The Eastern Regional Penitentiary is a location in the Toxic Valley region of Appalachia in 2102.


An infamous prison even before the Resource Wars kicked jingoism across the United States into high gear, the ERP housed criminals from all over Appalachia. Budget and staff cuts prevented substantial renovations to the buildings, with some corrections officers raising the possibility of the prisoners one day simply pulling the bars off from the walls.

The solution to the problem was to eliminate the need for walls at all. All prisoners wore explosive collars no matter the severity of their crime, from unpaid parking tickets to the most hardened, serial criminals permanently sealed in solitary confinement, like Mad Dog Malone.[1] Warden Thomas Brennan was an enthusiastic advocate of these new measures and pushed for full automation of the prison under the new Appalachian zeitgeist. He was successful and, for his loyal service, he was designated the sole human overseer of the facility until his retirement and benefits. Everyone else on the staff was discharged, leaving the inmates in the hands of uncaring robots and a perfectly logical mainframe that knew not nuance.[2]

In the end, the ERP became little more than an automated concentration camp. Cell Block D was used nominally for members of criminal organizations but its inmates counted union organizers and Communists,[3] with block C used for solitary confinement. Only blocks A and B had a degree of livability, meant as General Population and Minimum Security blocks respectively.[4][5] Some inmates in Minimum Security even enjoyed luxuries such as windows.[6]

After the War began, the forgotten inmates were reduced to feral ghouls by the passage of time and radiation. By 2102, the prison is shared between super mutants on the outside and ghouls on the inside.


The prison is located on the edge of the Toxic Valley and is clearly identifiable due to its tall sandstone walls and towers ringing the perimeter. Super mutants are plentiful, primarily inside the prison yard.

The yard contains storage sheds in the northeastern part, which contain several workstations for power armor, weapons, armor, and tinkering. Just next to them is the exercise yard, with a church and office pods on the opposite, western side of the yard.

The interior of the penitentiary wraps around the southern edge of the penitentiary and contains four cell blocks spanning two floors each, with two per wing. They are joined together by the prison administration building in the center, which contains the entrance, visiting, intake and processing room with automated barber chairs, with the warden mainframe and derelict robot storage on the upper floor.

Notable lootEdit

  • Thomas Brennan's announcement - Holotape, located on the coffee table in the warden's office.
  • Penitentiary key - Seven keys throughout the facility, used to open jail doors and security gates.
  • Penitentiary security password - Given by the Warden during Falsely Accused. Gives access to security terminals.
  • Four potential Vault-Tec bobbleheads:
    • One is located in the south guard tower.
    • One is located on the bump out of the perimeter wall under the north tower.
    • One is located in a cell on the second floor in cell block B; it can only be accessed if the player character jumps to it, and it is on top of a safe within the cell.
    • One is located on the southeast corner of the prison roof behind two vents, next to a cap stash.
  • Seven potential magazines:
    • On the L-shaped counter in the intake room near cell block D, in the center of the penitentiary, on a corner table on the right (interior)
    • On the desk in the Cell Block B security office, near the dining hall (interior).
    • Slipped down between the dryer and the concrete pillar, on the north side of the laundry room, opposite the stacks of washing machines inside the penitentiary (interior).
    • On the bedside table in Warden Brennan’s bedroom, on the second floor of the penitentiary’s main building, near the warden's mainframe (interior).
    • On the lectern shelf, in the remains of the chapel, in the prison yard.
    • On a low shelf with a broken lamp, in the visitation trailer with the grill in front of it, in the prison yard.
    • In the outhouse with the door, behind the chapel, in the prison yard.
  • Power armor chassis with T-series armor pieces - Occasionally spawns in the Penitentiary courtyard within a shack with three power armor stations.
  • Civil Unrest - Given as a reward for completing Falsely Accused.
  • Plan: Water filter - Inside the intake room near cell block D, on a corner table on the right.
  • Two potential recipes:
    • To the left of a cooking station in cell block A, on a small folding table.
    • Inside the dining hall, on the middle table, to the right of a wooden crate.
  • Potential armor mod - On a middle metal shelf inside the northwestern shack, in the prison yard, below a few TV monitors.
  • Two potential weapon mods:
    • Inside the courtyard, in a metal shack, on a metal shelf to the left of two armor workbenches.
    • Inside the courtyard, in a metal shack, on a cabinet directly in front of a weapons workbench.
  • Two Addictol - Respawning, behind a door, opened with a zero skill computer terminal.
  • A large amount of lead scrap (around 50 with the Scrapper perk) can be found in the form of various dumbbells in the center of the prison yard.


The Eastern Regional Penitentiary appears only in Fallout 76.

Behind the scenesEdit

The Eastern Regional Penitentiary is based on the West Virginia Penitentiary, also known as the Moundsville State Penitentiary, in the city of Moundsville, West Virginia.



  1. Penitentiary guard's dialogue, line 13: "Solitary is occupied by high-risk inmates, such as: Mad Dog Malone."
  2. Eastern Regional Penitentiary terminal entries; reception terminal, Message from the Warden
  3. Penitentiary guard's dialogue, line 15: "D-Wing is designated for criminal organizations, including: Mad Dog Malone's gang. Union organizers. And Communists."
  4. Eastern Regional Penitentiary terminal entries; guard terminal, General Population
  5. Penitentiary guard's dialogue, line 6: "A-Wing is occupied by the Penitentiary's general population."
  6. Penitentiary guard's dialogue, line 9: "B-Wing is designated for minimum security. Select inmates receive amenities such as: a window."
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