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Federal Prison Camp, Yankton

Federal Prison Camp, Yankton
Location Yankton, South Dakota

42°52′51″N 97°23′30″W / 42.8809°N 97.3918°W / 42.8809; -97.3918Coordinates: 42°52′51″N 97°23′30″W / 42.8809°N 97.3918°W / 42.8809; -97.3918{{#coordinates:42.8809|N|97.3918|W|type:landmark_region:US-SD|||| |primary |name=

Status Operational
Security class Minimum-security
Population 850
Managed by Federal Bureau of Prisons

The Federal Prison Camp, Yankton (FPC Yankton) is a minimum-security United States federal prison for male inmates in Yankton, South Dakota. It is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a division of the United States Department of Justice. The site is the former campus of Yankton College (1881-1984), the site was converted in 1988.

FPC Yankton is located 60 miles northwest of Sioux City, Iowa, and 85 miles southwest of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.[1]

In popular culture

Forbes magazine rated FPC Yankton one of "Americas 10 Cushiest Prisons" in 2009. In describing the facility, Asher Hawkins wrote, "The winters are tough, and the nearest city of any size is at least an hour away, but Yankton is a standalone minimum-security facility with a staff that's not too tough on prisoners. White-collar cons can take classes in accounting, business administration and business management."[2]

Notable inmates

"Shawn Merriman" redirects here. For the football player, see Shawne Merriman.
Inmate name Register number Status Details
Shawn Merriman 36404-013 Serving a 12-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2020. Former Mormon bishop; pleaded guilty in 2009 to mail fraud for masterminding a Ponzi scheme which defrauded 67 investors of $20 million between 1995 and 2009; the story was featured on the CNBC television program American Greed.[3][4]
Michael Baxton, Sr. 09405-025 Released from custody in June 2013; served 1 year. Former Chief of the Alorton and East St. Louis Police Departments in Illinois; pleaded guilty in 2012 to felony charges of stealing evidence and making false statements to federal investigators.[5][6]
John McTiernan 43029-112 Served 328 days; released in February 2014. Director of the 1987 film Predator, the 1988 film Die Hard and the 1990 film The Hunt for Red October; pleaded guilty in 2006 to making false statements and perjury for lying to FBI agents and a federal judge investigating illegal wiretapping charges against private investigator Anthony Pellicano.[7][8]

See also

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  1. ^ "BOP: FPC Yankton". Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  2. ^ "In Pictures: America's 10 Cushiest Prisons". Forbes. 2009-07-13. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  3. ^ Renee McGaw (September 14, 2010). "Merriman sentenced to 12-1/2 years in Ponzi scheme". The Business Journal. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "The Mormon Madoff: How Shawn Merriman Scammed Millions". 2012-06-20. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  5. ^ "FBI — Former Police Chief Michael Baxton, Sr. Pleads Guilty to Theft of Evidence and Making False Statements to Federal Investigators". Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  6. ^ "Former East St. Louis and Alorton police chief gets one year in prison : News". 2012-04-27. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  7. ^ Block, Alex Ben (April 3, 2013). "John McTiernan Surrenders to Begin Pellicano Prison Sentence". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "Die Hard director John McTiernan released from jail". BBC NEWS. February 27, 2014. 

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