Petersburg Medium Federal Correctional Institution

General Prison Information

Official Prison Name: Petersburg Medium Federal Correctional Institution
Prison Code: PEM
Prison Type: Federal Correctional Institution
Region: Mid-Atlantic Region
State: Virginia
Security Level: Medium

Contact Information

Below you have the street address and mailing address for Petersburg Medium Federal Correctional Institution. Use the mailing address if you are sending a letter or package to an inmate at Petersburg Medium Federal Correctional Institution, and make sure to use the physical address if you need to know the location of the facility.

Mailing Address

Make sure to read the Inmate Mail and Package Procedures section on this page if you are going to send a package or letter to an inmate so that you correctly address the package or letter, and use the right procedure for sending a package or letter. If you do not use the correct directions, the package or letter could get sent back.

FCI Petersburg Medium
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 1000
Petersburg VA, 23804

Street Address / Prison location

Use the street address if you plan to visit a prisoner. Be sure to read the Inmate Visitation Procedures and Inmate Visitation Schedule information on this page if you are going to visit someone in prison at Petersburg Medium Federal Correctional Institution.

Petersburg Medium Federal Correctional Institution
1060 River Road
Hopewell VA, 23860

Phone Number

Petersburg Medium Federal Correctional Institution inmates don’t have telephones, so you won’t be able to call inmates, however, there are some times when it may be necessary to know the telephone number to Petersburg Medium Federal Correctional Institution.

Fax Number

Federal inmates don’t have faxes, so you can’t fax inmates, but there are cases when it might be necessary to know the fax number to Petersburg Medium Federal Correctional Institution.


Email Address

The email address below is the primary email for Petersburg Medium Federal Correctional Institution. You cannot email prisoners at this address. If you are going to email a prisoner, read the Inmate Email section on this page.


Inmate and Staff Statistics

Total Inmates:   1,877 

Inmate Email

To send email to a prisoner at Petersburg Medium Federal Prison you must follow an exact process to ensure that the email message gets to the prisoner.

TRULINCS – Trust Fund Limited Inmate Computer System

Federal inmates are allowed to email messages only to people that are on their approved contact list. An federal prisoner has to make a request to recieve and send email messages with someone by placing that person into their contact list.

Every email is monitored. Prison inmates must consent to getting monitored when they sign up to participate in the system. External contacts give consent to getting monitored when they agree to corresponding with the inmate and are notified each and every time that they get an email message from the inmate.

When a person is approved they will get an email confirmation which directs them to the CorrLink system at

Email messages may not jeopardize the public or the security, safety, or operation of the prison. In addition, the emails cannot be larger than 13,000 characters. Emails that don’t follow these rules will not get delivered.

Inmate Internet Access

Federal inmates do not have access to the internet.

Inmate Mail and Package Procedures

There are special protocols that you have to follow when sending a letter or package to a federal prisoner. If you don’t then the letters and packages might be returned to you.

Before you send a package or letter, be sure to read the links below:

Mail Monitoring

Correctional facility guards do open and inspect and read all received general packages and mail. Received general correspondence may be read as frequently as is necessary to ensure security or watch a particular problem having to do with inmates.

How to Address a Letter to an Inmate

This is the correct format for how you have to address mail to a federal prisoner at Petersburg Medium Federal Prison:

FCI Petersburg Medium
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 1000
Petersburg VA, 23804

To read the entire Bureau of Prisons Policy on Correnspondence, click here:

Inmate Money

Every federal prison has a Commissary which was created to provide a bank type account for inmate money and for purchasing things not issued regularly by the Bureau of Prisons.

How to Send an Inmate Money

Friends, family, or other people can add money to these Commissary accounts by sending it by Western Union and the U.S. Postal Service.

Via U.S. Postal Service: An inmate’s family and friends can choose to send prisoners money in the mail and must send it to the following address and follow the rules written below:

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

The money have to be in a money order that is made out to the prisoner’s full committed name and complete eight-digit register number. You are advised to use a postal money order, since all non-postal money orders processed through the National Lockbox will be placed on a 15-day hold period, and during this period the prisoner will not get the funds. The Bureau of Prisons will return to the sender funds that don’t have valid prisoner info but only if the envelope it was sent it has an adequate return address. Cash and checks can’t be deposited to the inmate’s account so do not send checks or cash.

Via Western Union Quick Collect Program: Prisoner’s friends and family may also send prisoners money using Western Union’s Quick Collect Program. Money sent to a prisoner with the Western Union Quick Collect Program can be sent using one of these methods:

  1. At a physical location using cash. In order to locate the closest agent, you should call or visit
  2. On the phone with a credit/debit card: Call and choose menu option 2.
  3. Online with a credit or debit card: Go to and choose “Quick Collect.”

For the Western Union Quick Collect transaction, all of this info must be included:

  1. Correct and valid Inmate Eight-Digit Register Number (entered with no spaces or dashes) followed immediately by Inmate’s Last Name
  2. Committed Inmate Full Name entered on Attention Line
  3. Code City: FBOP, DC

If the wrong register number and/or name are used and accepted and sent to that prisoner, the money might not get returned.

For additional info about how to send a prisoner money, go to the official Bureau of Prisons website:

Inmate Locator

Federal inmates are often moved to different correctional facilities around the nation, so sometimes you may have to locate the location of an inmate using the inmate locator. Click on the link here to look up an federal inmate.
Inmate Search

Inmate Visitation Schedule

Visiting hours are from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, as well as every federally recognized holiday.

Inmate Visitor Procedures

Every prison has its own rules for prison visitation and these rules change often. The rules listed below may be out of date by the time you are reading this, so make sure to also check the prison’s official website to get the most recent visitation rules.

Visitation Sign-In and Check-In

The entrance guard will make sure every visitor signs the prison visitors log before they enter the prison and upon leaving.

Identification Required

Picture ID of all visitors is required. Appropriate forms of id are Driver’s License and Social Security Card; although, a state issued photo id is OK.

For all of the things shown below, read the actual prison website as this info is changed frequently:

  • Visitation Rules
  • Visitation Dress Code
  • Things You Can and Cannot Take to Visitation
  • Special Rules For Childred, Special Visits, Pastoral or Attorney Visits

To read the entire Petersburg Medium Federal Prison Visitation Policy click here:

Prison Jobs & Hiring

Are you looking for a job at a prison? Have any prior experience? Have you worked at a prison before?

If so, go to:


The official website:

Tell Your Story – Write a Review of Petersburg Medium Federal Correctional Institution

Have you ever spent any time in Petersburg Medium Federal Correctional Institution? Do you know someone that spent time there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner at this correctional facility?

If so, then we would like you to write your review about it. Tell us about what you experienced so other people can find out what to expect.

Things you could write in the review:

  • Prison conditions
  • Prison layout and facility
  • Staff and guards
  • Commissary and food
  • Visitation
  • Inmates
  • Safety
  • Gangs
  • Programs and activities

If you are currently an inmate here, leave your address if you want people to be able to mail you.

Speak Your Mind


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