Federal Detention Center, Houston

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Federal Detention Center, Houston
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Location Houston, Texas
Status Operational
Security class Administrative facility (all security levels)
Population 940
Managed by Federal Bureau of Prisons
Warden Joe D. Driver

The Federal Detention Center, Houston (FDC Houston) is a United States federal prison in downtown Houston, Texas which holds male and female inmates prior to and during court proceedings, as well an inmates serving short sentences. It is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a division of the United States Department of Justice.[1]

Notable incidents[edit]

In April 2008, inmate Joel Lopez was indicted for conspiring to commit kidnapping and murder-for-hire for plotting to kill US District Judge Ricardo Hinojosa from FDC Houston. Hinojosa had sentenced Lopez to life in prison for a February 2006 drug conviction. The indictment alleged that Lopez approached a fellow inmate, who was affiliated with the Latin Kings street gang and was due to be released shortly, and offered to pay the inmate $2 million to kill Hinojosa and an unidentified woman who owed Lopez a drug debt. Lopez instructed the inmate to contact his wife, Aracely Lopez-Gonzalez, and provided him with her contact information. Lopez thought that Hinojosa's death would help the pending appeal of Lopez's sentence.[2]

Lopez-Gonzalez subsequently pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit kidnapping and testified against Lopez, who was convicted of conspiracy to commit kidnapping and murder-for-hire.[3] Lopez was sentenced to another life term and is currently being held at the United States Penitentiary, Pollock, a high-security facility in Pollock, Louisiana. Aracely Lopez-Gonzalez is serving a 9-year sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution, Danbury, a medium-security facility in Danbury, Connecticut.[4]

Notable inmates (current and former)[edit]

Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
Kelly Ray Elley 97409-180 Currently awaiting trial. Alleged leader of the criminal organization Aryan Brotherhood of Texas; indicted for racketeering in 2012 for directing the organization's activities including murder, kidnapping, arson, gambling and trafficking in methamphetamine and cocaine.[5][6]
Paul Schroeder 16167-379 Released on February 26, 2013; served a 30-day sentence at FDC Houston. Former Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder counselor; pleaded guilty in 2012 to fabricating an official Department of Defense document stating that he had been awarded the Silver Star Medal in order to obtain meritorious service license plates.[7][8]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "FDC Houston". Federal Bureau of Prisons. 
  2. ^ "Inmate’s Murder-for-Hire Plot to Kill a Federal Judge and Kidnapping Conspiracy Lead to Life Sentence". Federal Bureau of Investigation. Retrieved January 3, 2014. 
  3. ^ "WOMAN INVOLVED WITH INMATE HUSBAND IN KIDNAPING CONSPIRACY AND MURDER-FOR-HIRE PLOT TO KILL A FEDERAL JUDGE SENTENCED". US Department of Justice. October 16, 2009. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Inmate Locator - Aracely Lopez-Gonzalez". Federal Bureau of Prisons. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  5. ^ Pinkerton, James (November 9, 2012). "Feds deal 'devastating' blow to Aryan prison gang in Texas". The Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer Speaks at Press Conference to Announce Charges Against Alleged Aryan Brotherhood of Texas Leaders". US Department of Justice. November 9, 2012. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "Veteran's fake military record raises questions about charity where he worked". Fox News. February 12, 2012. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  8. ^ "Shenandoah Man Admits to Altering Military Record, Heads to Prison". US Department of Justice. December 3, 2012. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 

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Coordinates: 29°45′30″N 95°21′38″W / 29.7584°N 95.3606°W / 29.7584; -95.3606