View Full Version : FMC Womens Camp in Lexington, Ky (Federal Facility) Questions


gypsyhorses
08-15-2006, 05:48 PM
Hello

Has anyone here ever been in FMC women's Prison Camp in Lexington? I was told it is a medical center for women at the men's prison. I would love to hear from you all that know anything about it. Thanks.

hopeinot
08-25-2006, 06:02 PM
Any info on lexington fpc kentucky. commissarr, classes, Any info would be helpful. surrendering 9/11/06 thank you.
kathi

babygirl350
08-26-2006, 08:29 PM
Hello

Has anyone here ever been in FMC women's Prison Camp in Lexington? I was told it is a medical center for women at the men's prison. I would love to hear from you all that know anything about it. Thanks.

This is a new one on me. I have never heard of it.If it is FMC Lexington, have you checked the Federal forum as that is a federal prison? Perhaps they have info on it there.

My very best to you and yours.

sayingprayers
08-31-2006, 11:44 AM
This is a low security satalite camp for women seperate from men's FMC. Address has Fereral Medical Center/SCP Atwood. Lexington KY There are about 300 women there at any given time.

rosee
09-22-2006, 08:35 PM
I can tell you all about the fmc lexington - f-4 unit. My friend was cruelly treated there he died almost one year ago.

The moderators won't allow me to talk much about it on the board *not sure why... so you will have to email me or pm me for more info.

DURAMAX
09-25-2006, 08:51 AM
My wife has been at the fmc camp for two weeks now. I was able to go and se her this past weekend.:) The visit was great. She says the facility is ok. It is just very dirty and needs a good cleaning, but all in all it is not to bad....

rosedealer
09-25-2006, 07:11 PM
duramax ---i am glad your visit went well for you and hope you get many more but first wish you hope she could come home soon.

adriennelisa
10-07-2006, 06:10 PM
My wife has been at the fmc camp for two weeks now. ... She says the facility is ok. It is just very dirty and needs a good cleaning, but all in all it is not to bad....

I was in FPC Lex from 2000-2002. Sounds like things haven't changed much since then.

dangerfield
10-14-2006, 01:52 AM
i was in lexington camp from 2004-2005 your right, still sounds the same. the camp is not bad at all, the worst is seperation from family.

sbstar3636
11-12-2006, 08:55 AM
Can anyone give detailed info on Lexington Camp? Self surrender Dec. 13th and leaving a 11 yr old little girl at home. Anxiety, like everyone else.
Thanks for any info about this camp. I heard it's not up to date with things.

Malibu Barbie
11-14-2006, 09:08 PM
My aunt was recently transferred to FMC Lexington. She says the conditions are not as good as the Texas prison where she was originally incarcerated, but feels they're tolerable since she's now hours closer to her sons. Maybe you'll be within the same unit as her. I'll send you a PM. :)

karen58
04-24-2007, 03:22 AM
Hello My daughter is at the satellite camp. It is not a medical facility. It is a satellite camp at the mens medical prison.

Malibu Barbie
04-24-2007, 07:53 AM
Hello My daughter is at the satellite camp. It is not a medical facility. It is a satellite camp at the mens medical prison.

Actually, Karen, that facility can handle more medical-related problems than the others that I know of. And, yes, it is a satellite camp, but the men are separated from the women - separate facilities. The male and female inmates are not in actual physical contact with each other - they are separated. That particular facility might be good for inmates who have certain medical problems, but I know that it lacks in numerous other areas.

tw5595
06-05-2007, 03:11 PM
I can assure you that this facility is NOT a medical facility. Yes the mens is, which is within walking distance. If there is an emergency a guard has to call them and if there is no one sick at the time at the mens facility, they will come over and evaluate. There is a doctor and a nurse there during the day, but that is also a whole different story. The medical department stinks!!!!!! I was there for one year and prayed every day that I never got sick. The doctor there was a reject from the county jail and use to be a gynocologist, so everything you go to him for, he wants to take a peak. I hated going to medical, because they treated everyone like they were lying. If you were very sick and could finally convince them of this, they would eventually send you to Carswell TX. Yes, the facility was dirty for the most part, but the building was very old and you could only do so much with it.

browna
08-13-2007, 02:39 PM
I was in lexington last fall, I can help you.

atwoodfree
11-11-2007, 06:18 AM
I just left Lexington Camp October 15, 2007. Should anyone need updated information on this dump just let me know. For those that still have family members there give me a shout out to because I knew just about everyone up there! Some are doing ok others well let's just say not so great!

meme48915
11-19-2007, 09:41 PM
I have to surrender on Dec 12th - Weeee. Do I use the same address thats listed for the males for letters sent to me?? I was trying to give my address to someone and wasnt sure.

browna
11-27-2007, 02:59 PM
No, the womens camp has a different address. goto www. bop.gov

dangerfield
01-26-2008, 03:12 AM
I know this post is late, but for anyone reading it, tw5595, is exactly right, fmc lexington, is NOT a medical facility!! I was there 2004-2005, and nearly died, they finally rushed me to uk hospital, where i spent a week! The facility in lexington, is a work camp for girls, and not a medical center, they are NOT equiped for medical care. if anyone needs more info, just contact me...
dangerfield

manchester03
01-28-2008, 11:35 PM
The building that the women are in was built in the 1940's for psych patients, probably had better healthcare back then!

hms3525
12-01-2009, 12:28 PM
My mother reports Jan 5 2010. can anyone give me information on this place?

ltd0096
12-02-2009, 11:34 AM
My friend went in to the camp at Lexington at the end of October. She has not complained about conditions or treatment. It's been difficult for her to adjust and this is her first time in prison. She is managing though. Prison is never a good thing but from what i hear from my friend and other posts on her, this place is not that bad.

nvrfree
06-17-2010, 03:09 PM
Hello

Has anyone here ever been in FMC women's Prison Camp in Lexington? I was told it is a medical center for women at the men's prison. I would love to hear from you all that know anything about it. Thanks.


I self surrendered there in 95. It's across the fence from the men's facility. There isn't a fence around it, nor are there any cells. You work while you are there. If you have any questions feel free to ask. I will try my best to answer them.

Jen1812
11-29-2014, 08:32 AM
Looking for information on the Lexington Women's Camp. Anything would help.

628FREEBIRD
12-10-2014, 09:58 PM
Looking for information on the Lexington Women's Camp. Anything would help.
What do you want to know.. I just got released a month ago and can tell you what you want to know..

fbopnomore
12-11-2014, 08:07 AM
Welcome to Prison Talk and to the federal forums. Thank you for offering to share information about Lexington too.

atwood62015
12-28-2014, 08:11 PM
What do you want to know.. I just got released a month ago and can tell you what you want to know..

What are some things you wished you knew about the camp before you got there?

What are you allowed to bring in with you?

What are the sleeping arrangements like?

What is the food like?

What is a typical day like?

What is your overall impression of the camp?

Tips to pass the time?

Anything else...

Thanks!

Faith=sanity
01-20-2015, 06:46 PM
For anyone interested in this place there is a new guide called Atwood Hall available on Amazon. Of course you can always PM me with questions as well.

Good luck to all who are going.

Sentenced18
08-27-2016, 10:21 PM
I i would love answers to all yoyr question on fpc lexington because im due to report there in a couple of months. Thanks &i hope you are still on this site.

What are some things you wished you knew about the camp before you got there?

What are you allowed to bring in with you?

What are the sleeping arrangements like?

What is the food like?

What is a typical day like?

What is your overall impression of the camp?

Tips to pass the time?

Anything else...

Thanks!

Sentenced18
08-27-2016, 10:26 PM
Any updated info on Fpc Lexington......i have to SS in a couple months &want to stop stressing so much about staff, conditions there &other inmates. Even helpful info on how to pass the time will be greatly appreciated.

browneyes1181
01-11-2017, 05:13 PM
Can anyone offer any updated info about this facility? I have to SS there next Saturday 😢😭😢😭😢😭

Minor activist
01-22-2017, 10:11 PM
There are complaints about temperatures, food, and asbestos at one petition site. No idea whether to trust it.

https://www.petition2congress.com/6889/satellite-camp-at-fmc-lexington

Giraffe1
02-25-2017, 08:28 PM
I was released from Atwood Hall Lexington FMC on July 2016 Any questions...I am her:)

Minor activist
02-25-2017, 10:50 PM
Welcome back!

I have a pen pal there who's been in for a month and doesn't have money coming in.

What advice does she need?

How good is the library? She loves to read.

What are the unwritten rules? My pen pal must have figured them out already but future visitors to this thread may need to know.

How is it different from any other places you might have been in?

How good is this book about the place? https://www.amazon.com/Atwood-Hall-Federal-Lexington-Kentucky/dp/150246196X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1488087951&sr=8-1&keywords=atwood+hall

And thank you for coming by and offering to help others!

Minor activist
02-26-2017, 01:42 AM
Which educational programs are worthwhile?

Minor activist
02-26-2017, 08:59 AM
How accurate would you say this quote is? It comes from a peace activist named Kathy Kelly who gets arrested a lot and could compare it to other places.


Here in Lexington federal prison, Atwood Hall defies the normal Bureau of Prisons fixation on gleaming floors and spotless surfaces. Creaky, rusty, full of peeling paint, chipped tiles, and leaky plumbing, Atwood just won't pass muster.
But of the four federal prisons I've lived in, this particular "unit" may be the most conducive to mental health. Generally, the Bureau of Prisons system pushes guards to value buffed floors more than the people buffing the floors, walking the floors. Here, the atmosphere seems less uptight, albeit tinged with resigned acceptance that everyone is more or less "stuck" in what one prisoner described as "the armpit of the system."
I think every prison throughout the system should be closed, but if it weren't for the asbestos and concerns about toxic water, perhaps this old hall would be better than the more modern "facilities" prison architects have designed.

Giraffe1
02-26-2017, 12:27 PM
I am still trying to figure out this site..So I hope I am responding correctly..

Atwood Hall has a great library.. Loads of Books. Of course she can be sent paper back books all the time and the thing the girls love most is coloring books and pencils... It kills time !!!!

Atwood 's jobs do not pay very well at all!!! I worked out in landscaping... It is a higher paying job anywhere from 22 to 50 a month.. The officers choose what to pay you... It is hard work but I felt free outside... It is 246 acres you roam to mow.. weedeat.. pick up sticks.. or just ride the gator around and view the beauty and find some sort of peace.. Another job that pays well is the warehouse. and outside utilities pays the best. I will say this. If you are able to send your pen pal $5.00 she would be in Heaven to get a soda or stamps... You have to be able to go to commissary to get what is needed and really wanted.

Atwood is all open Not at all behind bars. The rules are not that bad. If you smoke... need drugs or alcohol... use a cell phone inside you will have hell to pay and yes go to county... It is what you make of it. How much time does she have??? Do your job, keep area clean your ok..They have movie nights on the weekends with new release movies. In order to watch tV she needs to buy ahead set they are $40.... money helps... If she can do massage's nails, Hair she can make money. Offer to do someones job.... That Atwood Book is pretty much correct. Atwood is old, there are building issues, no AC but BIG FANS.. does have heat. i would rather be there in that camp setting than anywhere else locked up. I have not been anywhere else. But Atwood is all open... doors open... you can go outside.. Ok im tearing up now writing about this.... God I have so much more I can say about the place.... I will jump on here later I have to get my daughter to her horse riding..

PS.. Tell her to take all classes she can... It keeps her busy.. and LOOKS good.... I would love to have her name and ID and write her as well..... I will tell you this... my best friends are left there. The ladies there are close she will make good friends... I will write more later
Lisa Marie

Minor activist
02-26-2017, 02:58 PM
>I am still trying to figure out this site..So I hope I am responding correctly..

You're doing great! That information was everything I could have hoped for.

PM coming soon about contact information.

Minor activist
03-02-2017, 11:50 PM
@Giraffe1,

Do they still have a dog program there? How about the dental hygiene training? Is that still happening?

Faith Sanity wrote about racial tension there. She said there were even divisions among the Black inmates over racial issues. What advice would you have for an African-American woman about how to avoid friction?

How do you get a job in outside utilities? Is it something where you go through channels and write a cop-out, or do you talk to the supervisor in person, or what?

"How much time does she have???" I'm sorry, I forgot to answer this one. Release date close to two years from now. That's not long enough to get into a Unicor job, is it?

Minor activist
03-04-2017, 08:32 PM
As of today, "All visiting at this facility has been suspended until further notice", apparently for both the FMC and the satellite camp. I have no further information.

KelleAdams
03-18-2017, 08:08 PM
As of today, "All visiting at this facility has been suspended until further notice", apparently for both the FMC and the satellite camp. I have no further information.

I'm sure the new unit manager has something to do with this. Drops there are frequent. I was there 7 years. released 3/16

Minor activist
03-18-2017, 08:45 PM
Welcome back to the real world! What advice would you give to someone just starting a sentence there?

The camp at least was on lockdown as of 3/5.

miamac
03-18-2017, 08:58 PM
As of today, "All visiting at this facility has been suspended until further notice", apparently for both the FMC and the satellite camp. I have no further information.

A tornado severely damaged some parts of the facility. That would be my best guess for the shut-down.

KelleAdams
03-18-2017, 08:58 PM
Welcome back to the real world! What advice would you give to someone just starting a sentence there?

The camp at least was on lockdown as of 3/5.

I just emailed a friend still there. will find out details when she emails me back. Best advice, buy a fan. Keep busy. Get into a routine. Get a job on the outside. I worked for outside utilities. I saw someone post they make the most money... not true. warehouse does. Landscape is good but snow duty sucks. I got out just in time. A lot of changes in staff right before I left. Not for the good.

KelleAdams
03-18-2017, 09:00 PM
A tornado severely damaged some parts of the facility. That would be my best guess for the shut-down.

would make sense. They get a lot of tornados. Ill know tomorrow first hand from an inmate.

KelleAdams
03-18-2017, 09:07 PM
[QUOTE=Minor activist;7597818]There are complaints about temperatures, food, and asbestos at one petition site. No idea whether to trust it.

there is asbestos but it is fully contained inside the walls behind plaster brownwall and terracotta. she would have no contact with it ever unless she worked in plumbing. Which I did. and even then, as soon as you spot it, you back away and they seal off the area until qualified asbestos removal can be performed by professionals. no danger of asbestos. All the inmates like to think and say they are exposed but they ARE NOT.

Minor activist
03-19-2017, 01:36 AM
Thank you very much for all the information.

Back before the personnel changes, Faith Sanity's book said that being candid with the authorities there was safe and constructive, even after a screwup that could have caused a serious shot (*). That sounded like exactly the kind of situation that would not survive a change in personnel. Now there's different people in charge, it sounds like with different ideas. Any thoughts what advice to pass along now?

(*) Tobacco possession and even going out of bounds (accidentally). Really. The out of bounds people turned themselves in. They got a lecture, and the lecture was about how it was obvious that people reporting a screwup were not part of an escape attempt and could they please refrain from wasting his time with something that might cause him to do paperwork. I've read about BOP facilities that worked differently from that.

KelleAdams
03-19-2017, 06:09 PM
So here is the scoop straight from the prison via corrlinks...
It started with some contraband got into the main prison from a pkg from the outside warehouse (every inmate out at the outside warehouse got fired) - so that caused all of us to be on a lockdown for 8 days (March 1-8) - no visits (personal and no video sessions), no going outside, no nothing. Then we had a tornado go through here the beginning of March and caused all sorts of damage. The visiting fence is basically gone and lots of damage to trees. Outside Utilities and the Garage/landscape are condemned (tore the roof off both). During the lockdown there were searches and all sorts of contraband found next door. And I am sure they found shit here too.

Before all of this, these women here are off the chain with trying to get stuff in during visits - MANY have gone to county because of it.

Visits are back on now but no one can go outside during their visits until the fence is replaced. And who knows WHEN that will be.

Dowell is gone! The rumor is she had a boyfriend at another prison in Virginia and got a fake ID and snuck into the federal prison with it...and of course got caught - BUSTED! (Dowell was a counselor. Bout the only one that had our back. nice lady)

I think that covers the HIGHLIGHTS ;-) there are always plenty of lowlights!

This is something I wanted to let everyone know...Before I went in I never knew you needed money in prison. I thought they provided everything you need. This is not true. They give you 2 rolls of toilet paper a week. Pads and tampons and that's it. seriously nothing else except food and a very crappy bed. If you want soap, shampoo, conditioner, laundry detergent( they don't do your laundry either) deodorant, toothpaste, a toothbrush... you must buy everything. There are some nice women there who try to give indigent, new commits a little something when they come in. But this is all on the whim of your neighbours. If for whatever reason they don't take to her immediately...
You especially need shower shoes, a cup to drink from and a fan. If you have anyone inside, send as much money as you can. I was fortunate enough to have a sister that sent me 100.00/ month and even with that I had to get a "hustle" to make ends meet. Actually many hustles. There are undercover jobs you can do for commissary but you run the risk of not being paid by people who owe you or getting in trouble. The only fight I was ever involved in during my 7 years was over someone not paying me.

KelleAdams
03-19-2017, 06:20 PM
@Giraffe1,

Do they still have a dog program there? How about the dental hygiene training? Is that still happening?

Faith Sanity wrote about racial tension there. She said there were even divisions among the Black inmates over racial issues. What advice would you have for an African-American woman about how to avoid friction?

How do you get a job in outside utilities? Is it something where you go through channels and write a cop-out, or do you talk to the supervisor in person, or what?

"How much time does she have???" I'm sorry, I forgot to answer this one. Release date close to two years from now. That's not long enough to get into a Unicor job, is it?

Dog program been closed since 2015/16 because one of the dogs bit Tussey and because the new unit manager is a bitch. they still had dental assistant program when i left but there is only 2 slots

Ive never seen ANY racial tension in the 7 years I was there. Everyone gets a long and when they don't it is usually over the TV or laundry not race. "Faith Sanity" is full of shit on a lot of stuff. I was there during the time she said she was and read her book and a lot of it was crap. She didnt do enough time there to make any of these assumptions and statements she makes. I see people quoting her book like she is some kind of authority. Far from the fact

I worked in Outside Utilities my whole bid. You need to talk to someone who works in the dept you want to work in, no matter what it is, and get them to take you out on the van to talk to the supervisor. bring a cop out already filled out for him to sign. then take it to your counselor. used to be Dowell did jobs but I just found out she got fired.

people with 10 year bids dont get into unicor. there is a waiting list a mile long and transfers who were in unicor at their last stop move to the top. so literally someone has to die. There are only 2 unicor positions at Atwood now. Used to be more but...

KelleAdams
03-19-2017, 06:27 PM
Thank you very much for all the information.

Back before the personnel changes, Faith Sanity's book said that being candid with the authorities there was safe and constructive, even after a screwup that could have caused a serious shot (*). That sounded like exactly the kind of situation that would not survive a change in personnel. Now there's different people in charge, it sounds like with different ideas. Any thoughts what advice to pass along now?

(*) Tobacco possession and even going out of bounds (accidentally). Really. The out of bounds people turned themselves in. They got a lecture, and the lecture was about how it was obvious that people reporting a screwup were not part of an escape attempt and could they please refrain from wasting his time with something that might cause him to do paperwork. I've read about BOP facilities that worked differently from that.


Dont believe all or most of what "Faith Sanity" says. we all read her book and its filled with inaccuracies and straight out delusions. I was there during her time there. before and after. shes a kook

KelleAdams
03-19-2017, 06:45 PM
How accurate would you say this quote is? It comes from a peace activist named Kathy Kelly who gets arrested a lot and could compare it to other places.


I was there with Kathy. Boy is she different. Got tons of mail and books. Shes pretty spot on in this case(except the asbestos which i addressed in another post) The water is toxic, I was the only plumber. I know ALL about the water there. Its city water, but the pipes are 100 years old and coated with thick slime inside. NEVER drink the water straight. I always had a cooler and drank melted ice as the ice machines have filters.
They are semi concerned about cleanliness. Not like when Mrs Slone was there, but its a turd, only so much you can it. You can put icing on it and sprinkles and its still a turd inside. Be very careful what you say to psyche there. They will have you at the county under 24 hr suicide watch, naked in a turtle suit in a heart beat. Seen girls come in and be shipped within hours.
They do a lot of community charity which I loved. All year the CRB(community relations board) makes items for the homeless, youth and battered womens shelters, nursing homes and toys for tots. Quilting, knitting, crotcheing and other projects. It literally kept me sane

KelleAdams
03-19-2017, 07:12 PM
What are some things you wished you knew about the camp before you got there? That its not like you see on TV. Noone is trying to make you their bitch, there are no bars, no locks, no fights or rarely. Its like a really crappy all inclusive vacation really. Dorm setting.

What are you allowed to bring in with you? Not much. wedding band no stones, religious necklace no stones, bible, glasses no stones

What are the sleeping arrangements like?depends. large "bus stop" 10-14 people per room on bunk beds. you have to have a medical pass for bottom bunk. smaller bus stop 4,6,8 ppl per room. Once you have been there long enough you can get a 2 man room but most people by that time have made friends and dont want to leave them for a smaller room. besides you never know what room you will get and you might get a horrible roommate

What is the food like? food is actually not horrible. I gained almost 60 lbs

What is a typical day like? boring. better if you have a job outside and learn to crochet or quilt

What is your overall impression of the camp? OLD like i said very crappy all inclusive, college dorm vacation. we called it craft camp

Tips to pass the time? crochet, knit, quilt, help out with CRB. a lot of people walk or work out. there is a gym

Minor activist
03-19-2017, 11:51 PM
How good or bad is the medical care?

KelleAdams
03-20-2017, 05:16 AM
How good or bad is the medical care?

EXCELLENT. Although the camp IS NOT a medical center. Just the men's side is. A lot of judges get this confused and send women with health problems there. I came in with breast cancer and didn't know it. They found it in a routine mammogram. I got all of my care at UK hospital which is first class and highly rated. I am almost 6 years cancer free.

Minor activist
03-20-2017, 08:36 AM
Hooray! My wife is a cancer survivor, more than once over. Very glad for you!

Now I'm afraid I sent a pen pal there some bogus information from the "Atwood Hall" book. What are the most important things to correct? What was the most dangerous misinformation from the book?

KelleAdams
03-20-2017, 03:42 PM
I don't recall all the details but suffice to say that the person who wrote the book was an idiot. She should know by now. How long has she been there? It's not hard to figure out. Everything is pretty straight forward. What you see,is what it is. Don't trust anyone. At all. Your best friend will be the one telling all your business. I still have some friends there. Give me her name and I can have someone I trust show her the real deal

Minor activist
03-20-2017, 06:20 PM
It's been two months and it looks like she has more than two or three brain cells to rub together so maybe I shouldn't worry.

Minor activist
03-29-2017, 08:34 AM
This was in the pen pal talk forum. NewTexGal got permission to pass along some information from her letters.

The interesting thing for this thread is that she's offering to answer questions about Atwood today. Post them here, and one or another of her pen pals can pass them along in a letter if it's something she can answer safely.

Minor activist
04-04-2017, 10:04 PM
So, what's the atmosphere like if you aren't religiously compatible with Bible Belt people? Does the fact that everyone reports to a nationwide organization and that staff may have been transferred from elsewhere make it better than the KY state prisons are for non-Baptist inmates? Or will the same kind of alarming stories happen?

Minor activist
04-05-2017, 11:07 PM
How much value is there to the re-entry advice and programming?

fbopnomore
04-06-2017, 07:01 AM
I completed the 18 month residential, faith based (contract was awarded to a fundamentalist protestant church) life connections program at FCC Petersburg, VA. The course work was dumbed down to the lowest possible education levels, like "how to write a check", and plenty of religious dogma instruction too. Other subject matter, "how to write a Haiku" poem was equally worthless when it came to finding housing or a job.

Even so, the time I spent in LCP was much better than if I had remained in a general program housing unit at Loretto, PA, which made LCP a very good fit for me.

Minor activist
04-07-2017, 11:33 AM
What's the name of the library supervisor?

Should I give up trying to reach him or her about my giving things to the library?

So far I've tried email to the main contact address, snail mail to "Supervisor of Library", and a phone call which wasn't picked up even by voice mail.

Persistence pays, stupidity doesn't. Should I do something else with my time, or is this all just normal?

fbopnomore
04-07-2017, 03:23 PM
Unfortunately it is business as usual with the bop. They don't want to be bothered.

Minor activist
04-07-2017, 08:53 PM
I also got a PM from someone who says the BoP doesn't accept donations from the public. So I'll drop this one.

fbopnomore
04-08-2017, 08:04 AM
That isn't always an accurate statement, that the bop doesn't accept donations. Some bop prisons regularly accept books/magazines from outside sources. Not everywhere, the head of the USP Atlanta holdover facility declined all donations of books even though they did not have "book carts" for the inmates, reason given, it is too expensive (aka too much bother).

It isn't easy, but it can be done. The bop is required to have one community TV tuned to a Spanish Language broadcast. FDC Miami didn't, so a local charity decided to donate as many TVs as it took to meet that responsibility. The bop declined (free TVs are probably too expensive too) but after the intervention of some local politicians, they did install them in all of the housing units. Still no books in Atlanta, but Miami did get Spanish langusge TVs,

safran
04-08-2017, 08:17 AM
The BoP doesn't accept donations from private individuals.

From groups and businesses yes, and even then it often is not easy.

fbopnomore
04-08-2017, 03:37 PM
I think that was the problem, parents and loved ones of prisoners trying to bring the bop into compliance with it's own rules. Even so, a little political pressure "modified" the procedure anyway.

Minor activist
04-09-2017, 10:22 AM
With the new staff in charge, how easy or hard is it to stay out of trouble? Would people's advice to new inmates be more like "Just don't do anything stupid" or more like "Follow every rule exactly"?

If the C/Os and others don't sweat the small stuff, then which things are big stuff to them? Especially I'm wondering about the things that might not be obvious to someone new to the system.

fbopnomore
04-09-2017, 01:57 PM
Almost everyone finds their own best ways to avoid conduct violations in federal prison. Each CO (and inmate) is an individual, and some of them will never get along. For the prisoner in those situations, I found that avoiding a "problem CO" was the best policy.

Minor activist
04-22-2017, 09:19 AM
Browneyes1181 gave me permission to use my own judgement about what to pass along from her experience. Here are some things that might be useful to someone headed there.

Her biggest surprise, she said, was the amount of kindness the women serving time there offered when she arrived.

She has not said a word either way about racial tension and hasn't dropped any hints either.


The women here are the same women you'd pass at the bank, or the grocery store.
She did say "Many people have rough lives in & out of prison", but of course that's true of the women you meet outside too.

Someone going there now would, I believe, be well advised to plan on following the rules closely, and not just the contraband rules.

It's still overcrowded.

There's a little workout equipment but she's found it useful to study bodyweight workouts.