Lompoc United States Penitentiary


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Lompoc United States Penitentiary

Lompoc United States Penitentiary is a medium security prison with a nearby minimum security satellite camp.  USP Lompoc also has another small camp specifically designed for the residential drug abuse program.  USP Lompoc is part of the Lompoc Federal Correctional Complex.  The facility is located in Lompoc of Santa Barbara County, California.  The prison is designed for male offenders only and currently has a total inmate population of 1,378.  USP Lompoc was formerly known as Camp Cooke, which was a military barracks.

USP Lompoc requires all inmates to participate in work assignments or educational programs.  Work assignments include food service (cooks, bakers, butchers), mechanical service (electricians, plumbers, carpenters), education/recreation service (librarians, clerks, tutors), laundry, and unit orderlies.  The penitentiary also operates farm where the inmates can also be assigned work.  Educational programs available to the prisoners include General Education Development Program (the GED Program), the Spanish GED, English as a Second Language, Adult Continuing Education, Post-Secondary Education, Parenting, Vocational Training, apprenticeships, and release preparation.  Recreational activities are also organized for the inmates.  Recreational activities include softball, basketball, crafts, and other leisure activities.  A Residential Drug Abuse Program is also offered, and those who participate in this program can result in a one year sentence reduction.  

Lompoc United States Penitentiary has had many notable inmates.  For example, H.R. Haldeman was convicted in 1975 of conspiracy and obstruction of justice.  Haldeman was the White House Chief of Staff for President Richard Nixon and was the key figure of the Watergate Scandal.  Haldeman was held in custody for 18 months and was released in 1978.  Herbert W. Kalmbach was the personal attorney for President Nixon.  Kalmbach was also incarcerated at USP Lompoc after pleading guilty in 1974 to soliciting almost $4 million in campaign funds.  Kalmbach served 6 months and was released from prison in 1975.  Other notable inmates include Chuck Muncie, who was a former NFL player that served 18 months at Lompoc after pleading guilty to selling cocaine to an undercover FBI agent.  Muncie was released from custody in 1992.  


Visiting Hours at Lompoc United States Penitentiary:

  • The USP and the Camp at Lompoc United States Penitentiary follow the same visiting schedule.
  • Visits will be conducted on Saturdays, Sundays, and federal holidays from 8:30 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.
  • Inmates are granted 6 visiting points each month.  Each visit will deduct 2 points from the inmates total visiting points.
  • Prisoners can have up to 4 visitors at a time, inclusive of children.  Any visitor under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • All visitors who are 16 years of age and older must provide valid photo identification in order to visit.
  • All visitors are required to pass through a walk-through metal detector.  Visitors could also be subject to random pat searches.
  • As the visiting room overcrowds, visits will be terminated.  First, volunteers will be asked to leave and then local visitors will be asked to leave next.
  • A children's play area is available for the children.  However, visitors are responsible and must keep watch on the children they bring to visit.  Inmates are not permitted in the children's play area at any given time.
  • Kissing and embracing are only permitted at the beginning and end of each visit.  Hand holding is the only physical contact permitted for the duration of the visit. 
  • Vending machines are available for visitor use only.
  • The following items are permitted in the visiting area:
    • Up to $20.00 in either quarters, one-dollar bill denominations, or five-dollar bill denominations
    • 1 clear bag/purse no larger than 8 inches
    • Necessary amount of prescription medications
    • Necessary infant supplies
  • If an infant is being brought into the visiting room, the following items are permitted in the visiting room for the infant:
    • 2 empty nursing bottles
    • 6 diapers
    • Baby wipes, must be in a clear container or bag
    • Change of clothing
    • 2 baby blankets, no larger than 2 feet x 3 feet
    • All formula and baby food must be sealed

Physical Address:

Lompoc United States Penitentiary
3901 Klein Boulevard 
Lompoc, California 93436



Inmate Mailing Address:

For the USP:

Inmate Name, ID Number
Lompoc United States Penitentiary
3901 Klein Boulevard
Lompoc, California 93436

For the Camp:

Inmate Name, ID Number
Lompoc United States Penitentiary Satellite Camp
3705 West Farm Road 
Lompoc, California 93436