Federal Correctional Institution, Terminal Island

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Federal Correctional Institution, Terminal Island
Location Los Angeles, California
Status Operational
Security class Low-security
Population 976
Managed by Federal Bureau of Prisons
Aerial photograph of Reservation Point on Terminal Island

The Federal Correctional Institution, Terminal Island (FCI Terminal Island) is a low-security United States federal prison for male inmates in California. It is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a division of the United States Department of Justice.

FCI Terminal Island is located at the entrance to Los Angeles Harbor, between San Pedro and Long Beach.

Facility and services[edit]

All inmates are expected to maintain a regular job assignment, unless medically exempted. Many job assignments are controlled through a performance pay system, which provides monetary payment for work. UNICOR has a separate pay scale. Institutional maintenance jobs are usually the first assignment you will receive. These might include assignments to Food Service, as a unit orderly, or in a maintenance shop. However, a significant number of inmate jobs are available in the Federal Prison Industries. There is a waiting list for factory employment.

UNICOR employs and trains inmates through the operation of, and earnings from, the metal factory which produces high-quality metal products for the Federal government. You must obtain a GED for grade advancement and must participate in the Financial Responsibility Program (if required) to be employed in UNICOR. Federal Prison Industries, a US government employment program, has a shop at FCI Terminal Island which specializes in repairing, refurbishing, and reconditioning furniture, office equipment, tires, and other government property.[1]

Notable inmates (prior to 1982)[edit]

†Inmates released prior to 1982 are not listed on the Federal Bureau of Prisons website.

Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
Bonanno, SalvatoreSalvatore Bonanno Unlisted† Held at FCI Terminal Island from 1968 to 1972 on a credit card fraud conviction. Consigliere for the Bonanno crime family in New York City in the 1960s and son of former Boss Joseph Bonanno.[2][3]
Bunker, EdwardEdward Bunker Unlisted† Held at FCI Terminal Island from 1973 to 1975. Crime fiction writer, screenwriter and actor; wrote No Beast So Fierce while incarcerated at FCI Terminal Island, which was adapted into the movie Straight Time starring Dustin Hoffman. Later appeared in several movies, including Reservoir Dogs.[4]
Capone, AlAl Capone Unlisted† Held at FCI Terminal Island from 1939 to 1940. Leader of the crime syndicate later known as the Chicago Outfit, which smuggled and bootlegged liquor during Prohibition in the 1920s; convicted of tax evasion in 1931.[5]
Hill, HenryHenry Hill Unlisted† Held at FCI Terminal Island in the 1970s. Former associate of the Lucchese crime family in New York City; portrayed by Ray Liotta in the 1990 film Goodfellas.[6][7]
Leary, TimothyTimothy Leary Unlisted† Held at FCI Terminal Island in 1974. Harvard professor and LSD guru; convicted in 1970 of a prior prison escape and marijuana possession.[8]
Manson, CharlesCharles Manson Unlisted† Held at FCI Terminal Island from 1956 to 1958 for car theft and check fraud. Currently serving a life sentence for murder at Corcoran State Prison.[9]
O'Day, AnitaAnita O'Day Unlisted† Held at FCI Terminal Island in 1954 on a conviction for heroin possession. Acclaimed jazz singer during the swing era in the 1930s and 1940s.[10]
The Port Chicago 50 Unlisted† Held at FCI Terminal Island from November 1944 to January 1946. 50 African-American sailors convicted of mutiny for refusing to load ammunition onto US Navy ships under unsafe conditions after the Port Chicago disaster, an explosion which killed 320 people, including 202 black sailors.[11]
Purim, FloraFlora Purim 2775 Held at FCI Terminal Island in 1976. Brazilian jazz singer at height of career during the mid-70s; convicted ca. 1975 of cocaine possession.[12]
Stanley, OwsleyOwsley Stanley Unlisted† Held at FCI Terminal Island from 1970 to 1972. Famous LSD chemist, counterculture figure and Grateful Dead sound engineer. Sent to Terminal Island after a judge revoked an earlier release because of a second drug bust. [13]

Notable inmates (1982 to present)[edit]

Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
Cohen, MouliMouli Cohen 57613-112 Serving a 22-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2029. Convicted of wire fraud, money laundering, and tax evasion. U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag said evidence at the trial showed that Cohen collected more than $30 million from defrauding over 55 investors, including actor Danny Glover and the Vanguard Public Foundation (a San Francisco–based nonprofit supported by Glover and Harry Belafonte that funded civil rights efforts). Cohen was cited as largely responsible for the eventual dissolution of Vanguard in 2011.
Elgindy, AnthonyAnthony Elgindy 55479-198 Released from custody in 2013; served 8 years. Former stockbroker; convicted in 2006 of racketeering conspiracy, securities fraud, wire fraud, and extortion for using information supplied by a corrupt FBI agent to spread negative publicity about companies through his Web site.[14]
McDavid, EricEric McDavid 16209-097 Serving a 20-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2023. Member of the ecoterrorist group Earth Liberation Front; convicted in 2007 of conspiring to destroy a northern California dam, a genetics lab, cell phone towers, and other targets.[15][16]
O'Dea, BrianBrian O'Dea 20293-086 Transferred to a Canadian prison in 1992 after serving one year. Major drug trafficker in Canada and author of the book High: Confessions of a Pot Smuggler.
Parnes, AnthonyAnthony Parnes 87015-012 Held at FCI Terminal Island from 1987 until his extradition to Great Britain in 1988. British stockbroker who committed a multimillion-dollar fraud against the Guinness liquor company known as the Guinness Affair.[17][18]
Riconosciuto, MichaelMichael Riconosciuto 21309-086 Serving a 30-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2017. Computer expert; convicted in 1992 of conspiracy to produce and distribute methamphetamine.[19][20]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Bill Bonanno, 75, Mob Family Member, Dies". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-07-10. 
  3. ^ "Crime Story Doesn't Pay as He Expected". latimes. 
  4. ^ "Edward Bunker, Ex-Convict and Novelist, Is Dead at 71". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-07-10. 
  5. ^ "FBI — Al Capone". FBI.gov. Retrieved 2015-07-10. 
  6. ^ "Terminal Island  : MAFIA TODAY". Mafiatoday.com. Retrieved 2015-07-10. 
  7. ^ "Henry Hill, Mobster and Movie Inspiration, Dies at 69". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-07-10. 
  8. ^ Lipkins, Julia (2012-08-15). "Transmissions from The Timothy Leary Papers: A Buddy Film Starring Timothy Leary and G. Gordon Liddy | The New York Public Library". Nypl.org. Retrieved 2015-07-10. 
  9. ^ Emmons, Nuel (1986). Manson in His Own Words. New York: Grove Press. pp. 77–78.
  10. ^ Chris Morris, AP. "Jazz great Anita O'Day dies at 87". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2015-07-10. 
  11. ^ "Port Chicago Disaster". Usmm.org. Retrieved 2015-07-10. 
  12. ^ "Lakeland Ledger - Google News Archive Search". Google.com. Retrieved 2015-07-10. 
  13. ^ Margalit Fox (March 14, 2011). "Owsley Stanley, Artisan of Acid, Is Dead at 76". New York Times. 
  14. ^ "6-Year Sentence in Trading Case". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-07-10. 
  15. ^ "FBI — Using Intel Against Eco-Terrorists". FBI. 
  16. ^ "20-year sentence for ecoterrorist". Latimes. Retrieved 2015-07-10. 
  17. ^ "American Tied to British Fraud Case Arrested". latimes. 
  18. ^ "The Glasgow Herald - Google News Archive Search". Google.com. Retrieved 2015-07-10. 
  19. ^ "Travel & Outdoors - Jury Says Guilty -- Man Claims Frame-Up But Faces 20-Year Term After Verdict On Seven Drug-Related Charges - Seattle Times Newspaper". Nwsource.com. Retrieved 2015-07-10. 
  20. ^ "The Riconosciuto Letters, Exhibit "B"". Educate-yourself.org. Retrieved 2015-07-10. 

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Coordinates: 33°43′40″N 118°16′03″W / 33.7279°N 118.2675°W / 33.7279; -118.2675