Federal Correctional Institution, McKean

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Federal Correctional Institution, McKean
LocationLafayette Township,
McKean County,
near Lewis Run, Pennsylvania
Security classMedium-Security (with minimum-security prison camp)
Population1,500 (330 in prison camp)
Managed byFederal Bureau of Prisons

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

FCI McKean is located in northwest Pennsylvania between the towns of Bradford and Kane, 90 miles south of Buffalo, New York.[1]

Notable incidents[edit]

2013 escape[edit]

On August 21, 2013, Locksley Milwood, who was serving a sentence for participating in a drug ring that smuggled ecstasy, methamphetamine, and marijuana into the U.S. from Canada,[2] escaped from the satellite prison camp adjacent to FCI McKean. The prison camp houses minimum-security inmates in dormitory housing, has a relatively low staff-to-inmate ratio and limited or no perimeter fencing. Officers from the Pennsylvania State Police and surrounding municipal departments were alerted and participated in the search. Several hours later, an officer from the Bradford Township Police Department stopped a vehicle and found Milwood inside.[3] Milwood pleaded guilty to escape in December 2013 and was sentenced to two additional months in prison. He is currently incarcerated at the Federal Medical Center, Lexington in Kentucky and was scheduled for release in April 2017.[4]

Notable inmates[edit]

Inmate name Register number Status Details
Alphonse Persico 05517-054 Serving a life sentence. Former acting boss of the Colombo crime family; murder of Michael Devine, a Staten Island nightclub owner.
Chaka Fattah 72340-066 Currently incarcerated. Philadelphia politician who served as a U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania from 1995–2016; sentenced to 10 years in imprisonment for racketeering.[5]
Wesley Snipes 43355-018 Released from custody in 2013; served 2 years.[6] Actor, film producer and martial artist; convicted in 2008 of failing to file tax returns; Snipes was also ordered to pay $17 million in back taxes and IRS penalties.[7]
Joseph P. Ganim 14466-014 Released from custody in 2010; served 7 years.[8] Mayor of Bridgeport, Connecticut from 1991 to 2003; convicted in 2003 of racketeering, conspiracy and other charges for receiving over $500,000 from private businesses in exchange for steering city contracts to them; reelected in 2015.[9][10]
Denny McLain 04000-018 Released from custody in 2003; served 6 years.[11] Major League baseball pitcher and two-time Cy Young Award winner; convicted in 1996 of money laundering, conspiracy, theft and mail fraud for stealing $3 million from the pension fund of a company he owned.[12][13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "FCI McKean". Federal Bureau of Prisons.
  2. ^ "25 Accused in International Drug Ring Bust". rochesterhomepage.net. Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. June 4, 2009. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
  3. ^ "Judges Sentences Inmate Caught Speeding Away from Federal Prison Camp". US Department of Justice. December 24, 2013. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Federal Inmate Locator". Federal Bureau of Prisons. US Department of Justice. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
  5. ^ Griffin, Jessica (January 25, 2017). "Chaka Fattah reports to federal prison to begin 10-year sentence". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2017-01-28.
  6. ^ "Actor Wesley Snipes released from prison". CNN. April 7, 2013. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  7. ^ "Wesley Snipes Gets 3 Years for Not Filing Tax Returns". The New York Times. April 25, 2008. Retrieved 16 March 2013.
  8. ^ Mayko, Michael P. (October 1, 2009). "Ganim's sentence reduced; former mayor to be released next summer". Hearst Media Services Connecticut, LLC. Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  9. ^ "United States Attorney's Office District of Connecticut: FORMER BRIDGEPORT MAYOR SENTENCED TO NINE YEARS IN PRISON". www.doj.gov. US Department of Justice. July 1, 2003. Retrieved 31 July 2015.
  10. ^ Associated Press (February 11, 2009). "Ganim moved to federal prison in Pa". New Haven Register. Retrieved 31 July 2015.
  11. ^ Green, Jerry (October 29, 2003). "There's never been any like Denny McLain". USA TODAY. Retrieved 14 November 2015.
  12. ^ Press, The Associated (14 December 1996). "Ex-Baseball Star and His Partner Are Convicted of Pension Fraud" – via www.nytimes.com.
  13. ^ Staff, From; Reports, Wire (8 May 1997). "McLain Gets 8-Year Sentence on Pension Theft Conviction" – via LA Times.

Coordinates: 41°47′54″N 78°41′14″W / 41.79833°N 78.68722°W / 41.79833; -78.68722