Alderson: Federal Prison Camp For Women

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The Alderson Federal Prison Camp for Women is located in West Virginia. The women’s prison is rated as minimum-security. According to Jennifer Myers, who served some time inside of the Alderson Camp, it’s a pleasant place to serve time. It has ample recreational opportunities, and programs keep the women busy. We’re looking for more reviews from Alderson and we hope that you’ll consider sending yours so that others can learn from your observations.

Inmate Gender: Female Offenders

Total Capacity at the Camp: 1,026
Total Population as of May 7, 2018: 974

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Judicial District: WV

County: GREENBRIER

BOP Region: Mid-Atlantic Region

User Reviews

  • 1. My name is: Jennifer Myers
  • 2. I arrived on:2. I arrived at the federal prison: Federal Prison Camp Alderson, February 23rd, 2006
  • 3. I’m scheduled to leave on:3. I left the federal prison: April 28th, 2007
  • 4.My judge sentenced me to serve how many months? 4. My judge sentenced me to serve how many months: 36 months
  • 5. In the past, I’ve been confined at the following institutions:5. In the past, I’ve been confined at the following institutions: MCI San Diego
  • 6. I was convicted of the following offense:6. I was convicted of the following offense: Conspiracy to Distribute More Than 1,000 Kilograms of Marijuana
  • 7. Pros of the facility:7. Pros of the facility: Surrounded by nature, lots of grass & trees on the compound. Large compound to walk up and down. Almost looks like a small college campus. Large, newer track on the upper compound. During the summer you can lay out on the grass, Newer housing units, air conditioning in some. Some cubes have windows. Lots of options for classes and some programming. A great Education building. Softball, basketball, track and outside roller skating is available. Lots of opportunity to display your talent at bi-yearly talent shows. Lots of religious opportunities, including sweat lodges. Large activity room with large gym floor, and nice library upstairs with typewriters. Cosmetology school. Housing units have hair rooms. The store offered lots of craft supplies, and make-up. We had ice cream days. RDAP is offered here.
  • 8. Cons of the facility:8. Cons of the facility: Large and overcrowded. More women means less privacy, more noise and drama. Takes time to get into classes. Gets cold in the winter, with snow and wind, and hot and humid in the summertime. There are hills, so be prepared to go up and down daily, to get from your housing unit to the Culinary, Education, and Computer rooms. Housing units, called “Ranges” house over 150 women on each floor, in one big open space, in cubicles with no doors or privacy. Sometimes you end up in a closed room called a Fishbowl, which is overcrowded, or you have to sleep out in the open, for months, on what’s called the Bus-Stop.
  • 9.Food assessment of the facility:9. Food assessment of the facility: Salad bar is mediocre, but the best thing offered. Chicken is the only real meat offered, besides hotdogs, but provided a few times a month, and when it is, it’s good. Mostly carbs and fatty foods, with little protein. The cinnamon rolls are fantastic, as is Taco Salad days. Holiday’s they are liberal to provide special meals, including soda, hamburgers, and more. Ice cream provided on some days for purchase.
  • 10.Recreational opportunities at the facility:10. Recreational opportunities at the facility: Basketball, softball, track, roller skating, yoga, Pilates, step-class, Aerobics. Talent shows, plus a variety of craft classes. When I was there I taught Pilates 5 times a week, and took Country Line Dancing, Guitar, Beading, Crochet, and Weaving.

  • 11.Programs available in the facility:11. Programs available in the facility: Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP), AA, NA.
  • 12.Best jobs in the facility:12. Best jobs in the facility: Education, Recycling, Horticulture, Recreational Assistant, Library Assistants, Clerks.
  • 13.Living Quarters in the facility:13. Living Quarters in the facility: 2 Large buildings, each with 4 open, floor housing Units called “Ranges”, with over 150 women each. Open cubicles, with 2 women to a cube—bunk beds, with one metal desk, one metal stool and one bullion board. Some cubes have windows. One building (a newer building) has A/C. Heat can be an issue, but it works. Overcrowded, with beds out in the open.
  • 14.How would I assess safety in the facility? :14. How would I assess safety in the facility? Very safe, as far as prisons go. If you’re violent, you most likely get shipped out.
  • 15.What types of pressure did I feel in the facility?:15. What types of pressure did I feel in the facility? Pressure to figure out who I wanted to hang out with, or spend time with. Social group pressure. Drama. Negativity. Complaining. To follow the rules, the guards were always changing.
  • 16.What is my general review?:16. What is my general review? As far as Federal Prison goes, Alderson is a good one! It’s a bonus to be surrounded by nature, trees, and grass. The compound is huge, with an upper and lower compound you can, generally, walk around. They try and offer lots of recreational opportunities. The guards are fairly nice and relaxed. There is programming if you want it. The housing units are newer and everything feels mostly clean. Because it’s a big prison, it does offer more, but also, because it’s big, there is more drama and lack of privacy. Like one woman said, who left FPC Dublin to come to FPC ALderson, “It’s like going from the country to the city.”
  • 17.On a scale of 1 to 10, I’d give the facility a rating of:9
  • 18.Personal Blog:I met a lot of great women at Alderson, many who I’m still friends with. I also was allowed to teach Pilates 4-5 times a week, which became a part of my job at the Rec. Some of the officers and guards do seem to care, and try and make things a bit more comfortable for the women. The facilities are nice, and they offer typewriters, a computer room for emailing, and a large, beautiful gymnasium. There is also a large outside concrete pavilion, on the lower compound, where I taught Pilates in the summer, outside, and where they also offer roller skating. They usually have picnic tables on the upper compound where you can sit during the warmer seasons, and eat together. I would spend hours walking the lower and upper compound, as a form of exercise, which was fantastic because there are hills. I also explored all of the religious services, and was allowed to attend, including; sweat lodges, Catholic, Episcopalian, and Beauty for Ashes.

ALDERSON FPC

A low security

federal prison camp

with an adjacent minimum security satellite camp.

Find Us

GLEN RAY RD. BOX A, ALDERSON, WV 24910

Phone

304-445-3300

Email

ALD/ExecAssistant@bop.gov

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ALDERSON FPC

Federal Prison Camp

GLEN RAY RD. BOX A

ALDERSON, GREENBRIER, WV 24910

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Visiting Schedule
Sunday
8:15 AM – 3:15 PM
Monday
8:15 AM – 3:15 PM
Friday
11:30 AM – 6:30 PM
Saturday
8:15 AM – 3:15 PM
Federal Holiday
8:15 AM – 3:15 PM
Alderson Federal Prison Camp
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