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Hi my name is Rich I am headed to the Morgantown FCI prison facility in 60 days around the Fourth of July and I’d like to know who has been there and what’s their experience been like? Also what did they do to get in there mine is failure to pay payroll taxes I would like to know how the day today goes, are they nice are they assholes do they leave you alone anything you could tell me would certainly be appreciated.
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Hi my name is Rich I am headed to the Morgantown FCI prison facility in 60 days around the Fourth of July and I’d like to know who has been there and what’s their experience been like? Also what did they do to get in there mine is failure to pay payroll taxes I would like to know how the day today goes, are they nice are they assholes do they leave you alone anything you could tell me would certainly be appreciated.
Hi, Rich. My husband is there right now. He has been there for the last 4 month. He was sentenced to 30 month. What is your sentence? I can try to answer your questions as much as I can and possibly ask my husband if you have any specific questions after May 20th. Morgantown right now doesn't have email service. They took it away as punishment for finding drugs so no email until the 20th of May unless something else happens and they decide to extend it. It sucks. Email is how we mostly communicate so its difficult. With 300 minutes of calls a month you can't really do too much talking. What are your questions? I can try to answer. Hang in there.
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They took email away as punishment? That's crazy! Never happened when my son was there.
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Yes. No email right now. I believe they have a new Warden and he is not kidding around. They have no TV or email right now. TV is something they take away constantly but my husband doesn't watch much TV so it doesn't bother him. Email is something we use all the time so it sucks. Another 5 days to go without email.
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Russian Princess, maybe it's just his dorm that doesn't have email? My son is at Morgantown and he emailed me twice today; as he does nearly everyday. No mention of it being down. He did say they were confined to their dorms today as it was the prison's birthday or something and they had people coming to tour or check the grounds (he wasn't quite sure). They were finally allowed out tonight.

Rich, if you have to be in prison, Morgantown is where you want to be. My son calls it adult day camp. He's there for a white collar crime. Considering that it is prison, they are fairly lax there. He says the CO's for the most part are very fair and treat you with respect, as long as you follow the rules and act respectfully.

The food is decent. He says for the most part, it is healthy and fine. He is a picky eater and doesn't go hungry. Get used to a lot of beans and rice as they serve that often, in addition to the regular entree at night. I guess it helps fill them up. Wednesdays for lunch are hamburger days. Breakfast is usually oatmeal, cereal, or grits, a piece of fruit and a bagel or toast. No proteins at breakfast except on weekends they have brunch and it's a lot better. He's also mastered cooking in the dorm with hot water. They make pizzas and cheesecake from ingredients purchased at commissary.

They have a lot of free time, so I advise using it to your advantage. Work out, read, study, take the time to be free of outside distractions. Don't stress about what's going on in the outside world as you can't fix it anyway.

Don't abuse your email or phone privileges. Do not talk about running a business or about your case. Be careful not to say anything that can be misconstrued and make you lose your privileges.

Go outdoors as much as possible as the winters are brutal. Mind your business and don't associate with known trouble makers. For the most part, people are there to serve their time and get the hell out.

Visits are pretty relaxed. Make sure your visitors know to follow the dress code, and also never bring a cell phone into visitation, and to bring ID's. There are no metal detectors to go through. The compound locks down everyday from around 9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. for the 10 a.m. count. So they should get there early or wait until after 11. Sometimes the lines are long to get checked in and get the inmate called up for visitation, so we try to be there at least 15 minutes before visits open. They have vending machines with tons of food (burgers, salads, sandwiches, tv dinners, pizzas, chips, candy ice cream, etc, water and pepsi products), so visitors will want to bring money. Change tends to get hung up so $1 bills are better.

Plan on getting up early every morning. If you want breakfast, you will be up around 6 a.m. If not, then I think it's 7. Weekends you get to sleep in a bit longer. He says the library there is full of books and he's told it's one of the best in the country. They also have several daily newspapers and up to date magazines. Lots of fiction books. They have a covered outdoor weight pit, and a track and basketball court, and a softball field. There is also an indoor rec area with cardio machines. You will want to purchase an MP3 player if you want to watch TV or movies. You tune it in to be able to hear the volume and you can also listen to radio stations. They alternate Fox news and CNN daily to try to make people happy, and they also have several tv's with different programs running. They have movies that change every few days but all movies are rates G or PG.

We were terrified to drop my son off but so far it's been okay. He says the worst part is the boredom and that it feels like Groundhog day, everyday. As I said before, try to stay busy. Mind your business. Stay out of trouble. Don't have contraband (esp drugs or a cell phone...you will get extra time for it). A lot of people there are accepted into the RDAP program-- if you think you may get in, you probably will. It's a difficult program but if you participate and behave yourself, you will get through it.

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Rich,

More info I thought of:

As soon as you get your inmate number (you may be able to look it up now), go ahead and send in a money order for commissary and email/phone calls. You can take money with you if you self surrender, but it can take weeks to post. Another option is Western Union and that posts almost immediately, but a postal money order is much cheaper.

The shower stalls are private and have a shower curtain. The toilets are in stalls like in public stores. You are given your own rolls of toilet paper to take w/you and otherwise you store them in the closet.

Any clothing you wear in will be mailed home. You will be given a set of clothes to wear and may have to wear them a couple of days until you are sent to laundry to pick up more. I think my son was finally given five sets of clothing. You will be given a pair of boots but if you want sneakers, you must buy them and it takes a couple of months for them to come in. You'll want to make your important purchases first, like the MP3, shoes, a watch.

You'll have I think it's five counts per day where you have to be by your bunk. I think two of those are done at night as you sleep. Keep track of the time during the day and don't miss a count. You will be punished if you do as it forces them to shut down the entire compound until count comes up correct.

Make sure you don't cut any lines as that is a huge no no. He says people don't really hang out along racial lines, but more so by crime (white collar or drug offenders).

Stay respectful, do what's expected of you, stay active and healthy. Don't worry about being attacked as everyone is non violent and if you are found to be violent, you will be shipped off. Good luck to you.
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You might be right. I didn't even think about that. It might be just his unit. Anyway, he finally emailed yesterday so I can ask him if anyone has any questions.
Lookforward020 had all the right information but if you Rich51 have any questions don't hesitate. Hang in there. I am visiting my husband next weekend. It's been 3 weeks last time I saw him. Can't wait.
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Hi, Rich. My husband is there right now. He has been there for the last 4 month. He was sentenced to 30 month. What is your sentence? I can try to answer your questions as much as I can and possibly ask my husband if you have any specific questions after May 20th. Morgantown right now doesn't have email service. They took it away as punishment for finding drugs so no email until the 20th of May unless something else happens and they decide to extend it. It sucks. Email is how we mostly communicate so its difficult. With 300 minutes of calls a month you can't really do too much talking. What are your questions? I can try to answer. Hang in there.
Do you know if there’s air-conditioning there or they allow fans?
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Do you know if there’s air-conditioning there or they allow fans?
My son's unit does NOT have A/C. However he said they have big exhaust fans and that keeps it cool enough.

There is a unit of vets who train dogs and they have A/C but I don't think the rest do.

He tried to buy a fan but was told they don't have them.
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You might be right. I didn't even think about that. It might be just his unit. Anyway, he finally emailed yesterday so I can ask him if anyone has any questions.
Lookforward020 had all the right information but if you Rich51 have any questions don't hesitate. Hang in there. I am visiting my husband next weekend. It's been 3 weeks last time I saw him. Can't wait.
It's hard, isn't it? I try to see my son every few weeks. I'm not going back until June this time and it's so hard. I hope you have a great visit!
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My son's unit does NOT have A/C. However he said they have big exhaust fans and that keeps it cool enough.

There is a unit of vets who train dogs and they have A/C but I don't think the rest do.

He tried to buy a fan but was told they don't have them.
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It's hard, isn't it? I try to see my son every few weeks. I'm not going back until June this time and it's so hard. I hope you have a great visit!
Thank you so much. I wish I could visit every few weeks. It's a 10 hour drive for me and our kids so I try to see him once month. We stay for the entire 3 days and this time since Monday is the Federal Holiday we will see him for the entire 4 days! I will try to do the same in July. I am getting tired of this drive but for the next 2 years it's going to be my life. We do what we have to do.
My husband doesn't have air conditioning in his unit either but so far they haven't had many hot days but I am sure its coming.
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Can you ask your husband how sex offenders do there? I have a good friend that is looking for a low security place, respectful and well behaved inmate who minds his business. Essentially he is gay but got caught with someone who posted some porn with a teenager. Thanks

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You might be right. I didn't even think about that. It might be just his unit. Anyway, he finally emailed yesterday so I can ask him if anyone has any questions.
Lookforward020 had all the right information but if you Rich51 have any questions don't hesitate. Hang in there. I am visiting my husband next weekend. It's been 3 weeks last time I saw him. Can't wait.
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Morgantown is a minimum security camp. All bop SOs receive a "public safety factor" which prohibits them from ever being designated anywhere below "low security". There are a few "camps" rated as lows, (Elkton is one), which house many SOs. The SOs in them are restricted from taking any jobs outside the prison, but that is the major "additional restriction".

FCIs rated Low security are real prisons, but the bop seems to reduce the problems experienced by SOs from the "my felony is better than your felony" guys by placing high numbers of SOs at the same prisons. In fact, I much preferred a FCI Medium security prison with the SO Management Program to any of the low security prisons I spent time in.
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Hi, Rich. My husband is there right now. He has been there for the last 4 month. He was sentenced to 30 month. What is your sentence? I can try to answer your questions as much as I can and possibly ask my husband if you have any specific questions after May 20th. Morgantown right now doesn't have email service. They took it away as punishment for finding drugs so no email until the 20th of May unless something else happens and they decide to extend it. It sucks. Email is how we mostly communicate so its difficult. With 300 minutes of calls a month you can't really do too much talking. What are your questions? I can try to answer. Hang in there.
Any idea or pictures of what the dorm style living is like at Morgantown?
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Rich,

More info I thought of:

As soon as you get your inmate number (you may be able to look it up now), go ahead and send in a money order for commissary and email/phone calls. You can take money with you if you self surrender, but it can take weeks to post. Another option is Western Union and that posts almost immediately, but a postal money order is much cheaper.

The shower stalls are private and have a shower curtain. The toilets are in stalls like in public stores. You are given your own rolls of toilet paper to take w/you and otherwise you store them in the closet.

Any clothing you wear in will be mailed home. You will be given a set of clothes to wear and may have to wear them a couple of days until you are sent to laundry to pick up more. I think my son was finally given five sets of clothing. You will be given a pair of boots but if you want sneakers, you must buy them and it takes a couple of months for them to come in. You'll want to make your important purchases first, like the MP3, shoes, a watch.

You'll have I think it's five counts per day where you have to be by your bunk. I think two of those are done at night as you sleep. Keep track of the time during the day and don't miss a count. You will be punished if you do as it forces them to shut down the entire compound until count comes up correct.

Make sure you don't cut any lines as that is a huge no no. He says people don't really hang out along racial lines, but more so by crime (white collar or drug offenders).

Stay respectful, do what's expected of you, stay active and healthy. Don't worry about being attacked as everyone is non violent and if you are found to be violent, you will be shipped off. Good luck to you.

Great information thank you very much
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Any idea or pictures of what the dorm style living is like at Morgantown?
According to my husband his unit has cubicles with a bunkbed in each and some lockers for storage. There are 40 bunkbeds in the big room (total of 80 inmates). He is in the largest unit called Alexander unit. There are 4 wings in the unit and each has about 80 inmates. I hope that helps.
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I've never been able to find any pics online, and I think it's because the BOP is very strict about ever letting anyone in to see their prisons.
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My friend will be surrendering on 06/18/19. He has heart issues along with many other health issues. I was hoping you can provide me some information in terms of where he may be put, how the living spaces will be for him, since he has health issues. I'm lost at the moment. Anything you can provide I will be very much grateful for. For example, money for his account, classes he may be able to take, shopping days for those who in his condition, where will he be put for the first night (I read something somewhere and it said something similar to a hallway until they get a room, but I may be wrong).
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If his health issues were included in his presentence investigation report, the bop has designated him to a prison classified as being able to treat him. bop medical care is always substandard (usually by physician's assistants instead of DRs) to what he receives from private doctors.

He needs to be his own best advocate, especially with the prescriptions he is given. If he is concerned, he needs to continue signing up for sick call every day. If his efforts are not documented, then they didn't exist. Here is a link to the bop's RX formulary. He should compare the meds he is taking now with those that will be available to him.
https://www.bop.gov/resources/pdfs/formulary.pdf

He also needs to look for someone he trusts enough to notify you if anything bad happens, including him being sent to an outside hospital. Neither the bop, nor the hospital will confirm that he is a patient.

Have him file a HIPAA information release form naming you with the prison. Even so, the bop will probably ignore the law, but it is better to have the release on file anyway.

Here is the bop inmate money instructions. Once he appears on the bop inmate locator, you can deposit money to his account.
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I can provide some information about Morgantown. I was sentenced to 51 months and ended up serving 34 months due to RDAP and was released last year. If you provide documentation of alcoholism and or bring in there information about it or drug abuse you can qualify for it as long as you can provide proof EVEN if it is not in your PSR. Being a drug/alcohol addict is a scary thing and there were many people who went to the hospital or got prescribed detox drugs. The doctors in RDAP accepted those documents. DO NOT be ashamed of drinking or drug abuse. The more you hide it the more it hurts you.

Few things to bring:
If you wear glasses bring two pairs and soft cases
List of Addresses, emails,and phone numbers.
Any labwork of prescriptions that you need, just prescriptions no medication.
If you need a CPAP machine bring it with your prescription. It is near impossible to get one if you do not initially bring one
All clothes will be mailed home.

We oftentimes referred to the place as PrisoneyLand. The entire experience is quite a joke. It's a punishment for family more then us. Life there is pretty decent. I ended up working on the Community Service Projects and Town Driver while i was there.

Each day is the same pretty much.
Breakfast: 6 am.
Lockdown/Count time: 930-10:45 AM
Lunch 11 AM
Lockdown/Count time:3:30 PM-4:45 PM
Dinner: 5 PM
Lockdown 9:30 PM
TV's turn on at 6 am and stay on till midnight.
FM radios/mp3 players are how you listen to it with headphones (purchased from commissary)

Jobs are plentiful and you can get apprenticeships in any trade you would like from electrical, plumbing, to cooking.

There are pool tables, treadmills, ellipticals, bikes and free weights there.
-Indoor basketball and outdoor basketball courts.
-Bocce court
-Pickle Ball Court
-Baseball field/Outdoor Track
-Massive library (the biggest in the BOP with 50+ magazines and 10+ national newspapers)
-Law Library
-Career Center
-Auditorium for band and musical instruments and pianos. They have anything you want to play for music.
-Hobbycraft can teach you leatherworking, painting, crocheting, and many more. Many people made purses and bags to send home to loved ones. You can buy leather.
-There is Karaoke nights on wednesdays and live music bands every couple weeks.
-They show the most 1-2 recent movies that change every week based on what they can get from DVD.com

You can shop 1 day a week Monday-Thursday at comissary with a $300 limit. If you can bring cash in there and they can put it on your account. Whatever money is left when you are released they will put on a Debit card for you to use.

There is a chapel that provides any religious service that you want and they have times of worship posted in the units.

The entire experience was very straightforward at Morgantown. During my stay i think i heard about 3-4 fights in 3 years.. which is not a very frequent occurrence. Stay out of contraband like cellphones and you will have a decent experience. There are multiple ponds lakes and streams where you can just sit and enjoy the scenery and view.

Sadly there is only one unit that has Air Conditioning but because the prison is located in a valley it's rather cool all the time.
You will be surrounded with low level drug dealers and white color criminals most of the people there just want to do their time and go home. There are many doctors, pharmacists, city officials, elected officials, mayors, congressmen, business owners there. Medicare/medicaid fraud seems to be a very prevalent charge especially from the detroit area. You will find that most of the people there are from Ohio/Detroit.

As far as the staff, they are not your friends and try to avoid them unless you really need too. They look out for their own. Counselors and Case managers are very slow in doing their jobs so expected turnaround times for responses typically range ~1 week. Some of them have open door policies and some have open house.

Safety wise, it is the safest place ever with no fence. It's clean living with no smog and good air/environment. Exercise and try to decompress because this will be the only time that you are in the "stone age" while you are there. Family members who have loved one's going there. It is very easy to do your time there. There is no locks on any of the doors and the inmates are generally pretty helpful. Seems it's because everyone shares the same bond as being labeled an inmate.

If you have any questions let me know.

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