Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) – Lompoc Visiting Information:
Visiting hours for the Medium and Low are from 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays, and federal holidays. Visiting hours for the main camp and camp north are from 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Saturdays, Sundays, and federal holidays. Special Housing Unit(SHU) inmate visiting hours are from 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. and are held at the Medium visiting room. SHU inmate visitors will not be processed after 1:30 p.m. No visitors will be processed through the front entrance of either institution prior to 8:30 a.m. or after 2:00 p.m. Legal visits are scheduled through the inmate’s unit team.
Physical Contact In most cases, handshakes, hugs, and kisses (in good taste) are allowed at the beginning and end of a visit. Staff may limit contact for security reasons (to prevent people from trying to introduce contraband) and to keep the visiting area orderly. The Federal Bureau of Prisons does not permit conjugal visits.
Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) – Lompoc Additional information:
Congress returns to Capitol Hill this week, but there's little reason to expect substantial legislation between now and the November election. In one policy area, however, Congress can and should act now: reforming the federal prison system.
Half of all federal inmates are incarcerated for drug offenses, not violent crimes. The federal prison population, currently 216,381, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, is expected to increase by 5,400 in fiscal years 2013-14. Prison costs are projected to reach $6.9 billion in fiscal 2014, up from $4.4 billion in 2001. The Justice Department's inspector general said in a 2013 performance report that the costs are "unsustainable" and are squeezing out spending for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, federal prosecutors, counterterrorism agencies and other crime-fighting efforts.
States are facing the same cost explosion. Prisons are the second-fastest-growing item in state budgets—second only to Medicaid, according to research conducted by the Pew Center on the States. Several states have passed meaningful reforms, including expanding drug courts to order mandatory drug treatment programs, increasing funding for drug and mental-health treatment, and limiting costly prison beds to violent and serious repeat offenders. These state reforms passed in part thanks to conservative support.
Right on Crime, a national organization founded in 2010 that we both belong to, is helping spread the word that backing sensible and proven reforms to the U.S. criminal-justice system is a valuable conservative cause.
On a panel at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in March in National Harbor, Md., Texas Gov. Rick Perry explained how reform worked in his state. In 2007, Texas scrapped plans to build more prisons, putting much of the savings into drug courts and treatment. The results have been impressive: Crime in Texas is at the lowest rate since 1968. The number of inmates has fallen by 3%, enabling the state to close three prisons, saving $3 billion so far. What inspired the reform, Gov. Perry said, was this: "Being able to give people a second chance is really important. That should be our goal. The idea that we lock people up, throw them away, never give them a chance at redemption is not what America is about."
In 2010, South Carolina followed Texas' example, toughening penalties for violent criminals while creating alternatives to incarceration for nonviolent offenders. These included providing community drug treatment and mental health services for lower-level lawbreakers—mostly drug and property offenders—who made up half of the state's prison population. South Carolina also increased funding for more agents to supervise offenders in the community. Three years later, the prison population has decreased by 8%, and violent offenders now account for 63% of the inmate population. South Carolina's recidivism rates also are much improved and the state has closed one prison.
No time limit unless space availability is limited.
Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) – Lompoc Description:
The Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) in Lompoc, California is a low security facility housing male inmates. It is part of the Lompoc Federal Correctional Complex (FCC).
FCI Lompoc is located 175 miles northwest of Los Angeles, adjacent to Vandenberg Air Force Base.