Kwame Kilpatrick aka inmate # 44678-039

Mar 18, 2013

Kwame Kilpatrick may have been known as "Boss" or "Black" to some, but in his new home, he’s inmate number 44678-039. 

That’s according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons inmate search.  His new address (at least until he’s sentenced) is the Milan Federal Correctional Institution.

It’s a 300 acre low security facility which opened on April 6, 1933.  It houses male inmates for pretrial and holdover.

Over the years, the facility has been the home for a variety of notable prisoners.

  • Umar Farouk Abdulmutal­lab (aka the Underwear Bomber) was held in Milan during his trial in 2012.
  • Vicente Zambada-Niebla - Alleged leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, which imports hundreds of tons of cocaine into the U.S. from Mexico and is responsible for thousands of drug-related murders in both countries; extradited to the US in 2010.
  • Albert Gonzalez - Pleaded guilty in 2009 to leading the largest identity theft hacking ring in US history, which infiltrated the networks of nationwide chain stores and stole the credit card numbers of millions of customers, causing losses of $4.3 million.
  • The wives of Baby Face Nelson and John Dillinger (Helen Gillis and Evelyn Frechette) both served time in the 1930s.   
  • It’s also the site of Michigan’s only federal execution.  On July 8, 1938, Anthony Chebatoris was hanged for murdering a truck driver that he thought was a police officer.

And according to Ray Kisonas, of the Monroe News, it was home to a well-known mob guy:

Joseph Valachi, who first publicly acknowledged the Mafia’s existence in the 1960s and was the subject of a book and movie called “The Valachi Papers,” came to Milan in 1966 to be shielded from mob hits.

Some housekeeping issues for new inmates:

New uniform?  Khaki shirts (tucked in) and pants.

When do we get clean sheets?  Linens are exchanged every Wednesday morning.

Prisoners are counted 5 times each day.

- Chris Zollars, Michigan Radio Newsroom