Bureau of Prisons
Federal Prison Camp (FPC) - Yankton Minimum is part of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) and is therefore controlled by the United States Department of Justice under the executive branch of the government. With more than 200,000 inmates it can be difficult to find an inmate who is incarcerated at this jail however the number of prisoners has been on the decline since 2013. The federal prisons are classified in five different levels of security: minimum, low, medium, high and administrative. To find out where your inmate is located click here, to search this facility.
Minimum security facilities holds those who have been imprisoned by low-level crimes. Also known as white collar crimes, the detainees are usually arrested for things such as small scale drug offenses. These institutions are often referred to as Federal Prison Camps (FPCs). The camp does not provide a high level enclosure as there is minimum to no perimeter fencing around the camp. FPCs include dormitory housing and is focused on inmate labor. Not everyone at FPCs are there for small crimes, some inmates with mores serious offenses may also be moved to a minimum security facility in case of good behavior, adhere to rules and sometimes at the conclusion of a sentence.
Low security Federal Correctional Institution (FCIs) are very similar to the Federal Prison Camps, with a few differences and more security. The proportion between staff and inmates is more even in FCIs than it is in FPCs where there are a lot more inmates than staff. Housing is similar on both levels and the inmate will have a job at the facility until he/she has served their term.
Medium level security facilities have more reinforced security with fences around the perimeter of the facility which are usually double fenced. Medium security FCIs house their inmates in cells. The size and type of cell may differ with each facility but usually arranged with metal bunk beds. Prisoners held in here mostly have a prior arrest record and/or are serving a sentence more than ten years. These institution can confine up to 2,000 prisoners in some cases. With so many people incarcerated under the same prison, it leads to volatility. Violence is no stranger here and fights among groups and gangs happen, which sometimes includes the use of weapons.
High level security facilities or as they are more commonly known as United States Penitentiaries (USPs). Inmates at penitentiaries, for the most part, have an wide history of arrests and are serving extensive time. People that are sent to USPs are usually arrested for high-cost and very serious crimes. From gang related crimes to organized crimes the USPs hold a wide variety of inmates that have little to low chance of ever living a normal and free life again. The facilities are surrounded by reinforced fences or walls and prisoners stay in cells. There are a lot of staff at penitentiaries compared to any other security facility, in order to manage the inmates. Everyone imprisoned at USPs share similar routines and the rooms are small, which are usually shared with on other inmate. The schedule at USPs are very strict and disciplinary action will be taken if a prisoner tries to rebel.
Administrative institutions are facilities for prisoners that are to be held at any other security level. Prisoners are usually held here for several reasons: an inmate may be moving from one prison to the other and may be held at this institution for some time. In some cases people are awaiting an active trial and are being held until moved to permanent facility. Inmates that are dangerous and have the tendency of escaping are also help at these facilities. Finding an inmate can be difficult but Nationwide Arrest Search provides an easy solution to finding your inmate ( click here ).

Searching for Inmates
The inmate search allows anyone to search for Federal Prison Camp (FPC) - Yankton Minimum inmates based upon their first and last names. The profile returns a mug shot of the inmate along with the following information: Full Name, Gender, Race, Eye Color, Weight, Date of Birth, Hair Color, Height, Booking Information and Case Information.

Sending Mail to Prison Inmates
When sending mail to prison inmates, you must include the inmate's full name, booking number, cell location and facility address. All of this information may be found using the various inmate search engines. All mail is sent using the United States Postal Service (USPS) and is subject to be searched. Cash that is sent via mail will be deposited into the inmates personal account. Mail cannot include any sharp materials, pictures that may be inappropriate, phone cards and more. Books and magazines must be mailed directly from the publisher or the bookstore where the book was purchased. The books must be appropriate and cannot include any nudity.
For more details or to send inmate mail, letters, and books visit InmateAid.

How Can I Use This Information?
There are a variety of ways that you can search the database -like by their name, facility, city or state. Once you have the general information, use the various Services links to communicate with, visitation, creating a phone account to receive calls, add commissary money and to send mail. If you just want to run a criminal background check for someone you might find there is a small fee for getting the fresh information.

Visiting Inmates
Visitation is a privilege and all prescribed rules, regulations, and procedures of that facility must be followed by you and your visitors. If any of the rules, regulations, or procedures is violated, your visit and your visitation privileges shall be terminated. Upon initial intake into the facility, you shall list all immediate family members on the Inmate Immediate Family Members form. You shall complete Inmate Visitation Form for visitors to be considered to be placed on your active visitation list. You will not be allowed a visit during the first sixty (60) days after intake without the permission of the Warden. Visitation hours and days shall be scheduled by the Warden based upon the number of visitors, size of the visitation area, and the institutional security considerations. Visitors may include your immediate family such as mother, father, stepparents, foster parents, husband, wife, children, stepchildren, grandchildren, brother, sister, grandmother, grandfather, half-siblings, son-in-law, daughter-inlaw, mother-in-law, and father-in-law. If you are married, you may not have a friend of the opposite sex. If you are unmarried, in Yankton County you may have one friend of the opposite sex and one friend of the same sex. You are permitted to have eight adults and eight minor children on your visitation list and this list must be approved by the Warden. For your children or grandchildren under the age of nineteen (19) to visit, you must complete a Request for Minor Children to Visit. Not more than four adults are permitted to visit you on each occasion. Not more than four children are permitted to visit you on each occasion. Children must be accompanied by an approved immediate family member who is on your active visitation list. You may change your visitation list once every six months. Each visitor must submit to a proper search of his or her person and belongings. Upon entering the facility property, visitors and their vehicles are subject to being searched. You may submit an Inmate Request Form for a special visit to be approved or disapproved by the Warden. The request should be limited to an immediate family member who is not on the active visitation list but lives in excess of 500 miles away. Other special circumstances may / will be considered. You may be eligible to receive one (1) special visit every six (6) months.
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Visits
1. Scheduled Visits:
a. A parent or legal guardian who has custody of an inmate’s minor child may authorize an immediate family member, who is on the active visitor list of an inmate to accompany or supervise an inmate’s children by submitting a Request for Minor Children to Visit form. The notarized form should be submitted to the institutional Warden, or his/her designee, prior to the scheduled visit.
b. A separate notarized form is required for each immediate family member who is approved to accompany or supervise an inmate’s minor children.
c. After the Warden, or his/her designee, reviews an inmate’s proposed form, the names of those persons who are approved will be entered into the inmate database, Visitation Module, and a copy of the approved or disapproved list will be given to an inmate and a copy of the list will be scanned into the inmate’s database.
d. Four (4) adults and four (4) minor children are authorized to visit an inmate at any one (1) time. Visitors who bring minor children to visit will be expected to properly supervise the children so that they do not cause disruption to the institution, staff, or other visitors. Violations may result in the visitors being terminated from visitation.
2. Legal/Attorney Visits:
a. In South Dakota an attorney shall submit a written request to the Warden, or his/her designee, to schedule a legal visit. The request requires a minimum of twenty-four (24) hours notification to be considered for approval. The written request should include the following: (1). The name and AIS number of the inmate(s) and specific legal reason(s) for the visit. (2). The date and time requested. (3). The attorney/legal assistant(s) valid driver’s license number and state of issue and other identification information, to include, the bar identification number and professional organization license number. (4). Any other pertinent information.
b. An attorney(s), or agents of the attorney, including paralegal, investigators, psychologists, psychiatrists, mitigation specialist, and or social workers will be allowed to interview with an inmate for legal purposes and will not be required to have a court order. The request shall come in writing from an attorney and include the attorney’s credentials, as indicated in section 2.a. above.
c. d. Any question of the validity of the visit shall be referred to institutional Legal Department and their instructions followed.
e. Prior to the visit, the attorney may request, with approval of the Warden to leave legal documents with an inmate. Documents being brought into the institution by attorneys and legal assistants shall be searched in the presence of the attorney and legal assistant.
f. An attorney may request to bring to a visit electronic equipment, i.e.; laptop, tape recorder, camera; materials needed to complete a psychological evaluation. (1). The request will be honored only in very limited, special circumstances, with the advanced approval of the Warden. (2). The request must be in writing to the Warden.
g. Attorneys and Legal Assistants shall go through routine search procedures in accordance with rules, Searches when entering the institution.
h. Unless specifically approved by the Warden, or his/her designee, all meetings between attorneys and an inmate shall be one-on-one. The Warden, or his/her designee, shall make every reasonable effort to provide a room where an attorney can meet confidentially with an inmate. A meeting place shall be provided in which others cannot reasonably overhear the discussion between an inmate and attorney.
i. Attorney visits may be scheduled with death row inmates simultaneously with up to three (3) different inmates/attorneys being placed in the visitation area at the same time. In extreme circumstances an additional inmate may be placed on the visiting yard at the discretion of the Warden.
j. Restraints for an inmate may be utilized at the Wardens’ discretion.
3. Clergy/Pastoral Visits:
a. A member of the clergy, who was an inmate’s pastor in civilian life, may visit an inmate if an inmate has submitted an Inmate Request Form to the Institutional Chaplain and has been approved by the Warden, or his/her designee. (1). An inmate’s request shall be submitted in writing at least fourteen (14) days prior to the requested visit date. (2). An inmate is limited to a Clergy/Pastoral visit once every six (6) months. (3). The Clergy/Pastoral visit shall not exceed one (1) hour.
b. Visiting clergy shall be responsible for complying with the guidelines set forth in this regulation.
4. Special Visits:
a. With the prison located in Yankton an inmate shall submit an Inmate Request Form for a special visit to be approved or disapproved by the Warden, or his/her designee.
b. The request should be limited to an immediate family member.
c. An inmate may be eligible to receive one (1) special visit every six (6) months.
d. A special visit may be for an immediate family member who is not on the active visitation list but lives in excess of 500 miles away.
5. Outside Hospital Visits:
a. An inmate confined to an outside hospital may only be allowed a visit if the attending physician states that an inmate is in a terminal/life threatening situation and the Warden, or his/her designee, approves the visit. b. The visitor must be on the inmate’s active visitor list.
c. All visitors must be approved by the Warden, or his/her designee. The Warden, or his/her designee, shall notify in writing the hospital and contract security staff. Approved visitors must present picture identification to visit an inmate.
d. Approved visitors shall be required to follow established facility and hospital rules and procedures.
e. Approved visitors shall not be allowed to bring any item to the inmate visit.
f. The facility Correctional Officer(s)/contract security staff shall contact the institutional Shift Commander or designee upon the visitor(s) arrival and departure. The visitor(s) name, arrival time and departure time shall be entered into the shift log and forwarded to the visitation officer/designee for entry into the Visitation Module.
6. Institutional Health Care Unit:
a. An inmate in the institutional health care unit with input from the health care provider may be allowed visitor(s) from the inmate’s active visitor list.
b. The Warden, or his/her designee, shall approve the date and time for the visit.
7. Official Visitors:
1. These visits will be approved and coordinated by the Warden, or his/her designee, through the Public Information Officer, Institutional Coordinator and the Associate Commissioner of Operations as appropriate.
2. In the event of an unannounced or unscheduled visit by an official visitor, the Public Information Officer, Institutional Coordinator, and the Associate Commissioner of Operations shall be notified immediately.
3. Facility employees visiting institutions from other divisions (i.e. Central Office, Legal, etc.) may be required to walk through metal detectors and or hand-held devices. These employees will not be subject to search unless there is a security operation in progress and everyone entering the institution that day is being searched.

General Visitation Procedures:
1. Being held in Yankton each visitor shall be identified by his/her finger scan and identification card. The visitation officer/designee will require all visitors to sign in and out on the Visitor Register, and will log the date and time of the visit. The register shall be dated and signed by the visitation officer/designee.
2. Visitors may be required to walk through a metal detector or screened with a hand-held detector.
3. Upon entry to an institution, ultraviolet ink shall be applied on the back of the hand of all approved visitors. A different design shall be used each day. A black-light shall be utilized to verify that the ink was applied correctly. A black-light shall be utilized to verify only visitors that are exiting the institution.
4. Inmates and visitors shall be searched prior to entering the visitation area to prevent contraband from entering the institution in accordance with Search rules and contraband will be disposed of in accordance with Disposal of Contraband rules. a. In accordance with Search rules, no cross gender searches will be conducted. b. Minor children shall be searched in the presence of their parent or legal guardian.
5. If there is reasonable suspicion that the visitor is carrying contraband, an unclothed search may be undertaken in accordance with Search rules. The unclothed search shall be authorized by the Warden. An Visitor Unclothed Search Authorization form, shall be completed prior to the search.
a. If a visitor refuses to be searched, he or she shall be denied entry into the institution. The visitor may be barred. b. If contraband is found in the possession of a visitor the contraband shall be confiscated and disposed of. The visitor may be detained for questioning by the Warden, his/her designee, or I&I Investigator. c. The on-call I&I Investigator shall be notified. d. An Duty Officer Report and Incident Report shall be completed. 6. If a visitor appears to be under the influence of an intoxicant he or she shall be denied entry into the institution.
7. If a visitor refuses to comply with visitation rules and procedures he or she shall be removed from the visiting area or institution.
8. Each adult visitor may be allowed to bring no more than $20.00 for the vending machine(s).
9. An inmate shall be frisk searched prior to entering the visitation area.
10. An inmate is NOT permitted to carry any item from the visitation area.
11. An inmate shall be stripped searched prior to exiting the visitation area.
12. An inmate housed in administrative segregation may be allowed visits in Administrative Segregation.
13. An inmate housed in disciplinary segregation shall not be allowed visits in accordance with Disciplinary Segregation, except with an attorney.

Denial, Termination, Suspension and Barred:
1. Denial. a. A visit may be denied, with the approval of the Shift Commander, because of institutional or visitation rule violation(s). b. Security personnel shall initiate an incident report in accordance with Incident Reporting. c. The Warden shall review the incident to determine if further action is required. d. If upon further review, the Warden shall provide a written notice to the visitor that they have been suspended from entering ALL institutions. A copy shall be scanned into the inmate’s database and a copy shall be provided to the inmate.
2. Termination. a. A visit may be terminated, with approval of the Warden, or his/her designee, because of institutional or visitation rule violation(s) by an inmate or visitor. b. Security personnel shall enter the termination in the Visitation Module. c. Security personnel shall initiate an incident report in accordance with Incident Reporting. d. The Warden shall review the incident to determine if further action is required.
3. Suspension. a. The Warden may suspend visitation privileges, after review of the Incident Report, for a period of up to six (6) months for institutional or visitation rule violation(s). b. The Warden, or his/her designee, shall enter the period of suspension into the Visitation Module. c. The Warden shall provide a written notice to the inmate, visitor, and visitation staff of suspended visitation privileges. d. The suspended visitor may apply in writing to the Warden for reinstatement after the suspension period has ended.
4. Barred. a. A visitor may be barred for a period of more than six (6) months to an indefinite length of time for serious and/or repeated infraction(s) such as, but not be limited to: (1). Assaultive/disruptive behavior. (2). Illegal drugs or possession of unauthorized drugs. (3). Possession of firearms/weapons on state property. (4). Repeated violation(s) of institutional or visitation rules. b. The Warden will review the Incident Report and submit his or her recommendation for permanent barring utilizing the Visitation Module to the Associate Commissioner of Operations. c. The Associate Commissioner of Operations shall approve or disapprove, utilizing the Visitation Module, the Warden’s recommendation for barring a visitor. d. The Warden shall provide a written notice to the visitor that they have been barred from entering ALL institutions. A copy shall be scanned into the inmate’s database and a copy shall be provided to the inmate.

Official Visitors:
1. These visits will be approved and coordinated by the Warden, or his/her designee, through the Public Information Officer, Institutional Coordinator and the Associate Commissioner of Operations as appropriate.
2. In the event of an unannounced or unscheduled visit by an official visitor, the Public Information Officer, Institutional Coordinator, and the Associate Commissioner of Operations shall be notified immediately.
3. Facility employees visiting institutions from other divisions (i.e. Central Office, Legal, etc.) may be required to walk through metal detectors and or hand-held devices. These employees will not be subject to search unless there is a security operation in progress and everyone entering the institution that day is being searched.