Federal Correctional Institution, Herlong

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Federal Correctional Institution, Herlong
FCI Herlong.jpg
LocationLassen County,
near Herlong, California
Coordinates40°09′00″N 120°10′05″W / 40.150°N 120.168°W / 40.150; -120.168Coordinates: 40°09′00″N 120°10′05″W / 40.150°N 120.168°W / 40.150; -120.168
Security classMedium-security (with minimum-security prison camp)
Population1,640 (145 in prison camp)
Managed byFederal Bureau of Prisons

The Federal Correctional Institution, Herlong (FCI Herlong) is a medium-security United States federal prison for male inmates in California, opened in 2007. It is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a division of the United States Department of Justice. The facility also includes a satellite prison camp that houses minimum-security male offenders.

FCI Herlong is located in Lassen County, in northeastern California near the Nevada border, approximately 60 miles northwest of Reno, Nevada and 190 miles northeast of Sacramento, California, the state capital.[1] It is one of three prisons in the county; the other two are state prisons located in the county seat of Susanville. In 2007 half the adults in Susanville worked in one of the three facilities; together the three prisons hold approximately 11,000 inmates.[2] Prisons are the major employers in the area since the timber industry declined.

Notable incidents[edit]

In 2009, a joint investigation conducted by the Bureau of Prisons, the FBI and the IRS uncovered a scheme in which three inmates at FCI Herlong: Scott Whitney, Diego Paucar and Erik Alexander, filled out false tax returns for other inmates seeking refunds. In order to portray the inmates as taxpayers, they made false W-2 forms using the names of real employers, but none of the inmates had worked for them. The IRS discovered the scheme and no refunds were paid. If the scheme had been successful, the three co-conspirators would have obtained $93,950 from the IRS. Whitney, Paucar and Alexander subsequently pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud the IRS and had seven, four, and three years added to their original sentences, respectively.[3][4]

Notable inmates (current and former)[edit]

Inmate Name Register Number Photo Status Details
Tre Arrow 70936-065 Released in 2009 after serving 5 years in Canada and the United States.[5] Member of the ecoterrorist group Earth Liberation Front and a former FBI Ten Most Wanted fugitive; pleaded guilty to arson in 2008 for setting fire to cement trucks and logging trucks in Oregon in 2001.[6]
Tim DeChristopher 16156-081 Tim DeChristopher Artists for the Climate 2011.jpg Released from custody in April 2013; served a 2-year sentence.[7] Co-founder of the environmental group Peaceful Uprising; convicted in 2012 of false representation for registering for a 2008 federal land auction and bidding on land worth $1.8 million in order to prevent it from being used for oil and gas exploration.[8][9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "FCI Herlong". Federal Bureau of Prisons.
  2. ^ Taylor, Robert. "'Prison Town' a view from outside," Contra Costa Times, 28 July 2007; hosted at Mercury News.
  3. ^ "Prisoner Caught in a Scheme to Defraud the IRS Sentenced to More Than Seven Years". Federal Bureau of Investigation. Retrieved 16 March 2013.
  4. ^ "Last Defendant Sentenced in Scheme to File Fraudulent Tax Returns from Herlong Prison". Federal Bureau of Investigation. Retrieved 16 March 2013.
  5. ^ Manning, Rob (June 9, 2009). "Tre Arrow Rides Away An Almost Free Man". OPB. Oregon Public Broadcasting. Retrieved 8 September 2015.
  6. ^ "Support the Eco-Prisoners (November 2008)". Earth Liberation Prisoners Support Network. Retrieved 16 March 2013.
  7. ^ Maffly, Brian (2013-04-17). "Activist Tim DeChristopher to be freed after 21 months in custody". Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 2016-08-21.
  8. ^ O'Donoghue, Ami (March 4, 2011). "Jury finds activist Tim DeChristopher guilty of both charges". Deseret News.
  9. ^ O'Donoghue, Ami (July 26, 2011). "Activist Timothy DeChristopher sentenced to 2 years in prison". Deseret News.

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