Federal Detention Center, Philadelphia

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Coordinates: 39°57′10″N 75°09′05″W / 39.9529°N 75.1515°W / 39.9529; -75.1515

Federal Detention Center, Philadelphia
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Location Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Status Operational
Security class Administrative facility (all security levels)
Population 1,030
Managed by Federal Bureau of Prisons

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

Notable incidents[edit]

On March 19, 2012, Richard Spisak, 35, pleaded guilty to engaging in a sexual act with a male prisoner over whom he had disciplinary authority while Spisak was a Senior Corrections Specialist at FDC Philadelphia in 2010. Spisak further admitted to threatening to set off his body alarm and falsely report that the inmate had attacked him if the inmate did not perform oral sex on him. The victim acquiesced after Spisak's threats. Two other inmates testified at Spisak's sentencing hearing that Spisak victimized them in a similar manner. Spisak was sentenced to 32 months in federal prison on June 28, 2012. He is currently being held at the Federal Correctional Institution, Texarkana, a low-security facility in Texas, and is scheduled for release in October 2014.[2][3][4]

Notable Inmates (current and former)[edit]

Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
Kimberly Jones 56198-054 Released from custody in 2006 after serving 11 months. American rap artist and actress known as Lil' Kim; convicted of conspiracy and perjury in 2005 for lying to a federal grand jury about her and her friends' involvement in a 2001 shootout in New York City, during which a bystander was wounded.[5][6]
Nicodemo Scarfo, Jr. 01381-748 Currently awaiting trial. Member of the Lucchese crime family in Philadelphia and son of imprisoned former Boss Nicodemo Scarfo; indicted in 2011 for securities fraud, wire fraud, and money laundering for allegedly masterminding a scheme to steal $12 million from FirstPlus Financial Group, a Texas-based financial firm.[7][8]
Linda Weston 68897-066 Currently awaiting trial. Indicted in 2013 for murder, racketeering, hate crimes and other charges for leading a group of four co-defendants who allegedly held mentally disabled individuals against their will between 2001 and 2011 in order to steal their Social Security benefits, two of whom died as a result of abuse.[9][10][11]

See also[edit]



  1. ^ "FDC Philadelphia". Federal Bureau of Prisons. 
  2. ^ Hanson, Tony (June 29, 2012). "Former Guard Sentenced To Prison For Assaulting Inmates". CBS Philly. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "FORMER PRISON GUARD SENTENCED FOR FORCING SEX ON AN INMATE" (PDF). US Department of Justice. June 28, 2012. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Inmate Locator - Richard Spisak". Federal Bureau of Prisons. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  5. ^ Vineyard, Jennifer (March 17, 2005). "Lil' Kim Found Guilty Of Lying To Grand Jury, Investigators". MTV News. Retrieved April 13, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Lil' Kim leaves prison, steps into Rolls." Philadelphia Inquirer. July 3, 2006. Retrieved on January 6, 2010.
  7. ^ Richard Esposito; Mark Schone (November 1, 2011). "'Little Nicky' Scarfo's Son Busted In Jersey". ABC News. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  8. ^ "Lucchese organized crime family member and associate among 13 arrested, charged for racketeering and other offenses, including illegal takeover of publicly traded company". US Department of Justice. November 1, 2011. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  9. ^ "Philadelphia "Basement of Horrors": 5 charged in hate crime, murder of mentally disabled victims". CBS News. January 24, 2013. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  10. ^ Noe, Denise (May 21, 2013). "Linda Ann Weston and the Philadelphia Dungeon Case". Turner Entertainment Networks. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  11. ^ "Federal charges allege captors held adults with disabilities in subhuman conditions to carry out social security fraud". US Department of Justice. January 23, 2013. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 

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