Federal Correctional Institution, Tallahassee
|Security class||Low-security (with adjacent administrative detention center)|
|Managed by||Federal Bureau of Prisons|
The Federal Correctional Institution, Tallahassee (FCI Tallahassee) is a low-security United States federal prison for female inmates in Florida. It is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a division of the United States Department of Justice. The facility also has an adjacent detention center that houses administrative security level male inmates.
FCI Tallahassee is located three miles east of downtown Tallahassee on US Highway 319.
On June 21, 2006 at 7:42 a.m. local time, Federal Bureau of Investigation and United States Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General agents attempted to arrest six correctional officers in connection to a corruption investigation into correctional officers trading drugs for sex with female inmates. One of the officers, Ralph Hill, used a personal handgun and opened fire on the agents. He killed one agent with the DOJ Office of Inspector General. The suspect involved in that incident was also killed. A lieutenant with the Federal Bureau of Prisons was injured in the shooting and transported to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.
The shooting began in the lobby of the building and moved into the courtyard near the US 319 highway. Federal officers were unarmed at the time and the officers were to have been unarmed as well. Michael Folmar, the FBI's special agent in charge in Jacksonville, was quoted as saying "This arrest situation was done in a manner to be very controlled ... where nobody would have any weapons, and we could take this down so there wouldn't be any violence, and this is exactly how it would be handled normally across the United States." The officers to be arrested, Alfred Barnes, Gregory Dixon, Alan Moore and E. Lavon Spence, were transported to Wakulla County Jail south of Tallahassee. Vincent Johnson, the last officer named in the indictment, was not involved in the sexual misconduct, but was alleged to have illegally influencing the prisoners to engage in the behavior.
Notable Inmates (current and former)
|Inmate Name||Register Number||Status||Details|
|Chelsea Gerlach||69097-065||Released from custody in 2013; served 6 years.||Member of the ecoterrorist group Earth Liberation Front (ELF); pleaded guilty in 2006 to committing arson at the Vail Ski Resort in Colorado and several businesses in Oregon between 1996 and 2001; several other ELF members were also sentenced to prison.|
|Linda Gayle Wilson||55903-018||Released from custody in January 2013 after serving a 1-year sentence.||Pleaded guilty in 2012 to calling in a false report of a bomb on a cruise ship at the Port of Jacksonville in Florida to retaliate against a passenger on the ship who was dating her ex-boyfriend in 2010.|
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