Federal Correctional Institution, Jesup

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Federal Correctional Institution, Jesup
BOP FCI Jesup.jpg
Location Jesup, Georgia
Status Operational
Security class Medium, low and minimum-security
Capacity 1,180 (540 in low-security facility; 160 in prison camp)
Managed by Federal Bureau of Prisons

The Federal Correctional Institution, Jesup (FCI Jesup) is a medium-security United States federal prison housing male inmates in Georgia. It is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a division of the United States Department of Justice. It has two adjacent satellite facilities: a low-security facility and a minimum-security prison camp, both housing male offenders.

FCI Jesup is located 65 miles southwest of Savannah and 105 miles northwest of Jacksonville, Florida.[1]


As of 2000, the minimum security camp of FCI Jesup housed about 300 prisoners, consisting of drug addicts and white collar criminals. Ben Reyes, who served time in the camp for bribery and conspiracy, said that the camp was "a more relaxed, more bucolic facility" than the Federal Correctional Complex, Beaumont.[2]

As of 2011, FCI Jesup houses adult male prisoners in all of its properties. It includes a medium security facility for 1,150 prisoners. It also has two satellite camps, including a low security property for 605 prisoners, and a minimum security property for 150 prisoners.[3]

Notable inmates (current and former)[edit]

Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
Fabio Ochoa Vásquez 09017-016 Serving a 30-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2026. High-ranking member of the now-defunct Medellin Cartel in Colombia, which smuggled 80 percent of the cocaine consumed in the US during the 1980s; extradited to the US in 2001 and convicted in 2003 of drug trafficking conspiracy.[4][5][6]
Christopher Chaney 22396-018 Serving a 10-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2020. Computer hacker; pleaded guilty to gaining unauthorized access to protected computers for breaking into the personal online accounts of celebrities including Scarlett Johansson and Christina Aguilera and posting revealing photos of them on the Internet.[7][8]
Ben Reyes 76205-079 Released from custody in 2006 after serving 7 years. Houston City Council member from 1980 to 1996; convicted of bribery in 1998 for accepting a cash-filled briefcase from an undercover FBI Agent posing as a land developer in exchange for Reyes's help obtaining votes on a city convention center hotel contract.[9][10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "FCI Jesup". Federal Bureau of Prisons. 
  2. ^ Fleck, Tim. "The Mod Squad". Houston Press. Thursday October 12, 2000. 2. Retrieved on May 13, 2010.
  3. ^ "ADMISSION AND ORIENTATION INMATE HANDBOOK". Federal Correctional Institution, Jesup. 2 (2/71). Retrieved on April 26, 2011.
  4. ^ "Miami Court Convicts Colombian Drug Lord of Smuggling Cocaine into U.S.". US Department of State. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  5. ^ O'Neill, Ann W. (August 27, 2003). "Drug Kingpin Gets 30 Years". Orlando Sun Sentinel. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  6. ^ Yardley, William (July 30, 2013). "Juan David Ochoa Vásquez, Co-Founder of Medellín Cartel, Dies at 65". The New York Times. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "Florida Man Pleads Guilty to Computer Intrusion and Wiretapping Scheme Targeting Celebrities". US Department of Justice. March 26, 2012. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "Christopher Chaney, so-called Hollywood hacker, gets 10 years for posting celebrities' personal photos online". CBS News. December 18, 2012. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  9. ^ Associated Press (December 15, 1998). "Former Houston officials found guilty in City Hall bribery trial". Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  10. ^ "A look at Houston’s political scoundrels | Houston Politics | a Chron.com blog". Blog.chron.com. September 30, 2011. Retrieved July 23, 2012. 

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Coordinates: 31°33′48″N 81°54′10″W / 31.56333°N 81.90278°W / 31.56333; -81.90278