United States Penitentiary, Lompoc

United States Penitentiary, Lompoc
Location Lompoc, Santa Barbara County, California
Coordinates 34°40′34″N 120°30′21″W / 34.6762°N 120.5057°W / 34.6762; -120.5057Coordinates: 34°40′34″N 120°30′21″W / 34.6762°N 120.5057°W / 34.6762; -120.5057
Status Operational
Security class Medium-security (with minimum-security prison camp)
Population 1,500 (520 in prison camp)
Managed by Federal Bureau of Prisons

The United States Penitentiary, Lompoc (USP Lompoc) is a medium-security United States federal prison for male inmates in California. It is part of the Lompoc Federal Correctional Complex (FCC Lompoc) and is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a division of the United States Department of Justice. The facility also has a satellite prison camp for minimum-security male inmates. It was formerly a military disciplinary barracks on Camp Cooke.

FCC Lompoc is located within the city of Lompoc, 175 miles (282 km) northwest of Los Angeles, adjacent to Vandenberg Air Force Base.[1]


The Medium security complex also contains a maximum security wing constructed in 2006 known as the "SHU" or "Special Housing Unit". Inmates in the SHU remain in their cells 24/7 as the cells are equipped with showers. Inmates may be placed in the SHU as a disciplinary measure or for administrative reasons. The treatment of inmates in the SHU is comparable to that found at the United States Penitentiary, Florence ADX, the federal supermax prison in Colorado.

There are two minimum security prison camps that also house adult male inmates. One is a Federal Prison Camp, the other is a Residential Drug Abuse Treatment Camp.[2]

Notable inmates

Public corruption

Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
H.R. Haldeman Unlisted* Released from custody in 1978; served 18 months.[3] White House Chief of Staff for President Richard Nixon and key figure in the Watergate scandal; convicted in 1975 of conspiracy and obstruction of justice.[4][5][6]
Herbert W. Kalmbach Unlisted* Released from custody in 1975; served 6 months.[7] Personal attorney for President Richard Nixon; pleaded guilty in 1974 to illegally soliciting nearly $4 million in campaign funds.[4][8][9]

Financial crimes

Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
Ivan Boesky 13987-054 Released from custody in 1990; served 2 years. Former leading Wall Street speculator; pleaded guilty in 1987 to conspiracy to file false stock trading records for making $80 million through an insider trading scheme.[10]
Reed Slatkin 24057-112 Released from custody in 2013; served 14 years. Co-founder of EarthLink; pleaded guilty in 2002 to mail fraud, wire fraud, money laundering and conspiracy to obstruct justice for stealing $593 million from investors in one of the biggest Ponzi schemes in US history; Slatkin's story was featured on the CNBC television program American Greed.[11][12][13]
Eugene Plotkin 58897-054 Released from custody in 2011; served 3 years. Former associate at Goldman Sachs; convicted in 2007 masterminding an insider trading conspiracy which netted $6.5 million; Plotkin's story was featured on the CNBC television program American Greed.[14][15]

Other crimes

Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
Demetrius Flenory 13037-078 Serving a 30-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2032. Co-founder of the Black Mafia Family criminal organization; pleaded guilty in 2007 to leading a national drug trafficking operation based in Detroit, Michigan with his brother, Terry Flenory, who was also sentenced to 30 years.[16]
Chuck Muncie 03389-198 Released from custody in 1992; served 18 months. Former National Football League player; pleaded guilty in 1988 to selling cocaine to an undercover federal agent and perjury.[17][18]
Andre Louis Hicks 55553-097 Released from custody in 1996; served 4 years. American rap artist known as Mac Dre and member of the Romper Room Gang, which was suspected of committing a series of bank robberies; convicted in 1992 of conspiracy for plotting to rob a bank in Fresno, California.[19][20][21][22]
Hüseyin Yıldırım 09542-018 Released from custody and deported to his home country of Turkey in 2003; served 5 years. Turkish national; convicted in 1989 of conspiring with spy James Hall III to sell classified information regarding US eavesdropping operations to East German and Soviet agents between 1983 and 1988.[23]

See also


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  2. "FCC Lompoc". Federal Bureau of Prisons. 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-07.
  3. Severo, Richard (November 13, 1993). "H. R. Haldeman, Nixon Aide Who Had Central Role in Watergate, Is Dead at 67". The New York Times. Retrieved 24 October 2015.
  4. 1 2 Corwin, Miles "Los Angeles Times", July 30, 1990, Accessed January 29, 2011
  5. "H.R. Haldeman Dies". Washingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2015-10-15.
  6. "January 1, 1975: Watergate 'Big Three' Convicted". Historycommons.org. Retrieved 2015-10-15.
  7. "Prison life no hardship for Watergate offenders". The Dispatch. September 19, 1974. Retrieved 24 October 2015.
  8. "Kalmbach Sentenced To 6-18 Months In Jail". Charleston News and Courier. 17 June 1974. Retrieved 25 September 2012.
  9. Sterngold, James (1987-12-19). "BOESKY SENTENCED TO 3 YEARS IN JAIL IN INSIDER SCANDAL". NYTimes.com. Retrieved 2015-10-15.
  10. "EarthLink cofounder pleads guilty to fraud charges". Usatoday.Com. 2002-04-30. Retrieved 2015-10-15.
  11. "Reed Slatkin Given 14-Year Prison Term - latimes". Articles.latimes.com. 2003-05-20. Retrieved 2015-10-15.
  12. "American Greed: Stealing $$$ From Scientologists and the Art of Fraud.". Cnbc.com. Retrieved 2016-09-13.
  13. "Ex-Goldman Associate Sentenced to More Than 4 Years for Inside Trades". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-10-15.
  14. "American Greed: Strippers and Insider Trading | Economan: Superthief". Cnbc.com. Retrieved 2015-10-15.
  15. "News from DEA, Domestic Field Divisions, Detroit News Releases, 09/12/08". Justice.gov. 2008-09-12. Retrieved 2013-06-10.
  16. "SPORTS PEOPLE - FOOTBALL - Muncie Is Sentenced". NYTimes.com. 1989-02-22. Retrieved 2015-10-15.
  17. "SPORTS PEOPLE - FOOTBALL - Muncie Jailed". NYTimes.com. 1989-01-27. Retrieved 2015-10-15.
  18. "Mac Dre :: Rapper Gone Bad :: Romp Records/SWERVE Entertainment". Rapreviews.com. 2005-01-11. Retrieved 2015-10-15.
  19. "Thizz Entertainment Rap Label Busted For Nationwide Drug Trafficking". Blog.aacriminallaw.com. 2012-04-25. Retrieved 2015-10-15.
  20. Bulwa, Demian (November 2, 2004). "Rapper Mac Dre slain in Kansas City / This time rumors of his death are true -- he was killed in a freeway shooting". SFGate. Hearst Communications, Inc. Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  21. "Rapper Mac Dre Killed In Kansas City". billboard.com. Billboard. November 2, 2004. Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  22. Engelberg, Steven (July 21, 1989). "Turk Convicted in Spy Case Called Harmful to U.S.". The New York Times. Retrieved 11 December 2015.
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