Yankton Federal Prison Camp Inmate Search and Prison Information

Updated on: March 23, 2020
Yankton Federal Prison Camp

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FPC Yankton is commonly referred to as the Federal Prison Camp, Yankton. The facility is a minimum-security federal prison in South Dakota. The prison is home to male inmates. FCI Yankton is operated and managed by the Federal Bureau of Prisons. 

FCI Yankton is situated where Yankton College was from 1881 to 1984. FCI Yankton opened their doors four years later in 1989. 

Majority of the inmates in FPC Yankton have no history of psychiatric problems, major medical problems, escaping, sexual offenses, or violence. 

Forbes magazine listed FPC Yankton as one of America’s cushiest prisons in 2009. A few notable inmates that graced their presence in FPC Yankton are John McTiernan who was convicted of perjury. McTiernan only served 328 days. Shawn Merriman was convicted of mail fraud and was sentenced to 12-years.  

FPC Yankton is situated 60 miles from Sioux City, Iowa and 85 miles away from Sioux Falls, South Dakota. 

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Yankton Federal Prison Camp - General Information

Facility Name: Yankton Federal Prison Camp
Facility Type: Federal Prison
Address: 1016 DOUGLAS AVENUE YANKTON, SD, 57078
Phone: 605-665-3262
Email: YAN/[email protected]
Capacity: 535
Date Established: 1986
Offender Gender: Male Offenders
Security Level: Minimum
BOP Region: North Central Region
Judicial District: South Dakota
City: Yankton
Postal Code: 57078
State: South Dakota
County: Yankton
Official Website: https://www.bop.gov/locations/institutions/yan/

FPC Yankton 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 loved ones. Inmates can receive books, magazines, and newspapers too. However, books, magazines, and newspapers must be sent directly from the publisher. You can do so by using sites like Amazon. All books must be paperback books. Hardcover books are not permitted. 

Inmates cannot receive packages in the mail unless it is authorized medical equipment or their release clothing. Care packages will have to be authorized by the inmate’s unit supervisor or another authorized prison staff member. 

The mailing address for the FPC Yankton is:

Inmate Name and Registration Number
FPC Yankton
Federal Prison Camp
P.O. Box 700
Yankton, SD 57078

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 FPC Yankton 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

FPC Yankton 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 FPC Yankton 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. 

FPC Yankton Admissions & Orientation Handbook

FPC Yankton Guía de Admisión y Orientación


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. 

List and prices of items sold at the commissary in FPC Yankton

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.



Visitation is allowed at the FPC Yankton. Inmates must make sure that their visitors are on the approved visitors list. Inmates can add visitors on the list or visitors can go to the Federal Bureau of Prisons website to fill out the form there. Once approved, you will be able to come down to the prison when visitation is held.

When visiting keep your personal belongings in your vehicle and have your driver’s license or your state identification card ready to show the prison staff. 

Visiting Hours

Friday 4:30 PM - 9:15 PM
Saturday 8:15 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday 8:15 AM - 3:00 PM
Holiday 8:15 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 FPC Yankton are housed in dormitories. Within these dormitories, there are anywhere from 4-person cells all the way to 12-person cells. There are no individual cells. All cell assignments are randomized.

Inmates at FPC Yankton are encouraged by the prison staff to work on themselves. They would like to see all inmates work on self-improvement daily. They offer many programs that can help with them on their path to self-improvement. These programs and services are: 

•    GED Prep
•    Recreational Program
•    Psychology Services
•    Medical Services
•    English as a Second Language Program
•    Library Services
•    Commissary
•    Religious Services
•    Residential Drug Abuse Program
•    Drug Abuse Education
•    Non-Residential Drug Abuse Program
•    Advanced Occupational Education
•    Apprenticeship Program

The Residential Drug Abuse Program allows inmates to reduce their sentence up to a year, if completed successfully. Inmates in this program are housed in separate quarters than the general population inmates. Inmates are required to complete 500-hours of the program. This includes group counseling and individual counseling. This program is hard to get into with it being so popular. 

Nearby Jail/Prison

Correctional Facility Name Type County
Yankton Minimum Unit, South Dakota 2.6 miles State Prison Yankton County
Yankton County Jail, South Dakota 4.49 miles County Jail Yankton County
Yankton City Jail, Texas 4.49 miles City Jail Yankton County
Irene City Jail, South Dakota 18.04 miles City Jail Clay County
Cedar County Jail, Nebraska 21.1 miles County Jail Cedar County
Hartington City Jail, Nebraska 21.1 miles City Jail Cedar County
Clay County Jail, South Dakota 21.17 miles County Jail Clay County
Viborg City Jail, South Dakota 23.79 miles City Jail Turner County
Vermillion City Jail, South Dakota 24.39 miles City Jail Clay County
Scotland City Jail, South Dakota 24.86 miles City Jail Bon Homme County

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