Federal Prison Camp, Duluth

Federal Prison Camp, Duluth
Location Saint Louis County, Minnesota
Status Operational
Security class Minimum-security
Population 880
Managed by Federal Bureau of Prisons
Director J. E. Krueger

The Federal Prison Camp, Duluth (FPC Duluth) is a minimum-security United States federal prison located in Minnesota for male offenders. It is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a division of the United States Department of Justice.

FPC Duluth is located on the former Duluth Air Force Base near the southwestern tip of Lake Superior, halfway between Minneapolis-St. Paul and the Canada–United States border, and seven miles north of Duluth.[1]

Inmate life

On March 29, 2011, a reporter from a CBS affiliate station in Minnesota interviewed Denny Hecker, an inmate at FPC Duluth. Hecker, who made millions of dollars as the owner of car dealerships, is serving a 10-year sentence after pleading guilty to bankruptcy fraud in 2010. The reporter, Esme Murphy, described the interview:

"He was dressed in surplus army fatigues from the 1960s, the uniform of all inmates. He described a life that to some might not sound so bad. He works out every day with weights in a fully equipped prison gym. He says the food is good. There is a salad bar and at times fresh cinnamon rolls for breakfast. There is a prison movie theater he can go to. The former auto mogul sleeps in a bunk bed in a room with three other men in a residential dorm-like building. Now he said 'the minutes are like hours, the hours like days.' Sometimes he spends hours looking at the planes fly overhead to the nearby Air Force base. In prison, he had his first job interview in more than 30 years. He wanted to teach business to other inmates, instead he was assigned to wash floors."[2]

Hecker has since been transferred to the Federal Correctional Institution, Loretto, a low-security facility in Pennsylvania with an adjacent minimum-security satellite prison camp.[3]

Notable inmates (current and former)

Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
Jerry Koosman 06864-090 Released from custody in 2010; served 6 months. Former Major League Baseball player; pleaded guilty in 2009 to federal tax charges.
Stuart Levine 17852-424 Released from custody in August 2016; served 5 years. Major campaign contributor for former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich; pleaded guilty to mail fraud and money laundering in 2012; testified for the prosecution at the trials of Blagojevich, Tony Rezko and William Cellini.[4][5]

See also


  1. "FPC Duluth". Bop.gov. 2015-03-30. Retrieved 2015-10-11.
  2. "Behind Bars: Denny Hecker's Life In Prison « CBS Minnesota". Minnesota.cbslocal.com. 2011-05-15. Retrieved 2015-10-11.
  3. "Inmate Locator". Bop.gov. Retrieved 2015-10-11.
  4. "Blagojevich insider, key witness, gets 5 1/2 years in prison - tribunedigital-chicagotribune". Articles.chicagotribune.com. 2012-07-19. Retrieved 2015-10-11.
  5. (PDF) https://web.archive.org/web/20130115054017/http://www.justice.gov/usao/iln/indict/2005/us_v_levine_02.pdf. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 15, 2013. Retrieved February 9, 2013. Missing or empty |title= (help)

Coordinates: 46°50′05″N 92°11′44″W / 46.83482°N 92.19542°W / 46.83482; -92.19542

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