Mccreary U.S. Penitentiary

General Prison Information

Official Prison Name: Mccreary U.S. Penitentiary
Prison Code: MCR
Prison Type: U.S. Penitentiary
Region: Mid-Atlantic Region
State: Kentucky
Security Level: High

Contact Information

Below is the street address and mailing address for Mccreary U.S. Penitentiary. Use the mailing address if you are mailing a letter or package to a prisoner at Mccreary U.S. Penitentiary, and be sure to use the physical address if you need to know the location of the facility.

Mailing Address

Make sure to read over the Inmate Mail and Package Procedures information below if you are going to send something to an inmate to make sure that you correctly address the letter or package, and use the correct steps for sending a package or letter. If you do not use the correct directions, it could get sent back.

USP Mccreary
U.S. Penitentiary
P.O. Box 3000
Pine Knot KY, 42635

Street Address / Prison Location

Use the street address if you plan to visit a prisoner. Make sure to read over the Inmate Visitation Procedures and Inmate Visitation Schedule sections on this page if you are going to visit an inmate at Mccreary U.S. Penitentiary.

Mccreary U.S. Penitentiary
330 Federal Way
Pine Knot KY, 42635

Phone Number

Federal inmates don’t have phones, so you can’t call your inmate, however, there are times when it might be necessary to know the telephone number to Mccreary U.S. Penitentiary.

(606) 354-7000

Fax Number

Federal inmates don’t have fax machines, so you won’t be able to send a fax to the inmate, but there are some times when it may be helpful to know the fax number to Mccreary U.S. Penitentiary.

(606) 354-7190 

Email Address

The email address listed below is the main email for Mccreary U.S. Penitentiary. You cannot email prisoners at this address. If you are going to email a prisoner, read the Inmate Email information below.


Inmate and Staff Statistics

Total Inmates:   1,428 

Inmate Email

To send an email message to a prisoner 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 letters only to people listed on their approved contact list. An federal inmate has to make a formal request to recieve and send emails with a family member or friend by placing them in their contact list.

All email correspondence is subject to monitoring. prisoners give consent to getting monitored when they agree to participate in the system. Family and friends of the inmate must consent to getting monitored when they agree to correspondence with the inmate and are notified every time that they get an email message from the prisoner.

When a person is approved that person will get an email notification which directs them to CorrLink at
CorrLink Inmate Email System

Emails may not endanger the public or the security, safety, or operation of the prison facility. Also, the emails cannot be longer than 13,000 characters. Email messages that are not consistent with these rules will not get delivered.

Inmate Internet Access

Federal prisoners are not permitted to access the web.

Inmate Mail and Package Procedures

There are certain protocols that you have to follow when sending a package or letter to a prisoner. If you do not then the mail might be returned to you.

before you send a letter or package, you should read the links below:

Mail Monitoring

Correctional facility guards do open and inspect and read all received general mail. Received general mail and packages can be read as frequently as deemed necessary to keep security or watch a particular problem regarding any inmates.

How to Address a Letter to an Inmate

This is the proper format for how you must address a package or letter to a prisoner at Mccreary Federal Prison:

USP Mccreary
U.S. Penitentiary
P.O. Box 3000
Pine Knot KY, 42635

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

Inmate Money

Every prison has a Commissary which was started to provide a bank type account for prisoner funds and for purchasing things not issued by the facility.

How to Send an Inmate Money

Friends, family, or other people can add money to inmate’s 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 to send prisoners money in postal mail and have to send funds to this 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 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. It is best if you use a U.S. Postal Service money order, since all non-postal money orders processed through the National Lockbox will be kept for a 15-day hold, during which the prisoner will not get the funds. The Bureau of Prisons will return to the sender any funds that don’t have valid prisoner info if the envelope has a return address. Checks and cash will not be deposited to the prisoner’s account so do not send cash or checks.

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

  1. At a physical location using cash. In order to locate the closest agent, you can call 1-800-325-6000 or visit
  2. By phone with a credit/debit card: Call 1-800-634-3422 and choose phone promt option 2.
  3. On the web with a credit or debit card: Visit and choose “Quick Collect.”

For every Western Union Quick Collect transaction, 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 federal inmate, funds might not be returned.

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

Inmate Locator

Federal inmates are often moved to different correctional facilities around the nation, so you might need to locate the location of an inmate using the inmate locator. Click on the link here to look up an prisoner.
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 rules for inmate visitation and they get changed often. The information listed here could be out of date when you are reading this, so make sure to also check the prison’s website to find the most recent rules for visitation.

Visitation Sign-In and Check-In

The visitation guard ensures each visitor signs the prison visitors log before they enter the visitation area and also when they leave.

Identification Required

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

For all of the things shown below, read the actual prison facility 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 Mccreary Federal Prison Visitation Policy click here: Inmate Visitation Procedures

Prison Jobs & Hiring

Trying to find a correctional facility job? Do you have any prior experience? Have you worked at a prison before?

If so, go to: Mccreary U.S. Penitentiary Jobs


The official website: Mccreary U.S. Penitentiary Website

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

Have you ever been a prisoner in Mccreary U.S. Penitentiary? Do you have a family member or friend that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate at Mccreary U.S. Penitentiary?

If so, then you should write a review about it. Write about your experience so that other people can find out what to expect.

Things you can write in the review:

  • Prison conditions
  • Prison layout and facility
  • Guards and staff
  • Commissary and food
  • Visitation
  • Inmates
  • Inmate safety
  • Gangs
  • Prisoner activities and programs

If you are an inmate at this prison, include your address if you want people to be able to mail you.


  1. USP MCCREARY is one of the worst prisons in the Mid-Atlantic!
    I truly advise all mixed raced couples to stay away; as well as religious based individuals(i.e MUSLIM)!
    This prison is not a place that if you may have family ties
    You’ll be able to keep them. They Constantly try to find ways to make you visit including your Love ones STAY HORRIBLE!
    Real sad place to be; the correctional officers are ALWAY speculating!

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