Federal Correctional Institution (FCI), – Mendota Visiting Information:
Visiting Schedule: The following schedule will be utilized for inmates with social visits at FCI Mendota and the Camp: Saturday 8:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Sunday 8:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Federal Holidays 8:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Social visitors will not be processed before 8:00 a.m. or after 2:00 p.m. on visiting days.
Federal Correctional Institution (FCI), – Mendota Additional information:
July 14, 2014 7:21 p.m. ET
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.
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Federal Correctional Institution (FCI), – Mendota Description:
The Federal Correctional Institution (FCI), Mendota, California, is a medium security facility housing male offenders. An adjacent satellite prison camp houses minimum security male inmates.
FCI Mendota is located in Fresno County, 36 miles west of Fresno, California.