USP Leavenworth | Leavenworth Federal Prison

United States Penitentiary Leavenworth is a medium-security federal prison in Leavenworth, Kansas. It is also known as USP Leavenworth and Fort Leavenworth Prison. USP Leavenworth Camp is adjacent to the primary institution. Male inmates are incarcerated at both federal prisons.

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USP Leavenworth Contact Information

Facility Address & Contact Information

United States Penitentiary Leavenworth
1300 Metropolitan Avenue
Leavenworth, KS

Phone: 913-682-8700
Fax: 913-578-1010
Email: [email protected]

BOP Website: Bureau of Prisons Page
Wikipedia: Wikipedia Page

Inmate Correspondence Address

USP Leavenworth

Inmate Name and Registration Number
USP Leavenworth
United States Penitentiary
P.O. Box 1000
Leavenworth, KS

USP Leavenworth Camp

Inmate Name and Registration Number
USP Leavenworth Camp
Satellite Prison Camp
P.O. Box 1000
Leavenworth, KS

How to Send Money

Inmates may not receive funds directly. See our page on sending money to federal prisoners.

United States Penitentiary Leavenworth Inmate Information

Inmate Gender

Male Inmates

Prison Security Level

Facility Location

USP Leavenworth is located 25 miles north of Kansas City on Highway 73.

BOP Region

North Central Region

BOP Institution Code

LVN for USP Leavenworth

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 Kansas

Population Number

Fort Leavenworth Prison houses approximately 1,235 inmates. The camp houses around 250 inmates.

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USP Leavenworth Prison Services Information


United States Penitentiary Leavenworth is a medium-security federal prison in Leavenworth, Kansas. It was initially a maximum-security prison known as Leavenworth Penitentiary. Leavenworth Federal Prison Camp was opened in 1960 and is adjacent to the central institution. Both of the facilities house male inmates.

USP Leavenworth was one of the first federal prisons. It is separate from the Fort Leavenworth military prison, known as the United States Disciplinary Barracks (USDB). The Department of Justice’s Federal Bureau of Prisons administers the facility.

Media reports indicate the following notable events:

  • At least one guard was assaulted and needed transportation to a hospital for treatment.
  • Three guards have been charged with smuggling contraband into the institution.
  • Prisoners murdered one inmate.
  • One inmate died of unreported causes.
  • One inmate died due to negligent medical care, which led to organ failure.

In addition, at least one inmate from the camp has escaped. News reports indicate that disabled visitors have been denied access to the institution because the prison is not handicap accessible.

In 2011, News One named Leavenworth Federal Prison one of the ten most notorious prisons in the United States.

Notable Fort Leavenworth Prison Inmates

Notable Fort Leavenworth Prison inmates include:

  • Rap artist Troy Deon Reddick: served four years for robbery.
  • Ponzi schemer Tom Petters: serving a 50-year sentence for conspiracy, wire fraud, mail fraud, and money laundering.
  • Leader of the Latin Kings gang Antonio Fernandez: convicted of conspiracy to distribute heroin and cocaine.
  • NFL quarterback Michael Vick: served 23 months for operating an interstate dogfighting ring.
  • Serial killer Carl Panzram: convicted of murdering a federal employee.

Inmate Housing

Inmates live in one-person and two-person cells. The camp houses inmates in open dormitories, with about 50 inmates per dorm.

Health Services

Available health services include intake screenings, stress management, nutrition counseling, dental hygiene, urgent care, medical and dental care, chronic care, physical examinations, and medications. While emergency care is available 24 hours a day, inmates must submit a triage form for routine health care needs.

Psychology Services

The USP Leavenworth Psychology Services Department is available to inmates Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. by appointment only. Inmates request appointments by submitting request forms. Inmates experiencing an emergency (e.g., severe depression or suicidal thoughts) should report this to the nearest staff member and are generally seen immediately by Psychology staff.

Medical services include individual counseling, crisis intervention, and special group programs. Among the group programs offered is Diversity in a Prison/Correctional Setting, which is offered several times a year. The Life Connections Program is available through Religious Services for inmates desiring to grow as responsible persons.

Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP)

Leavenworth federal prison has the Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP). A Drug Education class and the Non-Residential Drug Abuse Program (NR-DAP) are also available. The satellite prison camp also offers RDAP.

USP Leavenworth Educational, Library, and Recreation Offerings

Education Services

USP Leavenworth provides GED and English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) programs. Parenting and Adult Continuing Education (ACE) classes are also available. High school diplomas and post-secondary degrees are available through paid correspondence programs.

You can learn more about prison education offerings here.

Advanced Occupational Education

USP Leavenworth correctional facility offers advanced occupational education in Hospitality Employment and Retail Therapy (HEART) and Janitorial.

Vocational Training

Fort Leavenworth prison offers two vocational training programs, Graphic Arts and Custodial Maintenance.


USP Leavenworth and the satellite camp do not offer any apprenticeship programs.

Library Services

Leisure and law libraries are available to Leavenworth federal prison inmates. The law library has a variety of legal reference materials for use in preparing legal papers. Most of these are available in the TRULINCS Electronic Law Library. A copy machine and typewriters are available for use at the law library.

The leisure library allows inmates to check out fiction and nonfiction books. Reference books, magazines, and newspapers are available in the library for reading in the Education Department only. Cassette players for language programs (i.e., audiobooks on cassette) and video monitors for the video library program are also available for inmate use.


The Fort Leavenworth prison’s UNICOR facility handles recycling activities and services and produces clothing and textiles.


Inmates at USP Leavenworth can spend up to $360.00 monthly in the commissary. Prisoners can purchase food, clothing, drinks, over-the-counter medications, and electronics. Inmates use laundry bags to carry their purchases back to their housing units.

Recreation Services

The Leavenworth Penitentiary Recreation Department offers various activities to inmates. Prisoners can access an outdoor area, second-/third-floor recreation, and a gymnasium.

The Recreation Department also allows inmates to take photographs through the Inmate Photograph Program at designated locations. It has a Movie Program, which screens movies in the Auditorium. A Music Program allows inmates to utilize musical equipment or listen to CDs.

Visitation Information for USP Leavenworth Penitentiary

On Sunday, Monday, Friday, and Saturday, visiting hours are between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. On federal holidays visiting hours are between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. See our page on prisoner visitation rules for more information on how to visit an inmate.

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USP Leavenworth in the News

In June 2017, a prisoner at United States Penitentiary Leavenworth physically assaulted a guard, resulting in a temporary lockdown. The guard was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

In 2017, USP Leavenworth prison guard Marc Buckner was sentenced to three years for accepting more than $200,000 in bribes over ten years to smuggle tobacco and rolling papers into the facility.

In December 2016, investigative reporters at the local Fox 4 News reported that disabled relatives of inmates at Fort Leavenworth prison have been unable to visit because the accessibility lift for the front steps is frequently broken.

In November 2016, Nicole English became warden at USP Leavenworth, replacing Claude Maye, who retired in June 2016. English was previously the warden at Federal Correctional Institution Marianna and Federal Correctional Institution Waseca.

In November 2016, Benjamin Johnson, a prisoner at Leavenworth Penitentiary, was found unresponsive and taken to the hospital, where he died. The cause of death was undetermined at the time of news reports.

In May 2016, Michael Harston, a guard at USP Leavenworth, pleaded guilty to smuggling tobacco into the facility.

In February 2015, Otis Bradley, an inmate at Leavenworth federal prison who was ignored by prison medical staff until he was vomiting blood and sent to the hospital where he was diagnosed with gallstones, diabetes, and pancreatitis, died after his organs shut down and he had a heart attack.

In 2009, USP Leavenworth recreation specialist Jacob Roscoe was sentenced to a year and a day for agreeing to a payment of $1,400 to smuggle marijuana and jewelry into the prison.

In January 1997, three letter bombs addressed to Fort Leavenworth’s prison parole office were intercepted and disarmed. The letters were sent from Alexandria, Egypt.

In February 1979, Thomas Silverstein, an Aryan Brotherhood prison gang member serving 15 years for armed robbery, stabbed prisoner Danny Atwell to death.

Leavenworth Federal Prison Camp in the News

In November 2016, Timothy Taylor, a prisoner at the United States Penitentiary Leavenworth Camp, walked away without authorization but later returned to turn himself in.

More Information About United States Penitentiary Leavenworth

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

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