Federal Correctional Institution, Sandstone

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Federal Correctional Institution, Sandstone
LocationSandstone, Pine County, Minnesota
Security classLow-security
Managed byFederal Bureau of Prisons

The Federal Correctional Institution, Sandstone (FCI Sandstone) is a low-security United States federal prison for male offenders in Sandstone, Minnesota. It is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BoP), a division of the United States Department of Justice.

Not generally acknowledged by the BoP, FCI Sandstone also includes a separate high security wing complete with electric fences and gun towers. This unit, informally known as the "snitch unit" houses high security inmates who have informed on others and would be in jeopardy among the general population. The inmates in this unit are completely segregated from the other Sandstone inmates, although they are served by the same staff.

FCI Sandstone is located approximately 100 miles northeast of Minneapolis/St. Paul and 70 miles southwest of Duluth, Minnesota.[1]

Notable Inmates (current and former)[edit]

†Inmates who were released from custody prior to 1982 are not listed on the Bureau of Prisons website.

Celebrities and sports figures[edit]

Tim Allen, center, with fellow actors Hector Elizondo and Christoph Sanders on the set of the ABC television series Last Man Standing in 2012.
Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
Tim Allen 04276-040 Released from custody in 1981 after serving 28 months under his birth name, Timothy A. Dick. Comedian and television actor; pleaded guilty in 1979 to drug trafficking after being found in possession of 1.4 pounds of cocaine at Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport in Michigan[2][3]
Mike Danton 10096-111 Transferred to Kingston Penitentiary in Canada in 2009 after serving 4 years; later released that year. Former National Hockey League player and Canadian citizen; convicted in 2004 of conspiracy to commit murder for attempting to hire a hitman to kill his agent, David Frost.[4][5]
Con Errico 13274-053 Released from custody in 1985 after serving 4 years. Former horse jockey; convicted in 1980 of racketeering for fixing races and contempt of court for refusing to provide grand jury testimony.[6][7]

Political prisoners[edit]

Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
James Cannon

Farrell Dobbs

Unlisted† Released from custody in 1945 after serving 18 months. National Secretary and Labor Secretary of the Socialist Workers Party, convicted under the Smith Act in Minneapolis in 1941.
Vincent R. Dunne Released from custody in 1945 after serving 16 months. Socialist Workers Party member and leader in the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 544, convicted under the Smith Act in Minneapolis in 1941.
Igal Roodenko Unlisted† Released from custody in 1947 after serving 20 months. American pacifist, conscientious objector, and member of the War Resisters League during World War II. Imprisoned for refusing to serve in the military or perform mandatory Civilian Public Service in lieu of military service.[8]


Inmate Namejohn Dheilly Register Number13524-059 Status Details
David Brankle 07411-028 Serving a 21-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2022. Serial bank robber; pleaded guilty in 2004 to robbing 43 banks in six states in 2002 and 2003, stealing over $175,000; Brankle's story was featured on the CNBC television program American Greed.[9]
Marc Dreier 70595-054 Serving a 20-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2026. Disbarred attorney; pleaded guilty in 2009 to securities fraud, wire fraud and money laundering for bilking hedge funds and investors of over $700 million. Dreier's story was featured on the CNBC television show American Greed.[10][11]
Rigoberto Yanez-Guerrero 71652-279 Serving a 16-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2024. Chief operator of the Arellano-Felix drug cartel in Mexico City between 1995 and 2001; directed the shipment of 5 to 10 tons of cocaine from Colombia to Mexico en route to the United States.[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "BOP: FCI Sandstone". Bop.gov. Retrieved 2011-05-02.
  2. ^ "Tim Allen – Celebrity Mug Shot of Tim Allen". Crime.about.com. 1997-05-24. Retrieved 2011-06-20.
  3. ^ "Tim Allen Pictures". CBS News. Retrieved 2012-02-07.
  4. ^ "SI.com – NHL – Danton sentenced to 7 years for murder-for-hire plot – Monday November 8, 2004 7:41PM". Sportsillustrated.cnn.com. 2004-11-08. Retrieved 2012-07-25.
  5. ^ Brother J-Dub (2009-04-01). "OSG Sports: Mike Danton Eligible For Parole". Onlinesportsguys.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2012-07-25.
  6. ^ "Errico, Ex-Jockey, Denied New Trial". NYTimes.com. 1982-07-10. Retrieved 2012-02-07.
  7. ^ Richman, Milton (February 27, 1985). "Being in prison almost killed ex-jockey Errico". Lodi News-Sentinel. Retrieved 17 March 2013.
  8. ^ Bennett, Scott H. (July 2003). "'Free American Political Prisoners': Pacifist Activism and Civil Liberties, 1945–48". Journal of Peace Research. 40 (4): 413–433. doi:10.1177/00223433030404004. JSTOR 3648291.
  9. ^ "Man who robbed 43 banks gets 21 years". Usatoday.Com. 2004-09-22. Retrieved 2012-12-21.
  10. ^ Weiser, Benjamin (2009-07-13). "Marc S. Dreier Sentenced to 20 Years for Fraud Scheme". Manhattan (NYC): NYTimes.com. Retrieved 2012-07-25.
  11. ^ "American Greed – Hedge Fund Imposter". CNBC. 2011-04-12. Retrieved 2012-07-25.
  12. ^ "Drug trafficker sentenced to 16 years in San Diego". Fox News. Retrieved 2012-07-25.

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Coordinates: 46°06′31″N 92°51′13″W / 46.10861°N 92.85361°W / 46.10861; -92.85361