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