Federal Correctional Institution, Milan

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Federal Correctional Institution, Milan
Location York Township,
Washtenaw County,
near Milan, Michigan
Status Operational
Security class Low-security
Population 1,600
Opened 1933
Managed by Federal Bureau of Prisons

The Federal Correctional Institution, Milan (FCI Milan) is a U.S. federal prison in York Charter Township, Michigan, near Milan.[1][2][3] It is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

This prison is a low-security facility for male inmates. Its adjacent Federal Detention Center houses pretrial and holdover inmates.[4] The institution sits on approximately 332 acres (1.34 km2) and consists of 59 buildings with a total gross floor area of 504,200 square feet (46,840 m2).[citation needed]

The facility is 45 miles (72 km) southwest of Downtown Detroit, Michigan, 15 miles (24 km) south of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and 30 miles (48 km) north of Toledo, Ohio.[4]


FCI Milan main entrance

FCI Milan was activated on April 6, 1933, as a "Federal Detention Farm" and has undergone mission changes throughout its history. FCI Milan held female inmates from 1933 to 1939, housed offenders sentenced under the Federal Youth Corrections Act of 1950, and was once a medium-security institution.[citation needed] The only federal execution in Michigan occurred on July 8, 1938, when Anthony Chebatoris was hanged for the murder of Henry Porter, a truck driver from Bay City, whom Chebatoris mistook for a police officer during a bank robbery.

Helen Gillis and Evelyn Frechette, the wives of notorious bank robbers Baby Face Nelson and John Dillinger, served one-year sentences at FCI Milan in the mid-1930s after being convicted of aiding their husbands as they evaded authorities.[5][6]

Facility and inmate programs[edit]

FCI Milan covers 300 acres (120 ha) and offers a Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP), which offers inmates completing its 500-hour residential program up to a 12-month sentence reduction and up to six months in a halfway house. There are very strict guidelines for admission due to the program's popularity.

The Life Connections Program (LCP) is an 18-month residential voluntary multi-faith restorative justice program which is offered in only four other federal prisons. The program is designed to reduce recidivism and bring reconciliation to the victim, community and inmate through personal transformation using the participant's faith commitment.

FCI Milan offers a unique program in federal prisons in conjunction with Milan High School where inmates can earn a high school diploma. Milan is the only federal prison which has a high school diploma program.[7]

Notable inmates[edit]


Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
Vicente Zambada-Niebla Unknown Currently awaiting trial. Alleged leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, which imports hundreds of tons of cocaine into the US from Mexico each year and is responsible for thousands of drug-related murders in both countries; extradited to the US in 2010.[8]
Albert Gonzalez 25702-050 Serving a 20-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2025. Pleaded guilty in 2009 to leading ShadowCrew, which infiltrated the networks of nationwide chain stores and stole the credit card numbers of millions of customers, causing losses of $4.3 million.[9][10]
Bryan Underwood 31716-016 Serving a 9-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2019. Former guard at the US Consulate in Guangzhou, China; pleaded guilty in 2012 to attempting to provide documents, diagrams and photographs of the consulate's security systems and restricted areas to the Chinese Ministry of State Security in exchange for $4 million.[11][12]
Ladmarald Cates 11315-089 Serving a 24-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2032. Former officer for the Milwaukee Police Department; convicted in 2012 of a federal civil rights violation for using coercion and intimidation to force a woman to commit sexual acts on him and forcibly raping her after he responded to her 911 call in 2010.[13][14][15]
Arthur Payton 36747-198 Serving a 45-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2051. Serial bank robber; convicted in 1994, 2005 and 2012 of recruiting heroin-addicted prostitutes to rob banks in California and Michigan; appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 1994 as the "bank-robbing pimp."[16][17]


Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab 44107-039 Held at FCI Milan during court proceedings; currently serving a life sentence at Florence ADX. Al-Qaeda supporter; pleaded guilty in 2011 to attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction for trying to detonate an explosive sewn into his underwear on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 on Christmas Day 2009; known as the "Underwear Bomber."[18]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "FCI Milan Contact Information." Federal Bureau of Prisons. Retrieved on January 5, 2010.
  2. ^ "Precinct Map." (Archive) York Charter Township. Retrieved on January 5, 2010.
  3. ^ "Minutes of a Regular Meeting of the Milan City Council Held On December 7, 2009 at 7:30 P.M. In the Council Chambers, Milan City Hall, 147 Wabash Street, Milan, Michigan, 48160."[dead link] City of Milan. Minutes approved December 7, 2009. Retrieved on January 5, 2010. "The City has a ten year agreement through the General Services Administration (GSA) to provide utility services to the Federal Corrections Institute and the Federal Detention Center, located in York Township, which expired September 30th."
  4. ^ a b "FCI Milan." Federal Bureau of Prisons. Retrieved on January 5, 2010.
  5. ^ "Helen Wawryzniak Gillis: The Wife of Baby Face Nelson". Ellen Poulsen. Retrieved 16 March 2013. 
  6. ^ Frechette, Evelyn. "Primary Sources: 'What I Knew About John Dillinger' -- By His Sweetheart". PBS Online. Retrieved 16 March 2013. 
  7. ^ Zych, C. "Admission and Orientation Handbook Federal Correctional Institution Milan, Michigan." Federal Bureau of Prisons. 9 (11 of 24). Retrieved on May 8, 2010.
  8. ^ Goudie, Chuck. "Mexican druglord unhappy with move from Chicago". ABC News. Retrieved 16 March 2013. 
  9. ^ Verini, James (November 10, 2010). "The Great Cyberheist". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 March 2013. 
  10. ^ "Leader of Hacking Ring Sentenced for Massive Identity Thefts from Payment Processor and U.S. Retail Networks". US Department of Justice. Retrieved 16 March 2013. 
  11. ^ Cratty, Carol (August 30, 2012). "Guard at U.S. Consulate in China admits effort to sell classified info and access". CNN. Retrieved 12 January 2014. 
  12. ^ "Former U.S. Consulate Guard Sentenced to Nine Years in Prison for Attempting to Communicate National Defense Information to China". Federal Bureau of Investigation. March 5, 2013. Retrieved 12 January 2014. 
  13. ^ http://www.jsonline.com/news/crime/fired-milwaukee-officer-sentenced-to-24-years-in-prison-em69nfg-164270266.html
  14. ^ Daly, Michael (January 29, 2012). "She Dialed 911. The Cop Who Came to Help Raped Her.". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  15. ^ "Former Milwaukee Police Officer Sentenced to 24 Years in Prison for Civil Rights Violation and Sexual Assault". US Department of Justice. July 30, 2012. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  16. ^ "'Bank-robbing pimp' sentenced to 45 years". UPI. February 8, 2013. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  17. ^ "Serial Bank Robber Sentenced To 45 Years in Federal Prison". US Department of Justice. February 7, 2013. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  18. ^ Davey, Monica (2011-10-12). "Would-Be Detroit Plane Bomber Pleads Guilty, Ending Trial". The New York Times. 

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Coordinates: 42°05′40″N 83°40′07″W / 42.09444°N 83.66861°W / 42.09444; -83.66861