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 Medium 2
Old North Carolina Highway 75
Butner, NC 27509
BOP Website: http://www.bop.gov/locations/institutions/btf
Inmate Correspondence Address
Inmate Name and Registration Number
FCI Butner Medium 2
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 1500
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: Medium
Location: FCI Butner Medium 2 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: BTF for Butner Medium 2, 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): 1,399
Background: FCI Butner Medium 2 is part of the Butner Federal Correctional Complex. Notable inmates include co-founder of the Cali Cartel Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela (serving a 30-year sentence for importing cocaine) and Lee Farkas (serving a 30-year sentence for fraud).
Housing: Inmates are housed in two-person cells.
Health Services: Inmates receive a medical screening upon arrival at FCI Butner Medium 2. 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 to the inmate population. Other preventive health services may be available based on the inmate’s age and needs.
Psychology Services: The FCI Butner Medium 2 Psychology Department offers both individual therapy and group treatment options. On the group side, inmates can participate in anger management, stress management, and other programs. FCI Butner Medium 2 also has a fully staffed Mental Health Hospital with full-time psychiatrists who are medical doctors and can be seen by appointment after referral by a psychologist. The facility also has a Mental Health Step Down Program for inmates with serious mental health issues who need to develop functional skills.
Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP): FCI Butner Medium 2 does not house a Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP). It does offer Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), the Drug Education Program, and the Non-Residential Drug Abuse Program (NR-DAP).
Education Services: FCI Butner Medium 2 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 Medium 2 offers advanced occupation education in Automotive Electrical, Culinary Arts, Drivetrain, Engine Repair and Undercarriage, Office System Technology (OST), Carpentry, Electrical, and Automotive Technology.
Vocational Training: FCI Butner Medium 2 does not offer any vocational training programs aside from its advanced occupational training and apprenticeship programs.
Apprenticeship: FCI Butner Medium 2 offers an apprenticeship in Commercial Cleaning.
Library Services: FCI Butner Medium 2 has a legal and leisure library available to inmates six days a week. The leisure library has numerous books and other reading materials available, including magazines, newspapers, career planning, multicultural studies, parenting, fiction and nonfiction selections. The law library is located in the Education Department, which contains a variety of legal reference materials for use in preparing legal papers.
UNICOR: FCI Butner Medium 2 does not house a UNICOR facility.
Commissary: The commissary is available to prisoners to shop only once per week on their assigned shopping day. The monthly spending limit for inmates is $360. Inmates can purchase a number of items, including food, beverages, electronics, shoes, and more.
Recreation: Recreation programs at FCI Butner Medium 2 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 to inmates.
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 Medium 2, please buy a copy of the Directory of Federal Prisons: The Unofficial Guide to Bureau of Prisons Institutions by Christopher Zoukis.