Honolulu Federal Detention Center

General Prison Information

Official Prison Name: Honolulu Federal Detention Center
Prison Code: HON
Prison Type: Federal Detention Center
Region: Western Region
State: Hawaii
Security Level: Administrative

Contact Information

Below is the street address and mailing address for Honolulu Federal Detention Center. Use the mailing address if you are mailing a letter or package to an inmate at Honolulu Federal Detention Center, and be sure to use the physical address if you need to know the location of the facility.

Mailing Address

Be sure to read over the Inmate Mail and Package Procedures information below if you are going to send something to an inmate to make sure that you correctly address the package or letter, and use the correct steps for sending a package or letter. If you do not use the correct directions, it could not get delivered.

FDC Honolulu
Federal Detention Center
P.O. Box 30080
Honolulu HI, 96820

Street Address / Prison Location

Use the street address if you are visiting a prisoner. Make sure to read over the Inmate Visitation Procedures and Inmate Visitation Schedule information below if you are going to try to visit an inmate at Honolulu Federal Prison.

Honolulu Federal Detention Center
351 Elliott St
Honolulu HI, 96819

Phone Number

Federal inmates don’t have telephones, so you won’t be able to call an inmate, however, there are some times when it may be helpful to know the telephone number to the facility.

(808) 838-4200

Fax Number

Federal inmates don’t have fax machines, so you won’t be able to fax your inmate, but there are times when it might be necessary to know the fax number to Honolulu Federal Detention Center.

(808) 838-4507 

Email Address

The email address below is the main email for Honolulu Federal Detention Center. You can’t reach prisoners at this email. If you need to email a prisoner, read the Inmate Email information below.


Inmate and Staff Statistics

Total Inmates:   839 

Inmate Email

In order to send email to an inmate you must follow an exact process to ensure that the message gets to the prisoner.

TRULINCS – Trust Fund Limited Inmate Computer System

Federal prisoners are allowed to receive emails only from people listed on their approved contact list. An prisoner has to make a request to recieve and send email messages with a friend or family member by placing that person in their contact list.

All email is subject to monitoring. prisoners give their consent to getting monitored when they join the email system. Inmate contacts give consent to email monitoring when they agree to corresponding with the inmate and are notified every time that they get an email letter from the prisoner.

When a person is approved they will get an email notification which sends them to the CorrLink system at www.corrlink.com.
CorrLink Inmate Email System

Email correspondence must not jeopardize the public or the security, safety, or operation of the prison facility. Also, emails should not be longer than 13,000 characters. Emails that don’t follow these rules will not get delivered.

Inmate Internet Access

Federal inmates do not have access to the internet.

Inmate Mail and Package Procedures

There are special steps that you must follow when sending a letter or package to a federal prisoner. If you do not then the letters and packages might be returned to you.

Before you send a package or letter, make sure to read the links below:

Mail Monitoring

Honolulu Federal Detention Center guards will open and inspect and read all received general correspondence. Received general packages and mail is read as frequently as deemed necessary to keep security or watch a problem having to do with any inmates.

How to Address a Letter to an Inmate

This is the correct format for how you have to address a letter or package to a federal inmate at Honolulu Federal Prison:

FDC Honolulu
Federal Detention Center
P.O. Box 30080
Honolulu HI, 96820

To read the entire Bureau of Prisons Policy on Correspondence, click here: Bureau of Prisons – Correspondence Policy

Inmate Money

Every federal prison has a Commissary which was started to provide inmates a bank-like account for prisoner money and for buying things not issued regularly by the prison.

How to Send an Inmate Money

Family, friends, or other sources can add money to these Commissary accounts using the U.S. Postal Service and Western Union.

Via U.S. Postal Service: An inmate’s family and friends can to send prisoners money through the mail and have to send the money to the following address and follow the policies shows below:

Federal Bureau of Prisons
Insert Valid Committed Inmate Name
Insert Inmate Eight-Digit Register Number
Post Office Box 474701
Des Moines, Iowa 50947-0001

The money has to be in a money order that is made out to the prisoner’s full committed name and complete eight-digit register number. It is best if you use a postal money order, since all non-postal money orders processed through the National Lockbox will be placed on a 15-day hold, and in this time the prisoner will not get the funds. The Bureau of Prisons will return any funds that don’t have valid prisoner info if the envelope it was sent it has an adequate return address. Cash and checks can’t be deposited to the prisoner’s account so do not send checks or cash.

Via Western Union Quick Collect Program: Prisoner’s friends and family may also send prisoners money using Western Union’s Quick Collect Program. Money sent to a prisoner using the Western Union Quick Collect Program can be sent via one of these methods:

  1. At an agent location using cash. In order to locate the closest agent, you can call 1-800-325-6000 or go to www.westernunion.com.
  2. By phone with a credit/debit card: Call 1-800-634-3422 and select phone prompt option 2.
  3. Online with a credit/debit card: Go to www.westernunion.com and choose “Quick Collect.”

For the Western Union Quick Collect transaction, all of this info has to be included:

  1. Correct and valid Inmate Eight-Digit Register Number (entered with no spaces or dashes) followed immediately by Inmate’s Last Name
  2. Committed Inmate Full Name entered on Attention Line
  3. Code City: FBOP, DC

If the wrong register number and/or name are used and accepted and sent to the wrong inmate, the money might not get returned.

For additional info about how to send a prisoner money, check out the official Bureau of Prisons website:
Bureau of Prisons – Inmate Money

Inmate Locator

Federal inmates are often moved to different correctional facilities throughout the country, so sometimes you may have to find the location of an inmate using the inmate locator. Follow the link here to look up an inmate.
Inmate Search

Inmate Visitation Schedule

Visiting hours are from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, as well as every federally recognized holiday.

Inmate Visitor Procedures

Every federal prison has its own rules for inmate visitation and these rules change often. The information listed here may be different by the time you are reading this, so make sure to also check the prison’s official website to get the latest visitation procedures.

Visitation Sign-In and Check-In

The entrance guard ensures each visitor signs the prison visitors log when they enter the prison and also when they leave.

Identification Required

Picture id of all visitors is required. Acceptable forms of ID are Driver’s License and Social Security Card; but, a state issued photo id is OK.

For all of the things shown below, read the official prison facility website as this info changes frequently:

  • Visitation Rules
  • Visitation Dress Code
  • Things You Can and Cannot Take to Visitation
  • Special Rules For Children, Special Visits, Pastoral or Attorney Visits

To read the entire Guide to Honolulu Federal Detention Center Visitation click: Inmate Visitation Guide

Prison Jobs & Hiring

Looking for a job at a prison? Do you have any prior experience? Have you worked at a prison before?

If so, go to: Honolulu Federal Detention Center Jobs


The official website: Honolulu Federal Detention Center Website

Tell Your Story – Write a Review of Honolulu Federal Detention Center

Have you ever been a prisoner in Honolulu Federal Detention Center? Do you have a family member or friend that spent time there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner at this correctional facility?

If you have, then you should tell us about it. Tell us about what you experienced so other people can learn what to expect.

Things you might want to write in your comment:

  • Prison conditions
  • Prison layout and facility
  • Guards and staff
  • Commissary and food
  • Visitation
  • Inmates
  • Safety
  • Gangs
  • Inmate activities and programs

If you are currently an inmate here, leave your address if you would like people to be able to send you a letter.

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