FCI McKean Inmate Search and Prison Information

Updated on: February 25, 2020
FCI McKean

FCI McKean is commonly referred to as the Federal Correctional Institution, McKean. The facility is a medium-security federal prison in Pennsylvania. It houses male inmates. The facility is operated and managed by the Federal Bureau of Prisons. 

Adjacent to the FCI McKean, there is a minimum-security satellite prison camp. This satellite prison camp houses male inmates also. 

FCI McKean opened their doors in 1989. Some notable inmates of FCI McKean are Alphonse Persico who is serving out a life sentence for murder, Chaka Fattah who is serving 10 years for racketeering, Wesley Snipes who is serving 2 years for not filing tax returns, and Denny McLain who is serving 6 years for mail fraud, conspiracy, money laundering, and theft. 

FCI McKean is situated in between Kane and Bradford, but 90 miles south of Buffalo, New York.

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FCI McKean - General Information

Facility Name: FCI McKean
Facility Type: Federal Prison
Address: 6975 ROUTE 59 LEWIS RUN, PA, 16738
Phone: 814-362-8900
Email: MCK/[email protected]
Capacity: 1123
Date Established: 1989
Offender Gender: Male Offenders
Security Level: FCI – Medium, Camp – Minimum
BOP Region: Northeast Region
Judicial District: Western Pennsylvania
City: Lewis Run
Postal Code: 16738
State: Pennsylvania
County: Mckean
Official Website: https://www.bop.gov/locations/institutions/mck/

FCI McKean is a federal prison. The easiest way to lookup an inmate in federal prisons is going to the BOP website.

They have a database where you can search all federal inmates.

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Sending a Mail/Care Package

Inmates can receive letters from their family and friends back home. They can also receive books, magazines, and newspapers in the mail too. These books, newspapers, and magazines will need to be sent to the inmate at the address below directly from the publisher. No hardcover books are permitted. All books must be paperback. 

The main campus mailing address is as follows: 

Inmate Name and Registration Number
FCI McKean
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 8000
Bradford, PA 16701

The satellite prison camp mailing address is as follows: 

Inmate Name and Registration Number
FCI McKean
Satellite Prison Camp
P.O. Box 8000
Bradford, PA 16701

Inmates are not allowed to receive unused stamps, unused writing paper, unused envelopes in the mail. All these items can be bought at the prison’s commissary store.

Sending Money

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You can fund your inmate’s commissary account by using either MoneyGram, Western Union, or by sending a money order to the following address:

Federal Bureau of Prisons
Insert Valid Committed Inmate Name
Insert Inmate Eight-Digit Register Number
Post Office Box 474701
Des Moines, Iowa 50947-0001

Please note that all non-postal money orders and non-government checks are subjected to a 15-day hold. Sending money through MoneyGram and Western Union will be faster than doing it through the mail. 

Phone calls

FCI McKean uses Trulincs as their phone service. They must submit all contacts with their telephone numbers to their inmate unit team to put on their approved list.

Their approval list can take a few days or longer for family and friends.

Calls are limited to 15 minutes. Inmates have 300 minutes per month. They are awarded an extra 100 minutes a month during the months of November and December (400 minutes a month).


The last way to stay in touch with an inmate at FCI McKean is through email. Email is also through Trulincs.

The email program is funded by the inmate trust fund, which is kept up with purchases from the commissary, the telephone service, and fees paid directly to Trulincs.

Emails are monitored and screened for content not suitable for them.

Admissions and Orientation Handbook

Your first day in prison, you are bombarded with a ton of information. One booklet you will be giving is the Admissions and Orientation (A&O) Handbook. 

This handbook will supply you with general information about the prison itself alongside the prison’s rules, programs, and regulations you will have to follow while you are serving out your sentence. 

It will be in your best interest to familiarize yourself with handbook as it is your responsibility to transition smoothly to prison life. 

The handbook is in English and in Spanish.


The commissary was founded in 1930 by the Department of Justice. The Commissary was placed in all Federal Institutions. 

The commissary allows inmates to shop for “luxury” items while they are in prison. Funds are typically deposited by their friends, families, and their prison jobs. 

Inmates have a spending limit of $360 per month. The commissary is only open on a designated day of the week where they can utilize the shop. 

All federal prisons have their commissary list with prices available to the public.

Even when in prison, you may still need legal counsel. There are strict procedures one will have to follow to obtain legal reference materials alongside their legal counsel.

There are also many opportunities to be taken advantage of to afford the proposal of legal documents when behind bars.  

All procedures for legal activities can be located here.


The visiting schedule varies at the main campus and the satellite prison camp. The visiting for the main campus is as follows: 

Friday: 8am to 12pm
Saturday: 8:15am to 3pm
Sunday: 8:15am to 3pm
Federal Holiday: 8:15am to 3pm

The satellite prison camp visiting hours are as follows: 

Saturday: 8:30am to 3pm
Sunday: 8:30am to 3pm
Federal Holiday 8:30am to 3pm

When the visiting area starts getting overcrowded, the first people in will be asked to leave. The prison runs on a first in, first out. 

Inmates can have no more than 6 visitors at a time. Children under 2 are not included in this total. 

Visitors over the age of 16 must provide a government ID to be permitted into the visitation area. 

Inmates and visitors will be permitted a kiss and a hug at the beginning and the end of every visit. You may hold hands during the visit.

Visiting Hours

FCI Hours


Camp Hours

Saturday 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Holiday 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM

The visiting starts in first in, first out type of fashion. No new visitors will be allowed in 45 minutes before the end of the visit day. 45 minutes before the end of the visit day officers start escorting those who were first in out of the visitor room.

How Often Can I Visit?

This will depend on what rank the inmate is. There are three ranks:

  • LSCI - 12 points
  • FCI - 5 points
  • USP - 9 points

Here is the point schedule for visitations:


  • Each visit is one point regardless of the day.


  • 2 points for weekend visits
  • 2 points for federal holidays visits
  • 1 point for weekday visits


  • 2 points for weekend visits
  • 0 points for federal holiday visits
  • 1 point for weekday visits.


Refer the map below to find the driving directions

Prison Life

Inmates in the main campus at FCI McKean are housed in shared cells. Every inmate will have to share a cell with another inmate. 

Inmates at the satellite prison camp are placed in dorms. The dorms also contain two-person cells.

Inmates are offered a variety of services and programs at FCI McKean. They can take advantage of any and all programs and services that they chose to. These include the following:

•    Medical Services
•    Religious Services
•    Psychology Services
•    Recreation Program
•    Residential Drug Abuse Program
•    Commissary
•    Drug Education Course
•    Non-Residential Drug Abuse Program
•    GED Prep
•    English-as-a-Second Language Program
•    Adult Continuing Education
•    Advanced Occupational Education
•    Apprenticeship Program

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