Federal Correctional Complex - Butner

The Federal Correctional Complex, Butner (FCC Butner) is a federal prison complex for male prisoners located in Butner, North Carolina. It is located about 25 miles northwest of Raleigh. It includes the largest medical complex in the Federal Bureau of Prisons that operates a drug treatment program specializing in oncology and behavior science.

There are four facilities at FCC Butner based on security level and medical needs: Federal Correctional Institution, Butner Low (FCI Butner Low), Federal Correctional Institution, Butner Medium I (FCI Butner Medium I), Federal Correctional Institution II, Butner Medium (FCI Butner Medium II), and Federal Medical Center, Butner (FMC Butner).

And, FCI Butner Low and FCI Butner Medium both have satellite camps.

At FCI Butner Low, there are four total housing units and the inmates are housed in two-person and three-person cubicles. At FCI Butner Medium I and Medium II, inmates are housed in two-person dorm rooms. And, at FMC Butner, inmates are housed in two-person cells and pods.

One of the most famous inmates at FCC Butner is Bernie Madoff, who is serving a 150 sentence for perpetrating the largest Ponzi scheme in history.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Visiting hours at Butner FCC vary depending which facility the inmate is housed in.

FCI Butner Low and FCI Butner Low Satellite Camp:
Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays and Federal Holidays 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Thursdays and Fridays 2:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

FCI Butner Medium I and FCI Butner Medium I Satellite Camp:
Saturdays, Sundays, and Federal Holidays 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Mondays and Fridays 2:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

FCI Butner Medium II:
Saturdays, Sundays, and Federal Holidays 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Mondays and Fridays 2:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

FMC Butner:
Saturdays, Sundays, and Federal Holidays 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fridays 2:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The visiting rules and regulations are the same for every facility.

Authorized visitors who can visit an inmate include family, friends, and associates. You can't visit an inmate unless he puts you on the visiting list.

Everyone must fill out a visitor form, and they must have a relationship with the inmate prior to incarceration. If a potential visitor does not have a prior relationship with the inmate, their request will be reviewed by the warden.

Once the inmate requests to add someone to their visit list, a correctional counselor will provide them with a visiting form, and the inmate is responsible for mailing these out and letting the potential visitor know that they need to fill out the form and return it to the institution staff.

The unit team will do a background check and determine if a visitor application is approved. They make their decision based on constructive and security factors. The process takes about a week, and the unit staff will notify the inmate when the requested visitor is approved or refused.

It is the inmate’s responsibility to notify the visitor of the decision, and the process is the same for both adult and minor visitors.

Inmates will be limited to three approved adult visitors at any one time. You must be 16 or older to be an adult visitor. There is no limit on the number of children.

All visitors are subject to a visual and pat search by an officer. You will also be scanned by a metal detector. Any item you bring into the facility will be opened and searched by a staff member, and anyone who refuses a search of themselves or their property will not be allowed to visit with the inmate.

You must have a government-issued photo ID (driver’s license, state ID, passport) to visit an inmate.

Visitors may bring $20 in coins into the visiting room to purchase items from the vending machines. No paper currency is allowed. A coin dispensing machine is located in the Front Lobby Area. Visitors may bring a small coin or clutch type (clear plastic only) purse into the visiting room. Large purses, wallets, cases, and bags are not permitted.

Other items not allowed include:

Pocket knives, pepper spray, cameras, tape recorders, radios, umbrellas, pens, pencils, paper documents, newspapers, magazines, credit cards, photographs, cosmetics, gum, candy, cigarette lighters, matches, toys, games, playing cards or any communication device (pagers, phones, etc.). NO TOBACCO PRODUCTS ARE ALLOWED IN THE INSTITUTION.

All visitors must be dressed in an appropriate manner. Any visitor who arrives inappropriately dressed will be denied the privilege of visiting.

All visitors must be fully attired, including shoes. No open-toed shoes and no strapless heels are authorized. All shoes must be strapped to the foot, and you can’t wear slippers, shower shoes, or flip-flops.

Clothing which is similar to - and resembles the style or color of - what is issued to inmates is not allowed to be worn inside the visiting room.

Visitors should avoid wearing apparel which is revealing or suggestive, or any clothing that contains sexually suggestive/offensive writing or writing/logos that reference gangs.

Visitors can’t wear undergarments containing metal (i.e. underwire bra). Dresses or skirts must be no shorter than knee length, and may not have a slit above the knee.

The following clothing will not be permitted:

  • Sheer clothing 
  • Tank tops
  • Halter tops
  • Midriff tops
  • Strapless tops or dresses
  • Spandex
  • Scrubs or other uniforms
  • Khaki clothing
  • Watches or other electronic wristbands
  • No form fitting clothing 

Physical Address

BUTNER, NC  27509

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General Phone Number & Email Address

FCI Butner Low
Phone: 919-575-5000
E-mail: BUF/[email protected]

FCI Butner Medium I
Phone: 919-575-4541
E-mail: BUF/[email protected]

FCI Butner Medium II
Phone: 919-575-8000
E-mail: BTF/[email protected]

FMC Butner
Phone: 919-575-3900
E-mail: BUH/[email protected]

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

For inmates at FCI Butner Low:

P.O. BOX 999
BUTNER, NC  27509

For inmates at FCI Butner Low Satellite Camp:

P.O. BOX 1000
BUTNER, NC  27509

For inmates at FCI Butner Medium I:

P.O. BOX 1000
BUTNER, NC  27509

For inmates at FCI Butner Medium I Satellite Camp:

P.O. BOX 1000
BUTNER, NC  27509

For inmates at FCI Butner Medium II:

P.O. BOX 1500BUTNER, NC  27509

For inmates at FMC Butler:

P.O. BOX 1600
BUTNER, NC  27509

There is no limit on the amount of mail that inmates receive, but all correspondence must have the inmate’s complete name, registration number, facility name, and address.

You can only send cards or letters to these addresses. Paperback books, newspapers, and

magazines must come directly from the publisher via a subscription or mail order.

Inmates cannot receive packages through the mail, with the exception of a package of release day clothing. You can't send the release day package until 30 days prior to the scheduled release date.

How to Call an Inmate

Federal inmates are not allowed to have cellphones and they can't receive inbound calls. They can make outbound calls during approved hours, and they must pay for them with the money that is on their personal account or call collect.

Inmates will use TRULINCS to call to both landline and cell phones. This is also how inmates are able to send and receive emails. Your number must be added to the contact list for approval.

All phone calls are limited to 15 minutes, and will be monitored and recorded.

How to Send Money

Sending money is one of most important things you can do for an inmate. The prison will issue each prisoner the minimum amount of clothing and hygiene items, and provide them with three meals a day. But, it is extremely difficult for prisoners to have any level of comfort when living with just the items that are prison-issued.

Inmates can receive outside funds while incarcerated at a BOP-managed facility, which are deposited into their commissary accounts.The process for sending money is the same for prisoners at every facility at FCC Butner

Postal Service

For federal prisoners, you can send money through the United States Postal Service by MONEY ORDER to the following address:

Federal Bureau of Prisons
Inmate Name
Eight-Digit Register Number
Post Office Box 474701
Des Moines, Iowa 50947-0001

Send the funds to the address above. Replace the second line with the inmate's valid, full committed name. Replace the third line with the inmate's eight digit register number.

Never send money directly to the prison. If you are using the postal service, you must always send your money order to the bureau of prisons using the above address.


You can send an inmate funds electronically using MoneyGram's Express Payment Program.To send funds using this method, please read and follow these steps carefully:

Wait until an inmate has physically arrived at a Butner FCC.Gather the information you'll need. Which includes the inmate’s name and number.Visit moneygram.com to complete your payment.

Information needed to complete MoneyGram payment:

Account Number: Inmate's eight-digit register number with no spaces or dashes, followed immediately by the inmate's last name (example: 12345678DOE).
Company Name: Federal Bureau of Prisons
City & State: Washington, DC
Receive Code is always: 7932
Beneficiary: Inmate's full committed name

Western Union

If you would like to see a sample Western Union form click here. On their website, they have a special form for sending money to inmates, and you go directly to it by clicking here.

You will need to know the inmate’s full name and number, and you can pay with a debit or credit card at westernunion.com. Remember, any time you send money to an inmate you must always include their name and registration number on everything.

There are a few things that inmates can spend their money on. This includes phone calls, emails, and commissary.  The commissary is the prison store, where inmates can buy things like beverages, meals and snacks, OTC medications, stationary, personal hygiene items, electronics, clothing, or other miscellaneous products.

Please be aware that prisoners have their own economy inside the prison walls just like we do in the real world. Inmates that have a lot of money can do a lot of things both legal and illegal. Prisoners can potentially use the money in their account to buy things for other inmates in exchange for drugs and paraphernalia. This activity is illegal and can get an inmate in a lot of trouble.

Is important to keep track of how much money you are sending your incarcerated loved one, and watch out for any suspicious behavior.

​Programs For ​Inmates

All the facilities at FCC Butner offer the following programs for inmates:

  • Literacy
  • GED
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Continuing Education
  • High School Diplomas or Post-Secondary Programs via paid correspondence
  • Drug Education
  • Alcoholic Anonymous
  • Narcotics Anonymous

FCI Butner Low:

  • Advanced Occupational Education in HVAC 1 & 2, Logistics, Office System Technology, Carpentry, Electrical, and Automotive Technology
  • Apprenticeships in Commercial Cleaning and HVAC
  • UNICOR job facility that makes clothing, textiles, and industrial products

FCI Butner Medium I:

  • Advanced Occupational Education in Carpentry, Electrical, Horticulture, and Logistics
  • Apprenticeships in Logistics Coordinator

FCI Butner Medium II:

  • Advanced Occupational Education in Automotive Electrical, Culinary Arts, Drivetrain, Engine Repair and Undercarriage, Office System Technology, Carpentry, Electrical, and Automotive Technology
  • Apprenticeships in Commercial Cleaning

FMC Butner

  • Advanced Occupational education in Horticulture, Logistics, and Office System Technology
  • Apprenticeships in Biomedical Technician, Commercial Cleaning, and Health and Sanitation

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Careers at Federal Correctional Complex - Butner

If you are interested in pursuing a career with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, you can find available positions at Butner FCC by visiting USAJobs.gov. The salaries at the facility begin around $40,000 and can go up into the six-figure range, depending on the position.

Reviews from employees at Butner FCC report that it was a stressful environment but a good learning experience for the right individual. It has better than average work/life balance, competitive pay, and an excellent benefit package.