Federal Correctional Institution, Aliceville

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Federal Correctional Institution, Aliceville
LocationPickens County, Alabama
Security classLOW-security (with minimum security prison camp)
Managed byFederal Bureau of Prisons
WardenP. Bradley

The Federal Correctional Institution, Aliceville (FCI Aliceville) is a medium-security United States federal prison for female inmates in Alabama. 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 female inmates. FCI Aliceville is located in unincorporated Pickens County, between Aliceville and Pickensville.

It is the first federal women's prison to be established in Alabama.[1]


Construction on FCI Aliceville began in 2008.[2]

FCI Aliceville became operational in 2013. Aliceville public officials approved the project with the support of residents who hope that the facility would provide jobs and boost local businesses. The town's population is about 2,500, with unemployment near 11 percent, well above the national average. Aliceville officials estimate the facility will generate between 700 and 1,000 trips per day, which will lead to new hotels, restaurants and gas stations being opened. The medium-security prison is expected to house 1,400 female inmates and employ between 320 and 350 people when it reaches full operating capacity. However, 40 percent of those jobs will go to existing federal prison employees.[3] The Bureau of Prisons has already transferred female inmates to FCI Aliceville from FCI Danbury, which is being converted back to an all male-facility.[4]

Pickens County, previously losing population, became the fastest growing county in Alabama in 2014 because of the installation of the prison.[5]

On February 2, 2016, a tornado caused damage at the prison facility, the extent of which is currently unknown.[6]

Location and facility[edit]

The prison is on a 650-acre (260 ha) plot of land along Alabama State Route 14, in southwest unincorporated Pickens County. The prison is about 2.5 miles (4.0 km) north of Aliceville,[1] and between Aliceville and Pickensville. The local area is served by the Aliceville post office. It is approximately 55 miles (89 km) west of Tuscaloosa, Alabama and 35 miles (56 km) southeast of Columbus, Mississippi.[7]

The prison, managed by two construction companies, had a scheduled cost of $185 million. Caddell and W.G. Yates & Sons, of Montgomery, Alabama and Philadelphia, Mississippi, respectively, worked on the project.[1]

Programs and services[edit]

FCI Aliceville offers a literacy program designed to help inmates develop foundational knowledge and skills in reading, math, written expression, and to prepare inmates for GED classes. Inmates with low-English proficiency are required to take ESL classes. Adult continuing education, college correspondence programs and parenting classes are also available. A Release Preparation Program is geared towards preparing inmates for their return to society. Inmate tutors teach skills including job searching, resume writing, budgeting and buying a home.[8]

Notable inmates (current and former)[edit]

Inmate Name Register Number Photo Status Details
Jordan Linn Graham 12764-046 Serving a 30-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2040.[9] Pleaded guilty on December 12, 2013 to second-degree murder for luring her new husband, Cody Johnson, to Glacier National Park in Montana and pushing him off a cliff to his death on July 7, 2013.[10][11]
Shannon Conley 40384-013 Served a 4-year sentence; released in 2017. Colorado resident and Muslim convert; pleaded guilty in 2014 to conspiracy to provide material support the terrorist organization ISIS for attempting to travel to Syria to engage in violent jihad; one of the first Americans to be sentenced for conspiracy to support ISIS.[12]
Elaine Brown 03924-049 Serving a 35-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2042.[13] Sovereign citizen movement member; convicted in 2009 of stockpiling bombs, handguns and high-powered rifles during an 8-month standoff with authorities attempting to apprehend her and her husband, Ed Brown, for a 2007 tax evasion conviction.[14][15][16]
Bernetta Willis 11880-002 Serving a 43-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2043. Convicted in 2007 of masterminding a large-scale conspiracy involving the filing of false claims and theft of federal funds intended for Hurricane Katrina disaster relief; received the longest sentence ever for Hurricane Katrina fraud.[17]
Alice Marie Johnson 14873-076

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Gordon, Tom. "Groundbreaking set for Alabama's first federal women's prison" (Archive). The Birmingham News at Al.com. April 6, 2009. Retrieved on December 30, 2015.
  2. ^ DeWitt, Robert. "Aliceville prison construction is near completion" (Archive). Tuscaloosa News. September 5, 2011. Retrieved on December 3, 2015.
  3. ^ Grayson, Wayne (August 14, 2010). "Aliceville residents hope new prison will boost local economy". Tuscaloosa News. Archived from the original on 2015-12-30. Retrieved 21 October 2013.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)()
  4. ^ Pirro, John (July 3, 2013). "FCI Danbury converting back to men's prison". Danbury News-Times. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  5. ^ Kirby, Brendan. "How a prison made rural Alabama area one of America's fastest-growing counties" (Archive). Al.com. March 26, 2015. Updated April 30, 2015. Retrieved on December 30, 2015.
  6. ^ Sheets, Connor. "Possible tornado damage eyed near Aliceville in rural western Alabama". Al.com. February 2, 2016. Retrieved on February 2, 2016.
  7. ^ "FCI Aliceville". Federal Bureau of Prisons.
  8. ^ "FCI Aliceville - Admissions and Orientation Handbook" (PDF). Federal Bureau of Prisons. January 2013. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  9. ^ Adamson, Emily (May 7, 2014). "Kalispell newlywed in Alabama federal prison". KECI/KCFW/KTVM, Montana USA. Retrieved 22 October 2015.
  10. ^ Martinez, Michael; Lah, Kyung (December 12, 2013). "Montana newlywed Jordan Linn Graham pleads guilty in husband's murder". Cable News Network. Retrieved 22 October 2015.
  11. ^ "Jordan Linn Graham, Newlywed Who Pushed Husband Off Cliff, Gets 30 Years". Huffington Post. March 27, 2014. Retrieved 22 October 2015.
  12. ^ Martinez, Michael; Cabrera, Ana; Weisfeldt, Sara (January 24, 2015). "Colorado woman gets 4 years for wanting to join ISIS". CNN. Retrieved 25 July 2015.
  13. ^ Associated Press (June 4, 2014). "New Hampshire Tax Evader Elaine Brown Apologizes". The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, Inc. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
  14. ^ Feyerick, Deb (October 5, 2007). "N.H. tax evaders taken into custody after standoff". CNN. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  15. ^ "EDWARD BROWN SENTENCED TO 37 YEARS". US Department of Justice. January 11, 2010. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  16. ^ Associated Press (July 20, 2013). "Buyer beware? Feds to warn of land mines, booby traps on tax militants' auctioned NH land". Fox News. Retrieved 21 October 2013.

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Coordinates: 33°10′33″N 88°11′35″W / 33.175886°N 88.193053°W / 33.175886; -88.193053