Federal Correctional Institution, Miami
near South Miami Heights, Florida
|Security class||Low-security (with minimum-security prison camp)|
|Population||1,000 (400 in prison camp)|
|Managed by||Federal Bureau of Prisons|
The Federal Correctional Institution, Miami (FCI Miami) is a low-security United States federal prison for male inmates in Florida. It is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), a division of the United States Department of Justice. The institution also has an adjacent satellite prison camp that houses minimum-security male offenders.
FCI Miami is located in southwest Miami-Dade County, Florida, about 30 miles from downtown Miami.
A significant portion of the inmates held at FCI Miami have been convicted in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
FCI Miami was opened in 1976. Federal Bureau of Prisons officials used the facility to house some of the people who emigrated to Florida from Cuba during the Mariel Boatlift in 1980. The number of refugees eventually reached over 100,000 and many of the refugees had criminal records. The facility did not have nearly enough capacity to hold even a significant portion of the refugees, so the Bureau of Prisons, with the assistance of the military and other federal agencies, created detention camps inside and outside Florida to house them.
Notable inmates (current and former)
|Inmate Name||Register Number||Photo||Status||Details|
|Manuel Noriega||38699-079||Extradited to France in 2010 to face money laundering charges after serving 20 years.||Former dictator of Panama; convicted of drug trafficking, racketeering, and money laundering in 1990 for turning Panama into a transshipment point for Colombian traffickers smuggling cocaine into the US.|
|Bill Campbell||56204-019||Released from custody in 2008 after serving 2 years.||Mayor of Atlanta, Georgia from 1994 to 2002; convicted of tax evasion in 2006 for failing to report over $160,000 in income on three tax returns.|
|Lou Pearlman||02775-093||Died in 2016 while serving a 25-year sentence.||Former impresario for the Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC; pleaded guilty in 2008 to orchestrating a Ponzi scheme which caused investors and banks who invested to lose $300 million; the story was featured on the CNBC television program American Greed.|
|Mark Myrie||86700-004||Transferred to a private facility; serving a 10-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2019.||Reggae artist known as Buju Banton; convicted in 2011 of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute narcotics for arranging the purchase of 5 kilos of cocaine in 2009.|
|Milton Balkany||55427-054||Released from custody in 2014 after serving 4 years.||Rabbi and former Dean of the Bais Yaakov school; convicted in 2010 of extortion and blackmail for threatening to fabricate an insider trading scheme at SAC Capital Advisors unless he was paid $4 million.|
|Bernard NiCastro||53933-004||NiCastro: released from custody in 2015 after serving 8 years; Mannarino: released in 2010 after serving 10 years.||Mafia figures; associates of the DeCavalcante crime family in New Jersey; convicted in 2002 of charges including racketeering, extortion, bribery, loansharking, and illegal gambling.|
|Sanjay Kumar||71321-053||Serving a 12-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2018.||Former CEO of the software company CA Technologies; pleaded guilty in 2006 to securities fraud for orchestrating a $2.2 billion accounting fraud at the company.|
|Michael Conahan||15009-067||Serving a 17-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2026.||Former Luzerne County, Pennsylvania juvenile court judge involved in the Kids for Cash scandal; convicted of racketeering in 2011 of taking money from the developer of two for-profit prisons in return for sentencing juveniles to serve time in those prisons.|
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