FCI Butner Low | Butner Federal Correctional Institution

Federal Correctional Institution Butner Low is a low-security federal prison in Butner, North Carolina. It is also known as FCI Butner Low, FCC Butner, and the Butner Correctional Complex. The facility houses male inmates.

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FCI Butner Low Contact Information

Facility Address & Contact Information

Federal Correctional Institution Butner Low
Old North Carolina Highway 75
Butner, NC 27509

Phone: 919-575-5000
Fax: 919-575-5023
Email: [email protected]

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Inmate Correspondence Address

FCI Butner Low

Inmate Name and Registration Number
FCI Butner Low
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 999
Butner, NC 27509

How to Send Money

Funds cannot be sent directly to inmates. See our page on sending money to federal prisoners.

Federal Correctional Institution Butner Low Inmate Information

Inmate Gender

Male Inmates

Prison Security Level

Low-Security Federal Prison

Facility Location

FCI Butner Low is 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

BOP Institution Code

BUF for Butner Low, BUX for Butner Federal Correctional Complex (FCC Butner)

Medical Care Level

Level 3. See our page on Medical Care Levels and Procedures for more information.

Mental Health Care Level

Level 2.

Judicial District

Eastern District of North Carolina

Population Number

FCI Butner Low houses approximately 740 inmates.

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FCI Butner Low Prison Services Information


Federal Correctional Institution Butner Low is a low-security federal prison located in Butner, North Carolina, which houses male inmates. It was opened in 1995 and is part of the Butner Federal Correctional Complex.

Notable inmates include former real estate investor Troy Titus (serving a 30-year sentence for orchestrating a Ponzi scheme) and founder of the now-defunct Bayou Hedge Fund Group Samuel Israel (serving 22 years for defrauding investors).

Media reports indicate that at least one guard has been convicted of sexually assaulting a transgender inmate.

In 2017, Insider Monkey named FCI Butner Low one of the ten easiest federal prisons to do time. In 2012, CNBC named FCC Butner Low one of the 12 best federal prisons to do time. And in 2009, Forbes magazine named the facility one of the ten cushiest federal prisons in America.

Other FCC Butner institutions include FMC Butner and the medium-security facility FCI Butner Medium II. These are also under the purview of the United States Department of Justice.

Inmate Housing

Butner Correctional Complex inmates live in two- and three-person cubicles and a central dormitory area with eight bunks. There are eight total housing units, four upstairs and four downstairs.

Health Services

Inmates at Federal Correctional Institution Butner Low receive a medical screening upon arrival. Inmates are then scheduled for routine physical examinations, laboratory studies, physical and dental examinations, and assessment of any health needs.

The following prison medical services are available to FCC Butner inmates:

  • Sick Call
  • Dental Sick Call
  • Emergency Care
  • Medications
  • Chronic Care
  • Physical Examinations
  • Periodic Health Screenings (e.g., HIV, TB, colon cancer, diabetes, and cholesterol screening)
  • Vaccinations

Other preventive health services may be available based on the inmate’s age and needs.

Psychology Services

The FCI Butner Low Psychology Department offers individual counseling and group therapy opportunities for inmates in need. Group therapy topics include stress management, anger management, and many others. A self-help video program is available on Tuesday and Friday mornings from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m.

A fully-staffed Mental Health Hospital with full-time psychiatrists who are all medical doctors is available. If an inmate feels that they need psychiatric treatment, they are advised to seek a referral through a psychologist in the Psychology Department.

Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP)

Butner Correctional Complex does not house a Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP). It does offer Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), a Drug Education Course, and a Non-Residential Drug Abuse Treatment Program (NR-DAP).

FCI Butner Low Educational, Library, and Recreation Offerings

Education Services

FCC Butner Low offers inmates GED and English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) courses. Adult Continuing Education (ACE) classes are also available.

High school diplomas and post-secondary degrees are available through paid correspondence programs. 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.

You can learn more about inmate education programs here.

Advanced Occupational Education

FCC Butner Low offers advanced occupational education in:

  • HVAC 1 & 2
  • Logistics
  • Office System Technology (OST)
  • Carpentry
  • Electrical
  • Automotive Technology

Vocational Training

FCI Butner Low does not offer any vocational training programs besides advanced occupational training and apprenticeship programs.


Butner Correctional Complex offers apprenticeships in Commercial Cleaning and HVAC.

Library Services

Federal Correctional Institution Butner Low has a legal and leisure library available to inmates. The law library is in the Education Department, which contains various legal reference materials to prepare legal papers. Most legal research is conducted through the TRULINCS Electronic Law Library computers.

The leisure library has numerous books and reading materials available, including magazines and newspapers, career planning, multicultural studies and parenting materials, and fiction and nonfiction selections. A movie program is also available where inmates can watch older DVDs.


FCI Butner Low houses a UNICOR facility that makes clothing, textiles, and industrial products.


The monthly spending limit for inmates is $360, divided into a biweekly limit of $180. The prison commissary is available to each inmate only once per week. Inmates must submit their order form before 9:30 a.m. on the day they shop. They can then collect their purchases at 12:30 p.m.

Currently, shopping is conducted Monday through Thursday. Items such as food, snacks, shoes, over-the-counter medications, drinks, and more can be purchased by inmates.

Recreation Services

Recreation programs at FCI Butner Low include indoor and outdoor activities. These range from individualized arts and crafts programs to intramural team sports, including:

  • Softball
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Bocce Ball
  • Football
  • Horseshoes
  • Volleyball

Federal Correctional Institution Butner Low also offers inmates:

  • Physical Fitness
  • Walking and Running Track
  • Weight Reduction Classes
  • Hobby Crafts
  • Musical Programs

The FCC Butner music program offers inmates the following instruments:

  • Guitars
  • Drums
  • Bass
  • Piano
  • Percussion
  • Saxophone
  • Trumpet
  • Trombone
  • Flute
  • Accordion
  • Banjo
  • Mandolin

Inside the recreation department, inmates also have access to numerous amenities, including:

  • Pool Tables
  • Stationary Bikes
  • Treadmills
  • Ellipticals
  • Stair Climbers

The Recreation Department is open from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and 4:30 to 8:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The department is also open Saturday and Sunday from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Visitation Information for FCI Butner Low

Family and friends may visit an inmate during approved visitation hours at Butner. All FCC Butner social visits are conducted in the visitation room. See our page on prisoner visitation rules for more information.

Visitation at Butner Correctional Complex is conducted on the following dates and times:

  • Sunday, Monday, and Saturday: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Thursday and Friday: 2:30 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Federal Holidays Visiting: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
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FCI Butner Low Prison Culture Information

Prison Politics at Federal Correctional Institution Butner Low

FCI Butner Low is not a political yard. There is no car requirement.

Level of Violence

There is minimal, if any, violence at FCC Butner. According to one inmate, violence is “mostly [the result of] lovers’ quarrels and TV room issues (chair, channel, etc.) or gambling issues.”

Vulnerable Populations

Sex offenders, informants, and LGBT inmates can remain at the Butner Correctional Complex.

Good at FCI Butner Low

“Clean facility and good medical care.” “Very nice landscaping with neatly manicured grass on the compound with something in bloom from early March to late December.”

Bad at FCI Butner Low

“The food could be better.” “Petty nitpicking staff.” “Security is run more like a medium than a low.”

Other Inmate Comments

FCC Butner is a “great place to do time.” “This is an easy place to do time.” “This place will take some getting used to if you are coming from a higher-security spot or if this place is your first prison.” “Common expressions around Butner Correctional Complex include ‘They don’t do this anywhere else,’ ‘You cannot make this stuff up,’ and ‘Only at Butner.’”

FCI Butner Low in the News

In October 2017, Calvin Terrance Davis, a guard at Federal Correctional Institution Butner Low, was sentenced to 13 months in prison for forcing a transgender prisoner to perform oral sex on him. The official charge was criminal sexual abuse of a ward, which occurred in May 2016.

More Information About Federal Correctional Institution Butner Low

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 FCC Butner Low, please buy a copy of the Directory of Federal Prisons: The Unofficial Guide to Bureau of Prisons Institutions by Christopher Zoukis.

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