Butner Federal Medical Center

General Prison Information

Official Prison Name: Butner Federal Medical Center
Prison Code:
Prison Type: Federal Medical Center
State: North Carolina
Security Level:

Contact Information

Below you have the street address and mailing address for Butner Federal Medical Center. Use the mailing address if you are sending a letter or package to a prisoner there, and make sure to use the physical address if you need to know the location of the facility.

Mailing Address

Make sure to also read the Inmate Mail and Package Procedures section on this page if you are going to send a package or letter to a prisoner to make sure that you correctly address the item, and use the right steps for sending a package or letter. If you do not use the correct steps, it could not get delivered.

FMC Butner
Federal Medical Center
P.O. Box 1600
Butner NC, 27509

Street Address / Prison Location

Use the street address if you plan to visit a prisoner. Make sure to read the Inmate Visitation Procedures and Inmate Visitation Schedule sections on this page if you are going to visit an inmate here.

Butner Federal Medical Center
Old N. Carolina Hwy 75
Butner NC, 27509

Phone Number

Federal inmates don’t have telephones, so you won’t be able to call an inmate, however, there are times when it may be helpful to know the telephone number to the facility.

(919) 575-3900

Fax Number

Federal inmates don’t have fax machines, so you can’t send a fax to the inmate, but there are cases when it may be helpful to know the fax number to Butner Federal Medical Center.

(919) 575-4801 

Email Address

This email address is the primary email for the facility. You can’t email inmates at this address. If you are going to email a prisoner, read the Inmate Email information on this page.


Inmate and Staff Statistics

Total Inmates:   943 

Inmate Email

To send email to an inmate at Butner Federal Medical Center you must follow an exact process to ensure that the message gets to the prisoner.

TRULINCS – Trust Fund Limited Inmate Computer System

Federal inmates are allowed to email letters only to people that are on their approved contact list. An federal inmate has to make a formal request to send and recieve emails with a friend or family member by placing that person into their contact list.

All email correspondence is monitored. prisoners give consent to being monitored when they agree to participate in the system. Inmate contacts give their consent to getting monitored when they agree to correspondence with the prisoner and are notified each and every time that they get an email message from the inmate.

When a person is added to an inmates contact list that person will get an email confirmation which sends them to the CorrLink system at www.corrlink.com.
CorrLink Inmate Email System

Email messages may not jeopardize the public or the security, safety, or operation of the prison facility. Also, email cannot be longer than 13,000 characters. Email messages that are not consistent with these rules will be rejected.

Inmate Internet Access

Prisoners don’t have access to the internet.

Inmate Mail and Package Procedures

There are certain protocols that you have to follow when sending a package or letter to a federal prisoner. If you don’t follow these rules then letter or package might be returned to you.

Before you send anything, be sure to read the links below:

Mail Monitoring

Butner Federal Prison officials do open and read all received general mail and packages. Received general correspondence is read as frequently as deemed necessary to ensure security or watch a problem regarding any inmates.

How to Address a Letter to an Inmate

Shown here is the proper format for how you have to address a package or letter to a federal inmate at Butner Federal Prison:

FMC Butner
Federal Medical Center
P.O. Box 1600
Butner NC, 27509

To read the entire Bureau of Prisons Policy on Correspondence, go to: Bureau of Prisons – Correspondence Policy

Inmate Money

Every prison has a Commissary which was created to provide inmates a bank-like account for inmate funds and for purchasing things not issued by the prison.

How to Send an Inmate Money

Family, friends, or other sources can add money to these Commissary accounts by sending it by Western Union and the U.S. Postal Service.

Via U.S. Postal Service: An inmate’s family and friends can choose to send prisoners money in the mail and have to send funds to the following address and follow the rules listed below:

Federal Bureau of Prisons
Insert Valid Committed Inmate Name
Insert Inmate Eight-Digit Register Number
Post Office Box 474701
Des Moines, Iowa 50947-0001

The deposit has to be in a money order that is made out to the prisoner’s full committed name and complete eight-digit register number. It is best if you use a postal money order, since all non-postal money orders processed through the National Lockbox will be subject to a 15-day hold period, and in this time the prisoner will not get the funds. The Bureau of Prisons will return to the sender any funds that don’t have valid prisoner info but only if the envelope has an adequate return address. Cash and personal checks can’t be deposited to the prisoner’s account so do not send cash or checks.

Via Western Union Quick Collect Program: Prisoner’s friends and family may also send prisoners money with Western Union’s Quick Collect Program. Money sent to a prisoner with the Western Union Quick Collect Program can be sent via one of these methods:

  1. At Western Union location using cash. In order to locate the closest agent, you can call 1-800-325-6000 or visit www.westernunion.com.
  2. On the phone with a credit or debit card: Call 1-800-634-3422 and select menu option 2.
  3. On the web with a credit or debit card: Visit www.westernunion.com and choose “Quick Collect.”

For every Western Union Quick Collect transaction, this info has to be included:

  1. Correct Inmate Eight-Digit Register Number (entered with no spaces or dashes) followed immediately by Inmate’s Last Name
  2. Committed Inmate Full Name entered on Attention Line
  3. Code City: FBOP, DC

If the wrong register number and/or name are used and accepted and sent to that inmate, the funds might not be returned.

For additional info about how to send a prisoner money, go to the official Bureau of Prisons website:
Bureau of Prisons – Inmate Money

Inmate Locator

Federal inmates are often moved to different correctional facilities throughout the country, so sometimes you may have to locate where an inmate is located using the inmate locator. Follow the link here to locate a prisoner.
Inmate Search

Inmate Visitation Schedule

Visiting hours are from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, as well as every federally recognized holiday.

Inmate Visitor Procedures

Every prison has its own rules for inmate visitation and these rules get changed frequently. The information below may be different by the time you are reading this, so make sure to also check the prison’s website to get the latest rules for visitation.

Visitation Sign-In and Check-In

The visitation guard ensures every visitor signs the prisoner visitors log upon entering the visitation area and upon departure.

Identification Required

Photo id of all visitors is required. Appropriate forms of id are Driver’s License and Social Security Card; although, a state issued photo ID is OK.

For all of the things shown below, check out the official prison facility website as this info is changed frequently:

  • Visitation Rules
  • Visitation Dress Code
  • Things You Can and Cannot Take to Visitation
  • Special Rules For Children, Special Visits, Pastoral or Attorney Visits

To read the entire Butner Federal Prison Visitation Policy go to: Inmate Visitation Guide

Prison Jobs & Hiring

Trying to find a prison job? Do you have any prior experience? Have you worked at a prison previously?

If so, go to: Butner Federal Medical Center Jobs


The official website: Butner Federal Medical Center Website

Tell Your Story – Write a Review of Butner Federal Medical Center

Have you ever been incarcerated in Butner Federal Medical Center? Do you have a family member or friend there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate at Butner Federal Medical Center?

If yes, then you should write a review about it. Tell us about what you experienced so that other people can learn what to expect.

Things you can put in your comment:

  • Prison conditions
  • Prison layout and facility
  • Guards and prison staff
  • Commissary and food
  • Visitation
  • Inmates
  • Inmate safety
  • Gangs
  • Inmate activities and programs

If you are a prisoner at this facility, include your address if you would like people to be able to send you a letter.

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