Federal Correctional Complex, Butner

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Federal Correctional Complex, Butner
Location Mangum Township, Durham County / Dutchville Township, Granville County, North Carolina
Status Operational
Security class Minimum, Low, Medium and administrative security (FMC Butner is a medical facility)
Population 5,000 (four facilities)
Managed by Federal Bureau of Prisons

The Federal Correctional Complex, Butner (FCC Butner) is a United States federal prison complex for male inmates in Butner, North Carolina. It is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a division of the United States Department of Justice. FCC Butner is about 25 miles (40 km) northwest of Raleigh, the state capital. It is the largest medical complex in the Bureau. While specializing in oncology and behavioral science, it has inmates with a wide variety of medical problems. It includes a drug treatment program.[1] The facility is noted for incarcerating Bernie Madoff, who was convicted for perpetrating the largest Ponzi scheme in history.

The complex consists of four facilities:

The complex lies directly on the county line between Durham County to the west and Granville County to the east.

Notable inmates[edit]

Inmate Name Register Number Status Detail
Mel Reynolds 07476-424 Released to a halfway house after his sentence was commuted by President Bill Clinton in 2001; released from custody in 2003. Illinois Congressman from 1993 to 1995; convicted in 1995 on charges of sexual assault, obstruction of justice and solicitation of child pornography in a connection with his relationship with a 16-year-old campaign worker; convicted in 1997 of bank fraud.[2][3]
Bernard L. Madoff 61727-054 Currently serving a 150 year prison sentence for his role in the Madoff investment scandal.[4] Former stockbroker and non-executive chairman of the NASDAQ stock market and the admitted operator of a Ponzi scheme that is considered to be the largest financial fraud in U.S. history.
Lee Farkas 43560-018 Convicted on 14 counts of securities fraud, bank fraud, and wire fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud. Sentenced to 30 years. Projected for release on May 28, 2037.[5] Majority owner of Taylor, Bean & Whitaker, a now-defunct wholesale mortgage lending firm which forged and sold $1 billion in mortgages to Colonial Bancgroup.
Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman 34892-054 Convicted of seditious conspiracy in 1995. Currently serving a life sentence.[6] Commonly known as "The Blind Sheikh". Heavily investigated after the World Trade Center 1993 bombings. Indicted and convicted by United States for conspiring “to levy a war of urban terrorism against the United States”.
Jon Burge 50504-018 Convicted of two counts of obstruction of justice and one count of perjury, and sentenced to 4.5 years.[7] Released from prison on October 3, 2014. Former Chicago Police Department detective and commander who gained notoriety for torturing more than 200 criminal suspects between 1972 and 1991 in order to force confessions.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Archived version of "FCC Butner" from BOP website. Archived at the Internet Archive.
  2. ^ "Ex-Congressman Reynolds & wife indicted for fraud". CNN. November 7, 1996. Retrieved 22 October 2013. 
  3. ^ Dorning, Mike (January 21, 2001). "Clinton Grants Clemency, Frees Reynolds". The New York Times. Retrieved 22 October 2013. 
  4. ^ Perez, Evan; Bray, Chad (July 13, 2009). "Madoff is Moved to a Prison in Butner N.C". The Wall Street Journal. 
  5. ^ "Federal Bureau of Prisons". Bop.gov. Retrieved April 2, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Omar Ahmad Rahman." Federal Bureau of Prisons. Retrieved on 21 May 2010.
  7. ^ "Jon Burge". Federal Bureau of Prisons. Archived from the original on 2011-03-30. Retrieved 2011-03-29. 

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Coordinates: 36°08′22″N 78°48′16″W / 36.13944°N 78.80442°W / 36.13944; -78.80442