)
Additionally, the following visitation regulations apply:
- All visitors must sanitize their hands before entry.
- All visitation is non-contact.
- No hugging, kissing, holding hands, or other forms of embracing.
- Inmates may not hold their children.
- No photographs.
- Vending services are suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
More Information About McRae Correctional Facility
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 CI McRae, please buy a copy of the Directory of Federal Prisons: The Unofficial Guide to Bureau of Prisons Institutions by Christopher Zoukis.
Your McRae Correctional Institution Experts
Have a loved one incarcerated at CI McRae? If so, please contact the Zoukis Consulting Group. Our team can help you resolve in-prison issues and review your case for early release opportunities.
Schedule an initial consultation to speak with a McRae Correctional Institution expert today.
Published Jun 3, 2018 by Christopher Zoukis, JD, MBA | Last Updated by Christopher Zoukis, JD, MBA on Aug 7, 2023 at 2:47 pm