Federal Correctional Institution, Ashland

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Federal Correctional Institution, Ashland
FCIAshland.jpg
Location Boyd County,
near Ashland, Kentucky
Status Operational
Security class Low-security (with minimum-security prison camp)
Population 1,300 (300 in prison camp)
Opened 1940
Managed by Federal Bureau of Prisons

The Federal Correctional Institution, Ashland (FCI Ashland) is a low-security United States federal prison for male inmates in the unincorporated area of Summit in Boyd County, Kentucky, approximately 5 miles outside of the city of Ashland. It is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a division of the United States Department of Justice. It also includes a satellite prison camp for minimum-security male offenders.

FCI Ashland is located approximately 125 miles east of Lexington, Kentucky.[1]

History and description of facility[edit]

FCI Ashland opened in 1940. It currently holds inmates who are serving short-term sentences and are engaged in a "phasing down process" for prisoners who are close to completing their sentences in one of the regional prisons. FCI Ashland's primary service area includes Kentucky, southern Indiana, southern Ohio, western Pennsylvania (Greater Pittsburgh), Tennessee, and West Virginia.[2]

FCI Ashland has satellite camp which Forbes magazine ranked as one of the best places to go to prison in the United States. The camp holds a "wellness" program including aerobic exercise and stress reduction programs.[3]

Notable incidents[edit]

On December 5, 2008, former National Football League receiver Mark Ingram Sr. failed to report to FCI Ashland after being sentenced to 92 months on bank fraud and money laundering charges. Ingram, who was in and out of jail after his playing days ended in 1996, had already been granted a delay to watch his son, Mark Ingram, Jr., finish his freshman season as a running back at the University of Alabama. Ingram asked for a second delay to watch his son play in the 2009 Sugar Bowl in New Orleans between Utah and Alabama. When the judge said no, Ingram went on the lam. US Marshals arrested him a month later in a Michigan motel room, two hours before the Sugar Bowl kickoff. He was on the bed watching the pre-game show on television. Ingram subsequently had two years added to his sentence.[4][5] He was held at the Federal Correctional Institution, Yazoo City, a low-security facility in Mississippi, and was released in 2015.[6]

On May 13, 2014, local media outlets reported that 46-year-old James Lewis, a former correctional officer at FCI Ashland, had been sentenced to 15 months in federal prison. Lewis had pleaded guilty to conspiring with inmate Gary Musick and Musick's girlfriend, Cindy Gates, to bring marijuana and nude photographs into the prison between December 2010 and February 2012. Musick was convicted of conspiracy while Gates pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor conspiracy charge and was sentenced to probation.[7]

Notable inmates (current and former)[edit]

Inmate Name Register Number Photo Status Details
Mark Ciavarella 15008-067 Mark Ciavarella.jpg Serving a 28-year sentence A former Pennsylvania President Judge, Ciavarella was sentenced to 28 years in federal prison in 2011 for racketeering, fraud, money laundering, extortion, bribery, and tax evasion, many of the charges stemming from his involvement in the kids for cash scandal. [8]
Kevin James 12303-028 Serving a 16-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2023. Former inmate at California State Prison, Sacramento; pleaded guilty in 2007 to conspiring to wage war against the US for founding an Islamic terrorist group while in prison and planning attacks at LA International Airport and several other targets.[9][10]
David Kernell 32341-074 David Kernell mug shot.jpg Released from custody in November 2011; served 10 months.[11] Convicted in 2010 of unauthorized access to a computer and obstruction of justice for hacking into then-Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin's e-mail account in 2008.[12][13][14]
Azamat Tazhayakov 95090-038 Released in 2016; served 3 years. Lied to federal investigators during an investigation related to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (Boston Marathon bombing).[15]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FCI Ashland". Federal Bureau of Prisons. Retrieved 2015-10-19. 
  2. ^ "Inmate Handbook: Ashland Federal Correctional Institution" (PDF). Federal Bureau of Prisons. Retrieved 2015-10-19. 
  3. ^ Rose, Lacey (25 May 2006). "Best Places To Go To Prison". Forbes. Retrieved 2015-10-19. 
  4. ^ Nocera, Kate (March 22, 2010). "Ex-Giants WR Mark Ingram sentenced for jumping bail to watch Heisman-winning son play football". New York Daily News. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  5. ^ Armstrong, Kevin (December 12, 2009). "Mark Ingram Wins Heisman Trophy in Close Race". The New York Times. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "Inmate Locator: Inmate # 22749-050". Federal Bureau of Prisons. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "Former Ashland Corrections Officer sentenced to federal prison". Wkyt.com. 2014-05-13. Retrieved 2015-10-19. 
  8. ^ Jon Meyer (2014-01-26). "Five Years Since Ciavarella and Conahan were Charged". WNEP. Retrieved 2015-02-08. 
  9. ^ Lichtblau, Eric (September 1, 2005). "4 Men in California Accused of Plotting Terrorist Attacks". The New York Times. Retrieved 20 September 2015. 
  10. ^ "Man Who Formed Terrorist Group that Plotted Attacks on Military and Jewish Facilities Sentenced to 16 Years in Federal Prison". Federal Bureau of Investigation. US Department of Justice. March 6, 2009. Retrieved 20 September 2015. 
  11. ^ "UT student David Kernell convicted of hacking Sarah Palin's e-mail, in halfway house". WBIR-TV Knoxville. August 2, 2011. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  12. ^ "Palin hacking case: David Kernell found guilty". The Washington Post. April 30, 2010. 
  13. ^ Poovey, Bill (12 November 2010). "David Kernell, Palin E-mail Hacker, Sentenced To Year In Custody". Huffington Post. 
  14. ^ Poovey, Bill (January 13, 2011). "Convicted Palin hacker David Kernell at prison camp in Kentucky". The E.W. Scripps Co. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  15. ^ Sweet, Laurel J. "Tsarnaev pal set to be released from prison." Boston Herald. Monday May 16, 2016. Retrieved on June 6, 2016. "His former University of Massachusetts classmates Robel Phillips [sic] and Dias Kadyrbayev, both 22, remain housed at lowsecurity [sic] federal prisons in Loretto, Pa., and Big Springs, Texas, respectively."

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