Federal Correctional Institution, El Reno

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United States Penitentiary, El Reno
FCI El Reno.jpg
LocationEl Reno, Canadian County, Oklahoma
Security classMedium-security (with minimum-security prison camp)
Population1,000 (265 in prison camp)
Managed byFederal Bureau of Prisons

Federal Correctional Institution, El Reno (FCI El Reno) is a medium-security United States federal prison for male inmates in Oklahoma. It is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a division of the United States Department of Justice. The facility also has an adjacent satellite camp for minimum-security male offenders.

It has one of two remaining farm facilities in the BOP.[1]

FCI El Reno is located in central Oklahoma, 30 miles west of Oklahoma City.[2]


Obama pointing to barbed wire
Barack Obama visits FCI El Reno, 2015 as the first American president to visit a prison.

The El Reno Reformatory was named the United States Southwestern Reformatory (abbreviated U.S.S.R.) when it opened April 4, 1933, to receive inmates transferred from USP Leavenworth, Kansas, the Federal Reformatory at Chillicothe, Ohio, and the Federal Prison Camp at Fort Riley, Kansas. In 1938, it was renamed the Federal Reformatory, El Reno, Oklahoma. It evolved into a Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) for young adults (ages 18 – 26) who needed to be in a medium security facility. In the late 1970s, it began receiving medium-security prisoners of all ages.[3]

FCI El Reno was established to house younger prisoners.[1] President Barack Obama visited FCI El Reno on July 16, 2015. This was the first time a sitting President has ever visited a federal prison.[4]

Notable incidents[edit]

On December 19, 2004, inmate Carlos Brewster escaped from the minimum-security prison camp at FCI El Reno. A fugitive task force led by the US Marshals Service apprehended Brewster three weeks later at a fast-food restaurant in East Los Angeles, California. Brewster was returned to Oklahoma, where he had additional time added to the 21-year sentence he was serving for possession with intent to distribute cocaine.[5][6]

In August 2011, inmate Joe Villarreal escaped from FCI El Reno, where he was serving a 147-month sentence for drug trafficking. He was apprehended in the city of El Reno several hours later. Villarreal was subsequently sentenced to an additional 46 months in prison for the escape and for possessing a shank in the prison prior to his escape.[7]

Brewster and Villarreal were transferred to facilities with higher security levels.[8][9]

Notable inmates[edit]

Inmate Name Register Number Photo Status Details
Kwame Kilpatrick 44678-039 Serving a 28-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2037.[10] Mayor of Detroit from 2002 to 2008; convicted of racketeering conspiracy and other charges in 2013 for using his office to commit extortion, bribery and fraud; co-conspirator Bobby Ferguson was sentenced to 21 years.[11][12][13][14]
Diego Montoya Sanchez 04171-748 Serving a 45-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2046. Former leader of the Norte del Valle drug cartel in Colombia, which shipped $10 billion worth of cocaine into the US from 1995 to 2007; connected to over 1,500 murders; extradited from Colombian authorities in 2007; formerly on the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives List.[15][16]
Joel Lopez, Sr. 20142-079 Serving a life sentence. Drug trafficker; convicted in 2009 of attempting to hire a member of the Latin Kings gang to kidnap and murder US District Judge Ricardo Hinojosa in retaliation for Hinojosa sentencing him to life in prison in 2006.[17]
Jonathan Earl Woods[18] 14657-010 220 Months. State Senator[19] in Arkansas from 2013-2017; He was found guilty of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, twelve counts of wire fraud, and money laundering[20]. Woods was accused of soliciting and accepting kickbacks for the distribution of government fund[21].

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "President to Visit FCI El Reno." Federal Bureau of Prisons. July 14, 2015. Retrieved on August 12, 2015.
  2. ^ "FCI El Reno". Federal Bureau of Prisons.
  3. ^ "FCI El Reno: A Look Back at its Early Tears." U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Prisons. Monday Morning Highlights, March 25, 2013. Accessed September 27, 2015.
  4. ^ "President Obama Visits the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution." YouTube. July 16, 2015. Accessed September 9, 2015.
  5. ^ "Inmate escapes federal prison at El Reno". The Corrections Connection.
  6. ^ "Escapee found at fast-food restaurant". Chicago Tribune. January 9, 2005.
  7. ^ "Man Sentenced to 46 Months in Federal Prison for Escape from and Possession of a Weapon at FCI El Reno". Federal Bureau of Investigation.
  8. ^ "Inmate Locator - Carlos Ray Brewster, Jr". Federal Bureau of Prisons.
  9. ^ "Inmate Locator - Joe G. Villarreal, Jr". Federal Bureau of Prisons.
  10. ^ Snell, Robert (July 14, 2015). "Obama to visit Kilpatrick's prison in Oklahoma". The Detroit News. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  11. ^ "Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, His Father Bernard Kilpatrick and City Contractor Bobby Ferguson Were Convicted on Racketeering, Extortion, Bribery, Fraud and Tax Charges". US Department of Justice. Retrieved 12 March 2013.
  12. ^ Caron, Paul. "Ex-Detroit Mayor Kilpatrick convicted in corruption case". CNN. Retrieved 12 March 2013.
  13. ^ Neavling, Steve. "Ex-Detroit mayor convicted of widespread corruption". Reuters. Retrieved 12 March 2013.
  14. ^ "Bobby Ferguson Gets 21 Years In Detroit Corruption Case". CBS Local Media. October 11, 2013. Retrieved 22 January 2014.
  15. ^ "Leader of Colombian Drug Cartel and Former FBI Top-Ten Fugitive Pleads Guilty to Drug, Murder and Racketeering Charges". Justice.gov. 2009-08-11. Retrieved 2012-11-06.
  16. ^ "Colombian drug lord gets U.S. prison term - US news - Crime & courts | NBC News". MSNBC. 2009-10-21. Retrieved 2012-11-06.
  17. ^ "USAO - 091016 - Lopez-Gonzalez". Justice.gov. Retrieved 2013-10-30.
  18. ^ "Jon Woods", Wikipedia, 2019-01-25, retrieved 2019-01-27
  19. ^ "Jon Woods", Wikipedia, 2019-01-25, retrieved 2019-01-27
  20. ^ "Jon Woods Sentenced To 18 Years For Fraud, Money Laundering Convictions". Fort Smith/Fayetteville News | 5newsonline KFSM 5NEWS. 2018-09-05. Retrieved 2019-01-27.
  21. ^ DMM, Adam Roberts (2018-09-06). "Former Arkansas State Sen. Jon Woods sentenced to prison". KHBS. Retrieved 2019-01-27.

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Coordinates: 35°32′05″N 98°00′26″W / 35.53472°N 98.00722°W / 35.53472; -98.00722