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Please write a public Comment directly to the Bureau of Prisons by April 15th challenging this Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS).

Letters to Congress

1. Letter to Appropriations Committee

2. Letter to Rules Committee

Press Releases

March 19, 2024

Building Community Not Prisons Coalition Applauds House of Representatives for Stopping the Fast-Tracking of a New Federal Prison in Letcher County

March 4, 2024

The United States Department of Justice Releases Draft Environmental Impact Statement For the Proposed Federal Prison in Letcher County

December 1, 2023

Kentucky advocates Express Concerns Over Irregularities in planning Process for Federal Prison in Letcher County

September 19, 2023

Over 185 Organizations Oppose Legislation Fast-Tracking A New Prison in Eastern Kentucky

July 18, 2023

Rep. Rogers Proposal Would Fast Track Prison Construction in Letcher County, KY in an Attempt to Silence Opposition.

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The No New Letcher Prison Campaign is a non-partisan national effort of the Building Community Not Prisons coalition to stop the construction of a new federal prison in Letcher County, Kentucky. 

Our Goal

Our goal is to stop the construction of the proposed USP Letcher and ensure that the earmarked $505 million dollars is instead invested in Letcher County and other communities heavily impacted by incarceration.

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  1. Both the Trump and Biden Administrations have concluded that the construction of this prison is not necessary because the federal prison population is declining. Both Administrations have proposed withdrawing the funding for FCI Letcher.

  2. The prison would be constructed on top of a former strip coal mine putting at risk the health of those incarcerated, their family members who visit, as well as correctional staff.

  3. There is no existing infrastructure, like sewerage, water, and electricity, in the location of the proposed prison. This creates extra costs for the construction of the prison while the infrastructure of Eastern Kentucky has yet to be fully repaired after the devastating historic floods of 2022.

  4. Construction at the existing site would destroy nearby wetlands, threaten endangered species, as well as cause adverse environmental degradation at Lilley Cornett Woods, the largest stretch of old growth forest in Kentucky.

  5. There are no public transportation, bus or train routes to the proposed site in the small community of Roxana, KY. The closest airport is several hours away. This remote location would make it extremely expensive and nearly impossible for family members without personal transportation to visit their loved ones incarcerated at this prison.

  6. The BOP itself acknowledges that this project will bring negligible benefits” for employment and income to the region.

Individuals and organizations that oppose the construction of this prison come from Letcher County, the broader Appalachian region, and across the country.

We need you to take action now and get involved:


Set up a meeting with your Congressional Representative.  We can help, just email to get started


If your organization wants to join our campaign, please get in touch with us


Get involved with an organization near you working to stop this prison

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