Federal Prison Camp, Yankton

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Federal Prison Camp, Yankton
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LocationYankton, South Dakota
Coordinates42°52′51″N 97°23′30″W / 42.8809°N 97.3918°W / 42.8809; -97.3918Coordinates: 42°52′51″N 97°23′30″W / 42.8809°N 97.3918°W / 42.8809; -97.3918
Security classMinimum-security
Managed byFederal Bureau of Prisons

The Federal Prison Camp, Yankton (FPC Yankton) is a minimum-security United States federal prison for male inmates in Yankton, South Dakota. It is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a division of the United States Department of Justice. The prison is situated on the former campus of Yankton College, which operated until 1984. The site was converted to a prison in 1988.

FPC Yankton is located 60 miles northwest of Sioux City, Iowa, and 85 miles southwest of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.[1]

In popular culture[edit]

Forbes magazine rated FPC Yankton one of "Americas 10 Cushiest Prisons" in 2009. In describing the facility, Asher Hawkins wrote, "The winters are tough, and the nearest city of any size is at least an hour away, but Yankton is a standalone minimum-security facility with a staff that's not too tough on prisoners. White-collar cons can take classes in accounting, business administration and business management."[2]

In Twin Peaks, Special Agent Dale Cooper's doppelgänger is held at FPC Yankton.[3]

Notable inmates[edit]


Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
Steve Stenger 48972-044 Sentenced on August, 9, 2019. Served 22 months of a 46-month sentence. Former St. Louis County Executive. Arrested for three federal corruption charges for a pay-to-play scheme exchanging county contracts for campaign donations.[4]
John McTiernan 43029-112 Surrendered to federal prison on April 3, 2013, served a 12-month sentence Director of Die Hard and Predator_(film). On April 3, 2006, McTiernan was charged in federal court with making a false statement to an FBI investigator in February 2006 about his hiring the private investigator Anthony Pellicano to illegally wiretap Charles Roven, the producer of his film Rollerball, around August 2000.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "BOP: FPC Yankton". Bop.gov. Retrieved October 14, 2013.
  2. ^ "In Pictures: America's 10 Cushiest Prisons". Forbes. July 13, 2009. Retrieved October 14, 2013.
  3. ^ "'Twin Peaks': Agent Cooper Unleashes the Cobra and Makes His Move in Episode Seven". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  4. ^ "Stenger will serve four years at 'cushiest' prison camp in Yankton, South Dakota". callnewspaper. September 11, 2019. Retrieved January 20, 2021.
  5. ^ "John McTiernan, "Die Hard" Director, Gets Year in Prison; No Wine and Cheese, Taunts Judge". CBSnews. October 10, 2010. Retrieved July 5, 2022.