Federal Correctional Complex, Butner

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Federal Correctional Complex, Butner
FCI Butner Medium.jpg
LocationMangum Township, Durham County / Dutchville Township, Granville County, North Carolina
Security classMinimum, Low, Medium and administrative security (FMC Butner is a medical facility)
Population5,000 (four facilities)
Managed byFederal Bureau of Prisons

The Federal Correctional Complex, Butner (FCC Butner) is a United States federal prison complex for men near 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 includes the Bureau's largest medical complex, which operates a drug treatment program and specializes in oncology and behavioral science.[1] Among its inmates was Bernie Madoff, who was convicted for perpetrating the largest Ponzi scheme in history. He died at the prison in April 2021.[2]

The complex consists of four facilities:

  • Federal Correctional Institution, Butner Low (FCI Butner Low): a low-security facility.
  • Federal Correctional Institution, Butner Medium (FCI Butner Medium): a medium-security facility.
  • Federal Correctional Institution 2, Butner Medium (FCI 2 Butner Medium): a medium-security facility
  • Federal Medical Center, Butner (FMC Butner): a facility which houses inmates of all security levels with health issues.

The complex lies in an unincorporated area on the county line between Durham County to the west and Granville County to the east.[3][4] On the Durham County side, the portion of the prison is in Mangum Township,[5] while on the Granville County side it is in Dutchville Township.[6]

Notable incidents[edit]

Madoff assault[edit]

On March 18, 2010, The Wall Street Journal reported that Bernie Madoff, the New York financier serving a 150-year sentence at FCI Butner for running a Ponzi scheme that cost investors billions of dollars, was assaulted by another inmate in December 2009. Citing three sources, a current inmate, a former inmate, and a prison employee, the newspaper reported that the assailant was an inmate serving time for a drug conviction who believed that Madoff owed him money. The inmate reported that Madoff suffered a broken nose, fractured ribs, and cuts to his head and face. In response to the report, Bureau of Prisons spokeswoman Denise Simmons said, "We have no knowledge or information to confirm he was assaulted."[7]

Murder plot[edit]

On November 16, 2011, James Lukinoff, an inmate at FCI Butner, was indicted for planning to assault and kill an FBI agent involved in investigating the crime for which he was sent to prison. The indictment alleged that from February 2009 to April 2011, Lukinoff developed and pursued a plan to purchase a suppressor and have a friend or family member store it until his release from prison. Once released, Lukinoff planned to retrieve the suppressor and his firearm and kill the agent. Lukinoff pleaded guilty to retaliating against a federal official by threat on June 20, 2012. He is currently being held at the Federal Medical Center, Butner and is scheduled for release in 2024.[citation needed]

Notable inmates[edit]

High-profile crimes[edit]

Inmate Name Register Number Photo Status Details
Mel Reynolds 07476-424 Archived 2013-10-29 at the Wayback Machine Mel Reynolds.jpg Sentence commuted by President Bill Clinton in 2001; served his sentence at the minimum-security prison camp.[8] Illinois Congressman from 1993 to 1995; convicted in 1995 of sexual assault, obstruction of justice and solicitation of child pornography in connection with his relationship with a 16-year-old campaign worker; convicted in 1997 of bank fraud.[9][10]
Bernard Madoff 61727-054[permanent dead link] BernardMadoff.jpg Served 11 years of a 150-year sentence until his death on April 14, 2021.[11] Former financier; pleaded guilty in 2009 to fraud, money laundering, perjury and theft for perpetrating the largest Ponzi scheme in US history, robbing thousands of investors of over $65 billion over 20 years; the story was featured on the CNBC television program American Greed.[12][13] Died in 2021.[2]
Jon Burge 50504-018[permanent dead link] Released from custody in 2015; served 4 years.[14] Former Chicago Police Department commander; convicted in 2010 of obstruction of justice and perjury for torturing more than 200 criminal suspects between 1972 and 1991, eliciting dozens of false confessions.[15][16]
Scott Kevin Fairlamb 26840-509 Serving a 41 month sentence, scheduled for release on 12/20/2023 Former MMA fighter pleaded guilty to assaulting an officer during the United States Capitol attack.
Sami Osmakac 55958-018 Serving a 40-year sentence, scheduled for release on 04/29/2046 Convicted of One count of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, and One count of possession of an unregistered automatic firearm
Christopher Paul Hasson 64544-037 Christopher Hasson.jpg Scheduled for release in 2030 Convicted for possession of tramadol without a prescription and illegal possession of firearms and the firearm silencers.
Jesse Jackson Jr. 32451-016[permanent dead link] Jesse Jackson, Jr., official photo portrait.jpg Served 30 months. Released on the morning of June 22, 2015, after spending three months serving his remaining sentence in a halfway house.[17] Illinois Congressman from 1995 to 2012, and son of Jesse Jackson. In early February 2013, Jackson Jr. pleaded guilty to charges of fraud, conspiracy, making false statements, mail fraud, wire fraud, and criminal forfeiture—having used about $750,000 in campaign money for over 3,000 personal purchases that included a Michael Jackson fedora and cashmere capes.[18]
Roman Seleznev 04385-093 Serving a 27-year sentence.[19] Russian hacker; convicted in 2017 on 38 counts of hacking, wire fraud, and racketeering for stealing and selling millions of credit card numbers, causing more than $169 million in damages to businesses and banks.[19]
Scott Tyree 54380-083 Released in February 2019; served 17 years. Kidnapper of Alicia Kozakiewicz.[20][21][22][23]
Nicholas Ochs 12336-122 Serving a 4 year sentence; scheduled for release in 2026 Leader of the Proud Boys Hawaii chapter. Arrested for participating in the U.S. Capitol attack.
John Russell Whitt 19945-057[permanent dead link] Transferred from FCI Ashland[24] Sentenced to two consecutive 26 to 32 year sentences for the murders of his wife and son.[25]
Gregg Ramsdell 01343-120 Surrendered to FCI Butner on December 8, 2020 Sentenced to 12 months for fraud and Stolen Valor.[26]
James Von Brunn 07128-016 Died while awaiting trial in 2010 White supremacist who perpetrated the 2009 United States Holocaust Memorial Museum shooting, which killed an officer.[27][28]

Organized crime[edit]

Inmate Name Register Number Photo Status Details
Gilberto Rodríguez Orejuela 14023-059[permanent dead link] Traqueticogilberticorodriguez.png Died in 2022 while serving a 30-year sentence; had been scheduled for release in 2029. Co-founder of the now-defunct Cali Cartel, which was responsible for as much as 80% of the cocaine brought into the US in the 1970s and 1980s; co-founder Miguel Rodríguez Orejuela is also serving a 30-year sentence.[29]
Carmine Persico 74666-158[permanent dead link] Died at Duke University Medical Center[30] while serving a combined sentence of 139 years; was eligible for release in 2050.[31] Mafia figure; former Colombo crime family Boss; convicted in 1986 of murder, loansharking, bribery and extortion, all in aid of racketeering, in order to control and profit from the concrete industry in New York City.[32][33]
John Connolly 22928-038 Archived 2013-10-04 at the Wayback Machine Transferred to state prison in 2011; served 10 years.[34] Former FBI Agent; convicted in 2002 of racketeering conspiracy for aiding Irish Mob figure Whitey Bulger; currently serving a 40-year sentence in a Florida state prison for the murder of a witness.[35]
Gerard Ouimette 02519-070 Served 21 years until his death in 2015 Mafia figure; former Patriarca crime family associate; convicted of extortion
Peter Gotti 99109-012 Served 15 years of a 25-year sentence until his death in 2021 Mafia figure; former Gambino crime family boss; convicted of racketeering and other crimes

Financial crimes[edit]

Inmate Name Register Number Photo Status Details
Troy Titus 58299-083[permanent dead link] Serving a 30-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2035. Former real estate investor; convicted in 2009 of fraud, money laundering and other charges for orchestrating a Ponzi scheme in which 30 victims lost over $5 million; Titus's story was featured on the CNBC television program American Greed.[36][37]
Lee Farkas 43560-018[permanent dead link] Serving a 30-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2037.[38] Former Chairman of Taylor, Bean & Whitaker Mortgage Corporation; convicted in 2011 of fraud for masterminding a $2.9 billion scheme that led to the 2009 collapse of Colonial Bank; the story was featured on the CNBC program American Greed.[39][40]
Samuel Israel 84430-054[permanent dead link] Samuel Israel III.jpg Serving a 22-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2027.[41] Founder of the now defunct Bayou Hedge Fund Group; pleaded guilty in 2008 to defrauding investors of $400 million; attempted to fake his own suicide to avoid prison; the story was featured on the CNBC television program American Greed.[42][43]
Al Parish 12031-171 Serving a 24-year sentence, scheduled for release in 2029. Former Charleston Southern University economist, who was sentenced to federal prison in 2008 after pleading guilty to financial fraud.[44][45] Nearly 300 people lost up to $66 million invested in Parish Economic's private investment funds. Before being charged with fraud, Parish was known as a flamboyant local financial expert dubbed 'Economan',[46] and was known for his $1.2 million pen collection, including a $170,000 diamond-encrusted pen.[47] Included in the fraud was over $4 million set aside for athletic facilities improvements at Charleston Southern University.


Inmate Name Register Number Photo Status Details
John Walker 22449-037[permanent dead link] John Anthony Walker.jpg Died in custody in 2014 while serving a 30-year sentence.[48] Former Chief Warrant Officer for the US Navy; pleaded guilty to espionage in 1986 for selling classified documents to the Soviet Union. Co-conspirator Jerry Whitworth is also serving a life sentence.[49]
Jonathan Pollard 09185-016[permanent dead link] Jonathan Pollard.png Granted parole and released in 2015 after serving 30 years of a life sentence[50] Former intelligence analyst for the United States government. In 1987, as part of a plea agreement, Pollard pleaded guilty to spying for and providing top-secret classified information to Israel. He was sentenced to life in prison for violations of the Espionage Act.[51]

In popular culture[edit]

See also[edit]


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