FCI Milan Federal Prison - Federal Correctional Institution Milan

Federal Correctional Institution Milan is a low-security federal prison in Milan, Michigan. It is also known as FCI Milan and Milan Correctional Facility. Federal Detention Center Milan is adjacent to the central institution. Both federal prisons house male inmates.

FCI Milan Contact Information

Facility Address & Contact Information

Federal Correctional Institution Milan
4004 East Arkona Road
Milan, MI

Phone: 734-439-1511
Fax: 734-439-5534
Email: [email protected]

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Inmate Correspondence Address

FCI Milan

Inmate Name and Registration Number
FCI Milan
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 1000
Milan, MI 48160

How to Send Money

There are a few different options for sending money to an inmate in federal prison. These include Money Gram, Western Union, and the National Lockbox.

To use Western Union, you’ll need the inmate’s name, prison system name, and inmate number. Another option is to use the National Lockbox in Des Moines, Iowa. This option requires the inmate’s name and nine-digit register number.

More information about these options can be found on our page about sending money to federal prisoners.

Federal Correctional Institution Milan Inmate Information

Inmate Gender

Male Federal Inmates

Prison Security Level

Facility Location

FCI Milan is in the town of Milan, off U.S. 23 (Exit 27). It is 45 miles south of Detroit and 35 miles north of Toledo.

BOP Region

North Central Region

BOP Institution Code

MIL for FCI Milan

Medical Care Level

Level 2. See our page on Medical Care Levels and Procedures for more information.

Mental Health Care Level

Level 2.

Judicial District

Eastern District of Michigan

Population Number

FCI Milan houses approximately 1,480 inmates.

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FCI Milan Prison Services Information


Federal Correctional Institution Milan is a low-security federal prison in Milan, Michigan. It opened in 1933 and houses male inmates. FCI Milan also contains a detention center for pretrial and pre-sentence detainees and holdover inmates.

Notable inmates include the alleged leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, Vincent Zambada-Niebla (awaiting trial on charges of cocaine importation and drug-related murders).

Media reports indicate that one guard was indicted for bribery in connection with smuggling contraband, and one inmate was charged with drug possession. In addition, at least one guard has been fired for assaulting an inmate. There has also been at least one inmate suicide. According to news reports, in the mid-1990s, more than 100 prisoners engaged in a brawl.

Inmate Housing Units

Milan Correctional Facility inmates live in dormitories containing two- and four-person rooms.

  • C Unit houses new arrivals.
  • G Unit is the RDAP unit.
  • H Unit is the RISE unit for those with mental health issues.
  • A Unit houses Life Connections Program inmates.

Inmates live in two-person cells at the Milan Federal Detention Center.

Health Services

Health services available to inmates at FCI Milan include:

  • Medical Sick Call
  • Chronic Care
  • Specialty Clinics
  • X-Rays
  • Lab
  • Dental
  • Pharmacy
  • Medical Records
  • Preventive Health Care Services
  • Emergency Services
  • Diagnosis and Treatment of Chronic Infectious Diseases

While emergency medical care is available 24 hours a day, inmates must submit a sick call form to evaluate non-emergency medical needs.

Psychology Services

All new arrivals at FCI Milan federal prison receive a brief clinical interview. During the interview, they are made aware of available treatment opportunities and the process of requesting services from the Psychology Department.

Treatment is typically offered in group therapy, including anger management, wellness classes, and other groups. Notices of new and upcoming offerings are posted on inmate bulletin boards.

The Religious Services Department also offers the Life Connection Program for inmates wanting to grow as responsible persons. The residential RISE program is also available for mentally ill inmates.

Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP)

FCI Milan offers the Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP). Additional programs include the Non-Residential Drug Abuse Program (NR-DAP), the Drug Education Class, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), and Narcotics Anonymous (NA).

FCI Milan Educational, Library, and Recreation Offerings

Education Services

FCI Milan Michigan prison provides GED and English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) programs. Adult Continuing Education (ACE) courses (e.g., creative writing, effective communications, etc.), a parenting program, and a Reading is Fundamental program are also offered.

High school diplomas and post-secondary degrees are available through paid correspondence programs. Jackson Community College allows inmates to earn an associate’s degree in business administration.

Hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday (excluding Friday evening) and 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, excluding inmate counts and meals.

Learn more about educational programs in federal prisons here.

Advanced Occupational Education

Milan Correctional Facility offers advanced occupational education in the following areas:

  • Automotive Service Technician
  • Janitorial Maintenance
  • National Federation of Professional Trainers (NFPT)
  • Parks & Recreation Worker

Vocational Training

Milan federal prison offers no vocational training besides advanced occupational education and apprenticeship programs.


FCI Milan offers apprenticeships in:

  • Carpentry
  • Computer Operator
  • Dental Assistant
  • Electrician
  • HVAC
  • Millwright
  • Pipefitter
  • Plumber
  • Quality Assurance
  • Stationary Engineer
  • Tool & Die
  • Welding

Library Services

The Milan, Michigan prison offers inmates various reading materials. These are contained in the leisure library and law library.

Reference materials are available in the Milan Correctional Facility law library. The TRULINCS Electronic Law Library enables inmates to conduct legal research. Typewriters and a copy machine are also available.

Inmates are allowed to check out reading materials in the prison library. These include fiction and nonfiction books, magazines, and newspapers. A robust CD and DVD program enables inmates to listen to audiobooks and watch movies, including a broad selection of The Greatest Courses offerings.


The FCI Milan UNICOR operates a Metal Specialty Plant. There is a pre-industrial training program for inmates awaiting hire in the plant.


Inmates can spend up to $360.00 monthly in the prison commissary. Postage stamps, copy cards, photo tickets, and over-the-counter medications do not count against this spending limit. Popular items include:

  • Ice Cream
  • Soda
  • Food
  • Candy
  • Snacks

Inmates can shop once a week on their designated shopping day. Currently, sales are conducted Monday through Thursday from 6:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Inmates at the FDC shop once every two weeks on Mondays. A $180 biweekly spending limitation is enforced.

Recreation Services

Indoor and outdoor recreation programs are provided to FCI Milan Michigan inmates, including a gymnasium and recreation yard. Hobbycraft and sports league activities are available to the inmate population. Popular sports include basketball, soccer, and flag football.

Indoors, inmates have access to:

  • Hobby Crafts (e.g.., crochet, drawing, painting, cross-stitch, ceramics, and leathercraft)
  • Gym
  • Treadmills
  • Rowing Machines
  • Ellipticals
  • Stair Climbers
  • Basketball
  • Weight Room
  • Handball
  • Volleyball

Outdoors, inmates have access to:

  • Bocce Ball
  • Horseshoes
  • Hoover Ball
  • Softball
  • Soccer
  • Football
  • Weight Pile
  • Chairs
  • Tables
  • Walking and Running Track

Hours of operation are 6:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., excluding counts and meals. In the FDC, inmates can access an indoor area with cards, chess, and TVs. Outdoors at the FDC, there is a small enclosed yard with a basketball net.

Visitation Information for FCI Milan

Visiting hours are from 8:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sundays and Saturdays. On Thursday, visitation is held between 4:30 and 8:00 p.m. Visitation is held between 12:45 and 8:00 p.m. o Fridays. On federal holidays visitation is held between 8:15 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. See our page on prisoner visitation rules for more information.

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FCI Milan Prison Culture Information

Prison Politics at Federal Correctional Institution Milan

This is not a political yard. One respondent said, “No one cares what race you are or where you come from.”

Level of Violence

There is a low level of violence at this prison. A common phrase on the compound is: “You don’t get to Milan by being a badass.”

Vulnerable Populations

Sex offenders, informants, and LGBT inmates can walk the yard. According to one inmate, while there are haters, “they bark more than bite.” There is also a large gay population on the compound.

Good at FCI Milan Federal Prison

“The food is pretty good.” “The best-run area is Facilities.”

Bad at FCI Milan Michigan Prison

“Like most places, you can always depend on it being undependable.” “New officers come through and try to make their mark, but in a few months, they get squared away.” “The new captain sucks.” “The worst run area is Education.”

Other Inmate Comments

“The place isn’t bad. You must expect the unexpected and realize that this place is consistently inconsistent.”

FCI Milan in the News

In October 2015, Federal Correctional Institution Milan prison guard Jake John Froehly was indicted for accepting bribes to smuggle contraband into the prison.

In July 2010, Donald Brelje, a prisoner at FCI Milan Michigan prison, was charged with possession of contra- band after more than three grams of marijuana was found in his cell.

In October 2007, pretrial detainee John Atchison, a federal prosecutor from Florida, killed himself while in isolation on suicide watch at Milan Correctional Facility. He was awaiting trial on charges that he flew to Michigan to have sex with a five-year-old girl.

In 2004, Marcus Johnson, a guard at FCI Milan, slammed a cell-door food slot shut on the arms of prisoner Yousseff Hmimssa and was fired after prosecutors refused to press charges against him.

In 1994, a riot erupted involving more than 100 prisoners and lasted more than 20 minutes before order was restored.

More Information About Federal Correctional Institution Milan

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