View Full Version : Federal Women's Prison Bryan Texas (need info)!!

05-07-2002, 02:02 PM
Hello Everyone,

I need to know any information at all about the federal women's cam/prison in Bryan Texas. I have been sentenced to 20 months and the judge recomended Bryan because it is closest to my home. Im not even sure if that is where Ill get to go but I am praying since that will mean I get to see my kids (they are 8, 6, and 3) while I am gone. I heard there are furloughs available in the federal system, is that true? Can I go to school while I am on there? Everyone says I should be going to a camp since I only got 20 months and that is what they have in Bryan is that right? I am so uninformed about the whole process to come it makes it really scary. And what about visits, clothing, and personal items, can I bring anything with me? Any information at all would be greatly appreciated!!

God Bless all of you wonderful people.....and Thank You!!


05-07-2002, 02:39 PM
Hi Goldy,
FPC Bryan is about 5 miles from me right now. If you would like, I might be able to get some photos of the outside of the place. Don't know it that would help any but I am willing to do it if you would like.
I was in 1/2 way house with a lot of ladies that did their time in Bryan. They said it was alright but I will see if I can get ahold of someone that has actually been there. My girlfriend was at Carswell in Ft.Worth but knows a bunch of people that could help.
Where are you located in Texas?


05-07-2002, 02:42 PM
I went ahead and moved this thread to the "The Road to Prison" forum that is pretty much dedicated to this sort of thing.

You mentioned something about your time and getting sentenced to a camp. Getting sentenced to a camp has more to do with your criminal history and offense than it does the length of time you receive. There are people pushing 10 years at some camps but that don't have hardly and "points".

What sort of criminal history do you have, if any? The reason I also asked about your location is because it may also effect where you are placed.


05-07-2002, 06:36 PM
I don't have any criminal history as an adult. I hate not knowing what to expect. How often can I have visits? or use the phone? People have told me it's better to just do your time than to get caught up in what's going on with the outside. My offense was embezzelment of $250,000 (approximately). Is there anything I can participate in while I am in there to shorten my sentence. I have heard about the Intense Incarceration Program or something like that but don't know how to go about doing it. My kids are my life and I just want to be back with them as soon as possible. I dont mean to ramble form topic to topic but I am full of questions. If your girlfriend can offer any advice I would be very thankful.


05-07-2002, 06:38 PM
sorry I forgot something.........I was told that even if you weren't sentenced to a split sentence BOP can release you early to home confinement or a halfway house, is that true?



05-07-2002, 10:00 PM
You can expect to take 6 months off your sentence for 1/2 way house and home confinement. You will do 85% of your time if you don't get in trouble.
You will most likey be sentenced to Bryan because of the amount of your time and proximity. On 20 months you will do about 17 months. MINUS 6 months for 1/2 way house. So, you will most likely do 11 months (give or take days) and then the remainder in 1/2 way house.

05-08-2002, 12:01 PM
That is good to know. It makes it seem shorter. What if there isn't a half way house in my home area? Do they just send you to a different one? and is that always split with home detention? Thanks for your reply the info is very much appreciated!!

05-08-2002, 12:18 PM




01-03-2004, 09:26 AM

I don't know if any of this information will help you, the date of the posting was back in May so unless you are still waiting sentencing you should be in Bryan by now. If not then post again and I will answer everything you need to know about FPC Bryan. I was there for 3 years so I have a little insight. There is a million things I could tell you but if you are already in then it wouldn't help much! Oh but to correct one of the postings by Fed-X, six months in the halfway house is not a given! It is decided by the length of your setence and 20 months is not enough to warrant the six months UNLESS you do the drug program (RDAP). For an example my 37 month sentence got me 5 months in the halfway. BESIDES soon after I left federal policy changed and no one got out before their 10 percent date! Which is not much on 20 months. Sorry!


01-29-2004, 08:54 PM
Hi, I too will either be going to Carswell or Bryan and if you would post any info here regarding camp or the bootcamp. I would very much like to know any info from food to people to sentencing anything will help.. thanks

01-31-2004, 12:56 AM
Well here's some stuff on Bryan...basically it's very strict! That's the main thing which means rules, rules, rules. Just found out today that there is a new warden but last time there was a change of warden while I was there NOTHING changed! Basically it's a camp but it's run like a low with the fence and one-way movement all the time and tons of bed book counts. The fence is to keep the neighborhood out because it isn't the best kind of neighborhood. Anyway, there are a lot of classes to take while you get adjusted like beading, crochet, ceramics, yoga, jazzercise etc. There are also training and education classes too if you are there long enough like AutoCad and Cosmotology and Computer Tech. Some educ. classes that are certified have a fee like 50 to 120 bucks or so. Basically, when you get there they get you all checked in and into a crumby looking uniform, you look like a UPS driver. Then you get assigned a dorm and a room. The next few days or even weeks your work assignment will be the dorms and it's awful! You have to dust baseboards and the leaves on the plants to keep busy because you can't sit down or wander off till you are off work at 3 pm. Anyway, after a while you will be able to find a job somewhere else kitchen, recreation, compound, facilities, education, chapel, etc. There are also jobs out in the community at MHMR but those are difficult to get, it's a tenure thing. With a clear slate there will be furloughs available after a year or 18 months I'm not sure, I never qualified for them so I don't remember exactly. They start with 12 hours and then 24 and so on. The food is better than county food but not much! The bread and pastries are great! But becareful everyone gains weight there unless you really work at it like I did. I ate off commissary most of the time so I knew what I was eating. There is a track and weight equipement and lot's of exercise classes, there are also treadmills, stairsteppers, stationary bikes and oh yes a salad bar! But don't be fooled it is definetely a prison, a tightly run ship at that. So go in carefully, the guards like to pick on new people. The other inmates will be your best source of information so don't be afraid of making friends. The other women are just women, some great some not so great but almost all are civil. A couple are trouble but they aren't a threat there are always guards and staff around. I have lot's of friends to this day that I'm in touch with in and out. Stay out of Lt. Kellamans way and take care of yourself. Post anymore questions you may have!

01-31-2004, 01:12 AM
I forgot about the bootcamp which I only know a bit about since I didn't go but I knew a few who did. Basically it's bootcamp, much more strict than the camp. They wear jeans, denim shirt and combat boots and it's HOT down there! Up at 4 am to run and do exercises. Even while you are eating it's regimented and in line. You have to measure all your stuff in your foot locker and stand outside to make phone calls. You can't buy anything off commissary except toiletries and definitely can't do your hair or wear makeup like the rest of the compound. Oh yeah, you also have NO contact with the rest of the compound, you have to ignore everyone else when you are there. There are forest excursions too, cutting trees and digging holes. Lot's of rules and completely regimented all the time. They also can yell at you and put you down and call you names, it's all acceptable. They just can't touch or hit you. Well, that's about all I know about bootcamp. Good luck!

02-01-2004, 06:40 AM
Hi! I wanted to say thanks myself - I'm to surrender on 3/1 this year to Bryan for a lovely vacation of 37 months (hopefully 7 in the regular facility and then 6 in boot to get home). You have given more detail on the "normal" stuff there than in any other thread! Thanks! It helps knowing a little of what's going to happen...

02-02-2004, 10:02 PM
Lt. Kellaman is no longer at Bryan. I was released from Bryan last April. If you can do the RDAP program I highly reccomend it. I had a great Drug Treatment Specialist there. There are many rules at Bryan, but you do eventually get used to it. The new warden is actually a very nice and approachable person. Her philosophy is that you are there as punishment not for punishment. They do have a very good education department at Bryan. I have been in 4 different camps in the federal system and Bryans education dept. is by far the best. I also worked there as a GED tutor. Make sure you take some money with you, there will be many things you will need to buy from commissary.

03-23-2004, 02:40 PM
This is an old thread but very helpful to me. Getting the nitty gritty details help make things seem more familiar.

11-19-2004, 12:12 PM
I don't know if anyone is still reading this or not, but can someone please tell me about Bryan's Cosmetology classes. Do you have to be in for a certain amount of time? Also, if you had your choice which camp would you request. I am going up for sentencing and I am so confused on what to ask for?


11-19-2004, 12:24 PM
You have to have a sentence of at least 18 months for the cosmetology class. If you are interested and can take it, do. All you have to pay for is your books. I went to cosmetology school years ago and it was $5000!!! So it is really a deal if you can do it.

11-19-2004, 01:02 PM
Well I don't think I will be in that long, I was hoping I would be able to take the class so I could be able to get a job when I get out. Can you get your license in TX? Because in Oklahoma you can't.

11-19-2004, 01:10 PM
Yes, you can get your liscense in Texas.

kaci, I will pm you some time this weekend.

11-19-2004, 01:50 PM
Yes, you can get your liscense in Texas.

kaci, I will pm you some time this weekend.
Okay thanks so much