Federal Correctional Institution, Yazoo City

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Federal Correctional Institution, Yazoo City
Yazoo Medium.jpg
LocationYazoo County, Mississippi
Security classLow-security, medium-security, and United States Penitentiary
Managed byFederal Bureau of Prisons
WardenMarcus Martin

The Federal Correctional Institution, Yazoo City (FCI Yazoo City) is a United States federal prison for male low, medium, and high-security inmates in Mississippi. An adjacent satellite prison camp houses minimum-security male offenders. It is part of the Yazoo City Federal Correctional Complex (FCC) and operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a division of the United States Department of Justice.

The complex consists of three facilities:

  • Federal Correctional Institution, Yazoo City Low (FCI Yazoo City Low): a low-security facility.
  • Federal Correctional Institution, Yazoo City Medium (FCI Yazoo City Medium): a medium-security facility.
  • United States Penitentiary, Yazoo City (USP Yazoo City): a high-security facility.

FCC Yazoo City is located 36 miles north of Jackson, Mississippi, the state capital.[1]

Notable incidents[edit]

In 2008, a joint investigation conducted by the Bureau of Prisons Office of Inspector General and the Department of Justice revealed that Raymond Morton, a correctional officer at FCI Yazoo City, had accepted bribes from an inmate whom the Bureau of Prisons did not identify. Morton was indicted on April 8, 2008, for agreeing to receive and accept bribes from a federal inmate. He subsequently pleaded guilty to the charge in federal court and was sentenced to probation.[2]

On February 26, 2013, Robert Kale Johnson, a former correctional officer at FCI Yazoo City, was sentenced to 15 months in prison followed by 3 years of supervised release for taking a $5,000 bribe in exchange for bringing contraband into the facility. Johnson was released in June 2014.[3]

On March 25, 2010, Dashun Temple, a correction officer at the FCC Yazoo City, Mississippi, pleaded guilty to Workman’s Compensation Fraud in federal court. Claiming that he had suffered a back injury from lifting boxes, Temple, Temple admitted submitting fraudulent medical travel refund requests to the Department of Labor from December 2007 through August 2008. Temple claimed that he had traveled from his home in Pearl, Mississippi to a medical clinic in Woodville, Mississippi on 84 different occasions. An investigation revealed through the records of the clinic that Temple had only made 5 legitimate trips, thus leaving 79 trips as fraudulent. Temple received a total of $11,595.76 in reimbursements. Temple was terminated, ordered to pay restitution, and sentenced to probation.[4]

Notable inmates[edit]


Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
Cesar Meza-Garcia 38533-298 Serving a 22-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2035.[5] Leading figure in the Tijuana Cartel; extradited from Mexico in 2013 to face charges that he oversaw the cartel's efforts to import methamphetamine into the United States; Meza-Garcia is the first person to be extradited to the US under Mexico's new president, Enrique Peña Nieto.[6]
Shirley Cunningham 11490-032 Serving a 20-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2025.[7] Disbarred attorney; convicted in 2009 of stealing $90 million from a civil settlement regarding the diet drug fen-phen; accomplice William Gallion was sentenced to 25 years; the story was featured on the CNBC television program American Greed.[8][9]
Michael Golden 18691-075 Serving a 14-year sentence, scheduled for release in 2020. Member of the white supremacist group Aryan Alliance; pleaded guilty to arson in connection with the 2008 firebombing of the Islamic Center of Central Missouri in Columbia, Missouri; accomplice Eric Ian Baker was sentenced to 15 years.[10][11]
Karey Lee Woolsey 34411-018 Serving a 13-year sentence, scheduled for release in 2018.[12] Convicted of attempting to distribute more than 7,000 pounds of marijuana in Florida and is serving a 13-year sentence.[13] Woolsey released an album while incarcerated that has seen top-10 placement on Billboard charts.


Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
David Darnell Brown 20669-075 Released from custody in November 2013; served 15 months.[14] American rap artist known as Young Buck; pleaded guilty in 2012 to being a felon in possession of a firearm; guns were found in his home during a 2010 Internal Revenue Service raid on his home.[15]
Mark Ingram Sr. 22749-050 Released from custody in November 2015; served 7 years.[16] Former National Football League player; pleaded guilty in 2005 to laundering money he believed to be proceeds from narcotics deals and to bank fraud for cashing counterfeit checks.[17][18]
Michael Lohman 31390-034 Released from custody in June 2015; served 3 years.[19] Former New Orleans Police Lieutenant; pleaded guilty in 2010 to obstruction of justice for attempting to cover up the 2005 Danziger Bridge shootings, during which officers shot six unarmed civilians, killing two; several other officers were also sentenced to prison.[20]
Marc Emery 40252-086 Released from custody in July 2014; served 4 years.[21] Canadian cannabis advocate and once the largest supplier of marijuana seeds in the United States; pleaded guilty in 2010 to conspiracy to manufacture marijuana.[22][23]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "FCI Yazoo City Low". Federal Bureau of Prisons.
  2. ^ "FORMER FEDERAL CORRECTIONAL OFFICER PLEADS GUILTY TO BRIBERY CHARGE" (PDF). Department of Justice. October 7, 2008. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  3. ^ "FORMER YAZOO FEDERAL PRISON GUARD SENTENCED FOR ACCEPTING BRIBE". US Department of Justice. February 28, 2013. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  4. ^ "Former FCC Yazoo City Correctional Officer Pleads Guilty to Workman's Compensation Fraud" (PDF). US Department of Justice. March 26, 2010. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  5. ^ "TIJUANA CARTEL LEADER EXTRADITED TO U.S." (PDF). US Department of Justice. March 7, 2013. Retrieved 31 July 2015.
  6. ^ Associated Press (March 7, 2013). "First Mexican extradited to US under Mexico's new leader to face drug smuggling charges". Fox News. Retrieved 20 September 2013.
  7. ^ Barrouquere, Brett (August 5, 2013). "Lexington home of fen-phen lawyer Gallion may be seized, appeals court rules". Lexington Herald-Leader. Retrieved 19 October 2015.
  8. ^ Musgrave, Beth (August 18, 2009). "Fen-phen attorneys sentenced to decades in prison". Kentucky.com. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  9. ^ Cronin Fisk, Margaret (May 1, 2012). "Diet-Drug Lawyers' Convictions for Fund Theft Upheld". Bloomberg. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  10. ^ "Feds Charge Three Suspected White Supremacists for Tennessee Mosque Bombing". Fox News. 12 February 2008.
  11. ^ "Tennessee Man Sentenced To 14 Years In Prison For Burning Islamic Center". United States Department of Justice.
  12. ^ "Singing a tune from federal prison, Karey Lee's music hits the charts". Forbes.com.
  13. ^ "DEA uncovers major pot operation in Lee, Collier counties". NBC2.
  14. ^ Muhammad, Latifah (October 1, 2013). "Young Buck Out of Prison". BET. Black Entertainment Television LLC. Retrieved 7 September 2015.
  15. ^ Williams, Brennan (July 16, 2012). "Young Buck Sentenced To 3 Years In Federal Prison On Weapons Charges, Will Serve 18 Months". Huffington Post. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  16. ^ Burstein, Jon (September 22, 2012). "6 ex-Dolphins arrested after NFL life was over". Orlando Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved 29 October 2015.
  17. ^ Toman, Lou (September 16, 2008). "Former New York Giants receiver Mark Ingram sentenced to prison". New Jersey On-Line. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  18. ^ Roberts, Selena (November 30, 2009). "'bama's Backbone". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  19. ^ Associated Press (January 3, 2012). "Former cop sentenced in Danziger Bridge case reports to federal prison". nola.com. NOLA Media Group. Retrieved 7 September 2015.
  20. ^ Kunzelman, Michael (November 2, 2011). "Michael Lohman, Former New Orleans Cop, To Be Sentenced For Cover-up Of Police Shootings During Katrina". Huffington Post. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  21. ^ "5 Things About Marc Emery's Release From U.S. Prison". Huffington Post Canada. TheHuffingtonPost.com, Inc. July 7, 2014. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  22. ^ "Marc Emery gets 5 years in prison". CBC News British Columbia. September 10, 2010. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  23. ^ "CANADIAN SENTENCED TO 5 YEARS IN PRISON FOR SELLING MILLIONS OF MARIJUANA SEEDS ACROSS THE BORDER". US Department of Justice. September 10, 2010. Retrieved 27 October 2013.