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Federal Correctional Institution, Dublin

The Federal Correctional Institution, Dublin (FCI Dublin) is a low-security United States federal prison for female inmates in Dublin, California. The facility also has an adjacent satellite prison camp housing minimum-security female offenders.

Federal Correctional Institution, Dublin
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LocationDublin, California
Security classLow-security (with minimum-security prison camp)
Population990 (320 in prison camp)
Managed byFederal Bureau of Prisons

FCI Dublin is located 20 miles southeast of Oakland on the Parks Reserve Forces Training Area.[1] It is located near Santa Rita Jail, which is operated by Alameda County.


FCI Dublin opened in 1974. It became an exclusively female prison in 2012 and is one of only five federal prisons for women in the United States (Aliceville, AL, Tallahassee, FL and Waseca, MN and Alderson, WV.).

Facility and programsEdit

The prison's education department offers GED and ESL programs, as well as courses in parenting skills. The prison also provides legal and leisure library services in addition to training in the use of various computer software.

There are two Federal Prison Industries UNICOR programs at FCI Dublin: the Textiles and the Call Center. Textiles employ approximately 150 inmates on the manufacture of custom draperies, parachutes, and disaster blankets. They also sort and repair USPS mailbags. The Call Center employs around 250 inmates on directory assistance inquiries.

It houses inmates who are serving an average sentence of 5 years. It has a design capacity of 250 inmates, but houses 1,077 as of April 11, 2013.[2] Conditions are cramped, with three inmates sharing a cell on the top tier and four inmates sharing a cell on the bottom tier, designed to house a single prisoner. Meals are served in shifts due to the small size of the dining facilities.

Like most American prisons, FCI Dublin also contains a SHU (Security Housing Unit), where any prisoners who are deemed to have broken prison rules are kept in segregation under a highly restrictive regime. Prisoners in the SHU spend more time locked in their cell than the general prison population, are only allowed out for limited amounts of time and must be transported to and from their cell wearing handcuffs. Depending on the circumstances[clarification needed], an inmate may spend weeks or even months in the SHU.

FCI Dublin is surrounded by two separate fences with a gap of approximately 10 feet (3.0 m) between them. Measuring 14 feet (4.3 m) high, each chain-link fence is reinforced with multiple coils of razor wire (at the top and bottom) plus electronic sensors to detect escape attempts.

The institution also has an adjacent administrative detention facility housing adult males on holdover or pre-trial status, and a minimum-security satellite camp housing adult female offenders, which opened in 1990. This minimum- security was several old army barracks and these have been torn down. The BOP has removed a section of the FCI and placed approximately 200 female minimum security prisoner in this space. This facility is just short of a FCI. All the guards are rotated out of the FCI.

Notable incidentsEdit

On November 5, 1986, Ronald McIntosh, who had escaped during a prison transfer one month earlier, landed a stolen helicopter in the exercise yard and escaped with Samantha Lopez, who was serving a 50-year sentence for bank robbery. Mr. McIntosh was serving a sentence for wire fraud when he met Ms. Lopez working in the business office of the prison and the two devised the escape plan. They were arrested by FBI Agents 10 days later and subsequently convicted of air piracy and escape. McIntosh received a 25-year sentence and Lopez had five years added to her sentence.[3][4]

Notable inmatesEdit

†Inmates incarcerated prior to 1982 do not have an assigned register number.

Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
Patricia Hearst N/A† Released from custody in 1979 after President Jimmy Carter commuted her 7-year sentence; served 21 months.[5] Daughter of publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst; convicted in 1976 of participating in a 1974 bank robbery with members of the Symbionese Liberation Army, who had kidnapped her several months before; pardoned in 2001 by President Bill Clinton.[6]
Rita Lavelle 29753-112 Released from custody in 1985 after serving four and a half months of a six-month sentence.[7] Assistant Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency for solid waste and emergency response under President Ronald Reagan; convicted in 1984 for perjury after an investigation of the Superfund program.[8]
Michael Milken 16126-054 Released from custody in 1993 after serving 22 months of a 10-year sentence (later reduced to two years).[9] American billionaire financier who created high-yield bonds; convicted of securities fraud in 1990. His case was the largest criminal case in Wall Street history.[10]
Sara Jane Moore 04851-180 Released from prison on parole on December 31, 2007 after serving 32 years of her life sentence.[11] Attempted to assassinate President Gerald Ford.[12]
Stacey Koon

Laurence Powell



Released from custody in 1995; served 24 months.[13][14] Former LAPD officers; convicted in 1993 of federal civil rights violations in connection with the 1992 beating of Rodney King; their acquittals in state court sparked the 1992 Los Angeles riots.[15]
Heidi Fleiss 03888-112 Released from custody in 1998; served 20 months.[16] Operated a prostitution ring in Hollywood, California which catered to high-profile clients in the entertainment industry; convicted in 1997 of tax evasion and money laundering; known as the "Hollywood Madam."[17][18]
Pavlo Lazarenko 94430-011 Released from custody in 2012; served 8 years. Prime Minister of Ukraine from 1996 to 1997; convicted in 2004 of money laundering and other charges for siphoning millions of dollars of public money into his personal accounts and attempting to hide some $21 million from American banks.[19][20]
Briana Waters

Joyanna Zacher



Waters was released from custody in 2013; Zacher in 2012; they served 5 years. Members of the ecoterrorist group Earth Liberation Front (ELF) who pleaded guilty to arson, Waters in connection with the University of Washington firebombing incident and Zacher for setting fires at an SUV dealership, a poplar farm, and a police station in Oregon; several other ELF members were also sentenced to prison.[21][22][23]
Stella Nickell 17371-086 Release date 07/10/2040 Killed husband and innocent stranger by poisoned Excedrin capsules with cyanide. Caused manufacturer's US-wide recall of all non-prescription capsule products and 90-day ban on the sale of non-prescription medication in capsules in Washington State. First person convicted under federal product tampering laws.
Felicity Huffman Will be released 09/302019 Charged with connection to the 2019 college admissions bribery scandal

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "BOP: FCI Dublin". Retrieved 2013-10-14.
  2. ^ "BOP: Weekly Population Report". 2013-10-10. Retrieved 2013-10-14.
  3. ^ "Prison Couple Found Guilty In Trial On Helicopter Escape - New York Times". 1987-05-20. Retrieved 2013-10-14.
  4. ^ "Lovers Sentenced in Escape From Prison in a Helicopter - New York Times". 1987-07-19. Retrieved 2013-10-14.
  5. ^ Taylor, Michael (January 23, 2001). "New Focus on Old SLA Killing / Sara Jane Olson case revives interest in deadly bank robbery". Hearst Communications Inc. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  6. ^ "Patty Hearst returns to prison in Pleasanton". Hearst Communications Inc. 2003-05-16. Retrieved 2013-10-14.
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  13. ^ Newton, Jim (October 13, 1993). "Powell, Koon Surrender to Begin Prison Sentences". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 22 October 2015.
  14. ^ "Police In King Beating Released From Prison". Chicago Tribune. October 16, 1995. Retrieved 22 October 2015.
  15. ^ "Powell, Koon Surrender to Begin Prison Sentences - Los Angeles Times". 1993-10-13. Retrieved 2013-10-14.
  16. ^ "Heidi Fleiss Seeks to Return to Prison". Los Angeles Times. December 16, 1998. Retrieved 22 October 2015.
  17. ^ "Tax Charges Are Added in Prostitution Case - New York Times". 1994-07-29. Retrieved 2013-10-14.
  18. ^ "Heidi Fleiss Given 37-Month Sentence - New York Times". 1997-01-08. Retrieved 2013-10-14.
  19. ^ Mckinley, Jesse (2006-08-26). "World Briefing - Europe - Ukraine - 9 Years In U.S. Prison For Ex-Premier -". Ukraine; San Francisco (Calif): New York Times. Retrieved 2013-10-14.
  20. ^ Former Ukraine prime minister's conviction upheld
  21. ^ "USDOJ: US Attorney's Office - WAW". Archived from the original on 2014-05-25. Retrieved 2013-10-14.
  22. ^ "Four Defendants Plead Guilty to Arson and Conspiracy Charges Associated With Earth Liberation Front and Animal Liberation Front - - Oklahoma City, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports |". 2000-09-06. Retrieved 2013-10-14.
  23. ^ Bartley, Nancy (2008-06-20). "Local News | UW arsonist, Briana Waters, sentenced to 6 years | Seattle Times Newspaper". Retrieved 2013-10-14.

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