Mckean Federal Correctional Institution

General Prison Information

Official Prison Name: Mckean Federal Correctional Institution
Prison Code: MCK
Prison Type: Federal Correctional Institution
Region: Northeast Region
State: Pennsylvania
Security Level: Medium

Contact Information

Below you have the street address and mailing address for Mckean Federal Correctional Institution. Use the mailing address if you are mailing a letter or package to an inmate at Mckean Federal Correctional Institution, and be sure to use the physical address if you need to know the actual 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 a prisoner to make sure that you correctly address the letter or package, and do the right steps for sending a package or letter. If you do not use the correct steps, the package or letter could not get delivered.

FCI Mckean
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 8000
Bradford PA, 16701

Street Address / Prison Location

Use the street address if you plan to visit a prisoner. Be sure to read over the Inmate Visitation Procedures and Inmate Visitation Schedule sections below if you are going to try to visit an inmate.

Mckean Federal Correctional Institution
Rt 59 & Big Shanty Rd
Lewis Run PA, 16738

Phone Number

Inmates can’t take phone calls, so you can’t call an inmate, however, there are times when it might be necessary to know the telephone number to Mckean Federal Correctional Institution.

(814) 362-8900

Fax Number

Mckean Federal Correctional Institution inmates don’t have faxes, so you won’t be able to send a fax to an inmate, but there are times when it may be helpful to know the fax number to the prison.

(814) 363-6821 

Email Address

The email address listed below is the main email for the prison. You cannot 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:   1,103 

Inmate Email

To email a letter to a prisoner at Mckean Federal Correctional Institution you must follow an exact process to ensure that the message gets to the prisoner.

TRULINCS – Trust Fund Limited Inmate Computer System

Federal inmates are allowed to email letters only from people listed on their approved contact list. An federal prisoner has to make a formal request to send and recieve email messages with a friend or family member by placing that person in their contact list.

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

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

Email correspondence may not endanger the public or the security, safety, or operation of the prison facility. Also, emails cannot be larger than 13,000 characters. Email messages that don’t follow these rules will not get sent.

Inmate Internet Access

Federal inmates are not allowed to access the web.

Inmate Mail and Package Procedures

There are certain steps that you have to follow when sending a letter or package to a prisoner. If you don’t follow these rules then letter or package might not get delivered.

Before you send a package or letter, make sure to read the sections below:

Mail Monitoring

Prison staff do open and inspect and read all received general packages and mail. Received general mail and packages can be read as frequently as is necessary to ensure safety and security or watch problems regarding an inmate.

How to Address a Letter to an Inmate

This is the correct format for how you have to address a package or letter to a federal inmate at Mckean Federal Prison:

FCI Mckean
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 8000
Bradford PA, 16701

To read the full Bureau of Prisons Policy on Correspondence, go to: Bureau of Prisons – Correspondence Policy

Inmate Money

Every federal prison has a Commissary which was started to provide inmates an account for inmate funds and for purchasing things not provided by the prison.

How to Send an Inmate Money

Family, friends, or other sources can deposit money into 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 the mail and must send funds to this address and follow the policies 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 deposit has to be in a money order that is made out to the prisoner’s full committed name and complete eight-digit register number. You should use a U.S. Postal Service money order, since all non-postal money orders processed through the National Lockbox will be subject to 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 any funds that don’t have valid prisoner info but only if the envelope has a return address. Checks and cash 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 may also send prisoners money using Western Union’s Quick Collect Program. Money sent to a prisoner using 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
  2. On the phone with a credit/debit card: Call 1-800-634-3422 and choose phone prompt option 2.
  3. On the web with a credit/debit card: Go to and choose “Quick Collect.”

For the Western Union Quick Collect transaction, this info has to be included:

  1. Correct 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 federal inmate, the funds might not get returned to you.

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

Inmate Locator

Inmates are frequently transported to different correctional facilities throughout the country, so you might need to find where an inmate is located using the inmate locator. Follow the link here to locate a 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 prison has its own procedures for prison visitation and these rules get changed often. The rules below 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 visitation procedures.

Visitation Sign-In and Check-In

The entrance guard ensures each visitor signs the prisoner visitors log when 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, check out the official prison website as this info changes frequently:

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

To read the entire Mckean Federal Correctional Institution Visitation Guide click here: Inmate Visitation Instructions

Prison Jobs & Hiring

Trying to find a job at a prison? Have experience? Have you worked at a prison facility before?

If so, click here: Mckean Federal Correctional Institution Jobs


The official website: Mckean Federal Correctional Institution Website

Tell Your Story – Write a Review of Mckean Federal Correctional Institution

Have you ever been a prisoner in Mckean Federal Correctional Institution? Do you have a friend or family member that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate at this prison?

If you have, then we would like you to tell us about it. Write about your experience so that other people can find out what to expect.

Things you might want to write in the review:

  • Prison conditions
  • Prison layout and facility
  • Guards and staff
  • Food and commissary
  • Visitation
  • Inmates
  • Safety
  • Gang activity
  • Activities and programs

If you are an inmate at this prison, include your address if you would like people to be able to send you a letter.

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