Butner Low Federal Correctional Institution

General Prison Information

Official Prison Name: Butner Low Federal Correctional Institution
Prison Code: BUF
Prison Type: Federal Correctional Institution
Region: Mid-Atlantic Region
State: North Carolina
Security Level: Low

Contact Information

Here is the street address and mailing address for Butner Low Federal Correctional Institution. Use the mailing address if you are mailing a letter or package to an inmate at Butner Low Federal Correctional Institution, and be sure to use the physical address if you need to know the actual location of the facility.

Mailing Address

Make sure to also read the Inmate Mail and Package Procedures information below if you are going to send something to an inmate to make sure that you correctly address the item, and use the correct procedure for sending a package or letter. If you do not use the correct directions, the package or letter could get sent back.

FCI Butner Low
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 999
Butner NC, 27509

Street Address / Prison Location

Use the street address if you plan to visit a prisoner. Be sure to read over the Inmate Visitation Procedures and Inmate Visitation Schedule sections below if you are going to visit an inmate.

Butner Low Federal Correctional Institution
Old Nc Hwy 75
Butner NC, 27509

Phone Number

Inmates can’t take phone calls, so you won’t be able to call your inmate, however, there are times when it may be necessary to know the telephone number to the prison.

(919) 575-5000

Fax Number

Inmates don’t have fax machines, so you won’t be able to send a fax to your inmate, but there are cases when it might be necessary to know the fax number to Butner Low Federal Correctional Institution.

(919) 575-5023 

Email Address

The email address below is the main email for Butner Low Federal Correctional Institution. You can’t reach prisoners at this email. If you are going to email a prisoner, check out the Inmate Email information on this page.


Inmate and Staff Statistics

Total Inmates:   1,368 

Inmate Email

To send email to an inmate at Butner Low Federal Correctional Institution you must follow an exact process to ensure that the letter gets to the inmate.

TRULINCS – Trust Fund Limited Inmate Computer System

Prisoners are allowed to email letters only to people listed on their approved contact list. An prisoner has to make a formal request to send and recieve email messages with a person by placing that person into their contact list.

All email is subject to monitoring. prisoners give their consent to being monitored when they agree to participate in the email program. Family and friends of the inmate must consent to getting monitored when they agree to corresponding with the inmate and are reminded about this each and every time that they get email correspondence from the inmate.

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

Email correspondence may not jeopardize the public or the security, safety, or operation of the prison. Also, the emails should not exceed 13,000 characters. Email messages that are not consistent with these rules will not get sent.

Inmate Internet Access

Prisoners are not permitted to access the web.

Inmate Mail and Package Procedures

There are certain protocols that you must follow when sending a package or letter to a federal prisoner. If you don’t then the mail might not make it there.

Before you send a package or letter, you should read the links below:

Mail Monitoring

Butner Low Federal Correctional Institution guards will open and read and inspect all received general mail and packages. Received general mail is read as frequently as is deemed necessary to ensure security or watch a problem having to do with an inmate.

How to Address a Letter to an Inmate

Below is the correct format for how you have to address a letter or package to a prisoner at Butner Low Federal Prison:

FCI Butner Low
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 999
Butner NC, 27509

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

Inmate Money

Every prison has a Commissary which was created to provide a bank type account for prisoner funds and for buying things not provided by the prison.

How to Send an Inmate Money

Family, friends, or other sources can add money to inmate’s 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 to send prisoners money through postal mail and have to send the moneyh to this 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 have to be in the form of 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 U.S. Postal Service money order, since all non-postal money orders processed through the National Lockbox will be kept for a 15-day hold, in which the prisoner will not get the money. The Bureau of Prisons will return to the sender any funds that don’t have valid prisoner info if the envelope it was sent it has an adequate return address. Cash and personal checks will not be deposited to the inmate’s account so do not send any cash or checks.

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

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

For the Western Union Quick Collect transaction, all of this info has to be included:

  1. Correct and valid 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 the wrong inmate, funds might not get returned to you.

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

Inmate Locator

Prisoners are often moved to different correctional facilities around the nation, so you might need to find the location of an inmate using the inmate locator. Click on the link here to locate an federal inmate.
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 procedures for prisoner visitation and these rules change often. The information listed here may be different now, so make sure to also go to the prison’s website to find the latest visitation rules.

Visitation Sign-In and Check-In

The visitation guard ensures every visitor signs the prisoner visitors log before they enter the facility and also when they leave.

Identification Required

Picture 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 points shown below, go to the actual prison website as this info is changed often:

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

To read the complete Butner Low Federal Correctional Institution Visitation Guide go to: Inmate Visitation Guide

Prison Jobs & Hiring

Looking for a prison job? Do you have any prior experience? Have you worked at a prison facility previously?

If so, click here: Butner Low Federal Correctional Institution Jobs


The official website: Butner Low Federal Correctional Institution Website

Tell Your Story – Write a Review of Butner Low Federal Correctional Institution

Have you ever been a prisoner in Butner Low Federal Correctional Institution? Do you know someone there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate there?

If yes, then you should tell us about it. Write about your experience so other people can find out what to expect.

Things you could put in the review:

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

If you are currently an inmate at this facility, leave your address if you want people to be able to mail you.


  1. hello im am writen this to hopefully understand ,,,the guards that work at butner are so hatefull, no respect for no one.. no one….they all need a lession in attude,,,my son is here..and if they treat them as they do us…o man.. there was a old lady geting out of her car.. she couldnt walk good a feel to the right and leaned on a car from falling ..an guard hollerd at her from his truck and said to this old lady get off the car or leave….and i personally seen this. along with others as well. 2 minuntes till time to go in and we just pulled in and a guard in a truck told us to leave . we just got there 2 minuntes till time to go in….hateful…..1 guard out of all is the best and he desirves to know it ..so i told him you have a great personality….of all we have meet..my son has become cold hearted sence there …he is a christion ..but your prison as really let him down …i am am talking to someone concerning this..some one has to…..it would be nice if you could visit with out them being so hatefull…im not alone at this…….god knows what they do and how they treat people ……they well have to answer to him one day….thanks for the ear ..

  2. Joanne Da***p**t says:

    I am the Aunt of an inmate currently housed at the Butner Low Security Facility. During his time at the facility (started in Medium Security) the only concern I have ever had and am currently having is the amount of time it takes to respond to his request for medical assistance. My nephew Ronald G**er, inmate # 79**5-083 has Crohn’s Disease and is currently experiencing an episode where he can’t eat and is in a great amount of pain. This has been going on for about a week and was told they had to order the medication which should take until the end of the week ( that would have been 07/01). The last time he had an episode (in Medium Security) delay in treatment resulted in him losing 50 pounds in less than three weeks. His mobility was affected to the point where he really needed a wheel chair to get around and had to tie his belt to keep his pants up. Why does it take so long when there is a supposedly a great medical center on the property? Can someone please look into this situation. I am going to attempt to reach a responsible party at the low medical infirmary by phone but hopefully this remittance will get a more immediate response. Thank you for helping my family through a less than favorable situation. God Bless You.

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