FCI Beckley Programs

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Recreation, Leisure, and Social Programs

Leisure activities and recreation programs include indoor and outdoor activities, and range from individualized arts and crafts programs to intramural team sports such as softball, basketball, soccer, volleyball, and football. Physical fitness and weight reduction programs are also important activities for inmates and contribute to mental health, good interpersonal relations, and stress reduction. In addition, inmates can learn to use their free time constructively by participating in physical fitness classes and wellness classes.

Musical Instruments

Musical instruments are available in the recreation area for inmates at most institutions. These instruments will remain in the recreation area.

Escorted Trips

Bedside visits and funeral trips may be authorized for inmates in lower custody categories, when an immediate family member is seriously ill, in critical condition, or has passed away. Depending on the inmate’s custody classification, one or two Correctional Officers will escort the inmate. All expenses will be borne by the inmate, except for the first eight hours of each day that the employee is on duty. There are occasions when an escorted trip is not approved, even when all policy-required conditions have been met. These instances are based on a determination that the perceived danger to BOP staff during the proposed visit is too great, or the security concerns about the individual inmate outweigh the need to visit the community.


A furlough is an authorized absence from an institution by an inmate who is not under the escort of a staff member, a U.S. Marshal, other Federal or State agent. Furloughs are a privilege, not a right, and are only granted when clearly in the public interest and for the furtherance of a legitimate correctional goal. Ordinarily, inmates with a history of violence will not be granted social furloughs.

The Bureau has a furlough program for inmates who have community custody and have two (2) years or less from their anticipated release date. An inmate who meets the eligibility requirements may submit an application for furlough to staff for approval. Furloughs may be granted for the following reasons:

  • Visits to dying immediate family members.
  • Attendance at funeral of an immediate family member.
  • Obtaining medical services not otherwise available.
  • Contacting prospective employers.
  • Establishing or reestablishing family or community ties.
  • Transferring directly to another institution.
  • Participating in selected educational, social, civic, religious and recreational activities,
  • which will facilitate release transition.
  • Any other significant reason consistent with the public interest.

In all units, pre-release programming will be emphasized, and staff will address concerns about readjustment, current community issues and educational/vocational opportunities. For eligible inmates, furloughs and Community Correction Center (halfway houses) placements will be considered.

Central Inmate Monitoring System

The Central Inmate Monitoring System (CIMS) is a method for the Bureau’s Central and Regional Offices to monitor and control the transfer, temporary release, and participation in community activities of inmates who pose special management considerations. Designation as a CIMS case does not prevent an inmate from participating in community activities. All inmates who are designated as CIMS cases will be so notified by their Case Manager.


If an inmate wishes to be married while incarcerated, the Warden may authorize him to do so under certain conditions. All expenses of the marriage will be paid by the inmate. Government funds may not be used for marriage expenses.

If an inmate requests permission to marry he must:

  • Have a letter from the intended spouse which verifies her intention to marry.
  • Demonstrate legal eligibility to marry.
  • Be mentally competent.
  • The marriage must not present a security risk to the institution.

The Chaplains are available to discuss with an inmate issues of marriage while incarcerated.

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