Federal Correctional Institution, Dublin

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Federal Correctional Institution, Dublin
FCI Dublin.jpg
Location Dublin, California
Status Operational
Security class Low-security (with minimum-security prison camp)
Population 990 (320 in prison camp)
Opened 1974
Managed by Federal Bureau of Prisons

The Federal Correctional Institution, Dublin (FCI Dublin) is a low-security United States federal prison for female inmates in California. The facility also has an adjacent satellite prison camp housing minimum-security female offenders.

FCI Dublin is located 20 miles southeast of Oakland on the Camp Parks Army Reserve Forces Training Area (RFTA) Military Base.[1]


FCI Dublin opened in 1974. It became an exclusively female prison in 2012 and is one of only three federal prisons for women in the United States. It houses inmates who are serving an average sentence of 5 years. It has a design capacity of 250 inmates, but houses 1,077 as at April 11, 2013.[2] Conditions are cramped, with three inmates sharing a cell designed to house a single prisoner. Meals are served in shifts due to the small size of the dining facilities.

Like most American prisons, FCI Dublin also contains a SHU (Security Housing Unit), where any prisoners who are deemed to have broken prison rules are kept in segregation under a highly restrictive regime. Prisoners in the SHU spend more time locked in their cell than the general prison population, are only allowed out for limited amounts of time and must be transported to and from their cell wearing handcuffs. Depending on the circumstances[clarification needed], an inmate may spend weeks or even months in the SHU.

FCI Dublin is surrounded by two separate fences with a gap of approximately 10 feet (3.0 m) between them. Measuring 14 feet (4.3 m) high, each chain-link fence is reinforced with multiple coils of razor wire (at the top and bottom) plus electronic sensors to detect escape attempts.

The institution also has an adjacent administrative detention facility housing adult males on holdover or pre-trial status, and a minimum-security satellite camp housing adult female offenders, which opened in 1990.

Notable incidents[edit]

On November 5, 1986, Ronald McIntosh, who had escaped during a prison transfer one month earlier, landed a stolen helicopter in the exercise yard and escaped with Samantha Lopez, who was serving a 50-year sentence for bank robbery. Mr. McIntosh was serving a sentence for wire fraud when he met Ms. Lopez working in the business office of the prison and the two devised the escape plan. They were arrested by FBI Agents 10 days later and subsequently convicted of air piracy and escape. McIntosh received a 25-year sentence and Lopez had five years added to her sentence.[3][4]


The prison’s education department offers GED and ESL programs, as well as courses in parenting skills. The prison also provides legal and leisure library services in addition to training in the use of various computer software.

There are two Federal Prison Industries UNICOR programs at FCI Dublin: the Textiles and the Call Center. Textiles employs approximately 150 inmates on the manufacture of custom draperies, parachutes, and disaster blankets. They also sort and repair USPS mailbags. The Call Center employs around 250 inmates on directory assistance enquiries.

Notable inmates[edit]

Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
Stacey Koon

Laurence Powell



Released from custody in 1995; served 14 months. Former LAPD officers; convicted in 1993 of federal civil rights violations in connection with the 1992 beating of Rodney King; their acquittals in state court sparked the 1992 Los Angeles riots.[5]
Heidi Fleiss 03888-112 Released from custody in 2001; served 20 months. Operated a prostitution ring in Hollywood, California which catered to high-profile clients in the entertainment industry; convicted in 1997 of tax evasion and money laundering; known as the "Hollywood Madam."[6][7]
Lisette Lee 68355-061 2010 to 9-5-2015 Socialite and model currently serving six years in prison after being caught running a marijuana-smuggling operation. [8]
Patricia Hearst N/A 1978. Resume 7 Year Sentence San Francisco bank robbery engineered by the Symbionese Liberation Army. Hearst has been given credit for about 14 months that she was in custody before and after her trial in 1976.[9]
Pavlo Lazarenko 94430-011 Released from custody in 2012; served 8 years. Prime Minister of Ukraine from 1996 to 1997; convicted in 2004 of money laundering and other charges for siphoning millions of dollars of public money into his personal accounts and attempting to hide some $21 million from American banks.[10][11]
Michelle Hebron 43396-037 Serving a 30-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2034. Leader of the Tree Top Pirettes, a female subset of the Bloods street gang in Maryland; pleaded guilty in 2010 to racketeering conspiracy for directing gang activities including drug trafficking and robbery, as well as committing the 2007 murder of David Moore, whom she believed to be a rival gang member.[12]
Briana Waters

Joyanna Zacher



Waters was released from custody in 2013; Zacher in 2012; they served 5 years. Members of the ecoterrorist group Earth Liberation Front (ELF) who pleaded guilty to arson, Waters in connection with the University of Washington firebombing incident and Zacher for setting fires at an SUV dealership, a poplar farm, and a police station in Oregon; several other ELF members were also sentenced to prison.[13][14][15]
Sheila Matthews 06785-088 Released from custody in November 2012; served 11 years. Serial child kidnapper; pleaded guilty in 2002 to abducting 16-month-old Jasmine Anderson from a Chicago bus station in 2001; previously pleaded guilty to kidnapping and forgery for taking two other children, falsely claiming to be their parent and attempting to legally change their names.[16][17][18][19]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "BOP: FCI Dublin". Bop.gov. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  2. ^ "BOP: Weekly Population Report". Bop.gov. 2013-10-10. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  3. ^ "Prison Couple Found Guilty In Trial On Helicopter Escape - New York Times". Nytimes.com. 1987-05-20. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  4. ^ "Lovers Sentenced in Escape From Prison in a Helicopter - New York Times". Nytimes.com. 1987-07-19. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  5. ^ "Powell, Koon Surrender to Begin Prison Sentences - Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. 1993-10-13. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  6. ^ "Tax Charges Are Added in Prostitution Case - New York Times". Nytimes.com. 1994-07-29. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  7. ^ "Heidi Fleiss Given 37-Month Sentence - New York Times". Nytimes.com. 1997-01-08. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  8. ^ "Lisette Lee sentenced to six years in prison in marijuana case". dispatch.com. 2011-06-10. 
  9. ^ "Patty Hearst returns to prison in Pleasanton". sfgate.com. 2003-05-16. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  10. ^ Mckinley, Jesse (2006-08-26). "World Briefing - Europe - Ukraine - 9 Years In U.S. Prison For Ex-Premier - NYTimes.com". Ukraine; San Francisco (Calif): New York Times. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  11. ^ Former Ukraine prime minister's conviction upheld
  12. ^ "Baltimore Crime Beat: "Michelle Hell" gets 30 years for racketeering - Baltimore crime news: Police, courts and police stories in the city and central Maryland - baltimoresun.com". Weblogs.baltimoresun.com. 2010-06-23. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  13. ^ "USDOJ: US Attorney's Office - WAW". Justice.gov. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  14. ^ "Four Defendants Plead Guilty to Arson and Conspiracy Charges Associated With Earth Liberation Front and Animal Liberation Front - News9.com - Oklahoma City, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports |". News9.com. 2000-09-06. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  15. ^ Bartley, Nancy (2008-06-20). "Local News | UW arsonist, Briana Waters, sentenced to 6 years | Seattle Times Newspaper". Seattletimes.com. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  16. ^ Fountain, John W. (2001-12-28). "Girl Abducted at Bus Station Is Found in West Virginia". Williamson (W Va); Chicago (Ill): NYTimes.com. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  17. ^ "Stiff kidnap penalty urged - Chicago Tribune". Articles.chicagotribune.com. 2002-09-27. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  18. ^ Paul Shukovsky and Lewis Kam (2001-12-28). "Kidnapping suspect tried ruse here". seattlepi.com. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  19. ^ "12 1/2-year sentence in tot's abduction - Chicago Tribune". Articles.chicagotribune.com. 2002-10-01. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 

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