Federal Correctional Complex, Butner

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Federal Correctional Complex, Butner
Location Mangum Township, Durham County / Dutchville Township, Granville County, North Carolina
Status Operational
Security class Low, medium and minimum-security (FMC Butner is a medical facility)
Population 5,000 (four facilities)
Managed by Federal Bureau of Prisons

The Federal Correctional Complex, Butner (FCC Butner) is a United States federal prison complex for male inmates in Butner, North Carolina. It is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a division of the United States Department of Justice. FCC Butner is about 25 miles (40 km) northwest of Raleigh, the state capital. The facility is noted for incarcerating Bernie Madoff, who was convicted for perpetrating the largest Ponzi scheme in history.

The complex consists of four facilities:

Federal Correctional Institution 2, Butner Medium (FCI 2 Butner Medium): a medium-security facility

  • Federal Medical Center, Butner (FMC Butner): a facility which houses inmates of all security levels with health issues. It is the largest medical/psychological complex in the entire federal prison system and includes a drug treatment program.[1]

The complex lies directly on the county line between Durham County to the west and Granville County to the east.

Notable inmates[edit]

Inmate Name Register Number Status Detail
Mel Reynolds 07476-424 Released to a federal halfway house in 2001 after his sentence was commuted by President Bill Clinton in 2001; released from the halfway house in 2003. Illinois Congressman from 1993 to 1995; convicted in 1995 on charges of criminal sexual assault, obstruction of justice and solicitation of child pornography in a connection with his relationship with a 16-year-old campaign worker; convicted in 1997 of bank fraud.[2][3]
Bernard Madoff 61727-054 Currently incarcerated for 150 years.[4] A former stockbroker, investment advisor, and financier convicted for the fraud involving the Madoff investment scandal.[5]
James von Brunn 07128-016 Died in 2010 while awaiting trial. Perpetrator of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum shooting, in which he killed security guard Stephen Tyrone Johns
John Hinckley, Jr. 00137-177 Released in from Federal Bureau of Prisons custody in 1981. Attempted to assassinate U.S. President Ronald Reagan with a motive to impress actress Jodie Foster. Found not guilty by reason of insanity.
Russell Eugene Weston, Jr. Currently in the psychiatric unit; never put on trial. Perpetrator of the United States Capitol shooting of 1998 in which he killed Jacob Chestnut and John Gibson
Omar Abdel-Rahman Serving a life sentence Convicted of conspiracy for the 1993 World Trade Center bombing

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.bop.gov/locations/institutions/bux/index.jsp
  2. ^ "Ex-Congressman Reynolds & wife indicted for fraud". CNN. November 7, 1996. Retrieved 22 October 2013. 
  3. ^ Dorning, Mike (January 21, 2001). "Clinton Grants Clemency, Frees Reynolds". The New York Times. Retrieved 22 October 2013. 
  4. ^ Madoff, Bernard (29 June 2009). "Madoff Is Sentenced to 150 Years for Ponzi Scheme". Retrieved 25 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "Wife Says She and Madoff Tried Suicide". The New York Times. Reuters. October 26, 2011. Retrieved May 23, 2013. 

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Coordinates: 36°08′22″N 78°48′16″W / 36.13944°N 78.80442°W / 36.13944; -78.80442