Federal Medical Center, Carswell

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Federal Medical Center, Carswell
Location Fort Worth, Texas
Status Operational
Security class All security levels (with minimum-security prison camp)
Population 1,380 (280 in prison camp)
Managed by Federal Bureau of Prisons
Warden Jody R. Upton

The Federal Medical Center, Carswell (FMC Carswell) is a United States federal prison in Texas for female inmates of all security levels with special medical and mental health needs. It is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a division of the United States Department of Justice. The facility also has a prison camp for minimum-security female inmates.

FMC Carswell is located in the northeast corner of Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, formerly known as Carswell Air Force Base.[1][2] It lies in the northwest part of the city of Fort Worth, near the southeast corner of Lake Worth.

Facility and programs[edit]

FMC Carswell is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and the American Correctional Association.[citation needed] It is the only medical facility for women in the Federal Bureau of Prisons.[3]

Although most inmates at this facility have some form of medical condition requiring treatment, there is also a general population of inmates at FMC Carswell who do not. Carswell houses the two women who are currently under federal death sentences. FMC Carswell has an administrative high security unit,[4] which houses women in the BOP system who are classified as "special management concerns" due to violence and/or escape attempts.[5] The unit has a capacity of 20 women.[6]

There is a Federal Prison Industries UNICOR program at Carswell i.e. a Call Center, which employs inmates on 411-type directory assistance inquiries. The prison has undergone various changes since 1995: the parking lot formerly situated at the south end has been moved to the northwest end, which is overlooked by a large water-tower standing just outside the razor wire perimeter. A running track and a baseball field surrounded by trees have been constructed at the southwest corner. The main facility itself is a large structure of interconnecting buildings, typical of a hospital complex.

The prison is surrounded by two separate fences with a gap of approximately 20 feet (6.1 m) between them. Measuring approximately 20 feet (6.1 m) high, each chain-link fence is reinforced with multiple coils of long-barb razor wire fixed at the top and bottom.

The prison's main entrance is on the northwest end, and there is a second entrance on the south end, which contains a guard post and two gates. Finally, there is a third entrance in the north which contains two gates. Outside the razor-wire perimeter in the south are two large buildings which are either warehouses or vehicle storage areas.

Security systems include door control, telephone, LAN radio, intercom/paging, video surveillance, nurse call, intrusion detection, perimeter security and master-antenna-television.

Notable incidents[edit]

Articles criticizing FMC Carswell have appeared in various media outlets relating to various forms of prisoner abuse. These articles focus on allegations of medical malpractice, neglect, and sexual abuse of inmates by staff.[7] Over a seven-year period, seven FMC Carswell staff members were convicted of sexual abuse of a prisoner.[8][9] In March 2000, a correction officer at FMC Carswell, Michael Lawrence Miller, raped a prisoner. The prisoner did not report the incident after it occurred, but kept a pair of sweatpants she wore during the incident as proof. As she was being released in September 2000, she gave the sweatpants to a prison administrator.[10] Implicated by this evidence, Miller was convicted, and in 2004 he was sentenced[11] to 150 months (12 years and 6 months) imprisonment.[12] He is currently imprisoned at the Federal Correctional Institution, Sandstone and has a projected release date of March 19, 2015.[13]

In May 2008, Vincent Inametti, a Roman Catholic priest who worked as a chaplain at FMC Carswell, was sentenced to 48 months in prison and ordered to pay a $3,000 fine after pleading guilty in November 2007 to two counts of sexual abuse of two inmates.[14][15] Inametti, BOP #36889-177, was imprisoned at the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) - Low in the Butner Federal Correctional Complex and released in October 2011.[16]

Notable Inmates (current and former)[edit]

Death row[edit]

Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
Lisa M. Montgomery 11072-031 Sentenced to death in 2008. Convicted in 2007 of murdering Bobbie Jo Stinnett and kidnapping her unborn baby from her womb in 2004.[17]

Former death row[edit]

Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
Angela Johnson 08337-029 Department of Justice has announced that it will seek the death penalty again. Convicted in 2005 for her role in aiding her then-boyfriend, Dustin Honken, commit four drug-related homicides. Honken was also sentenced to death.[18][19]

Non-death row[edit]

High-profile inmates[edit]

Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
Stewart, LynneLynne Stewart 53504-054 Released on compassionate grounds in December 2013 due to terminal cancer.[20] Disbarred civil rights attorney; convicted in 2005 of providing material support to a terrorist conspiracy for assisting her incarcerated client, Omar Abdel Rahman, communicate with his followers in violation of Special Administrative Measures prohibiting it.[21]
Barzee, WandaWanda Barzee 16650-081 Serving a 15-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2016. Pleaded guilty to kidnapping and unlawful transportation of a minor in connection with the abduction of Elizabeth Smart; Barzee's then-husband, Bryan David Mitchell, was sentenced to life.[22][23]
Fromme, LynetteLynette Fromme 06075-180 Released from custody in 2009 after serving 34 years. Follower of incarcerated cult leader and serial killer Charles Manson; convicted in 1975 of attempting to assassinate US President Gerald Ford in Sacramento, California on September 5, 1975.[24][25]
Jones, MarionMarion Jones 84868-054 Released from custody in 2008 after serving 5 months. Member of the US Olympic Track and Field Team during the 2000 Summer Olympics; pleaded guilty in 2007 to lying to federal investigators about her use of performance-enhancing drugs during athletic events.[26][27]

Other notable inmates[edit]

Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
Kristen Gilbert 90371-038 Serving a life sentence. Former nurse at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Massachusetts; convicted of murder in 2001 for deliberately injecting four patients with fatal doses of the heart stimulant epinephrine in 1995 and 1996.[28][29][30]
Ana Montes 25037-016 Serving a 25-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2023. Former senior analyst for the Defense Intelligence Agency; pleaded guilty to espionage in 2002 for passing classified information to Cuban intelligence over a 16-year period, including the identities of four US spies.[31][32]
Marie Mason 04672-061 Serving a 22-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2027. Member of the radical, clandestine environmentalist group Earth Liberation Front; pleaded guilty in 2008 to conspiracy and arson for committing a 1999 arson attack at Michigan State University’s Agriculture Hall that caused $1 million in damage.[33][34]
Aafia Siddiqui 90279-054 Serving an 86-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2083. Pakistani neuroscientist; convicted in 2010 of attempting to murder US soldiers and FBI Agents while in custody at a police station in Afghanistan after she was arrested on suspicion of being an Al-Qaeda operative in 2008.[35]
Leona Beldini 30118-050 Serving a 3-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2014. Former Deputy Mayor of Jersey City, New Jersey; arrested during Operation Bid Rig, the largest corruption investigation in state history, and convicted of bribery in 2010; the operation was featured on the CNBC television program American Greed.[36][37]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.bop.gov/locations/institutions/crw/index.jsp
  2. ^ http://www.bop.gov/locations/weekly_report.jsp
  3. ^ Brink, Betty. "Carswell Loses in Court." Fort Worth Weekly. Wednesday June 23, 2010. Retrieved on October 14, 2010.
  4. ^ Bosworth, Mary. The U.S. Federal Prison System. SAGE, 2002. 105-106. Retrieved from Google Books on October 14, 2010. ISBN 0-7619-2304-7, ISBN 978-0-7619-2304-6.
  5. ^ Bosworth, Mary. The U.S. Federal Prison System. SAGE, 2002. 108. Retrieved from Google Books on October 14, 2010. ISBN 0-7619-2304-7, ISBN 978-0-7619-2304-6.
  6. ^ Popkin, Jim. "A most dangerous spy." The Japan Times. May 1, 2013. Retrieved on January 28, 2014.
  7. ^ "A Crack in the Carswell Wall", January 31, 2007, Fort Worth Weekly
  8. ^ The Federal Bureau of Prisons Semiannual Report to Congress, October 1, 2003–March 31, 2004
  9. ^ "Another Carswell Conviction", February 18, 2004, Betty Brink, Fort Worth Weekly
  10. ^ Hess, Amanda. "We Know the Way to End Prison Rape. Is It Too Expensive?" Washington City Paper. April 27, 2010. Retrieved on July 5, 2010.
  11. ^ "Ex-correction officer is sentenced for rape." Fort Worth Star-Telegram. July 3, 2004. 1B Metro. Retrieved on July 5, 2010.
  12. ^ "No. 07-501." (http://www.justice.gov/osg/briefs/2007/0responses/2007-0501.resp.pdf PDF]) United States Department of Justice. Retrieved on July 5, 2010.
  13. ^ "Michael Lawrence Miller." Federal Bureau of Prisons. Retrieved on July 5, 2010.
  14. ^ http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/txn/PressRel07/inametti_ple_pr.html
  15. ^ http://cbs11tv.com/local/vincent.inametti.sex.2.716410.html
  16. ^ "Find an inmate." Federal Bureau of Prisons. Retrieved on February 27, 2014.
  17. ^ "Woman gets death sentence in fetus-snatching murder". CNN. April 4, 2008. 
  18. ^ http://www.salon.com/2012/03/23/judge_removes_1_of_2_women_from_federal_death_row/
  19. ^ http://globegazette.com/news/local/judge-vacates-iowa-angela-johnson-s-death-sentence/article_34777a36-7505-11e1-be5a-0019bb2963f4.html
  20. ^ Lorenzo Ferrigno; Ray Sanchez (January 1, 2014). "Dying defense lawyer Lynne Stewart released from jail". CNN. Retrieved 6 February 2014. 
  21. ^ http://www.justice.gov/usao/nys/pressreleases/July10/stewartlynneresentencingpr.pdf
  22. ^ "Wanda Barzee, Elizabeth Smart Kidnapper, To Be Sentenced". Huffington Post. May 21, 2010. 
  23. ^ http://www.fbi.gov/saltlakecity/press-releases/2009/slc111709a.htm
  24. ^ http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/squeaky-fromme-sentenced-to-life
  25. ^ http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/MansonMurders/story?id=8327414&page=1#.UDveDlLAHyI
  26. ^ "Track star Marion Jones sentenced to 6 months". CNN. January 11, 2008. 
  27. ^ http://bleacherreport.com/articles/12116-marion-jones-reports-to-federal-medical-prison-four-days-early
  28. ^ http://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=93840&page=1
  29. ^ CBS News http://www.cbsnews.com/2100-201_162-281605.html.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  30. ^ http://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=93723&page=1
  31. ^ http://www.latinamericanstudies.org/espionage/montes-guilty.htm
  32. ^ http://www.dhra.mil/perserec/osg/spystory/montes.htm
  33. ^ White, Ed (September 11, 2008). "Woman pleads guilty in 1999 Michigan State arson". USA Today. 
  34. ^ Ensha, Azadeh (February 6, 2009). "Eco-Arsonist Sentenced to Nearly 22 Years". The New York Times. 
  35. ^ Schmitt, Eric. The New York Times http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/s/aafia_siddiqui/index.html.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  36. ^ "Jersey City Official Is Convicted in First Trial in Corruption Sting". The New York Times. February 11, 2010. 
  37. ^ http://www.fbi.gov/newark/press-releases/2010/nk061410.htm

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