United States Penitentiary, Coleman

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United States Penitentiary, Coleman
United States Penitentiary, Coleman is located in Florida
United States Penitentiary, Coleman
LocationSumter County, near Wildwood, Florida
Coordinates28°45′46″N 82°00′51″W / 28.76278°N 82.01417°W / 28.76278; -82.01417Coordinates: 28°45′46″N 82°00′51″W / 28.76278°N 82.01417°W / 28.76278; -82.01417
Security classHigh-security
Managed byFederal Bureau of Prisons
WardenRoy Cheatam (USP Coleman I),
Charles Lockett (USP Coleman II)

The United States Penitentiary, Coleman I and II (USP Coleman I and II) are high-security United States federal prisons for male inmates in Florida. It is part of the Coleman Federal Correctional Complex (FCC Coleman) and is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a division of the United States Department of Justice. USP Coleman 1 was opened in 2001 and in 2004 Clark Construction completed a major 555,000 square-foot additional component for USP Coleman II.

FCC Coleman is located in central Florida, approximately 50 miles (80 km) northwest of Orlando, 60 miles (97 km) northeast of Tampa, and 35 miles (56 km) south of Ocala.[1]

Former prisoner Nate A. Lindell wrote that USP Coleman II was "a so-called special-needs prison — a "safe" facility where informants, former cops, ex-gang members, check-ins (prisoners who intentionally put themselves in solitary confinement to be safe), homosexuals, and sex offenders can all, supposedly, walk the Yard freely. At regular BOP lockups, these types of men are in danger of being beaten, stabbed, or strangled to death."[2] The Marshall Project stated "Coleman II did not respond to multiple requests for confirmation".[2]

Correction Officer Michael Rudkin[edit]

In late 2008, Michael Rudkin was sentenced to 10 years in prison for having sex with a female inmate and plotting with her to kill his wife while he was a correctional officer at the Federal Correctional Institution, Danbury, a federal prison for women in Connecticut.[3] Rudkin was sent to FCC Coleman to serve his sentence. While at Coleman, Rudkin solicited the help of fellow inmates in June 2009 to find a hitman to kill his ex-wife, her new boyfriend, his former inmate paramour and a federal investigator. He provided a handwritten note giving physical descriptions and locations of the intended victims to fellow inmates. The inmates alerted authorities, who instructed the inmates to provide Rudkin with a false name and address of a "hitman." Rudkin subsequently mailed money from his inmate account to the alleged "hitman" as an advance. Rudkin was subsequently convicted of orchestrating the plot and sentenced to 90 years in prison, which he is serving at the United States Penitentiary, Terre Haute, the federal facility in Indiana.[4][5]

Notable inmates (current and former)[edit]

†The Sentencing Reform Act of 1984 eliminated parole for most federal inmates. However, inmates sentenced for offenses committed prior to 1987 are eligible for parole consideration.[6]

Law enforcement murders[edit]

Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
Leonard Peltier 89637-132 Serving two life sentences plus seven years for an armed escaped from USP Lompoc; eligible for release in 2040.†[7] Member of the American Indian Movement, a Native American activist group; convicted in 1977 of murdering FBI Agents Jack R. Coler and Ronald A. Williams during a shootout at Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in 1975.[8]

Financial crimes[edit]

Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
Allen Stanford 35017-183 Serving 110 years under his actual name, Robert Allen Stanford.[9] Owner of the now-defunct Stanford Financial Group; convicted in 2012 of 17 charges, including fraud, money laundering and masterminding a Ponzi scheme which defrauded thousands of investors of over $7 billion; the story was featured on the CNBC television program American Greed.[10]
Corrine Brown 67315-018 Now at the FCI Coleman; scheduled for release as late as 2023. Democratic member of the House of Representatives; convicted in 2017 of 18 charges related to running a fraudulent charity, embezzling more than $300,000 for personal use.[11]


Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
Amine El Khalifi 79748-083 Serving a 30-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2038.[12] Al-Qaeda supporter; pleaded guilty in June 2012 to attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction for plotting to conduct a suicide bombing at the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC in February 2012.[13][14]

Organized crime figures[edit]

Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
Whitey Bulger 02182-748 Served life sentences plus 5 years under his real name, James J. Bulger.[15] Murdered in 2018 upon arrival at USP Hazelton. Former leader of the Winter Hill Gang in Massachusetts and FBI Ten Most Wanted fugitive; apprehended in 2011 after 16 years on the run; convicted in 2013 of ordering 11 murders, as well as extortion, money laundering and drug trafficking. Transferred in October 2018 to the Federal Transfer Center and then to USP Hazelton, where he was murdered less than 24 hours after arrival.[16][17][18]
Benjamin Arellano Felix 00678-748 Now at USP Caanan Former leader of the Tijuana Cartel in Mexico, pleaded guilty in 2013 to conspiracy and money laundering for directing the importation of thousands of tons of cocaine into the US; the cartel killed over 1,000 civilians and police officers over a 16-year period.[19]
Stephen Caracappa 04597-748 Sentenced to life plus 80 years.[12] Died in 2017. Former NYPD detective; convicted in 2006 of taking bribes to carry out murders and leak law enforcement intelligence disclosing the identities of witnesses for the Gambino Crime Family; his partner, Louis Eppolito, was sentenced to life plus 100 years.[20]
Ronnie Thomas 43322-037 Now at USP Lee Leader of the Tree Top Pirus, a subset of the Bloods street gang in Maryland, and producer of the Stop Snitchin' video series; convicted in 2010 of racketeering for participating in murder conspiracy, drug trafficking and robbery.[21][22]
Edgar Valdez Villarreal 05658-748 Sentenced to 49 years[23] American-Mexican drug lord, extradited to US on September 30, 2015.[24] Will be released on July 3, 2058.


Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
Randy Lanier 04961-069 Released in 2014; served 26 years.[25] Racecar driver, 1984 IMSA Camel GT champion and 1986 Indy 500 Rookie of the Year; convicted in 1988 of directing a drug operation that brought more than 600,000 pounds of marijuana into the United States from Colombia between 1982 and 1986.[26][27]
Nicholas Slatten 16018-081 Serving a life sentence.[28] Former Blackwater security guard, convicted of murder in 2014 for his role in the Nisour Square massacre.[29]
Larry Nassar 21504-040 Sentenced to 60 years. Scheduled for federal release on March 23, 2069. Former USA Gymnastics team physician, convicted on federal charges relating to the possession of thousands of items of child pornography.[30]
George Martorano 12973-004 Sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. Released on October 5, 2015 after serving 32 years. Was the longest-serving first-time non-violent offender in the Federal Bureau of Prisons at the time of his release. Wrote 31 books while in prison.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "BOP: FCI Coleman Medium". Federal Bureau of Prisons. Retrieved 2013-03-08.
  2. ^ a b Lindell, Nate A. "My Memories of Being in Prison with Whitey Bulger." The Marshall Project. May 17, 2016. Retrieved on March 29, 2016.
  3. ^ [1] Archived January 14, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Stephen Hudak (2010-07-15). "Former guard gets 90 years in prison for trying to arrange murders behind bars". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 2013-03-08.
  6. ^ "History of The Federal Parole System". US Department of Justice. Archived from the original on 2013-03-13. Retrieved 2013-03-16.
  7. ^ "Exclusive: Leonard Peltier Speaks Out from Prison on Denial of Medical Care, Bid for Clemency". Democracy Now!. December 19, 2012. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
  8. ^ "AIM occupation of Wounded Knee ends — History.com This Day in History — 5/8/1973". History.com. Retrieved 2013-03-08.
  9. ^ Roberts, Daniel (July 7, 2014). "Orange is the New White-Collar". Fortune Magazine. Time Inc. Retrieved 30 September 2015.
  10. ^ Krauss, Clifford (2012-06-14). "Stanford Sentenced to 110-Year Term in $7 Billion Ponzi Case". The New York Times.
  11. ^ Haag, Matthew (2017-12-04). "Corrine Brown, Ex-Congresswoman Who Ran a Sham Charity, Gets 5 Years in Prison". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-02-03.
  12. ^ a b Rodgers, Bethany (July 5, 2015). "Infamous crime bosses, killers, pirate keep company inside Coleman prison". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
  13. ^ "Virginia Man Pleads Guilty in Plot to Carry out Suicide Bomb Attack on U.S. Capitol | OPA | Department of Justice". Justice.gov. 2012-06-22. Retrieved 2015-10-13.
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  15. ^ "Bulger Sentenced to Two Life Terms". Federal Bureau of Investigation. November 14, 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  16. ^ http://www.bostonherald.com/news/local_coverage/2018/10/james_whitey_bulger_moved_to_oklahoma_prison
  17. ^ Deborah Feyerick; Kristina Sgueglia (August 13, 2013). "High life brought low: Jury finds 'Whitey' Bulger guilty in killings, racketeering". CNN. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  18. ^ Seelye, Katharine (August 12, 2013). "Bulger Guilty in Gangland Crimes, Including Murder". The New York Times. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  19. ^ Richard Maros (2012-04-03). "Former drug kingpin Arellano Felix gets 25-year prison term". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-03-08.
  20. ^ Feuer, Alan (2009-03-09). "Louis J. Eppolito News - The New York Times". Topics.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2013-03-08.
  21. ^ Washington, The (2010-01-29). "Baltimore's 'Stop Snitching' star convicted". Washington Times. Retrieved 2013-03-08.
  22. ^ "Baltimore Crime Beat: Producer of Stop Snitching video sentenced - Baltimore crime news: Police, courts and police stories in the city and central Maryland - baltimoresun.com". Weblogs.baltimoresun.com. 2010-06-25. Retrieved 2013-03-08.
  23. ^ Drug lord ‘La Barbie’ sentenced to 49 years in federal prison. Fox News. 11 June 2018.
  24. ^ Corcoran, Katherine (1 October 2015). "Mexico extradites top drug lords 'La Barbie,' 'El Coss' to US from maximum security jail". U.S. News. The Associated Press.
  25. ^ Reiman, Samuel (October 9, 2014). "Randy Lanier released from prison after 26-year sentence". foxsports.com. Fox Sports Interactive Media, LLC. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
  26. ^ "Sports people: Auto Racing; Driver Jailed - New York Times". New York Times. 1988-12-22. Retrieved 2009-11-11.
  27. ^ "Driver Randy Lanier Gets Life in Prison". Los Angeles Times. December 22, 1988. Retrieved 9 May 2014.
  28. ^ "Ex-Blackwater Guard Gets Life in Prison for Baghdad Shooting - Bloomberg". Bloomberg. April 14, 2015. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
  29. ^ "Blackwater Guards Found Guilty in 2007 Iraq Killings". New York Times. October 22, 2014. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
  30. ^ "Lawrence Nassar Sentenced To 60 Years In Federal Prison". United State Department of Justice. December 7, 2017. Retrieved January 23, 2018. Lawrence Gerard Nassar, 54, of Holt, Michigan...

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