Federal Correctional Institution, El Reno

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United States Penitentiary, El Reno
FCI El Reno.jpg
Location El Reno, Canadian County, Oklahoma
Status Operational
Security class Medium-security (with minimum-security prison camp)
Population 1,000 (265 in prison camp)
Managed by Federal Bureau of Prisons
Warden Jody R. Upton

Federal Correctional Institution, El Reno (FCI El Reno) is a medium-security United States federal prison for male inmates in Oklahoma. It is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a division of the United States Department of Justice. The facility also has an adjacent satellite camp for minimum-security male offenders.

FCI El Reno is located in central Oklahoma, 30 miles west of Oklahoma City.[1]

Notable incidents[edit]

On December 19, 2004, inmate Carlos Brewster escaped from the minimum-security prison camp at FCI El Reno. A fugitive task force led by the US Marshals Service apprehended Brewster three weeks later at a fast-food restaurant in East Los Angeles, California. Brewster was returned to Oklahoma, where he had additional time added to the 21-year sentence he was serving for possession with intent to distribute cocaine.[2][3]

In August 2011, inmate Joe Villarreal escaped from FCI El Reno, where he was serving a 147-month sentence for drug trafficking. He was apprehended in the city of El Reno several hours later. Villarreal was subsequently sentenced to an additional 46 months in prison for the escape and for possessing a shank in the prison prior to his escape.[4]

Brewster and Villarreal were transferred to facilities with higher security levels.[5][6]

Notable inmates[edit]

Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
Kwame Kilpatrick 44678-039 Serving a 28-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2037. Mayor of Detroit from 2002 to 2008; convicted of racketeering conspiracy and other charges in 2013 for using his office to commit extortion, bribery and fraud; co-conspirator Bobby Ferguson was sentenced to 21 years.[7][8][9][10]
Aaron Lopez Garcia 16215-085 Serving a 10-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2017. Member of the Norteños street gang and former US Marshals 15 Most Wanted fugitive; escaped from federal custody in 2005 after being convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm.[11]
Evert Eoff 31829-086 Serving a 22-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2021. Arrested in 2001 for attempting to kill a witness with a pipe bomb; pleaded guilty in 2004 to trying to hire an inmate to kill the prosecutor assigned to his case, Assistant US Attorney Bruce Miyake, while incarcerated at another federal facility.[12][13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "FCI El Reno". Federal Bureau of Prisons. 
  2. ^ "Inmate escapes federal prison at El Reno". The Corrections Connection. 
  3. ^ "Escapee found at fast-food restaurant". Chicago Tribune. January 9, 2005. 
  4. ^ "Man Sentenced to 46 Months in Federal Prison for Escape from and Possession of a Weapon at FCI El Reno". Federal Bureau of Investigation. 
  5. ^ "Inmate Locator - Carlos Ray Brewster, Jr.". Federal Bureau of Prisons. 
  6. ^ "Inmate Locator - Joe G. Villarreal, Jr.". Federal Bureau of Prisons. 
  7. ^ "Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, His Father Bernard Kilpatrick and City Contractor Bobby Ferguson Were Convicted on Racketeering, Extortion, Bribery, Fraud and Tax Charges". US Department of Justice. Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  8. ^ Caron, Paul. "Ex-Detroit Mayor Kilpatrick convicted in corruption case". CNN. Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  9. ^ Neavling, Steve. "Ex-Detroit mayor convicted of widespread corruption". Reuters. Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  10. ^ "Bobby Ferguson Gets 21 Years In Detroit Corruption Case". CBS Local Media. October 11, 2013. Retrieved 22 January 2014. 
  11. ^ "FELON WITH FIREARM RECEIVES 10 YEARS IN PRISON". US Department of Justice. June 13, 2011. Retrieved 16 April 2013. 
  12. ^ Johnson, Gene (February 12, 2003). "Government: Port Angeles man plotted to kill federal prosecutor". The Seattle Times. 
  13. ^ Associated Press (March 11, 2003). "Prisoner charged in plot to kill US attorney". Spokane Spokesman-Review. 

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Coordinates: 35°32′05″N 98°00′26″W / 35.53472°N 98.00722°W / 35.53472; -98.00722