Lee U.S. Penitentiary

General Prison Information

Official Prison Name: Lee U.S. Penitentiary
Prison Code: LEE
Prison Type: U.S. Penitentiary
Region: Mid-Atlantic Region
State: Virginia
Security Level: High

Contact Information

Below you have the street address and mailing address for Lee U.S. Penitentiary. Use the mailing address if you are mailing a letter or package to an inmate there, and make sure to use the physical address if you need to know the actual location of Lee U.S. Penitentiary.

Mailing Address

Make sure to also read the Inmate Mail and Package Procedures section below 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 correct procedure for sending a package or letter. If you do not use the correct directions, the package or letter could not get delivered.

U.S. Penitentiary
P.O. Box 305
Jonesville VA, 24263

Street Address / Prison Location

Use the street address if you are visiting a prisoner. Be sure to read the Inmate Visitation Procedures and Inmate Visitation Schedule information below if you are going to visit someone in prison at Lee U.S. Penitentiary.

Lee U.S. Penitentiary
Lee County Industrial Park  – Hickory Flats Road
Pennington Gap VA, 24277

Phone Number

Lee U.S. Penitentiary inmates don’t have telephones, so you can’t call an inmate, however, there are times when it may be necessary to know the telephone number to the prison.

(276) 546-0150

Fax Number

Prisoners don’t have fax machines, so you won’t be able to send a fax to an inmate, but there are times when it might be helpful to know the fax number to the prison.

(276) 546-9115 

Email Address

This email address is the primary email for the facility. You can’t email prisoners at this address. If you need to email a prisoner, check out the Inmate Email information on this page.


Inmate and Staff Statistics

Total Inmates:   1,470 

Inmate Email

In order to send email to a prisoner at Lee Federal Prison you must follow an exact process to ensure that the email gets to the prisoner.

TRULINCS – Trust Fund Limited Inmate Computer System

Federal prisoners are allowed to email letters only from persons that are on their approved contact list. An prisoner has to make a formal request to send and recieve emails with a friend or family member by putting them into their contact list.

Every email is subject to monitoring. Prison inmates must consent to email monitoring when they join the email system. Family and friends of the inmate must consent to getting monitored when they agree to corresponding with the prisoner and are reminded about this every time that they get email correspondence from the prisoner.

When a contact is approved they will get an email confirmation which directs them to CorrLink at www.corrlink.com.
CorrLink Inmate Email System

Email correspondence may not jeopardize the public or the security, safety, or operation of the prison facility. In addition, emails cannot be larger than 13,000 characters. Email messages that are not consistent with these rules will be rejected.

Inmate Internet Access

Federal prisoners are not allowed to access the web.

Inmate Mail and Package Procedures

There are special protocols that you have to follow when sending a letter or package to a prisoner. If you don’t follow these rules then the mail might be returned to you.

Before you send anything, you should read the sections below:

Mail Monitoring

Lee Federal Prison staff will open and read and inspect all received general mail and packages. Received general correspondence may be read as frequently as deemed necessary to keep security or watch problems regarding an inmate.

How to Address a Letter to an Inmate

Below is the correct format for how you need to address mail to a prisoner at Lee Federal Prison:

U.S. Penitentiary
P.O. Box 305
Jonesville VA, 24263

To read the entire Bureau of Prisons Policy on Correnspondence, go to: Bureau of Prisons – Correnspondence Policy

Inmate Money

Every federal prison has a Commissary which was started to provide inmates a bank-like account for inmate funds and for buying things not provided by the prison.

How to Send an Inmate Money

Friends, family, or other people can add money to these Commissary accounts using 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 postal mail and have to send it to the following address and follow the rules shows 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 deposit have to be in the form of a money order that is made out to the prisoner’s full committed name and complete eight-digit register number. It is best if you use a postal money order, since all non-postal money orders processed through the National Lockbox will be kept for a 15-day hold, and in this time the prisoner will not get the funds. The Bureau of Prisons will return any funds that don’t have correct prisoner info if the envelope has an adequate return address. Cash and personal checks cannot 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 are also able to send prisoners money with Western Union’s Quick Collect Program. Money sent to a prisoner with the Western Union Quick Collect Program can be sent via one of these methods:

  1. At a physical location using cash. In order to locate the closest agent, you should call 1-800-325-6000 or go to www.westernunion.com.
  2. By phone with a credit/debit card: Call 1-800-634-3422 and select phone promt option 2.
  3. On the web with a credit or debit card: Visit www.westernunion.com 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 the wrong prisoner, funds might not get returned to you.

For additional info about how to send an inmate money, check out the official Bureau of Prisons website:
Bureau of Prisons – Inmate Money

Inmate Locator

Prisoners are often moved to different prisons throughout the country, so sometimes you may have to find where an inmate is located using the inmate locator. Click on the link here to locate an 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 federal prison has its own procedures for inmate visitation and these rules change often. The information listed below may be different by the time you are reading this, so be sure to also check the facility’s official website to find the most recent visitation procedures.

Visitation Sign-In and Check-In

The entrance guard will make sure each visitor signs the prison visitors log upon entering the correctional facility and also when they leave.

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 points shown below, check out the actual prison website as this info is changed often:

  • 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 Lee Federal Prison Visitation Policy click here: Visitation Instructions

Prison Jobs & Hiring

Are you looking for a correctional facility job? Do you have any prior experience? Have you worked at a prison facility in the past?

If so, click here: Lee U.S. Penitentiary Jobs


The official website: Lee U.S. Penitentiary Website

Tell Your Story – Write a Review of Lee U.S. Penitentiary

Have you ever spent any time in Lee U.S. Penitentiary? Do you have a family member or friend that spent time there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate at this correctional facility?

If yes, then you should write your review about it. Tell us about what you experienced so that other people can find out what to expect.

Things you might want to write in your comment:

  • Prison conditions
  • Prison layout and facility
  • Guards and prison staff
  • Food and commissary
  • Visitation
  • Inmates
  • Inmate safety
  • Gang activity
  • Prisoner activities and programs

If you are an inmate here, leave your address if you would like people to be able to send you a letter.

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