Federal Correctional Institution, Lompoc

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Not to be confused with United States Penitentiary, Lompoc.
Federal Correctional Institution, Lompoc
FCI Lompoc.jpg
Location Lompoc, California
Status Operational
Security class Low-security
Population 1,480
Managed by Federal Bureau of Prisons

The Federal Correctional Institution, Lompoc (FCI Lompoc) is a low-security United States federal prison for male inmates in California. It is part of the Lompoc Federal Correctional Complex (FCC Lompoc) and is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a division of the United States Department of Justice.

FCC Lompoc is located within the city of Lompoc, 175 miles (282 km) northwest of Los Angeles, adjacent to Vandenberg Air Force Base.[1]


The average offender at FCI Lompoc is serving between one and fifteen years for federal drug and or other non-violent offenses. It has four general housing units, two of which offer dormitory and room-type housing. The institution offers a full range of inmate employment, vocational training, education, counseling (both mental health and drug abuse), medical, dental, pre-release preparation, and other self-improvement opportunities.[2]

Notable incidents[edit]

1980 escape[edit]

In the late evening hours of January 21, 1980, Christopher Boyce, who was serving a 40-year sentence for spying for the Soviet Union, escaped from FCI Lompoc. With the assistance of fellow inmates, Boyce hid in a drainage hole, used a makeshift ladder and small tin scissors to cut through a barbed wire perimeter. Boyce was on the run for one year and eight months until U.S. Marshals and FBI Agents captured him in the small town of Port Angeles, Washington on August 21, 1981, ending one of the most extensive and complex manhunts in the history of the U.S. Marshals Service.[3]

Notable inmates (current and former)[edit]

Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
Christopher John Boyce

Andrew Daulton Lee



Boyce was released from custody in 2003 after serving 24 years; Lee was released in 1998 after serving 19 years. Convicted of espionage in 1977 for selling classified information regarding US ciphers and spy satellites to the Soviet Union; they were respectively portrayed by Timothy Hutton and Sean Penn in the 1985 film The Falcon and the Snowman.[4]
Steven Martinez 25420-298 Serving a 24-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2032. Former IRS Agent and tax-preparer; pleaded guilty to murder-for-hire, mail fraud, identity theft and money laundering in 2012 for defrauding clients of over $11 million and then plotting their murders to prevent them from testifying about the theft.[5][6][7]
Bernie Ward 90569-111 Released in 2014 after serving a 7-year sentence. Former radio host and political commentator; pleaded guilty to distribution of child pornography in 2008 for using the Internet to transmit photographs of children being molested.[8][9]
Henry Uliomereyon Jones 46810-112 Serving a 20-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2025. Former record company executive; convicted in 2008 of mail fraud, wire fraud, and securities fraud for running a Ponzi scheme that caused 500 investors to lose over $32 million; the story was featured on the CNBC series American Greed.[10][11][12][13]
Charles G. Martin 34008-112 Serving a 17-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2026. Former principal of One World Capital Group; pleaded guilty in 2011 to masterminding a Ponzi scheme which caused over 1,000 victims to lose $17 million; the story was featured on the CNBC series American Greed.[14][15][16]
Lakireddy Bali Reddy 98660-011 Released in 2008 after serving an 8-year sentence. Berkeley, California real estate mogul and overseas philanthropist who in 2001 was convicted of "conspiracy to commit immigration fraud", human trafficking and filing a false tax return.[17]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "FCI Lompoc". Federal Bureau of Prisons. Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "Inmate Handbook: Rules and Regulations of the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the Federal Correctional Complex at Lompoc, California" (PDF). Federal Bureau of Prisons. Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "History - Capture of Christopher Boyce". US Marshals Service. Retrieved 10 November 2013. 
  4. ^ Serrano, Richard A. (March 2, 2003). "The Falcon and the Fallout". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 10 November 2013. 
  5. ^ Phillips Erb, Kelly (August 13, 2012). "Hit Me With Your Best Shot: Tax Pro and Former IRS Agent Pleads Guilty to Hiring Hitman". Forbes. Retrieved 10 November 2013. 
  6. ^ Perry, Tony (April 13, 2013). "Ex-IRS agent sentenced to prison in murder-for-hire plot". Los Angeles Times. 
  7. ^ "Former IRS Agent Sentenced to 24 Years in Federal Prison for Murder-for-Hire and Tax Charges". Federal Bureau of Investigation. April 12, 2013. Retrieved 10 November 2013. 
  8. ^ Freedman, Wayne (8 May 2008). "Ward pleads guilty to child porn charge". ABC News. Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  9. ^ "Ward sentenced to 7 years for child porn". ABC News. 28 August 2008. Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  10. ^ Celizic, Mike (2 April 2010). "Daughter turns mom in for Ponzi scheme". NBC News. Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  11. ^ "Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison in $32 Million Scam that Bilked More Than 500 Victims in Coal Mines and a Secret Gold Transaction". The Federal Bureau of Investigation. 3 April 2009. Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  12. ^ "United States of America v. Henry Uliomereyon Jones" (PDF). U.S. Court of Appeals. Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  13. ^ "American Greed Case File: Fool's Gold". CNBC. 2013. Retrieved 10 November 2013. 
  14. ^ Sobol, Rosemary (February 2, 2012). "Feds: 2 sentenced for stealing $17 million in fraud". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 10 November 2013. 
  15. ^ "Two Principals of Collapsed Foreign Currency Trading Firm Sentenced to Federal Prison for $17 Million Fraud Scheme". Federal Bureau of Investigation. February 2, 2012. Retrieved 10 November 2013. 
  16. ^ "American Greed Case File: Windy City Wipeout". CNBC. 2013. Retrieved 10 November 2013. 
  17. ^ Chabria, Anita (November 25, 2001). "His Own Private Berkeley". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 18 March 2014. 

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