November 06, 2013BERLIN — Warden Esker "Lee" Tatum will be on board this week to take up his duties of running Federal Corrections Institution (FCI)-Berlin, according to a prison spokesperson. Tatum, who most recently served as the associate warden at FCI-Fairton, N.J., began his career with the Bureau of Prisons as a Correctional Officer at FCI-Fort Dix, N.J., nearly 20 years ago in Dec. 1992.
Since that time he has moved up the promotional ladder, taking on increasing responsibilities at various jobs located in Brooklyn, N. Y., and Philadelphia, Penn.
The facility is slightly less than one-third full.
The medium security level facility now houses approximately 340 male inmates.
The minimum security Satellite Camp (SCP) currently houses approximately 90 male inmates, making a total of some 430 inmates.
A total of 255 staff members are currently employed at FCI Berlin.
In August, a total of 450 men were incarcerated at the prison, with 20 fewer inmates than currently housed in the medium security main facility. At that time, a total of 249 employees were on site, slightly less than now.
FCI-Berlin was designed to house 1,152 male offenders in the medium-security facility and 128 minimum-security male inmates in the work camp, making a grand total of 1,280 inmates when at capacity.
The federal facility's first warden, Deborah Schult, Ph.D., a native of Billerica, Mass., received a promotion that resulted in her being posted to Washington, D.C.