Federal Correctional Institution, Beckley

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Federal Correctional Institution, Beckley
LocationRaleigh County,
near Beaver, West Virginia
Security classMedium-security (with minimum-security prison camp)
Population1,660 (430 in prison camp)
Managed byFederal Bureau of Prisons

The Federal Correctional Institution, Beckley (FCI Beckley) is a medium-security United States federal prison for male inmates in West Virginia. It is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a division of the United States Department of Justice. An adjacent satellite camp houses minimum-security inmates.

FCI Beckley is located approximately 51 miles southeast of Charleston, West Virginia and 136 miles northwest of Roanoke, Virginia.[1]

Notable incidents[edit]

While they occur less frequently than at high-security prisons, serious acts of violence also occur at medium and minimum-security institutions such as FCI Beckley. In April 2010, FCI Beckley inmate Sylvester Cuevas, who was serving a sentence for mailing threatening communications, repeatedly punched a correction officer, causing the officer to sustain a broken nose and facial cuts. Cuevas was charged with felony assault and transferred to the Southern Regional Jail in Raleigh County, West Virginia pending court proceedings. Cuevas assaulted another correction officer at that facility in August 2010, who suffered a broken facial bone. On February 2, 2012, Cuevas pleaded guilty to felony assault in connection with both incidents and was sentenced to an additional eight years in prison.[2] Cuevas was transferred to ADX Florence, the federal supermax prison in Colorado which holds inmates requiring the tightest security controls.[3] He has since been moved to USP Atlanta.

Notable inmates (current and former)[edit]

Register Number Photo Status Details
Eric DeWayne Boyd 31710-074 Serving an 18-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2022. Convicted for assisting Lemaricus Davidson, perpetrator of the 2007 murders of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom, carjack a vehicle in order to elude authorities.[4]
James Kopp 11761-055 James Charles Kopp.jpg Serving a life sentence.[5] Associate of the anti-abortion group The Lambs of Christ; convicted in 2007 of the 1998 murder of Dr. Barnett Slepian, who performed abortions at a clinic in Buffalo, New York; Kopp was one of the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives prior to his capture in 2001.[6]
Steven Warshak 04431-061 Released from custody in 2016; served 9 years.[7] Founder of Berkeley Nutraceuticals; convicted in 2008 of fraud and money laundering for bilking customers out of $100 million; the story was featured on the CNBC television program American Greed.[8][9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "FCI Beckley". Federal Bureau of Prisons.
  2. ^ "Beckley Federal Inmate Sentenced 96 Months in Prison on Assault Charges". Federal Bureau of Investigation.
  3. ^ "Federal Bureau of Prisons Inmate Locator - Sylvester Bravo Cuevas". Federal Bureau of Prisons.
  4. ^ Satterfield, Jamie (April 16, 2008). "Victim's father: 'One down, four to go'". Knoxville News Sentinel. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  5. ^ "Killers from WNY: where they are now". The Buffalo News. June 9, 2015. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  6. ^ Staba, David (20 June 2007). "Life Term for Killer of Buffalo-Area Abortion Provider". The New York Times.
  7. ^ Roberts, Daniel (July 7, 2014). "Orange is the New White-Collar". Fortune Magazine. Time, Inc. Retrieved 30 September 2015.
  8. ^ Slater, Dan (August 27, 2008). "Fraudulent Male Enhancement Drug Gets Company Founder 25 Yrs". The Wall Street Journal.
  9. ^ Horn, Dan. "Warshak's 25-year sentence cut to 10". cincinnati.com.

Coordinates: 37°49′0.8″N 81°7′45.9″W / 37.816889°N 81.129417°W / 37.816889; -81.129417