Federal Correctional Institution, Schuylkill

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Federal Correctional Institution, Schuylkill
FCI Schuylkill.jpg
LocationButler Township,
Schuylkill County,
near Gordon, Pennsylvania
Security classMedium-security (with minimum-security prison camp)
Population1,330 (340 in prison camp)
Managed byFederal Bureau of Prisons
WardenHoward L. Hufford

The Federal Correctional Institution, Schuylkill (FCI Schuylkill) 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. The facility also has an adjacent minimum-security satellite prison camp which also houses male offenders.

FCI Schuylkill is located in north-central Schuylkill County, 46 miles north the state capital of Harrisburg, and 175 miles north of Washington, D.C.[1]


On April 22, 1987, the Federal Bureau of Prisons announced that a $40 million medium-security federal prison housing 500 to 600 inmates would be built in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. The project was expected to create 250 new prison jobs and an estimated 144 non-prison jobs. Various politicians, including US Senators Arlen Specter and John Heinz, and economic development groups such as the Schuylkill Economic Development Corporation, had lobbied vigorously for the project for three years.[2]

Notable inmates[edit]


Inmate Name Register Number Photo Status Details
Gurmeet Singh Dhinsa 53546-053 Life in Prison former gas station magnate, who was convicted of racketeering and multiple murders.
James Coonan 13874-054 Serving a 75-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2030. Leader of the Westies, an organized crime outfit which dominated the Hell's Kitchen area of New York City over a 20-year period; convicted in 1988 of seven murders, as well as kidnapping, extortion, gambling and drug dealing in aid of racketeering.[3][4]
John Stanfa 18048-037 John Stanfa (right) talking to Tommy "Horsehead" Scafidi. Serving a life sentence. Former Boss of the Philadelphia Crime Family; convicted in 1995 of racketeering and conspiracy charges in connection with multiple murders and kidnappings, as well as extortion and illegal gambling.[5]
James Ida 43064-054 Serving a life sentence. Former New York mobster and consigliere for Genovese Crime Family boss Liborio Bellomo; convicted in 1997 of murdering Antonio Dilorenzo and Ralph DeSimone and defrauding charities involved in the Feast of San Gennaro.[6]


Inmate Name Register Number Photo Status Details
Dwight Grant 57613-066 Beanie Sigel-01.jpg Released from custody in 2014; served a 2-year sentence.[7] American rap artist known as Beanie Sigel; pleaded guilty in federal court to tax evasion in 2011 for failing to pay $728,536 in taxes; pleaded guilty in state court to illegally possessing Percocet in 2013.[8][9]
Robert Mericle 15135-067 Released from custody in 2015; served a 1-year sentence.[10] Developer of two for-profit juvenile prisons in Pennsylvania; pleaded guilty in 2009 to failing to report a felony for his role in the "Kids for Cash Scandal", in which he bribed two juvenile court judges in order to secure lucrative public contracts for his facilities.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "FCI Schuylkill". Federal Bureau of Prisons.
  2. ^ 40-million Federal Prison To Be Built In Schuylkill - Morning Call. Articles.mcall.com (1987-04-23). Retrieved on 2013-08-15.
  3. ^ Lubasch, Arnold H. (25 February 1988). "7 Convicted of Racketeering, 1 Acquitted, in Westies Trial". The New York Times.
  4. ^ French, Howard W. (May 12, 1988). "7 Westies Given Sentences Of Up to 75 Years in Prison". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 March 2013.
  5. ^ Raab, Selwyn (November 22, 1995). "Jury Convicts Philadelphia's Mob Leader". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 March 2013.
  6. ^ Hoffman, Jan (April 24, 1997). "Genovese Family Counselor Is Convicted of Racketeering". The New York Times. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  7. ^ Muhammad, Latifah (August 14, 2014). "Report: Beanie Sigel Released From Prison". BET. Black Entertainment Television LLC. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  8. ^ "Beanie Sigel Slapped With Two-Year Sentenced for Tax Evasion". Rolling Stone. July 13, 2012. Retrieved 25 March 2013.
  9. ^ "Beanie Sigel Sentenced for Drug Possession". Rolling Stone. March 7, 2013. Retrieved 25 March 2013.
  10. ^ "Robert Mericle released from federal prison". The Times-Tribune (Northeast Pennsylvania). April 30, 2015. Retrieved 1 October 2015.
  11. ^ Janoski, Dave (August 14, 2009). "Mericle will plead guilty in kids-for-cash scandal". The Citizens' Voice. Retrieved 11 December 2015.

Coordinates: 40°43′58″N 76°20′38″W / 40.73278°N 76.34389°W / 40.73278; -76.34389