Duluth Federal Prison Camp


Duluth Federal Prison Camp

Duluth Federal Prison Camp

Opened in 1983, Duluth Federal Prison Camp is a minimum security prison camp located in Duluth of Saint Louis County, Minnesota.  The prison holds only male offenders and currently holds 507 offenders.  The FPC is located on a 90 acre lot that was formerly taken up by the Duluth Air Force Base, which eventually closed down.  Housing is set up among 5 barrack-like housing units.  Each barrack has two floors of rooms and holds around 4-6 prisoners per room. Every barrack also contains a laundry room and bathroom on each floor for the personal use of the inmates.  Of the 5 main housing units, 1 unit provides for inmates who are part of the Residential Drug Abuse Program.  The Special Housing Unit contains 8 beds divided among 3 cells.  The Camp also has a medical area where a medical observation room is also located.  Staff housing is also provided by FPC Duluth.  Staff housing is located right outside the prison camp. 

Back in 2011, a CBS reporter interviewed a prisoner from FPC Duluth.  The prisoner, Denny Hecker, was incarcerated after pleading guilty to bankruptcy fraud.  Prior to his imprisonment, Hecker was making millions of dollars being the owner of numerous car dealerships.  The reporter, Esme Murphy, later revealed details about the interview where the prisoner gave descriptions about what life in the FPC was like.  Murphy said that Hecker described his life as an inmate in a way that did not make it seem so bad. Hecker claimed to work out each day in the gymnasium at the facility.  Hecker also claimed that the food wasn't bad, for sometimes they even had "fresh cinnamon rolls" for breakfast.  The camp also had a salad bar for offenders to eat from.  Hecker went on about the movie theater for the prisoners and the way his housing unit was set up.

Visiting Hours at Duluth Federal Prison Camp:

Visiting at Duluth Federal Prison Camp is currently suspended until further notice, but the visiting hours and regulations are as follows:

  • Visits will be conducted on Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays, and federal holidays.  Visiting hours are from 8:15 A.M. to 3:15 P.M. 
  • On weekends and holidays, after 2:30 P.M. new visitors will most likely not be permitted in the visiting room.  If a visitor shows up after 2:30, there is a chance that the visiting request will be denied.
  • A person cannot enter the visiting room until they have filled out a form and have been placed on the inmate's approved visiting list.  An inmate is allowed 24 visitors, not including children under 16, on their requested visitor list.
  • Prisoners are granted 8 visits per month.
  • There can be no more than 6 visitors per inmate at a given time. 
  • As the visiting room begins to overcrowd, visits will be terminated.  The first visitors asked to leave will be those who have been in the visiting room for the longest time.
  • For offenders that are part of the Special Housing Unit, the amount of visitors allowed at once will vary according to the situation.
  • Inmates under pretrial or holdover cannot have visits unless they are first requested and approved by the Warden.
  • Visitors will be asked to empty their pockets and will have their jackets searched prior to visit.
  • The following items are authorized in the visiting room:
    • Small, clear coin purse
    • Up to 2 clear plastic bags that do not exceed 16" by 16"
    • 8-10 baby diapers
    • Four bottles for infants
    • Baby rattle
    • Teething ring
    • Hand carried infant seat
    • Emergency medication
  • There is a television room for the children.  No inmates are permitted in the television room.
  • Outdoor visiting can occur if the weather is permitting.

Physical Address:

Duluth Federal Prison Camp
4464 Ralston Drive
Duluth, Minnesota 55811



Inmate Mailing Address:

Inmate Name, ID Number
Duluth Federal Prison Camp
P.O. Box 1000
Duluth, Minnesota 55814