FCI Estill Inmate Search and Prison Information

Updated on: April 27, 2020
FCI Estill

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

Adjacent to the FCI Estill there is a satellite prison camp that houses minimum-security male inmates. 

FCI Estill opened their doors in 1993. The satellite camp provides services to the main campus at FCI Estill. 

Back in 2005, an FCI Estill corrections worker was convicted and sentenced to 10 years for possessing heroin with the purpose of giving it to an FCI Estill inmate for a lump sum of $100,000. 

In 2010, there was a large fight in the recreation yard. The situation ending with the cities law enforcement coming on to the scene at the prison. 

FCI Estill houses around 1,218 male inmates. However, FCI Estill main campus was originally designed to hold 768 male inmates, but it currently is housing over 900 inmates. 

The satellite prison camp was designed to hold no more than 256 male inmates, but it is housing 288 male inmates. 

The entire facility is made up of 26 buildings. All the buildings are made out of concrete. The prison has a Central Plant, landscape, warehouse, garage. They are outside of the prison fence, but they are still owned and operated by the prison itself. 

FCI is situated 50 miles north of Savannah, 96 miles west of Charleston, and another 95 miles south of Columbia.

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FCI Estill - General Information

Facility Name: FCI Estill
Facility Type: Federal Prison
Address: 100 PRISON ROAD ESTILL, SC, 29918
Phone: 803-625-4607
Email: EST/[email protected]
Capacity: 1240
Date Established: 1993
Offender Gender: Male Offenders
Security Level: FCI – Medium, Camp – Minimum
BOP Region: Southeast Region
Judicial District: South Carolina
City: Estill
Postal Code: 29918
State: South Carolina
Official Website: https://www.bop.gov/locations/institutions/est/

FCI Estill 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 in the mail from their family and friends. The address for the main campus is as follows: 

Inmate Name and Registration Number
FCI Estill
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 699
Estill, SC 29918

The address for the satellite prison camp is as follows:

Inmate Name and Registration Number
FCI Estill
Satellite Prison Camp
P.O. BOX 699
Estill, SC  29918

Sending Money

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You can put money into your inmate's commissary account by Western Union or MoneyGram. Each option you can do online or in person.

You will need to the following information

  • Inmate Name
  • Register Number (inmate number)
  • City (always will be FBOP)
  • State (always will be DC)

If you can’t get down to either Western Union or MoneyGram, you can send money directly to their PO box. That information is:

P.O. Box 474702
Des Moines, Iowa 50947

Do NOT send money to an inmate using the FCI Estill address. All funds sent through the mail must be addressed to a processing center in Des Moines, Iowa. This applies to all Federal inmates, regardless of where they are incarcerated.

Phone calls

FCI Estill 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 Estill 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.

FCI Estill Admissions & Orientation Handbook

FCI Estill Guía de Admisión y Orientación

FCI Estill Camp Admissions & Orientation Handbook


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.


To visit an inmate serving time in the FCI Estill, you first must be put on their approved list.

When an inmate first comes to the FCI Estill, they fill out a visitor form. When they complete their share, a form is mailed off to those individuals who were listed on the visitor form and send it back to the facility. The facility may call and request more background information, if needed.

Dress Code

When visiting the facility, please dress appropriately. No miniskirts, halter tops, or other clothes not suitable for a job interview. If such clothing is worn, you will be denied visitation.

Visiting Hours

FCI Hours

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

Camp Hours

Friday 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Holiday 8:00 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

The FCI Estill main campus has 4 housing units. All the housing units have 2 wings. Cells in these units can hold up to 3 male inmates.  

The satellite prison camp has 2 housing units also. Both housing units consist of 2 wings. Cells in these housing units can hold up to 2 male inmates.

The facility also consists of a Special Housing unit too.

The inmates housed in FCI Estill have been charged with all sorts of crimes. However, this prison tends to keep felons, that are charged with violent crimes.

The satellite prison camp houses inmates that have been charged with non-violent crimes.

The FCI Estill offers their inmates a variety of services and programs they can take advantage of while they are finishing out their sentence. These programs and services include, but not limited to the following: 

•    Commissary
•    Library Services
•    Psychology Services
•    Medical Services
•    Literacy Classes
•    GED Prep
•    English-as-a-Second Language Program
•    Advanced Occupational Education
•    Vocational Training
•    Apprenticeship
•    Recreational Program

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