Federal Correctional Institution, Hazelton

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Federal Correctional Institution, Hazelton
LocationPreston County, West Virginia
Security classMedium-security with Secure Female Facility
Managed byFederal Bureau of Prisons
WardenLeonard Oddo[1]

The Federal Correctional Institution, Hazelton (FCI Hazelton) is a medium-security United States federal prison for male inmates, as well as a secure facility for female inmates, located in the Preston County, West Virginia. It is the newest facility in the federal prison system and is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a division of the United States Department of Justice. The New York Times notes that its nickname is "Misery Mountain".[2]

The Federal Correctional Complex (FCC) Hazelton has two prisons, physically adjacent but distinct: FCI Hazelton and the high-security United States Penitentiary, Hazelton constructed in 2004. Both are operated by the FBOP.[3]

Facility details[edit]

FCI Hazelton has a Secure Housing Unit for inmates who are considered dangerous due to previous acts of violence inside the facility, such as assaults on staff or other inmates, as well as for inmates who engage in repeated rule violations.

The facility has a Vocational Training Program, which includes building trades such as Carpentry, Dry Wall, Electrical, HVAC, Masonry, Plumbing, and Welding, Culinary Arts, Graphic Arts, and Microsoft Office.[4]

Notable inmates[edit]

Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
Michael Nunn 11772-030 Transferred to a Residential Reentry Program in Kansas City Former world middleweight boxing champion; pleaded guilty in 2003 to conspiracy to distribute cocaine for buying $24,000 worth of cocaine from an undercover FBI Agent in 2002.[5][6][7]
Joaquin Valencia-Trujillo 02440-748 Transferred to Rivers Correctional Institution Former leader of the Cali Cartel in Colombia; extradited to the US in 2004; convicted in 2006 of drug trafficking conspiracy for directing the shipment of more than 100 tons of cocaine a year into the US over a ten-year period.[8]
Earl Simmons 76031-054 Serving a 9-month sentence; scheduled for release in 2019. American rapper. Convicted for tax fraud.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "FCI Hazelton Becomes 120th Bureau of Prisons Facility". Federal Bureau of Prisons. US Department of Justice. June 18, 2014. Retrieved 15 August 2015.
  2. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/30/us/whitey-bulger-murder.html
  3. ^ Murphy, Matt (30 October 2014). "Workers Raise Prison Safety Awareness". Charleston Gazette-Mail. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  4. ^ "INMATE ADMISSION & ORIENTATION HANDBOOK" (PDF). Federal Bureau of Prisons. US Department of Justice. May 12, 2014.
  5. ^ "Ex-middleweight champ Nunn sentenced to 24 years in jail". USA Today. January 30, 2004.
  6. ^ Keeler, Sean (July 6, 2008). "Rise and fall of boxing champion Michael Nunn". Des Moines Register.
  7. ^ Dvorak, Todd (January 30, 2004). "Ex-Boxing Champ Michael Nunn Sentenced". The Washington Post.
  8. ^ Weimar, Carrie (February 2, 2007). "Cartel leader gets 40 years". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 27 October 2013.

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