Federal Prison Camp, Eglin

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Federal Prison Camp, Eglin was a Federal Bureau of Prisons minimum security prison at Auxiliary Field 6, Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.[1]

Lacey Rose of Forbes wrote that it "was once considered so cushy that the term "Club Fed" was actually coined to describe it."[2]

By 2006 the federal government decided to cut costs by closing Eglin and returning the buildings to the Air Force. The prisoners were moved to Federal Prison Camp, Pensacola.[3]

Notable inmates[edit]

The five Watergate burglars - Bernard Barker, Virgilio Gonzalez, Eugenio Martínez, James W. McCord Jr., and Frank Sturgis - were inmates at Eglin.[4]

Name Number Status Details
Jack P.F. Gremillion N/A Confined for two years after losing in 1973 his appeal of his 1971 conviction of lying to a grand jury about his involvement in the Louisiana Loan and Thrift case. He was subsequently readmitted to the bar.[5] Attorney General of Louisiana from 1956 to 1972
Edward Mezvinsky 55040-066 Released former member of the United States House of Representatives from Iowa
Louis Wolfson N/A Held at FCI, Eglin[6] former Wall Street financier
Steve Madden 49498-054 Held at Eglin former head of Steve Madden, LTD
Robert Mason (writer) 81349-071 Imprisoned at Eglin in the early 1980s for drug trafficking. Wrote about these in the book Chickenhawk: Back in the World Writer of Chickenhawk
Marvin Mandel 12100-037 Released former governor of Maryland
James A. Kelly Jr. 14231-038 Released Former Massachusetts State Senator. Convicted of extortion.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "BOP/NIC Directory." Federal Bureau of Prisons. February 2, 2004. Retrieved on August 23, 2010.
  2. ^ "The Best Places to Go to Prison" (Archive). Forbes. April 17, 2006. Retrieved on December 30, 2015.
  3. ^ Rudman, Mladen. "Article: Eglin prison to turn in key: The camp's five dormitories and smaller buildings will be returned to the Air Force after remaining personnel leaves by Feb. 20". Northwest Florida Daily News. January 10, 2006. Retrieved on August 23, 2010.
  4. ^ Saperstein, Saundra; Baker, Donald P. (April 23, 1980). "Mandel Asks to Serve Time in Florida" (PDF). The Washington Post. Washington, D.C. Retrieved September 29, 2014.
  5. ^ "ES&S, Diebold lobbyists, July 21, 2005". bbvforums.org. Archived from the original on October 2, 2013. Retrieved June 26, 2013.
  6. ^ "Financier Wolfson Scheduled To Leave Eglin Prison Today." Associated Press at The Herald Tribune. Monday January 26, 1970. 45th year, No. 115. 1A. Retrieved from Google News (1/38) on August 23, 2010.
  7. ^ "Short Circuits". The Boston Globe. March 18, 1984.