FMC Butner | Federal Medical Center Butner | FMC Butner Prison

Federal Medical Center Butner is an administrative-security federal prison located in Butner, North Carolina. It is also known as FMC Butner, FMC Butner Prison, and Federal Medical Center in Butner, NC. The facility houses male inmates.

FMC Butner Contact Information

Facility Address & Contact Information

Federal Medical Center Butner
Old North Carolina Highway 75
Butner, NC 27509

Phone: 919-575-3900
Fax: 919-575-4801
Email: [email protected]

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Inmate Correspondence Address

FMC Butner

Inmate Name and Registration Number
FMC Butner
Federal Medical Center
P.O. Box 1600
, NC 27509

How to Send Money

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

Federal Medical Center Butner Inmate Information

Inmate Gender

Male Inmates

Prison Security Level

Administrative-Security Federal Prison

Facility Location

FMC Butner 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

BOP Institution Code

BUH for FMC Butner, BUX for Butner Federal Correctional Complex

Medical Care Level

Level 3/4. See our page on Medical Care Levels and Procedures for more information.

Mental Health Care Level

Level 4.

Judicial District

Eastern District of North Carolina

Population Number

FMC Butner houses approximately 766 inmates.

FMC Butner Prison Services Information

FMC Butner | Federal Medical Center Butner


Federal Medical Center Butner is an administrative-security federal prison in Butner, North Carolina, which houses male inmates. It was opened in 1995 and is part of the Butner Federal Correctional Complex.

FMC Butner is a medical referral center that treats significant medical conditions which normal federal prisons are not equipped to handle. Inmates either referred to or assigned to FMC Butner can receive treatments that include routine and emergency health care and dental care.

Notable inmates include John Hinckley, Jr. (released to a psychiatric hospital in 1981 after attempting to assassinate President Ronald Reagan); hitman for the Chicago Outfit Frank Calabrese, Jr. (died while serving a life sentence for racketeering conspiracy); cult leader Tony Alamo (serving a life sentence for transporting minors across state lines for sexual purposes); and president of the Outlaws Motor Club Harry Bowman (serving a life sentence for directing a racketeering enterprise).

Inmate Housing

Cadre inmates are housed in dorms consisting of two- and three-person cubicles. Inmate patients are housed primarily in two- and three-person cells.

Health Services

Inmates receive a medical screening upon arrival at FMC Butner. Inmates are then scheduled for routine physical examinations, laboratory studies, physical and dental examinations, and assessment of health needs. Sick call, dental sick call, emergency care, medications, chronic care, physical examinations, periodic health screenings for HIV, TB, colon cancer (for inmates over 50 years of age), diabetes and cholesterol screening (for inmates over 45), and vaccinations as recommended are available to the inmate population. Other preventive health services may be available based on the inmate’s age and needs. Inmates can present to sick calls Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 7:00 a.m. to be evaluated for routine care needs.

Psychology Services

Individual and group therapy, including stress management and anger management, are offered at FMC Butner. A residential psychiatric hospital is also available at the facility.

Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP)

FMC Butner does not house a Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP). However, a Non-Residential Drug Abuse Program (NR-DAP) is offered. Programs also include a Drug Education Class, Transitional Drug Treatment, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), and others.

FMC Butner Educational, Library, and Recreation Offerings

Education Services

FMC Butner offers GED and English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) programs to inmates. A parenting program and Adult Continuing Education (ACE) courses are also available. 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., Monday through Thursday and Saturday. On Fridays, the hours are 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. High school and post-secondary education are available through paid correspondence programs.

Advanced Occupational Education

FMC Butner offers advanced occupational education in Horticulture 1, 2, and 3, and Logistics. An Office System Technology (OST) one-year certification program is also available.

Vocational Training

FMC Butner does not offer any vocational training programs aside from its advanced occupational training and apprenticeship programs.


FMC Butner offers apprenticeships in Biomedical Technician, Commercial Cleaning, and Health and Sanitation.

Library Services

FMC Butner offers a legal and leisure library to inmates. The leisure library has numerous books and other reading materials available, including magazines and newspapers, career planning, multicultural studies and parenting materials, and fiction and nonfiction selections. A DVD program is also available. The law library consists of the TRULINCS Electronic Law Library.


FMC Butner does not house a UNICOR facility.


The monthly spending limit is $360, which is divided into two $180 biweekly spending limitations. Inmates may shop only once per week and are assigned a specific shopping day based on their inmate number. The Commissary is currently open on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Items available for purchase include drinks, food, over-the-counter medications, clothing, and other items.

Recreation Services

The FMC Butner Recreation Department offers intramural sports, leisure activities, passive and non-competitive activities, unit-based activities, hobby crafts, a CD program, a movie program, a wellness program, and many other activities. Inside, inmates have access to pool tables, stair steppers, ellipticals, treadmills, stationary bikes, and a piano. Outside, inmates have access to a track, softball, basketball, bocce ball, handball, volleyball, and horseshoes. Yard time is scheduled based on the housing unit.

Visitation Information for FMC Butner

On Sunday and Saturday, visitation is held between 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. 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. See our page on prisoner visitation rules for more information.

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FMC Butner Prison Culture Information

Prison Politics at Federal Medical Center Butner

There are no politics in either the general population or in the work cadre.

Level of Violence

There is no violence in either the general population or the work cadre.

Vulnerable Populations

Sex offenders, informants, and LGBT inmates can stay at this facility.

Good at FMC Butner

“Female medical staff members, not a political yard, staff respectful and care.”

Bad at FMC Butner

“Lots of rats.”

Other Inmate Comments

“If you need serious medical care, then this is the place for you.” “Very soft yard due to its medical mission.” “The prison has pretty much gone to shit since the new administration has come in.”

FMC Butner in the News

In December 2017, Eric Brown, who was accused of kidnapping and killing Ashanti Billie and found incompetent to stand trial, was moved to Federal Medical Center Butner.

More Information About Federal Medical Center Butner

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