Federal Correctional Institution, Milan

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Federal Correctional Institution, Milan
LocationYork Township,
Washtenaw County,
near Milan, Michigan
Security classLow-security
Managed byFederal 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 covers 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.[8] 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.[9]
Tony Chebatoris N/A Executed July 8, 1938 Murderer and bank robber. Only person ever executed inside Michigan since its admission to the Union.
Jeremy Hammond Sentenced 10 years in federal prison for computer fraud in 2013 for hacking the private intelligence firm Stratfor. Activist and computer hacker
Oliver Schmidt (engineer) 09786-104 Sentenced to 7 years in federal prison for the Volkswagen emissions scandal. Alleged mastermind and engineer behind the Volkswagen scandals, arrested in January 2017.
Larry Nassar 21504-040 Sentenced to 60 years in federal prison for child pornography. Later transferred to USP Tucson. Serial sex offender and former USA gymnastics team doctor.

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. Archived from the original on 30 October 2012. 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. ^ "Mexican druglord unhappy with move from Chicago". ABC News. December 13, 2011. Archived from the original on 23 January 2016. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
  9. ^ Goudie, Chuck. "Mexican druglord unhappy with move from Chicago". ABC News. Retrieved 16 March 2013.

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