The Federal Correctional Complex (FCI) Danbury is a proud member of the Bureau’s Northeast Region. FCI Danbury is comprised of a Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) housing male offenders and a Federal Satellite Low (FSL) and a minimum security camp housing female offenders.
The Federal Correctional Institution, located in Danbury, Connecticut, was opened on August 6, 1940, as a minimum security facility for men. In 1982, the Federal Prison Camp was established adjacent to the FCI. Other than the foundation, the Camp was constructed entirely by staff and inmate workers. The FPC was re-designated as a female facility in 1988. In February 1994, the FCI was re-designated as a female facility. It reverted back to a male facility in 2014. The LeRoy S. Sipe Training Center was completed in August 1990, with the Wee Wisdom Day Care located on the main floor. FCI Danbury was the first facility in the Bureau to establish a day care program for staff. The institution is located on approximately 365 acres in Danbury which has a population of over 70,000. The property is also located next to the largest "man made" lake on the east coast, Lake Candlewood. A lakefront area is maintained for staff recreation.
In 2017, FSL Danbury was the first institution to introduce the FIT (Female Integrated Treatment) Program. This was the BOP's first ever programming facility, where the entire FSL is considered a therapeutic community including a Residential Drug Abuse Program, a Mental Health Step Down Program, a Resolve Program (trauma treatment) and a Peer Support Program, and all inmates housed there are involved in some aspect of treatment. This innovative approach ensures female inmates receive treatment, addressing the full range of their needs from substance abuse to mental health to trauma, with an integrated, individualized treatment plan and a team of treatment providers to provide collaborative treatment. The FIT Program is staffed with 2 Psychologists and 4 Treatment Specialists for approximately 200 inmates. This offers female inmates a unique, evidence based, integrated treatment community to help foster change and assist with their reentry into the community.
The Psychology Department at FCI Danbury has one Chief Psychologist, one Psychology Technician, two Staff Psychologists, one Internship Coordinator, one Resolve (trauma) Coordinator, one Skills Coordinator, two Skills Treatment Specialist, a Drug Abuse Program Coordinator, four Drug Treatment Specialists, one FIT Program Coordinator, one FIT Psychologist, and four FIT Treatment Specialists. When all positions are filled the total staff compliment is 19.
Psychology staff members conduct initial psychological screening of all arriving designated inmates and provide recommendations to unit teams regarding mental health program needs. Direct services are provided in the forms of evaluation, crisis intervention, brief counseling, and individual or group therapy. We consult with staff in evaluating inmates with behavioral or other adjustment problems to ensure proper management. We monitor the adjustment of all inmates with serious mental health conditions. Psychological services within this institution are designed to ensure that every inmate with a documented need and/or interest in psychological treatment has access to a level of care comparable to that available in the community.
The Psychology Department has private offices for assessment and treatment, larger rooms for groups, and a staff lounge area. There is also office and group space available on all Specialty Units. There are regularly scheduled psychologist and staff meetings to help promote a professional treatment atmosphere and foster close working and collegial relationships between staff.
The Psychology Department offers many resources. There are various workbooks that are provided to inmates, some topics for these workbooks include anger management, core skills, family values, life skills, social skills, and seeking employment. Additionally the Psychology Department has a library specifically for testing materials that include scoring and interpretation of a variety of psychological evaluation instruments.
The Psychology Services Department is decentralized within the institution, most of the offices are spread out around the compound. This allows clinicians the opportunity to be close to their assigned caseloads and fosters close working relationships with colleagues from other departments. The Doctoral Psychology Internship Program will have a designated area that includes office space for the interns and the internship coordinator, as well as a didactic training room and group room. All staff and interns have computer workstations on an institutional and agency network with internet access.