Federal Medical Center, Rochester

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Federal Medical Center, Rochester
Location Rochester, Minnesota
Status Operational
Population 960
Managed by Federal Bureau of Prisons

The Federal Medical Center, Rochester (FMC Rochester) is a United States federal prison in Minnesota for male inmates requiring specialized or long-term medical or mental health care. It is designated as an administrative facility, which means it holds inmates of all security classifications. It is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a division of the United States Department of Justice.

FMC Rochester is located in southeastern Minnesota, two miles east of downtown Rochester.[1]


FMC Rochester is one of six medical referral centers within the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Health Services staff at FMC include physicians, a dentist, dental assistants, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, a radiological technician, physical therapists, laboratory technologists and a respiratory therapist. Mental Health Services through the Psychiatry and Psychology Departments are available to all inmates. These include educational groups, therapy groups, individual therapy, intensive diagnosis/assessment, and inpatient treatment. In addition, outpatient substance abuse treatment services are available.[2]

Notable incidents[edit]

In July 2009, Richard Torres, a correction officer at FMC Rochester, was indicted for smuggling contraband into the facility for an inmate in exchange for thousands of dollars in bribes. The contraband included cellular telephones, tobacco and creatine powder. Torres was terminated and pleaded guilty to soliciting a bribe two months later and was sentenced to one year in federal prison.[3][4]

Notable inmates (current and former)[edit]

Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
Jim Bakker 07407-058 Released from custody in 1994. Founder of Praise the Lord (PTL) Ministries; convicted of fraud in 1989 for stealing millions of dollars in donations from his members.[5][6]
Sol Wachtler 32571-054 Released from custody in 1994 after serving 11 months.[7] Former Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals; pleaded guilty in 1992 to sending messages to his ex-mistress threatening to kidnap her 14-year-old daughter in retaliation for her ending their affair.[8]
Robert Courtney 14536-045 Currently serving a 30-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2027. Former pharmacist; pleaded guilty to deliberately diluting the chemotherapy drugs of an estimated 4,200 cancer patients; known as "The Toxic Pharmacist."[9]
Lyndon LaRouche 15204-083 Released in 1994 after serving 5 years. Three-time Presidential candidate; convicted in 1988 of scheming to defraud the IRS and deliberately defaulting on more than $30 million in loans from his supporters.[10]
Luke Helder 36460-048 Currently being held indefinitely; the Bureau of Prisons lists his status as "Hospital Treatment Completed." Planted homemade pipe bombs in mailboxes in five Midwestern states in 2002; ruled incompetent to stand trial in 2004.[11][12][13]
Keith E. Anderson 63025-004 Extradited from Costa Rica in 2002; currently serving a 20-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2020. Owner of Anderson's Ark & Associates tax preparation company; convicted in 2004 of conspiracy, mail fraud, wire fraud and money laundering for assisting over 2,000 clients in five countries evade taxes on millions of dollars of income.[14][15]
Miles J. Jones 20907-045 Served 18 months, 2009-2010. Forensic pathologist-physician convicted of income-tax evasion; previously investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for selling fetal parts via the internet.[16][17]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.bop.gov/locations/institutions/rch/index.jsp
  2. ^ http://www.bop.gov/locations/institutions/rch/RCH_aohandbook.pdf
  3. ^ http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/07/15/rochester_prison_guard?refid=0
  4. ^ http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/03/04/guard-charged?refid=0
  5. ^ "Bakker Begins Tests to Evaluate His Mental State". Los Angeles Times. 1989-09-02. 
  6. ^ http://postbulletin.com/news/stories/display.php?id=474869&query=van
  7. ^ Van Gelder, Lawrence (August 27, 1994). "Ex-Judge Wachtler to Move From Prison to Halfway House". The New York Times. Retrieved 1 November 2013. 
  8. ^ Seeking Leniency, Wachtler Blames Adversaries, The New York Times, September 5, 1993
  9. ^ "Ex-pharmacist sentenced to 30 years for tampering with cancer drugs". CNN. 2002-12-05. 
  10. ^ "Larouche Receives 15-Year Sentence". The New York Times. 1989-01-28. 
  11. ^ "Federal charges brought against accused mailbox bomber". CNN. 2002-05-10. 
  12. ^ Van Hyfte, Vanessa (2004). "Helder not fit to stand trial". WQAD Report. Retrieved 2007-10-16. 
  13. ^ "Experts say mailbox bomb suspect unlikely to be freed soon". WQAD Report. 04/06/2004. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-10-16.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help); Check date values in: |date= (help)
  14. ^ "10 Are Charged in Tax Evasion Case Said to Involve 2,000". The New York Times. 2002-12-12. 
  15. ^ http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2005/April/05_tax_210.htm
  16. ^ http://www.justice.gov/tax/usaopress/2009/txdv09_jones_sen.pdf
  17. ^ http://cnsnews.com/news/article/no-federal-law-broken-sale-fetal-body-parts-us-attorney-says

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Coordinates: 44°01′27.36″N 92°26′10.65″W / 44.0242667°N 92.4362917°W / 44.0242667; -92.4362917