Federal Medical Center Butner is an administrative-security federal prison located in Butner, North Carolina. It is also known as FMC Butner, FMC Butner Prison, and Federal Medical Center in Butner, NC. The facility houses male inmates.
Table of contents
- FMC Butner Contact Information
- Federal Medical Center Butner Inmate Information
- FMC Butner Prison Services Information
- FMC Butner Educational, Library, and Recreation Offerings
- Visitation Information for FMC Butner
- FMC Butner Prison Culture Information
- FMC Butner in the News
- More Information About Federal Medical Center Butner
FMC Butner Contact Information
Facility Address & Contact Information
Federal Medical Center Butner
Old North Carolina Highway 75
Butner, NC 27509
Email: [email protected]
Inmate Correspondence Address
Inmate Name and Registration Number
Federal Medical Center
P.O. Box 1600
Butner, NC 27509
How to Send Money
Funds cannot be sent directly to inmates. See our page on sending money to federal prisoners.
Federal Medical Center Butner Inmate Information
Prison Security Level
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 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.
Mental Health Care Level
Eastern District of North Carolina
FMC Butner houses approximately 766 inmates.
FMC Butner Prison Services Information
Federal Medical Center Butner is an administrative-security federal prison in Butner, North Carolina, which houses male inmates. It was opened in 1995 and is part of the Butner Federal Correctional Complex.
FMC Butner is a medical referral center that treats significant medical conditions which 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.
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 while serving a life sentence for racketeering conspiracy); cult leader Tony Alamo (serving a life sentence for transporting minors across state lines for sexual purposes); and president of the Outlaws Motor Club Harry Bowman (serving a life sentence for directing a racketeering enterprise).
Cadre inmates are housed in dorms consisting of two- and three-person cubicles. Inmate patients are housed primarily in two- and three-person cells.
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 health needs. Sick call, dental sick 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. Inmates can present to sick calls Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 7:00 a.m. to be evaluated for routine care needs.
Individual and group therapy, including stress management, and anger management are offered at FMC Butner. A residential psychiatric hospital is also available at the facility.
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), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), and others.
FMC Butner Educational, Library, and Recreation Offerings
FMC Butner offers GED and English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) programs to inmates. A parenting program and Adult Continuing Education (ACE) courses are also available. Hours of operation are 7:30 to 10:30 a.m., 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., and 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday and Saturday. On Fridays, the hours are 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. High school and post-secondary education 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.
FMC Butner does not offer any vocational training programs aside from its advanced occupational training and apprenticeship programs.
FMC Butner offers apprenticeships in Biomedical Technician, Commercial Cleaning, and Health and Sanitation.
FMC Butner offers a legal and leisure library to inmates. The leisure library has numerous books and other reading materials available, including magazines and newspapers, career planning, multicultural studies and parenting materials, and fiction and nonfiction selections. A DVD program is also available. The law library consists of the TRULINCS Electronic Law Library.
FMC Butner does not house a UNICOR facility.
The monthly spending limit is $360, which is divided into two $180 biweekly spending limitations. Inmates may shop only once per week and are assigned a specific shopping day based on their inmate number. The Commissary is currently open on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Items available for purchase include drinks, food, over-the-counter medications, clothing, and other items.
The FMC Butner Recreation Department offers intramural sports, leisure activities, passive and non-competitive activities, unit-based activities, hobby crafts, a CD program, a movie program, a wellness program, and many other activities. Inside, inmates have access to pool tables, stair steppers, ellipticals, treadmills, stationary bikes, and a piano. Outside, inmates have access to a track, softball, basketball, bocce ball, handball, volleyball, and horseshoes. Yard time is scheduled based on the housing unit.
Visitation Information for FMC Butner
On Sunday and Saturday visitation is held between 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. On Friday visitation is held between 2:30 and 8:00 p.m. On federal holidays visitation is held between 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. See our page on prisoner visitation rules for more information.
FMC Butner Prison Culture Information
Prison Politics at Federal Medical Center Butner
There are no politics in either the general population or in the work cadre.
Level of Violence
There is no violence in either the general population or the work cadre.
Sex offenders, informants, and LGBT inmates can stay at this facility.
Good at FMC Butner
“Female medical staff members, not a political yard, staff respectful and care.”
Bad at FMC Butner
“Lots of rats.”
Other Inmate Comments
“If you need serious medical care, then this is the place for you.” “Very soft yard due to its medical mission.” “The prison has pretty much gone to shit since the new administration has come in.”
FMC Butner in the News
In December 2017, Eric Brown, who was accused of kidnapping and killing Ashanti Billie and found incompetent to stand trial, was moved to Federal Medical Center Butner.
More Information About Federal Medical Center Butner
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Published Apr 24, 2018 by Christopher Zoukis, JD, MBA | Last Updated by Christopher Zoukis, JD, MBA on May 5, 2022 at 9:59 pm