A low security federal correctional institution with an adjacent minimum security satellite camp.
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FCI Talladega includes both a medium-security FCI and a minimum-security federal prison camp. Both the FCI and the camp hold male offenders. The grounds are well kept and the building design matches many federal prisons. When I began my sentence, passed through FCI Talladega. It was one of the first federal prisons where I walked the compound. I wanted to stay to serve my sentence there. Become familiar with the visiting policy which can be downloaded from the www.bop.gov website. I offer a simple review from what I remember. Edwin Rubis, another prisoner offered his review. If you’re going to Talladega, please reach out and submit your review so others can learn from your experience.
Inmate Gender: Male Offenders
Population:1,062 Total Inmates
806 Inmates at the FCI
256 Inmates at the Camp
Judicial District: AL
BOP Region:Southeast Region
- 1. My name is:Edwin Rubis, #79282-079
- 2. I arrived on:September, 1999
- 3. I’m scheduled to leave on:December, 2033
- 4.My judge sentenced me to serve how many months? My judge sentenced me to serve a 40-year sentence. I’m serving this sentence for a conviction related to the distribution of marijuana. Besides serving time at the medium-security prison in FCI Talladega, I have been confined at the FCI Beaumont, Texas and the FCI at Bennettsville, South Carolina.
- 5. In the past, I’ve been confined at the following institutions:I started at FCI Beaumont, Texas and I also served time at FCI at Bennettsville, South Carolina.
- 6. I was convicted of the following offense:I was convicted for distributing marijuana.
- 7. Pros of the facility:I think that FCI Talladega offers a diverse group of programs for rehabilitation. I like the religious programs. As far as medium-security federal prisons, I think that FCI Talladega is a good prison.
- 8. Cons of the facility:I only see one negative of the prison in that the medical programs are not so good. It’s difficult to get any type of medical attention.
- 9.Food assessment of the facility:I like the food and they give good size portions of food.
- 10.Recreational opportunities at the facility:The recreation yard is good and there the prison offers opportunities for people who want to stay in good shape, or focus on fitness.
- 11.Programs available in the facility:The institution offers a good vocational training program. I have seen courses in welding, construction, air condition and heating. People can train to become a dental assistant.
- 12.Best jobs in the facility:I think the best jobs are in UNICOR because they pay the most. The commissary is a good job, too, but there are not too many jobs in the commissary.
- 13.Living Quarters in the facility:The men live in two-man cells at FCI Talladega. For prison, there is adequate space.
- 14.How would I assess safety in the facility? :As far as I’m concerned, the safety level if appropriate. It’s not totally without violence, but a person can avoid problems if he chooses.
- 15.What types of pressure did I feel in the facility?:The pressure comes from being far away from my family.
- 16.What is my general review?:Overall, I think that FCI Talladega is a good facility. When I compare it to other federal prisons, I think the staff members are respectful. If someone wants to grow or work toward self-improvement, programs are available. Other than being apart from my family, I like it.
- 17.On a scale of 1 to 10, I’d give the facility a rating of:9
- 18.Personal Blog:
- 1. My name is:Michael Santos
- 2. I arrived on:I walked the yard at the FCI Talladega back in 1988. I was just sentenced to a lengthy term. I remember seeing the federal prison camp when the bus pulled in. But I knew that with the length of my sentence, I would be locked inside the FCI.
- 3. I’m scheduled to leave on:I finished serving my sentence in August of 2013.
- 4.My judge sentenced me to serve how many months? My judge sentenced me to serve a 45-year prison term. When I started, I didn’t know how much time I would actually serve in federal prison. Later, I learned more about the sentencing laws that were in existence when I was convicted. I had to serve 26 years to conclude my sentence.
- 5. In the past, I’ve been confined at the following institutions:I served time in many federal prisons and holding centers. During the time I was inside, I was designated to the following federal prisons: USP Atlanta, FCI McKean, FCI Fairton, FCI Fort Dix, Federal Prison Camp in Florence, Federal Prison Camp in Lompoc, Federal Prison Camp Taft, and the Federal Prison Camp in Atwater. I was only in FCI Talladega as a holdover inmate, while I waited for transfer to USP Atlanta.
- 6. I was convicted of the following offense:I was convicted of several charges related to the distribution of cocaine. The most severe charge was the continuing criminal enterprise, under statute 848.
- 7. Pros of the facility:From my perspective, both Federal Correctional Institution Talladega and the Federal Prison Camp at Talladega had some good qualities. The prisons were clean. The prisons had ample room. The food was good. I liked the weather. The FCI had two-man rooms, and from what I heard, the federal prison camp had two-man cubicles.
- 8. Cons of the facility:The cons of both the Federal Prison and the Federal Prison Camp in Talladega were in my head. I was starting a lengthy prison term. I didn’t want to be away from my family, my friends, and from society. I didn’t know what would come, or what I could accomplish in prison. I learned how to adjust, but when I was starting in federal prison, I didn’t know how. The cons were in my head. As far as the prison was concerned, it seemed about as good as prison could get.
- 9.Food assessment of the facility:The food was very good. It was one of the first prisons were I was able to mix with other people on the regular yard. We ate in the dining room. I remember receiving fresh eggs that were cooked to order. The cheeseburgers were good. I was young when I was at FCI Talladega, and I didn’t know much about prison food. When I compared the food to what I had been in eating in various county jails, I liked the food at FCI Talladega. The people in the camp would get the same type of food.
- 10.Recreational opportunities at the facility:When I was in FCI Talladega, it was the summer of 1988. The weather was nice. We walked the track. It was a large recreation field, like a high school yard. It had a running track, a horseshoe pit, a field for soccer or football, and baseball diamonds. There were pullup bars and dip bars. There was a weight room. But I think that guards removed the weight room at FCI Talladega in the
- 11.Programs available in the facility:The prison offered the typical types of basic education programs. People could work toward a GED. Those who had higher ambitions might work toward university degrees. In the federal prison camp at Talladega, other inmates who were convicted of white-collar crimes would teach business related courses. Many people serve sentences in the federal prison camp for white collar crimes like wire fraud or mail fraud. They likely had experience and an education level they could use to teach.
- 12.Best jobs in the facility:The best jobs would depend on what a person wants. If someone wanted to earn higher prison wages, he would seek a job in the factory. If a person wanted more free time, he might take a job as a prison orderly. If he wanted to teach, he might work in education. Good prison jobs depend on how an individual values time.
- 13.Living Quarters in the facility:The living quarters are clean and spacious, as far as federal prison goes.
- 14.How would I assess safety in the facility? :In the FCI, people serve time for a variety offenses. Those offenses mostly relate to drugs. In the camp it would be the same. People convicted of drug or violent crimes may try to avoid problems in federal prison, but others join gangs. They cause disruptions. That’s the case in any federal prison. In federal prison camps, those disruptions become less intense, less frequent. Many people in the camp serve time for drugs, but there are also many people who serve time for business-related, white-collar crimes. Those people may have a higher level of education. People convicted of white-collar crimes are less inclined to cause disruptions in federal prison.
- 15.What types of pressure did I feel in the facility?:My pressure came because I didn’t know how to serve time. I was starting a lengthy prison term. I didn’t know what was ahead. Further, I wanted to stay in Talladega because it looked so calm. But I was in transit, on my way to a United States Penitentiary. I didn’t know what to expect from prison, and I didn’t know what to expect from the next spot administrators would send me.
- 16.What is my general review?:My general review for FCI Talladega and for FPC Talladega comes from having 26 years of experience of living as a federal prisoner. It’s that prison is what a person makes of it. Prison can be good. Prison can be bad. It’s all in how well an individual prepares, and what choices a person makes while inside.
- 17.On a scale of 1 to 10, I’d give the facility a rating of:8
- 18.Personal Blog:
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TALLADEGA, TALLADEGA, AL 35160
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TALLADEGA, TALLADEGA, AL 35160
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