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Federal Correctional Complex, Butner

Mangum Township, Durham County / Dutchville Township, Granville County, North Carolina

Security class
Minimum, Low, Medium and administrative security (FMC Butner is a medical facility)

5,000 (four facilities)

Managed by
Federal Bureau of Prisons

Old 75 Hwy, Butner, NC 27509, USA

North Carolina Departme, Wake County Detention, NCCIW, North Carolina Departme, Polk Correctio Institution

The Federal Correctional Complex, Butner (FCC Butner) is a United States federal prison complex for male inmates in Butner, North Carolina. It is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a division of the United States Department of Justice. FCC Butner is about 25 miles (40 km) northwest of Raleigh, the state capital. It is the largest medical complex in the Bureau. While specializing in oncology and behavioral science, it has inmates with a wide variety of medical problems. It includes a drug treatment program. The facility is noted for incarcerating Bernie Madoff, who was convicted for perpetrating the largest Ponzi scheme in history.


The complex consists of four facilities:

  • Federal Correctional Institution, Butner Low (FCI Butner Low): a low-security facility.
  • Federal Correctional Institution, Butner Medium (FCI Butner Medium): a medium-security facility.
  • Federal Correctional Institution 2, Butner Medium (FCI 2 Butner Medium): a medium-security facility
  • Federal Medical Center, Butner (FMC Butner): a facility which houses inmates of all security levels with health issues.
  • The complex lies directly on the county line between Durham County to the west and Granville County to the east.

    Madoff assault

    On March 18, 2010, The Wall Street Journal reported that Bernard Madoff, the New York financier serving a 150-year sentence at FCI Butner for running a Ponzi scheme that cost investors billions of dollars, was assaulted by another inmate in December 2009. Citing three sources, a current inmate, a former inmate, and a prison employee, the Journal reported that the assailant was an inmate serving time for a drug conviction who believed that Madoff owed him money. The current inmate reported that Madoff suffered a broken nose, fractured ribs and cuts to his head and face. In response to the report, Federal Bureau of Prisons spokeswoman Denise Simmons said, "We have no knowledge or information to confirm he was assaulted."

    Murder plot

    On November 16, 2011, James Lukinoff, an inmate at FCI Butner, was indicted for planning to assault and kill an FBI Agent involved in investigating the crime for which he was sent to prison. The indictment alleged that from February 2009 to April 2011, Lukinoff developed and pursued a plan to purchase a silencer and have a friend or family member store it until his release from prison. Once released, Lukinoff planned to retrieve the silencer and his firearm and kill the agent. Lukinoff pleaded guilty to retaliating against a federal official by threat on June 20, 2012. He is currently being held at the Federal Medical Center, Butner and is scheduled for release in 2024.


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