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Federal Correctional Institution, Lompoc

Federal Correctional Institution, Lompoc
Location Lompoc, California
Status Operational
Security class Low-security
Population 1,480
Managed by Federal Bureau of Prisons

The Federal Correctional Institution, Lompoc (FCI Lompoc) is a low-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.

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 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.[2]

Notable incidents

1980 escape

In the late evening hours of January 21, 1980, Christopher Boyce, who was serving a 40-year sentence for spying for the Soviet Union, escaped from FCI Lompoc. With the assistance of fellow inmates, Boyce 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 one year and eight months until US Marshals and FBI Agents captured him in the small town of Port Angeles, Washington on August 21, 1981, ending one of the most extensive and complex manhunts in the history of the US Marshals Service.[3]

Notable inmates (current and former)

Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
Christopher John Boyce

Andrew Daulton Lee



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.
Steven Martinez 25420-298 Serving a 24-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2032. Former IRS Agent and tax-preparer; pleaded guilty to murder-for-hire, mail fraud, identity theft and money laundering in 2012 for defrauding clients of over $11 million and then plotting their murders to prevent them from testifying about the theft.[4][5][6]
Bernie Ward 90569-111 Serving a 7-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2014. 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.[7][8]
Henry Uliomereyon Jones 46810-112 Serving a 20-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2025. 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 television program American Greed.[9][10][11]

See also


External links

  • Lompoc Federal Correctional Complex

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

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