When you want to send pictures to an inmate at Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) Ashland, you must know what the prison allows in, what it does not allow, and how to get approved pictures to the inmate.
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FCI Ashland is located in Boyd County, KY, about five miles southwest of Ashland, just off U.S. Highway 60 and State Road 716, also called Bybee Road. It is on the very eastern edge of the Bluegrass State. It is about two and a half hours southeast of Cincinnati.
It is a low-security facility for men serving short-term sentences or who are close to completing their sentences. It has a satellite camp. Forbes magazine ranked the satellite camp as one of the best places in the nation to serve a federal prison sentence.
The man prison holds 827 inmates, and the camp holds another 158. It opened in 1940.
If you want to send mail to someone important at the main prison or the satellite, you have to address the envelope properly. Each unit has a separate mailing address.
The main prison is:
FCI Ashland P.O. Box 6001 Ashland, KY 41105
The satellite is:
FCI Ashland Satellite Camp P.O. Box 6000 Ashland, KY 41105
Like all prisons in the United States, FCI Ashland and the satellite camp have rules for what may be mailed to inmates and how the envelope must be addressed. In this case, the rules for each facility are the same.
One of the rules is: you must have the inmate’s name and federal Bureau of Prisons inmate number. You can look up the inmate number at the Bureau of Prison’s inmate search webpage.
When you get that information, you address the envelope as follows:
INMATE NAME & REGISTER NUMBER FCI ASHLAND P.O. BOX 6001 ASHLAND, KY 41105
INMATE NAME & REGISTER NUMBER FCI ASHLAND SATELLITE CAMP P.O. BOX 6000 ASHLAND, KY 41105
If you want to send packages to an inmate, you must first get approval from the prison administration. Photos may not be sent as a package. Packages sent UPS, or Fed Ex are sent to:
FCI ASHLAND FEDERAL CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION ATTN: WAREHOUSE ST. ROUTE 716 ASHLAND, KY 41105
Your return address must be clear in the upper left corner of the envelope or package.
Prison staff opens all inmate mail. If anything improper is found, that is either destroyed or sent back.
Pictures are rejected if they show:
Sexually suggestive behavior
Gangs, gang activity, or gang symbols
Anything that could be harmful to the prison’s security
The inmate handbook for FCI Ashland says pictures can only be mailed to the institution. Visitors may not give inmates pictures. Visitors may not give pictures to the prison staff for inmates. The staff is not allowed to distribute such items to inmates, except through regular mail.
Inmates at FCI Ashland can buy photo albums from the commissary to keep pictures. Any pictures must fit in the album sheets and be held in place there. A photo album purchased through the commissary costs about as much as one bought outside prison.
A picture frame is allowed to display a photo. One may be kept on top of the inmate’s locker. Otherwise, the framed photos must be in the locker.
Inmates at FCI Ashland do not have regular access to email. They do have access to an electronic message system. It has a per-minute charge. Also, only messages may be sent with this system. Attachments, like pictures, are not allowed.
Best Way to Send Photos
When sending pictures to that important person at FCI Ashland or the satellite camp, Inmate Photos can help.
We know the rules. We show you a copy of the current rules so you can decide if the pictures will be approved.
When you are ready to send pictures to FCI Ashland:
Download our app from the App Store or the Play Store
Create an account
Select the inmate you want to send photos to
Upload your photos and checkout
It is that simple. We print the images on commercial photo-quality paper in full color. We make sure to meet the prison’s size requirements for images.
We mail your pictures to the inmate. If needed, we break up the mailing into two or more envelopes. Some prisons have a daily mail limit for inmates. We know the limit, and we make sure to stay under that limit.
Inmate Photos has no hidden fees or surprises when you send pictures to an inmate at FCI Ashland.