Federal Correctional Institution, Phoenix

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Federal Correctional Institution, Phoenix
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LocationPhoenix, Arizona
Security classMedium-security (with minimum-security prison camp)
Population1,180 (300 in prison camp)
Managed byFederal Bureau of Prisons

The Federal Correctional Institution, Phoenix (FCI Phoenix) is a medium-security United States federal prison for male inmates in Arizona. It is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a division of the United States Department of Justice. The facility also has an adjacent satellite prison camp for minimum-security female offenders.

FCI Phoenix is located approximately 25 miles north of downtown Phoenix, also west of Anthem, Arizona but still within the city limits.[1]


An environmental impact study was prepared in 1980 for the proposed prison,[2] which was being planned while the federal prison system was overwhelmed with incoming inmates.[3] The facility was opened in April 1985 with two housing units, each containing 66 rooms at the time. By 2002, it employed 349 staff and held 1,525 inmates.[4]

Notable events[edit]

On November 4, 2005, Earl Krugel, an activist for the Jewish Defense League, a far right pro-Israel organization, was in the exercise yard when another inmate bludgeoned him to death with a block of concrete. Krugel, who had been convicted for plotting to bomb the office of Arab-American Congressman Darrell Issa in California, had only been at the prison for three days. Inmate David Frank Jennings was subsequently identified as the attacker. In 2007, Jennings pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 35 years in prison in 2008.[5][6][7]

Notable Inmates (current and former)[edit]

Inmate Name Register Number# 15685 022 Photo Status Details
Hamid Hayat 15804-097 Served 14 years of a 24 year sentence. After a judge ruled his conviction was the result of poor defense, and excessive interrogation, Hyat had all charges against him dismissed, and was released from federal custody on August 9, 2019.[8] US citizen of Pakistani descent; convicted in 2006 of providing material support to terrorists for attending an al-Qaeda training camp in Pakistan and planning attacks on hospitals, banks, grocery stores and government buildings in the United States.[9]
Cris Kirkwood 81499-008 CrisInAustin11May2007.jpg Released from custody in 2005 after serving 11 months.[10] Former bassist for the Meat Puppets, an American rock band; pleaded guilty in 2004 to assault with a dangerous weapon for striking a security guard with a baton at a Phoenix post office.[11]
Jerry Posin 57593-008 Released from custody in 2009 after serving 5 years.[12] Former drummer for Steppenwolf, an American rock band; played in several prison bands with Cris Kirkwood at FCI Phoenix.[13]
Tyler Barris 29381-031 Served 1 year of a 20 year sentence[14] Caller during a swatting incident that resulted in the fatal shooting of Andrew Finch, an uninvolved third party
Earl Krugel 20966-112 Murdered in 2005 while serving a 20 year sentence Charged with Federal terrorism. Conspiracy to bomb up a mosque, the offices of US Congressman Darrell Issa, and the offices of the Muslim Public Affairs Council.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "FCI Phoenix". Federal Bureau of Prisons.
  2. ^ Webster, James H. (1980). "Federal Correctional Institution, Phoenix, Arizona: final environmental impact statement". Bureau of Prisons. Retrieved January 13, 2011. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  3. ^ Abbey, Alan (January 13, 1984). "Federal Prisons Deluged with Flood of Inmates". Oxnard Press-Courier. p. 12. Retrieved January 13, 2011.
  4. ^ Mary Bosworth (2002). The U.S. Federal Prison System. SAGE Publications. pp. 285–286. Retrieved January 12, 2011.
  5. ^ "U.S. Jewish militant killed in prison". Los Angeles Times. November 6, 2005. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  6. ^ "Jewish extremist killed in jail". BBC News. November 6, 2005. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  7. ^ "US Attorney – Federal Inmate Sentenced On Brutal Murder of Fellow Inmate". LawFuel. March 14, 2008. Archived from the original on 13 January 2016. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  8. ^ Bulwa, Demian. "Hamid Hayat released from prison".
  9. ^ Associated Press (March 13, 2013). "Appeals court upholds 2006 conviction of Calif. man for plotting terror attacks on US targets". Fox News. Retrieved 22 March 2013.
  10. ^ Cromelin, Richard (August 8, 2007). "Prodigal Meat Puppet is back from brink of self-destruction". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  11. ^ Associated Press (August 3, 2004). "Cris Kirkwood sentenced to prison". NBC News. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  12. ^ O'Neal, Sean (October 9, 2007). "Meat Puppets". A.V. Club. 2015 Onion Inc. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  13. ^ O'Neal, Sean (October 9, 2007). "Interview: Meat Puppets". Onion, Inc. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  14. ^ "Serial 'swatter' sentenced to 20 years for death of Kansas man shot by police". NBC News. Retrieved 2020-09-26.

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Coordinates: 33°50′01″N 112°10′06″W / 33.83361°N 112.16833°W / 33.83361; -112.16833