Part of FCC Butner Facilities including: FMC Butner, FCI Butner Medium 1 with an adjacent minimum security satellite prison camp, FCI Butner Medium 2, and FCI Butner Low.
Facility Address & Contact Information
Federal Correctional Institution Butner Low
Old North Carolina Highway 75
Butner, NC 27509
BOP Website: http://www.bop.gov/locations/institutions/buf
Inmate Correspondence Address
Inmate Name and Registration Number
FCI Butner Low
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 999
Butner, NC 27509
NOTE: Funds cannot be sent directly to federal inmates. See our page on sending money to federal prisoners for more information.
Security Level: Low
Location: FCI Butner Low is located in North Carolina near the Research Triangle area of Durham, Raleigh, and Chapel Hill. It is 5 miles off I-85 on Old Highway 75.
BOP Region: Mid-Atlantic Region (MXR)
BOP Institution Code: BUF for Butner Low, BUX for Butner Federal Correctional Complex
Medical Care Level: Level 3/4. See our page on Medical Care Levels and Procedures for more information.
Judicial District: Eastern District of North Carolina
Population (as of Sept. 14, 2020): 1,058
Background: FCI Butner Low was opened in 1995. It is part of the Butner Federal Correctional Complex. Notable inmates include former real estate investor Troy Titus (serving a 30-year sentence for orchestrating a Ponzi scheme) and founder of the now-defunct Bayou Hedge Fund Group Samuel Israel (serving 22 years for defrauding investors).
Housing: Inmates are housed in two-person and three-person cubicles. There are four total housing units.
Health Services: Inmates at FCI Butner Low receive a medical screening upon arrival. Inmates are then scheduled for routine physical examinations, laboratory studies, physical and dental examinations, and assessment of any health needs. Sick call, dental call, emergency care, medications, chronic care, physical examinations, periodic health screenings for HIV, TB, colon cancer (for inmates over 50 years of age), diabetes and cholesterol screening (for inmates over 45), and vaccinations as recommended are available. Other preventive health services may be available based on the inmate’s age and needs.
Psychology Services: The FCI Butner Low Psychology Department offers individual counseling and group therapy opportunities for inmates in need. Group therapy topics include stress management, anger management, and many others. A fully-staffed Mental Health Hospital with full-time psychiatrists who are all medical doctors is available. If an inmate feels that they need this sort of treatment, they are advised to seek a referral through a regular psychologist in the Psychology Department.
Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP): FCI Butner Low does not house a Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP). It does offer Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), a Drug Education Course, and a Non-Residential Drug Abuse Treatment Program (NR-DAP).
Education Services: The FCI Butner Low offers GED and English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) courses to inmates. Adult Continuing Education (ACE) classes are also available. High school diplomas and post-secondary programs are available through paid correspondence programs.
Advanced Occupational Education: FCI Butner Low offers advanced occupational education in HVAC 1 & 2, Logistics, Office System Technology (OST), Carpentry, Electrical, and Automotive Technology.
Vocational Training: FCI Butner Low does not offer any vocational training programs aside from its advanced occupational training and apprenticeship programs.
Apprenticeship: FCI Butner Low offers apprenticeships in Commercial Cleaning and HVAC.
Library Services: FCI Butner Low has a legal and leisure library available to inmates. The law library is located in the Education Department, which contains a variety of legal reference materials for use in preparing legal papers. The leisure library has numerous books and reading materials available, including magazines, newspapers, career planning, multicultural studies, parenting, fiction and nonfiction selections.
UNICOR: FCI Butner Low houses a UNICOR facility that makes clothing, textiles, and industrial products.
Commissary: The monthly spending limit for inmates is $360. The commissary is available to prisoners to shop only once per week. Items such as food, snacks, shoes, over-the-counter medications, drinks, and more can be purchased by inmates.
Recreation: Recreation programs at FCI Butner Low include indoor and outdoor activities, and range from individualized arts and crafts programs to intramural team sports such as baseball, basketball, and volleyball. Physical fitness, weight reduction, hobbycraft, and musical programs are also available.
Visitation Information: See our page on prisoner visitation rules for more information.
Directions to Prison:
For a comprehensive look at life in federal prison, pick up a copy of Christopher Zoukis’ Federal Prison Handbook: The Definitive Guide to Surviving the Federal Bureau of Prisons. For more detailed information about FCI Butner Low, please buy a copy of the Directory of Federal Prisons: The Unofficial Guide to Bureau of Prisons Institutions by Christopher Zoukis.