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 Medical Center Butner
Old North Carolina Highway 75
Butner, NC 27509
BOP Website: http://www.bop.gov/locations/institutions/buh
Inmate Correspondence Address
Inmate Name and Registration Number
Federal Medical Center
P.O. Box 1600
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: Multiple
Location: FMC Butner 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: BUH for FMC Butner, 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): 845
Background: Opened in 1995, FMC Butner is a BOP medical referral center that treats significant medical conditions that normal federal prisons are not equipped to handle. Inmates either referred to or assigned to FMC Butner can receive treatments that include routine and emergency health care and dental care. FMC Butner is part of the Butner Federal Correctional Complex. Notable inmates include John Hinckley, Jr. (released to a psychiatric hospital in 1981 after attempting to assassinate President Ronald Reagan), hitman for the Chicago Outfit Frank Calabrese, Jr. (died in 2012 while serving a life sentence for racketeering and conspiracy), cult leader Tony Alamo (serving a life sentence for transporting minors across state lines for sexual purposes), and president of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club Harry Bowman (serving a life sentence for directing a racketeering enterprise).
Housing: Inmates are housed in two-person cells and pods.
Health Services: Inmates receive a medical screening upon arrival at FMC Butner. 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: Individual and group therapy, including stress management, and anger management are offered at FMC Butner, among other programs.
Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP): FMC Butner does not house a Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP). However, a Non-Residential Drug Abuse Program (NR-DAP) is offered. Programs also include a Drug Education Class, Transitional Drug Treatment, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), and Narcotics Anonymous (NA), and others.
Education Services: FMC Butner offers GED and English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) programs to inmates. A parenting program and Adult Continuing Education (ACE) courses are available. High school diplomas and post-secondary programs are available through paid correspondence programs.
Advanced Occupational Education: FMC Butner offers advanced occupational education in Horticulture 1, 2 and 3, and Logistics. An Office System Technology (OST) one-year certification program is also available.
Vocational Training: FMC Butner does not offer any vocational training programs aside from its advanced occupational training and apprenticeship programs.
Apprenticeship: FMC Butner offers apprenticeships in Biomedical Technician, Commercial Cleaning, and Health and Sanitation.
Library Services: FMC Butner offers a legal and leisure library to inmates. The leisure library has numerous books and other reading materials available, including magazines, newspapers, career planning, multicultural studies, parenting, and fiction and nonfiction selections. The law library consists of the TRULINCS Electronic Law Library.
UNICOR: FMC Butner does not house a UNICOR facility.
Commissary: The monthly spending limit for inmates is $360. The commissary is available to prisoners to shop only once per week. Inmates are assigned a specific shopping day based on their inmate numbers. Items available for purchase include drinks, food, over-the-counter medications, clothing, and other items.
Recreation: The FMC Butner recreation department offers intramural sports, leisure activities, passive and non-competitive activities, unit-based activities, hobby crafts, a CD program, movie program, wellness program, and many other activities.
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 FMC Butner, please buy a copy of the Directory of Federal Prisons: The Unofficial Guide to Bureau of Prisons Institutions by Christopher Zoukis.