FCI Petersburg Low Inmate Search and Prison Information

Updated on: January 24, 2023
FCI Petersburg Low




The FCI Petersburg Low is short for Hopewell Federal Detention Center. The FCI Petersburg Low is an administrative federal prison in the heart of Hopewell, Virginia.

The FCI Petersburg Low is home to adult male and adult female inmates who are over the age of 18.

As of right now, the FCI Petersburg Low is currently housing 1232 inmates. What is neat about the FCI Petersburg Low is that the facility is home to ALL security levels.

The FCI Petersburg Low was designed to house up to 1232 inmates at one time.

The FCI Petersburg Low officially opened in October of 1999. The FCI Petersburg Low is around 300,000 square feet. The facility covers 7 floors. The housing units are on the fourth, fifth, and sixth floor. Each of these housing floor units can comfortably house around 248 inmates.

The FCI Petersburg Low Special Housing Unit is situated on the seventh floor of the building.

FCI Petersburg Low — General Information

Facility Name FCI Petersburg Low
Facility Type Federal Prison
Capacity 1232
Address 1100 RIVER ROAD HOPEWELL, VA, 23860
Phone 804-733-7881
City Hopewell
Postal Code 23860
State Virginia
County Hopewell city
Official Website https://www.bop.gov/locations/institutions/pet/

Inmate Search

Searching for an inmate no longer requires you to make a few phone calls and wait on hold. Now you can search for an inmate wherever you are. You can search from your mobile device, tablet, or computer.

You will need to log on to the Federal Bureau of Prisons site. You can search for an inmate in the roster by their name or their identification number. Most people will search for the inmate by their name.

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Jail records, court & arrest records, mugshots and even judicial reports.

Sending a Mail/Care Package

One way you can keep in touch with an inmate is to send them letters. Letters can be handwritten, and you can stuff them with some family photos.

When sending mail, please do not use the following items:

  • Staples

  • Stickers

  • Crayons

  • Drawings

  • Glitter

Please when writing your letter only use pencil or pen, nothing else or the letter will not be accepted.

Keep in the back of your mind that everything you say in your letter will be read by a correctional officer at the FCI Petersburg Low before it is officially given to the inmate it is addressed to.

Sending Money

Inmates may ask you for money from time to time. If an inmate asks you for money while they are in the FCI Petersburg Low, you will have a couple of different options.

If the inmate says they need the money as soon as possible, you will want to use either Western Union or MoneyGram service. This service will deposit the money into the inmate’s account MUCH faster. However, the only downside is that there are fees associated with these methods.

If the inmate says, there is no rush for sending the money, then you can send a money order. You will need to send a money order to the processing address. The processing address is:

Federal Bureau of Prisons

Inmate Name

Inmate Register Number

Post Office Box 474701

Des Moines, Iowa 50947-0001

Phone calls

Inmates in the FCI Petersburg Low will have access to telephones daily from 7 am to 10 pm. They can make phone calls to their loved ones during these hours if there is not a prison count going on or the facility is in lockdown.

You will need to ensure that you put money on the phone account, so the inmate can make these phone calls.


Visitation here at the FCI Petersburg Low are held on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays during these days they will either have two or three shifts for visitation.

Before you will be permitted to visit an inmate in the FCI Petersburg Low, you will need to fill out this visitors application.

Visiting Hours

FCI Hours;Camp Hours

Monday — 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM;
Thursday — 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM;
Friday — 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM;8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday — 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM;8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday — 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM;8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Holiday — 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM;8:00 AM - 3:00 PM


Refer the map below to find the driving directions.

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