Federal Corrections

Federal Corrections

There are several federal prison across southern and eastern Kentucky, including USP Big Sandy, USP McCreary, FCI Ashland, and FCI Manchester. These facilities employee hundreds of hard-working Kentuckians and these public servants bravely keep our communities safe at a heightened time of insecurity. In recognition of the new COVID-19 threat at these facilities, the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) has ordered the implementation of its COVID-19 Action Plan. It has also put in place screenings of staff and inmates, as well as limited inmate movement and outside visits.

In response to a growing number of quarantine and isolation cases in BOP facilities, the BOP will take the following actions immediately to further mitigate the exposure and spread of COVID-19 effective April 1, 2020.

  • For a 14-day period, inmates in every institution will be secured in their assigned cells/quarters to decrease the spread of the virus. This modification is based on health concerns, not disruptive inmate behavior.

  • During this time, to the extent practicable, inmates should still have access to programs and services that are offered under normal operating procedures, such as mental health treatment and education.

  • In addition, the BOP is coordinating with the United States Marshals Service (USMS) to significantly decrease incoming movement during this time.

  • After 14 days, this decision will be reevaluated, and a decision made as whether or not to return to modified operations.

  • Limited group gathering will be afforded to the extent practical to facilitate commissary, laundry, showers, telephone, and Trust Fund Limited Inmate Computer System access.

BOP Action Plan: https://www.bop.gov/resources/news/20200313_covid-19.jsp

The Bureau will continue to provide daily updates and information on actions related to COVID-19 at www.bop.gov/coronavirus/