Federal Correctional Institution, Loretto

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Federal Correctional Institution, Loretto
LocationAllegheny Township, Cambria County,
near Loretto, Pennsylvania
Security classLow-security (with minimum-security prison camp)
Population1,336 (164 in prison camp)
Managed byFederal Bureau of Prisons

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

FCI Loretto is located in southwest Pennsylvania between Altoona and Johnstown, 90 miles (140 km) east of Pittsburgh.[1]

As of 2016 most prisoners have sentences related to illegal drugs. As of that year the average sentence length is 12 years, and some prisoners have life sentences.[2]


FCI Loretto was constructed in 1985 on land which was occupied by St. Francis Seminary from the late 1950s to 1979. Fifteen inmates from the federal prison camp at Allenwood, Pennsylvania, assisted in the construction. These inmates included a US Representative involved in the ABSCAM scandal.

Notable incidents[edit]

In December 2012, the New York Post and several other media sources reported that Cameron Douglas, the son of film actor Michael Douglas, had suffered a broken leg after being assaulted at the prison. Cameron Douglas was serving a 9-year sentence for drug trafficking, and was located in the Central One Unit. It was reported that an unnamed high-ranking Mafia figure had placed a $100 bounty on him for agreeing to testify against his suppliers, brothers David and Eduardo Escalera.[3] Douglas was later transferred to the Federal Correctional Institution, Cumberland, a medium-security facility in Maryland.


FCI Loretto has minimal educational opportunities and a drug-abuse treatment program. Turn-over amongst helpful staff is high.[4]

Its programs include English as a second language (ESL) and General Education Development (GED) classes. As of 2016 125 prisoners are in the ESL and/or GED programs.[2]

Notable inmates (current)[edit]

Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
William Boyland, Jr. 79751-053 Serving a 14-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2026. Former New York State Assemblyman, convicted in 2014 of numerous felony charges related to extortion, bribery, mail fraud, conspiracy and official corruption.[5][6][7]
Vincent Asaro 83223-053 Serving an 8-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2024. Caporegime in the Bonanno crime family; suspected of participating in racketeering, murder, robbery, extortion, loansharking and gambling; pleaded guilty in 2017 to arson for ordering his underlings to set fire to the car of a motorist who cut him off in traffic in Queens, New York.

Notable inmates (former)[edit]

Inmate Name Register Number Photo Status Details
John Rowland 15623-014 CT Governor John Rowland.jpg Released from custody in 2006; served 10 months.[8] Governor of Connecticut from 1995 to 2004; pleaded guilty in 2004 to honest services fraud for accepting over $100,000 in gifts and favors from William Tomasso, a contractor who made millions of dollars in state business.[9][10]
John Kiriakou 79637-083 John kiriakou 6889.JPG Released from custody in February 2015; served 30 months.[11] Former CIA officer; pleaded guilty in 2012 to violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act for disclosing the name of another officer involved in the agency's program to hold and interrogate detainees.[12]
Raffaello Follieri 61143-054 Released from custody in 2012; served 4 years.[citation needed] Ex-boyfriend of actress Anne Hathaway; pleaded guilty to fraud and money laundering for falsely claiming to represent the Vatican in order to persuade investors to give him over $2.4 million.[13][14]
Anthony DiNunzio 97267-012 Released to a halfway house in 2018; serving a 6-year sentence. Acting boss of the Patriarca crime family in New England since 2009; pleaded guilty in 2012 to racketeering conspiracy for extorting protection payments from adult entertainment businesses in Rhode Island.[15][16]
Robel Phillipos 95089-038 Released to a halfway house in 2018; serving a 3-year sentence. Friend of Boston Marathon Bombing perpetrator Dzhokhar Tsarnaev; convicted in 2014 of making false statements to FBI Agents conducting an investigation of the bombing.[17]
John Forté Released in 2008 after serving 8 years of a 14 year sentence. Arrested in 2000 after accepting a briefcase containing $1.4 million worth of liquid cocaine; he was convicted and sentenced to the mandatory minimum 14 years after being found guilty, and incarcerated at Loretto.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "FCI Loretto". Federal Bureau of Prisons.
  2. ^ a b Brumbaugh, Jocelyn (2016-04-27). "FCI Loretto showcases inmate re-entry programs". The Tribune-Democrat. Retrieved 2017-06-05.
  3. ^ Hamilton, Brad (December 16, 2012). "Michael Douglas' Son seriously injured in prison after bounty placed on him". New York Post. Retrieved 6 March 2013.
  4. ^ "FCI Loretto Inmate Admission and Orientation Handbook" (PDF). Federal Bureau of Prisons. Retrieved 6 March 2013.
  5. ^ Secret, Mosi (March 7, 2014). "Assemblyman Is Convicted in Second Corruption Trial". The New York Times. p. A19. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  6. ^ Casey, Nicholas (September 18, 2015). "William Boyland Jr., Ex-New York Assemblyman, Gets 14-Year Sentence for Corruption". The New York Times. p. A23. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  7. ^ "New York State Assemblyman William F. Boyland, Jr. Convicted on Bribery, Fraud, Extortion, Conspiracy, and Theft Charges - Boyland Convicted of Four Separate Corrupt Schemes, Which Involved Bribery, Submitting False Travel Vouchers, and Stealing Public Funding for the Elderly". archives.fbi.gov. Federal Bureau of Investigation - New York Field Office. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  8. ^ "Rowland Home After Serving 10 Months in Corruption Case". The New York Times. February 14, 2006. Retrieved 13 September 2015.
  9. ^ MacQuarrie, Brian (December 24, 2004). "Rowland pleads guilty to fraud charge". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 6 March 2013.
  10. ^ Yardley, William (March 18, 2005). "Former Connecticut Governor Sentenced to Year in Prison". The New York Times. Retrieved 6 March 2013.
  11. ^ Shane, Scott (February 9, 2015). "Former C.I.A. Officer Released After Nearly Two Years in Prison for Leak Case". The New York Times. Retrieved 13 September 2015.
  12. ^ Schmidt, Michael S. (January 25, 2013). "Ex-C.I.A. Officer Sentenced to 30 Months in Leak". The New York Times. Retrieved 6 March 2013.
  13. ^ Emshwiller, John R. (September 11, 2008). "Follieri Pleads Guilty in Fraud Case". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 6 March 2013.
  14. ^ Zambito, Thomas (October 23, 2008). "Actress Anne Hathaway's ex-boyfriend Raffaello Follieri sentenced to 4 1/2 years in jail". New York Daily News. Retrieved 6 March 2013.
  15. ^ "New England Mob Boss Gets 6 Years In RI Shakedowns « CBS Boston". Boston.cbslocal.com. 2012-11-14. Retrieved 2015-10-29.
  16. ^ "New England Crime Boss Sentenced to 78 Months in Federal Prison | OPA | Department of Justice". Justice.gov. 2012-11-14. Retrieved 2015-10-29.
  17. ^ Sweet, Laurel J. "Tsarnaev pal set to be released from prison." Boston Herald. Monday May 16, 2016. Retrieved on June 6, 2016. "His former University of Massachusetts classmates Robel Phillips [sic] and Dias Kadyrbayev, both 22, remain housed at lowsecurity [sic] federal prisons in Loretto, Pa., and Big Springs, Texas, respectively."

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