The Federal Correctional Institution, Aliceville(FCI Aliceville) is a medium-security United States federal prisonfor female inmates in Alabama. It is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a division of the United States Department of Justice. It also includes a satellite prison camp for minimum-security female inmates. FCI Aliceville is located in unincorporatedPickens County, between Aliceville and Pickensville.
It is the first federal women’s prison to be established in Alabama.
Construction on FCI Aliceville began in 2008.
FCI Aliceville became operational in 2013. Aliceville public officials approved the project with the support of residents who hope that the facility would provide jobs and boost local businesses. The town’s population is about 2,500, with unemployment near 11 percent, well above the national average. Aliceville officials estimate the facility will generate between 700 and 1,000 trips per day, which will lead to new hotels, restaurants and gas stations being opened. The medium-security prison is expected to house 1,400 female inmates and employ between 320 and 350 people when it reaches full operating capacity. However, 40 percent of those jobs will go to existing federal prison employees. The Bureau of Prisons has already transferred female inmates to FCI Aliceville from FCI Danbury, which is being converted back to an all male-facility.
Pickens County, previously losing population, became the fastest growing county in Alabama in 2014 because of the installation of the prison.
On February 2, 2016, a tornado caused damage at the prison facility, the extent of which is currently unknown.
The prison is on a 650-acre (260 ha) plot of land along Alabama State Route 14, in southwest unincorporated Pickens County. The prison is about 2.5 miles (4.0 km) north of Aliceville, and between Aliceville and Pickensville. The local area is served by the Aliceville post office. It is approximately 55 miles (89 km) west of Tuscaloosa, Alabama and 35 miles (56 km) southeast of Columbus, Mississippi.
The prison, managed by two construction companies, had a scheduled cost of $185 million. Caddell and W.G. Yates & Sons, of Montgomery, Alabama and Philadelphia, Mississippi, respectively, worked on the project.