About the Federal Bureau of Prisons

The Federal Bureau of Prisons administrates the national federal prison system. There are more than 100 prisons of various security levels in this system, located throughout the nation. Security levels include:

  • Prison camps with limited or no fencing
  • Low or minimum security facilities with dormitory housing
  • Medium security institutions with double-fenced perimeters and cells
  • High-security prisons with reinforced fences/walls

Whether an individual goes to a prison camp, a minimum-security prison or a medium/high-security prison depends on the facts and circumstances of the individual’s case.

In some cases, individuals convicted of federal offenses can request a prison transfer. These requests are handled on a case-by-case basis and are not routinely granted.

About Federal Correctional Institution, Bennettsville (FCI Bennettsville)

FCI Bennettsville’s prison designation is as a medium-security institution. It is located in Marlboro County, South Carolina. FCI Bennettsville also has an adjacent low-security prison camp. This prison houses male offenders with (at the time of writing) a population of roughly 1,700 inmates.

Types of Offenders at FCI Bennettsville

As a medium-security prison, FCI Bennettsville houses inmates who have been convicted of federal offenses like white-collar fraud. One current federal prison inmate is Troy Titus, a former real estate investor, who was convicted (like Bernie Madoff, who is currently serving a 150-year sentence at FCC Butner in North Carolina) of masterminding a Ponzi scheme that involved fraud and money laundering.

State v. B.S.: Not Guilty Verdict in First Degree Murder Case.

In this case, our client was charged with First Degree Murder in connection with a “drive-by” shooting that occurred in Charlotte, NC. The State’s evidence included GPS ankle monitoring data linking our client was at the scene of the crime and evidence that our client confessed to an inmate while in jail. Nonetheless, we convinced a jury to unanimously find our client Not Guilty. He was released from jail the same day.

State v. S.G.: First Degree Murder Charge Dismissed.

Our client was charged with First Degree for the shooting death related to alleged breaking and entering. The State’s evidence included a co-defendant alleging that our client was the shooter. After conducting a thorough investigation with the use of a private investigator, we persuaded the State to dismiss entirely the case against our client.

State v. B.D.: First Degree Murder Charged Dismissed.

After conducting an investigation and communicating with the prosecutor about the facts and circumstances indicating that our client acted in self-defense, the case was dismissed and deemed a justifiable homicide.

State v. I.R.: Reduction from First Degree Murder to Involuntary Manslaughter and Concealment of Death.

Our client was charged with the First Degree Murder of a young lady by drug overdose. After investigating the decedent’s background and hiring a preeminent expert toxicologist to fight the State’s theory of death, we were able to negotiate this case down from Life in prison to 5 years in prison, with credit for time served.

State v. J.G.:

Our client was charged with First Degree Murder related to a “drug deal gone bad.” After engaging the services of a private investigator and noting issues with the State’s case, we were able to negotiate a plea for our client that avoided a Life sentence and required him to serve only 12 years.