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Virginia Federal Facilities

Virginia has only one type of federal confinement facility in the state; these are called federal prisons. There are two federal prisons in Virginia. Each is described in greater detail below. These facilities hold felons who have broken federal laws either inside the state of Virginia or have been moved there through the federal penal system.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons (FOB) is the government agency that manages and oversees all federal prison facilities, supervises inmates, and maintains Virginia federal prison inmate records. They make it very easy to perform a Virginia federal prison inmate search using the inmate locator feature on their website.

The FOB calls itself “an agency like no other.” Their mission is: “We protect public safety by ensuring that federal offenders serve their sentences of imprisonment in facilities that are safe, humane, cost-efficient, and appropriately secure, and provide reentry programming to ensure their successful return to the community.”


USP Lee is a high-security U.S. penitentiary with an adjacent minimum-security satellite camp. They have 1,487 male inmates (1,402 at the USP and 85 at the camp). Visitation at this facility has been suspended until further notice.

Petersburg FCC

The Petersburg Federal Correctional Complex consists of two units: FCI Petersburg Low and FCI Petersburg Medium. Each is detailed below.

  • FCI Petersburg Low - a low security federal correctional institution with an adjacent minimum-security satellite camp with 1,246 male inmates (951 at the FCI and 295 at the camp). They allow visitation every day except Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
  • FCI Petersburg Medium - a medium-security federal correctional institution with 1,594 male offenders. They also allow visitation every day except Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 

Famous Federal Prison Inmates in Virginia

  • Brian Patrick Regan - he used to be an intelligence analyst for the U.S. Air Force, found guilty of espionage, and trying to sell classified information to Iraq and China for $13 million. 
  • Jose Ramirez-Dorantes - found guilty in 2013 of murdering a federal agent during the shooting of U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Agent Robert W. Rosas, Jr. on July 23, 2009.
  • Ken Jenne - convicted in 2007 for mail fraud and tax evasion, this former, Broward County Sheriff served only one year and was released in 2008.
  • Eyad Ismoil - was one of the perpetrators of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. He is serving a 240-year sentence. 

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