Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) - Butner Low

Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP)

Last Updated: August 21, 2023
3000 Old NC 75 Hwy, Butner, NC 27509
Mailing Address
PO Box 999, Butner, NC 27509

FCI-Butner-Low is for Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) offenders found guilty of a federal crime and sentenced to incarceration in accordance with the Department of Justice Sentencing Guidelines.

All prisons and jails have Security or Custody levels depending on the inmate’s classification, sentence, and criminal history. Please review the rules and regulations for federal low facility.

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If you are unsure of your inmate's location, you can search and locate your inmate by typing in their last name, first name or first initial, and/or the offender ID number to get their accurate information immediately Registered Offenders

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The FCI-Butner-Low is a federal prison located at 3000 Old NC 75 Hwy in Butner, NC. This federal low security prison is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to hold inmates who have been convicted to and sentenced for a federal crime through the US Department of Justice (DOJ).

Locate all federal inmates here. If you would like to speak with a case manager or counselor, call 919-575-5000.

The Federal Correctional Institution, Butner (FCI Butner Low) is a United States low-security federal prison for men in Butner, North Carolina. It is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a division of the United States Department of Justice. FCI Butner Low was opened in 1995 and is part of the Federal Correctional Complex, Butner (FCC) campus. FCC Butner is about 25 miles northwest of Raleigh, the state capital. It includes the Bureau's largest medical complex, which operates a drug treatment program and specializes in oncology and behavioral science.

The complex consists of four facilities:

  • Federal Correctional Institution, Butner Low (FCI Butner Low): a low-security facility.
  • Federal Correctional Institution, Butner Medium (FCI Butner Medium): a medium-security facility.
  • Federal Correctional Institution 2, Butner Medium (FCI 2 Butner Medium): a medium-security facility
  • Federal Medical Center, Butner (FMC Butner): a facility which houses inmates of all security levels with health issues.

Notable inmates include Jesse Jackson Jr. the former Illinois Congressman from 1995 to 2012, and son of Jesse Jackson. In early February 2013, Jackson Jr. pleaded guilty to charges of fraud, conspiracy, making false statements, mail fraud, wire fraud, and criminal forfeiture—having used about $750,000 in campaign money for over 3000 personal purchases. former real estate investor Troy Titus now serving a 30-year sentence for orchestrating a Ponzi scheme and founder of the now-defunct Bayou Hedge Fund Group Samuel Israel who is serving the final years of a 22-year sentence for defrauding investors of $400 million; attempted to fake his own suicide to avoid prison; the story was featured on the CNBC television program American Greed.

Housing: Inmates are housed in two-person and three-person cubicles. There are four total housing units.

Health Services: Inmates at FCI 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. Sick call, dental 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. 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 fully staffed Mental Health Hospital with full-time psychiatrists who are all medical doctors is available. If an inmate feels that they need this sort of treatment, they are advised to seek referral through a regular psychologist in the Psychology Department.

Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP): FCI Butner Low 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).

Education Services: The FCI Butner Low offers GED and English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) courses to inmates. Adult Continuing Education (ACE) classes are also available. High school diplomas and post-secondary programs are available through paid correspondence programs.

Advanced Occupational Education: FCI Butner Low offers advanced occupational education in HVAC 1 & 2, Logistics, Office System Technology (OST), Carpentry, Electrical, and Automotive Technology.

Apprenticeship: FCI Butner Low offers apprenticeships in Commercial Cleaning and HVAC.

Library Services: FCI Butner Low has a legal and leisure library available to inmates. The law library is located in the Education Department, which contains a variety of legal reference materials for use in preparing legal papers. The leisure library has numerous books and reading materials available, including magazines, newspapers, career planning, multicultural studies, parenting, fiction and nonfiction selections.

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

Commissary: The monthly spending limit for inmates is $360. The commissary is available to prisoners to shop only once per week. Items such as food, snacks, shoes, over-the-counter medications, drinks, and more can be purchased by inmates.

Recreation: Recreation programs at FCI Butner Low include indoor and outdoor activities, and range from individualized arts and crafts programs to intramural team sports such as baseball, basketball, and volleyball. Physical fitness, weight reduction, hobby craft, and musical programs are also available.

Admissions and Orientation (A&O) Handbook - This document provides you with general information about the institution, programs, rules, and regulations that you will encounter during your confinement. Familiarizing yourself with this information and knowing your responsibilities will help you to adjust to institutional life.

Commissary List - In 1930 the Department of Justice authorized and established a Commissary at each Federal institution. The Commissary provides a bank-type account for your money & for the procurement of articles not issued regularly as part of the institution's administration. Funds deposited by your family, friends, or other sources are stored in your commissary account that we maintain.

Legal Activities - This document outlines the procedures for access to legal reference materials and legal counsel and the opportunities that you will be afforded to prepare legal documents while incarcerated.

Inmate Locator

Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) - Butner Low is a facility in the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) publishes the names of their inmates currently in one of their locations nationwide. Your search should start with the first locator to see if your loved one is there. You will need the offender's first and last name and it must be spelled exactly. If you have a nine-digit BOP Inmate ID number (xxxxx-xxx)

If you cannot find your inmate in the federal search, the second box is the InmateAid Inmate Search. This database of inmates is all the inmates currently incarcerated in all prisons, jails and detention centers. You do not need to sign up to use this free inmate locator.

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Covid Visitation Information

We remind all visitors to carefully review our special visiting procedures during the COVID pandemic, and also remind all visitors to observe applicable state and local COVID travel restrictions in planning your visit to the institution.

Please call 919-575-5000 prior to your visit to get the latest updates, time changes or visitation cancellations.

All visitors will be temperature checked with results annotated at the screening site prior to entrance. All staff working the screening site will be in proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Visitors will be in-processed on a first come first serve basis, adhering to social-distancing requirements. If distancing requirements cannot be met, visitors may be asked to wait outside for systematic in-processing to adhere to social distancing guidelines. Inmates on quarantine or isolation status will not be permitted visits - it will be the visitor's responsibility to check with the institution prior to arrival to ensure the scheduled visit can still take place.

The visiting room is designed to maximize social distancing, with a minimum of six feet between persons. Inmates are permitted two visitors per visit. To ensure equal opportunities, the frequency of visits determines any termination. Appropriate face coverings are mandatory for all inmates and visitors, all visitors wearing a mask will be provided one by the institution, theirs will be secured in the lockers in the lobby. No physical contact, photographs, food, or drink is permitted. A hand hygiene station, including alcohol-based hand sanitizer, is available at all visiting entrances and exits. Orderlies are assigned to each visitation room and will continually sanitize all touch surfaces, restrooms, etc.

Visitation Information

Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) - Butner Low - Visiting Hours

  • Monday 11:00am - 3:00pm
  • Thursday 2:30pm - 8:00pm
  • Friday 2:30pm - 8:00pm
  • Saturday 8:30am – 3:00pm
  • Sunday 8:30am – 3:00pm
  • Holidays 8:30am – 3:00pm

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