Federal Correctional Institution, Cumberland

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Federal Correctional Institution, Cumberland
Location Allegany County,
near Cumberland, Maryland
Status Operational
Security class Medium-security (with minimum-security prison camp)
Population 1,179 (304 in prison camp)
Opened 1994
Managed by Federal Bureau of Prisons

The Federal Correctional Institution, Cumberland (FCI Cumberland) is a medium-security United States federal prison for male inmates in Maryland. It is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a division of the United States United States Department of Justice. The facility also has a satellite prison camp for minimum-security male offenders.[1]

FCI Cumberland is located in western Maryland, 130 miles (210 km) northwest of Washington, D.C.

FCI Cumberland also has a license plate manufacturing center, where inmates produce license plates used on federal government vehicles.

Notable incidents[edit]

On July 21, 2010, inmate and former NYPD Commissioner Bernard Kerik used the social website Twitter to post his opposition to the opening of the Park51 Islamic Community Center near Ground Zero. The post read, "If we let them defile ground zero with a beachhead for sharia we will validate their sense of victory on 9/11 and encourage future attacks on America. No mosque at Ground Zero" and included a link to a Web video showing the Twin Towers falling. A Federal Bureau of Prisons official told Salon, "Inmates don't have Internet access. He probably has a family member doing it for him." The official also said Kerik may have access to something called TRULINCS, a prison e-mail system that allows inmates to exchange e-mails with people (typically family members or friends) on an approved list.[2]

Notable inmates[edit]


Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
Jeffrey MacDonald 00131-177 Serving a life sentence. Former US Army doctor; convicted in 1979 of the 1970 murders of his wife and two children in their home at Fort Bragg Army Base in North Carolina; the case was the subject of author Joe McGinniss' book Fatal Vision.[3]
Vittorio Amuso 38740-079 Serving a life sentence. Boss of the Lucchese crime family in New York City; convicted in 1992 of racketeering and murder in connection with nine murders, as well as extortion, gambling and labor corruption.[4]
Cameron Douglas 70707-054 Serving a 9-year combined sentence; scheduled for release in 2018. Son of actor Michael Douglas; pleaded guilty in 2010 to drug trafficking for selling methamphetamine; pleaded guilty in 2011 to smuggling cocaine and heroin into federal prison.[5][6]
Ed Brown 03923-049 Serving a 37-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2045. Sovereign citizen movement member; convicted in 2009 of conspiracy for stockpiling bombs and firearms during an 8-month standoff with authorities attempting to apprehend him and his wife, Elaine Brown, for a 2007 tax evasion conviction.[7][8][9]
Solomon Dwek 27925-050 Serving a 6-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2016. Former real estate investor and key informant for Operation Bid Rig, one of the largest corruption stings in US history resulting in the convictions of dozens of public officials in New Jersey; arrested in 2006 for masterminding a $50 million bank fraud.[10][11]


Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
Bernard Kerik 84888-054 Released from custody in 2013; served 3 years.[12] Former NYPD Commissioner and Homeland Security Secretary nominee under President George W. Bush; pleaded guilty in 2009 to tax evasion for accepting services from a company in return for his assistance in obtaining a city construction permit.[13]
Jack Abramoff 27593-112 Released from custody in 2010; served 42 months.[14] Republican Party activist and former Washington, D.C. lobbyist at the center of the largest lobbying scandal in US political history; pleaded guilty in 2006 to fraud, tax evasion and conspiracy to bribe public officials.[15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "FCI Cumberland". Federal Bureau of Prisons. 
  2. ^ Elliot, Justin. "Kerik tweets against 'Ground Zero mosque' — from prison". Salon. 
  3. ^ Moran, Terry. "Jeffrey MacDonald Seeks New Trial in Triple Murder". ABC News. 
  4. ^ "Key Mafia Figure Guilty of Murder, Racketeering". Los Angeles Times. June 16, 1992. 
  5. ^ Shifrel, Scott (October 20, 2011). "Cameron Douglas, son of Michael Douglas, pleads guilty to smuggling cocaine and heroin into jail". New York Daily News. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  6. ^ Golding, Bruce (December 21, 2011). "Douglas sentenced to another 41 /2 years for drug possession". New York Post. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  7. ^ Feyerick, Deb (October 5, 2007). "N.H. tax evaders taken into custody after standoff". CNN. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  8. ^ "EDWARD BROWN SENTENCED TO 37 YEARS". US Department of Justice. January 11, 2010. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  9. ^ 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. 
  10. ^ "-Year Sentence for Informer in Corruption Case". The New York Times. October 18, 2012. 
  11. ^ Sherman, Ted (July 22, 2011). "2 years later, legacy of Operation Bid Rig corruption sting lives on". The Star-Ledger of New Jersey. 
  12. ^ Reuters (May 28, 2013). "Kerik Released From Prison After 3 Years". The New York Times. Retrieved 11 October 2013. 
  13. ^ Dolnick, Sam (November 5, 2009). "Kerik Confesses to Cheating I.R.S. and Telling Lies". The New York Times. 
  14. ^ Associated Press (June 9, 2010). "Jack Abramoff Released from Prison". CBS News. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  15. ^ Schmitt, Richard B. (September 5, 2008). "Ex-GOP lobbyist Abramoff sentenced to 4 years in prison". Los Angeles Times. 

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Coordinates: 39°35′44″N 78°45′45″W / 39.59556°N 78.76250°W / 39.59556; -78.76250