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Federal Correctional Institution, Edgefield

Federal Correctional Institution, Edgefield
Location Edgefield County,
near Edgefield, South Carolina

33°45′31″N 81°55′10″W / 33.75861°N 81.91944°W / 33.75861; -81.91944Coordinates: 33°45′31″N 81°55′10″W / 33.75861°N 81.91944°W / 33.75861; -81.91944

Status Operational
Security class Medium-security (with minimum-security prison camp)
Population 1,700 (560 in prison camp)
Managed by Federal Bureau of Prisons

The Federal Correctional Institution, Edgefield (FCI Edgefield) is a medium-security United States federal prison for male inmates in South Carolina. It is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a division of the United States Department of Justice. The facility also has an adjacent satellite prison camp for minimum-security male offenders.

FCI Edgefield is located near the South Carolina-Georgia border, approximately 25 miles north of Augusta, Georgia.[1]

Notable incidents

In 2002, a correction officer assigned to FCI Edgefield, whom the Bureau of Prisons did not identify, pleaded guilty and was sentenced on Georgia state charges to three years' incarceration followed by seven years' supervised release for possession with the intent to distribute marijuana. A joint investigation by the Department of Justice Inspector General's Office and the Richmond County Sheriff's Office revealed that the officer took over $9,000 in bribes in exchange for receiving packages containing marijuana and passing them on to inmates.[2][3]

On May 20, 2010, the US Attorney's Office in Columbia, South Carolina announced that two former correctional officers at FCI Edgefield, Gregory Conyers and Antonio Heath, had been indicted for accepting bribes from inmate Boyce Tisdale in exchange for smuggling contraband into the facility. Conyers and Heath subsequently pleaded guilty and were sentenced to prison. Tisdale was transferred to the Federal Correctional Complex, Butner in North Carolina and is scheduled for release in 2023.[4][5][6]

Notable Inmates (current and former)

Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
Christopher Coke 02257-748 Serving a 23-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2030. Drug kingpin; leader of the Shower Posse, a violent drug gang in Jamaica; extradited to the US after a 72-hour manhunt during which 74 people were killed; Coke pleaded guilty in 2011 to trafficking large quantities of cocaine into the US.[7]
Miguel Rodriguez Orejuela 14022-059 Serving a 30-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2030. Co-founder of the now-defunct Medellin Cartel, which was responsible for as much as 80% of the cocaine brought into the US in the 1970s and 1980s; co-founder Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela is also serving a 30-year sentence.[8]
Quazi Nafis 81710-053 Serving a 30-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2038. Bangladeshi citizen; pleaded guilty in 2013 to attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction for attempting to detonate what he thought was a 1,000-pound bomb outside the Federal Reserve Bank in New York City.[9]
Jerome Finnigan 19755-424 Serving a 12-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2018. Former Chicago Police officer; pleaded guilty in 2011 to stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from drug dealers and plotting the murder of another officer whom he believed was cooperating with federal investigators.[10][11]
Michael David Barrett 22822-424 Released from custody on July 3, 2012 after serving 27 months. Pleaded guilty to interstate stalking in 2009 for following and secretly videotaping ESPN reporter Erin Andrews.[12]
Thomas Noe 26157-018 Transferred to an Ohio state prison in 2008, where he is serving an 18-year sentence.[13] Republican party fundraiser; pleaded guilty in 2006 to money laundering for illegally funneling money to President George W. Bush's 2004 campaign; convicted in 2006 of state charges in connection with the Ohio Coingate Scandal.[14][15][16]

See also

Government of the United States portal
South Carolina portal
Government of the United States portal
Criminal justice portal


External links

  • Federal Correctional Institution, Edgefield – Official website

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