Prison Profile: Federal Correctional Institution Butner Medium 1

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Official Address

Federal Correctional Institution Butner Medium 1

Old North Carolina Highway 75

Butner, NC 27509

Phone: 919-575-4541

Fax: 919-575-5023



Inmate Correspondence Address

Inmate Name and Registration Number

FCI Butner Medium 1

P.O. Box 1000

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 Medium 1.)

Sex: Male

Security Level: Medium Security Federal Prison

Location: FCI Butner Medium 1 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: BUT for FCI Butner Medium 1, BUX for Butner Federal Correctional Complex

Medical Care Level: FCI Butner Medium 1 is a Level 3/4 medical care facility.

Judicial District: Eastern North Carolina

Population: FCI Butner Medium 1 houses approximately 670 federal inmates.

Background: FCI Butner Medium 1 was opened in 1976.  It houses an in-patient psychiatric hospital and is part of the Butner Federal Correctional Complex.

Housing Configuration: The housing units at FCI Butner Medium 1 are named after the Atlantic Coast Conference Universities.  The general population inmate housing units are Clemson (CL), Georgia Tech (GT), and Virginia (VA).  The State (ST) and Wake Forest (WF) inmate housing units house the Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP).  The Duke (DK) inmate housing unit houses inmates who are chronic mental health cases.  The North Carolina (NC) inmate housing unit houses study cases.  The Maryland (MD) and Maryland Annex (MA) inmate housing units house the Civil Commitment Sex Offender Program.  Most prisoners at FCI Butner Medium 1 are housed in two-man dorm settings.

Health Services: If an inmate at FCI Butner Medium 1 is in need of routine medical or dental care, they will have to go to the Medical Service Department in the morning between the hours of 6:30 AM and 7:00 AM, on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday to sign up for sick call.  All emergencies (including any level of injury) should be referred immediately to the medical staff for evaluation and treatment.  Medical staff is available 24 hours per day on site or by pager.  Inmates should notify the closest available staff member to initiate an emergency response.

Pill and Insulin Line: At FCI Butner Medium 1 pill line is held at 7:00 AM, 11:30 AM, and 7:30 PM Monday through Friday and 7:00 AM, 12:00 PM, and 7:30 PM on weekends and holidays.  Insulin line is held at 6:00 AM and 4:30 PM on Monday through Friday and 7:00 AM and 4:30 PM on weekends and holidays.

Psychology Services: Each housing unit at FCI Butner Medium 1 has a psychologist assigned to provide counseling and other mental health services to housing unit inmates.  These services include individual counseling and group therapy.  Groups offered include Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), stress management, anger management, the Drug Education Class, the Non-Residential Drug Abuse Program (NR-DAP), amongst others.

Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP): FCI Butner Medium 1 houses a Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP).  This RDAP location houses 218 beds.

Education Services: FCI Butner Medium 1 offers inmates a number of educational opportunities.  These include GED classes, college correspondence courses (if inmates have the requisite funding), in-person college courses from the Vance Grandville Community College, Adult Continuing Education (ACE), English-as-a-Second Language (ESL), and more.

Approximately 10% to 15% of the FCI Butner Medium 1 inmate population are eligible for, and are interested in, college level programs.  The Federal Bureau of Prisons does not pay for such college courses, but assists inmates in obtaining funding through other sources.  Past inmates from FCI Butner Medium 1 have observed that the courses are free and that inmates participate via a secure computer system.

Advanced Occupational Education: FCI Butner Medium 1 offers Electrical, Building Trades, and Office Systems Technology advanced occupational education programs.  All advanced occupational education programs are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools, run 12 months, require students to possess either a GED or high school diploma prior to enrollment, and, upon program completion, issue a certificate from the Vance Granville Community College.

Vocational Training: FCI Butner Medium 1 does not offer any vocational training programs.

Apprenticeship: FCI Butner Medium 1 does not offer any apprenticeship programs.

Library Services: FCI Butner Medium 1 houses both a law library and a leisure library.  Both the law and leisure libraries are located in the Education Department.  The law library contains TRULINCS computer terminals which have access to the Electronic Law Library folio.  An inmate law library clerk is available for assistance in locating materials and a copier is available for inmate copying needs.

The leisure library offers inmates fiction and nonfiction books, magazines, and newspapers which can all be checked out.  An inter-library loan program is available to interested inmates at FCI Butner Medium 1.

UNICOR: The FCI Butner Medium 1 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.

Pass System: FCI Butner Medium 1 has a pass system in effect during regular business hours throughout the week.  During the regular work day (7:30 AM to 4:00 PM) inmates must have a pass to move from one area of the institution to another, except for movement to assigned details, going to the lunch meal, or for a recall.  Each move will be announced by staff over the FCI Butner Medium 1's public address system.

Commissary: Inmates at FCI Butner Medium 1 are allowed to shop at the institutional commissary once a week, on their assigned shopping day (which is posted in the housing units).  Here they can purchase food, clothing, electronics, over-the-counter-medication, copy cards, postage stamps, and other authorized items.  Inmates can spend up to $320 per month at the commissary.  Copy cards, postage stamps, and select over-the-counter medications are exempt from the spending limit.

Religious Programs: The FCI Butner Medium 1 Religious Services Department offers a wide range of religious programs to inmates.  Staff chaplains of specific faiths are available, as well as contract and volunteer representatives of other faiths.  Special religious diets, holiday observances, and other worship activities are coordinated through the Chaplain's Office.  Information about these programs are available from the FCI Butner Medium 1 Chaplain's Office.

Recreation Services: The FCI Butner Medium 1 Recreation Department offers both indoor and outdoor activities including individualized arts and crafts programs to intramural team sports such as baseball, basketball, and volleyball.  Physical fitness and weight reduction programs are also offered and promoted since they contribute to good mental health, interpersonal relations, and stress reduction.  FCI Butner Medium's Recreation Department also offers a music program to interested inmates.

Visitation Information: Inmates at FCI Butner Medium 1 are allowed to receive visitors on Monday and Thursday from 2:30 PM to 8:30 PM and on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and federal holidays from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM.  Visitation is based upon a point system where inmates are allotted 16 visitation points each month.  Visits that occur on weekdays are counted as 1 point and visits that occur on weekends and holidays count as 4 points.  Inmates can have up to 3 adult visitors at one time.  No limited is placed upon children.  An adult is considered anyone 16 years old or older.

For additional information concerning visitation procedures at FCI Butner Medium 1, see Institutional Supplement BUX-5267.08D (Visiting Regulations).

Directions to Prison:  Driving instructions from Raleigh to FCI Butner Medium 1: US 70 West to US 70 bypass.  Take the bypass for 2.1 miles to 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 I-85 onramp.  Take I-85 North 9 miles to exit 189.  Turn left on Central Avenue.  Proceed straight on Central Avenue to Veazey Street.  Turn right onto Veazey Street.  Proceed to stop sign and at the stop sign turn left onto Old Highway 75.  Proceed 1 mile.  FCI Butner Medium 1 is on the right.

Driving instructions from Durham to FCI Butner Medium 1: Take I-85 North to exit 189.  Turn left onto Central Avenue.  Follow above directions to FCI Butner Medium 1.

{National Lockbox Address}

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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