Prison Profile: Federal Correctional Institution Butner Low

Prison Profile: Federal Correctional Institution Butner Low

By Christopher Zoukis

Official Address

Federal Correctional Institution Butner Low

Old North Carolina Highway 75

Butner, NC 27509

Phone: 919-575-5000

Fax: 919-575-5023


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Inmate Correspondence

Inmate Name and Registration Number

FCI Butner Low

P.O. Box 999

Butner, NC 27509

(Funds can only be sent to the Federal Bureau of Prisons’
National Lockbox Address listed below, not directly to the inmate at FCI Butner

Sex: Male

security level:
Low Security Federal Prison

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 FCI Butner Low, BUX for Butner
Federal Correctional Complex

Medical Care Level:
FCI Butner Low is a Level 3/4 medical care facility.

Judicial District:
Eastern North Carolina

Population: FCI
Butner Low houses approximately 1,305 federal inmates.

Background: FCI
Butner Low was opened in 1995.  It is
part of the Butner Federal Correctional Complex.

Housing Configuration:
There are four housing units at FCI Butner Low, all of which have an
“A” side and a “B” side.
Prisoners are housed in either three-man, two-man, or one-man cubicles
in the various housing units.  Inter-room/cell
visitation is allowed within each inmate’s assigned housing unit only.  A limited number of inmates, including the
cell’s occupant(s) are allowed in a room.
During room visitation, the door must remain open.

Health Services:
The overall Federal Bureau of Prisons health care delivery system includes
medical referral centers and local medical facilities.  The FCI Butner Low Health Services Department
is located on the East side of the compound, next to the Lieutenant’s
Office.  On-site emergency care is
available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Inmates at FCI Butner Low who require routine medical care
should attend medical sick call.  Sick
call is held Monday through Friday, except Wednesdays and holidays, from 6:45
AM to 7:15 AM.  Inmates who can be
treated during the sick call signup time will, others will be issued an
appointment to come back and be treated.
Dental sick call works the same way, but is held Tuesday, Thursday, and
Friday from 6:45 AM to 7:15 AM.

Inmates who feel they are experiencing a medical emergency
should approach the nearest staff member and request for Health Services to be
contacted immediately.  By doing so, an
emergency medical response can be initiated.

Pill line at FCI Butner Low is conducted Monday through
Friday from 6:45 AM to 7:15 AM, 11:30 AM, and 7:30 PM to 7:45 PM.  On weekends and holidays, pill line is held
from 7:45 AM to 8:00 AM, 11:30 AM, and 7:30 PM to 7:45 PM.  Insulin line is held Monday through Friday
from 6:30 AM to 6:45 AM, 11:00 AM to 11:20 AM, and 4:30 PM to 4:45 PM.  On weekends and holidays, insulin line is
held from 7:30 AM to 7:45 AM, 11:00 AM to 11:20 AM, and 4:30 PM to 4:45 PM.

Food Service:
Inmates at FCI Butner Low are provided nutritious, appealing meals.  Self-service meal operations for general
population inmates include features such as salad bars, “heart
healthy” options, and pork-free meal programs.  Specific approval procedures for special
diets vary.  Medical staff can be of
assistance in explaining and obtaining them.

Inmates housed in the FCI Butner Low Special Housing Unit
also receive a balanced, nutritious diet.
Except for any approved special diets, inmates in these units receive
the same diet as inmates in the general population, although portion controls
and manner of service vary.

Psychology Services:
The FCI Butner Low Psychology Department offers individual counseling and group
therapy opportunities for inmates in need.
Group therapy topics include Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics
Anonymous (NA), stress management, anger management, drug education, drug
treatment groups (non-residential and residential), and many others.

FCI Butner Low also houses a fully-staffed Mental Health
Hospital with full-time psychiatrists who are all medical doctors.  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).

Education Services:
Many educational opportunities are provided to prisoners at FCI Butner
Low.  These include basic education,
post-secondary education, a wide range of occupational training programs, and
leisure time activities.  By policy, with
minor exceptions, all federal prisoners — at FCI Butner Low and elsewhere —
who test below the 8th grade level on the Adult Basic Level Examination (ABLE)
must enroll for 120 days in the GED program.
Inmates may ask to be released from these programs after 120 days.  All promotions in Federal Prison Industries
(UNICOR) and institution work assignments beyond the entry level pay grade are
contingent on successful completion of the GED literacy program.

English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) is designed to teach
non-English speaking inmates communication skills that will enable them to
function in an English-speaking environment.
The ESL program is mandatory for all non-English speaking inmates at FCI
Butner Low.  Those mandated or in-need
will be identified during Institution Admission and Orientation.  They will be tested, and, if necessary, be
placed in an appropriate class.  To
complete the ESL program, inmates must successfully pass the Comprehensive
Adult Student Assessment Survey (CASAS).

The Parenting program at FCI Butner provides parenting
classes which teach inmates fundamental parenting skills and assist
incarcerated inmates in maintaining relationships with their children.  Activities encourage the building and
strengthening of family relationships, communications, discipline, childhood
development, and family support skills.

Adult Continuing Education (ACE) classes provide inmates at
FCI Butner Low the opportunity to participate in programs which encourage
intellectual and social growth.  Classes
offered through Vance-Granville Community College and Durham Technical College
are Word I, Word II, Keyboarding, PowerPoint, and Excel.  Classes are also taught by inmates in various
subject matters.  Instructional
strategies utilized for the ACE courses consist of lectures, videotaped
presentations, and group discussions.

Advanced Occupational
: FCI Butner Low offers Building Trades, HVAC, and Office Systems
Technologies advanced occupational education programs.  All advanced occupational education programs
are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, run 12 months,
require students to possess either a GED or high school diploma, and, upon
program completion, result in a certificate being issued from Vance Granville
Community College.

Vocational Training:
FCI Butner Low does not offer any vocational training programs.

FCI Butner Low offers a Quality Assurance apprenticeship program.  The program is accredited by the U.S.
Department of Labor and the Bureau of Apprenticeship, runs 24 months, requires
students to possess either a GED or high school diploma, and results in a
certificate being issued by the U.S. Department of Labor upon program

Library Services:
The Education Department at FCI Butner Low maintains a Leisure Library
operating 6 days a week.  The Leisure
Library has numerous books available for circulation and reference to include
magazines, newspapers, career planning, multi-cultural studies, parenting,
fiction, and non-fiction selections.

Law Library Services:
The FCI Butner Low Law Library houses TRULINCS law library computers which
provide the majority of the required legal material to the inmate
population.  However, some of the
material is still only available in hard copy.
An inmate who needs to use the law library services must contact the FCI
Butner Low Library Coordinator to establish a law library account.  Reference and legal materials cannot be
checked out and must be used in the law library only.

Butner Low UNICOR facility produces clothing, textiles, and industrial
products, and handles fleet management and vehicular components.  It employs 422 incarcerated UNICOR
workers.  This number includes totals for
all Butner, NC UNICOR facilities.

Commissary: FCI
Butner Low houses an institutional commissary which the general population has
access to.  The commissary stocks
electronics, clothing, food, cosmetics, shoes, over-the-counter medications,
copy cards, postage stamps, and more.
Inmates are allowed to spend up to $320 each month at the
commissary.  Stamps, select
over-the-counter medications, and copy cards do not count against the spending
limit.  Inmates are allowed to shop once
a week at the commissary on a designated day.

Recreation Services:
The FCI Butner Low Recreation Department offers both indoor and outdoor
activities.  These include a music
program (both for individuals and bands), individual arts and crafts projects,
painting, drawing, and intramural team sports to include baseball, volleyball,
and basketball.  A track is also
available for inmates in general population.

Visitation Information:
Inmates at FCI Butner Low are allowed to receive visitors on Thursday and
Friday from 2:30 PM to 8:00 PM and on Monday, Saturday, Sunday, and federal
holidays from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
Visitation is based upon a point system in order to allow equal access
to the visiting facilities and to reduce overcrowding.  Inmates are allotted a total of 12 visiting
points each month.  Two points are
deducted for visits on weekends and one point is deducted for visits on weekdays.  No points are deducted for visits on federal
holidays.  Normally, only a total of five
visitors (not including children) will be allowed to visit an inmate at FCI
Butner Low at any given time.  Allowance
of more than five visitors must have prior approval from the respective Unit

Inmates assigned to the Vance and Durham housing units at
FCI Butner Low are allowed to receive visits on the first and third weekend of
each month, while inmates assigned to the Wake and Grandville housing units at
FCI Butner Low are allowed to receive visits on the second and fourth weekend
of each month.  During normal weekdays
(Monday, Thursday, and Friday), inmates in all housing units may receive
visits.  Fifth weekends will rotate
between the two pairs of housing units.
Visiting will be open to all inmates on days recognized as federal

Inmates who are housed in the FCI Butner Low Special Housing
Unit (SHU) generally have visitation privileges, but they are divided by the
security level at which the inmate is assigned.
On Monday, medium and high security inmates can visit from 9:00 AM to
11:00 AM and low and minimum security inmates can visit from 12:00 PM to 2:00
PM.  On Thursday and Friday, medium and
high security inmates are allowed to visit from 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM and low and
minimum security inmates can visit from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM.

For additional visitation information about FCI Butner Low,
see Institutional Supplement BUX-5267.08D (Visiting Regulations).

Directions to Prison:
From Raleigh to FCI Butner Low: Take U.S. 70 West to the U.S. 70 bypass.  Follow the bypass for 2.1 miles until the
Geer Street Exit (185 North sign).  Turn
right on Geer Street and proceed 1.7 miles to Club Boulevard.  Turn left on Club Boulevard and proceed .3
miles to the Interstate 85 onramp.  Take
Interstate 85 North 9 miles to Exit 189.
Turn left on Central Avenue.
Proceed straight on Central Avenue to Veazey Street.  Turn right on Veazey Street.  Proceed to the stop sign and at the stop sign
turn left onto Old Highway 75.  Proceed 1
mile until FCI Butner Low.

From Durham to FCI Butner Low: Take Interstate 85 North to
Exit 189.  Turn left onto Central
Avenue.  Proceed straight on Central
Avenue to Veazey Street.  Turn right onto
Veazey Street.  Proceed to the stop sign
and turn left onto Old Highway 75.
Proceed 1 mile to FCI Butner Low.

National Lockbox

Federal Bureau of Prisons

Inmate Name and Registration Number

P.O. Box 474701

Des Moines, IA 50947-0001

*Information compiled from multiple Federal Bureau of
Prisons (BOP) documents, Freedom of Information Act requests, and personal
interviews with federal inmates.*

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