FCI Butner Medium 2 | Butner NC Prison

Federal Correctional Institution Butner Medium 2 is a medium-security federal prison located in Butner, North Carolina. It is also known as FCI Butner Medium 2, Butner NC prison, and FCI Butner II. The facility houses male inmates.

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FCI Butner Medium 2 Contact Information

Facility Address & Contact Information

Federal Correctional Institution Butner Medium 2
Old Highway 75
Butner, NC 27509

Phone: 919-575-8000
Fax: 919-575-8020
Email: [email protected]

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Inmate Correspondence Address

FCI Butner Medium 2

Inmate Name and Registration Number
FCI Butner Medium 2
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 1500
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 Medium 2 Inmate Information

Inmate Gender

Male Inmates

Prison Security Level

Medium-Security Federal Prison

Facility Location

FCI Butner Medium 2 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

BTF for Butner Medium 2, 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

The Butner NC prison houses approximately 1,150 inmates.

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FCI Butner Medium 2 Prison Services Information


Federal Correctional Institution Butner Medium 2 is a medium-security federal prison located in Butner, North Carolina, which houses male inmates. It is part of the Butner Federal Correctional Complex.

Notable inmates include:

  • Cali Cartel co-founder Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela: serving a 30-year sentence for importing cocaine.
  • Lee Farkas: serving a 30-year sentence for fraud and racketeering conspiracy.

Media reports indicate that at least one guard has been convicted of smuggling contraband into the Butner Federal Correctional Institution.

Federal Medical Center Butner and the minimum-security satellite camp are also part of FCC Butner. FMC Butner is another United States federal prison designed for inmates requiring serious medical care.

Inmate Housing

Inmates live in two-person cells. There is a total of 12 housing units.

Health Services

Inmates receive a medical screening upon arrival at FCI Butner Medium II.

Inmates are scheduled for the following medical services:

  • Routine Physical Examinations
  • Laboratory Studies
  • Physical and Dental Examinations
  • Assessment of Health Needs

The following services are also available to Butner Medium Federal Correctional Institution inmates:

  • Sick Call
  • Dental Sick Call
  • Emergency Care
  • Medications
  • Chronic Care
  • Physical Examinations
  • Periodic Health Screenings
  • Diabetes Screening
  • Cholesterol Screening

Additionally, inmates may receive vaccinations as recommended by healthcare staff. Other preventive health services may be available based on the inmate’s age and needs.

Sick call is held between 6:15 and 7:00 a.m. when the pill line and insulin line are conducted.

Psychology Services

The FCI Butner Medium 2 Psychology Department offers individual therapy and group treatment options. On the group therapy side, inmates can participate in anger management, stress management, and other programs.

FCI Butner Medium II also has a fully staffed Mental Health Hospital with full-time psychiatrists. These are medical doctors who can be seen by appointment after referral by a psychologist.

The facility also has a Mental Health Step Down Program for inmates with serious mental health issues to develop functional skills.

Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP)

The Butner NC prison houses a Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP). It also offers Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), the Drug Education Program, and the Non-Residential Drug Abuse Program (NR-DAP).

FCI Butner Medium II Educational, Library, and Recreation Offerings

Education Services

FCI Butner Medium II 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.

You can learn more about prison education programs in federal prisons here.

Advanced Occupational Education

FCI Butner Medium 2 offers advanced occupational education in Automotive Electrical, Culinary Arts, Drivetrain, Engine Repair and Undercarriage, Office System Technology (OST), Carpentry, Electrical, and Automotive Technology.

Vocational Training

The Butner NC prison does not offer vocational training programs besides advanced occupational training and apprenticeship programs.


FCI Butner Medium II offers an apprenticeship in Commercial Cleaning.

Library Services

FCI Butner Medium 2 has a legal and leisure library available to inmates six days a week.

The leisure library has the following reading materials:

  • Fiction and Nonfiction Books
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Career Planning Materials
  • Multicultural Studies Resources
  • Parenting Materials

The law library is in the Education Department, where various legal reference materials for preparing legal papers can be found.


Butner Federal Correctional Institution houses a UNICOR facility that makes eyeglasses for federal inmates.


The inmate commissary is available to prisoners who shop only once per week on their assigned shopping day. Inmates must submit their order the day before shopping.

Currently, sales are conducted Monday through Thursday from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m., 12:00 to 2:00 p.m., and 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

The monthly spending limit is $360. Inmates can purchase various items, including food, beverages, electronics, shoes, and more.

Recreation Services

Recreation programs at FCI Butner Medium 2 include indoor and outdoor activities. These range from individualized arts and crafts programs to intramural team sports, such as:

  • Softball
  • Basketball
  • Handball
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Racquetball
  • Bocce Ball
  • Volleyball

Weights, a track, and benches are available outside. Indoors, inmates will find the following offerings:

  • Basketball
  • Aerobics Classes
  • Pool Tables
  • Ellipticals
  • Stationary Bikes
  • Treadmills
  • TVs
  • Band Room
  • Art Room
  • Leather Room

Physical fitness, weight reduction, hobby craft, and musical programs are available to Butner, NC prison inmates.

Visitation Information for FCI Butner Medium 2

Visiting hours at Butner NC prison are 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Sundays and Saturdays. 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.

All visits are conducted in the inmate visiting room. See our page on prisoner visitation rules for more information.

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FCI Butner Medium 2 Prison Culture Information

Prison Politics at Federal Correctional Institution Butner Medium 2

While all Butner NC prison respondents stated that this is not a political yard, one did highlight some level of politics in chow hall seating. Another noted that there are racial-oriented unit shot callers. There are also a lot of gang dropouts.

Level of Violence

According to Butner Federal Correctional Institution inmates, there is very minimal violence at this prison, except for Hispanic inmates, who have a higher rate of violence. One inmate stated that he’d rate the safety 4 out of 10.

Vulnerable Populations

Sex offenders, informants, and LGBT inmates can stay at the prison. According to one inmate, there is even a specific gay table in the chow hall. Another agreed but clarified that “some sex offenders have problems.”

Good at FCI Butner Medium II

“There are weights, everything is clean, trees and flowers around the prison, and real mattresses.”

Bad at FCI Butner Federal Correctional Institution

“Some small level of politics in the Chapel and chow hall.” “Poor quality musical instruments at FCI Butner Medium II.” “The food is terrible, and the staff is always having a bad day.” “Staff acts as though they can do no wrong, and the new Warden backs them up on it.”

Other Inmate Comments

“Good place, go there.” “Not a hard yard, but not the best place either.” “Since it is a Care Level 3 institution, it has great health care. Great prison if confined to a wheelchair or walker.”

FCI Butner Medium Federal Correctional Institution in the News

Between 2011 and 2012, William Neville Dowe, a guard at Federal Correctional Institution Butner Medium 2, earned about $15,000 for smuggling contraband to prisoners. He was caught and charged with smuggling and sentenced to three years in prison.

More Information About Federal Correctional Institution Butner Medium 2

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 FCI Butner Medium 2, 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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