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Federal Correctional Institution, Lompoc

Prison in Lompoc, California, United States
For medium-security, federal prison for male inmates, see United States Penitentiary, Lompoc.
Federal Correctional Institution, Lompoc
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Location Lompoc, California

The Federal Correctional Institution, Lompoc (FCI Lompoc) is a low-security United States federal prison for male inmates in Lompoc, 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.

FCC Lompoc is located within the city of Lompoc, 175 miles (282 km) northwest of Los Angeles, adjacent to Vandenberg Space Force Base. The complex also includes a U.S. Penitentiary and a minimum-security prison camp.

Facility

The average offender at FCI Lompoc is serving between one and fifteen years for federal drug and or other non-violent offenses. It has four general housing units, two of which offer dormitory and room-type housing. The institution offers a full range of inmate employment, vocational training, education, counseling (both mental health and drug abuse), medical, dental, pre-release preparation, and other self-improvement opportunities.

Notable incidents

1980 escape

In the late evening hours of January 21, 1980, Christopher Boyce, who was serving a forty-year sentence for spying for the Soviet Union, escaped from FCI Lompoc. With the assistance of fellow inmates, he hid in a drainage hole, used a makeshift ladder and small tin scissors to cut through a barbed wire perimeter. Boyce was on the run for nineteen months, until U.S. Marshals and FBI Agents captured him on the Olympic Peninsula of western Washington at Port Angeles on August 21, 1981, ending one of the most extensive and complex manhunts in the history of the U.S. Marshals Service.

COVID-19 pandemic

A deadly COVID-19 outbreak swept through the federal correctional complex in 2020. It included several dozen staff members, including guards.

Notable inmates (current)

Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
Abu Khalid Abdul Latif 40739-086 Serving a 18 year sentence. Scheduled for release in 2026. Pleaded guilty in 2012 to conspiracy to murder US officers for plotting to attack recruits at a Military Processing Center in Seattle, Washington with grenades and machine guns; co-conspirator Walli Mujahidh received 17 years.
Henry Uliomereyon Jones 46810-112 Now at FCI La Tuna Former record company executive; convicted in 2008 of mail fraud, wire fraud, and securities fraud for running a Ponzi scheme that caused 500 investors to lose over $32 million; the story was featured on the CNBC series American Greed.
Chi Mak 29252-112 Serving a 24-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2027. Former engineer for the Boeing aerospace company; convicted in 2007 of conspiracy to commit economic espionage and other charges for stealing restricted information related to the US Space Shuttle program and Delta IV rocket for the Chinese government.
Cody Easterday 37593-509 Serving an 11-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2032. Washington rancher convicted in 2022 of wire fraud after invoicing multiple companies for payment for cattle that did not exist.

Notable inmates (former)

†Inmates who were released from custody prior to 1982 are not listed on the Bureau of Prisons website.

Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
Jimmy Snowden Unlisted† Transferred from Federal Correctional Institution, Texarkana in December 1971 and released in August 1972. Member of the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan who became a conspirator and participant in the murders of Chaney, Goodman, and Schwerner in 1964.
Christopher John Boyce
Andrew Daulton Lee
19347-148
19485-148
Boyce was released from custody in 2003 after serving 24 years; Lee was released in 1998 after serving 19 years. Convicted of espionage in 1977 for selling classified information regarding US ciphers and spy satellites to the Soviet Union; they were respectively portrayed by Timothy Hutton and Sean Penn in the 1985 film The Falcon and the Snowman.
Bernie Ward 90569-111 Released from custody in 2014; served 6 years. Former radio host and political commentator; pleaded guilty to distribution of child pornography in 2008 for using the Internet to transmit photographs of children being molested.
Reed Slatkin 24057-112 Released from custody in 2013; served 10 years. Co-founder of EarthLink and ordained Scientology minister; pleaded guilty in 2002 to fraud, conspiracy and money laundering for perpetrating one of the largest Ponzi schemes in US history.

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Coordinates: 34°40′42″N 120°29′50″W / 34.678364°N 120.497158°W / 34.678364; -120.497158

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