El Reno Federal Correctional Institution


El Reno Federal Correctional Institution

El Reno Federal Correctional Institution

El Reno Federal Correctional Institution, located in Canadian County of Oklahoma, is a medium security prison with a nearby minimum security satellite camp.  The institution is designated for male offenders, currently holding 1,226 inmates with 945 prisoners at the FCI and 281 prisoners at the Camp.  Even though the facility currently holds 1,226 offenders, it was originally designed to carry up to 936 offenders.  Prisoners at FCI El Reno range from 20 - 60 years old.  The prison sits on 2,600 acres of land with 56 acres encompassed by a secure fence.  The FCI has 4 housing units for inmates, each of which contain double occupancy cells.  However, due to the facility carrying more prisoners than originally designed, some of the cells have 3 bunks.  The satellite prison camp has only 1 housing unit.  This housing unit is split into 4 wings that are made up of small cubicles for housing. 

El Reno Federal Correctional Institution has several choices of jobs that the inmates can involve themselves in.  The facility has a metal factory run by UNICOR that employs inmates.  FCI El Reno contains 1 of the only 2 dairy farm operations within the whole Federal Bureau of Prisons.  The dairy farm operation also employs many of the offenders.  The prison offers a Residential Drug Abuse Program to benefit the prisoners.  The institution's staff contains 22 medical professionals who provide medical care to any offender in need.  There are also 10 psychologists on the staff to assist with any prisoner's who have mental health issues.  Overall, FCI El Reno does its best to encourage inmates to strive for self improvement through the vocational training, religious services, counseling programs, and educational opportunities offered. 

In 2015, President Barack Obama visited El Reno Federal Correctional Institution.  This was a significant moment that will play a role in the history of El Reno because this was the first time a current president has visited a federal prison.  Other notable activity at the facility occurred on December 19, 2004.  At this time, an inmate, Carlos Brewster, escaped from the prison camp.  Brewster was not found for 3 weeks, until he was located by the US Marshals Service at a fast food restaurant in East Los Angeles, California.  Brewster was sent back to the prison and was sentenced additional time on top of his 21 year sentence for possession and intent to distribute cocaine.  Brewster was transferred to a higher security prison.  Another prisoner managed to escape the FCI in August of 2011.  This prisoner, Joe Villarreal, was already serving a 147 month sentence for drug trafficking.  Several hours after his escape, Villarreal was arrested in El Reno. It was also discovered that prior to his escape, Villarreal carried a shank in the prison. As a result, Villarreal was sentenced 46 additional months and transferred to a prison of higher security.

Visiting Hours at El Reno Federal Correctional Institution:

Visiting at the FCI and the Camp is conducted on Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and federal holidays.  The visiting hours are from 8:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. on each of these days.

  • At the FCI and Camp, visitors must arrive by 2:00 P.M.  On weekends, visitors will not be permitted in the visiting room from 9:15 A.M. to 10:45 A.M. 
  • The FCI visiting room can hold up to 133 people.  The Camp's visiting area holds no more than 57 people.
  • Prisoners may not have more than 5 adult inmates at once.  Prisoners are also limited to 5 children per visit.
  • Visits are tracked with a point system.  Each offender is given 32 visiting points per month.  On weekdays, 1 point will be deducted for each hour the visit lasts.  Any portion of an hour is counted as an hour.  On weekends and holidays, 2 visiting points will be deducted per hour.  Prisoners are limited to using up to 20 of their total visiting points for weekend/holiday visits.
  • Inmates are allowed to request up to 10 additional visiting points from the Warden.
  • A visitor must be on the approved visiting list of the inmate they wish to visit.
  • Any visitor who is 16 years of age and older must provide proper identification prior to entering the visiting room.
  • Visitors are permitted to bring only a clear coin purse, which will be searched upon arrival. 
  • Basic infant needs are also allowed into the facility. These items include:
    • 2 diapers
    • 1 baby bottle
    • Baby food (must be store bought and sealed in its original container)
  • Hand holding is the only physical contact that is acceptable during the visit.
  • All visitors will be screened with a walk through metal detector. 


Physical Address:

El Reno Federal Correctional Institution
4205 Highway 66 West
El Reno, Oklahoma 73036



Inmate Mailing Address:

Inmate Name, ID Number
El Reno Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 1500
El Reno, Oklahoma 73036