List of inmates of United States Penitentiary, Leavenworth

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This is a list of notable current and former inmates, of the United States Penitentiary, Leavenworth. Inmates who were released from custody prior to 1982 are not listed on the Federal Bureau of Prisons website.

Bank robbers[edit]

Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
Duane Earl Pope 85021-132 Served a life sentence. Was released in 2016. Bank robber and former FBI Ten Most Wanted fugitive; killed three bank employees and wounded a fourth while robbing a Nebraska bank of $1600 in 1965.[1]
Thomas Holden

Francis Keating

Unlisted Deceased; Holden died in prison in 1953, Keating died in 1978 after being released. Bank robbery team known as the Holden-Keating Gang who stole millions of dollars in cash and securities from banks in the 1920s and 1930s; escaped from USP Leavenworth in 1930; apprehended and returned to USP Leavenworth in 1932.[2]
Troy Deon Reddick 87145-011 Released from custody in 1996; served 4 years. Rap-artist known as Da' Unda' Dogg and former member of the Romper Room Crew, a criminal gang in Vallejo, California; Reddick and other gang members were convicted of bank robbery in 1992.[3]


Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
FBI file photo.
Fritz Duquesne
Unlisted In 1945, Duquesne was transferred to the United States Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, Missouri, due to his failing physical and mental health.[4] In 1954, he was released owing to ill health, having served 14 years.[5] Convicted in 1941 of leading the Duquesne Spy Ring, a group of spies for the Nazis which operated in the US from 1939 to 1941 and aimed to obtain information regarding military and industrial sabotage targets; all ring members were convicted in what was the largest espionage case in US history.[6]
FBI file photo
Herman Lang
Unlisted Lang received a sentence of 18 years in prison. He was deported to Germany in September 1950.[7] A member of the Duquesne Spy Ring, Lang was convicted in 1941 on espionage charges and a two-year concurrent sentence under the Registration Act. Before his arrest, Lang had provided the German Abwehr highly confidential materials essential to the national defense of the United States including the top secret Norden bombsight.[4]

Fraudsters and corrupt officials[edit]

Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
Charles R. Forbes Unlisted Released from custody in 1927 after serving 2 years. Appointed by President Warren G. Harding, Forbes was the first director of the Veterans' Bureau; convicted of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government in 1923. Forbes was a cellmate of Frederick Cook.[8]
Frederick Cook Unlisted Released from custody in 1930 after serving 8 years. American explorer and physician; served as a surgeon on Robert Peary's 1891 Arctic expedition; convicted in 1922 of mail fraud.[9]
Tom Petters 14170-041 Serving a 50-year sentence at USP Leavenworth; scheduled for release in 2052. Former Minnesota CEO; convicted in 2009 of conspiracy, wire fraud, mail fraud and money laundering for orchestrating a $3.65 billion Ponzi scheme, the second largest fraud case in US history; featured on the CNBC television show American Greed.[10][11]
Tom Pendergast Unlisted Held at USP Leavenworth from 1939 to 1940. Political boss in Kansas City, Missouri who engaged in bribery and voter intimidation; discovered and supported Harry Truman in the 1934 United States Senate election in Missouri; convicted of tax evasion in 1939.[12]


Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
"Red" Dillard Morrison 69133-012 Held at USP Leavenworth from 1950 to 1955. Harlem organized crime figure of the 40's & 50's; battled/befriended Bumpy Johnson for control of Harlem's criminal underworld; convicted of drug possession in 1950.
James J. Bulger 02182-748 Held at USP Leavenworth from 1962 to 1963; currently serving a life sentence at USP Coleman. Leader of the Winter Hill Gang in Boston and former FBI informant; fled in 1994 after being indicted for violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, including murder, extortion, drug trafficking and money laundering; placed on the FBI Ten Most Wanted List in 1999 and apprehended in 2011.[13][14]
George Kelly Unlisted Held at USP Leavenworth from 1933 to 1934 and again from 1951 to his death in 1954. Prohibition era gangster known as "Machine Gun Kelly;" engaged in bootlegging and armed robbery; best known for the 1933 kidnapping of Texas oilman Charles F. Urschel; Kelly was apprehended less than two months later and sentenced to life in prison.[15]
George Moran Unlisted Died at USP Leavenworth in 1957 while serving a ten-year sentence. Prohibition era gangster; battled Al Capone for the control of Chicago's criminal underworld; convicted of bank robbery in 1957; also known as "Bugs."[16]
John Franzese 70022-158 Released from custody in 1978 after serving 8 years; currently serving an 8-year sentence at the Federal Medical Center, Devens in Massachusetts. American Mafia figure; current Underboss of the Colombo Crime Family in New York City; convicted in 1970 of bank robbery; sentenced to 8 years in prison in 2011 for racketeering and extortion.[17][18]
Anthony Corallo 08341-016 Deceased; died in 2000 at the US Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, Missouri while serving a 100-year sentence. Boss of the Lucchese Crime Family in New York City; Corallo and other crime bosses were defendants in the 1986 Mafia Commission Trial, which resulted in Corallo being convicted of racketeering.[19]
Felix Mitchell 76769-012 Deceased; fatally stabbed at USP Leavenworth in 1986 while serving a life sentence. Leader of the "69 Mob" gang, which sold millions of dollars worth of heroin throughout California in the early 1980s and protected its turf through violence; convicted in 1985 of murder, murder conspiracy and drug trafficking conspiracy; Mitchell is credited with creating the country's first large-scale, gang-controlled drug operation.[20]
Antonio Fernandez 38475-054 Released from custody in 2009 after serving ten years. Leader of the Latin Kings gang in New York and New Jersey from 1996 to 1999; pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute heroin and cocaine; also known as "King Tone."[21]
Thomas Silverstein Unlisted Went to prison in 1977 Prison authorities describe him as a brutal killer and a former leader of the Aryan Brotherhood prison gang. He has been incarcerated continuously since 1977 and has been convicted of four separate murders while imprisoned, one of which was overturned[22]

Political prisoners[edit]

Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
Samuel R. Caldwell Unlisted Released from custody in 1940 after serving 3 years. First person in the United States to be arrested and convicted for selling marijuana under the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937.[23]
Frank S. Emi Unlisted Released in 1945 after serving 18 months of a 4-year sentence. Founding member of the Fair Play Committee at Heart Mountain concentration camp for Japanese Americans evicted from the West Coast during World War II; Emi and six other FPC leaders were convicted of conspiracy to violate the Selective Service Act after protesting the incarceration and encouraging internees to resist the draft unless they and their families were released from camp. The charges were eventually overturned by a Federal Appeals court.[24]
Ricardo Flores Magón Unlisted Deceased; died in 1922 of natural causes at USP Leavenworth while serving a 20-year sentence. Mexican anarchist and founder of the Mexican Liberal Party; arrested during the Palmer Raids under President Woodrow Wilson and Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer, an operation which aimed to detain and deport people who were seen as radical leftists; Magón was convicted of "obstructing the war-effort" under the Espionage Act of 1917 for protesting the United States' involvement in World War I.[25]
Gus Hall Unlisted Held at USP Leavenworth from 1951 to 1957. Leader of the Communist Party USA from 1959 until his death in 2000; Hall and 11 party leaders were tried under the Smith Act, which was used to charge and incarcerate perceived enemies of the US government; Hall was convicted in 1948 and sentenced to five years in prison. Hall was subsequently sentenced to an extra three years for jumping bail.[26]
Yori von Kahl 04565-059 Convicted and sentenced to 40 years imprisonment for his supporting role in tax protestor related shootings. He was transferred to the maximum security prison at USP Terre Haute, Indiana when USP Leavenworth was downgraded to medium security. Son of Gordon Wendell Kahl, who shot and killed two U.S. Marshals near Medina, North Dakota in February 1983.
Leonard Peltier 89637-132 Transferred to USP Lewisburg in 2005 and then to USP Coleman I in 2011. Leader of the American Indian Movement, a Native American activist group; convicted in 1977 of murdering FBI Agents Ronald A. Williams and Jack R. Coler during a shootout at Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in 1975.[27]

Sports figures[edit]

Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
Lanier, RandyRandy Lanier 04961-069 Sentenced to life in prison in 1988, released October 15, 2014. Racecar driver, 1984 IMSA Camel GT champion and 1986 Indy 500 Rookie of the Year; indicted in 1988 for conspiring to distribute more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana and of being principal administrators of a Continuing Criminal Enterprise between 1982 and 1986.[28][29]
Byron "Bam" Morris 13184-045 Released from custody in 2002 after serving 30 months. Former NFL running back; pleaded guilty in 2000 to drug trafficking and money laundering for operating a marijuana distribution ring in Kansas City, Missouri between 1998 and 2000.[30]
John Paul, Sr. 06818-018 Released from custody in 1999 after serving 13 years. Racecar driver, 1979 Trans-Am champion; indicted for drug trafficking in 1983; subsequently pleaded guilty to attempted murder for the shooting of Steven Carson, who provided testimony to a federal grand jury which led to his indictment.[31]
Michael Vick 33765-183 Released from custody in 2009 after serving 23 months. National Football League quarterback; pleaded guilty to operating an interstate dog fighting ring known as "Bad Newz Kennels."[32][33]

Violent criminals[edit]

Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
prison photo
James Earl Ray
Unlisted Released from custody in 1958 after serving 3 years. Held at USP Leavenworth from 1955 to 1958 after being convicted of forgery; assassinated Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968.[34]
Carl Panzram Unlisted Executed by hanging at USP Leavenworth in 1930. Serial killer, rapist, arsonist and burglar; confessed to 22 murders; executed for the murder of Institution Laundry Foreman Robert G. Warnke, which Panzram committed while serving a 25-year sentence at USP Leavenworth.[35]
Phillip Garrido 36377-136 Released from federal custody in 1988 after serving 11 years; currently serving a life sentence in state prison. Pleaded guilty of kidnapping Jaycee Lee Dugard in 1991; his wife, Nancy, was also sentenced to 36 years.[36]
prison photo 1930s
Robert Stroud
Unlisted Held at USP Leavenworth from 1912 to 1942; transferred to the federal prison on Alcatraz Island in 1942. Convicted of manslaughter in 1909 and murdering a correction officer in 1916; raised and studied birds in his cell at USP Leavenworth and became a leading ornithologist; wrote two books and made significant contributions to the field of ornithology.

See also[edit]

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