Carswell Federal Medical Center


Carswell Federal Medical Center

Carswell Federal Medical Center

Carswell Federal Medical Center is a facility with both an administrative security medical center and a minimum security satellite camp.  FMC Carswell is located in Fort Worth of Tarrant County, Texas.  The prison holds female offenders.  The camp currently has 338 inmates and the medical center is holds an additional 1,158 offenders.  Although FMC Carswell holds over 1400 inmates today, it was only designed to hold about 1240 prisoners - 926 at the medical center and 314 at the camp.  Carswell Federal Medical Center is currently the only medical facility for female offenders.  The site of the prison used to be an Air Force hospital which closed down in 1993 and began the conversion to a prison medical facility.

FMC Carswell is located on a 103 acre lot, having a total of 19 buildings.  Of these 19 buildings, there are 16 housing units.  All these housing units hold multiple inmates per cell.  There are no single housing units.  Of the 19 buildings, there are also three disciplinary cells that will be administrated at all times.  Also known as the Administrative Unit, the disciplinary unit has 43 beds for offenders.  

The Camp is located on 67 acres of land, right next to FMC Carswell.  This area of the prison has only 2 housing units. The camp also has a multipurpose building where the following services can be found: food services, dental services, health services, a laboratory, a laundry room, a chapel, the mail room, along with the visiting room and children's area.  Another feature of the camp includes a building that focuses on education and social/mental well being.  The Camp offers special programs such as Assisting Canine Companions by Enhancing Service Skills Program and the Sharing Hope About Recovery Experiences.

FMC Carswell works to support offenders housed at the prison by providing them with programs that will motivate them to live a more stable lifestyle.  These services range from human resources to other services such as financial management and employee development.

The past twenty years have seen numerous reports of inmate deaths and sexual abuse by staff.  When allegations of sexual abuse were brought to the attention of administrators of Carswell they were not only taken seriously, but started a formal investigation that lead to the eventual incarceration of the staff members.  Carswell Federal Medical Center has had it's share of notable inmates including Lisa Montgomery, who was sentenced to death in 2008 after she was convicted of murdering Bobbie Jo Stinnett, removing and kidnapping her unborn baby in 2004.

Visiting Hours at Carswell Federal Medical Center:

Visits to both Carswell Federal Medical Center and the camp take place on Sundays, Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays, and federal holidays.

  • Visits on weekends and federal holidays occur from 8:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.  Weekday visits are schedule from 5:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.
  • The visiting hours at FMC Carswell are the same as the visiting hours at the camp.
  • No new visits will be started after 8:00 P.M. on Mondays and Fridays.  On other visiting days, visitors must come by 2:00 P.M.
  • Visits to the administrative unit are only conducted on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.  Inmates will only be given 1 four-hour visit per month and are limited to only two adults and two children per visit. 
  • Prisoners are given an unlimited amount of visitors at a given time. 
  • Visits will be terminated as the visiting room crowds to allow room for new visitors. 
  • Offenders are given an unlimited amount of visits.
  • No food or drinks are authorized in the facility.  Vending machines are located inside with refreshments for the visitors only.  Visitors may bring change in a clear plastic bag that does not exceed the measurements of 8"x10".
  • If a visitor is bringing an infant, the following items are permitted into the medical center: up to 5 diapers, no more than 4 empty plastic baby bottles, a small container of wipes, and a moderate amount of unopened baby food. 
  • Inmates are only allowed one kiss and one hug to adult visitors at the beginning and end of each visit.  Any other interaction is prohibited, including hand holding.  These rules do not apply to children of a prisoner, who may hold their child on their lap if he or she is over 12 years of age.
  • There is outdoor visiting when the weather is permitting. 

Physical Address:

Naval Air Station 
J St Bldg 3000
Fort Worth, Texas 76127



Inmate Mailing Address:

For inmates at FMC:

Inmate Name, ID Number
Carswell Federal Medical Center
P.O. Box 27317
Fort Worth, Texas 76127

For inmates at the Camp:

Inmate Name, ID Number
Carswell Federal Medical Center Satellite Camp
P.O. Box 27137
Fort Worth, Texas 76127