Federal Correctional Institution, Tallahassee

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Federal Correctional Institution, Tallahassee
LocationTallahassee, Florida
Security classLow-security (with adjacent administrative detention center)
Managed byFederal Bureau of Prisons

The Federal Correctional Institution, Tallahassee (FCI Tallahassee) is a low-security United States federal prison for female inmates in Florida. It is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a division of the United States Department of Justice. The facility also has an adjacent detention center that houses administrative security level male inmates.

FCI Tallahassee is located 3 miles (4.8 km) east of downtown Tallahassee on US Highway 319.[1]

Notable incidents[edit]

2006 shootings[edit]

On June 21, 2006 at 7:42 a.m. local time, Federal Bureau of Investigation and United States Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General agents attempted to arrest six correctional officers in connection to a corruption investigation into correctional officers trading drugs and other contraband for sex with female inmates. One of the officers, Ralph Hill, used a personal handgun and opened fire on the agents. He killed William "Buddy" Sentner, an agent with the DOJ Office of Inspector General. Hill was also killed. A lieutenant with the Federal Bureau of Prisons was injured in the shooting and transported to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.

The shooting began in the lobby of the building and moved into the courtyard near the US 319 highway. Federal officers were unarmed at the time and the officers were to have been unarmed as well. Michael Folmar, the FBI's special agent in charge in Jacksonville, said "This arrest situation was done in a manner to be very controlled ... where nobody would have any weapons, and we could take this down so there wouldn't be any violence, and this is exactly how it would be handled normally across the United States."[2] The officers to be arrested, Alfred Barnes, Gregory Dixon, Alan Moore and E. Lavon Spence, were transported to Wakulla County Jail south of Tallahassee. Vincent Johnson, the last officer named in the indictment, was not involved in the sexual misconduct, but was alleged to have illegally influenced the prisoners to engage in the behavior.[3]

Notable Inmates (current and former)[edit]

Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
Colleen LaRose 61657-066 Serving a 10-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2018.[4] US citizen known as "Jihad Jane;" pleaded guilty in 2011 to conspiracy to provide material support to terrorism and conspiracy to kill in a foreign country for using the Internet to recruit people to wage violent jihad in South Asia and Europe.
Chelsea Gerlach 69097-065 Released from custody in 2013; served 6 years.[5] Member of the ecoterrorist group Earth Liberation Front (ELF); pleaded guilty in 2006 to committing arson at the Vail Ski Resort in Colorado and businesses in Oregon between 1996 and 2001; several other members were also sentenced to prison.[6][7][8]
Catherine May Wood 05523-045 Serving 20-40 years; scheduled for release in 2021.[9] Serial killer who murdered nursing home patients in conjunction with her lesbian partner Gwendolyn Graham.
Narcisa Veliz Novack 91518-004 Life in Prison in prison without parole for the beating deaths of her husband and mother-in-law.[10] In 2009, Bernice Novack and her son, multi-millionaire Ben Novack Jr., were murdered three months apart. Narcy Novack (née Narcisa Véliz Novack), Ben's estranged wife, was convicted of orchestrating the murders.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "FCI Tallahassee". Federal Bureau of Prisons.
  2. ^ "Sex and drug arrest triggers deadly Florida prison gunfight". CNN. 2006-06-22. Retrieved 2007-05-11.
  3. ^ Associated Press. "2 federal employees die in Fla. prison shooting". MSNBC. Retrieved 16 March 2013.
  4. ^ Dale, Maryclaire (January 8, 2014). "Colo. Woman Gets 8 Years in Pa. in Jihadist Plot". Retrieved 8 January 2014.
  5. ^ "Moved to Tallahassee". August 17, 2010. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  6. ^ Lipsher, Steve (May 25, 2007). "Nine years for Vail eco-terrorist". Denver Post. Retrieved 16 March 2013.
  8. ^ Yardley, William (May 26, 2007). "Radical Environmentalist Gets 9-Year Term". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 March 2013.
  9. ^ https://www.ibtimes.com/american-horror-story-season-6-spoilers-who-gwen-graham-cathy-wood-truth-about-2420546
  10. ^ a b "Alejandro Garcia Sentenced In White Plains Federal Court To 17 Years And Six Months In Prison For The Beating Deaths Of Ben And Bernice Novack". www.justice.gov. U.S. Department of Justice | Southern District of New York. 13 May 2015. Retrieved 27 September 2018.

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Coordinates: 30°26′42″N 84°13′31″W / 30.4451°N 84.2254°W / 30.4451; -84.2254