Federal Correctional Institution, Englewood

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Federal Correctional Institution, Englewood
Location Jefferson County,
near Bow Mar, Colorado
Status Operational
Security class Low-security (with minimum-security prison camp)
Population 989 (154 in prison camp)
Opened 1938
Managed by Federal Bureau of Prisons
Warden Rene G. Garcia

The Federal Correctional Institution, Englewood (FCI Englewood) is a low-security United States federal prison for male inmates in Colorado. It is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a division of the United States Department of Justice. The facility also has an administrative detention center and an adjacent satellite prison camp for minimum-security offenders.

FCI Englewood is located 15 miles southwest of Denver.[1]

Notable incidents[edit]

On April 2, 2012, FCI Englewood was placed on lockdown after a white powdery substance was found inside an envelope addressed to an inmate during a routine mail screening. A hazardous materials team was called to the prison and local and federal law enforcement authorities were notified. The substance was determined to be harmless. The Bureau of Prisons would not identify the inmate whom the letter was addressed to.[2]

Notable inmates[edit]

Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
Rod Blagojevich 40892-424 Serving a 14-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2024. Governor of Illinois from 2003 to 2009; convicted in 2011 of wire fraud, extortion and bribery for attempting to sell the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama in return for money or an appointment to a high-level federal government position.[3][4]
Mike Carona 45335-112 Serving a 66-month sentence; scheduled for release in 2015. Former Sheriff of Orange County, California, the second-largest sheriff's office in the state; convicted of witness tampering in 2009 for ordering witnesses to lie to investigators conducting a corruption investigation.[5]
John Ambrose 19246-424 Released to a halfway house in April 2013; serving a 2-year sentence. Former US Marshal; convicted in 2009 of leaking information about Nicholas Calabrese, a cooperating witness in a Chicago Mafia investigation; Ambrose is the only person in the history of the Witness Protection Program to deliberately violate its confidentiality.[6][7]
Tim DeChristopher 16156-081 Released from custody in April 2013; served a 2-year sentence. Co-founder of the environmental advocacy group Peaceful Uprising; convicted in 2012 of false representation for registering for a 2008 federal land auction and bidding on land worth $1.8 million in order to prevent it from being used for oil and gas exploration.[8][9]
Dean Zimmermann 12696-041 Released from custody in 2009 after serving 2 years under his actual name, Gary Dean Zimmermann. Former member of the Minneapolis, Minnesota City Council and Green Party politician; convicted of bribery in 2006 for accepting $7,200 from a developer who was working undercover for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "FCI Englewood". Federal Bureau of Prisons. 
  2. ^ "Suspicious Envelope Sent To Prison Where Blagojevich Is Held". CBS. 
  3. ^ "Blagojevich convicted on corruption charges". CNN. 
  4. ^ "Blago Sentenced to 14 Years for Corruption". NBC. 
  5. ^ Hanley, Christine (April 28, 2009). "Scolding and a stiff sentence for Carona". Los Angeles Times. 
  6. ^ "U.S. marshal guilty of leaking secrets to mob". NBC News. 
  7. ^ Kass, John (October 28, 2009). "Ex-marshal goes to prison, and corrupt ex-cop vacations". Chicago Tribune. 
  8. ^ O'Donoghue, Ami (March 4, 2011). "Jury finds activist Tim DeChristopher guilty of both charges". Deseret News. 
  9. ^ O'Donoghue, Ami (July 26, 2011). "Activist Timothy DeChristopher sentenced to 2 years in prison". Deseret News. 
  10. ^ Williams, Brandt. "Former Minneapolis council member sentenced in bribery case". Minnesota Public Radio. 

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Coordinates: 39°38′30″N 105°06′19″W / 39.64167°N 105.10528°W / 39.64167; -105.10528