Federal Medical Center, Rochester

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Federal Medical Center, Rochester
(FMC Rochester)
LocationRochester, Minnesota, U.S.
Security classMedical
Population674 (as of October 2, 2016 (2016-10-02))
Opened1984 (1984)
Managed byFederal Bureau of Prisons
WardenSteve Kallis

The Federal Medical Center, Rochester (FMC Rochester) is a United States federal prison in Minnesota for male inmates requiring specialized or long-term medical or mental health care. It is designated as an administrative facility, which means it holds inmates of all security classifications. It is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a division of the United States Department of Justice.

FMC Rochester is located in southeastern Minnesota, 2 miles (3.2 km) east of downtown Rochester.[1]


FMC Rochester is one of six medical referral centers within the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Health Services staff at FMC include physicians, a dentist, dental assistants, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, a radiological technician, physical therapists, laboratory technologists and a respiratory therapist. Mental Health Services through the Psychiatry and Psychology Departments are available to all inmates. These include educational groups, therapy groups, individual therapy, intensive diagnosis/assessment, and inpatient treatment. In addition, outpatient substance abuse treatment services are available.[2]

In 2009 Philip Fornaci, the director of the DC Prisoners' Project, stated that Rochester, along with FMC Butner and FMC Carswell, "are clearly the "gold standard" in terms of what BOP facilities can achieve in providing medical care" and that they had provided "excellent medical care, sometimes for extremely complex medical needs."[3]

Notable incidents[edit]

In July 2009, Richard Torres, a correction officer at FMC Rochester, was indicted for smuggling contraband into the facility for an inmate in exchange for thousands of dollars in bribes. The contraband included cellular telephones, tobacco and creatine powder. Torres was terminated and pleaded guilty to soliciting a bribe two months later and was sentenced to one year in federal prison.[4][5]

Notable inmates[edit]


Inmate Name Register Number Photo Status Details
Jared Lee Loughner 15213-196 Jared Loughner USMS.jpg Serving a life sentence. Perpetrator of the 2011 Tucson shooting in Arizona; pleaded guilty in 2012 to the attempted assassination of U.S. Representative Gabby Giffords and the murder of six people, including U.S. District Judge John Roll.[6][7]
Melvin Mayes 09891-000 Serving a life sentence. Lieutenant for El Rukn street gang leader Jeff Fort; convicted in absentia in 1987 of racketeering, drug trafficking and conspiring to commit terrorist attacks in the US on behalf of the Libyan government; captured in 1995 after eight years as a fugitive.[8]
Luke Helder 36460-048 LucasHelder.jpg Currently being held indefinitely; the Bureau of Prisons lists his status as "Hospital Treatment Completed." Planted homemade pipe bombs in mailboxes in five Midwestern states in 2002; ruled incompetent to stand trial in 2004.[9][10][11]
Ming Sen Shiue 00499-041 Serving a life sentence (with the possibility of parole). Kidnapped Mary Stauffer and her daughter Elizabeth. Also serving a 40-year sentence on state murder charges for killing a 6-year-old boy who witnessed the crime. Shiue was detained indefinitely as a dangerous sexual predator in 2010.[12]


Inmate Name Register Number Photo Status Details
Jim Bakker 07407-058 Jim Baker (1986).jpg Released from custody in 1994; served 5 years. Founder of Praise the Lord (PTL) Ministries; convicted of fraud in 1989 for stealing millions of dollars in donations from his members.[13][14]
Sol Wachtler 32571-054 Released from custody in 1994; served 11 months.[15] Former Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals; pleaded guilty in 1992 to sending messages to his ex-mistress threatening to kidnap her 14-year-old daughter in retaliation for her ending their affair.[16]
Lyndon LaRouche 15204-083 Lyndon LaRouche.jpg Released from custody in 1994; served 5 years. Three-time Presidential candidate; convicted in 1988 of scheming to defraud the IRS and deliberately defaulting on more than $30 million in loans from his supporters.[17]
Miles J. Jones 20907-045 Miles J. Jones.jpg Released from custody in 2010; served 18 months. Forensic pathologist-physician convicted of income-tax evasion[18]\
Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman[19] 34892-054 Omar Abdel-Rahman.jpg Transferred to FMC Butner, where he died in February 2017 Egyptian Muslim leader, convicted of seditious conspiracy after investigation into the 1993 World Trade Center bombing
Dennis Hastert 47991-424 Dennis Hastert 109th pictorial photo.jpg Entered prison June 2016; Released from custody in 2017; served 13 months out of a 15-month sentence. Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, convicted of breaking financial rules in hush money aimed at covering up sexual abuse of teenagers.[20]
Leo Earl Sharp Sr. 46394-039 Entered prison May 2014; Compassionate release granted in June 2015; served 13 months of a 3-year sentence. Died December, 2016. Drug courier for Sinaloa Cartel, and inspiration for Clint Eastwood movie The Mule.[21]
Gregory Scarpa 30880-053 Deceased in custody in 1994. Colombo crime family hitman and FBI informant.
Keith E. Anderson 63025-004[permanent dead link] Served a 20-year sentence; released in 2019. Owner of Anderson's Ark & Associates tax preparation company; extradited from Costa Rica in 2002; convicted in 2004 of conspiracy, mail fraud, wire fraud and money laundering for assisting over 2,000 clients in five countries evade taxes on millions of dollars of income.[22][23]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "FMC Rochester". Bop.gov. 2015-06-11. Retrieved 2015-10-09.
  2. ^ "Admission and Orientation Handbook" (PDF). Bop.gov. Retrieved 2015-10-09.
  3. ^ Fornaci, Philip (Director of the DC Prisoners' Project). "Federal Bureau of Prisons Oversight Hearing Archived 2016-09-07 at the Wayback Machine" (Archive[permanent dead link]). Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security. U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary. July 21, 2009. Retrieved on February 5, 2016.
  4. ^ "Rochester prison guard charged with smuggling contraband | Minnesota Public Radio News". Minnesota.publicradio.org. Retrieved 2015-10-09.
  5. ^ "Prison guard sentenced for smuggling contraband | Minnesota Public Radio News". Minnesota.publicradio.org. 2010-03-04. Retrieved 2015-10-09.
  6. ^ "Jared Lee Loughner Pleads Guilty to Federal Charges in Tucson Shooting". Federal Bureau of Investigation. August 7, 2012. Retrieved 3 November 2013.
  7. ^ Jacques Billeaud; Brian Skoloff (November 8, 2012). "Jared Loughner Sentenced To Life In Prison For Arizona Shooting That Wounded Gabrielle Giffords". Huffington Post. Retrieved 3 November 2013.
  8. ^ "El Rukn Member Gets 3 Life Terms In Racketeering Case". tribunedigital-chicagotribune. Retrieved 1 May 2015.
  9. ^ "Federal charges brought against accused mailbox bomber". CNN. 2002-05-10.
  10. ^ Van Hyfte, Vanessa (2004). "Helder not fit to stand trial". WQAD Report. Retrieved 2007-10-16.
  11. ^ "Experts say mailbox bomb suspect unlikely to be freed soon". WQAD Report. 2004-04-06. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-10-16.
  12. ^ "Judge says killer-rapist Ming Sen Shiue can be held indefinitely". Twin Cities. 2010-09-29. Retrieved 2022-03-21.
  13. ^ "Bakker Begins Tests to Evaluate His Mental State". Los Angeles Times. 1989-09-02.
  14. ^ "Jim Bakker arrives – PostBulletin.com: Home". PostBulletin.com. 1989-11-03. Retrieved 2015-10-09.
  15. ^ Van Gelder, Lawrence (August 27, 1994). "Ex-Judge Wachtler to Move From Prison to Halfway House". The New York Times. Retrieved 1 November 2013.
  16. ^ Seeking Leniency, Wachtler Blames Adversaries, The New York Times, September 5, 1993
  17. ^ "Larouche Receives 15-Year Sentence". The New York Times. 1989-01-28.
  18. ^ "John F. Wood : FORMER LIBERTY PATHOLOGIST SENTENCED FOR FAILING TO FILE TAX RETURNS" (PDF). Justice.gov. Retrieved 2015-10-09.
  19. ^ "Blind Sheik – Former Rochester Federal Prison Inmate – Has Died". KROC (AM). Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  20. ^ Michael Tarm, Ex-Speaker Hastert enters prison: now Inmate No. 47991-424 Archived 2016-06-25 at the Wayback Machine, Associated Press (June 22, 2016).
  21. ^ "Michigan Drug 'Mule' Leo Sharp Gets 3 Years on 90th Birthday". NBC News.
  22. ^ "10 Are Charged in Tax Evasion Case Said to Involve 2,000". The New York Times. 2002-12-12.
  23. ^ "#210: 04-22-05 FOUR DEFENDANTS SENTENCED IN $120 MILLION INTERNATIONAL TAX SHELTER CASE". Justice.gov. Retrieved 2015-10-09.

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Coordinates: 44°01′27.36″N 92°26′10.65″W / 44.0242667°N 92.4362917°W / 44.0242667; -92.4362917