Federal Correctional Institution, Texarkana

Coordinates: 33°22′41″N 94°05′13″W / 33.37806°N 94.08694°W / 33.37806; -94.08694
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Federal Correctional Institution, Texarkana
LocationBowie County,
near Texarkana, Texas
Security classLow-security (with minimum-security prison camp)
Population1,200 (290 in prison camp)
Managed byFederal Bureau of Prisons

The Federal Correctional Institution, Texarkana (FCI Texarkana) is a low-security United States federal prison for male inmates in unincorporated Bowie County, Texas.[1] It is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a division of the United States Department of Justice. The facility also has an adjacent satellite prison camp for minimum-security male offenders.

FCI Texarkana is located in northeast Texas near the Arkansas border, 70 miles north of Shreveport, Louisiana, and 175 miles east of Dallas, Texas.[2]

Notable incidents[edit]

In early 2012, Keith Judd, a FCI Texarkana inmate serving a 17-year sentence for extortion, filed papers to run for president in the 2012 general election,[3][4] and attained ballot status in the West Virginia Democratic primary.[5][6] On May 8, 2012, Judd won 41% of the primary vote in West Virginia against incumbent Barack Obama, a higher percentage of the vote in one state than any other primary opponent of Obama had hitherto achieved in 2012 (a figure later surpassed by John Wolfe Jr.'s showing in the Arkansas primary).[7][8] While this showing would normally have entitled Judd to delegates at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, state officials expressed some uncertainty as to whether Judd had completed the required formalities, such as filing a slate of delegates and completing paperwork.[9] Judd, who has not qualified for any other primary ballots, contested the ballot count, alleging that ballot workers suppressed the actual total (which he said showed him in the lead) in an effort to cover up an Obama loss.[10]

Notable inmates (current and former)[edit]

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

Name BOP Number Photo Status Details
Jimmy Snowden Unlisted† Transferred to Federal Correctional Institution, Lompoc in 1971[11] and released in 1972.[12] Member of the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan who became a conspirator and participant in the murders of Chaney, Goodman, and Schwerner in 1964.
Billy Cannon 01727-095 Released in 1992. Heisman Trophy winner in 1959 and American Football League player from 1960 to 1970; pleaded guilty to counterfeiting in 1983 for printing $50 million worth of phony $100 bills.[13]
Ricky Donnell "Freeway Rick" Ross 05550-045 He was sentenced to life in prison, though the sentence was shortened on appeal and Ross was released in 2009.[14] An American author and convicted drug trafficker best known for the drug empire he established in Los Angeles, California, in the early to mid 1980s.
Dan Morales 28928-180 Released from custody in 2007; served 40 months.[15] Texas Attorney General from 1991 to 1999; pleaded guilty in 2003 to mail fraud and tax evasion for mishandling legal fees from the state's lawsuit against the tobacco industry.[16]
Terry Lowen 24134-031 Serving a 20 year sentence, scheduled for release in 2030. Convicted in the 2013 Wichita bombing attempt.
Ray Nagin 32751-034 Served 6 years of a 10-year sentence; released early in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[17] Mayor of New Orleans from 2002 to 2010; convicted in 2014 of conspiracy to commit bribery, money laundering and honest services wire fraud for awarding contracts to business in exchange for kickbacks in the form of checks, cash, personal services and free travel.[18][19][20] The story was also featured on the CNBC television program American Greed.[21]
Eric Kay 04401-509 Serving a 22 year sentence; scheduled for release in 2041. Currently at FCI Englewood. Former communications director for the Los Angeles Angels of Major League Baseball; convicted of distributing fentanyl resulting in the death of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs on July 1, 2019.[22]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "2020 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP: Bowie County, TX" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. p. 25 (PDF p. 26/46). Retrieved 2022-08-15. Federal Correctional Institution Texarkana
  2. ^ "FCI Texarkana". Federal Bureau of Prisons.
  3. ^ "Keith Russell Judd: Would-be Presidential candidate sits in a Beaumont prison". Beaumont Enterprise. July 6, 2011. Archived from the original on March 3, 2012. Retrieved April 6, 2012.
  4. ^ Asbury, Kyla (July 6, 2011). "Texas prisoner says he should be on 2012 ballot". West Virginia Record. Retrieved April 6, 2012.
  5. ^ Porterfield, Mannix (March 27, 2012). "Texas convict on W.Va. ballot for president". The Register-Herald. Retrieved April 6, 2012.
  6. ^ "Hail to the chief! Beaumont "resident" on the ballot in West Virginia". Beaumont Enterprise. March 27, 2012. Archived from the original on May 12, 2012. Retrieved April 6, 2012.
  7. ^ Weigel, David (May 8, 2012). "Meet Keith Judd, the Superhero Inmate Winning Delegates Against Barack Obama". Slate. Retrieved May 9, 2012.
  8. ^ Little, M. (May 9, 2012). "Texas inmate wins 41% of vote vs. Obama in West Virginia primary". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 9, 2012.
  9. ^ Messina, Lawrence (May 8, 2012). "Keith Judd, Texas Inmate, Gets 40 Percent Of Votes Against Obama In West Virginia Democratic Primary". The Huffington Post. Retrieved May 9, 2012.
  10. ^ Kabler, Phil (May 28, 2012). Statehouse Beat, May 27, 2011: Judd claims he won. Charleston Gazette-Mail. Retrieved May 28, 2012.
  11. ^ "Cox Considers Motion by Neshoba Prisoners". The Delta Democrat-Times. December 3, 1971.
  12. ^ "Three Civil Rights Slayers Are Released from Prison". Northwest Arkansas Times. August 29, 1972.
  13. ^ Longman, Jere (December 28, 2003). "COLLEGE FOOTBALL; Never Forgotten, Billy Cannon Is Now Forgiven". The New York. Retrieved 6 March 2013.
  14. ^ "Inmate Locator".
  15. ^ Contreras, Guillermo (December 22, 2006). "Ex-attorney general Morales at halfway house". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  16. ^ "FORMER TEXAS ATTORNEY GENERAL DAN MORALES PLEADS GUILTY" (PDF). US Department of Justice. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 May 2010. Retrieved 6 March 2013.
  17. ^ Grimm, Andy (August 23, 2014). "Ray Nagin to serve sentence at Texarkana prison: What will it be like?". nola.com (New Orleans Times-Picayune). NOLA Media Group. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  18. ^ New Orleans Time-Picayune (September 8, 2014). "Ray Nagin arrives at federal prison in Texas, station reports". NOLA.com. Retrieved 8 September 2014.
  19. ^ "C. Ray Nagin, Former New Orleans Mayor, Convicted On Federal Bribery, Honest Services Wire Fraud, Money Laundering, Conspiracy, And Tax Charges". U.S. Attorney's Office - Eastern District of Louisiana. Department of Justice. February 12, 2014. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  20. ^ CNN Staff (July 9, 2014). "Ex-New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin gets 10 years in prison". CNN. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. Retrieved 30 July 2015. {{cite web}}: |last1= has generic name (help)
  21. ^ "Ray Nagin - New Orleans Shakedown". CNBC. March 31, 2016. Retrieved September 29, 2016.
  22. ^ "Ex-Angels employee gets 22 years in death of Tyler Skaggs". ESPN. October 11, 2022. Retrieved October 11, 2022.

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