Thursday, May 31, 2018

Prison transit 2018: South Carolina > Pennsylvania

author: Lea 

Photo: Arizona Prison Watch
     After being for two years in FCI Williamsburg prison, South Carolina, Roman was transferred to Moshannon Valley Correctional Center, Pennsylvania.

     It took two months for the transfer to complete — from early March until end of April, 2018. The transfer included bus and airplane (ConAir) transport passing through South Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, Oklahoma, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, with prolonged stay at United States Penitentiary Atlanta, Federal Transfer Center Oklahoma-city, and Metropolitan Detention Center Brooklyn.

     Detailed stories about the stages of the transfer written in Russian language you may find at Зазеркалья:

     You can use Google Translate to read these stories in the language you prefer.

The map by Ed Kritsky
     You may contact Roman directly at email address, but before you do, please read about the peculiarities of communication between someone incarcerated in American prison and the outside world.

     Alternatively, you may address your questions to the support crew at, or you can write by regular mail directly to Roman's current prison address:
Roman Vega
555 Geo Drive,
Philipsburg, PA 16866,

     There are different incoming mail policies in the different prisons, but generally a prisoner is only permitted to receive letters, postcards, photos and print-outs.

Moshannon Valley Correctional Center. Photo: GEO
     You may address any questions to Roman's support crew at
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Sunday, March 13, 2016

Transfer to FCI Williamsburg prison

After three months (from December 2015 till March 2016) in SHU (disciplinary segregation), Roman was moved from McRae Correctional Institution to United States Penitentiary Atlanta, located in Atlanta, Georgia, and then he was moved to his current "residence" in FCI Williamsburg (as of May 2016), a "medium" federal correctional institution in Salters, South Carolina. 

There are about 1400 inmates housed in the prison, consisting of three buildings with 4 units each.

A majority (approximately 1000 inmates) are African-Americans (as the black population in the U.S. likes to be called), also there are roughly 200 white inmates as well as 200 Latinos with a light dusting of a few American Indians.

Most inmates are from neighboring states, such as both of the Carolinas, Florida, Virginia, Georgia, and a very few are from states that are farther away. There is no Russians of any kind, except Roman. Also there is a very few foreigners from other countries: one Canadian citizen, and less than a dozen holders of Mexican, Honduran and Haitian citizenship. The rest of the population are American citizens, including Puerto-Ricans.

Majority of the local inmates are from small towns, and they rarely ventured outside of these small town country roots, prior of being incarcerated. Most of these country boys have never experienced neither Russians nor any outside foreigners in their life time, before being in prison.

So it seems that Roman is a "one man army", so far, even though he said that he's all right over there.

So it goes.

There are more detailed articles written by Roman in Russian on this and previous prisons, as well as on other roundabouts, that could be found on website Зазеркалья.

Roman could be contacted directly through snail mail at the address below:

Roman Vega
# 59198-004
FCI Williamsburg
P.O. Box 340
Salters, SC 29590

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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Transfer to McRae prison

April - May 2015

From mid-April of 2015, Roman was moved from FCI Lompoc prison in northern California to USP Victorville, a United States penitentiary in the Mojave desert.

Then he was moved to FTC (Federal Transfer Center) Oklahoma-city.

Then he was moved to United States Penitentiary Atlanta located in Atlanta, Georgia.

Then he was moved to Clayton County Prison, also in Georgia.

Finally he was moved to his current "residence" (as for July 2015) in McRae Correctional Institution, 170 miles south of Atlanta.

McRae CI is a private prison (2400 inmates), managed by the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and is different from any Federal Bureau of Prisons facilities where he spent time before. There are no US citizens there, only aliens (mostly Mexicans & other Latinos), who after they complete sentences are quickly (or not so) deported through ICE-managed immigration jails.

So it goes.

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